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80’s HONORABLE MENTIONS

Happy Wednesday Metalheads, hope you’re having a great week. To finish of this month’s Top 5 lists of my favorite 80’s bands, albums and videos, I wanted to mention some of the bands, songs and videos that didn’t make the Top 5 but definitely rank right up there with my favorites. I’ll pick one artist, band, album, video and song from each category that I never get tired of and if I was stranded on a desert island I’d have to have these with me.

OZZY OSBOURNE

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One of my all-time favorites, my metal collection wouldn’t be complete without the Ozzman.

DOKKEN

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The first song I heard by Dokken was “Breakin’ The Chains” and I was hooked. Each album just got better and better and I never get tired of listening to them

QUEENSRYCHE – OPERATION: MINDCRIME

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A perfect concept album from start to finish and no disputing definitely a classic

QUIET RIOT – METAL HEALTH

This was one of the very first metal videos I had ever seen and no matter how many times I see this video I’m still hooked

Let me know what some of your 80’s honorable mentions are in the comments below! I look forward to reading your responses!

BLACK N’BLUE – HOLD ON TO 18 – METAL REWIND

Today we take a trip back to 1984 to the self-titled debut album by Black ‘n Blue for the song “Hold on to 18.”

Originally formed in Portland, Oregon by childhood friends Jamie St. James and future KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer. “Hold on to 18” received substantial airplay on the radio and MTV and led Black ‘n Blue to release 3 additional albums, before their break-up in 1989. The albums, “Nasty, Nasty” and “In Heat” were produced by Gene Simmons.

Black ‘n Blue reunited a few times and the band is still on the scene today. They released their 5th studio album, “Hell Yeah” in 2011 and have more plans for touring in the future.

Check out the classic video below for the song “Hold on to 18”

DEF LEPPARD – PYROMANIA – METAL REWIND

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L to R: Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Joe Elliott, Rick Allen and Rick Savage

Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and Def Leppard Rock Brigade

Today we take a trip back to 1983 to the third album by Def Leppard called “Pyromania”, which is considered one of the best metal albums of all time.

During the recording of “Pyromania”, the band fired original guitarist Pete Willis for excessive alcohol abuse and replaced him with Phil Collen, who was in the band Girl, at the time. The album sold over 10 million albums in the U.S. alone and hit #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #18 on the UK albums chart.

“Photograph”, “Foolin’ and “Rock Of Ages” hit the Top 40 charts and received heavy airplay on MTV. Long time producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who had a reputation for being a perfectionist helped drive the band to create an album that was highly influential and definitely a classic. The lineup for “Pyromania” includes: Joe Elliott – vocals, Rick Savage – bass, Phil Collen and Steve Clark – guitars and Rick Allen – drums. The track listing for “Pyromania” is as follows:

1) Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop)
2) Photograph
3) Stagefright
4) Too Late For Love
5) Die Hard The Hunter
6) Foolin’
7) Rock of Ages
8) Comin’ Under Fire
9) Action! Not Words
10) Billy’s Got A Gun

Def Leppard are still recording and touring today and have been able to remain strong despite some huge tragedies since forming in 1977, including the death of Steve Clark, Rick Allen losing his arm in a car accident and bassist Rick Savage being diagnosed with Bells Palsy.

CHECK OUT THE CLASSIC VIDEOS BELOW:

FOOLIN’

PHOTOGRAPH

ROCK OF AGES

 

MY TOP 5 SONGS OF THE 80’S

Happy New Year Metalheads! Hope you had a great holiday season. 2019 has arrived and we’re looking forward to some great things to come over the next few months.

While we’re beginning a New Year, I wanted to take a trip back to the 80’s to my Top 5 songs of the era. This was a hard list to choose from because there are so many songs that could easily be on the list, but I’ve narrowed it down to the following in order from 5 to 1 below:

 

WAKE UP DEAD – MEGADETH

CHEMICAL WARFARE – SLAYER

HELLO FROM THE GUTTER – OVERKILL

TRIAL BY FIRE – TESTAMENT

LOVE BITES – JUDAS PRIEST

What are your top 5? Let me know yours in the comments below!

ANGRA – SECRET GARDEN

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L to R: Kiko Loureiro, Fabio Lione, Bruno Valverde, Felipe Andreoli and Rafael Bittencourt

Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Pinterest

Featured image courtesy of jerrygonzalezart.com

Happy Wednesday Metalheads! Today we continue our Power Metal Mania series with the eighth studio album by Brazillian metallers, Angra called “Secret Garden”.

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This is the first album with their new singer, Rhapsody of Fire’s Fabio Lione and new drummer Bruno Valverde. Guitarist Rafael Bittencourt handles some of the vocal duties on this album and the album also includes guest appearances by Simone Simmons from Epica and Doro Pesch.

This is one of my favorite albums by Angra and while the whole album stands out to me, some of my favorite tracks include: Newborn Me, Black Hearted Soul, Final Light and Storm of Emotions. They also do a cover of The Police’s Synchronicity II song which Fabio and Rafael trade vocals on the song.

While Angra did an extensive tour of this album, founding member and guitarist Kiko Loureiro left the band after the tour to join Megadeth and was replaced with Brazilian guitarist Marcelo Barbosa.

Check out the videos below for “Final Light”, “Black Hearted Soul” and “Synchronicity II”:

FINAL LIGHT

BLACK HEARTED SOUL

SYNCHRONICITY II

 

CRIMSON GLORY – AZRAEL – METAL REWIND

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Pictures courtesy of Wikipedia and Cries From the Quiet World

Happy Friday Metalheads! Today we’re going to go back in time to 1986 to the self-titled album by Crimson Glory for the track “Azrael.”

The lineup for the album includes the unmistakeable and powerful vocalist Midnight, Jon Drenning and Ben Jackson on guitars, Jeff Lords on bass and Dana Burnell on drums. The album was re-released on Roadrunner Records after Crimson Glory signed to the label for their next album Transcendence.

Crimson Glory set themselves apart from the bands on the scene by wearing metallic masks.  They have been cited as one of the founders of the American progressive metal movement and are considered a major influence for many of today’s metal bands. While the band reunited a few times with the original lineup, vocalist Midnight passed away in 2009 from a stomach aneurysm. The band played a tribute show at ProgPower to honor Midnight’s memory.

Current Queensryche singer Todd La Torre left the band in 2013 and the last known status of the band was their search for a new singer was on after a post on their Facebook page.

Check out the track for “Azrael” below

FATES WARNING – AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN – METAL REWIND

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Today we take a trip back to 1986 to the third album by Fates Warning called “Awaken The Guardian” and the last album to feature one of the great vocalists in metal, John Arch.

All of the songs on “Awaken The Guardian” were written by John Arch and guitarist Jim Matheos except for “Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)” which Arch wrote with Frank Aresti and “Time Long Past” written solely by Jim Matheos. The album has been re-issued 3 times and the last re-issue in 2005 includes a video of the band playing live at the now defunct Sundance club in Long Island in 1986. The lineup for “Awaken The Guardian” includes: John Arch – Vocals, Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti – guitars, Joe DiBiase – bass and Steve Zimmerman – drums. If you’re a fan of Fates Warning, this is definitely a classic from a band that heavily influenced American power metal.

Check out the Awaken The Guardian album below: