[Heavy Metal] Fans Spoke: We Listened!

Due to our widely popular first post on Heavy Metal advertisements from the 80’s, we are back [by popular request] with another prime batch of Metal memorabilia for our fine readers out there in the blogosphere!

This go around however, we are featuring a rockin’ gallery of carefully selected [full-page] adverts from Europe. Most of these puppies are from around 82′ – 85′ and are mostly in black n’ white even. This was before the real explosion in U.S. Metal popularity, so I guess the labels were a bit reserved in the advertising department. You will see a lot of American bands featured in the ads. Stay tuned for an extra mini-post with some half page ads.

We hope you enjoy this trip [esp. since it took us almost two days to scan these -ed] down Metal lane. Please sound off via the comments field and let us know which ones are your favorites—I personally have too many favorites to name. But I guess if I had to spout off about one of em’ it would have to be the full-page ANTHRAX ad.

“Man, do they look young in this relic!” – Kinger

Live in TokyoOh yeah, check out the one for the VIDEO releases as well. That’s right fans, Metal was getting “hi-tech” back when this ad was placed. Peep the text, it says: Hi-Fi Stereo & VHS or BETA! I happen to own the Queensrÿche Live in Tokyo VHS and it jams.

It was filmed before they became overly “slick” or commercial—there was still some “grit” and aggressiveness to their sound during this excellent Japanese show. Too bad they have never released this one on DVD. Highly recommended.

I don’t recall if I ever got to watch the Scorpions or Helix vid. Probably not or I would remember.

*As a special bonus, I am also throwing in a very old Jimmy Page advert from the UK endorsing an old school Roland GR-700 Guitar Synthesizer (w/ midi even!).

Enjoy the gallery peeps…


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6 thoughts on “[Heavy Metal] Fans Spoke: We Listened!

  1. They are all cool in their own right. I especially like the Gary Moore and Deep Purple ads… so legendary are they as pioneers of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal that it’s scary.

    Aldo Nova! Man, I remember hearing that “Fantasy” song from Aldo Nova over and over at the arcades. Now that is funny stuff for me to remember that. I still have his debut album on vinyl. From what I read over the years… Aldo Nova has produced and written music since his heyday in the early ’80’s. Celine Dion is someone Aldo has written music for.

    The Scorpions, Saxon and Manowar ads are very Metal historic too.
    Just look at how many of these great/legendary bands that are still Rockin’ today!


  2. ALDO NOVA – ha – I used to love that “Fantasy” song too. That intro (with synths of the day) was dope.
    And not to mention how COOL is that dude’s name?
    Totally unique that is..

    As legendary as the older output DEEP PURPLE is, my favorite song by them is still “Perfect Strangers”…even though it’s a bit Zeppelin’-esque in it’s groove and vibe.

    Yup Scorpions, Saxon and Manowar are all legendary albums. The Saxon ad is stellar IMO. Such “presence”.


  3. I love the Slayer, Venom and Priest ads. Never heard Toburk or Spellbound.

  4. Slayer + Trouble in one ad = priceless!

    What a “clever: marketing idea – not! Poor TROUBLE, I am sure they had to put up with that their entire career.

    SPELLBOUND was a decent Swedish band. Pretty polished/melodic + commercial sounding.

    Here is some info.

  5. i remember many of those ads. good times.

  6. Special thanks to Sean (from The Metal Files Blog) for recently scoring some old vintage rock mags.! Appreciate it bro.

    Many of which you see in this special post!

    Rock on…


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