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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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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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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

10 Old School Underground Albums Everyone Needs To Hear

Every thrasher needs to have these 10 diamonds in the rough in their collection.

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The Roots Of Thrash

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 […]