\r\nOne of many things I like about HEAVY METAL is the satisfaction you get when you discover a new band you never heard of before and even more so when you really enjoy their music so much that you can rate their album as a "monument".\r\n
\r\nWhen I’m in the car, stuck in one on of the endless traffic jams of Athens, I want to listen something that will make feel better, something stong and simple, without exagerations and complicated compositions, in order not to take a pill for the headache, a very good choice would be the Dutch VENGEANCE. The strong, well-played Hard n’ Heavy is like a medicine for me in these dificult situations, and espescially their debut homonymus album, which i put down as one of the best samples of this genre. \r\n
\r\nIt’s 1981 in Australia and TAIPAN’s omonymous EP is out. The impressive thing and the reason I chose to make a monument out of this particular album is that although TAIPAN dwell down under, on the other coast of the Atlantic ocean, they play classic NWOBHM!!!!\r\n
\r\nThe Swiss, legendary Messiah unfortunately never managed to gain the popularity they deserved, Personally I consider them as one of the important and underrated bands of the genre. Their first release was the LP “Hymn to Abramelin” back in 1986 and it was a groundbreaking thrash metal debut, the second LP “Extreme Cold Weather” follows next year and although the production is weird, can be considered as one of the thrash metal monuments.
The Italian Doom guru Paul Chain (Paolo Catena) is more or less well known for being a member of the early death ss line up, after the so called first split up of Death ss back in 1984, Paul formed his own band under the name Paul Chain Violate Theater, having all the members of Death SS (except Sylvester) in his line up Paul with Paul Chain Violate Theater has released two 12’’ EP , 2 albums and a split 12’’ with Sabotage (Morby’s previous band).
\r\nWelcome to the kingdom of riffs. To the kingdom of EXODUS. To the kingdom of Bonded By Blood. Here where you are going to hear the best guitarist of all times, Rick "strike lightnings" Hunolt and Gary "throw thunders" Holt, playing some of the best and heaviest riffs that you have ever listened to.
\r\nI do believe that the contribution of Pentagram, in the Rock / Metal History from the early 70’s as Macabre till today can’t be doubted by none as well as the quality of their each one release cant be doubted too. Pentagram is the band that along with Black Sabbath established the Heavy Doom scene.\r\n
\r\nIn mid of 80’s there was a small, independent French company, called Black Dragon Records, which had in their roster a lot of groups, mainly from America, which belonged to the Epic- Power Metal genre. Some of them were MANILA ROAD, SAVAGE GRACE and LIEGE LORD. The last ones released their debut in 1985 entitled Freedom’ s Rise and had made enough fuzz. \r\n
\r\nThe Second Album of Texas’ Solitude Aeturnus meant to be the milestone of the Doom Metal genre along with Candlemass’ “Epicus, Doomicus, Metallicus”.
\r\nWithout a doubt during the Early, Mid 90’s there were around the best Norwegian black metal releases even from band like Dimmu Borgir (Yep. Once they played black metal)
\r\nNorwegian Black Metal (Norge Black Metal) can be categorized by two waves according to the each bands year of founding, So we can say that in the first wave belong bands like Darkthrone, Immortal, Ulver, Burzum, Mayhem, Satyricon and probably the best act of them Emperor.
\r\nEmperor released their first selftitled E.P. back in the 1993 with the following line up: