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Posted by ForeverDarkWoods on 02.07.2010 at 17:16
I am going to dedicate this topic to the obscure, forgotten gems of 80's style traditional heavy, speed or power metal. Anybody who wishes to discuss it are welcome to discuss it here. What this topic is for is introducing other people to the gems of these genres that they should own but probably haven't heard about. Samples are much appreciated, since simple namedropping will probably NOT make a lot of people check out the bands you mentioned. If there are no samples on youtube, or anywhere else, at least include some sort of description of the sound.

To start the thread, I am going to showcase some of my personal favourites. Some of these might be quite famous in their home countries, but they are practically unheard of outside of them.

The first band I am going to showcase is one of my peronal favourites: Aria from Russia.



This is really some excellent fucking heavy metal, sung in their mother toungue. People have called them a "Russian Iron Maiden" and some such, and to a certain extent this might apply, but it's not completely true either, since they have a very unique sound. IMO especially the debut album is excellent. I have also been told that the debut (Megalomania) was in fact the first metal album released in the Soviet Union, but since I have little knowledge of the early Russian underground scene, I cannot really comment on the authenticity of this statement. I know it predates Kruiz' metal releases (also fucking excellent speed metal) and Korrozia Metalla's releases (band used to be good thrash, but sucks now). Read reviews and listen to Aria:

http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=272
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U49yIOkFOlA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBeOx9VPjf4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZGpiOI-Siw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YdxEwNRawE

The second band I am going to showcase is Mindless Sinner from my own home country, Sweden.



This is some excellent rocking heavy metal part of what is sometimes referred to as the first wave of Swedish heavy metal (lots of great bands to be found, like Heavy Load, Axewitch, Hiroshima and so on). Really great riffs in a quite melodic but still riff driven 80's heavy metal style. Listen and read reviews:

http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=23990
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-OHTFzVwOw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCCDsqPWcto

The next band would be something that apparently a lot of South Americans have heard of, being the original band of a certain Paul Gillman (later in the band/solo project Gillman), being Arkangel from Venezuela.



This is a really good heavy metal band. MA labels them as Speed/Power, which is something I do not really understand, since to me, it is straight up heavy metal. It sounds a bit like Riot from the States sometimes, and there's a lot of Priest in there, but they also have this special vibe that's a bit hard to describe. Lyrics are in Spanish, but when it's this good, it doesn't matter if you can't understand a word they are saying. MA page (only one review for one album) and youtube links:

http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=2003
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oaqUq1tKadg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EBGfbYEXqM

And finally in this opening post, I am going to showcase a speed metal band from Canada, being Assault from Vancouver.



This band which released only one album of completely awesome speed metal packed with great riffs might be somewhat heard of in Canada (I don't know really) or some Annihilator fans might know of them perhaps simply because of their ties to said band. This one album they released though,is something that should be a classic, And I'm nearly willing to bet that this band would have been huge had they continued. Right now the album is apparently quite rare, and this band is all but forgotten by most metalheads, which is a real shame.

http://www.metal-archives.com/band.php?id=1925
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W90iWhpfFXI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fxDojhT_i0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w758JKif2s

All for now then. More to come later and please contribute with your own additions.



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HELLSPAWN666

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From: USA

  22.02.2012 at 14:18
I stumbled across this thread by accident, completely forgetting I posted here once haha, being that it's 6:30 am here & I cant sleep, I thought it'd be cool to resurface this thread, as all ive been listening to the past few months is oldschool Speed/Power Metal.

I dont know the extent of obscurity to these bands, but what is known to some may be completely unknown & obscure to others. Anyway, these are some of my personal favorites:

Scanner: These guys hail from Germany & are still around today, though their last album was released in '02. They've had countless line-up changes, with the only original member being their Guitarist Axel "A.J." Julius. Oddly enough, their first vocalist bears a striking resemblance vocally to Kai Hansen & the album pretty much sounds like the Gamma Ray album you've never heard.
http://youtu.be/-8oZ6L6D5Cg
http://youtu.be/e9wNiNheyPY
http://youtu.be/JFbbvecfnqE

The second band ill mention is called Lords of the Crimson Alliance, they are virtually unknown by most metalheads & there really isnt much info about'em anywhere, only rumors & speculations. Hailing from the US, they released one self titled album, which is truly a forgotten gem of this era.
http://youtu.be/iskSd8fA8B4
http://youtu.be/u9LNRmR1gIs
http://youtu.be/_abMQOE_fls

This third band may be better known to an extent, also hailing from the states, they're a straight US Power act & have some form of acclaim for once having A.J. Pero of Twisted Sister fame in their ranks. Although stated they were a side project, they infact were not. Cities was started by the Vocalist & his brother who played drums in the band. Cities unfortunatley only released one album & a handful of demo's & ep's, this band is highly overlooked & couldve been so much more.
http://youtu.be/HfFe6HZ-CCM
http://youtu.be/QmQ4uypu9aQ
http://youtu.be/gwwwutAHlGw

Last but not least: Thunder Way, these guys are from Albania, only releasing one album & although not from the 80's they play an 80's styled Power Metal with slight neo classical influences. Their first & only album was released in '93, so not too far a stretch. They split in '96, it's unfortunate they never followed up their debut as it had virtually no bad songs.
http://youtu.be/W4Y9__t73do
http://youtu.be/38ZCPMwQLJs
http://youtu.be/HSXb_Tn0-0A

I saw someone already mention Warlord, so I wont bring'em up, but if you've never heard'em definitley worth a listen.

So there it is, 4 killer mostly unknown & obscure bands. Enjoy.
Charly546

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Age: 24
  25.02.2012 at 23:06
Here is a cool band I've found:

Final Prophecy - Beyond Reality (demo, 1988, their only release): German speed/power with a strong thrash influence. Kinda like Holy Terror if they'd do German speed metal and maybe Vendetta with more speed/power going on. Whole thing's pretty crazy, lots of crazy riffs and solos everywhere, everything mixed with a good dose of unstoppable rage. The whole demo is on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGxhkF4iB2Y
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6KSCqm-n80
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlar9Z_VhE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9InLVck-Co
Aristarchos

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Age: 30
From: Sweden
  25.02.2014 at 10:33
I would like to recommend two Polish heavy/speed albums:
Kat - 666: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nitiiJxWDc
Turbo - Kawaleria Szatana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2kqyOiWaFk
Lit.
Brütal Legend

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Age: 27
From: USA

  26.02.2014 at 00:17
Definately gotta give some credit to Nitro, an 80s speed/glam metal band that featured Micheal Angelo Batio and ex-Lita Ford vocalist Jim Gilette in their original lineup. Released two albums before splitting. Haven't heard the second one, but the first one is wicked stuff.



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metalpeer

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Age: 43
From: USA

  28.04.2014 at 08:13
SACRILEGE B.C. were one of my favorites back in the day. They were indeed thrash metal, but they had that crossover sound where they would mix the punk with the thrash. http://www.novemberfire.com/ finally re-released their albums on cd and they sound amazing. Check these guys out if you're into bands like CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER, D.R.I., etc.

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Koen Smits

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Age: 37
From: Belgium

  28.04.2014 at 21:27
Impaler: not so obscure for the older ones here, but I bet noone can name three of their album names
This is their debut LP: If We Had Brains... We'd Be Dangerous. It came out in 1986.


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deadone
Mainstream Poser

Posts: 4369
From: Australia

  29.04.2014 at 03:37
Written by Koen Smits on 28.04.2014 at 21:27

Impaler: not so obscure for the older ones here, but I bet noone can name three of their album names
This is their debut LP: If We Had Brains... We'd Be Dangerous. It came out in 1986.



That's a really interesting combo of speed metal and punk rock. And the title is brilliant!


Thanks for sharing!
Charly546

Posts: 286

Age: 24
  29.04.2014 at 09:35
I don't think English Dogs has been mentioned here yet. They're a pretty cool blend of speed metal and punk. They have a lot of releases too although I have only listened to the first few.

MA: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/English_Dogs/17467

Youtube:
SuicidalCyco
No Mercy

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Age: 21
From: USA

  30.04.2014 at 01:12
Znowhite: female fronted thrash.
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Ridley

Posts: 20

Age: 20
From: USA

  01.05.2014 at 08:28
Villain - Only Time Will Tell.

And it did, these guys only came out with 1 EP during the 80's and then a full length during the mid 90's that no one payed attention to. And then they split up.

Awesome EP though.

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Koen Smits

Posts: 1158

Age: 37
From: Belgium

  12.05.2014 at 20:14
Ok, this is not made in the 80's but it's 80's style speed/thrah for sure.
The album came out in 2013. Legacy (Colombia) - Full Scale Invasion
Only for headbangers:

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Written by Bad English on 05.04.2014 at 15:05

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Tack

Posts: 1
From: Japan
  13.05.2014 at 17:10
We are Neo-classical Heavy Metal Band from Japan.
Please check this trailer of our new album!
http://youtu.be/i4GR-XIRh3U

You can buy our album in iTunes Store.
Please serch for our name-Northwind SAGA.
Charly546

Posts: 286

Age: 24
  03.06.2014 at 10:59
So, Dark Age. There are plenty of bands with that name, but this one is from United States and not the more well-known band from Germany. They are a mix of USPM and NWOBHM, fueled with great guitarwork, soaring and somewhat mystical vocals (kinda like a cross between the vocals on Griffin and Lords of the Crimson Alliance) and plenty of good ideas packed into an EP.

Metal-Archives page: http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Dark_Age/1859

deadone
Mainstream Poser

Posts: 4369
From: Australia

  04.06.2014 at 02:31
Thanks Charly. Dark Age sound pretty good! I love that dirty guitar tone. Lots of energy too.
john_mcc

Posts: 1039

Age: 43
From: UK

  03.08.2014 at 19:00
One of the million bands out there who are called Amok do very good Thrash with an 80s feel with a bit of Groove thrown into the mix as well. They are definitely the best new-ish Thrash band that I've heard in a long time. Stream the whole album from https://www.facebook.com/amokscotland/app_204974879526524. Best song imo is Sixty -Eight. Here is the title track on Youtube.



Another band I've come across who are worth checking out are Bludvera. Stream their EP from https://www.facebook.com/Bludvera/app_204974879526524.
Hellish Star

Posts: 2966

Age: 45
From: Belgium

  08.09.2014 at 12:04
Written by Ridley on 01.05.2014 at 08:28

Villain - Only Time Will Tell.

And it did, these guys only came out with 1 EP during the 80's and then a full length during the mid 90's that no one payed attention to. And then they split up.

Awesome EP though.



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qlacs
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From: Hungary

  19.09.2014 at 20:20
Bedlam from Hungary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0C4kd6Cy_c
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