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37 Years Ago: BRATS (pre-MERCYFUL FATE) release 1980

BRATS began as a punk rock band in Copenhagen, 1977. The earliest material is good but not remarkable. Guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner (and briefly Carsten Van der Volsing) soon began incorporating their heavy metal influences - JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS and UFO. BRATS released their only LP - 1980 - on this day in 1980. They were never quite a punk band playing heavy metal but came close on "Tame Me" and "Complex". Good hard rock songs, some great punk songs and a couple of moments directly foreshadowing the oncoming MERCYFUL FATE masterpieces! By late 1980 King Diamond would join, Denner left, and eventually BRATS split. Immediately MERCYFUL FATE formed. And then consider... within a year of this album Shermann...

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30 Years Ago: RIPPING CORPSE record Death Warmed Over demo

I would say we started out as speed metal went through the thrash zone and ended up at death metal with a touch of hardcore. We were with the first ones doing it. We were there from day one really, I remember when there wasn't a death metal, it was just heavy metal then speed and thrash metal growing into the heavier black and death metal. RIPPING CORPSE recorded the Death Warmed Over demo during this month in 1987. ...it wasn't our first, but close to it. That demo was done in a home studio around us by a local couple in NJ Joe and Karla Crowley is about all I can remember there, but it was a decent little...

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30 Years Ago: ARTILLERY release Terror Squad

Terror Squad was in many ways a ground breaking album for us with an amazing support from the media and fans, with my favourite songs like "The Challenge" and the title track.- Michael Stützer / Artillery interview, Power of Metal, 2008 ARTILLERY released their second album on this day in 1987. Artillery on Metalfabrikken, Kanal 25, 1986

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30 Years Ago: SLAYER live in Birmingham (Reign in Pain European Tour)

Live on this day in 1987, SLAYER at the beginning of their European Reign in Blood tour. £5.50 at the Birmingham Odeon box-office, get there for 7:30 p.m.! Great quality crowd recording, remastered by Mahler Haze. The tour started a couple of nights earlier at the Mayfair, Newcastle. The last England show was at the Hammersmith Odeon on 22 April. The tour continued into Germany through mid-May. Support for the entire European tour was from US heavy metal band MALICE.

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35 Years Ago: MOTORHEAD release Iron Fist (flying hooves don't touch the ground)

MOTÖRHEAD released their fifth studio LP - Iron Fist - on this day in 1982. It would be the last MOTÖRHEAD album with Fast Eddie Clarke, who also co-produced the recording. Any quotes from the band are usually negative towards this album, personally it's one of my favourites! Got a little taste, gotta get some more! One single, the title track b/w Remember Me I'm Gone, was released at the beginning of the month (3 April). But Iron Fist was not the record to follow up an album that went straight in at No. 1. To be honest, we were screwed anyway. No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith was live, and you can't follow up a live album that sold the way...

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