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Dark Avenger A lot of NWOBHM falls short for me simply because many of the songs lack balls, but that is not the case here. This is raw traditional heavy metal with memorable songs, great guitar and bass work, and strong vocals - no wimpy dad rock riffs. The demos here surpass many full length albums recorded by some of their contemporaries. Some of the songs remind me of Di'anno era Maiden, but I also am reminded of other great bands like Heavy Load and Attacker at times. Favorite track: Blind Terror.
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MindOverFour Forgotten NWOBHM group sounds right at home alongside (and even better than many) modern bands that try to capture the proto-metal, retro-vibe. Anyone who worships Pentagram should bow down to Dragonslayer. Plus there are some Iron-Maiden-y gallops. Favorite track: Blind Terror.
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paul rote Hey curt did you have this 7" ? Killer nwobhm.! he did , so did I he said, that's how I know the song "i want your life. Favorite track: I Want Your Life.
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The Slayer 04:26
Blind Terror 05:59
Hammerhead 03:48
Rock With Me 03:54
Dragon Drums 03:53
The Hunger 04:23
Catch Me 03:04


Release Date: October 22, 2008 (CD) / December 30, 2008 (DLP)
$12.00 (CD) / $22.00 (Black DLP) / $24.00 (Color DLP)
This long-forgotten band from the N.W.O.B.H.M. is finally un-earthed for the first time ever since the 80's. They were originally called HEAVY THUNDER and then quickly changed their name to be the very first band with the name SLAYER! Some of this album contains songs when they were called SLAYER, the others of course were eventually DRAGONSLAYER. SLAYER/DRAGONSLAYER never really had a record deal and only one official release (as DRAGONSLAYER), which was a 3 song 7" Single/E.P. back in 1984. This release combines their efforts from their 1982 Demo, 1984 7" Single, and 1986 Demo. For the first time ever all of these songs will be officially released still in their original quality. It's a shame this band was never picked up by a label back then because if there ever was a truly underground N.W.O.B.H.M. band that was looked over, it was Dragonslayer! There's a huge early JUDAS PRIEST influence here, also the usual SCORPIONS, UFO, DEEP PURPLE, SABBATH influence as well. I really think the songwriting is amazing, layered with solid high vocals, catchy riffs, and memorable choruses, you know the stuff the N.W.O.B.H.M. was built on. For the first time ever DRAGONSLAYER would love to consider this their very first album, but really it's a double album!

1. The Slayer
2. Run Like Hell
3. Blind Terror
4. I Want Your Life
5. Satan Is Free
6. Broken Hearts
7. Man In The Dark
8. Hammer Head
9. Lady Of The Night
10. Rock With Me
11. Lies In Your Eyes
12. Dragon Drums
13. The Hunger
14. Satan's Soldiers
15. The Battle Is On
16. Catch Me



released October 22, 2008


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