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Royal Hunt - Moving Target

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Royal Hunt - Moving Target

It’s no big news the early 90s was a difficult period for Heavy Metal: the Grunge typhoon had been taking the world by storm plus more extreme forms of Metal were taking the place of traditional (or even Thrash) music in the ears and souls of the genre’s followers. On the other hand, bands like DREAM THEATER showcased a somewhat new form of Prog music and many people were eager to follow this rendition too. But, not to forget, some bands formed in Scandinavia struggling to create their own identity and place themselves in the Metal map through a completely different perspective. One of them was/is ROYAL HUNT.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 19 July 2014 15:33

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Omen - Warning Of Danger

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Omen - Warning Of Danger

So, what can be said about this masterpiece of epic Heavy Metal? The album was released in the United States in late 1985 through the Metal Blade label and is long now regarded as one of the holy grails of US Metal. The Californian quartet had already shaken the Metal world with the release of the “Battle Cry” debut which was an aggressive high-octane effort showing OMEN ready to conquer the Metal map though it was a little bit immature for the time. Still, the band worked hard to improve their musicianship and in the meantime was trying to filter ever more their influences (mainly from IRON MAIDEN) so when “Warning Of Danger” came out it was time for the world to check out one of the pioneers for what was now going to be called Epic Metal.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 05 June 2014 21:29

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Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction

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Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction

Year 1984 was a crucial period for Heavy Metal in the United States. Not long after the first sparks started growing higher with bands like RIOT, CIRITH UNGOL and WARLORD - to name a few - there were two typhoons trying to choke the traditional Metal circuit: on one side you could name the ‘hair’/sleaze Metal going on in both the New York area and Los Angeles periphery while on the other side the San Francisco Bay Area gulf was giving birth to the Thrash Metal movement in all its awe and orgy. Thankfully, there were bands that were again ready to shake the world by delivering the goods of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legacy, bands like SAVATAGE, WARLORD, TROUBLE, HELSTAR, BROCAS HELM…and JAG PANZER.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 18 May 2014 11:42

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Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

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Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

Most people consider SLAYER’s “Reign In Blood” to be the epitome of Thrash Metal being the best album ever offered in this malicious genre from the year of its creation. Still, there are some others - myself included here - that fall to their knees and bow to the majesty of another disc released in America in year 1986. It was California’s DARK ANGEL that stepped in with the infamous “We Have Arrived” debut to show their teeth at first but nobody could predict what was up to follow one year later.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 29 March 2014 13:13

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