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Apostle – White Metal (1985)

Band: Apostle Release: White Metal (EP) Genre: Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1985 Label: Self-Released Tracklist ApostleBread Of LifeCome to the TruthThe WitnessArmageddonKing of KingsBorn AgainParting the Red Sea Rating: 85% Lineup Matt Harding: Vocals, Guitars Bill Box: Drums Mark...

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DEFENDER – Tales of the Unexpected (1985)

Band: Defender Release: Tales of the Unexpected (Demo) Genre: Heavy metal/Power metal Country: The Netherlands Year: 1985 Label: Independent Note: Tales of the Unexpected is a demo released by the Dutch band Defender. Their sound is like a perfect mix between the operatic and marching sounds of Iron Maiden and the heavy drowsiness of Black Sabbath, with the underground indieness of their own. Unlike most of the tracks on the demo, which sound raw and heavy, Tales of the Unexpected features the track ‘Passing By’ which has a very progressive (and before their time) thrash-metal-ballad-like sound. Tracklist DefenderThe RedeemerShooting The RapidsPassing ByMoloch (Live Bonus Track) Rating: 95% Lineup Remco Bouwens: Drums Bart van Rixel: Guitars Simon Menting: Vocals Harm...

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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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Apostle – Hymns (1988)

Band: Apostle Release: Hymns (Demo) Genre: Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1988 Label: Self-Released Note About time I decide to unravel one of Christian heavy metals most praised bands.  Apostle should have definitely been up there with Stryper leading the Christian heavy metal crusade. Tracklist Hymns (instrumental)Vanguard (instrumental)Dragon Slayer (instrumental)I Am PersuadedThe SwordUnlimited PowerSplit the SkyWaiting (instrumental)Holy Soldier Rating: 92% Lineup Matt Harding: Vocals, Guitars David McKee: Drums Ray Schmidt: Bass Tim...

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Iron Grey (Bel) – Metal Item (1984)

Band: Iron Grey (Bel) Release: Metal Item (Demo) Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Belgium Year: 1984 Label: Self-Released Biography Tracklist Key To FreedomKeep RunningYou're A LoserWerewolf's AttackNighthunterMetal Item Rating: 85% Lineup Steve Grey: Vocals Peter Holemans: Guitars Dirk Renson: Guitars Rudy Lauman: Drums Frank Verdier:...

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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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Hittman – Metal Sport (1985)

Band: Hittman Release: Metal Sport (Demo) Genre: Power Metal Country: United States Year: 1985 Label: Self-Released Tracklist Hittman ThemeMetal SportSleepless NightsLive For TomorrowWinds Of Warning Rating: 85% Lineup Dirk Kennedy: Vocals Jim Bachi: Guitars Mike Buccel: Bass Chuck Kory:...

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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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