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Many people at the time thought these musical styles would not survive long beyond the ‘70s, especially with their figureheads being mocked during the punk wave. Entire armies of young people worked enthusiastically to prove the exact opposite in the most diverse styles, to the point where a dominant genre emerged in the second half of the ‘80s.

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Title Artist Album Duration

Helloween, Performance, MainArtist - Kai Hansen, Composer, Lyricist, Writer

© 2010 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1987 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Hammerfall (R)Evolution 00:04:39

HAMMERFALL, MainArtist - Pontus Norgren, Composer, Lyricist - Joacim Cans, Composer, Lyricist - Oscar Dronjak, Composer, Lyricist

2014 Nuclear Blast 2014 Nuclear Blast

Let It Go
Def Leppard High 'N' Dry 00:04:43

Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Producer - Nigel Green, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MIKE SHIPLEY, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Pete Willis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Elliott, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rick Allen, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Rick Savage, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Def Leppard, MainArtist - Stephen Maynard Clark, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Peter Andrew Willis, ComposerLyricist

A Virgin EMI Records Recording; ℗ 1981 Mercury Records Limited

Fly, Navigate, Communicate
Sonata Arctica The Ninth Hour 00:04:27

Tony Kakko, Composer, Lyricist - Sonata Arctica, MainArtist

2016 Nuclear Blast 2016 Nuclear Blast

Waiting Silence
Angra Best Reached Horizons 00:04:55

Kiko Loureiro, Composer - Angra, MainArtist - Rafael Bittencourt, Composer

© 2012 BMG Rights Management GmbH ℗ 2005 Angra

Victims Of The Future (Live In Detroit,USA/1984)
Gary Moore We Want Moore 00:08:28

Gary Moore, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Paice, Composer - Tony Platt, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Carter, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Chouinard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Murray, Composer - Craig Gruber, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

(C) 1984 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1984 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1984 Virgin Records Ltd

Master Of Puppets (Live At The Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL / May 25th, 1986)
Metallica Master Of Puppets (Deluxe Box Set) [Remastered] 00:08:18

Chris Bellman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Cliff Burton, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Hetfield, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kirk Hammett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lars Ulrich, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Reuben Cohen, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Metallica, MainArtist - Kent Matcke, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2017 Blackened Recordings Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Believer (Live)
Ozzy Osbourne Tribute 00:05:07

Bob Ludwig, Re-Mixer - Brian Lee, Re-Mixer - R. Rhoads, Composer - R. Rhoads, Lyricist - O. Osbourne, Lyricist - O. Osbourne, Composer - Max Norman, Producer - Max Norman, Engineer - B. Daisley, Composer - B. Daisley, Lyricist - Ozzy Osbourne, Performer

(P) 1987 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Postmortem (Album Version)
Slayer Reign In Blood 00:03:27

Jeff Hanneman, ComposerLyricist - Rick Rubin, Producer - Slayer, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1986 American Recordings, LLC

Holy Wars...The Punishment Due
Megadeth Rust In Peace 00:06:34

Dave Mustaine, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Max Norman, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Megadeth, MainArtist - Mike Clink, Producer

℗ 1990 Capitol Records, LLC

Join The New Army (Album Version)
Suicidal Tendencies Prime Cuts 00:04:02

Michael Vail Blum, Engineer - L. Mayorga, Composer - L. Mayorga, Lyricist - Mike Muir, Vocal - Suicidal Tendencies, Producer - Suicidal Tendencies, Arranger - Suicidal Tendencies, Performer - Mike Clarke, Guitar - Brooks Wackerman, Drums - Paul Northfield, Producer - Paul Northfield, Mixing Engineer - M. Muir, Composer - M. Muir, Lyricist - Josh Paul, Acoustic Bass - Dean Pleasants, Guitar

(P) 1997 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Anthrax Spreading The Disease 00:04:44

Charlie Benante, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Alan Spitz, ComposerLyricist - Frank Joseph Bello, ComposerLyricist - Anthrax, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Scott Rosenfeld, ComposerLyricist - Joe A. Belladonna, ComposerLyricist - Carl Canedy, Producer

℗ 1985 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Possessed Beyond The Gates 00:04:19

Possessed, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Larry LaLonde, Composer - Jeff Becerra, Lyricist

(P) 1986 Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Losers and Winners (Album Version)
Accept Balls To The Wall 00:04:20

Accept, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Peter Baltes, Bass Guitar, Composer, Lyricist - Deaffy, Composer, Lyricist - Wolf Hoffmann, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Stefan Kaufmann, Composer, Drums, Lyricist - Udo Dirkschneider, Composer, Lyricist - Hermann Frank, Guitar - Produced by Accept for Breeze Music GMBH, Producer - Louis Austin, Engineer - Michael Wagener, Mixing Engineer - Joseph M. Palmaccio, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1984 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

Dio Holy Diver 00:03:34

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

Under the Guillotine
Kreator Pleasure to Kill 00:04:38

Kreator, MainArtist - Miland Petrozza, Composer - Harris Johns, Producer, Engineer - Roberto Fioretti, Bass Guitar - Mille Petrozza, Vocals, Lead Guitar - Jürgen Reil, Drums, Percussion

© 2017 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company ℗ 1986 Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company

Samurai (2009 Remaster)
The Michael Schenker Group Assault Attack 00:05:17

The Michael Schenker Group, MainArtist

2016 Chrysalis Records Limited 2009 Chrysalis Records Limited

Is This Love (2017 Remaster)
Whitesnake Whitesnake (30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) 00:04:44

Mike Stone, Producer - Bill Cuomo, Keyboards - David Coverdale, Vocals, Writer - Keith Olsen, Producer, Mixing Engineer - Aynsley Dunbar, Drums, Percussion - Don Airey, Keyboards - Greg Fulginiti, Mastering Engineer - David Donnelly, Mastering Engineer - Whitesnake, MainArtist - Neil Murray, Bass Guitar - John Sykes, Guitar, Backing Vocals, Writer

© 2017 This Compilation, Whitesnake Productions (Overseas) Ltd. under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company for World ex US, Canada & Japan / 2017 Saltburn, LLC, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment, a Warner ℗ 1987, 2017 Whitesnake Productions (Overseas) Ltd under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

March Into Fire
Forbidden Forbidden Evil 00:05:09

Forbidden, Associated Performer, Composer, Lyricist, Main Artist - John Cuniberti, Producer, Recording Engineer - David Plank, Assistant Engineer - Doug Caldwell, Producer - Chris Bellman, Mastering Engineer

(P) 1988 Columbia Records a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Kiss Me Deadly
Lita Ford Lita 00:04:01

Lita Ford, Vocal - Mike Chapman, Producer - Mick Smiley, Composer - Mick Smiley, Lyricist

(P) 1988 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Play Dirty
Poison Look What The Cat Dragged In 00:04:07

Michael Wagener, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ric Browde, Producer - Bobby Dall, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bret Michaels, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - C.C. DeVille, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rikki Rockett, Drums, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Poison, MainArtist - Jim Faraci, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 Capitol Records, LLC

Just Got Lucky
Dokken Tooth and Nail 00:04:34

Dokken, MainArtist - Don Dokken, Lead Vocals - Jeff Pilson, Lyricist, Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals - Mick Brown, Drums - George Lynch, Composer, Lyricist, Guitar - Patrick Milligan, Contributor - Ted Myers, Contributor - George Marino, Masterer - Michael Wagener, Mixer - Gary McGachan, AdditionalEngineer - Roy Thomas Bakerfor RTB A-V Productions USA, AssociateProducer - Tom Werman for Julia's Music Inc., Producer

© 1984 Elektra Entertainment ℗ 1984 Elektra/Asylum Records for the United States and WEA International, Inc. for the world outside of The United States.

I Want To Know (Album Version)
Living Colour Vivid (Expanded Edition) 00:04:24

Muzz Skillings, Vocal - Muzz Skillings, Bass - Corey Glover, Vocal - V. Reid, Composer - V. Reid, Lyricist - Ed Stasium, Producer - William Calhoun, Vocal - William Calhoun, Percussion - William Calhoun, Drums - Vernon Reid, Vocal - Vernon Reid, Guitar - Living Colour, Performer

(P) 1988 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Bad Habits
Thin Lizzy Thunder And Lightning 00:04:04

Chris Tsangarides, Producer - Phil Lynott, Bass Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brian Downey, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Thin Lizzy, Producer, MainArtist - Steve Gorham, ComposerLyricist - John Sykes, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Scott Gorham, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darren Wharton, Keyboards, Organ, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

Back In Black
AC/DC Back In Black 00:04:16

AC/DC, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Robert John 'Mutt' Lange, Producer - Angus Young, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Brian Johnson, Composer, Lyricist - Malcolm Young, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Phil Rudd, Drums - Cliff Williams, Bass

(P) 1980 Leidseplein Presse B.V.

Burning The Witches
Warlock Burning The Witches 00:04:24

Axel Thubeauville, Producer - Warlock, MainArtist - Rudy Graf, ComposerLyricist - Ralf Hubert, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 Vertigo/Capitol, a division of Universal Music GmbH

Not For The Innocent
Kiss Lick It Up 00:04:23

Kiss, MainArtist - Paul Stanley, Producer - Gene Simmons, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Michael James Jackson, Producer - Vincent John Cusano, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Makin' Love
Rainbow Down To Earth 00:04:35

Gary Edwards, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ritchie Blackmore, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rainbow, MainArtist - Don Airey, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Bonnet, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Leigh Mantle, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Doctor Michael Palmer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1979 Polydor Ltd. (UK) A Republic Records Release; ℗ 1979 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Why Trust You (Album Version)
Alice Cooper Trash 00:03:13

Paul Chiten, Keyboards - Jango, Background Vocal - Desmond Child, Background Vocal - Sir Arthur Payson, Recording Engineer - Ben Fowler, 2nd Engineer - Michael Barbiero, Mixing Engineer - John Herman, 2nd Engineer - Diana Graselli, Background Vocal - Hugh McDonald, Background Vocal - Hugh McDonald, Bass - Gregg Mangiafico, Keyboards - Bernie Shanahan, Background Vocal - George Cowan, 2nd Engineer - Mark Tanzer, 2nd Engineer - Bob Pfeifer, Executive Producer - Joe Turano, Background Vocal - Obie O'Brien, Engineer - Obie O'Brien, 2nd Engineer - Desmond Child, Producer - Duane Seykora, 2nd Engineer - Lolly Grodner, 2nd Engineer - Myriam Valle, Background Vocal - Stiv Bator, Background Vocal - Bobby Chouinard, Drums - John McCurry, Guitar - Maria Vidal, Background Vocal - Louie Merlino, Background Vocal - Tom Teeley, Background Vocal - Brian Sterber, 2nd Engineer - Alan St. John, Background Vocal - Alan St. John, Keyboards - Alice Cooper, Vocal - Alice Cooper, Performer - Jamie Sever, Background Vocal - Nick DiDia, 2nd Engineer - Robert Hart, 2nd Engineer - Michael Anthony, Background Vocal - D. Child, Composer - D. Child, Lyricist - Don Peterkofsky, 2nd Engineer - George Marino, Mastering Engineer - Steve Thompson, Mixing Engineer - A. Cooper, Composer - A. Cooper, Lyricist


Simoriah (Album Version)
Aerosmith Permanent Vacation 00:03:22

Bruce Fairbairn, Producer - Bob Rock, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mike Fraser, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vallance, ComposerLyricist - Aerosmith, MainArtist - Joseph Perry, ComposerLyricist - Steve Tyler, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1987 Geffen Records

Thug (2008 Remaster)
ZZ Top Eliminator 00:04:19

Terry Manning, Engineer - ZZ Top, MainArtist - Bill Ham, Producer - Billy Gibbons, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Dusty Hill, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Frank Beard, Drums, Writer - Bob Ludwig, Engineer

2008 © 1983 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

Social Disease
Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet 00:04:18

Bruce Fairbairn, Producer - Bob Rock, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bon Jovi, MainArtist - Richie Sambora, ComposerLyricist - Jon Bon Jovi, ComposerLyricist - Tim Crich, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1986 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Drop Dead Legs (2015 Remaster)
Van Halen 1984 00:04:14

Edward Van Halen, Writer - Alex Van Halen, Drums, Percussion, Writer, Background Vocals - David Lee Roth, Lead Vocals, Writer - Eddie Van Halen, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Donn Landee, Engineer - Ted Templeman, Producer - Chris Bellman, Remastering Engineer - Joan Parker, Coordinator - Van Halen, MainArtist - MICHAEL ANTHONY, Bass Guitar, Writer, Background Vocals - GREGG GELLER, MasteringEngineer - Jo Motta, Coordinator - Ken Deane, SecondEngineer

© 1982 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1983 Warner Records Inc.

Perfect Strangers (Album Version)
Various Artists Music For Eighties 00:04:09

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - Deep Purple, Producer, MainArtist - Ian Gillan, ComposerLyricist - Roger Glover, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1984 UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music International Division - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Voracious Souls (LP Version)
Death Angel The Ultra-Violence 00:05:39

Death Angel, MainArtist - Andy Galeon, Composer, Lyricist - Mark Osegueda, Composer, Lyricist - Rob Cavestany, Composer, Lyricist

© 1987 Rykodisc ℗ 2005 Restless, manufactured and marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group company

The Oath
Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath 00:07:33

Mercyful Fate, MainArtist - K. Petersen, Composer, Writer

© 1984 Metal Blade Records, Inc. ℗ 1984 Metal Blade Records, Inc.

Deja Vu (2015 Remaster)
Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time 00:04:58

Steve Harris, Guitar, Writer, Synth Bass - Dave Murray, Guitar, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Bruce Dickinson, Vocals - George Marino, MasteringEngineer - Martin Birch, Producer, Engineer - Iron Maiden, MainArtist - Adrian Smith, Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Bruce Buchhalter, Mixer - Ronald Prent, AssistantEngineer - Nicko McBrain, Drums - Albert Boekholt, AssistantEngineer - Sean Burrows, AssistantEngineer - Ade Emsley, Remastering Engineer - Tony Newton, Remastering Engineer - Martin "Masa" Birch, Producer, Mixer, Engineer

© 1986 Iron Maiden LLP ℗ 1986, 2015 Iron Maiden LLP under exclusive license to Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company (World ex. US) | 1986, 2015 Iron Maiden Holdings Ltd. Under exclusive license to Sanctuary Records Group Ltd., a BMG Company (United States)

Pull the Trigger (Rerecorded)
Blitzkrieg A Time of Changes 00:06:33

Blitzkrieg, MainArtist

2015 Metal Nation Records 2015 Metal Nation Records

Broken Pieces
Diamond Head All Will Be Revealed 00:04:54

Diamond Head, MainArtist

(C) 2016 Dissonance Records (P) 2016 Dissonance Productions

Burn in Hell
Twisted Sister Stay Hungry 00:04:43

Twisted Sister, MainArtist - George Marino, MasteringEngineer - Tom Werman, Producer, Arranger - A.J. Pero, Arranger, Drums, Background Vocals - Jay Jay French, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Dee Snider, Arranger, Vocals - Geoff Workman, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - Gary McGachan, SecondEngineer - Greg Laney, SecondEngineer - Mark "The Animal" Mendoza, Arranger, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Neidermeyer, Miscellaneous - Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda, Arranger, Guitar, Background Vocals - Dean Werman, Miscellaneous - Gary "Gabby" McGachan, Miscellaneous - John "Red" Agnello, SecondEngineer

© 1984 Atlantic Records ℗ 1984 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

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Many people at the time thought these musical styles would not survive long beyond the ‘70s, especially with their figureheads being mocked during the punk wave. Entire armies of young people worked enthusiastically to prove the exact opposite in the most diverse styles, to the point where a dominant genre emerged in the second half of the ‘80s.

The Golden Age of American Death Metal

by Clément Bruni

An often rejected, parodied and misinterpreted sub-genre of metal, the fierce death metal has nevertheless succeeded in garnering a significant following over the decades. Arriving in the 80s, the genre continues to evolve; from its early pursuit of the ultra-violent to its more recent incorporation of aspects from more mainstream genres. Let us look back at the origins of death metal.

This was in part due to the nature of death metal itself. Its violent sound, inhumane vocals and raw, morbid iconography disturbed some. Godflesh’s video, approved by Columbia and initially meant to be broadcast on MTV, was never shown due to its strong religious connotations that the channel discerned offensive. In 1991, Earache fell victim to the Obscene Publication Act, a law originally intended to forbid all obscene writing that held the possibility of “depraving or corrupting the reader”. Albums by Carcass, Cadaver and Filthy Christians were seized by the police in the label’s locality as their covers were deemed offensive. Sales of a record by Swedish group Dismember were also banned in England due to the lyrics in the song Skin her Alive! Legal action was taken, and covered by the musical press, which amounted to a victory for distributors.

What’s more, disagreements arose within groups with regard to what musical direction the bands would follow. Interviews that follow the development of Carcass’ album Swansong and Napalm Death’s Fear Emptiness Despair are rather representative of such quarrels. Indeed, all the inertia surrounding the movement since its conception in 1983 was based on the frantic pursuit of speed and sonic aggression. Once these goals were achieved and pushed as far as they could go, the question of where the genre would head next arose in an evident and direct manner.

And so, the mid-90s marked an important milestone in the history of the genre, with the end of the original death metal. Responses to how the genre would move on from there musically varied from group to group. Some groups continued to push virtuosity and aggression a little further, some continued their journey in search of innovation, while others continue to remodel themselves by means of merging with other more mainstream genres. Such has notably been the case with the Swedish scene, which appeared slightly after the American scene, and will be known as much for its origins as its musical style.

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