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Satanic Rites – Which Way the Wind Blows (1985)

Band: Satanic Rites Release: Which Way the Wind Blows (Full-Length) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1985 Label: Self-Releaseddiv> Review Women and heavy metal have a long and proud history together and there’s no excuse to dislike certain bands because of the so-called “unmasculine-like” nature of their sounds.  Yes, heavy metal might be the sort of music you would tend to associate with men, but there is still a strong fanbase led by women, who are just as dedicated to the steel than anyone else.  That being said, with the likes of Doro, Leather, Acid and even Girlschool, female-fronted bands have always been very much supported and often praised. Satanic Rites, although not as well-known as the others, are no exception.  Their first full-length release proves just how powerful and dynamic female-fronted metal really is, and it has the ability to shift the regular atmosphere of that typical heavy metal sound.  Satanic Rites are indeed a very melodic band, providing us with a different take on that NWOBHM sound we are so fond of.  Yes, keyboards are very much present, but hell, I love the whole vibe it emits, especially when it overlaps the crunching guitars and Deborah Webster’s amazing vocal work.  Classics are indeed present on this album and are quite evident. “Burn in Hell” and “Don’t Tell Lies” are very well written songs and it is safe to say that the vocals do really make...

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Gotham City – Gotham City (1982)

Band: Gotham City Release: Gotham City (Single) Genre: Heavy Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1982 Label: Brute Force Buy Gotham City T-Shirt Review I’ll keep this one nice and short for you guys.  This right here is the greatest single to ever come out from Sweden, plain and simple.  With a band like Gotham City, who offer such original and versatile talent, that statement should never be doubted one bit, as it is the undeniable truth (well, with regards to my taste and understanding of the heavy metal world at least).  But what does this single offer that others don’t?  I honestly...

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Acis – Lawbreaker/A Wanted Man (1987)

Band: Acis Release: Lawbreaker/A Wanted Man (Single) Genre: Heavy Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1987 Label: Active Records Review From what I can see right now, I absolutely love Swedish Heavy Metal singles and it seems that most obscure bands never made it to even releasing an EP or a full-length for that matter.  This single by Acis truly screams out “metal hymn”, especially for its A-side, entitled “Lawbreaker”.  This killer track features some amazing vocal works, where you feel almost compelled to chant along with the overly catchy chorus, and that “raise your fist” riff styles.  Hands down, “Lawbreaker” is one...

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Ironhawk – To the Point (1983)

Band: Ironhawk Release: To the Point (EP) Genre: Heavy Metal Country: USA Year: 1983 Label: Chrome Buy from: eBay Review Ironhawk were just one of those bands that released top quality music, but then sadly, faded quickly into obscurity, forever being lost in the depths of the heavy metal record world.  After listening to their first and only EP, which contains four blistering tracks, I can’t help but realize how unfortunate the music industry really is, as these men clearly showed large amounts of talent and potential.  But, then again, just like I’ve always said, this just makes the whole...

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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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Elixir – The Son of Odin (1986)

Band: Elixir Release: The Son of Odin (Full-Length) Genre: NWOBHM Country: United Kingdom Year: 1986 Label: Self-Released Buy from: eBay Review Wait, NWOBHM bands were still around in 1986?  That was probably the same question I asked myself when stumbling upon Elixir‘s first full-length album “The Son of Odin” quite some time ago, and boy, was it a day to remember.  Coming into the scene very late, Elixir took on a different approach with regards to their overall sound.  By this time, pretty much most of the NWOBHM bands slowly drifted apart, as the popularity in other genres, such as...

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Universe – Universe (1985)

Band: Universe Release: Universe (Full-Length) Genre: Melodic/Traditional Heavy Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1985 Label: Sonet Review Ah! The feeling when you come across a very unknown band that makes you so proud to call yourself a metalhead.  It almost seems that the less people who know a certain band, the more special it becomes for you and I think speak for everyone who pertains to this sensation.  Universe, just like you guessed, is a very obscure band, I mean what else do I put on this blog if it weren’t obscure?  Needless to say, regardless of their fan-base and status, their...

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Breaker – In Days of Heavy Metal (1982)

Band: Breaker Release: In Days of Heavy Metal (EP) Genre: Heavy/Power Metal Country: Canada Year: 1982 Label: Iron Head Buy from: eBay Review I know what you all might be thinking right from reading the band’s info and yes, Canada actually did produce some amazing metal records throughout the 80s, but what’s really obscure about Breaker‘s only release is that it is just so ahead of its time in terms of their songwriting and undoubted raw talent.  We’re talking about 1982 here, a year where the NWOBHM was at its peak and almost all bands at the time played a...

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Wizzard (Swe) – Ninya Warrior (1986)

Band: Wizzard Release: Ninya Warrior (Single) Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1986 Label: Self-Released Buy from: eBay Review Ah, Sweden and their very obscure metal releases…  They all seem to deliver something new to the table, although most bands at the time tended to deliver a more melodic experience as opposed to the emerging heavy metal scenes around Europe.  Wizzard, a very small and unknown band who only released this exceptional single and a very poor EP (when they changed their name to Charity), are no exception to this list of melodic prowess.  In short, the single is comprised...

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Heavy Load – Metal Conquest (1981)

Band: Heavy Load Release: Metal Conquest (EP) Genre: Heavy/Power Metal Country: Sweden Year: 1981 Label: Thunderload Buy from: eBay Review Swords, axes and Vikings are lyrical elements we would most often associate with the mighty Manowar, and although being one of the pioneers of this style, we often tend to overlook one of the most important and revolutionary bands of the early 80s, Heavy Load.  Being also among the first Scandinavian metal bands to ever emerge, along with Trance, Accept, Scorpions and others, Heavy Load’s first EP, and second release overall, proved that the word “epic” was indeed in their dictionary; especially since it revealed the band’s...

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