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Lords of the Crimson Alliance – Lords of the Crimson Alliance (1986)

Band: Lords of the Crimson Alliance Release: Lords of the Crimson Alliance (Full-length) Genre: Heavy/Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1986 Label: Grudge Records Buy from: eBay Review Originality and obscurity tend to go together when speaking about the lost and buried gems of the 80s, which is one of the many reasons why I created this blog.  Here we have, in my opinion, one of the most bizarre, yet fascinating records of all time.  And why is that you may ask?  Well, aside from the band members wanting to remain unknown (they recorded this album under pseudonyms) every song...

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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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Delusions of Grandeur – Picture Perfect Martyr (1989)

Band: Delusions of Grandeur Release: Picture Perfect Martyr (EP) Genre: New Wave Country: United States Year: 1989 Label: Acid Ceiling *Courtesy of Willfully Obscure* Buy from: Discogs Note Time for something different for a change.  I’ve always been a huge fan of the whole new wave scene, whereby everything from post-punk to jangle pop seems to fill the void that heavy metal often creates (for me at least).  I’ve been obsessing over this kind of music for the last year now, hence the lack of newly-uploaded albums.  It becomes incredibly tiresome to upload material you’re just not that into at the moment, which also explains the...

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FOR AGAINST – December (1988)

Band: For Against Release: December Genre: Post-punk/Indie rock Country: USA Year: 1988 Label: Independent Project Records Purchase (Discogs) Website Note: December is a light, somewhat psychedelic album release that’s not much longer than half an hour, released in 1988 by America’s indie act, For Against. The band was formed in 1984, and kept on producing into the late 2000s, like a hard-rock version of Depeche Mode. The album starts with a quick-paced track, which sets a good tone for the rest of the album. It features the lyrics of Jeffrey Runnings, and are typically mysterious: different yet everyday, simple...

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Colour Scream – Living and Dying (1988)

Band: Colour Scream Release: Living and Dying (EP) Genre: New Wave/Post-Punk Country: United States Year: 1988 Label: Whet Reign Records Note Colour Scream were a tiny band from California who, for the most part of this EP, had a fascination with meshing the gloomy and abrasive sound of post-punk with the spirit and “danceability” of synthpop.  For some odd reason, the vocals sound almost entirely similar to Jason Decay’s vocal delivery (of Cauldron fame). Interestingly enough, the members of Cauldron are no strangers to dipping their feet in the world of new wave, as they covered Gowan‘s “Moonlight Desires” not too long ago.  Be sure to give “Will My Fear”, “Across the...

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