5. Jaguar – Power Games (1983)
Charging head-first into Speed-Metal territory, Jaguar’s debut album is another example of NWOBHM bands establishing a new order and influencing the Thrash revolution which was unknowingly around the corner.
Howling feedback, distorted riffs and head-down blasting was the order of the day and it shreds as hard as any of Thrash’s first wave of releases. “Prisoner”, “Coldheart” and “Dutch Connection” are pure aggression and things only settle down when Jaguar attempt an ill-advised Power-ballad in the shape of “Master Game”.
Any fans of Accept, Exciter and Motörhead’s early 80’s material will get a kick out of Power Games and overall Jaguar’s debut is an astonishingly aggressive piece of NWOBHM history which deserves to be held in higher regard.