Stormwind (Ger) – Taken By Storm (1984)

Band: Stormwind Release: Taken By Storm (Full-Length) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Germany Year: 1984 Label: Wishbone Records Buy from: eBay Tracklist Hard SinsChaosThe Next Could Be YouStrikerThunder & LightningEvil's ChildShe-DevilFairy of DreamsBreakerWarlord Rating: 82% Lineup Klaus Lemm: Vocals Niko Arvanitis: Guitars Wolfgang Bohm: Guitars Rudy Kay: Bass Olly Kliem:...

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Shok Paris – Go For the Throat (1984)

Band: Shok Paris Release: Go For the Throat (Full-Length) Genre: Heavy/Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1984 Label: Auburn Records Buy from: eBay Tracklist Marsielles de SadeBattle CryBurn it DownOn a Wing and a PrayerChosen OnesCaged TigerNever Say WhyGo for the ThroatCan't Fight the EvilRun But Don't Hide Rating: 88% Lineup Vic Hix: Vocals Ken Erb: Guitars Eric Marderwald: Guitars Bill Sabo (R.I.P.): Drums Kel Berkshire:...

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Damascus – Open Your Eyes (1984)

Band: Damascus Release: Open Your Eyes (EP) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1984 Label: Self-Released Buy from: eBay Note The title track of this wonderful EP is a piece of NWOBHM heaven; it easily tops the band’s other songs that are a lot more generic in terms of NWOBHM-style riffing.  “Open Your Eyes” is a more doom-oriented track that perfectly accentuates Billy Downs’ vocals. Tracklist Open Your EyesSomething On My MindMidnight TrainCold Horizon Rating: 85% Lineup Billy Downs: Vocals Dave Bridge: Guitars Mike Booth: Bass Bill Campion:...

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Joker – Back On the Road (1984)

Band: Joker Release: Back On the Road (Single) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1984 Label: Lost Moments Buy from: eBay Tracklist Back On the RoadPusher Rating: 85% Lineup Tony Ruhberg: Vocals, Bass Mark White: Guitars Bob Palfrey:...

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Madison (Swe) – Diamond Mistress (1984)

Band: Madison Release: Diamond Mistress (Full-Length) Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1984 Label: Rixi Buy from: eBay Note Fantastic heavy/speed metal in the vein of early Europe (back when they still produced quality music), which is quite obvious to notice even through both band’s Swedish background.  The melodious dual guitar leads on this masterpiece of an album are simply mesmerizing, and don’t even get me started with Goran’s vocals, who can hit those blistering high notes with ease; again reminding of Joey Tempest from Europe.  Make sure to check out my personal favorites, which include the mighty “Lay Down...

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