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Eddie Van Halen drops the bomb on Heavy Metal

Steven Rosen, Guitar World, January 1984

SIX ALBUMS AGO (including the one yet to be released). Van Halen issued its first record. It was dramatic, intense and bold. and contained within the eleven tracks was a feeling of This is an important statement’ It was. It was the energy. passion and technique of guitarist Edward Van Halen which early on set this band apart from the hordes of others, and now with the Pasadena-raised quartet about to release its sixth record, it is obvious that Edward has been recognized as the main catalyst of the instrument here in the ‘80s.

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