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The 10 Best '80s Metal Bands You've Never Heard Of
The 10 Best '80s Metal Bands You've Never Heard Of
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Sadly, like the old saying goes, easy come easy go, the band would never achieve the same level of success they did with Turn Up The Radio and as a result would disband in 1989. However, they would reunite in 2013 and have been active ever since, with the exception that singer, Steve Plunkett choosing not to rejoin the band. Sign In Please is defiantly an album worth buying, especially when it comes to Steve Lynch's guitar playing. Get it on ITunes or secure a physical copy, but do whatever it takes to listen to it.



These guys were a lot of fun, above all else, they were fun. House of Pain is a contended for one of the best hair metal ballads, a touching song about having a poor relationship with your father. Fronted by one of rock and roll's most exciting characters, Sebastian Bach, Skid Row could be a bit noisy at times, and a bit sappy at others, but always kept a great attitude and sense of humour about life and about themselves.



Despite its tepid sound and the fact that it embraced every rock cliche in the book, Bon Jovi earned a massive following and churned out a seemingly never ending string of hits starting with "Runaway" in 1984. These stadium rockers are lucky they haven't gone blind with all the girls that have flashed their boobs over the years. Global superstardom came after the release of Slippery When Wet in 1986. Even though Jon Bon Jovi is as big of a douchebag as Bono, he had one of the better set of pipes during the hair band era. In all honesty, I am not the biggest fan of country music, especially of modern country.



Angel Witch is probably most notable for being a part of the New Wave Of the British Heavy Metal movement. With the release of albums Angel Witch , Screamin’ ‘n’ Bleedin’ , and Frontal Assault , the names told you what kind of music it was. Their self-titled album is considered a classic album from the NWOBHM and still stands as one of the most notable metal albums of that scene. The band has returned with different lineups over the years, with a slightly more modern sound but recognizable nonetheless.



They’d been tinkering with mainstream-friendly rock on several albums after spending of the ’70s breaking new ground in heavy metal, and "Hurricane" was the perfect marriage of heaviness and melody. Dieter Dierks’ digital production was groundbreaking at the time, and 33 years later sounds as badass as it ever did. Judas Priest’s 1986 album Turbo was a divisive record, opting for a more contemporary rock sound and embracing synthesizers, but in retrospect it’s one of the smartest albums of their storied career, rife with sly experimentation. For all the initial detractors, it has since become one of the most popular songs in Judas Priest’s discography. While "Wild Side" and "Too Young To Fall In Love" are Mötley Crüe’s best moments, "Home Sweet Home" is their best moment when metal and pop found a perfect balance.



MTV put the cover version of the classic hit "Wipeout" in rotation for a while, but this was simply a one-off solo album that is fun for collectors to find. Hellion released their self-titled Ep in 1983 and the album Screams in the Night , and another EP, Postcards from the Asylum during their run in the 80s. Led by vocalist Ann Boleyn, the band often headlined shows on the Sunset Strip clubs but failed to find a major record label offer.



4 is one of the greatest albums ever made, and is perchance the greatest metal album ever. Just listen to "Under The Sun", you'll find the heaviest, doomiest, gravest and most spectacular musical piece. Even in these remote places, good music comes through. Though legendary frontman Dee Snider thinks Twisted Sister should not be considered a hair metal band, it definitely qualifies.



The Canadian hair metal band’s sound is melodic, over the top, poppy, fun rock n roll and might have already been out of place by the time they released an album. Nevertheless, they deserve more attention and credit for well-written rock anthems that tried their best to keep rock alive. Enuff Z’Nuff delivered one of glam metal’s most impressive debuts. They had all the elements a hair metal band needed to succeed — explosive drums, whammy-bar guitar riffs and that Lennon/McCartney-esque melodic harmony of the songs they released. This band’s whole gimmick and style was actually inspired by the colorful kids’ breakfast cereal,Trix.It sounds like a joke, but it isn’t.



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Some of its most notable albums include Battalions of Fear, A Twist in the Myth and Beyond the Red Mirror. Read more about here. Andalucia was one of the most important regions for Spanish rock in the 70s, but somehow that did not translate into a thriving metal scene. Acracia were one of the few bands from that era and while they failed to achieve much popularity, La Otra Sevilla has very memorable moments.



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