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At Last...The Arrival of the Sin

Posted by THE DUKE on August 24, 2011 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Morbid Sin- The Demos: 1988-92

2011 Stormspell Records

 

Review

   Well, here I go with another entry in my metal journal. This time I’m choosing a band to review that is a bit closer to home. Morbid Sin is a power metal band influenced by thrash and doom that hails from New Jersey. The band...

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Through Hades By Way Of Bulgaria

Posted by THE DUKE on July 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

                                                                               Hades (Bulgaria)- Hades

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Epic Darkness From Cayey

Posted by THE DUKE on March 19, 2011 at 3:59 PM Comments comments (0)

Dantesco- Seven Years Of Battle

2011 Stormspell Records

Review

Those who know me intimately know that although I have somewhere in the vicinity of 4000 metal titles in my collection, all titles are by bands that originated in the 70s and 80s. The only recent titles that I have are modern releases by classic bands whose origins trace back to those decades. In the past, I’ve had some modern releases...

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Prepare For An Upgrade

Posted by THE DUKE on March 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM Comments comments (0)

Slander- Upcoming Careless Talk Costs Lives 2CD set

2011 Stormspell Records

Review

A few months ago I wrote a review praising a 1991 release by a British band named Slander. The release was titled “Careless Talk Costs Lives,” and was a limited edition, private vinyl pressing of the best of the band’s demos. The sound on the release was so decidedly N.W.O.B.H.M...

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Rust Metallic As Iron

Posted by THE DUKE on January 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Rust- Shoot Them Higher

1990 Seagull Records

CD Release: 2003 Unisound Records

Review

Greece (known by its own population as Hellas) has always been a place where today’s metal bands go to perform in front of some of the largest crowds that metal has to offer. Many countries, outside of the United States, love their metal. Some like Greece and Brazil love it more than others. Iced Ea...

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From Behind The Iron Curtain

Posted by THE DUKE on January 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM Comments comments (0)

Aria- Hero Of Asphalt

1987 Melodiya Records

CD Release: 1998 Moroz Records

Review

It’s actually a pleasure to write a review about probably the most legendary Russian band to ever exist. Aria has existed since the early 80s. They’ve most honestly earned their legendary status by gigging in the former Soviet Union during a time when metal music was not looked upon favorabl...

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A Classic From The Lords Of Blackpool

Posted by THE DUKE on December 31, 2010 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (2)

Slander- Careless Talk Costs Lives

1991 Self-Released

Review

There has been a great deal of debate among metal experts regarding what constitutes N.W.O.B.H.M., and during what time period the prestigious movement spanned. Most agree that the New Wave of British Heavy Metal began in 1978/79. The first wave extended from the aforementioned date to 1981/82. There was then a second wave that ran from 1983 to...

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Sovereign Of The Lords Of Chaos

Posted by THE DUKE on December 15, 2010 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Arioch- Between Light and Shadow

2010 Retrospect Records

Review

There has been a great deal of interest as of late in unreleased 80s metal. There were bands in the 80s that were fortunate enough to land on a major label, while others were at least signed to lesser-known labels. There were still others that produced demos, were never signed, and were never able to release a proper album. Arioch fell into the la...

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Like A Fine Italian Wine

Posted by THE DUKE on November 4, 2010 at 11:57 AM Comments comments (0)

Gunfire- Thunder Of War

2004 Battle Cry Records

Review

In recent years, the landscape in Italy has been a hotbed for talented, young metal bands. Bands like Rhapsody, Labyrinth, Heimdall and others have given the country a scene to be proud of. However, back in the 80s, there were not nearly as many metal bands boosting the scene in Italy. For this reason, the few metal bands that were active have now ach...

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Dare To Face The Preyer

Posted by THE DUKE on October 31, 2010 at 12:09 PM Comments comments (0)

Preyer- Terminator

1986 Ebony Records

Reissue: 2006 Marquee Records

Review

Preyer is a band from Wales that was considered a second wave entry in the prestigious N.W.O.B.H.M.. They released two demos just prior to the 1986 release of the album under review, "Terminator." "Terminator" was released by Ebony Records in 1986, and was and still is a very impressive piece of metal. All eight song...

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