Genre: Speed Metal
Label: No Remorse Records
Before they became one of the greatest power metal bands of all time, Blind Guardian were hanging out in the 80s churning out some kickass speed metal in true German fashion. Battalions of Fear was their full-length debut, and it rules. Expect lightning drums, molten steel riffs played at a thousand miles an hour, and big sing-along choruses delivered by the ever charismatic and majestic voice of Hansi Kürsch. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of people overlook this era in the band's history, which is really a shame, because their pre-power metal days produced some of their most memorable songs. Classic.
For fans of Helloween, Running Wild, and Stormwarrior.