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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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Black Knight - Master Of Disaster

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Canada has offered lots of Rock/Metal giants that have secured a solid chapter in the eternal book of Heavy Metal and have also – more or less – contributed the most to solidify and develop the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal sound. Still, apart from the commercial bands Canada always had boiling waters with tons of unsigned obscure outfits with the charisma to release fantastic singles, EPs or full length albums but lacked a record deal or some basic promotion to have their name and work heard across the country’s (or, at some times, even the district’s) borders. Such a case is BLACK KNIGHT.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Thursday, 16 August 2012 20:51

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Running Wild - Under Jolly Roger

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During the vinyl record days the cover artwork meant so much to the fans and I still remember spending hours watching and noticing every single detail on a painting (yeah, computers came way later) while listening to the music and diving deep in the lyrics to explore their connection with cover. So, RUNNING WILD’s historic and monumental third LP features a cover artwork that later on defined an entire Metal genre illustrating a pirate ship with the trademark Adrian on the main sail (his full name is Adrian Son Of Satan).

Written by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos Thursday, 02 August 2012 18:35

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