Various Artists-NWOBHM Thunder (Box-set)

Reviewed: September, 2020
Released: 2020, Cherry Red / Hear No Evil
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

This is really cool.  Have you ever wanted to dig a little deeper into the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal but can’t afford the outrageous prices for rare, out-of-print vinyl that is now already 35-40 years old? Not a fan of watching grainy, old, Youtube videos at your desk?  Now you can explore the NWOBHM with this handy 3 CD set called HEAVY METAL TUNDER.

Cherry Red/ Hear No Evil Records have released a new set of NWOBHM stuff and it is a blast!   It comes in a slip-case which houses three wallets.  Each wallet has a small picture of the album cover (or single) that the song in question came from.   There are 44 tracks in all and it comes with a page booklet, full colour. The 18-page booklet, after a brief introductory statement, has a paragraph write up on each band. You are getting about three and half hours of music and a steal of price.  I’m not sure if things have been re-mastered but it all sounds top notch to me, especially compared to my old cassettes.

What I like about this set is that it goes a little deeper than some of these compilations I’ve seen. I ran the numbers and there are, by my estimation, xx songs are what I would call uncommon or rare songs. It is not just Raven and Saxon although those titans (along with Venom, Praying Mantis, Battlezone and all the other bigger names) are well represented too.

There are bands like Tarot, Metal Mirror, Black Rose, Midas and Liaison stuff I’ve never heard before with songs only appearing only compilations of rare vinyl-only singles before the bands themselves disappeared into oblivion. There is a lot of cool stuff on here.

HEAVY METAL THUNDER serves as a great introduction to the NWOBHM scene but also a bit of a deeper look into the vaults to help you make your decisions before you dish out big money fro that rare single. Most of all, for me who grew up listening to a good chunk of this stuff it is a great trip down memory lane laced with several surprises. Pick this up today and hear the call of the Heavy Metal Thunder!


TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

1. HEAVY METAL THUNDER – Saxon
2. SATISFIED THEN CRUCIFIED – Rock Goddess
3. YOU GOT ME RUNNING –
Pauline Gillan Band
4. FLIRTING WITH SUICIDE – Praying Mantis
5. RADAR LOVE – Aragorn
6. PANDORA’S BOX – Elixir
7. THE GATES OF GEHENNA – Cloven Hoof
8. THE LAND GOD GAVE TO CAINE – Paul Di’Anno’s Battlezone
9. GODDESS OF FIRE – Siege
10. TOO MANY PEOPLE – Vardis
11. BURN THIS TOWN – Battleaxe
12. LIVE LIKE AN ANGEL,
DIE LIKE A DEVIL – Venom
13. SUICIDE MAN – Satan’s Empire
14. POWER – War Machine

DISC TWO

1. INFERNO – Blitzkreig
2. THE GREEN MANALISHI – Mantas
3. LADY OF MARS – Dark Star
4. POWER IN THE SKY – Midas
5. JUST ANOTHER DAY – Chevy
6. RIDIN’ HIGHER – Black Rose
7. TIME WILL TELL – Hammerhead
8. CRAZY – Metal Mirror
9. ONLY HEAVEN KNOWS – Liaison
10. EN CACHENT (DEMO VERSION) – Shiva
11. HOLLYWOOD TEASE – Girl
12. A FACE IN THE CROWD – Saracen
13. LOVE POTION NO. 9 –
Tygers Of Pan Tang
14. DEMON PACT – Demon Pact
15. FEEL THE POWER – Tarot
16. NUCLEAR ATTACK –
Chrome Molly

DISC THREE

1. BREAK THE CHAIN – Raven
2. I’D RATHER GO WILD – Witchfynde
3. SHE’S NO ANGEL – Streetfighter
4. LOVE TIMES LOVE –
Heavy Pettin’
5. ANOTHER LOST WEEKEND – Jaguar
6. EARTH MOTHER – Samson
7. LIAR – Demon
8. IT COULD BE BETTER – Girlschool
9. DIRTY FACED ANGELS –
Tokyo Blade
10. STILL COMIN’ HOME – Stormtrooper
11. STEVIE’S VENGEANCE – Savage
12. IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT – Diamond Head
13. VENI, VIDI, VICI – Statetrooper
14. LOST AND FOUND – Fist


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