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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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Razor - Executioner’s Song

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It’s quite a surprise why the hell this Canadian monster never enjoyed commercial success in the Speed/Thrash circuit since its vice and aggression had no equals in their (at least) early discography. Ontario’s villains RAZOR started early enough in the 80s and delivered much more than just forceful music to the masses. Now, years and years later the only thing someone would have to remember from this unique outfit should be their only ‘hit’ song called "Evil Invaders" that still plays in Metal clubs when it’s time to thrash the arena.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:04

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Scorpions - Virgin Killer

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This one is the SCORPIONS album I could refer to as their most influential in the development of the guitar-driven Hard Rock and classic Metal music. All of the German band’s albums in the Uli Jon Roth part of their illustrious career are widely acknowledged as milestone releases from journalists and millions of fans worldwide and, even if the 80s marked the invasion of this legendary band in the American continent too (Europe and Japan were already on their knees…), it’s the 70s period of the band that seems to stay high above high in the hearts and ears of hardrockers of all ages. Speaking of ages, you remember the little girl in the original cover artwork?

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 31 March 2012 15:21

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Hammerfall - Glory To The Brave

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The time between 1992 and 1997 was rather tough for the so-called ‘true’ Metal genre. From one hand you had the ever-growing Death/Black Metal styles dominating the readers’ polls while the impact of PANTERA’s new Metal(?) and the Grunge movement had subsequently poured their own character in the works of lots of Hard Rock and Metal outfits; even the legacy of 80s HELLOWEEN works had sadly built a more-than-happy smurf-oriented Power Metal typhoon in Europe. Swords, dragons and steel were not that welcome in the Music business anymore and bands of that ilk sweated working for private or low-budget label releases that remained heard only in an underground status.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Wednesday, 21 March 2012 08:23

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