And you had nowhere else to turn for info other than the occasional bit of news a DJ might spill on the radio. Still can't believe I never sent away for any of those albums in the ads back then
I got into metal in 1997 and it was just as hard to find info then. I did the time honoured thing of checking out bands in thanks lists of albums I liked. I accidentally discovered power metal in 2001 when I bought some CDs by Helloween, who had been described in Classic Rock as speed metal, which made me think they were thrash. Best discovery ever.