Farshid Arabi – Penhan (2003)

Band: Farshid Arabi Release: Penhan (Full-Length) Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal/Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Iran Year: 2003 Label: Avay Barbod Note The release of “Penhan” marked the debut of vocalist/guitarist and mastermind Farshid Arabi, a true emotive and rebellious force behind the emergence of heavy metal in Iran.  Beautifully sung in the band’s native language, Farsi, “Penhan” (Farsi for “Hidden”) is an absolute delight, as it almost effortlessly breathes new life into the way the world interprets heavy metal.  This is exactly how traditional culture and a globalized music genre such as heavy metal should blend.  Be sure to give “Khatteh Akhar” a thorough listen...

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Apostle – Metal For the Master (1983)

Band: Apostle Release: Metal For the Master (Full-Length) Genre: Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1983 Label: Self-Released Tracklist King Of The SaintsOvercomerConquerorsBorn AgainParting The Red Sea (Instrumental)Unlimited PowerArmageddon (Instrumental)King Of KingsBread Of LifeHoly Soldier Rating: 88% Lineup Matt Harding: Vocals, Guitars David Lawson: Bass, Vocals Bill Box:...

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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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Mагнит (Magnet) – День гнева (Dies Irae) (1989)

Band: Магнит (Magnet) Release: День гнева (Dies Irae) (Full-Length) Genre: Melodic Heavy/Power Metal Country: Russia Year: 1989 Label: Мелодия (Melodia) Tracklist Работай! (Work!)Мы живём, под собою не чуя страны (We Exist Without Feeling Our Land Underneath)Интродукция и ария на тему Б. Марчелло (Introduction And Aria After B. Marcello)Элеонора (Eleonora)Меморандум (Memorandum)Ностальгия (Nostalgia)Храни огонь (Keep The Fire) Rating: 88% Lineup Sergei Lugansky: Vocals (Tracks 1, 4, 7) Karen Melik: Vocals (Tracks 2, 5, 6), Keyboards Vyacheslav Rukhlov: Guitars Alexander Larionov: Guitars Sergei Makarov: Guitars (Track 3) Aleksei Saveliev: Keyboards German Smirnov: Bass Vladimir Gladkovich:...

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