The Rise of the "New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal"
Posted on 3/20/2017 1:02:01 PM by Frank Hill

Kids are sporting back patches, shirts and stickers of bands that reached prominence over thirty years ago--nearly two lifetimes in comparison. We are witnessing droves of young metal fans donning the classic emblems of Maiden, Motorhead, Saxon and Venom, yet delving even deeper for the tattered reminders that underground NWOBHM was just as important. Angel Witch, Wildfire, Touched, Quartz, Steelwing, Enforcer, Jaguar and that ilk are on proud display worldwide.

Wait...Steelwing? Enforcer? Those are NEW bands.

Garbed in the clothing of 1978, young bands are fighting for their denim and leather cause. It's occurring in Sweden, Canada, Germany and the US as more and more new bands espouse the belief that NWOBHM is worthy of imitation, the flattered attempt to burke modern sensibility for more vintage virtues.

It's the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal.

Read our column here: [Full Column Link]

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Chrome Molly
"We wanted to make a tribute to all the acts that inspired us to do what we do... real heroes to us"

"It seems the interest is back there in the genre which is a great thing for the bands involved"

Black Oak County
"What's so cool about us, I think, is we have a very different taste in music, all of us."
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The owner of independent label Killer Metal Records, Jens Hafner, is a heavy metal enthusiast that has been actively supporting the scene for thirty-four years. Over that time he has exhibited no signs or symptoms of fatigue or complacency as his label continues to grow and expand its roster with new and seasoned traditional metal acts. [LINK]