Sanctuary – Refuge Denied (1988)

I remember checking out this bands 2014 album The Year the Sun Died as it was touted as yet another major metal comeback album. It wasn’t. Or at least to me it wasn’t. So I sort of wrote the band... Continue Reading →

Apocrypha – The Forgotten Scroll (1987)

I just can’t get enough of these 80′s, American power metal bands. The genre was so inventive back then. It was like the wild west of exploration combining speed/thrash/power/classic and NWOBHM into various beasts. Apocrypha do just that as well.... Continue Reading →

Attacker – Battle At Helm’s Deep (1985)

More 80’s American power metal! The well is just never tapped on this front, and that’s fucking fine by me. Here we have Attacker, another mid 80’s power metal band that kicks all sorts of ass. I’ve mentioned before that... Continue Reading →

Helstar – Nosferatu (1989)

80′s American power metal is a never ending well. Most of the best stuff has risen to the top but the further you go down, the more elusive and grimier albums are hiding from the light. Helstar fits somewhere in... Continue Reading →

Vicious Rumors – Digital Dictator (1988)

I stumbled on an article today about a new album from Vicious Rumors and I thought to myself, I do believe I have one of their first albums sitting in my “to listen to” power metal folder. And wouldn’t you know... Continue Reading →

Tension – Breaking Point (1986)

Oh yes. Obscure 80′s, one album only, American power/speed metal. The sweetest fruit. As mentioned, Tension existed for one sweet album in 1986, during that sweet, wild west time of American power metal where the scene and style was open... Continue Reading →

Warlord – Deliver Us (1983) & And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun… (1984)

Time to feed my addiction for early 80′s American power metal. It only grows more and more. I didn’t come into Warlord until they’re last release, 2013′s Holy Empire and fucking fell in love with that album. Yet again, another band... Continue Reading →

Bal-Sagoth – Starfire Burning Upon the Veiled Throne of Ultima Thule (1996)

Remember last week (or the week before) I reviewed the first Bal-Sagoth album A Black Moon Broods Over Lemuria, and the first of the Cacophonous remastered, CD re-releases? Well now it’s time to focus on the second of the re-released bunch and... Continue Reading →

Mekong Delta – Lurking Fear (2007)

Mekong Delta is like a buffet of band members from other (mostly German) power metal and thrash bands. Helloween, Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, Stratovarius, At Vance, and Annihilator have all donated members to Mekong but I’m interested in one particular member... Continue Reading →

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