Bulgarian epic metal double feature: Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle

Most people probably don’t think of Bulgaria in the ‘80s as a particular hub of heavy metal. If they think about epic heavy metal, they almost definitely don’t. In fact, the metal-archives only has eleven releases marked for the entire ‘80s as being Bulgarian, with several being from the same bands. In spite of this, two of those releases feature some of the ‘80s best epic metal; neither of those take the same form as bands like Manowar or Manilla Road, but is something more mystical, with a heavy focus on repetition to create atmosphere and driving vocal lines. These bands are Trotyl and Dr. Doolittle, with the releases respectively being Lunatic and Every Man Needs A Woman.

Read the feature on Ride Into Glory. Published on December 9, 2019.

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