1980: Metal by Repo (2021)

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’80:2 Tears For Remembrance. Tears for Joy.

Setting: It didn’t take very long. Maiden were just that much better than everybody else. And it was bloody obvious right from the beginning, my friends. 1980 was the year that the New Wave Of British Metal (NWOBHM) took the metal world by storm. It boasted seminal releases from Angel Witch, Diamond Head, Saxon (x2!), Judas Priest and Motorhead. (That's a shitload of important albums! I almost feel that one of these SIX ( Twisted Evil ) albums just has to make the list too. Don’t you?! Think ) But the best of them all, even at this stage, was Maiden with this almost unbelievably confident and assured debut.

The Listen: Again, the most startling aspect on hearing this again is their maturity and confidence. Almost impossible to believe that this is their debut. Like The Cure, they create an atmosphere that is unrivaled. “Remember Tomorrow” and “Strange World” being the most obvious examples.

Verdict: This is bloody simple ain’t it! Throw it on the pyre, boys and be down with it. We got ourselves another keeper!
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'80:12 Behead The Gorgon



Angel Witch by Angel Witch


“The whole NWOBHM thing didn’t exist when I wrote Angel Witch,” he recalls. “We were called Lucifer at that point and we were just a heavy rock band. I was in love with Sabbath, you know? I didn’t like anything else I was hearing. I liked bands like Led Zep and Deep Purple, but I preferred the Sabs because it just made more sense to me, with everything that was happening around me. I thought, ‘Why is everyone writing love songs?’ I was into the fantasy thing and horror and I just felt that was more of the way to go.” – Kevin Heybourne, founder, guitarist & vocalist of Angel Witch

The Setting: Two bands really stood out from the pack on the Metal For Muthas compilation. The comp that we can succinctly say heralded the arrival of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). A comp so important I almost named this post after it. Iron Maiden, as I noted earlier in this diary, were the clear head of the class. We all know what happened to them. But what, if anything, did the salutatorians have to add?

The Listen: Demons. Lots & lots of demons. Angel Witches. White Witches. Sorceresses. And Gorgons. Clearly not the kind that hid under his bed. No, my friends. These were the kind of demons poor Kevin wanted in bed. It seems our protagonist had girls on the brain. He tried to will his way into their hearts, but “The more love I feel for you, the more you fade away” he lamented in the their classic title track "Angel Witch". Frustrated, confused, and probably more than a little horny, Kevin took to the dark arts of metal, and crafted one of the few genuine classics of the original NWOBHM movement.

The Verdict: NWOBHM was cut short. Born in 1979, it's growth was quickly stunted once thrash quickened everyone’s pulses in 1983. But, you know what? As of lover of early 80s metal, I’ve always secretly wished that thrash had waited just a few more years to get its ball sack hair. Luckily, Kevin and his Angel Witches gave us this consummate NWOBHM classic. If you love those first two Maiden albums as much as I do, well brother, what the fuck are you waiting for? Unlike Kevin's demons, this is the real deal.

Rating: Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil Twisted Evil
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Caress Of Steel

I remember waiting for them as a kid. The good part. That part in some rock n’ roll song that would just take me over the top. The anticipation would build & build then... BANG! Cirith Ungol knows all about it. Waiting for that good part. And they had an idea. A brilliant idea. Let's just make songs chock full to the brim with the good parts! Like a super satisfying ooey-gooey Snickers bar!

Well, kiddies, that’s how you get one of the coolest rock fests in America – Frost & Fire (in Ventura, California) – named after you even when you’ve only sold about six albums and no one outside of inner metal circles have ever even heard of you. In many ways, Cirith Ungol were an indie rock metal band. Having more in common with cult Portland garage rockers Dead Moon than traditional metal bands like Raven and Accept. Their songs brim with creativity and wit. Musically, they channel early Rush at their most metallic. But there’s a manic indie rock creative streak that runs through all their songs. Cool eerie keyboards straight from Goblin here. A gum popping bass line there. Good parts everywhere!

If you’re into underground metal, it really doesn’t get any better than this. And it's easily one of my favorite finds yet on this journey. Essential (E)!
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No band better understood and capitalized on suburban high school burnout culture than Van Halen in the late 70s/early 80s. Total classic sleaze rock as only they could do. [First added to this chart: 06/05/2021]
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Rush transitions from Heavy Prog Rock to intricate, intelligent AOR friendly Hard Rock with uncanny ease. The best band in the world in 1980! [First added to this chart: 06/05/2021]
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Mach II of the greatest metal band of all time. [b]Heaven & Hell [/b]and [b]Mob Rules[/b] sounded [i]completely [/i]different than Mach I Sabbath and were every bit as good (& in many ways influential.) Very few bands can just completely reboot their sound like this. Just one more reason that Black Sabbath are the greatest metal band of all time!!! [First added to this chart: 06/05/2021]
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The gold standard of the NWOBHM. Take no substitutes! (Unless you're talking about Wheels Of Steel also released by Saxon in 1980! These boys were just killing it back in the early 80s.) [First added to this chart: 06/05/2021]
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Proto-Proto Death Metal (1980)
South Of The Dial #2

Ok. These guys are NOT Death Metal. AT ALL,.Like, not even close. They ARE Proto-Doom though. If you're into doom, especially the druggy, retro quasi-hippie stuff where Black Sabbath are spliced with all that late 60s psychedelic blues band stuff like Jethro Tull than this is your Holy Grail. Perhaps Ground Zero of that entire Doom Movement. Whereas bands like Saint Vitus took the hardcore punk approach to Sabbath's back catalog, band's like Witchfynde in 1980 and Witchcraft in the 2000s mined the psychedelic, hippie-ish elements. I love BOTH approaches and will be writing about Saint Vitus soon enough.

HOWEVER, as a prime NWOBHM band back in 1980, Witchfynde influenced Venom in other ways. Their satanic imagery and album cover was obviously massively influential on Venom (I mean just compare those two album covers. Case closed.) and thus the entire black and death movements that followed.

At any rate, just an incredibly killer NWOBHM, Proto-Doom release from 1980 that deserves to be in more charts and onmore turntables. One of my favorite metal releases to be on from 1980.
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The most influential metal album of 1980.

The heaviest ( and most "extreme") metal band in the world in 1980. No other album released in 1980 would be as influential on the direction underground metal would head.
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The one album that every self respecting burnout/metal head bought in 1980! All my friends owned this. We probably played this more than any other album in 1980 (very) closely followed by [b]Back In Black[/b]! [First added to this chart: 06/05/2021]
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1980: Metal composition

Year Albums %


1980 35 97%
1981 1 3%
1982 0 0%
1983 0 0%
1984 0 0%
1985 0 0%
1986 0 0%
1987 0 0%
1988 0 0%
1989 0 0%
Artist Albums %


Saxon 2 6%
Witchfynde 2 6%
Whitesnake 1 3%
Black Sabbath 1 3%
Vardis 1 3%
Ted Nugent 1 3%
Quartz 1 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 22 61%
United States 8 22%
Canada 3 8%
Germany 2 6%
Australia 1 3%

1980: Metal chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 13 from 29th to 16th
Cultösaurus Erectus
by Blue Öyster Cult
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 16th to 17th
Wild Cat
by Tygers Of Pan Tang
Faller Down 1 from 17th to 18th
100 M.P.H.
by Vardis
Faller Down 1 from 18th to 19th
Stand Up And Fight
by Quartz

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