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The Formative Years: Metal 1980-1984

The Formative Years: Metal 1980-1984

Playing tracks by

Twisted Sister, Iron Maiden, Van Halen, Dio, Ozzy Osborne and more.

Don't call it hair metal! Long before spandex and hairspray ruined metal in the late 80s the bands were non-conformist, anti-establishment, satanic, epic, and raw. Here's a mix of what metal meant then, when it was only heavy, thrash, or glam. This isn't a best of, it's just the bands, albums, and songs I liked most -- or at least remember most. Part 1 of 2, covering 1980-1984.