Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin paved the way for a new, heavier breed of music, known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. The likes of Iron Maiden, Motörhead, Def Leppard, Diamond Head and Venom all in their own way took the strong and often dark influences from the 60s and 70s and turned it into something new, and something that people still talk about.
However the sad reality is time waits for no one. In 2015, we lost the enigmatic Lemmy and thus Motörhead, Sabbath are due to retire (for real this time) later this year, and we're getting progressively less frequent activity from Judas Priest and Def Leppard. As much as metalheads owe to these bands, it may be time to look to the future and look for a New(er) Wave of British Heavy Metal.
This in itself is not without its own set of issues. We had no immediate response to nu metal (unless you count Kill II This and you really shouldn't), and our best metalcore efforts paled in comparison to the likes of Killswitch Engage with Bullet for My Valentine's star falling like an anchor.
These are bands then that will carry the torch for UK heavy metal, to keep the genre strong in the coming years and to forge their own name into the history books and to also provide the inspiration to rejuvenate the UK scene and to put our fair pebble back on the map.