366 DAYS OF METAL: “Caught Somewhere In Time” (Iron Maiden)

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366 DAYS OF METAL: “Blitzkrieg” (Blitzkrieg)

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NWOBHM JANUARY: Tokyo Blade

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tokyo blade logoI have no idea what the seeming obsession that some of the NWOBHM bands had with Japanese culture. It’s not like it is today, mind you–it’s just when it comes to an exotic sounding names for metal groups in the 70s/80s era, a bit of Oriental spice seemed in order. I have no idea where to go with this┬ápompous sounding opener of mine, so let’s just move on to Tokyo Blade, shall we?

Starting life first as White Diamond,then Killer, and then Genghis Khan before settling on Tokyo Blade in 1981, they released their first album as a self-titled in 1983 (titled Midnight Rendezvous here in the States because…reasons), while sharing stages with the likes of Metallica and Venom. Frequent lineup changes and a couple of hiatus periods, along with some sound changes over the years, and the band is still chugging along.

Powergame

Night Of The Blade

Dirty Faced Angels

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NWOBHM JANUARY: Girlschool

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YEAR OF METAL titlegirlschool logoWhen one thinks of all-girl bands from the 1970s, chances are the first name to spring to mind is The Runaways. And I wouldn’t blame you, seeing as they’ve been receiving a bit of nostalgia revival the past few years (having a song on the Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack didn’t hurt, I’m sure). But, when it comes to all-lady helmed METAL bands that could hold their own with the likes of Motorhead, you would be hard pressed to find anybody that would top Girlschool.

Brash, brazen, and definitely the opposite of pink and frilly, I wasn’t kidding about the whole “hold their own with the likes of Motorhead” thing, as they released not just one, but three split vinyls with them back in the early 1980s. That’s what puts them on the list, here.

“Demolition Boys”

“C’mon Let’s Go”

“Screaming Blue Murder”

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NWOBHM JANUARY: Blitzkrieg

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blitzkrieg_logo_72dpiBlitzkrig is another NWOBHM band that I first heard about by way of Metallica–their cover of the song “Blitzkrieg” was one of my favorites off of the Kill ‘Em All repressing.

Originally formed in 1980, with little breaks and lineup changes through the decades, Blitzkrieg is still going at it with vocalist Brian Ross as the sole remaining original member.

“Blitzkrieg”

“Inferno”

“Pull The Trigger”

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NWOBHM JANUARY – Saxon

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YEAR OF METAL titlesaxon band logoWhen it comes to classic NWOBHM bands to hold a tight influence on the metal community at large, Saxon ranks up there alongside the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, whether fans of metal know it or not. After forming in 1976, they proceeded to released three classics of the genre, as well as producing one of the undisputed call-to-arms Metal-Head anthems in the song “Denim And Leather”, while having influenced bands as diverse as Metallica, Megadeth, Skid Row, Pantera, Motley Crue and Sodom, among many, many others.

Judgement Day

Stand Up And Be Counted

Denim And Leather

NWOBHM JANUARY – Raven

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YEAR OF METAL titleraven band logoRaven is a bit unique in the list of NWOBHM bands in that they never went away and then came back due to nostalgic renewal. After forming in 1974 by brothers John and Mark Gallagher, they’ve kept chugging along mostly in the underground (with a brief stint on Atlantic records which was less than ideal, let’s just say), producing hard rocking heavy metal all the while, and notching up twelve studio albums under their belt. They also have a bit of notoriety as being the band that a young and hungry Metallica opened for in 1983, on what was called the Kill ‘Em All For One tour.

Hell Patrol

Faster Than The Speed Of Light

Mind Over Metal

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