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Heaven's Edge - Heaven's Edge

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Heaven's Edge - Heaven's Edge

There were tons of bands emerging from the US in the late 80s, performing the so-called Hair Metal style. Paving the way set by earlier acts of the time such as BON JOVI, DOKKEN, MÖTLEY CRÜE or RATT, the record industry – as in any other genre or fashion – saw the money coming in and thus from Los Angeles to New York city there was hair, perfume and a good time taking over with bands and fans struggling to have their own piece of the action and fun at the same time. Then it was the time of the Grunge explosion in the early 90s and the music collar-man officers showed their teeth to a new musical explosion ready to deliver the $$$ to their thick butts. Hence, many US melodic or sleazy hard Rock outfits left alone shaking after the release of one and only – in most cases – album that was supposed to rock the world…

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:07

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Paradox - Heresy

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Paradox - HeresyIf you, the average Thrash fan, ever decide to dig dipper in this malicious genre’s kist you’ll probably come up with some hidden treasures you never imagined they even existed. Focusing on the German Thrash style in particular, the divine makings of kings such as KREATOR, SODOM and DESTRUCTION certainly left their venomous marks once they were unleashed – talking about the 80s deeds – but there was further quality unseen and obstructed by the loaded Media exposure of the aforementioned rulers. And, yes, fellow maniacs like TANKARD did finally get their share but brutal outfits like DARKNESS, EXUMER or PARADOX had their initial pressings hailed only by some small hordes of dedicated fans. It’s no wonder, though, those original works are highly praised in our days, more than two decades later…

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 02 December 2012 10:34

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Queensrÿche - The Warning

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Queensryche - The Warning

No, it’s not “Operation: Mindcrime”…not again. The (once a) Metal band from Bellevue, Washington released a stream of not-less-than stellar albums and introduced a whole new audience to the magic temple of ‘thinking’ Heavy Metal music. And you’re a fool if you think this was not shown from the very beginning: such tremendous musicianship, a branch of inspired songwriting and a phenomenal orgy voice would not (and did not) go unnoticed. Sadly, the last decade or so (or more), and especially the rumors and/or facts that saw the light of day recently and resulted in the separation of the ‘head’ (Geoff Tate) from the ‘body’ (the rest of the crew), just confirmed the glory days of such a blessed outfit seem to be a sweet memory and nothing else.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 03 November 2012 14:04

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Testament - The Gathering

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Testament - The Gathering

The late 90s was a very tough period for traditional Thrash. Other sub-genres seemed to enjoy the acceptance from the fans and Media and there was no sign that thrashers would return back to enjoy headbanging and watching relentless live performances by their precious bands. Needless to say, too, the big names of Thrash were also in some kind of confusion or trouble: METALLICA had already ‘extended’ their horizons, SLAYER seemed to be searching their own signature style gone away at the time, ANTHRAX showed no sign of playing this kind of style again, OVERKILL were heading to a more HC direction and EXODUS were just out of the game at the time.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Monday, 22 October 2012 22:28

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