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Glacier – Glacier EP (1985)

Band: Glacier Release: Glacier (EP) Genre: Heavy/Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1985 Label: Axe Killer Records Website Review There comes a time when a metalhead discovers the magic of the USPM (US Power Metal) movement that engrossed the minds of many throughout the mid to late 80s. Crunching and overdriven guitar riffs, harmoniously blistering guitar solos, and scorching screams are all aspects that make this very forgotten genre so wonderfully unique (at least in its most primitive stage).  And no were not talking about the same power metal of the 21st century; modern production and keyboards have been minimized...

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Chasar – Chasar (1983)

Band: Chasar Release: Chasar (Full-Length) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1983 Label: MPM Review  Ah, the greatness of the NWOBHM scene in the early 80s… what a truly extraordinary period, not just for heavy metal, but for music in its entirety.  It gives me chills thinking how a single time in our history easily shaped music forever, especially for the countless bands and musicians who take great influence on this era of total heavy metal conquest.  Most bands played a style similar to Iron Maiden, as heard with the use of lead-oriented harmonies and staccato-based riffs, which were popularized by...

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Excalibur (UK) – The Bitter End (1985)

Band: Excalibur Release: The Bitter End (EP) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1985 Label: Conquest Buy from: eBay Review If you ever thought the magic of the NWOBHM was over in the mid 80s due to the increased popularity of the thrash and speed metal scenes around the world, UK legends Excalibur sure have the power to change that thought.  1985 seemed like a year where most NWOBHM bands either made it big (Iron Maiden, Saxon), changed their musical style (Def Leppard), or ceased to exist, as seen by the likes of Virtue, Weapon and Diamond Head to name...

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Atomkraft – Future Warriors (1985)

Band: Atomkraft Release: Future Warriors Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal Country: United Kingdom Year: 1985 Label: Neat Records Buy from: eBay Review I’m sure you all remember a small band that completely revolutionized the term “heavy metal”, and served as a main influence for many bands to come.  That’s right, black/speed metal legends Venom is exactly who I’m talking about; watching old videos of some of their shows always convince me that Cronos is a complete and total maniac (in a good way of course).  And why do I bring up Venom you may ask?  For all you Venom fanatics that stayed true...

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Hocculta – Warning Games (1984)

Band: Hocculta Release: Warning Games Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal Country: Italy Year: 1984 Label: Discotto Metal Buy from: eBay Review I guess it’s safe to say how criminally overlooked Italian metal really is. I mean, at first glance, you wouldn’t really expect much from the whole scene (maybe because of bands like Rhapsody that probably put a nail in your brain telling you that this is all Italy has to offer). Think again people! Although Italy might be the last destination for any modern headbanger, the 80s proved to emit the true essence of the country’s capability of producing quality heavy metal.   Here...

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