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Heavy Metal Gems: Forgotten Metal Albums

Rare and forgotten heavy metal albums of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s from a wide range of genres, such as NWOBHM, Speed Metal, Power Metal, Traditional Metal and even Epic Metal. Listen to the metal albums online, read the reviews and download what you want! Do what you can to support all of the bands showcased on the blog. Stay heavy and Keep it True!

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Moon of Steel (Ita) - Passions (1989)

Moon of Steel - Passions Italy Heavy Metal
Band: Moon of Steel
Release: Passions (Full-Length)
Genre: Power/Progressive Metal
Country: Italy
Year: 1989
Label: Cult 'N' Roses
Note
One thing I've learned from the 80s Italian heavy metal scene is their unconventional combination of melody and mysticism, and no other band does it better than the mighty Moon of Steel.  Following in the footsteps of similar native acts such as Flight Charm, Dark Lord and Crying Steel, Moon of Steel's emphasis towards the progressive nature of their music proves to be the apex of the evolution of 80s Italian metal.

Tracklist

Rating: 93%

Moon of Steel Italy Heavy Metal
Lineup
Andrea Ruggeri: Vocals
Vic de Lamare: Guitars
Gianluca Oliveri: Guitars
Marco Vaccaro: Bass
Ray "Skip" Northiend: Drums

Brainfever - Face to Face (1986)

Brainfever - Face to Face Germany
Band: Brainfever
Release: Face to Face (Full-Length)
Genre: Speed Metal
Country: Germany
Year: 1986
Label: Bellaphon Records
Buy from: GEMM
Note
The second and final full-length album by legendary German speed metallers Brainfever.  A step up from "Capture the Night", "Face to Face" takes that classic speed metal sound we all know and love and totally revamps it, making way for a more memorable experience.  The riffs have greatly matured and vocalist Horst Neumann delivers a performance that can only be characterized by sheer passion, as felt throughout tracks like "Caught by the Fire" or "Devil's Eyes".  Surely this is a record that exceeds all expectations of a typical speed metal band, and should therefore never be overlooked.

Tracklist

Rating: 88%

Brainfever Germany Speed Metal
Lineup
Horst Neumann: Vocals
Marco Böttcher: Guitars
Heinz Schreiber: Bass
Eric Hirschhäuser: Drums

Highland Queen - Call of the Hell (1983)

Highland Queen - Call of the Hell
Band: Highland Queen
Release: Call of the Hell
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: France
Year: 1983
Label: Divox
Note
First release by short-lived French metallers Highland Queen.  Ditch the b-side and head straight for the title track, as it features a tasty array of lead-oriented guitar riffs and over-the-top vocals; just the right combination to get that blood pumping before (or during) a night of heavy drinking.  

Tracklist

Rating: 80%

Highland Queen France
Lineup
Patrick Zamparini: Vocals
Bernard Deleruelle: Guitars
Christian Longavesne: Guitars
Pascal Dolinard: Drums
Claude Brame: Bass

Eisst (Swe) - Demo (1985)

Band: Eisst
Release: Demo 1985
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1985
Label: Self-Released
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Note
Here we have yet another obscure Swedish demo that follows-up in terms of sound and style with the county's fellow Viking warrior counterparts such as early Europe, Madison, and Gotham City.  Highlights of this incredible demo include the roaring "Stop This Madness", the lead-oriented "I'm Not a Loser" and the harmonious instrumental "Black Sun".

Tracklist

Rating: 92%

Lineup
Niklas Isfeldt: Vocals
Håkan Frisk: Guitars
Jan Fitz: Bass
Anders Fredborg: Drums

Gatekrashör - Gatekrashör (2014)

Gatekrashör Canada Speed Metal 2014
Band: Gatekrashör
Release: Gatekrashör (Full-Length)
Genre: Speed Metal
Country: Canada
Year: 2014
Review
Canadian gritty speed metallers Gatekrashör are back again to attack us with their brand new debut full-length album, which follows up on the success of the "Fear of Attack" EP released back in 2012.  If you dudes haven't been introduced to Gatekrashör yet (it's a damn crime if you haven't), well expect nothing but an abundance of aggressive speed metal at blistering speeds; just enough to get that neck of yours nice and stiff after a vigorous Gatekrashör session.

Led by the charismatic banzai warrior himself, vocalist Dan Neild isn't afraid to unleash his inner "King Diamond" through high-pitched screams, which only adds to the already-established eeriness of the band's repertoire.  Tracks like "Force of the Blade", "Irons Victim" and "Spit on the Cross" all showcase Neild's gut-wrenching vocals that perfectly complement the always-shifting guitar riffs.  Speaking of which, there's a whole lot of memorable riffs to indulge yourselves in throughout the album, my favorites being the crushing intro to "Gamblers on the Highway", the energetic melody present throughout "Blood Money" and the roaring solo on "Heavy Metal Rangers".  Now that I think of it, you really can't go wrong with any of the tracks featured on the album, that is if you enjoy your music loud, fast and abrasive like myself.

Going into more detail about the consistency of the record, "Gatekrashör" in its entirety is extremely straightforward, whereby the song structure for each track seems to follow a certain similar pattern more or less.  Now this might come off as negative at first, but, I assure you, this album has enough hooks and tasty riffs in it to keep you strapped in and begging for more.  I mean at the end of the day, "Gatekrashör" is meant to evoke the thrashing wildness of its listeners and it sure as hell succeeds in doing so.  So go on and grab a few beers and a few buddies, because this album will surely help you feel the mighty force of Gatekrashör!

Hail and support the heavy metal rangers!

Tracklist


Rating: 85%

Gatekrashör Canada
Lineup
Dan "Speed Metal Enforcer" Neild: Vocals
Matt "Steel Avenger" Ries: Guitars
Shawn "Speed Deceiver" Vincent: Bass
Riley "Jackhammer" Jackson: Drums

Nightreaper - Heroes Die Young (1988)

Nightreaper - Heroes Die Young 1988
Band: Nightreaper
Release: Heroes Die Young (Single)
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: France
Year: 1988
Label: Self-Released
Buy from: GEMM
Note
One of the more obscure French metal releases I've ever come across.  This single was Nightreaper's first release, which preceded two other demos in 1992 and 1993.  Sure enough, after giving "Heroes Die Young" a listen, it's highest points occur through the melody of the guitar solos, and is exactly what makes me come back for more.

Tracklist

Rating: 83%

Nightreaper France Metal
Lineup
Stéphane Graziani: Vocals, Bass
Frédéric Giraud: Guitars
Thierry Soulivet: Guitars
Arnaud Mortreuil: Drums

Accept - Blind Rage (2014)

Accept - Blind Rage (2014)
Band: Accept
Release: Blind Rage (Full-Length)
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: Germany
Year: 2014
Review
"'Blind Rage' reminds us why heavy metal is the greatest music in the world"

Accept Heavy MetalWith an uproarious musical legacy spanning over 35 years, it is impossible to speak about the history of heavy metal without mentioning the one and only Accept; one of the genre's most respected and consistent bands.  From "Restless and Wild" to "Balls to the Wall" to "Objection Overruled", Accept's most successful albums were all beautifully engrossed by the same elements that make up their unique playing style.  Take the time to think of your favorite Accept tracks and analyse the similarities that arise from each of them.  What makes Accept so praised by fans is their natural ability to delve into the "anthemic" world of heavy metal, so much so that their lyrics can't help but to be chanted with immense pride and certainty. Although that very pride comes naturally with being a metalhead, Accept sure do know how to amplify our sentiments toward the one music that unites us all.  And with the recent release of "Blind Rage", the third album featuring the mighty Mark Tornillo on vocals, the band shows no signs of wearing down any time soon.

Accept Heavy MetalFrom the thundering roar of the guitars to the compelling choruses, "Blind Rage" is an absolute delight for all heavy metal fanatics, as it successfully stays true to the classic Accept sound, all while making way for new and improved riff-laden melodies that have become a distinguishing aspect of their repertoire.  "Trail of Tears" follows this exact formula by blending intricate guitar riffs with harmonious leads in order to complement the fierceness of Tornillo's voice.  It goes without question that Tornillo is the best thing to happen to Accept in a long time, as his incredible vocal range, as well as his all-out raspy singing style, allows the rest of the band members to have a lot more room to breathe in terms of songwriting and experimentation.  After listening to "Blind Rage", you can't imagine anyone else to be fronting one of the biggest heavy metal bands in the world other than him, especially since the lyrics behind the music need an empowering voice to accentuate the message within them.  A perfect example to support this is featured on "Dying Breed", where the lyrical structure pays tribute to heavy metal music's greatest bands (called the "the rocking warriors") in an anthemic fashion.  With song references like "screaming with a vengeance", "denim and leather", and "diamonds and rust", it's difficult not to admire Accept's loyalty to the bands that shaped them into who they are today as heavy metal heroes.  Not to mention they are still driven by the exact same undying passion that led to the creation of Accept in the first place, almost 40 years ago.

Compared to the previous two Tornillo-led albums, "Blind Rage" is a much more refined record, as it exceeds the creative boundaries of "Blood of the Nations" and improves on the already-polished production quality on "Stalingrad", making it one of Accept's finest in over twenty years.  Every track is filled with enough hooks and melodies to keep that head banging and that fist soaring for days on end.  My personal favorite, "From the Ashes We Rise", one of the album's more melancholic and uplifting tracks, is continuously intensifying in a crescendo-like manner as Hoffmann and Frank's guitars get louder and Tornillo's vocals become all the more aggressive.  That chorus is probably the most memorable moment on "Blind Rage" and it sure is a way to leave a lasting impression on a regular metalhead like myself.

With 40 years of staying restless and wild, 40 years of pounding our balls to the wall, 40 years of spilling blood for the nation, and 40 years of relentless blind rage, Accept have continuously reminded us why heavy metal is the greatest music in the world.

Rating: 93%

Accept Heavy Metal Germany
Lineup
Mark Tornillo: Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann: Guitars
Herman Frank: Guitars
Peter Baltes: Bass
Stefan Schwarzmann: Drums

Black Onyx - Armageddon Skies (1987)

Black Onyx - Armageddon Skies 1987
Band: Black Onyx
Release: Armageddon Skies (Single)
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: United States
Year: 1987
Label: Bosa Records
Buy from: GEMM | eBay
Note
The sole official release by short-lived Detroit metallers Black Onyx.  For a single released in 1987, the songwriting and recording production emit a certain NWOBHM vibe, pure and straightforward, and makes for a rather easy listen.

Tracklist

Rating: 85%

Lineup
Gerry Litwin: Vocals, Guitars
Donny Allen: Guitars
Jeff Giovannangeli: Drums
Ron Q. T. Owens: Bass

Bulldozer - Fallen Angel (1984)

Bulldozer - Fallen Angel Italy 1984
Band: Bulldozer
Release: Fallen Angel (Demo)
Genre: Speed/Black Metal
Country: Italy
Year: 1984
Label: Self-Released
Buy from: GEMM | eBay
Note
Italy's finest black/speed metal band, Bulldozer, with their very first release entitled "Fallen Angel", which inevitably kickstarted these young talented guys into underground heavy metal stardom.  With the following release of four essential albums throughout the mid to late 80s, Bulldozer's one of a kind sound that meshed the harshness and dirtiness of early black metal with the harmonies of speed metal was first teased on this very demo. 

Tracklist

Rating: 88%

Lineup
A.C. Wild: Vocals
Andy Panigada: Guitars
Dario Carria (R.I.P.): Bass
Erminio Galli: Drums

Millennium (UK) - Millennium + All Demos (1984-1987)

Millennium (UK) - Millennium (1984) NWOBHM
Band: Millennium (UK)
Release: Millennium (Full-Length), 1985-1987 Demos
Genre: NWOBHM/Power Metal/Speed Metal
Country: United Kingdom
Year: 1984 -1987
Label: Guardian Records n' Tapes
Buy from: No Remorse (Includes 8 bonus tracks)
Review
What a monster of an album this one is!  Had Millennium properly caught the NWOBHM wave early on, they would've most likely gotten picked up by numerous record companies.  This, along with the dissolution of their record label at the time, Guardian Records n' Tapes, prevented Millennium from moving forward.  Nevertheless, what we have here is one of the finest examples of the NWOBHM classic sound being intricately fused with power metal and, eventually, speed metal.  Throughout the entirety of their self-titled album released in 1984, I felt as though I was listening to the British version of Sweden's own Heavy Load, mainly because both bands' vocalists sound extremely alike.  Give "Magic Mirror" or even "Gang War" a listen and you'll know exactly what I mean.  Millennium were just a few years short from NWOBHM stardom, and so their placement within the growing heavy/speed metal scene in 1984 urged the band to adopt a new sound.

For the following three or so years, Millennium played in the style of many heavy/speed metal bands during that time, such as Exciter and, more similarly, Satan.  This killer new sound to the band's repertoire was showcased on three fantastic demos released and recorded from 1985 to 1987.  The vocals are soaring, the drumming is hypnotizing, and the guitars are blazing with thunderous speed and infectious melodies.  It's almost impossible to find a bad track on any one of these four releases; 29 tracks and over two hours of pure heavy/speed metal, nothing less, nothing more.

Be sure to purchase the re-release through No Remorse Records, which includes 8 bonus tracks to indulge yourselves in!

Tracklist (1984 Album)

Rating: 95%

Millennium UK
Lineup
Mark Duffy: Vocals
Mike Muskett: Guitars
Pete McArdle: Guitars
Steve Mennel: Drums
Dave Price: Bass

Sabre (US) - Keepers of the Sword (1985)

Sabre (US) - Keepers of the Sword (1985)
Band: Sabre (US)
Release: Keepers of the Sword (Full-Length)
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: United States
Year: 1985
Label: Palace Records
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Buy from: GEMM | eBay
Note
The origins of Sabre began through the formation of four guys serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany. From 1983-1986 they played in and around the Karlsruhe area drawing crowds wherever they played. In 1985 they recorded "Keepers of the Sword" at Katapulton Studios, where only 500 copies were pressed by Palace Records. It has since become one of the most sought-after underground heavy metal releases, often being purchased for 300-500$! 

Tracklist

Rating: 83%

Sabre US Heavy Metal
Lineup
Kenny Browder: Vocals
Pat Murphy: Guitars
"Snoop" Tyler: Drums
Kevin Marshall: Bass

Landslide (Swe) - Demo #2 (1985)

Landslide - Demo #2 1985 Sweden
Band: Landslide (Swe)
Release: Demo #2
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1985
Label: Self-Released
Note
One of the most incredible obscure Swedish metal demos I have ever come across.  According to a few sources, the band had released up to five demos from 1985 to 1989, all without resulting in a record deal.  What a shame it is that Landslide never got the recognition they deserved, as their hard hitting melodic sound easily gives similar acts like early Europe a run for their money.

Tracklist

Rating: 95%

Landslide Sweden Heavy Metal
Lineup
Lars Hägglund: Vocals 
Jörgen Lantto: Guitars
Göran Hult: Bass 
Bo "Bosse" Åström: Drums

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