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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
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
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
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

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

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

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

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

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

all over the place but strangers on the shore rocks 3/5
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
End of the World

too soft really but some decent tunes 3/5
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
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
Stand Up And Fight

a cut above most nwobhm musically, 70's style metal 3.5/5
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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