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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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Anvil - Forged In Fire

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Anvil - Forged In Fire

ANVIL rose to prominence with this album, and this is no breaking news. The Canadian quartet’s two previous offerings had everything a hardrockin’ fan would like to celebrate for but this 1983 release showed Lips and Co. darkening their sound while epitomizing the metallic elements to a degree not even the band itself would surpass in the years that followed. Lips had state back then - if I can clearly recall - that they wanted “Forged In Fire” to be the band’s heaviest album till then. Well, that was easy to achieve but also - since then - few were the times that ANVIL did strike harder than in this LP.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Wednesday, 19 February 2014 22:46

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Stormwitch - Walpurgis Night

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Stormwitch - Walpurgis NightGerman Metal had never a radio-friendly metallic vibe; be it the monotonous vocals with the peculiar wannabe accent or the monolithic riffs that accompanied most releases back in the early 80s, most Teutonic bands had serious trouble trying to break into the mainstream crowds. In other words, not everyone had the charisma of ACCEPT. Hence, years passed by with most outfits falling into oblivion and – apart maybe form their own country – the European (or worldwide) Metal scene never heard of bands like this or that one, and definitely STORMWITCH was among them.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 07 December 2013 13:53

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Firehouse - Firehouse

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Firehouse - FirehouseFIREHOUSE belong to the third generation of the 80s Hair Metal map of America. Having said that, they made their appearance in the late 80s at the underground circuit but were among the few bands that instantly aimed at and won a big contract with a commercial record label. And if you listen to their self-titled debut you can easily understand why.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:16

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