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Marquis de Sade – Somewhere Up in the Mountains (1981)

 Band: Marquis de Sade Release: Somewhere Up in the Mountains (Single) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: X-Pose Buy from: eBay Note Truly breathtaking piece of NWOBHM history.  I have no others words to describe this masterful gem, other than the fact that it proudly and easily sits in my top 10 NWOBHM singles list.  Take that as you will. Tracklist Somewhere Up in the MountainsBlack Angel Rating: 95% Lineup Chris Gordelier: Vocals San Remo: Guitars, Keyboards Kevin Pope: Guitars Gary Pope: Drums Pete Gordelier:...

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Mother’s Ruin – Streetfighter (1981)

Band: Mother’s Ruin Release: Streetfighter (Single) Genre: NWOBHM/Hard Rock Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: Spectra Note There’s just something about the title track that makes me smile…“Streetfighter” is without a doubt one of those songs that can immediately boost your mood; it’s simply uplifting! You dudes are gonna have to listen to that chorus countless times to understand what I mean by that! Tracklist StreetfighterLeaving You Rating: 92% Lineup Dale Nathan: Vocals, Keyboards Phil Hunt: Guitars Malcolm Jones: Guitars Andy Brown: Bass Martin Bell:...

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Persian Risk – Calling For You (1981)

Band: Persian Risk Release: Calling For You Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: SRT Productions Ltd. Buy from: eBay Note One of the better known bands from the glorious NWOBHM scene, Persian Risk‘s first ever release is nothing short of a pure gem, and is often overlooked by fans of the band.  The record features Phil Campbell on guitars, who would later move on to join the mighty Motörhead in 1983; this fact alone surely reinforces the talent and ambition that Persian Risk brewed, alongside Carl Sentance’s vocals that roughly defines the NWOBHM singing style.  Although Persian Risk‘s...

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ARC – War of the Ring (1981)

Band: ARC Release: War of the Ring (Single) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: Slipped Review I must say I am a huge fan of Tolkien’s works, especially the Lord of the Rings series (what a surprise), of which have presented some of the most fantastical tales ever told.  ARC, a seemingly unknown band that have only released two singles, have been driven to fuse their passion for Tolkien’s books and dedication to heavy metal into one release of pure magic.  Although it is only the title track that is lyrically forged in the Lord of the...

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Hammerhead (UK) – Time Will Tell (1981)

Tooltip Text Band: Hammerhead Release: Time Will Tell (Single) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1981 Label: Linden Buy from: eBay Tracklist Time Will TellLonely Man Rating: 83% Lineup Brian Hodgson: Vocals, Guitars Buzz Elliot: Guitars, Vocals Tony Steel: Drums Steve Archer:...

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