New Wave of British Heavy Metal

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"The New Wave of British Heavy Metal", usually abbreviated as NWOBHM or N.W.O.B.H.M. is a sub genre of Heavy Metal that kicked off in the late 1970s. "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal" grew out of the UK, in the United Kingdom, and collected international attention during the early 1980s.

"The New Wave of British Heavy Metal" developed as a reaction to the decline in popularity of the earlier Heavy Metal acts like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. NWOBHM bands toned down the Blues influences of these earlier acts, built up the tempo, and took on a harder feel. NWOBHM artists took on a more Hardcore feel to. Not originally intended to win over a more commercial crowd, NWOBHM was almost exclusively aimed at a Heavy Metal fanbase, but a few more mainstream Heavy Metal acts did grow from the foundations created by NWOBHM, with acts like Metallica citing NWOBHM bands like Diamond Head and Motörhead as a major influence.

Reviled or ignored by many mainstream critics in both the UK and the US, the NWOBHM nonetheless came to dominate the Hard Rock scene of the early-mid 1980s. "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal" was musically built on power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic/soaring vocals, and also had a lot of crossover with some of the bands from the 1980s Glam Metal scene.

Some bands to check out would include;-

Judas Priest

Motörhead

Saxon

Diamond Head

Angel Witch

Tygers of Pan Tang

Venom

Girlschool

Samson