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Anthrax - Among The Living

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There was much of a debate for whether New York’s ANTHRAX should have been listed a one of the Big Four of the American Thrash scene. Giving a more detailed look on the other three participants would not help much either since all three of them had their big share of the pie in the 80s but afterwards took separate ways also releasing themselves from the intact Thrash borders. Oppressing any fundamental legitimate beliefs of one or another in order to build the ‘true’ Big Four billing and having at least 2-3 more candidates that showed more loyalty in the basic thrashin’ lines (EXODUS, TESTAMENT or OVERKILL) you cannot ignore that the certified 80s works of METALLICA, SLAYER, MEGADETH and ANTHRAX have left few space for dispute.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 07 October 2012 12:19

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Kreator - Extreme Aggressions

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I consider “Pleasure To Kill” to be one of the three most important Euro Thrash albums of all time, but the truth is “Extreme Aggressions” became the landmark release that pushed KREATOR to the top and opened wide the gates for both mass acceptance and commercial success. Till then Germany had the blackened soul of SODOM and the evil spirit of DESTRUCTION with many other bands struggling to have their name placed in between these three bands; KREATOR just made the big step with this 1989 release and when the “Coma Of Souls” follow-up LP saw the light of day it was a matter of time for the band from Essen to conquer the Thrash world.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 29 September 2012 13:15

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Accept - Breaker

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The Germans are rumored to be more of a consuming culture rather than innovators, and not speaking only about music. Still, in the case of ACCEPT it can be said that Germany has proudly contributed the most to what is called European Heavy Metal. The band from Solingen had its initial lineup circulating in the late 60s but it wasn’t until a decade after that the quintet unleashed its first couple of albums in the Hard-meets-Heavy tradition with enough reference to Aussie legends and AC/DC and Swiss maestros KROKUS.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:35

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Mötley Crüe - Shout At The Devil

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This is the band and the album that paved the way for what Glam/Sleaze Metal would sound and look like in the years to follow. No, it’s not an influential record in the way KISS and AEROSMITH did it in the 70s; it’s the first major hit LP that did burst out off the dirty lanes of the Sunset Boulevard. After that, The California state would not be the same. Yes, you can blame these filthy ‘trans’ figures in the album’s cover (or gatefold inner, based on the issue you have).

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 02 September 2012 09:51

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