This Day in Metal May 21st


May 21st 1979 Saxon released their debut album “Saxon”

Did you know
The band was originally named “Son of a Bitch”.
The song “Stallions Of The Highway” was by far one of the best tracks on the album. Its one of the infamous biker tunes that Saxon is so damn good at doing.

May 21st 1982 Riot released the album “Restless Breed”

Did you know
It was the band’s first album with vocalist Rhett Forrester.

May 21st 1985 Gravestone released the album “Back to Attack”

Did you know
Though Dieter Behle is the pictured drummer in the credits, Peter Garattoni played drums on this album.

May 21st 1985 Nightmare released the album “Power of the Universe”

Did you know
The band originally made it big by opening up for Def Leppard in 1983, back when they played traditional heavy/power metal.

May 21st 1985 Zoetrope released their debut album “Amnesty”

Did you know
The members created their own form of hardcore thrash which they dubbed “street metal”.

May 21st 1987 Anvil released the album “Strength Of Steel”

Did you know
The album made the Billboard Charts, peaking at number 191.

May 21st 1988 Anthem released the album “Gypsy Ways”

Did you know
They are considered to be one of the earliest pioneering bands of Japanese heavy metal alongside Loudness & Earthshaker.

May 21st 1996 Scorpions released the album “Pure Instinct”

Did you know… This is the only Scorpions album on which session musician Curt Cress plays drums.

May 21st 1999 Arch Enemy released the album “Burning Bridges”

Did you know….
This is the first Arch Enemy album to feature Sharlee D’Angelo on bass and the last studio recording to feature vocalist Johan Liiva.

May 21st 2002 Dio released the album “Killing The Dragon”

Did you know
It was the only Dio album with guitarist Doug Aldrich.
The song, “Throw Away Children”, from this album was slated to appear in a sequel project to Hear ‘n Aid but was aborted due to various reasons.

May 21st 2007 Paradise Lost released the album “In Requiem”

Did you know
The song “Sedative God” was originally intended for the previous Paradise Lost album, but was never recorded at that time.

May 21st 2010 Y & T released the album “Facemelter”

Did you know
This is the final Y&T album to feature bassist Phil Kennemore, who died of cancer the following year.

May 21st 2010 Sabaton released the album “Coat of Arms”

Did you know… The video for “Uprising” was a re-enactment of Polish resistance during World War II and contained the actor Peter Stormare as well as Polish actors Monika Buchowiec and Mateusz Damięcki.

May 21st 2013 U.D.O. released the album “Steelhammer”

Did you know….
It is the band’s first album with the guitarist Andrey Smirnov.

YESTERDAY, TODAY, EVERYDAY HEAVY METAL!! 🤘🏻👍👊

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