Keep it True XIX

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 […]

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Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory

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, […]

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Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King

                                              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, […]

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Riot – Thundersteel

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 […]

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Queensryche – EP

Queensryche – Queensryche EP 1983, 206 Records Inc   Lets talk about this record. My friend (O.W.K) recently called it the ‘big bang’ of power metal, and I think he’s right. It’s difficult for me to imagine this EP in the context of the time it was released, because in 1983, I wasn’t even a […]

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