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Slander's excellent "Resolution Defiance" is the final piece of Stormspell's late 2017 release slate. Fans of the NWOBHM and/or traditional '80s metal in general need to hear this one!




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First entry of the new year: my review of Babylon A.D.'s new one. 



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New stuff:
A new UK based melodic power metal band called "Skyward" was nice enough to send me their debut EP to check out....if ya like Blind Guardian, Stratovarius, Rhapsody (Of Fire), Labyrinth, etc. this should be your kinda jam:




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Another new one! 
My latest "Forgotten Hard Rock Albums" installment takes on one of my favorite slabs of early '80s tr00 kvlt mettle cheez: the one and only BLACK DEATH! 

"Lock your doors 'n' kick yer parents out, 'n' turn yer music up LOOOOOOUUUUD!"




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Out now from our buddy Stormspell:

Lucifer's Hammer, TIME IS DEATH 


Classy, melodic retro metal from Chile, for fans of early Maiden, Angel Witch, and the NWOBHM in general.

Review https://hubpages.com/entertainment/Lucifers-Hammer-Time-is-Death-Album-Review-2018

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New entry:
I dusted off W.A.S.P.'s Helldorado this past week for the first time in a good long while, and I said to myself "Self, this album would be a damn good candidate for a new blog," so it was done.



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New entry!
I don't collect vinyl but every time I'm in my local Goodwill scrounging for CDs I always flip through the moldy old LPs just to see what kind of weird sh** will turn up. Here are a half dozen album covers that made me go WTF?



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...and geez, I've been slacking on updating this thread. I never posted my last batch of Stormspell Records reviews:

"Steel Assassin," aka "The Mystery Band"

Terravore, "Unforeseen Consquences"

Siren, "Up From the Depths: Early Anthology & More"

"Stygian Oath" EP: 

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Review of "Visions" by Carriage. Fans of Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, check these guys out.



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