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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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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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