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6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of 80’s American Heavy Metal (Part 1)

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Heir Apparent – Graceful Inheritence (1986)

Source // metal-archives.com

Heir Apparent’s debut album may have been virtually ignored by their native Americans but Europe lapped it up, drawn in by a majestic sound – not attributable to the mix which is uniformly terrible, it has to be said – which recalled the early sounds of Fates Warning, Queensrÿche and the NWOBHM.

Historically, this underground treasure of 80’s American heavy metal has much to offer.

Ahead of its time and revered amongst aficionados, its humble beginnings (self funded and without label help) are writ large but the songwriting nous and accomplished musicianship on tracks such as the instrumental “R.I.P (Live)” and the delicately immersive “Keeper Of The Reign” remain obvious to hear.

Cult. Class.

About Chris Jennings (1428 Articles)
I love Heavy Metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about Metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' Metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

4 Comments on 6 Under-Appreciated Classics Of 80’s American Heavy Metal (Part 1)

  1. Héctor Hurtado // May 31, 2018 at 4:22 pm // Reply

    What a list, fantastic! I would only change Open the Gates for Crystal Logic and that’s it!

  2. Culprit, Helstar, Medieval Steel

    • Chris Jennings // June 4, 2018 at 4:34 pm // Reply

      Good call! Helstar are already pencilled in for a future entry but Culprit and Medieval Steel definitely need some attention….we’ll get on it!!! \m/

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