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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM) was a heavy metal movement that started in the 1970's, in Britain, and achieved international attention by the early 1980's. The movement developed as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. NWOBHM bands toned down the blues influence of earlier acts, incorporated elements of punk, increased the tempo, and adopted a "tougher" sound, taking a harder approach to its music. It was a scene directed almost exclusively at heavy metal fans. The era is considered to be a major foundation stone for the extreme metal genres. American metal band Metallica cite NWOBHM bands like Saxon, Motorhead, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden as a major influence on their musical style.
The NWOBHM came to dominate the heavy metal scene of the early to mid 1980's. NWOBHM was musically characterised by fast upbeat tempo songs, power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic, soaring vocals, with lyrical themes often drawing inspiration from mythology and fantasy fiction. Many of the bands of this era were signed to Neat Records who has released volumes of NWOBHM compilations in later years.
The early movement was associated with acts such as Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Saxon, Angel Witch, Raven, Girlschool, Diamond Head, Samson, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Blitzkrieg, Sweet Savage, Jaguar, Avenger, Demon, Witchfynde, Witchfinder General, White Spirit and Tank. The image of bands such as Saxon, consisting of long hair, denim jackets, leather and chains, would later become synonymous with heavy metal as a whole during the 1980's. Some bands, although conceived during this era, saw success on an underground scale, as was the case with Venom and Quartz.
Below is a list of the major bands who emerged during this era...
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