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Released: 1984, Metal Blade
"In the days of darkness,
men feared not the sword and the lance,
nor did he fear the beast of fire,
he feared, the AXEMAN!"
So says Omen at least. This album is fairly old, but I don't believe it receives the recognition that it should get as one by a very talented band that can write catchy tunes.
I have to admit that this album was written when I was only two years old so I can't speak any about it's influence on bands around that time. I can say that even today it is a kick ass album that deserves a seat next to Iron Maiden, Saxon, etc.
One can easily see the NWOBHM (and Iron Maiden) style of playing on the song "Last Rites," with its galloping rhythm. This album totally breathes NWOBHM in every crevice and, in my opinion, should be an album people talk about when they talk about the NWOBHM sound. The only problem I see with that is that I don't believe these guys are from Britain.
The really cool thing about this band is the subject for all the lyrics, which is really nothing new to anyone who listens to metal. The album is filled with lyrics about Dragons, Wenches, and Gladiator Arenas. This was, of course, was written before it was popular as a subject in metal, though.
This is a must-have for anyone who enjoys classic metal and especially for someone who likes the NWOBHM sound.
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