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Praying Mantis - Predators In Disguise

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When the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal phenomenon burst out it was quite clear that it was something more than a movement, while it definitely held more than one signature sounds up its sleeve. I mean, how close were ANGELWITCH and MORE, VENOM and TYGERS OF PAN TANG, CLOVEN HOOF and DEF LEPPARD? Time did tell and most of the bands disappeared into oblivion while others became huge Metal acts. And some minor examples went their own way into other fields; one such case was PRAYING MANTIS.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 23 June 2015 13:05

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Death - Leprosy

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Somebody should write a few words about this masterpiece you it may as well be me. When “Leprosy” came out in 1988, Death Metal was in an embryonic state and was trying to differentiate itself from the rest of Metal genres. Beyond a shade of a doubt, the guy who could only be the pioneering persona to clearly define the genre was the mastermind called Chuck Schuldiner. Prompted by the Thrash hype and being inspired by the old Metal riffmeisters, he gave to the world a sonic creation that since then has his own unique stamp. The growling vocals with the clear spelling, the distorted guitars, the disciplined rhythm and the sick lyrics were something that had never been performed in this way.

Written by Giorgos Filinis Sunday, 10 May 2015 12:57

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Heaven’s Gate - Livin’ In Hysteria

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Truth is the two “Keeper…” albums released by HELLOWEEN in the late 90s raised high the bar of  the quality a Euro Power Metal LP should now have to exceed recognition – and sales – but also made many fans skeptic in regards to why rawness should be replaced by overloaded melodies, provided we were talking ‘bout a the Metal genre. The American Power Metal bands had long now offered technicality in defense of releasing sophisticated music (even including major Thrash Metal outfits) and it was a matter of time for Europe to have its answer to this manifest.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 04 January 2015 12:58

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Mercyful Fate - Melissa

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Mercyful Fate - Melissa

Heavy Metal always had (and still does) various faces; one of them was the evil one. From the archetypal sound of BLACK SABBATH to extreme non-conformity of VENOM, the Metal vice had its way to approach the ones looking for something close to ‘the other side’. Long way before the formation of Black or Death Metal bands it was classic Heavy Metal that paved the way for His Majesty and that ilk, and Denmark’s MERCYFUL FATE was a pioneering band in that construction.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 06 December 2014 11:17

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