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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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Review: Nocturnal Rites “In a Time of Blood and Fire” [Megarock Records]

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Considering how radical it can result, it is uncommon to see transitions from death metal to power metal, as in the case of Nocturnal Rites. The fact that ...
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Review: Nocturnal Rites “Tales of Mystery and Imagination” [Toy’s Factory]

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Nocturnal Rites‘ sophomore album encapsulates much of the trends that were part of the Euro power metal scene’s golden past. As a result, the album is unique among ...
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Review: Scorpions “Pure Instinct” [EastWest]

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There is not much to point out about this album. In general, this is one of the most cheesy and commercial releases, even one of the band’s worst ...
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Review: Scorpions “Love at First Sting” [Harvest Records]

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As many experts and reviewers have previously stated, a common disease that rock and metal albums have suffered since the 1970s is how the greatest moments can fade ...
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Review: Metallica “Metallica” [Elektra Records]

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The trends of the music industry dictated that bands needed to fit a weird set of standards in order to sell more and more. As expected, Metallica was ...
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Review: Scorpions “Moment of Glory” [EMI Classics]

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Scorpions bet this time on a concept that is not new in the heavy metal world, as it was already exploited by Deep Purple in a much better ...
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Review: Judas Priest “Rocka Rolla” [Gull]

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Judas Priest‘s debut not only represents the beginning of their career, but also a reinvention in metal music, a response to the heavy metal style created by Black ...
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Review: Blitzkrieg “A Time of Changes” [Neat Records]

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After various years of releasing demos and an album with Satan, the legendary vocalist Brian Ross finally managed to bring out with this project a debut album with ...
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Review: Saxon “Strong Arm of the Law” [Carrere]

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Saxon‘s third release is definitely their finest hour. While their sophomore effort displayed a lot of potential and climbed high in respect of their debut album, Strong Arm ...
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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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