Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

XS ROCK

80s Heavy Metal

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller and smaller.  However, don’t let that discourage you as a metal fan, because at this point in the game, it’s about quality, not quantity.  After all, many of these bands have been around for more than 40 years now. 2023 has been a good year for hard rock and metal and we at XS ROCK want to highlight the albums that we think most 80s metal fans will like. We’ve included a few bands that are brand new but either have 80s rock musicians in the band or have that type of sound that should appeal to the 80s metal listener.

 

Listen To New Overkill Song "The Surgeon"

 

Overkill – Scorched (Nuclear Blast)

One of the best metal releases in years by any band period. Overkill is the AC/DC of thrash metal!  Scorched delivers in all areas. 38 years after their first album, these guys still bring the heat with Scorched.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ex-Dokken Members George Lynch and Jeff Pilson To Release New Album Heavy Hitters 2

 

George Lynch & Jeff Pilson – Heavy Hitters II (Cleopatra)

Former members of the classic Dokken lineup release their second cover album of pop and rock hits re-done in their own hard rock/metal fashion. These albums are a lot of fun to listen to.  Unique takes on classic songs that you know well, sound fresh and interesting with these new spins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KISS – Off The Soundboard: Poughkeepsie, New York 1984 (UMe)

While I haven’t been the biggest fan of KISS’ Off The Soundboard albums, this one is actually interesting, since it’s the only known live recording to feature guitarist Mark St. John. Animalize was a hit record for KISS and it was the only album to feature St. John because he developed reactive arthritis afterward that caused his hands and arms to swell, keeping him from being able to perform. So this one is a kind of a cool piece of Kiss history.

 

 

 

 

 

Metallica – 72 Seasons (Blackened)

What can you say…Metallica after …And Justice For All, you either like them or hate them. Those who consider the band sellouts will probably still feel that way, but 72 Seasons seems like an attempt for the band to reclaim some of their old sounds and riffs, even if they can’t quite get there.  This album seems a little closer to old-school Metallica to me, but it’s also nowhere near anything as good as the early years of the band.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen To Brand New L.A. Guns Song "You Betray" From Upcoming Album Black Diamonds

 

L.A. Guns – Black Diamonds (Frontiers)

L.A. Guns just keeps cranking out album after album in recent years that shows the band experiment a little with new sounds while retaining that familiar sound that the combo of Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis are known for.  Black Diamonds is a solid album that should please fans of the band and appeal to fans of the 80s hard rock era.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen To First Song From New Metal Church Album "Congregation Of Annihilation"

 

Metal Church – Congregation Of Annihilation (Rat Pak)

After reuniting with vocalist Mike Howe back in 2015 and releasing two critically acclaimed albums XI (2016) and Damned If You Do (2018), the band looked to be back and better than ever, but tragically, Mike Howe took his own life in 2021 and it looked like Metal Church might be done for good. Rising like a Phoenix from the ashes, Metal Church returned with new singer Mark Lopes, and the album “Congregation Of Annihilation” is an incredible album and returns to the classic sound of Metal Church’s early years. 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet & Lynch – Heart & Sacrifice (Frontiers)

Ex-Dokken, Lynch Mob guitarist George Lynch teams up with Stryper’s Michael Sweet for yet another good album that showcases the talents of both guys. While it always seemed like an odd pairing, they’ve really put together some great hard rock/metal albums with the three albums released so far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extreme – Six (earMusic)

Extreme returned in 2023 with the album “Six” and it’s an interesting mix of a modern touch with the classic sound the band is known for.  Of course, former Van Halen vocalist Gary Cherone is no slouch, but the real star of this album is the guitar playing of Nuno Bettencourt who simply shreds on much of this album.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch Brand New Winger Video For "Proud Desperado"!

 

Winger – Seven (Frontiers)

2023 sees Winger return with a pretty heavy album compared to some of their previous outings and it’s a nice surprise to see them go that route since ballads and radio-friendly songs were what made them a household name in the 80s, to begin with. Reb Beach is one of the most underrated hard rock guitarists out there and he gets a chance to rock a little harder on this album.

 

 

 

 

 

VANDENBERG Return With New Album “SIN”

 

Vandenberg – Sin (Mascot)

Adrian Vandenberg returns with only his second new Vandenberg album since the 80s.  Former Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Mats Leven provides the vocals this time out. David Coverdale hasn’t released a new Whitesnake since 2018, and if you’re missing that sound, this album is very reminiscent of that sound. And why not, Adrian Vandenberg was a big part of Whitesnake and their sound for many years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last In Line – Jericho (earMusic)

Last In Line returns with former Dio members Vivian Campbell and Vinne Appice along with Phil Sousan (Ozzy Osbourne) and vocalist Andrew Freeman. “Jericho” is the band’s third album and it sees the sound shifting just a bit away from the classic Dio sound and a little more into the hard rock territory. 80s metal and hard rock fans should enjoy it and Freeman is a solid vocalist, even though I’ve never thought he sounded much like the late, great Ronnie James Dio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Gilbert – The Dio Album (Music Theories)

Guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) has released an interesting album that presents his takes on the songs of Ronnie James Dio from both his solo career and Black Sabbath.  If you’re a guitar person, this is a fantastic album, as Gilbert fills in the spots where vocals and choruses were in these instrumentals and it makes for a really interesting listen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Vai – Vai/Gash (Mascot)

If you’re used to Steve Vai’s instrumental solo albums, this is a nice change of pace as this has more of a full band sound with vocals provided by Vai’s late friend Johnny ‘Gash’ Sombrotto. Both guys were passionate about motorcycles and the entire biker culture. Vai wanted to produce an album that fit that culture. Recorded back in 1990, the album sat on the shelf for all of these years until finally seeing release in 2023. It’s quite different from Vai’s usual eclectic outings.

 

 

 

 

 

U.D.O. – Touchdown (Atomic Fire)

Former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider released the album “Touchdown” this year and it’s just what you’d expect. Like AC/DC, U.D.O. albums have a similar, familiar sound to them and Udo’s voice is easily recognizable. Not too many bands are making this type of straight-ahead metal anymore, but Dirkschneider delivers the goods album after album.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons – Kings Of The Asylum (Nuclear Blast)

While Phil Campbell and the Bastard Sons released their first album in 2017, guitarist Phil Campbell has an 80s metal pedigree unlike most others.  Campbell was the guitarist for the almighty Motorhead from 1984 to 2015 until Lemmy’s death when Motorhead disbanded.  80s metal and hard rock fans should absolutely love Campbell’s albums and this brand new album “Kings Of The Asylum” is nothing short of greatness in a straight-ahead, in-your-face rock album.

 

 

 

 

 

The mighty FIFTH ANGEL is proud to announce their epic fourth album, When Angels Kill, which will be released on June 16th, 2023 through Nuclear Blast Records.

 

Fifth Angel – When Angels Kill (Nuclear Blast)

Fifth Angel was a band that always flew under the radar in the 80s, but they are still making surprisingly good albums. Led by drummer Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam & Jetsam), “When Angels Kill” is another solid album by the band that should really appeal to fans of bands like Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Crimson Glory.

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out The First Song By New SuperGroup Elegant Weapons Featuring Members Of Judas Priest, Accept, Rainbow, And Pantera

 

Elegant Weapons – Horns For A Halo (Nuclear Blast)

This supergroup featuring Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Ronnie Romero (Rainbow), and Rex Brown (Pantera) released their debut album “Horns For A Halo” and it’s a solid effort with an 80s metal sound that should still resonate with modern metal fans as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthem – Crimson & Jet Black (Reaper)

Anthem is a classic Japanese metal band that has been around since 1981.  While Loudness usually gets most of the coverage in the U.S. when it comes to Japanese metal bands from the 1980s era, Anthem has consistently delivered great albums over their many years of releases, and “Crimson & Jet Black” is no exception to this rule. If you haven’t listened to Anthem before, give these guys a listen.

 

 

 

 

 

DEATH METAL LEGENDS OBITUARY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM 'DYING OF EVERYTHING'

 

Obituary – Dying Of Everything (Relapse)

The lone death metal band on this list, Obituary started in 1989 and has gotten only better over the years. The band gets labeled as death metal, but has a lot more in their arsenal with shades of doom metal and thrash sprinkled throughout their sound. “Dying Of Everything” is a critically acclaimed album and rightfully so. Check it out if you want something just a little heavier.

 

 

 

 

 


George Lynch To Release New Album "Guitars At The End Of The World"

 

George Lynch – Guitars At The End Of The World (Rat Pak)

“Guitars at The End Of The World” is George Lynch’s second instrumental solo album. Guitar aficionados will appreciate the talent and fiery riff and solo work of Lynch represented here, but it’s full of listenable songs for those who have no idea what Lynch is playing or how difficult it actually is. George Lynch is one of the greatest living hard rock and metal guitarists around and solo albums like this one give him a chance to experiment a little bit more outside of a full band situation.

You May Also Like

Featured Articles

During the 80’s hard rock ruled the airwaves. Quiet Riot’s Metal Health became the first #1 metal album of all time. Soon after the...

Featured Articles

For every Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Van Halen, There were many other bands that were really good, but somehow didn’t quite make it...

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most...

Christian Rock & Metal

01. Stryper-Stryper has to be at the top of this list. Not because I think they’re the best, but because their contribution to Christian...

Hard Rock & Metal

Formed in 1982 by Tom Keifer and Eric Brittingham, Cinderella was one of the biggest bands of the ’80s rock and metal era.  Following several...

Hard Rock & Metal

Recently, I received an advanced release for Josh Todd & The Conflict’s debut album, “Year Of The Tiger”. Most of you probably know Josh...

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s and early 90s saw hard rock and heavy metal go mainstream and reach a large audience worldwide. The genre was split into...

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s were an awesome time thanks to the glam/hair metal scene. The image almost became as important as the music during this period,...

80s Heavy Metal News

Doro Gets Animated In New Video For "Lean Mean Rock Machine"

80s Heavy Metal

Legendary heavy metal icon and former Warlock singer DORO is back with a thunderous new single, ´Lean Mean Rock Machine,´ which comes accompanied by an electrifying animated video...

Listen To New Riot (V) Song "High Noon" Listen To New Riot (V) Song "High Noon"

80s Heavy Metal

The wait is almost over! Cult US heavy metallers RIOT (V) will finally unleash their much-anticipated studio album “Mean Streets” upon the world in...

Exodus To Release Live Album From 1989 "British Disaster: The Battle Of '89 (Live At The Astoria) Exodus To Release Live Album From 1989 "British Disaster: The Battle Of '89 (Live At The Astoria)

80s Heavy Metal

Thrash metal masters, EXODUS return with more than exciting news! Listen To the first single released below:  The band announces today their live album British...

Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album Watch New Video By Anvil For "Feed Your Fantasy" From Upcoming New Album

80s Heavy Metal

Canadian metal legends ANVIL have announced their new studio album, ‘One And Only’, for a release on June 28, 2024 via powerhouse label AFM Records! A first video single, “Feed Your...

Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st Ratt Rarities Album Being Released By Deadline Music On May 31st

80s Heavy Metal

From the ’80s metal vault comes this collection of vintage demos and live recordings of one of the scene’s biggest hitmakers, RATT! Features the...

Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day" Babylon A.D. Returns With New Album "Rome Wasn't Built In A Day"

80s Heavy Metal

Babylon A.D. announce their brand new studio album “Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day” to be released May 17th on Perris Records. It’s been...

Hard Rock & Metal News

Scarefield-A Quiet Country Album Review

Hard Rock & Metal

The 80’s were one of the best times for both great horror movies and heavy metal music. Now, years later, along comes the band...

Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album Watch First Video "Residue" From Slayer Guitarist Kerry King's New Album

Hard Rock & Metal

With his solo debut album, From Hell I Rise, set for a May 17 release (Reigning Phoenix Music), today Kerry King unveils “Residue,” the...

Hard Rock & Metal

Buckcherry‘s debut album turns 25 TODAY and the band is celebrating all month long!  Beginning April 6, frontman and founding member Josh Todd will take us down...

Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame Metal Church Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof Releases New Side-Project Album Hall Aflame

80s Heavy Metal

Hall Aflame, the rock band which features Metal Church founding guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, will release their long-awaited sophomore album “Amplifire” on May 3, 2024...

Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64 Firehouse Singer CJ Snare Dead At 64

80s Heavy Metal

Firehouse has released the following information regarding singer CJ Snare’s untimely death: Today is a sad day for Rock N Roll. It is with...

Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary" Watch Brand New Bon Jovi Video For "Legendary"

80s Heavy Metal

BON JOVI, Grammy Award@-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band, and oneof history’s most iconic acts, continue their 40th-anniversary celebration, withthe release of...

XS ROCK Featured Articles

The Top 20 Hard Rock And Metal Albums Of 2023

Featured Articles

2023 had some really good hard rock and metal albums released if you know where to look and listen. The hard rock and metal...

45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear 45 Christian Heavy Metal Bands From The 80s And 90s That You Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Angelica Attempting to hit on the sound of guitar slingers like Van Halen and George Lynch, Angelica went for a more glam-sounding singer, similar...

20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear 20 Albums Released In 2023 That 80s Metal Fans Should Hear

80s Heavy Metal

Each year, it seems that the remaining 80s hard rock and metal bands that are still putting out new music seem to get smaller...

Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names Check Out These 80s Metal And Hard Rock Stars' Real Names

80s Heavy Metal

Check out these 80’s Hard Rock And Metal Stars’ Real Names! Some of these names are well known to fans, while others might find...

Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Top 15 Most-Glam Mainstream Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 80s were the decade of excess and musically that was absolutely true as well. The hard rock and heavy metal musical landscape exploded...

Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s? Who Were The Best Straight Up, No Frills Hard Rock And Metal Bands Of The 80s?

80s Heavy Metal

The 1980s hard rock and metal scene is widely known as a generation of excess and a lot of over-the-top imagery. In fact, most...

80s Rock & Pop

Listen To INXS' Michael Hutchence's Previously Unreleased Song "One Way"

80s Rock & Pop

In the great pantheon of musicians transcending above mere “celebrity” status, the late MICHAEL HUTCHENCE towers over most. A consummate “rock star” if there...

'80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR '80s POP HITMAKERS WANG CHUNG, MEN WITHOUT HATS, THE MOTELS, AND NAKED EYES ANNOUNCE THE “ABDUCTED BY THE '80s” TOUR

80s Rock & Pop

The 1980s were a unique, fun-filled era of music shaped in no small part by the emergence of MTV and the genre of New...

Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers Watch Kevin Bacon Perform The Song "Losing The Night" With His Band The Bacon Brothers

80s Rock & Pop

The Bacon Brothers, featuring Michael and Kevin Bacon, are excited to announce the release of their new video, “Losing The Night”, from their forthcoming...

80s Music Video Of The Day

Take a trip down memory lane with this list of one-hit wonders on the U.S. charts from the years 1980 and 1981. How many...

Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour Legendary 80s Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces 2024 American Tour

80s Rock & Pop

Adam Ant is pleased to announce his ANTMUSIC 2024 U.S. tour, which commences March 21st in St. Louis, MO. The English Beat will be supporting...

Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite Foreigner And Styx Announce Renegades And Jukebox Heroes Tour With John Waite

80s Rock & Pop

Foreigner has announced the following: This summer we’re hitting the road with Styx! “We always look forward to being with our buddies in Styx,”...

Alternative-Punk-Electronic

Watch "Mercy" Video From Suicide Vocalist Alan Vega's Unreleased Album "Insurrection"

Alternative / Punk

Brooklyn-born master of minimalism Alan Vega is today announcing a previously unreleased new album, “Insurrection,“ and sharing the video for the lead single “Mercy.“ The video, directed by founding member of Jesus...

Alternative / Punk

Classic U.K. punk band Vice Squad has just released a newly remixed version of the song “Spitfire” along with a new video for the...

Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future Bon Harris Says Nitzer Ebb Have No Plans For A New Studio Album Anytime In The Near Future

Alternative / Punk

Electro-industrial legends Nitzer Ebb have released the following message regarding Douglas McCarthy’s health issues and the band’s future:

Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More Face To Face, Save Ferris, Unwritten Law, Zebrahead & More

Alternative / Punk

Brew Ha Ha Productions has announced the initial music lineup for the first-ever BRIGHTSIDE Music Festival, presented by WJRR-FM, on Saturday, April 27 at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.  Summer comes...

Front 242 Singer Hospitalized Front 242 Singer Hospitalized

Alternative / Punk

After an incredible 40-plus-year run on the road, Belgian EBM act Front 242 are setting an end to their live concert career, announcing their...

Alternative / Punk

Toxic misogyny, violence against women, and incels are the latest target Al Jourgensen takes aim at in the song “B.D.E.” (aka “Big Dick Energy”)...

Rock News

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

Rock

Today, legendary rockers BLUE ÖYSTER CULT share a fresh single to celebrate the release of their new album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ out now on Frontiers...

Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting" Watch New Black Crowes Video For "Wanting And Waiting"

Hard Rock & Metal

The legendary Black Crowes have just released their latest single and music video for the song “Wanting And Waiting”. The song is from their...

Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL Molly Hatchet Live Photos From Thunder By The Bay Festival, Sarasota, FL

Hard Rock & Metal

Legendary Southern Hard Rockers Molly Hatchet played all their greatest hits to a large, enthusiastic crowd that was on their feet throughout the entire...

Hard Rock & Metal

The 26th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is a three-day event held Feb. 16-18, 2024 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds that...

Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival Watch AC/DC's First Live Appearance Since 2016 At The Power Trip Festival

80s Heavy Metal

You can watch the full live performance of AC/DC from their Power Trip show courtesy of the Riff Raff YouTube channel. The band ripped...

DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK DEF LEPPARD AND JOURNEY ANNOUNCE SUMMER STADIUM TOUR 2024 WITH STEVE MILLER BAND, HEART, AND CHEAP TRICK

80s Heavy Metal

Def Leppard and Journey are teaming up for the Summer Stadium Tour 2024 with Steve Miller Band, Heart, and Cheap Trick! The Rock &...

Rock Stars…Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

W.A.S.P. was originally known for outrageous antics such as throwing raw meat into the audience and appearing to torture people on a horror-themed stage....

Winger...Where Are They Now? Winger...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Winger released their debut album “Winger in 1988 and it scored the band its first platinum-selling album. Winger released its second album In the...

Britny Fox...Where Are They Now? Britny Fox...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Britny Fox was formed in 1985 with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson on vocals, former Cinderella drummer Tony Destra, former Cinderella guitarist Michael Kelly Smith and...

badlands badlands

Hard Rock & Metal

After guitarist Jake E. Lee was fired from Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Badlands was formed when Lee recruited bassist Greg Chaisson, former Black Sabbath...

Hurricane...Where Are They Now? Hurricane...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

Hurricane started out in 1983-84 with the original lineup of lead vocalist Kelly Hansen (vocals/rhythm guitar), Robert Sarzo (guitar), Tony Cavazo (bass), and Jay...

Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now? Black N' Blue...Where Are They Now?

Hard Rock & Metal

  Black ‘N Blue was formed in 1981 and released four successful and critically acclaimed albums through Geffen Records including their self-titled debut (1984),...