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Accept – Blind Rage (2014)

Band: Accept Release: Blind Rage (Full-Length) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Germany Year: 2014 Label: Nuclear Blast Review “‘Blind Rage’ reminds us why heavy metal is the greatest music in the world” With an uproarious musical legacy spanning over 35 years, it is impossible to speak about the history of heavy metal without mentioning the one and only Accept; one of the genre’s most respected and consistent bands.  From “Restless and Wild” to “Balls to the Wall” to “Objection Overruled”, Accept‘s most successful albums were all beautifully engrossed by the same elements that make up their unique playing style.  Take...

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Sortilège – Larmes de Héros (1986)

Band: Sortilège Release: Larmes de Héros (Full-Length) Genre: Heavy Metal Country: France Year: 1986 Label: Rocks Buy from: eBay Note My all-time favorite french record; this is as good as it will ever get!  It is almost insane to even begin to think how Sortilege was capable of producing such memorable tracks like the melodic chorus-oriented “Mourir Pour Une Princesse” or the epic ballad “Quand un Aveugle Rêve”. Give these tracks a listen and you will evidently see why Zouille is so praised in the underground community, and why he is one of my all-time favorite metal singers. The band sadly...

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White Spirit – Demo (1981)

Band: White Spirit Release: Demo 1981 Genre: NWOBHM/Melodic Heavy Metal Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: Self-Released Note The only known White Spirit demo that I’m currently aware of, which also happens to be the band’s last attempt at stardom before disbanding (most likely due to future-Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers‘s decision to join Ian Gillan‘s solo band).  Anyway, judging by the tracks from this demo, which I assume were going to be re-recorded had they released a follow-up album, White Spirit were on the path of becoming one of the NWOBHM’s premier bands.  This is one way to go out with a...

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The Covenant – Stations (1986)

Band: The Covenant Release: Stations (Single) Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal/Progressive Rock Country: United Kingdom Year: 1986 Label: Covenant Records Website Note Now here is an example of how vital the keyboards really are in fostering the basis of a band’s overall sound.  The Covenant‘s “Stations” is nothing short of melodic heaven, whereby continuous shifts in keyboard and guitar riffs keep the music fresh and exciting through every play-through.  Been cranking this one for the last 5 years or so and I still can’t get enough. Tracklist StationsLook At Us Now Rating: 88% Lineup Stephen Thomas Hall: Vocals, Keyboards Steven Perkins: Guitars Paul Turrell: Drums Michael...

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Grim Reaper – For Demonstration Only Demo (1983)

Band: Grim Reaper Release: For Demonstration Only (Demo) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: United States Year: 1983 Label: Independent Project Records Note Half of these tracks would later be found on Grim Reaper‘s debut album “See You in Hell”.  Frankly, I was never really a fan of the production quality on that record; it all seemed too stale.  Thankfully, this demo does those very songs (and then some) the justice it deserves.  The definitive version of “See You in Hell” is right here folks! Tracklist EntranceAll Hell Let LooseLoser In LoveLiarSee You In HellSuck It And SeeNow Or Never Rating: 85% Lineup Steve Grimmett: Vocals...

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Vavel (Gre) – Vavel (1986)

Band: Vavel (Gre) Release: Vavel (Full-Length) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Greece Year: 1986 Label: Famous Music Buy from: Discogs Tracklist VavelFollow Your MindFight With MetalRememberAtomic EnergyStand UpAnother ChanceBach's Toccata by Vavel Rating: 85% Lineup Pavlos Gavrilidis: Vocals Dimitris Andritsoudis: Guitars Kostas Kiriakides: Drums Akis Simadopoulos: Keyboards...

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Disorder (USA) – Demo (1989)

Band: Disorder (USA) Release: Demo 1989 Genre: Power/Progressive/Thrash Metal Country: United States Year: 1989 Label: Self-Released Note Disorder‘s first and only full-fledged release perfectly showcases the band’s obsession with sounding as aggressive yet demonically melodic as possible.  Think Crimson Glory and Solar Eagle with a dash of Fatal Violence to bring out the slight thrash factor. Tracklist WarmongerEnding Is NearSix Feet UnderFightin For Life Rating: 92% Lineup Don Hamann: Vocals Eric Haglund: Guitars Vernon Voss: Guitars Tony Rios: Drums Bill Modica:...

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Various Artists – Roksnax (1980)

Band: Saracen/Hollow Ground/Samurai Release: Roksnax (Compilation) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1980 Label: Guardian Records N’ Tapes Buy from: Discogs Note The first of two compilations released by the legendary Guardian Records N’ Tapes, who were responsible for releasing NWOBHM classics such as Satan‘s “Kiss of Death” single and Mythra‘s “Death and Destiny” EP. Please take note that the Saracen featured on this compilation should not be mistaken with the lads from Derbyshire who released the mighty “Heroes, Saints and Fools” LP back in October of 1981. Tracklist SAMURAI - Die Or DeliverHOLLOW GROUND - Rock OnSARACEN - Speed Of SoundHOLLOW GROUND - Fight With...

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Savage (Nld) – Demo Collection (1981-1982)

Band: Savage (Nld) Release: Demo #1 (1981), Demo #2 (1982), Live at De Leeuwerik, Galder (1982) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Country: Netherlands Year: 1981-1982 Label: Self-Released Tracklist Heavy Rock 'N' Roll (Demo 1981)Into the Arena (Demo 1981)Starbreaker (Demo 1981)Speedin' Home (Demo 1981)Hell on Wheels (Demo 1982)Love Woman (Demo 1982)Wave the Flag (Demo 1982)Starbreaker (Demo 1982)Might Fall in Love (Demo 1982)Fading Away (Demo 1982)Mystery Smile (Demo 1982)Intro (Live 1982)Starbreaker (Live 1982)American Girls (Live 1982)Mad Woman (Live 1982)Let Sleeping Dogs Lie (Live 1982)Rescue Me (Live 1982)Mystery Smile (Live 1982)Into the Arena (Live 1982)Hell On Wheels (Live 1982)Voyager (Live 1982)Speedin' Home (Live 1982)Wave the Flag (Live 1982)Soldier...

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Pariah (UK) – Blaze of Obscurity (1989)

Band: Pariah Release: Blaze of Obscurity (Full-Length) Genre: Power/Thrash Metal Country: United Kingdom Year: 1989 Label: Steamhammer Buy from: Discogs | eBay Tracklist Missionary of MercyPuppet RegimeCanaryBlaze Of ObscurityRetaliate!HypochondriacEnemy WithinThe Brotherhood Rating: 88% Lineup Michael Jackson: Vocals Russ Tippins: Guitars Steve Ramsey: Guitars Sean Taylor: Drums Graeme...

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