Whether a band changed musical directions or even leaned in a slightly different one is irrelevant. Mentioning that a band remained sounding the same would be insinuating that the sound of a band (the sub-genre) is a determining factor in if their later efforts were considered NWOBHM or not regardless the year of release.rumblefist wrote:Just for the record - it's your own opinion or something you did read somewhere ?Avenger wrote: NWOBHM is an era, it's not a sub-genre.
For me - and i've total right in affirming it because i didn't stand only with the albuns neither the 7''s and because i listened a lot, I've studied it deeply and keep studing it because metal lessons are always welcome.
And because i discussed this with some of the biggest NWOBHM collectors in the world - It's surely not a genre. I already said that on previous times on previous threads here on Corro - It featured Punk Rock bands that didn't please any punk rockers (and the biggest part of the local metalheads as well hahaha), Power-Pop, Space-Rock, Garage Rock, Blues-Rock, Boogie, Prog and Neo-Prog and even Hard-Rock (which isn't really Heavy-Metal).
Probably more close of an Era as you state, it's a a historic fact indeed - but where do you put a band that started let's say around 1982 and kept it going until 1988 not changing almost nothing on their music neither or on their atittude ? (i'm repeating myself - but a reply like yours "It's Not A Sub-Genre" it's not enough)....where did i say it was a sub-genre ?
If that was the case, Slander would be the gold standard with their 1991 record but I think we can agree that would be ridiculous regardless how much it sounds like it could have been recorded in 1981.
The only real debate here is what year the movement ended and quite frankly 1983 saw the first real Speed/Power Metal offerings and 1984 saw Thrash records meaning the Metal movement as a whole had shifted and the (NEW)WOBHM was no longer that.
So no, I don't think an '85 or '86 record is NWOBHM. Not really sure who you've talked to but unless they were a member of a band at the forefront of the movement their opinion means just as much as any other enthusiast of the music. When you look at the era from a historical standpoint the years i've previously outlined make the most sense.