British heavy metal at the start of the 80s – a time when the UK scene was rising fresh from the big jolt of the punk generation – and also maybe starting to shine as the greatest place for metal in the world! There's an intensity to these tracks that really blows away some of the groups from the previous years – particularly those who'd risen to commercial heights on major labels – as many of the acts here began in the indie scene, where there was almost a merging with punk in terms of stripped-down production and frenzied instrumentation – all of which renewed urgency in the music, or maybe gave it a quality that it never even had before! And if you think you're not a heavy metal fan, you may well think again after hearing the set – because the choice of cuts here is wonderful, even from artists who later sounded more commercial – and the whole thing's tied together with a great set of notes as well. 51 tracks in all – with work by Fist, Angel Witch, Demon
Pact, Satan, Elixir, Colossus, Savage, Dark Star, Hellanbach, Lautrec, Race Against Time, Aragorn, Axis, Witchfynde, Warfare, Gaskin, Venom, Shiva, Tysondog, Avenger, Soldier, Stormtrooper, Silverwing, Warrior, Tokyo Blade, Black Rose, Vardis, Jaguar, Diamond Head, Samson, Saxon, Chevy, Atomkraft, Brooklyn, White Spirit, Rock Goddess, and others!