The significance of 1980.

Fri, 16/12/2016 - 16:35

Why 1980? Well, I've been thinking about this particular year in Metal history and even though Priest presented the world with the first album that could be called fully formed, pure Metal two years earlier in a little masterpiece known as Stained Class, I think 1980 was when Metal really became an actual genre with it's own clear identity, both musically with the likes of the debuts from Maiden, Angel Witch, and Diamond Head, two classics from Saxon, Sabbath's amazing reinvention with Heaven and Hell and the continuing rise of Ronnie James Dio who, as far as I know, started throwing up the sign of the horns around the time Heaven and Hell was released, and with other aspects like dress/fashion/appearance. I just think this was the year Metal finally transformed into a fully fledged genre after a decade of evolution. What do you all think?

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