I can't really say much right now since I'm running out the door for work, so yeah this should be brief:
I love my metal. Especially the older death metal from the 80s and early 90s like Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Bolt Thrower, etc. I'm quite partial to just about all forms of metal though, and love me plenty of power metal and nwobhm.
It's quite a shame that most established american bands seem to almost exclusively tour europe nowadays.
Zombie, you should check out the upcoming album from Hell (UK). They're an old 80s nwobhm demo band that was pretty influential, but didn't ever get a full length released. They finally got things in order and are releasing an album, I think you'd enjoy it!
here's a youtube of a song from it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJqCnk3YUC4
Thanks for that, Quack. Good stuff. It's weird to think of how many NWOBHM bands there were out there with really good demos or eps but because they never got signed or never put out an LP no one knows they existed today. There was such a flood of metal music from that counrty in like three years, it's quite amazing.