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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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X 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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X Rating: 85% Lineup Steve Grimmett: Vocals Nick Bowcott: Guitars Lee Harris: Drums Dave...

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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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X 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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X 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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X Rating:...

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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 PlayStopNext»«Prev HIDE PLAYLIST Popout X Rating: 80% Lineup Carla Ooninckxi: Vocals (Demo 1981) Walter Lavent: Vocals (Demo 1982 + Live 1982) Jack Nobellen: Guitars Arthur van Loon: Drums John van Gestel (R.I.P...

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