The 2-disc compilation NWOBHM - '79 Revisited was put together by Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to collect tracks from some of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement that so influenced him when he was growing up. With this set, you get a good overview of the various sounds within the NWOBHM as well as a look at some of its best and least well-known bands…
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans TYGERS OF PAN TANG release their new, self-titled album on October 21
2016 two CD collection. Saxon are one of the leaders of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal and are established as one of Europe's biggest metal acts, influencing the likes of Metallica, Mötley Crüe and Megadeth. With Biff Byford at the helm, this compilation sees the South Yorkshire heavyweights return to form. This collection of all the biggest hits from 1991-2009, Biff describes as "the point in our career when we started to take control of our production and writing."
The Tygers of Pan Tang were on a roll in 1981. After solidifying their lineup with a couple of key additions (most notably, explosive guitarist John Sykes) and receiving a warm reception to their second album Spellbound, the Tygers found themselves touring relentlessly and challenging the new wave of British heavy metal's top bands – Iron Maiden, Saxon, and Def Leppard - for U.K. supremacy. Unfortunately, their impetus ground to a sudden halt when they were rudely pulled off the road and forced to record another album in only three weeks time - and without producer Chris Tsangarides, who had guided their first two efforts but was otherwise occupied with Thin Lizzy's Renegade album.
Judas Priest was one of the most influential heavy metal bands of the '70s, spearheading the New Wave of British Heavy Metal late in the decade. Decked out in leather and chains, the band fused the gothic doom of Black Sabbath with the riffs and speed of Led Zeppelin, as well as adding a vicious two-lead guitar attack; in doing so, they set the pace for much popular heavy metal from 1975 until 1985, as well as laying the groundwork for the speed and death metal of the '80s.
This is a Holy Grail of late 70's heavy rock - due both to rarity (200+ Euro for original vinyl in pristine state) and awesome quality of the progressive-tinged and heavy as hell music. Being inspired by Black Sabbath, early Judas Priest, Budgie and Neon Rose and pressed privately in Sweden - this album 'nearly invented' the whole genre like The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal! It was recorded and released in 1978 - full year ahead of Iron Maiden and Tygers Of Pan Tang! This release was carefully mastered from the original source and sounds better than ever! Enjoy!
Saxon followed up four or five brilliant albums with a bevy of pretty lousy ones, making any greatest hits set a tricky proposition for these New Wave of British Heavy Metal mainstays. And this a very poorly assembled greatest hits set even by those standards, so do yourself a favor: pick up Wheels of Steel or Strong Arm of the Law instead. [itunes.apple.com]
This two-disc set combines two of the finest albums by this leading New Wave of British Heavy Metal group, and adds a few choice live versions of tracks from their best-selling Wheels of Steel to boot. [~ Eduardo Rivadavia, All Music Guide]