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Songs that Forged Metal-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal : Part-II (1979-1989)

Songs that Forged Metal 2As metal entered its third decade, MetalRulz guides you through the Songs that Forged Metal 2 (1979-1989) and bands that shaped it – from AC/DC and Motorhead to Iron Maiden and Guns N’ Roses.


Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (1980)

Steppenwolf might have sung about ‘heavy metal thunder’ first, but the song that illustrates it best has gotta be Lemmy’s relentless ode to cards, dice and dancing with the Devil. Gambling may be for fools, but with a soundtrack like this, it’s the way we like it, baby…


AC/DC – Back In Black (1980)

With a riff that launched a thousand identical-riffs, the title track of AC/DC’...

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1980 : Greatest Year for Heavy Metal

Ten Albums of 1980 that put Metal on Top of the World Again

In October 1979, US rock magazine Creem ran a cover feature asking the provocative question ‘Is Heavy Metal Dead?’ Perhaps the magazine’s editorial team saw KISS doing disco (with I Was Made For Lovin’ You) and Zeppelin embracing synths (on In Through The Out Door), guitarist Joe Perry walking out of Aerosmith and Black Sabbath firing frontman Ozzy Osbourne and concluded that the writing was on the wall for the genre. They couldn’t have been more wrong. In the 12 months that followed, bolstered by the emergence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, metal was re-born, with the release of a clutch of albums that would come to be viewed as all-time classics...

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New Wave of British Heavy Metal

NEW WAVE OF BRITISH HEAVY METAL (1979-1983)

The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (commonly abbreviated in NWOBHM) was a nationwide musical movement that started in the late 1970s in the United Kingdom and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. The term was first used by journalist Geoff Barton in the May 1979 issue of the British music newspaper Sounds, as a way of describing the emergence of new heavy metal bands in the late 1970s, during the period of Punk rock’s decline and the dominance of new wave music.

New Wave of British Heavy MetalThe New Wave of British Heavy Metal began as an underground phenomenon parallel to Punk and largely ignored by the media, which, only through the promotion of rock DJ Neal Kay and Sounds’ campaigning, reached the public conscience and gained radio coverage, recognition an...

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