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34 Years Ago: SALEM record their last demo (NWOBHM)

SALEM recorded their third and last demo on this day in 1983 at September Sound, Huddersfield. Salem won a "battle of the bands" at Huddersfield Polytechnic, following which they recorded the last demo at September Sound, Huddersfield, in March 1983, which demonstrated the maturing song writing of the band. Although a number of record companies expressed an interest in the music, the band imploded and played their last, sell-out gig in Hull on 31 May 1983. - Official biography. SALEM reformed around 2010 and released a compilation of their demos, followed by new material. Their latest - the Dark Days LP - was released in 2016.

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30 Years Ago: AGRESSOR rehearse early material (French death/thrash)

Somewhere in Antibes, AGRESSOR were recording a rehearsal on this day in 1987. Brutal thrash / early death metal, this recording is known as Rehearsal of Death. Several of these songs made their way to the killer debut album, Neverending Destiny, released by Noise Records in 1990. After that they signed to Black Mark Production. Above you can hear the rehearsal, beginning with "Brainstorm", below you can hear this song on the Neverending Destiny LP:

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31 Years Ago: VOIVOD release Rrroooaaarrr (and there's no chance to save your cracked brain!)

Anyway, we had to make a move, because "War and Pain" had been released more than a year, before we decided to enter the studio and record "RRROOOAAARR". Our material had been ready for a long time and we were looking forward to listening to our new songs. You know, Voivod is not that kind of band who sits there and waits until things happen. We are warriors and we like to provoke things. At last, we took the right decision, because now we have this deal with Noise Records and we are really happy about it!- Piggy / Voivod interview, Blackthorn magazine, 1986 VOIVOD released the thrashing attack classic Rrröööaaarrr on this day in 1986. It came a little...

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32 Years Ago: BULLDOZER release The Day of Wrath

We always write about our real experiences. We never invented an honour story or a satanic rite. That's why we're not a "Black Metal" band. "The Exorcism" is a real personal story, and that goes for the other songs - they're real experiences that we (or I) happen to live through.- AC Wild / Bulldozer interview, Pheonix Militia #3, 1986 These days it's out of total respect to cite BULLDOZER as a "first wave" black metal band. At the time they were probably bored of the VENOM comparison, which I suspect is the reason for the above statement. Some people (a few, anyway) said we are Venom clones; well, they had better go to church to pray to the virgin, or...

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35 Years Ago: DIAMOND HEAD release Borrowed Time

DIAMOND HEAD released their major label debut on this day in 1982. Lightning to the Nations was the real first album, self-released by the band in 1980 and today much easier to find (as either LttN or The White Album). Borrowed Time is a relatively neglected part of their discography; unfairly as there are some great songs, plenty of vocal flair, and the best version of "Lightning to the Nations"! Below I've copied out two positive reviews from UK mags in '82: Geoff Bank's review in Kerrang, November 1982: IF GENIUS is pain then Diamond Head must be the world's greatest masochists. From the day Zeppelin released 'Presence' the world has cried out for a band who play hard rock with both lust...

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