DRESDEN 45: Paradise Lost (Expanded): CD

Wow, here’s another one of those bands that time almost, unjustly, forgot. Last remember hearing these kids in the late ‘80s and was mightily impressed with their full-on thrash attack. At the time, things were starting to get a tad rehash, and a lot of groups were jumping ship to take a stab at metal superstardom, so when a band managed to shake things up a bit, you tended to take notice. This wrecking crew was such a band. After an LP and maybe a 7-inch or two, they were gone, and I heard nothing more of them until the day Todd popped this into my box. Wow, I had no idea they released much more than I thought they did. There’re a total of twenty tracks here spanning their entire recorded career and, aside from a moment of ill-advised rappin’, there’s nary a bad bit in the bunch. Fans of very early RKL or Final Conflict would be well advised to pick this up. Yeah, this is recommended.

 –jimmy (Arclight)