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The Roots Of Thrash

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (EMI records, 1980)

Iron Maiden formed at the end of 1975 by bassist Steve Harris (who is the only member of the original lineup still in the band). Several personnel changes and a few years later they recorded this absolute classic of a debut album.¬†Maiden spearheaded the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) movement, and remain as […]

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Underground Gems

Stress – Stress (Independent release, 1982)

This album holds the honour of being the first Metal album ever released by a Brazilian band. Formed in Belem, Brazil in 1974 as Pingo D’Agua, the band changed their name to Stress in 1977 . Stress have been active since then, releasing several demos, singles, and albums over the years. The music on this […]

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...But this isn't Thrash!

Samael – Worship Him (Osmose Productions, 1991)

Samael formed in Switzerland in 1987. Previously to this release, they had put out several demos and an EP. They all differ in sound quality, the best being the “Medieval Prophecy”¬†EP, but they’re all worth a listen. “Worship Him” was better produced than the EP, and way more atmospheric (probably helped by tons of reverb!). […]

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Madrost – “The Essence of Time Matches No Flesh” Review

You can never go wrong when you say the phrase “I’m listening to California-based metal”. And Madrost live up to the lofty expectations set by the SoCal scene with this piece. If you are wondering what would happen if someone decided to cross Vektor with mid-90s Death, this is what you have: a deep, heavy, […]

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Discharge – Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing (Clay Records, 1982)

Hardcore Punk is an essential part of the sound of Thrash Metal, and this album has been especially influential. Discharge formed in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK in 1977. To begin with they were heavily influenced by the original UK Punk movement (Sex Pistols, The Clash etc.), but after early lineup changes their sound got faster […]

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Underground Gems

5 Underground Brazilian Thrash Albums

South America is one of my most favourite areas of the world for Metal, and a large number of those bands are from Brazil. Here’s five underground gems of Brazilian Thrash Metal: 1. Chakal – Abominable Anno Domini (Cogumelo Records, 1987) Chakal formed in 1985 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. They put out a demo and […]

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“…But this isn’t Thrash!” Part 1: Grave – Into The Grave (Century Media Records, 1991)

The first in a new feature of, well, releases that aren’t Thrash Metal! When people think of old school Swedish Death Metal, the first release that comes to mind is generally Entombed’s “Left Hand Path“. And for no small reason, it’s an awesome album! But for me, Grave’s debut full-length “Into The Grave” is a […]

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Diamond Head – Lightning To The Nations (Self-released, 1980)

This total classic of an album is one of my fave N.W.O.B.H.M. (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) releases. It’s a real shame Diamond Head were never as popular as, for example, Iron Maiden (who also came from the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement). The songs on this release are just awesome, I’ve seen interviews with guitarist Brian […]