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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.┬áMaiden spearheaded the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) movement, and remain as […]

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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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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 […]

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Venom – Welcome To Hell (Neat Records, December 1981)

(This is the first in a new feature on releases that have influenced Thrash Metal) There’s no debate in my opinion that Venom were “Band Zero” when it comes to extreme Metal. They were unfairly slated by a lot of people when they started out, but with hindsight they’re praised as probably the biggest influence […]