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MSG - The Michael Schenker Group

Something that has obviously gone wrong the last 10-15 years is the recognition of his name and approval of his legacy. He has contributed undisputedly in the same direction; lack of a steady career for two decades, all the wrong reasons chat-around media portals can speak your name for... and the list goes on. Still, there’s not a slight chance you’ll read something like an inspiration/influence from nearly all 80s-90s shredders and not have his name popping up. Michael Schenker has offered helluva lots more to Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music as we, at least the elder, know.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 26 February 2012 15:57

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Kreator - Pleasure To Kill

This is your weapon against all those denying Thrash music’s vice and malice. This KREATOR masterpiece does surely have everything needed in order to be certified as a monument in the extreme Metal genre, and if their artistic zenith seems to be “Extreme Aggression” (1989) or “Coma of Souls” (1990) it does not have any special meaning cause it’s one thing to release albums with discipline and controlled hostility so as to persuade the masses for your quality and it’s another thing to unleash raw power and nonstop revulsion with no turning back and nothing to prove.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Sunday, 12 February 2012 13:17

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Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdome Come

There’s no serious hardrocker/metalhead who neglects the mastery of Great Britain in the birth and development of what we years now refer to as Heavy Metal music. Be it BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE or I-don’t-know-who-other-was-there band, the UK potion of the proto-Metal style was huge and boiling. In the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, one could refer to bands like e.g. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT to capture a glimpse of Metal-related ideology, still the US-based primal Metal likes in earlier recordings could link to IRON BUTTERFLY, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE CHEER and DUST in order to describe the heaviness and volume delivered in that era. Ok, please add here another act: SIR LORD BALTIMORE.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Saturday, 28 January 2012 23:30

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Van Halen - Van Halen

Van Halen - Van Halen

Back in the 60s and early-to-mid 70s it was Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and a handful of other guitar impresarios setting the base for how Rock guitar would be played and sound like. In the same era, the likes of ROLLING STONES, Alice Cooper and KISS would try to define what rockin’ entertainment was all about. And then it was this debut album by VAN HALEN that simply set new standards in both guitar performance and frontman pursuit in the faces of Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth.

Written by Grigoris Chronis Tuesday, 10 January 2012 19:42

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