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“Heavy Metal Killers” by Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists
Title: “Heavy Metal Killers”
Label: Earache Records
Release Date: 2/19/2009
Genre: Thrash Metal
Rating: 4/5

“Heavy Metal Is The Law” are the words that you see blazing in front of your eyes when you take the booklet out of this supremely crushing CD compilation and as you begin to spin the disc this is a statement that you will no doubt agree with. Heavy Metal music was reaching a new level as the NWOBHM began to do its thing and these incredible years gave us the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Saxon to name a few. The genre prospered and morphed over the years into more sub-genre than can easily be tallied and while a number of them were outstanding there was little representation of what came to be known as the “Old School” or “Traditional” vibe as the decades progressed. While I’m sure that bands were still delivering this sound in some fashion, the bands that were dominating the attention of the listeners were clearly the offshoots of this original style and it was high time for it to make a return. Over the last year we have seen a number of young upstarts delivering Thrash Metal again and with bands like Mantic Ritual, Black Tide and even Warbringer doing their thing for this classic style, could the original vibe be far behind. Thanks to the bands presented on “Heavy Metal Killers” I am happy to report that it is here and ready to impress. Let’s take a look at a few of the notable tracks on this great CD.
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