This Day in Metal June 15th


June 15th 1981 Iron Maiden released the single “Purgatory” and would be their last with singer Paul Di’Anno.

Did you know
The track is a remake of one of the band’s earlier songs, entitled “Floating”, of which “Purgatory” is a faster re-arrangement.

June 15th 1983 Jaguar released their debut album “Power Games”

Did you know
They had moderate success throughout Europe and Asia in the early 1980s, during the heyday of the new wave of British heavy metal movement.

June 15th 1985 Exciter released the album “Long Live The Loud”

Did you know
Named after a song by Judas Priest, they are widely considered to be one of the first speed metal bands.

June 15th 1985 Dungeon released their debut album “Fortress of Rock”

Did you know… The band was from Minnesota and sounded similar to the classic 80s U.S metal vein of Jag Panzer, SA Slayer, Savatage and the like.

June 15th 1986 Firstryke released their debut album “Just a “Nightmare”

Did you know
Originally called Slayer. Although Firstryke are from Oklahoma, they claim to have been sometimes known as “Texas Slayer”.

June 15th 1988 S.A. Slayer released their debut album “Go for the Throat”

Did you know
S.A. Slayer was originally known just as Slayer, but there was another Slayer that threatened the San Antonio Slayer with a lawsuit.

June 15th 1993 Sacrifice released the album “Apocalypse Inside”

Did you know….
The album was co-produced by Dave Carlo (guitarist with Razor).

June 15th 2003 Force of Evil released their debut album “Force of Evil”

Did you know
The band featured former members of Mercyful Fate, plus then-current King Diamond bass player Hal Patino, and Iron Fire singer Martin Steene.

June 15th 2007 Viper released the album “All My Life”

Did you know
The band formed in 1985 initially influenced by Iron Maiden and the new wave of British heavy metal, later developing a very particular sound.

June 15th 2009 Artillery released the album “When Death Comes”

Did you know
“Delusions of Grandeur” and “Uniform” are re-recordings. Originally those tracks are from the band’s 1991 demo, The Mind Factory.

June 15th 2011 In Flames released the album “Sounds of a Playground Fading”

Did you know
It’s the band’s first album without founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad.
It debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Charts.

June 15th 2013 Heavens Fire released the album “Judgement Day”

Did you know
The band was resurrected by guitarist/song writer JT Harris in 2012 from the ashes of a band that existed in the late 90’s.

June 15th 2018 Tad Morose released the album “Chapter X”

Did you know
It’s the band’s first album with bassist Johan Lofgren.

June 15th 2018 Lizzy Borden released the album “My Midnight Things”

Did you know
It’s the first album from Lizzy in over 11 years.
The album peaked at number 148 in the Billboard Top 200.

June 15th 2018 Crying Steel released the album “Stay Steel”

Did you know
They are one of the first heavy metal acts from Italy.
The vocalist on this album was Tony Mills of TNT fame.


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