Fun topic idea! I think some people do overrate some of the NWOBHM bands that only made singles/an EP/a demo tape. I remember that, soon after I signed up on Corroseum, one of the other members, Black Axe, sorta gave me a hard time b/c in the 'Introduce Yourself' forum I listed 'NWOBHM' as one of my favorite genres but did not list any NWOBHM bands among my Favorite Acts (Riot, Running Wild, Misfits, Blind Guardian, and early Helloween). Recording 2-3 great songs is a helluva lot easier than recording a strong LP, and I agree that we have seen plenty of evidence of that over the years with the never-ending stream of so-so anthologies.
There are lots of singles/EPs I like, but many of these bands probably would not have been able to make a really great album.
So which bands do i wish had made a full-length album? Let's see....
First off, I'm totally just gonna ignore the rule of picking only 5
'Desperadoes/Are You Out There' is arguably my favorite NWOBHM single, and I would love to hear what the band could have done with a full-length album.
I like all their material (well, except 'Jailbait' perhaps). The fact that they strung together about 8 great tracks across various singles, demos, and comps makes me think they could have released a great album, given the chance.
So good, so very, very, good.
Another one in the proto-power metal vein perhaps, but both tracks are great and the associated WHITE HEAT single isn't bad either, so a decent full-length might have been within their ability.
Lots of good stuff strewn across their EPs, so a good album seems totally possible
I could definitely get behind this! Great single that never gets the props it deserves
If CHARGER is not my favorite NWOBHM single, then 'On the Borderline'Running for You' is! Lots of good songs on comps and demos. Yes, let's just pretend 'Wonderland' didn't happen. Shameless plug: fans can check out my interview with Jih Seymour in 'Steel for an Age' issue 4.
This single used to be considered one of the best of the genre, then folks seemed to forget about it. Killer stuff.
One of my favorites, both songs are just so good!
Wanted to throw this name out there since several of you have expressed a fondness for some of the more quirky/unique sounding bands that tended to have more 70s influences. That style is not really my favorite flavor of NWOBHM, but for those of you who like it, you might find SPITZBROOK's demo and single interesting.
'Lightning in the Skies/These Sunday Nights' is another great single. Could the band have managed a proper full-length? Honestly, I've no idea. But I would like to hear more by the band.
I love the single but am not quite as keen on the demo as others (it's really good, but others seem to deify it and I wouldn't go that far).
This is another one that, once upon a time, was considered one of the true benchmarks of the genre. But over time it sorta faded from the NWOBHM community's zeitgeist. Not really sure why. My only guess is that it was a pretty easy one to come by, so a lot of people probably heard it early on, but then it got relegated to the back burner as those people started digging deeper and deeper into the more obscure corners of the genre. Eventually you stop looking for TYGERS OF PAN TANG albums and get obsessed with finding demo-only bands and lost LOTUS CRUISE songs... or you quit listening to metal, go to business school, and listen to Maroon 5 on FM radio.
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