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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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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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The Wild Poppies – Where is Wellington (1987)

Band: The Wild Poppies Release: Where is Wellington (Single) Genre: New Wave Country: New Zealand Year: 1987 Label: Poppie Records Buy from: Discogs | Reissue Note Much like their jangle pop/proto-shoegaze contemporaries, the short-lived The Wild Poppies were masters of their craft, as they knowingly understood the necessity of highlighting each individual instrument.  By isolating each one, you can clearly hear how the guitars are always dissonantly feeding off back and forth according to the vocal melody, all while the emotive drumming and descending bass lines help carry the direction of the song from verse to verse.  The chorus for both tracks are meant to evoke feelings...

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Asylum Party – Borderline (1989)

  Band: Asylum Party Release: Borderline (Full-Length) Genre: Post-Punk Country: France Year: 1989 Label: Lively Art Note: One of the true representatives of punk in the mid-80s, Asylum Party, releases their full-length album Borderline: a true must-hear for every punk / metal-head / rock fan. Each track radiates Asylum Party‘s unique, apathetically cold excellence, and the album itself gives off a heavy, chilled, dark vibe, in their tone as well as lyricism. The whole mood is accentuated by heavy synth strings, flat percussion, and a dry bass sound. Borderline is a good album for easy listening, adding to your LP collection, or just for general exploration...

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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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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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