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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’s Most Underrated Albums

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The early to mid 1980’s was a glorious time for heavy music with the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) unleashing ground-breaking new bands at an astonishing rate.

Taking their cues from the progressive nature of 70’s Hard Rock and Punk’s steel-toe-capped belligerence, the band’s of the NWOBHM increased the speed, embraced the power chord and riffed harder and faster than ever before.

Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard took the genre to new heights and celebrated arena level success but many bands, who also deserved to celebrate similar victories, were lost amongst the crowd, left to jostle for attention without ever truly being heard.

With that in mind, WorshipMetal have dug deep into the NWOBHM vaults to unearth some underrated treasures that deserve reappraisal. Whether these albums were ignored, forgotten over time or simply found themselves buried beneath a mountain of seminal releases, we hope to give them a chance to live and breathe once more.

If we’ve forgotten one of your favourites, pop it in the comments section below and we’ll have a nice chat about it…..

About Chris Jennings (1300 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/

12 Comments on The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal’s Most Underrated Albums

  1. Roberto França // February 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm // Reply

    Most underrated albums? The albums you choose are TOP NWOBHM albums except for the last two.

    • Chris Jennings // February 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm // Reply

      Thanks for commenting Roberto. You are correct, they are top albums but they are also most definitely underrated. By that we mean they should have been more popular outside of the niche circle of NWOBHM fans. Just to prove my point, consider the albums/artists not included. There’s no Maiden, no Tygers Of Pan Tang, no Saxon, no Angel Witch, no Raven and instead of Witchfynde’s more popular Give’Em Hell, we chose Stagefright….the more underrated album.

  2. Infernal majesty

  3. witchfinder General Friends of hell, death penalty.

    • Chris Jennings // February 13, 2015 at 7:41 am // Reply

      I would consider Death Penalty to be an acknowledged NWOBHM classic but agree with Friends Of Hell being underrated, a great follow-up \m/

  4. GUSTAVO RIOS AUTRAN // April 4, 2015 at 2:45 am // Reply

    Really excellent list, mr. Jennings. For many enthusiasts of this movement, actually some choices are quite obvious, e.g. the mentioned albums of Cloven Hoof, Satan, Jaguar and Tytan. A very positive surprise for me is that you chose the astounding Stagefright of Witchfynde, a true underrated (or hidden) gem. This is one of my favourites of all time. Very distinctive, very dark and melodic at the same time, a obscure masterpiece.

    • Chris Jennings // April 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm // Reply

      Thanks! Stagefright is an obscure masterpiece indeed and the more people who discover this underrated classic the better \m/

  5. GUSTAVO RIOS AUTRAN // April 4, 2015 at 3:33 am // Reply

    Their albums were included in the list, but I don’t think Demon, Diamond Head and Tokyo Blade are less popular than Raven, Angel Witch and Tygers Of Pan Tang.
    The tips in the end of the list are very good indeed. As a pretentious specialist, I have some additional recommendations: Witchfynde, Chateaux, Pagan Altar and Witchfinder General: everything released to date! And finally, Omega’s album “The Prophet”.

  6. simon lewis // June 4, 2015 at 9:50 pm // Reply

    My Vote goes for Girl – “Sheer greed” fast punky songs with a glam sheen and some top notch solos. forget that various members went one to become american hair metal types and just enjoy the sheer energy of the collection

  7. These are good albums, what do you think of A II Z’s Witch of Berkeley or Quartz’s self titled or Bitches Sin Predator?

  8. Chris Jennings // October 10, 2016 at 6:16 pm // Reply

    The Quartz debut is great (they have a new album coming out this month you know!), the Bitches Sin album not so great. I have to confess, I’ve never heard the A II Z album but live albums don’t generally thrill me! Thanks for reading and commenting \m/

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