Grandmas Smuggled Heavy Metal Behind The Iron Curtain
As a leading symbol of western culture most heavy music was banned in the Communist bloc, with state label Amiga only publishing a range of censored pop. But those who wanted more found their own sources – and that's how German bands including Kreator found a well-informed fanbase in East Germany after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989.
Petrozza tells The Gauntlet: "They found ways to get the records. Older people were allowed to travel outside East Germany in the later years, and a lot of kids would have their grandmas bring in metal albums from West Germany."
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