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Steve P.
01-28-2007, 07:20 PM
There seem to be some knowledgeable metalheads on this forum. So I thought I'd ask, what are some of the more obscure NWOBHM bands that you could recommend to me. I know the biggies: Maiden, Saxon, Motorhead (yeah, I know, they're technically pre), uh Def Leppard. But what about bands such as Diamond Head, Angel Witch and Witchfinder General? Any suggestions for digging in?

Tom K
01-29-2007, 12:20 AM
All of the bands you mentioned were great...

Older Raven was really cool too...

John G.
01-29-2007, 01:58 AM
Two more off the top of my head...

BLITZKRIEG - Check out the album/comp Time of Changes.
SATAN - Check out the album Court in the Act.

Bård Haugland
01-29-2007, 02:04 AM
Angel Witch and Witchfinder General are great.

Horace Cordier
01-29-2007, 03:10 AM
Hey Steve. Here is my original post from when Don G. asked for my 5 favorite nwobhm obscurities:


Veering away from the obvious IRON MAIDEN/VENOM/SAXON or even DIAMOND HEAD stuff, here are 5 classics of the more obscure variety:

1. LEGEND - "Anthology" 2cd

This 2cd set contains the entire 80's (S/T "Legend" LP, "Death In The Nursery LP" and "Frontline" Ep) output of this amazing band from the Jersey Islands of the UK. Highly progressive metal mixed with Sabbathian doom and strange almost folk-style vocals (make no mistake though, these vocals are far from wimpy just delivered in an unusual style). Guitarist Peter Haworth is one of the great unsung talents of British axeweiding - his style ranges from aggressive riffing to fluid and melodic soloing. Production is raw but enjoyable, and the whole image/vibe of the band quite dark. Lyrics have a pissed off political bent which suits the strange ambience of the band perfectly. Also has great artwork!

http://vibrationsofdoom.com/test/covers/Legend-DITN.jpg

2. JAGUAR - "Power Games"

Want hard and fast? These boys were putting the pedal to the metal before the term "speed metal" was ever invented. Fast as all get out, but with a stellar singer and ripping guitarist. "Axe Crazy" and "Dutch Connection" are stone-cold classics that influenced everything from the "Bay area thrash sound" to METALLICA. This is real power metal, without a keyboard in sight. Only RAVEN in their prime came close to this in pure adrenaline. This album is available in full on the 2cd "Power Games: The Anthology" on Sanctuary records.

3. SAMSON - "Shock Tactics"

Before IRON MAIDEN, this is where Bruce Dickinson plied his trade. Guitarist Paul Samson (sadly no longer with us due to cancer) was an excellent player with a slightly bluesy edge and a 70's guitar-hero style and the band that bore his name were one of the nwobhm greats. This is their strongest album, from the Russ Ballard penned "Riding With The Angels" to heavier, grittier fare like "Grime Crime". Also the home of the infamous Thunderstick (the drummer in a black mask who played in a steel cage).

4. HOLOCAUST - "The Nightcomers"

METALLICA covered "The Small Hours" on their first "Garage Days" ep. Sabbathy sludge mixes nicely with an almost drunken vibe on this strangely compelling record. All of HOLOCAUST's 80's records are available on Sanctuary Records in expanded/remastered form and all are worth checking out.

5. TANK - "Filth Hounds Of Hades"

http://vibrationsofdoom.com/test/covers/Tank1.jpg

Algy Ward, ex-DAMNED heads deep into bullet belt territory with this absolute classic of deranged metal. Thrashy with bellowed vocals and a MOTORHEADesque wallop this is a monster power-trio record. The MOTORHEAD comparisons are inevitable (especially with Fast Eddie Clarke producing), but TANK have their own angle. This is the first "War Metal" band with lyrical themes and a sound that matches. The testosterone count on this record is through the roof. The perfect soundtrack to a violent beating.

Here is another nwobhm thread from a while back:

http://www.dvdmaniacs.net/forums/showthread.php?t=13896&highlight=nwobhm

Its probably my 3rd or 4th favorite genre. I tend to like the heavier more experimental end. Some bands not mentioned in my 5 above that I rate highly are MYTHRA - "Death And Destiny", WITCHFYNDE - "Give "Em Hell" and "Stagefright", BLITZKRIEG - "A Time Of Changes Phase One" (2cd set including demos - BLITZKRIEG's first single and their demos are their best stuff, though its all pretty good). Another interesting act is WHITE SPIRIT (who were Janick Gers of IRON MAIDEN's first band). They sounded a lot like DEEP PURPLE (atypical of most nwobhm acts) but the 2cd anthology released about a year ago is good stuff.

Oh, and any TYGERS OF PAN TANG album except for their 2 wimpy records ("Burning In The Shade" and "The Wreckage"). "Wild Cat" and "Spellbound" (w/John Sykes on guitar) especially are killer records.

Jonathan Douglas
01-29-2007, 08:14 AM
Venom were part of it too, I guess.

Tom K
01-29-2007, 08:27 AM
Venom were part of it too, I guess.

Sort of...they get put into it, but Cronos doesn't acknowledge the NWOBHM...

Dave Starry
01-30-2007, 01:07 PM
I'll second the recommendations for Raven and Tank -- two of my favorites from back in the day. For a more obscure recommendation, I'll throw out <a href="http://leatherwarriors.web.infoseek.co.jp/Trespass/index.html">Trespass</a>. A great band that got very little recognition. One of my guilty pleasures was a band called <a href="http://leatherwarriors.web.infoseek.co.jp/Stampede/index.html">Stampede</a>, mostly for the fact that vocalist Rueben Archer sounded a lot like UFO's Phil Mogg (and coincidentally, his brother and bandmate guitarist Laurence Archer would later join UFO for a short time). If you're looking for some NWOBHM to download, here's a music blog that I wholeheartedly recommend. I just downloaded Satan's "Court in the Act" the other day and the first Hellanbach album ("Now Hear This!) yesterday. Make sure to check out the "Metal for Muthas" comps. for a wide range for early 80s British HM acts...

http://www.liveandotherwise.blogspot.com/

Paul Casey
01-30-2007, 01:35 PM
LEGEND

I have the "From The Fjords" cd (downloaded, actually) and it's really cool. I think it sounds like Sabbath mixed with Rush with Phil from The Human League singing.

Bård Haugland
01-30-2007, 02:10 PM
Yeah, I agree with Paul, but I don't know if it's considered NWOBHM. I find the vocals and production a bit irritating too, but all in all, it's good shit.

Horace Cordier
01-30-2007, 11:25 PM
LEGEND

I have the "From The Fjords" cd (downloaded, actually) and it's really cool. I think it sounds like Sabbath mixed with Rush with Phil from The Human League singing.

Thats actually a completely different band that was from Connecticut in the USA and had no connection to the nwobhm.

Interesting link about the USA LEGEND here:

http://www.hellridemusic.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=11615

Good call on STAMPEDE and TRESPASS Dave. STAMPEDE's "Hurricane Town" recently got a deluxe re-issue on cd in the UK from Rock Candy records. STAMPEDE had a bit of an aor/radio friendly edge but were still a good band in the melodic UFO vein. TRESPASS's "One Of These Days" is one of the greatest nwobhm singles of that era and Sanctuary's 2cd TRESPASS anthology is a very nice package of all their singles and even far more recent material.

Paul Casey
01-31-2007, 08:45 AM
Thats actually a completely different band that was from Connecticut in the USA and had no connection to the nwobhm.

Interesting link about the USA LEGEND here:

http://www.hellridemusic.com/forum/showthread.php?threadid=11615



I had never heard of either until a few months ago.
Good to know.
Thanks for the link, Horace!