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There were a lot of quality bands to come from that era of Heavy Metal history, some are still around while some died out quickly. If you are new to this style I recommend the following: Angel Witch - Angel Witch Angel Witch - Screamin' And Bleedin' Blitzkrieg - A Time Of Changes Cloven Hoof - Cloven Hoof Def Leppard - On Through the Night Grim Reaper - See You In Hell Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil Holocaust - The Nightcomers Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden Iron Maiden - Killers Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind Legend - Legend Legend - Death In The Nursery Judas Priest - British Steel Raven - Rock Until You Drop Raven - Wiped Out Raven - All For One Raven - Life's A Bitch Samson - Head On Samson - Shock Tactics Saxon - Denim & Leather Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound Venom - Welcome to Hell Venom - Black Metal Venom - In War with Satan Witchfynde - Stagefright Granted there are more great bands/albums out there, but these are great starting points!

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Don't forget Witchfinder General - Death Penalty.  (1982) and Friends From Hell (1983).  They were the Doom metal arm of the NWOBHM scene.

To each their own. Diamondhead was amazing.

There were a lot of quality bands to come from that era of Heavy Metal history, some are still around while some died out quickly. If you are new to this style I recommend the following: Angel Witch

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Re: NWOBHM for the beginner I spotted two flaws on your list NTNR, firstly Venom are NOT a NWOBHM band, they were more a prototype for black metal in much the same way as Mercyful Fate, secondly Judas Priest were not a NWOBHM band although in that case as they were influential on the movement it can be justified but if you're listing bands which influenced the NWOBHM why not talk about Motorhead as well, nice call on Angel Witch though, I hope at some point all their albums are re-issued I thought they were easily one of the best bands produced by the NWOBHM.

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I spotted two flaws on your list NTNR' date=' firstly Venom are NOT a NWOBHM band, they were more a prototype for black metal in much the same way as Mercyful Fate, secondly Judas Priest were not a NWOBHM band although in that case as they were influential on the movement it can be justified but if you're listing bands which influenced the NWOBHM why not talk about Motorhead as well, nice call on Angel Witch though, I hope at some point all their albums are re-issued I thought they were easily one of the best bands produced by the NWOBHM.[/quote'] There are not flaws in my list, with the exception of lacking a few bands. Venom ARE an NWOBHM band. They're also, Black & Thrash. They burst onto the scene at the same time as all the others. There are a lot bands from that era that aren't even Metal that are labeled as such because it encapsulates a time when England was producing high energy Metal/Rock bands. Toad the Wet Sprocket was a full on blues group that was thrown in even though they didn't really have any business there. They didn't all sound like Iron Maiden. Most were very different. Judas Priest weren't an NWOBHM band BUT British Steel fits the style perfectly. Hence why I put it in the list. It doesn't fit with their 70's material nor anything they did afterwards. If you take an objective look at it you'll find it fits this list better than about 40 other bands I probably could've listed. I ignored Motorhead for two reasons. First, they're painfully overrated. Second, everyone should know about them at this point.
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What about Daimond Head? I think the Am I Evil is absolutely terrific! Apparently when they wrote it they where trying to write the heaviest song ever. 8-)
Diamond Head suck. I've got one of their CD's and I don't know why. They're painfully boring and their singer was terrible. I don't know how they obtained the cult status they did. Their singer was terrible and their song writing was shit. Granted they did have one or perhaps two passable songs. The rest of what they did was just awful. I left them off the list because I wanted to put good bands down. 8-)
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Diamond Head suck. I've got one of their CD's and I don't know why. They're painfully boring and their singer was terrible. I don't know how they obtained the cult status they did. Their singer was terrible and their song writing was shit. Granted they did have one or perhaps two passable songs. The rest of what they did was just awful. I left them off the list because I wanted to put good bands down. 8-)
Never understood this mentality, Lightning To the Nations is a great NWOBHM album.
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