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Was more than just the title of George Orwell’s novel.
The year was pivotal in the development of heavy metal, as both thrash and power metal became more than just a paradigm archetype.
Meanwhile, the giants of the genre continued to grow bigger than ever, maximizing platinum sales, sold-out tours, and extensive airplay on radio and Music.
Let’s take a look at this historical year in history and music!

Events involving music:
Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident on December 31.
Deep Purple reunites.
Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle is killed in an automobile accident in early December. The driver of the car is Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe.
The debut albums of both Saint Vitus (Saint Vitus) and Trouble (Psalm 9) are released.
This is Spinal Tap, a cult mockumentary directed by Rob Reiner about the semi-fictional band Spinal Tap, is released.

the TOP 10:

10 Cirith Ungol
King of the Dead

7 Bathory

4 Iron Maiden

9 Metallica
Ride the Lightning

6 Deep Purple
Perfect Strangers

3 W.A.S.P.

8 Dio
The Last in Line

5 Metal Church
Metal Church

2 Judas Priest
Defenders of the Faith

A Dangerous Meeting
Desecration of Souls
Night of the Unborn
The Oath
Welcome Princes of Hell
To One Far Away
Come to the Sabbath

Mercyful Faith were:
King Diamond – vocals, keyboards, harpsichord
Hank Shermann – guitars
Michael Denner – guitars
Timi ‘Grabber’ Hansen – bass
Kim Ruzz – drums

You will not find a better combination of highly accomplished and highly inventive guitar wizardry than here.
Some songs are packed with more killer riffs than some bands produce in their entire career.
Incorporating more progressive rock ideas into song structure and performance the band effectively developed their sound and produced some of their best songs from ‘A Dangerous Meeting’ to ‘Come to the Sabbath’.
This is a great album.
A true cornerstone for heavy metal in general.
Fronted by the infamous King Diamond, ‘Don’t Break the Oath’ is truly a haunting journey.
Every fan of metal needs this album….

to watch the video-clip ‘Come To The Sabbath’, please click play…

Historical Events of 1984:
Jan 24
Apple Computer Inc unveils its revolutionary Macintosh personal computer
Feb 29
Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister
Apr 23
AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)
Jun 5
Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh’s holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar
Dec 3
Bhopal disaster:
Union Carbide pesticide plant leak 45 tons of methyl isocyanate and other toxic compounds in Bhopal, India, kills 2,259 (official figure) –
other estimates as high as 16,000 (including later deaths) and over half a million injured
Dec 19
Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sign the Sino-British Joint Declaration to transfer Hong Kong back to China in 1997.

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