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Brit 80's Metal (NWOBHM)

30 New Wave of British Heavy Metal picks. Some famous, some obscure, some great and some silly. Shout rif I missed any obvious ones. (note: priest, motorhead, budgie etc were not nwobhm in my opinion even tho rthey get lumped in sometimes)
1Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


well its got to be top really (Killers and Beast too obviously) 5/5
2Diamond Head
Lightning to the Nations


one of the best, definitive and essential (Borrowed Time good too) 5/5
3Saxon
Wheels of Steel


Scandinavian 101, for god's sake get your ground lights on...great band, great album (debut ok and the 3 after this decent too) 4/5
4Tysondog
Beware of the Dog


forgotten nwobhm classic, mashup of priest and maiden, unoriginal but fucking great 4.5/5
5Praying Mantis
Time Tells No Lies


quite commercial but a great album, Children of the Earth is classic 4/5
6Tytan
Rough Justice


judas priest influences, definitely worth checking out 4/5
7 Saracen
Heroes, Saints & Fools


great album, proggy edged and some maiden-like songs 4/5
8Def Leppard
On Through The Night


nothing like their sickly pop metal later on, just a naive bunch of kids playing some decent tunes, check out 'Overture' 3.5/5
9Heavy Petting
Letting Loose


cheesy as fuck but great fun singalong stuff 4/5
10Angel Witch
Angel Witch


some filler and dodgy production but some great stuff 4/5
11Tygers of Pan Tang
Spellbound


probably their best album, solid stuff and great vocals (wildcat, crazy nights ok too) 4/5
12Raven
Rock Until You Drop


pretty raw but rocks, Lambs to the Slaughter is electric 3.5/5
13Demon
The Unexpected Guest


commercial sounding hard rock but some nice riffs, dont break the circle is great 3.5/5
14Jaguar
Power Games


uneven and rough sound but some great raw metal, and one of the shittiest album covers ever 3/5
15Samson
Shock Tactics


Bruce Dickenson on vocals, Earth Mother is old school decent and Thunderstick the drummer was funny 3/5
16Bitches Sin
Predator


all over the place but strangers on the shore rocks 3/5
17Venom
Black Metal


needs no summary all metalheads know it 4/5
18Tokyo Blade
Tokyo Blade


pretty generic stuff not bad 2.5/5
19Grim Reaper
See You In Hell


very simplistic but a few enjoyable tracks 2.5/5
20Mamas Boys
Plug It In


well they were Irish but worth including here, some great melodic 80's hard rock on this with some nice violin playing, check out Runaway Dreams its an old school classic 3.5/5
21Cloven Hoof
Cloven Hoof


bad production and very patchy but some archetypal riffy nwobhm on 'gates of gehenna' and 'laying down the law' 2.5/5
22Gaskin
End of the World


too soft really but some decent tunes 3/5
23Girlschool
Hit and Run


all girl band, corny but fun 3.5/5
24Dark Star
Dark Star


much filler but Lady of Mars and Backstreet Killer are very decent 3/5
25Vardis
100 mph


more like 40mph, veers towards pub rock but a few decent songs 2/5
26 Savage
Loose 'N Lethal


enjoyable album 3.5/5
27Quartz
Stand Up And Fight


a cut above most nwobhm musically, 70's style metal 3.5/5
28More
Blood and Thunder


straightforward likeable 80's metal 3/5
29 Trespass
Metal for Muthas Vol 2


a good compilation including songs from bands who never released an album, best track is Stormchild by Trespass 3/5
30 Witchfynde
Give 'em Hell


quite flaccid but the cover is hilarious 2.5/5
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