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Underground Metal LP 1988
Label: Regency Records #: 790-082-1988 Country: USA
Info: Demo recordings from bands all over the USA chosen by various Xian Metal zines and then compiled by the label. And some Swedish dude.
You get a feeling the songs and artists were chosen by way of evangelist fervor first, musicianship second and songwriting skill a long distant third. Printed inner sleeve with lyrics and bios.

CONTENT
(bold = exclusive track / normal = non-exclusive track / italic = non-metal)



Side A:
1. BJORN STIGGSON - Come On
  I guess the "Highway To Hell" riff-off is a funny move, but the rest of the song is pretty basic melo-HR like Björn's regular band LEVITICUS.
2. ARMADA - But It's Only Rock And Roll
  Fast US Steel reminding me of Obsession. Nothing too special but way over par by Regency's standards.
3. CHOSEN STRANGER - So Glad
  Melodic, sturdy HR like Icon or Autograph.
4. PARADOX - Ruler
  High vocals, rather heavy guitars but unfortunately one interesting chorus short of 'Good' streetsy US Metal/HR like Lizzy Borden, Halloween, Leather Nunn etc..
5. TORN FLESH - No Surfin' In Hell
  Jeezus-fucking-CHRIST!! This makes their infamous LP sound like Watchtower by comparison! Completely mindnumbing chaotic noise that's supposed to be some sort of Thrash/crossover I believe. Ironically the most interesting tune on the album since it's at least a very funny sort of Bad.

Side B:
1. WATCHMEN - Fear No Evil
  Pounding, melodic Dio-Metal heavy on the keys.
2. CHARIOT - Step Into The Light
  Quite energetic and NWOBHM-sounding, while also reminding me of Aussies LightForce.
3. PARAGON - Why Are There So Many Sinners
  It's because it starts off so awesome that the awful, poppy chorus and bridge becomes so unforgivingly annoying. Pity the waste of a potential epic :(
4. MERCY RULE - Cities Are Burning
  I haven't heard their LP, but you kind of expect the few familiar band names on a comp like this to rise above the rest. Not so, since the completely tuneless vocals ruins what could at least have been an average US Metal filler.
         
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