Angelwitch formed in London, England in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement.

Def Leppard

Def Leppard formed in Sheffield, England in 1977 as Atomic Mass with original members Rick Savage, Pete Willis and Tony Kenning. Frontman Joe Elliot came into the picture not long after and the band adopted the name Deaf Leopard, soon altering the spelling to be "more rock 'n' roll". Additional guitarist Steve Clark (the 17-year-old(...)

Diamond Head

July 1981, and Diamond Head - the perennially underachieving kings of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) - have just played a routine gig at south London's Woolwich Odeon. A 17-year-old Danish-American kid muscles his way backstage and explains that he has saved up years of pocket money to fly half way around the world(...)


Formed in London in the late 70s, Girlschool were one of the first all-girl rock acts to make a mark in the mostly male-dominated NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). The band's first two albums have gone on to become classics. Having signed with Bronze, their debut album Demolition surfaced in 1980. Stand-out tracks included a blistering cover(...)

Heavy Metal

Fine in principal, but not quite in practice; The Heavy Metal crowd consistently ruled much of the 80's, which is why there was 'alternative music' back then. The new bands took the rock posturing of KISS but left the humour behind and the ageing arena bands slunk out from under their rocks and carried on as though(...)

Iron Maiden

In the East End of London, Steve "Arry" Harris and Dave Murray joined forces in 1976 with Paul Di'anno (real name, Paul Andrews) and Doug Sampson to form Iron Maiden, a band determined to keep hard rock going in the face of advancing punk and New Wave. Ironically, in years to come Iron Maiden would be hailed as(...)

Judas Priest

Named after the Bob Dylan song The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest and led by Tim Brooke-Taylor look-alike and openly gay biker dress-alike Rob Halford, Judas Priest were never taken as seriously as other heavy metal bands, partly because Halford was a weedy (and later, balding) vocalist, and possibly because they were no Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin.(...)


On paper, Money should have been incredibly successful. Not only were they charismatic youngsters capable of writing ambitious yet never boring hard rock at a time when such things were in the ascendant, but they also hailed from Birmingham, home to NWOBHM godfathers Judas Priest, and the mighty Black Sabbath. The story of their rise to near-success is a familiar(...)

New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM)

In the early 1980s, UK rock magazine Sounds ardently promoted (and christened) the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal -  the acronym of which is spelt NWOBHM and pronounced "nuh'wobbum". Decades on from its humble beginnings in scabby working men's clubs, pubs and nightclubs across England's ravaged industrial heartlands, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal seems(...)


Birmingham-based New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) band who hopped to a different label with almost every release. Mike Taylor Vocals Mick Hopkins  Guitar Derek 'Dek' Arnold Bass, vocals Malcolm Cope  Drums


Focusing on the talents of guitarist and occasional vocalist Paul Samson (who sadly passed away from cancer on 9 August 2002) Samson were at the forefront of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM). In fact their second single, Mr Rock & Roll, is often credited as the defining first of that era - and this was(...)


Saxon vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford is a Yorkshireman with strictly old-school values. Once photographed enjoying a cup of tea while his wife washed his car with her broken arm in a sling, he likes his Metal plain and simple. Saxon are best remembered for early-80s hits such as Wheels Of Steel and 747 (Strangers In The Night); thunderous(...)

Tygers of Pan Tang

Tygers of Pan Tang formed in 1978 in Whitley Bay and became a significant player in the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement. They released their own independent single, Don't Touch Me There in 1980 and were rapidly snapped up by MCA Records. Guitarist John Sykes went on to Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. Jess Cox Vocals Robb Weir Guitar,(...)


Steve Bridges Vocals Montalo Guitar Andro Coulton Bass Pete Surgery Bass Gra Scoresby Drums