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Ballcrushingmetal
I have been for more than 15 years into classic rock and 70s and 80s metal music, and have been writing reviews for more than 4 years. As a reviewer, I'm primarily focused on the most classic subgenres of metal music, and have heard the same in different formats.

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Classic Review: Metallica “Ride the Lightning” [Megaforce Records]

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A more polished production work and a renewed sound characterized Metallica‘s sound in their sophomore effort. While certain influences from the NWOBHM are still present in this release, ...
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Classic Review: Black Shepherd “Immortal Aggression” [Punk Etc.]

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Released under the Punk Etc discographic seal, Black Shepherd‘s debut and only album surpassed the thrash metal concept by far. It is more a straightforward first wave black ...
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Classic Review: Airwolf “Victory Bells” [Rockport Records]

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Trends during the mid/late 80s were clear for the metal bands’ musical direction. Either they were focused on the ways of extreme metal or, instead, they gave a ...
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Classic review: Yngwie Malmsteen “Odyssey” [Polydor]

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“Trilogy” represented a watershed for the Swedish guitar hero’s songwriting style. Malmsteen bet for a more song-oriented formula while his compositions became more melodic, somehow glammy and cheesy ...
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Classic review: Running Wild “Victim of States Power” [Noise Records]

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Whether they are singing about the occult or pirates, these German metallers have been kicking asses with their music since the outset. Even when the band shifted their ...
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Classic Review: Stratovarius “Dreamspace” [T&T Records]

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Widely inspired by Helloween‘s Keeper‘s saga, “Dreamspace” represents a step back from what would become the band’s definitive sound. Still, it is even more decent than the albums ...
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Review: Sweet Cheater “Immortal Instant” [Flametrader]

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By 1986, German power metal was still yet to achieve the solidification of its identity. Before that year, bands were playing in a heavily NWOBHM-inspired vein, and Sweet ...
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Review: Rainbow “Difficult to Cure” [Polydor]

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Motivated by the radio success of “Down to the Earth,” Ritchie Blackmore renewed his line-up with the incorporations of Joe Lynn Turner (vocals) and Bob Rondinelli (drums) with ...
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Review: Black Sabbath “Heaven and Hell” [Vertigo Records / Warner Bros. Records]

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A couple of unsuccessful albums and weird changes in the band’s formula gave rise to Osbourne‘s departure in such an unexpected fashion. For those reasons, the project seemed ...
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Review: Raven “Rock until You Drop” [Neat Records]

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The trio from Newcastle brought out under the Neat Records label what became their most memorable release, and it proved to be much more consistent and fresher in ...
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Review: Satan “Court in the Act” (Roadrunner Records)

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Released in 1983 under the Roadrunner Records label, Satan‘s debut album boasts a unique heaviness that outweighs what many extreme metal albums are capable of providing to the ...
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Review: Dio “Holy Diver” (1983) [Mercury Records]

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The band’s frontman Ronnie James Dio was not precisely a newcomer in heavy metal music, as he was part of two of the most recognized bands thereof: Rainbow ...
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Review: Deep Purple – Machine Head (1972)

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Deep Purple Machine Head (1972) Warner Bros. Records Landmark would be a mandatory adjective for purposes of describing how great is this album from every possible angle. But ...
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Review: Riot – Rock City (1977)

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Riot Rock City (1977) Attic Riot remained for a couple of decades as a silent inventor. Due to the limited distribution of their early releases (basically, they did ...
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Review: Blind Fury – Out of Reach (1985)

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Blind Fury Out of Reach Roadrunner Records As a seemingly desperate attempt at getting rid of all the connections with the black metal scene, Satan members decided to ...
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