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Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak

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It was two albums before when the band from Ireland decided to harden its sound and let the folk roots fade away in favor of a more guitar oriented style. Mainman Phil Lynott, a meticulous songwriter and methodical poet himself probably had already envisioned the more hard days of this legendary outfit since songs like e.g. “The Rocker” started shining hard in the ears and souls of the ever-growing passionate Hard Rock fans in Ireland and Great Britain and Europe in general but the American continent was still too stubborn to let another act rule its radio waves ever since (mainly) the LED ZEPPELIN clan had taken the US by storm. It’s no wonder, though; “Jailbreak” was the breakthrough album of these vagabonds to America.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 03 June 2012 21:34

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Riot - Restless Breed

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We often use the expression “love of a lifetime” so my bond with RIOT can be easily considered like one, but I prefer to re-phrase it into “inspiration of a lifetime”. They have been an inspiration not for only me, but for millions Metal fans and musicians around the globe. And especially from the recently deceased Mark Reale and his magical guitar riffs and solos.

Written by Vangelis Ekonomou Sunday, 20 May 2012 20:28

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Free - Heartbreaker

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Minor-chords sentimental songs and heartbreakin’ ballads have their own origin in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music. And while everyone’s mind can travel to America with its mellow AOR and Pop/Rock approach in the 70s and early 80s, yet England has its own share in the making of cryin’-out-loud love themes and a generally emotionally involved relevant scheme. And if you try to come up with obvious classic British singers like e.g. David Coverdale or John Waite then you should travel a little bit more back in time and discover the band that groovy soulful Rock music owes a lot.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 08 May 2012 19:56

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Nocturnus - The Key

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When a Metal subgenre builds a base of patterns and musical ideals that define and explain it, then you can say it’s rightfully called a ‘genre’. And then comes a band or two or more that pour in a new prospect while also using the aforementioned roots and you end up wondering if the genre can tolerate new (or sometimes called ‘alien’) ideas or if these new bands can be labeled as charge d'affaires of the genre. Quite complex, huh?

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:37

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