Tagged: Heavy Metal

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Black Sabbath – Master of Reality – 1971

Master of Reality is the third studio album by British pioneers Black Sabbath. It’s probably the “hardest” so far. There are still blues scales and stuff as it is most Hardrock acts even today. But I feel like there’s also a step toward what would become Heavy Metal on this album. Of course, we all perceive music differently depending on our experiences. Nowadays, Master of Reality isn’t particularly “hard”. But when it was released in...

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Accept – Humanoid – 2024

Humanoid is the seventeenth studio album by German Heavy Metal band Accept. It’s the band’s sixth album featuring vocalist Mark Tornillo. The familiar sound is there, the male choir background vocals and the classical touch in the compositions. It’s hard to top their previous album though. I thought Too Mean to Die was their best album ever so I guess I was bound to be disappointed. But it’s a good production featuring three guitars. I...

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Amerikan Kaos – Armageddon Boogie – 2024

Armageddon Boogie is the first album in a series of three (that I know of) from Amerikan Kaos. I’m not sure if you should call it at project or a band, or even if it’s Jeff Waters hiring other mucisioan to make the albums. I’ve read in his own statement that the three albums will differ musically and personnel-wise. But it’s hard to make any conclusion so far. The genre of Armageddon Boogie is more...

Take a Bite 0

Girlshool – Take a Bite – 1988

Take a Bite is Girlschools seventh studio album. The cover art is hideous, to say the least. I’m sure there are people out there who love it though. We all have differences in tests, both in painted art and music. The cover art usually seems percisted though and I can’t find that in the Girlschool discography. It’s all over the place artwork-wise. But the music, Oj, the music! Take a Bite is pure rock and...

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Judas Priest – Invincible Shield – 2024

Invincible Shield is the nineteenth studio album by British Heavy Metal band Judas Priest. And you know, when Judas Priest releases a new album, it’s a big deal. It’s huge news! Especially these days when most of the classic members aren’t even in the band anymore. I guess that depends on how you look at it though. This lineup has been the reality for so long that it might be considered the classic lineup nowadays....

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Accept – Breaker – 1981

The album art of Breaker is both kinda funny and immensely childish. I love the humor of it but I also hate the stupidity of it. I guess it was made that way to rebel against something. Hardrock- and Heavy Metal music were not really mainstream and I guess that Accept what to show that their music wasn’t for everybody. Maybe it’s even a comment to some critics who might have complained about Ud0 Dirkshneider’s...

I'm a Rebel 0

Accept – I’m a Rebel – 1980

I’m a Rebel was an album that I when I was in my teens, thought was quite an old Accept album. Of course, as it came out when I was 10 years old, it was kinda old when I was 15 or 16. But it wasn’t so much the age of the album that was the issue I think. It was more the punkish attitude on the title song of the album. I love it,...

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Annihilator – Criteria for a Black Widow – 1999

Fans of Annihilator are aware that Jeff Waters typically comments on either individual songs or the albums somewhere in the liner notes. Criteria for Black Widow is no exception, and one can read that he recently went through a personal family crisis. The details might not be of interest, but it’s evident that he has gone through it is reflected in the lyrics. There is, how should I say, considerably less aggression and more hatred...

King of the Kill 0

Annihilator – King of the Kill – 1994

There was a time when I thought King of the Kill was the best album ever made! It was music perfectly tailored to me—fast guitars, innovative riffs, and simply put a quite classic Heavy Metal sound. I later explored a few more albums with Annihilator, and even though they naturally differ a bit, there is a common denominator. You can easily hear which band it is, even if Jeff Waters surrounds himself with different musicians...

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Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age – 2014

Say what you will about Alestorm and their album Sunset on the Golden Age, but they have undeniably found their niche and stick to it rigorously. They call their style True Scottish Pirate Metal, and it’s a fantastic description of what it’s all about. That’s precisely how it sounds—catchy melodies that carry the scent of saltwater. The sound is easily recognizable and, in that regard, quite accessible. The problem is that once you’ve heard one...

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Accept – Blind Rage – 2014

Accept is a band that has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent years. Both Stalingrad and Blood of the Nations felt incredibly fresh, considering they came from a supposedly washed-up band like Accept. With Blind Rage, they reach new heights. I’m not sure if I can claim it’s the best ever so far from Accept, but it’s definitely very close! Mark Tornillo has integrated so seamlessly into the band that you would never have guessed...

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Annihilator – Never Neverland – 1990

I’ve always found Jeff Waters’ guitar riffs innovative and fresh on all of Annihilator’s albums. Never Neverland is a huge development from Alice in Hell. This is where you truly notice that he doesn’t choose conventional paths and is eager to incorporate odd tones and tempo changes for effect! It’s not as straightforward Speed Metal as the debut, and it feels overall more thought-out. Coburn Pharr handles the vocals on Never Neverland, and he performs...

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