Alien Force – Pain And Pleasure [1986]

PhotobucketCOUNTRY: Denmark          STYLE: Hard Rock/Melodic Metal

RATING: 83/100


Peter Svale Andersen – Vocals, Henrik Rasmussen – Guitar, Michael Wenzel – Guitar, Frank East – Bass, Michael Rasmussen – Drums


1. Through the Gates of Hell , 2. Pain and Pleasure , 3. The Hunter’s Thrill , 4. Don’t Touch the Fire , 5. Alien , 6. Miracle , 7. I’m Back , 8. I’m Leaving


Here’s another lost gem from the 80’s that was recently unearthed. Pain and Pleasure was the second (and sadly, final) album from Danish metallers Alien Force. The band was clearly influenced by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands, but added melodic elements that bring to mind Picture, Tarot and fellow Danes Pretty Maids.

Pain and Pleasure is a hard charging, yet just melodic enough, heavy metal album that’s also a good example of how the American and European metal sounds were diverging at the time. Bands like Alien Force were making muscular power metal while their American counterparts (think Crimson Glory and early Fates Warning) were experimenting with progressive elements and opting for higher-pitched vocals. Songs like “Through the Gates of Hell” and “The Hunter’s Thrill” were all-out metal assaults, and showed a refreshing disregard for arena rock conventions. Of course, that disregard probably killed any chance at commercial success for the band, but it was still metal as hell.

If you’re a serious collector of the classic 80’s heavy metal sound, particularly the European metal sound, you’ll want to check out Alien Force, and Pain and Pleasure is probably the best place to start.

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