Metal Church – Metal Church 1984, Ground Zero Records For someone that wasn’t actually around at the time, I have mad love for 1984. This was the year of big hair, parachute pants and Like a Virgin. Bell bottoms were out, acid wash jeans were in, and Hollywood had given us Ghostbusters, Gremlins and […]Read more "Metal Church – Metal Church"
Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction 1984, Azra Records I’ve been a little blue. Lately, I’ve just been feeling so… heavy. Now this must in part be attributed to the fact that I haven’t been to the gym for a month, due to an unexpected and, frankly, debilitating bout of back pain, made worse by the […]Read more "Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction"
Keep It True XIX 29-30 April, 2016 Too long have I let my inability to organise a piss up in a brewery, much less my own life, get in the way of attending this festival. Although it had been on my radar for a while, it was KIT X’s staggering roster of bands that made […]Read more "Keep it True XIX"
Cirith Ungol – King of the Dead 1984, Enigma So, let’s just get this out of the way, so we can focus on the music: is this record really United States Power Metal? I think in order to answer that, we need to delve into the question that I struggle so hard to answer satisfactorily, […]Read more "Cirith Ungol – King of the Dead"
Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory 1986, Par Records Behind the most awkward, amateur artwork, so typical of the time, beats the heart of a real gem. One of the finest jewels in the crown of White Collar USPM, Crimson Glory’s self-titled is an exceptional showcase of the genre. Whilst their much lauded sophomore album, […]Read more "Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory"
Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King 1987, Atlantic Records Being a grown up pretty much sucks. I loathe dragging myself out of bed at 6AM, rushing to work, often for a long, gruelling shift, to come home knackered, in a ratty mood, worrying about the bills, the endless piles of paperwork, the ironing, […]Read more "Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King"
Riot – Thundersteel 1988, CBS Associated Records If the Queensryche EP was the big bang of USPM, then certainly, Riot’s 1988 masterpiece, Thundersteel, is the textbook example of how to get it right. Released after a brief hiatus, this album marks not only a considerable change in line-up, but also a departure from some […]Read more "Riot – Thundersteel"