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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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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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Dave Feinstein – Midnight Lady/Ship on a Stormy Sea (1978)

Band: Dave Feinstein (pre-The Rods) Release: Midnight Lady/Ship on a Stormy Sea (Single) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Country: United States Year: 1978 Label: DMR Note This single features two prominent heavy metal figures at the very beginning of their careers.  Vocalist/guitarist Dave Feinstein would later go on to form the eclectic The Rods, whose hard-hitting melodic anthems continue to influence thousands of heavy metal artists today.  As for bassist Joey DeMaio…well I guess his following creation turned out alright I guess. Tracklist Midnight LadyShip on a Stormy Sea Rating: 85% Lineup David “Rock” Feinstein: Vocals, Guitars Joey DeMaio: Bass, Keyboards Carl...

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Treat (Swe) – The Pleasure Principle (1986)

Band: Treat Release: The Pleasure Principle (Full-Length) Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Country: Sweden Year: 1986 Label: Mercury Records Facebook Buy from: Discogs | eBay Note One of my favorite melodic heavy metal albums of all time. “The Pleasure Principle” will definitely have you singing along from beginning to end.  For fans of Van Halen, Icon, Fifth Angel and Europe. Tracklist Rev It UpWaiting GameLove StrokeEyes On FireTake My HandFallen AngelCaught In The Line Of FireStrike Without A WarningRide Me HighSteal Your Heart AwayRev It Up (Live) Rating: 90% Lineup Robert Ernlund: Vocals Anders Wikstrom: Guitars, Keyboards Lillen Liljegren: Guitars Ken Siewertson: Bass Leif Sundin:...

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Stella Maris (Isr) – Stella Maris (1992)

Band: Stella Maris (Isr) Release: Stella Maris (Full-Length) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Country: Israel Year: 1992 Label: Helicon Records Buy the Album Note The most important heavy metal band to emerge from Israel.  Why, you may ask?  Well, not only did Stella Maris become the first Israeli band to be featured on MTV, but they also had the honor to have the legendary Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Tygers of Pan Tang) produce their second record.  Despite their enormous local success, the band had an extremely difficult time breaking into the mainstream market, mainly as a result of their decision to sing all of...

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