Heavy Metal Gems: Forgotten Metal Albums

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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Syrus (Swe) - Fortune and Fame (1989)

Syrus (Swe) - Fortune and Fame (1989)
Band: Syrus (Swe)
Release: Fortune and Fame (EP)
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1989
Label: Self-Released
Note
Buried within the depths of the 80s Swedish heavy metal scene comes one of the movement's most memorable bands.  The short-lived melodic powerhouse Syrus released only one record to their name, forever cementing their indefinite cult status among heavy metal aficionados.  Interestingly enough, at the time of recording the "Fortune and Fame" EP, Syrus scrapped the already recorded b-side track in favor of the ballad "The Golden Void"; a decision that was most likely carried out by the band's desire to attract a more mainstream audience.  As luck would have it, the "lost" b-side track resurfaced after 23 long years.  That very track was entitled "Noble Knight", which completely blew me away the first time I gave it a listen.  The melodic leads, the haunting vocals, the raw production...these are musical qualities that deliver an unforgettable experience.  Easily among the greatest songs of the 80s Swedish movement! 

Tracklist

Rating: 92%

Syrus Sweden Heavy Metal
Lineup
Fredrik Persson: Vocals
Mikael Forsberg: Guitars
Daniel Engström: Guitars
Per Wallgren: Bass
Tobias Gustafsson: Drums

Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel (1986)

Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel (1986)
Band: Fifth Angel
Release: Fifth Angel (Full-Length)
Genre: Power Metal
Country: United States
Year: 1986
Label: Shrapnel Records
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Buy from: eBay | GEMM
Note
One of the finest US power metal acts you will ever come across.  The mighty opener, "In the Fallout", immediately cements Fifth Angel's anthemic prowess through technical leads and empowering vocals.  Other notable tracks like "Call Out the Warning" and "Only the Strong Survive" only compel you even more to raise that fist higher than ever before.  This record is a definite no-brainer for any self-proclaimed metalhead and should very much so be ranked among the greatest power metal albums of all time. 

Tracklist


Rating: 95%

Fifth Angel USA Power Metal
Lineup
Ted Pilot: Vocals
James Byrd: Guitars
Ed Archer: Guitars, Bass
Ken Mary: Drums

Ahvawe - Drink Till You Fucking Puke Your Liver Out (2014)

Ahvawe - Drink Till You Fucking Puke Your Liver Out
Band: Ahvawe
Release: Drink Till You Fucking Puke Your Liver Out (Demo)
Genre: Black/Speed Metal
Country: Mexico
Year: 2014
Label: Self-Released
Review
Fueled by the likes of Bulldozer, Hellhammer and Venom comes Ahvawe, Mexico's answer to early 80s black/speed metal.  Raw and gritty are two words that surely define Ahvawe's music; mindless thrashing fun is exactly what these dudes live for, and they show it off pretty damn well on their debut demo.  Some tasty riffs here and there, such as the infectious intro riff on "Petit Tits", coupled with cheesy beer-chugging and sex-themed lyrics solidify the band's simplistic style, which, overall, makes way for an easy listen.  All metalheads sometimes feel the need to take a break from the vast technical caliber that so many bands offer and settle for some senseless thrashing fun, and Ahvawe sure as hell delivers in that respect.  Alcohol, sluts and Satan...need I say more?

Be sure to show your support by visiting Ahvawe's Facebook page!   

Tracklist

Rating: 75%

Ahvawe Mexico Heavy Metal
Lineup
Buttfaced Bastard: Vocals, Guitars
Vomitron: Guitars
Speed Hate Killer: Drums
Zombie T.: Bass

Squealer (Fra) - Shame/Devil Son (1984)

Squealer (Fra) - Shame/Devil Son (1984)
Band: Squealer
Release: Shame/Devil Son (Single)
Genre: Traditional Heavy Metal
Country: France
Year: 1984
Label: Plein Watt

Tracklist


Rating: 80%

Squealer France
Lineup
Pascal Bailly: Vocals
Alain Thierry: Guitars
Loïc Guillou-Keredan: Guitars
Laurent Lachater: Bass
Gildas Barq: Drums

Reflex (Swe) - Reflex (1983)

Reflex (Swe) - Reflex 1983
Band: Reflex
Release: Reflex (Single)
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1983
Label: Self-Released
Note
Swedish-sung melodic heavy metal by Reflex's only known released single.  For those who aren't used to non-English vocals, it might be a tad difficult to really get into these guys, but man does it add the to the already established mysticism of the underground 80s Swedish scene. 


Tracklist


Rating: 85%

Reflex Sweden 1983
Lineup
Erik Lundberg: Vocals
Rolf "Trazan" Nordström: Guitars
Mårten Eriksson: Guitars
Per Öhman: Drums
Erik: Bass

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

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