New MM Feature: Made in England--Aragorn "Black Ice"
7/31/2012 2:01:26 PM by Josh

The next time someone mentions bands like Venom and Motorhead leading the charge during the NWOBHM movement in regards to speed, heaviness, grime and grit, etc...make sure they've heard Aragorn (a not so surprising Tolkein reference). While not having an accomplished career, like most bands that went sooner than they came during those years, Aragorn carried all those characteristics and waved the flag high with the "Black Ice" (1981) single released by none other than Neat Records and were in fact one of the labels earliest signed bands, predating releases by influential guitar-tone heavy bands like Hellhammer. Struck by possible bad luck/timing, such is seemingly the fate of most in the movement, Aragorn didn't survive much further than this single and the later material didn't capture the bulldozer drive and tempo that this early single did. The B Side, "Noonday" is also another heavy hitter.

<< back >>

HammerFall The Kovenant
LA Guns Big Dumb Face
Poisonblack Dokken
Neck December
Commit Suicide Seven Witches
Celestial Ode Helloween
Mark Boals Iron Maiden
Dark Moor Vyndykator
Circle of Nero Biomechanical
Chainsnap Kilfast
Mourning Beloveth King Diamond
Dream Weaver Sludge!
Eidolon Thunderstone
Whitesnake Primal Fear
Fraise Fairyland
Neverland Soil
Jag Panzer Freakhouse
Deep Purple Graveland
David Shankle Group Brutal Mastication
Acrid Krokus
Bonfire Vox Tempus
Unleashed Dio
Unearth Nashville Pussy
Scavenger Age Of Silence
Conquestador The Project Hate
Silent Force The Lizards
Ironhorse Mirror of Deception
Cryme Twisted Sister
Triumph Azrael's Bane
Code Black Gods Of Fire
The New Breed Audiovision
Kings X Lost Soul
Soilwork Dirt
Labyrinth Hibria
Strikelight Nevermore
John Sykes Samael
Argument Soul Kaamos
Chaoswave Alex Skolnick Trio
Omegalord Axis Of Perdition
Soul SirkUS Debris Inc.
Kryoburn Raintime
Throes of Dawn Shade Empire
Nightrage Groundcrew
Manntis Mirador
Sentenced Dynamic Lights
Nuse Evemaster
Slik Helvetika Monolithe
Supagroup Alice Cooper
Edenbridge Agents Of The Sun
Blitzkrieg The Scourger
Warchild To The Bone
Crystal Fate Winterfell
Sun O))) Ghost Machinery
Crystal Ball Cryogen
Gojira Ram-Zet
Bronx Casket Company Khold
Hate Absolution
Early Man Enforsaken
Nobody's Fool Pile of Heads
Across Tundras Cardinale
Cannibal Corpse Poison
Beyond Fear Pyramaze
Bal-Sagoth Speed/Kill/Hate
The Sword Hate Profile
Space Odyssey Dendura
Psycroptic Skid Row
Ynis Vitrin I
Rotting Christ Lesbian Bed Death
The Showdown Urkraft
Phazm The Gathering
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr Terry Sullivan
Dream Theater In This Moment
Mindgrinder Madking Ludwig
Cattle Decapitation Spit Like This
Trenchfoot Blut Aus Nord
Funeral Hell N' Diesel
Pathosray Mass Extinction
Glenn Hughes Shining Star
Mortiis Jesus Martyr
Pop Evil Kreator
Hacksaw Surgery Godhead
Souls Of We The Lamp of Thoth
Alestorm Son of Eric
Papa Roach Battleroar
Sister Sin