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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW – Warfare ‘Pure Filth’

Warfare – ‘Pure Filth’ (DISS086CDD) Originally released on Neat Records, NEAT 1021, autumn 1984 Following the success of Warfare’s ‘Noise, Filth & Fury’ EP, which even the writers at Kerrang! claimed to like (presumably in an attempt to be hip), Neat Records gave the go-ahead to drummer/vocalist Evo and his bandmates Gunner and Falken, the band’s guitarist and bassist respectively, to go back…

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Classic Album Review – Venom ‘At War With Satan’

Venom – ‘At War With Satan’ (DISS003CD) Originally released on Neat Records, NEAT 1015, March 1984 Confounding the critics was one of the many things Venom were good at, and 1984’s ‘At War With Satan’ certainly did just that. After issuing two thrash ‘n’ bash albums in ‘Welcome To Hell’ and ‘Black Metal’, the Geordie trio had – it was assumed – pretty…

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CLASSIC ALBUM – Originally released in 1979, Samson’s ‘Survivors’ is a true lost classic from a much-revered band who never quite broke through

Samson – ‘Survivors’ (DISS056CDD) Originally released on Laser Records, LAP 1, November 1979 An album that’s often overlooked, ‘Survivors’ was recorded at a time of transition by a band that was rapidly beginning to evolve – or mutate – into an entirely different beast; ‘Head On’, the album they would release the following year, was, for those for whom the distinction makes a…

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Classic Album Review : Raven ‘Wiped Out’

(Click to buy) Raven – ‘Wiped Out’ (DISS0128CDD)Originally released on Neat Records, NEAT 1004, summer 1982“Das beste Album von Raven?” You don’t need to be a cunning linguist to work out that in his 9.5/10 review of ‘Wiped Out’ in this July’s issue of Rock Hard Wolfram Küper was making a case that Raven’s second album is the band’s finest, in the face…

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CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW – Vardis ‘100 M.P.H.

Vardis – ‘100 M.P.H.’ (DISS067CDD) Originally released on Logo Records, MOGO 4012, October 1980 Back in the day it certainly wasn’t the norm to open your account with a live album, but that’s exactly what Vardis did with the release of ‘100 M.P.H.’ in the second half of 1980. When asked why, guitarist / vocalist Steve Zodiac just shrugs. “We wanted to do…

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