Various Artists

Heavy Metal Thunder [Monsters of Rock]

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Colosseum? A Monster of Rock? Well, who's counting when the price of the CD is rock bottom and surely in most every cut-out bin in the world. So, what is this highly objective rock collection all about, then? It's a British hard rock fete, that's what, covering the progressive, New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and even punk aspects of the genre; no Sabbath, Zeppelin, or Deep Purple here, though -- must've been those prohibitive copyright payments. But, bargain-hunting metalheads will get a chance to flair those ragged, early-'70s bell bottoms to the tune of Status Quo, hear why Krokus peers Tempest and Magnum never made it out of the cellar, and find a bit of fresh air compliments of Motörhead and the Damned. The rest is best left to the judgment of the truly die-hard fans of Druid metal.

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