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Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality (Vertigo Records, 1971)

Nobody can accurately say who first coined the term “Heavy Metal”. Various claims include author William Burroughs, journalist Lester Bangs, Steppenwolf, and so on. But if asked which band started it all off, most people would say Black Sabbath.¬† There were other hard-rocking proto-Metal bands around in the late 60s (Led Zeppelin, Cream, Deep Purple […]

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Raven – Wiped Out (Neat Records, 1982)

Raven were formed in Newcastle, U.K. in 1974 by brothers John and Mark Gallagher (Bass / Vocals and Guitar respectively). By 1979, and after some personnel changes, the band’s classic three-man line-up was completed when drummer Rob “Wacko” Hunter joined the band. Their debut album, “Rock Until You Drop” was released in 1981, and showcased […]

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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 […]