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Maiden33
04-29-2011, 06:59 PM
I mentioned in PowerMaiden's thread that I had been strongly considering undertaking a giant countdown as he did. I will not be claiming these are all "albums that changed my life", but I can say with a fair degree of certainty that I'm quite confident in this list, and all of these albums mean a great deal to me. The list was primarily constructed solely based on how much I like the albums, though I definitely also added a grain of respect for the top bands and albums of the genres I love. That being said: Yes, I know I passed over some "obvious" selections, but at the end of the day, this is MY list, so I'll call the shots.
I tried VERY much to keep this to "One Album Per Band", but in the end I had to make a couple of exceptions. Less than 10 artists scored a second album on the list. I will generally be posting one selection per day (the first will come either yet tonight or tomorrow). Occasionally I may do more in a day, but 1 will be my general pace.

Comments are welcome, and hopefully I turn some of you onto some great stuff you've never heard of. I know some of you are interested in this thread solely for recommendations of stuff they don't usually listen to. So enjoy!

MPF
04-29-2011, 07:02 PM
I also want to do something similar, but I know besides the top 20, there's no way I could get this in order. So I already give you major props.

Looking forward to the list!

Maiden33
04-29-2011, 08:43 PM
#100:
Dominici - 03: A Trilogy, Part 2 (2007)
http://i.neoseeker.com/mgv/358974-Dramon%20Knight/974/15/dominici_03_a_trilogy_part_2_display.jpg

Kicking the list off with probably one of the most surprisingly great albums I've ever heard. Though I'm one of the few who actually really likes Dream Theater's debut album, I still never would've expected Charlie Dominici to resurrect his career in Progressive Metal 18 years later with an album THIS good. For starters, the band he enlisted (who went under the name Solid Vision without Charlie) are absolutely top-notch musicians, on par with the members of Dream Theater. He used their skills, the group's collective songwriting, and a unique and modern story concept to bring about this tour de force in Progressive Metal, exactly as it's meant to be. There are still those who will pass due to Charlie's somewhat atypical voice, but they're missing out.

Tracklisting:
01 The Monster (8:28)
02 Nowhere to Hide (5:06)
03 Captured (4:16)
04 Greed: The Evil Seed (7:26)
05 School of Pain (7:23)
06 The Calling (6:39)
07 The Real Life (3:26)
08 The Cop (4:48)
09 A New Hope (6:52)

Featured track:
"Greed: The Evil Seed" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhI6pQ8_trg)

hellawaits77ny
04-29-2011, 10:50 PM
Looking forward to it.

DisposableJustice
04-29-2011, 11:06 PM
So far so good


I like that you attach a "featured Track" so that those of us who don't know who the band is can check it out and maybe like it:horns:

MPF
04-29-2011, 11:07 PM
Greed: The Evil Seed sounds A LOT like A Change Of Seasons. But I gotta say his voice has improved tremendously over the years.

Maiden33
04-29-2011, 11:22 PM
#99:
Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings (1998)
http://www.truemetal.org/powermetal/legacy_cover.jpg

Ah, yes - the golden age of power metal. Otherwise known as the only time when an album like this could be taken seriously. This album takes a lot of musical "suspension of disbelief" for me, but when I can put myself back in the mindset of me at 14, who was in love with all things power metal and unaware of the cheesy cliche-ness of it all, I can still really enjoy this album. Hammerfall's early work was actually pretty good, and though it's gone out of fashion and they've grown stale - I can still raise my proverbial sword in the air and enjoy the awesome ridiculousness.

Tracklisting:
01 Heeding the Call (4:30)
02 Legacy of Kings (4:16)
03 Let the Hammer Fall (4:13)
04 Dreamland (5:42)
05 Remember Yesterday (5:04)
06 At the End of the Rainbow (4:05)
07 Back to Back (3:39)
08 Stronger Than All (4:29)
09 Warriors of Faith (4:45)
10 The Fallen One (4:23)
Featured Song:
"Heeding the Call" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtpJ7DXwGmA)

x-voltage
04-30-2011, 01:02 AM
Yes!!!! So glad someone else is doing another 100 list. Keep it up man.:rocker:

treghet
04-30-2011, 01:11 AM
Thank you for posting links to songs. Makes it easier for lazy people like myself to check out the stuff I've never listened to. :D

maidenpriest
04-30-2011, 02:58 AM
Really excited for this list!

PowerMaiden
04-30-2011, 06:53 AM
I listened to those songs and it reminded me how much Power Metal is not for me, but I'll be following your list buddy :metal:


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

HandOfDoom
04-30-2011, 07:25 AM
Not too big on Power Metal, but the posted tracks are pretty nice man, gonna be another cool thread.

Maiden33
04-30-2011, 09:26 AM
#98:
Def Leppard - Pyromania (1983)

http://lyricsmusic.name/img/photos/adef-leppard-pyromania.jpg

This is one of those few "Fuck you, I love this album" sort of selections I will have on this list, as it's rather taboo for metal fans to actually like any Def Leppard. The truth is that this was the first rock/metal CD I ever bought, way back when I was only 11 or 12, and I still do enjoy pretty much the whole thing. This album and High and Dry were a very nice meeting point between a harder, NWOBHM-ish sound and a more commercial sounding one. The guitars were still very present in the songwriting and the mix, and the songs weren't total pop garbage yet. The band went very downhill shortly after, but I believe this is a great classic hard rock album, deserving of praise.

Tracklisting:
01 Rock! Rock! (Til You Drop) (3:52)
02 Photograph (4:12)
03 Stagefright (3:46)
04 Too Late For Love (4:30)
05 Die Hard the Hunter (6:17)
06 Foolin' (4:32)
07 Rock of Ages (4:09)
08 Comin' Under Fire (4:20)
09 Action! Not Words (3:49)
10 Billy's Got a Gun (5:56)
Featured song:
"Coming Under Fire" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8ufDyiLKeI)

IrritatedTrout
04-30-2011, 10:05 AM
I love Photograph haha.

Maiden33
04-30-2011, 10:12 AM
Note: From this point on I will also be including the tracklisting with each post, I'm gonna quick edit the ones already posted to be the same.

treghet
04-30-2011, 12:31 PM
I have no problem with this album being on the list. :D

maidenpriest
04-30-2011, 01:42 PM
Pyromania was the first album I ever heard where I liked every song (also when i was like 12) and to this day its one of my favorite albums. and great choice for the featured song! Coming Under Fire is probably in my top 10 favorite Leppard songs. Such an underrated song.

Sanitarium78
04-30-2011, 07:39 PM
I like Dream Theater's first album. It's just Charlie's voice was a bit strange for them. Otherwise most of the songs are excellent on WDADU. I wasn't even aware Dominici was doing anything in music again. I'll have to check that out.

There's nothing wrong with putting Pyromania on your list. The album rocks and I still listen to it today. I was five when that album came out and Def Leppard became my favorite band for a little while because of Pyromania. It's my favorite Leppard album. The only thing is you picked one of the two weaker tunes as the 'featured track'. I would've gone with Die Hard The Hunter.

Maiden33
04-30-2011, 07:46 PM
#97:
Y&T - Mean Streak (1983)

http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/004/038/0000403807_350.jpg

I only came to realize how much I love Y&T after seeing them live on a whim here in Allentown about a year ago. Always been a casual fan, but recently have realized that this album (and its predecessor, "Black Tiger") are two of the very best early 80's hard rock/metal records. Dave Meniketti's guitar playing rips and the vocals are very good as well, and the songs have enough hooks while still maintaining their hard rock edge, unlike the band's later output. This is simply a MUST HEAR album for anyone who likes 80's metal.

Tracklisting:
01 Mean Streak (4:06)
02 Straight Through the Heart (4:14)
03 Lonely Side of Town (4:48)
04 Midnight in Tokyo (5:41)
05 Breaking Away (4:42)
06 Hang 'Em High (5:30)
07 Take You to the Limit (4:57)
08 Sentimental Fool (3:11)
09 Down and Dirty (3:54)

Featured Track:
"Midnight in Tokyo" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vb8ux6TWYoY)

Maiden33
04-30-2011, 08:33 PM
great choice for the featured song! Coming Under Fire is probably in my top 10 favorite Leppard songs. Such an underrated song.

The only thing is you picked one of the two weaker tunes as the 'featured track'.

Hard not to laugh at these two comments being right next to eachother. :lol:

Maiden33
04-30-2011, 09:20 PM
#96:
Pink Cream 69 - Sonic Dynamite (2000)
http://hard-rock-music.ru/rock/rocks/pink-cream-69-sonic-dynamite-2000.jpg

I'm sure those who don't have any idea who this band is are currently quite amused at the band name, and as amused about the cover art. It's pretty blatant that this band was formed (and named) back in the late 80's, when a name like this was acceptable (back when glam was in fashion). Their early stuff is pretty much what you'd expect given their name, and in the mid 90's they wandered into some pretty experimental stuff, but by 1998 they had married their roots with a few elements of power metal as well as a few of AOR/Hard Rock. The end result is one quite pleasant to my ears, though this is certainly a band that not everyone is going to "get". Either way, I consider this their best album, and pretty much every track is quality.

Tracklisting:
01 Passage to Hope (1:23)
02 Seas of Madness (5:14)
03 Followed By the Moon (4:37)
04 Sonic Dynamite (3:08)
05 The Spirit (4:38)
06 Speed of Light' (4:43)
07 Waiting For the Dawn (4:45)
08 Let the Thunder Reside (5:06)
09 Lost in Illusions (4:10)
10 Face of an Angel (4:09)
11 Shattered Prophecy (3:48)
12 Spread Your Wings (5:00)

Featured Track:
"The Spirit" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRIcbU7I-jo)

SomewhereInTime72
05-01-2011, 02:28 AM
I tried VERY much to keep this to "One Album Per Band", but in the end I had to make a couple of exceptions. Less than 10 artists scored a second album on the list.

I respect this tidbit because it makes me feel boring. As much as I feel like I have a pretty varied taste in music, I think if I made a top 100 it would have like every Maiden album except for NPFTD and VXI. :lol: I like my favorite favorites too much for me to have a list like this be remotely interesting.

Maiden33
05-01-2011, 08:19 PM
#95:
BLAZE - The Tenth Dimension (2002)
http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/5402/1281033864b02.jpg

When Blaze Bayley was ousted from Iron Maiden to see the return of Bruce Dickinson, I think most metal fans assumed he would record one or two incredible mediocre albums and then fall of the radar forever. The reality was that Blaze would find an absolutely killer band of musicians, hire the amazing production of Andy Sneap, and write some killer songs. His debut CD, "Silicon Messiah" was outstanding, but he pushed the envelope one step further with the sophomore effort - loose concept album, "The Tenth Dimension". The metal rips, the ballads are great, and the whole thing absolutely craps on Blaze's collective work with Iron Maiden. Naysayers NEED to hear this album.

Tracklisting:
01 Forgotten Future (1:02)
02 Kill and Destroy (4:26)
03 End Dream (5:13)
04 The Tenth Dimension (6:17)
05 Nothing Will Stop Me (4:19)
06 Leap of Faith (3:38)
07 The Truth Revealed (1:43)
08 Meant to Be (6:25)
09 Land of the Blind (3:56)
10 Stealing Time (4:35)
11 Speed of Light (4:41)
12 Stranger to the Light (6:33)

Featured Track:
"The Tenth Dimension" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7s3b0m78BE)

Maiden33
05-01-2011, 10:03 PM
I'm starting to get concerned that people have already stopped following this. :lol:

Anyone? Anyone?

Bueller?

:eyes:

Dextrimental
05-01-2011, 10:13 PM
I'm following this! Tonight is gonna be a slow night with Osama dying and all!

illuminatus917
05-01-2011, 10:21 PM
I'll just say I've been reading and keeping up with this and I'll continue to do so.

I'm already getting a vibe of the kind of music you like, and while it probably differs from my tastes a bit, I'll still follow and read what you have to say.

Best of luck maintaining the diligence.

Maiden33
05-01-2011, 11:05 PM
#94:
Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel (1986)

http://mediaboom.org/uploads/posts/2008-02/1203583672_5.jpg

This will be the first of several albums I'll be referring to as one of the "best X albums you've never heard". Fifth Angel released two albums in the mid-to-late 80s and have now been pretty much wiped from the face of metal, sadly. The best way to describe this band is Queensryche a la the EP/The Warning, but with a more moderate-ranged singer and a little more focus on appealing, concise songwriting. If that sounds appetizing to you, I can't recommend this album enough. Every track is a great one - I truly uphold this as one of the finest "old school" metal albums that never gets its deserved respect.

Tracklisting:
01 In the Fallout (3:55)
02 Shout it Out (4:27)
03 Call Out the Warning (3:34)
04 Fifth Angel (4:04)
05 Wings of Destiny (4:39)
06 The Night (4:45)
07 Only the Strong Survive (3:48)
08 Cry Out the Fools (4:23)
09 Fade to Flames (4:04)

Featured Track:
"In the Fallout" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5bVAX4-of0)

Sanitarium78
05-02-2011, 08:00 AM
I'm starting to get concerned that people have already stopped following this. :lol:

Anyone? Anyone?

Bueller?

:eyes:

Don't worry we're still here. At least your thread has more views and replies than hellawaits death metal album thread so far. So that's something:D

I'm gonna have to give Blaze's other stuff a listen after hearing that song. That is a very good tune.

jhdeity
05-02-2011, 09:50 AM
I think it's going to interesting. I had my power metal phase and still think highly of some of those albums even though i rarely listen to them.

That being said a metalhead rating Pyromania over High and Dry (assuming since you said very few doubles) is borderline blasphemous to me. I understand you were probably young and that album was influential or whatever but High and Dry especially the remaster version with Me and My Wine smokes that album on every level. The riffs are beastly and the cheese factor is virtually nil.

The cool thing is when I wiki'd both cd's I found they re-released Pyromania with a LA Forum live show from 83 with Let it Go, Mirror, Mirror, Wasted and basically the best Def Leppard setlist I've ever seen. WIN!

Maiden33
05-02-2011, 10:15 AM
I think it's going to interesting. I had my power metal phase and still think highly of some of those albums even though i rarely listen to them.

That being said a metalhead rating Pyromania over High and Dry (assuming since you said very few doubles) is borderline blasphemous to me. I understand you were probably young and that album was influential or whatever but High and Dry especially the remaster version with Me and My Wine smokes that album on every level. The riffs are beastly and the cheese factor is virtually nil.

The cool thing is when I wiki'd both cd's I found they re-released Pyromania with a LA Forum live show from 83 with Let it Go, Mirror, Mirror, Wasted and basically the best Def Leppard setlist I've ever seen. WIN!

Fair point, but take into account that Pyromania was ranked #98, 3 albums from being cut off the list - so while in the end I do prefer it to High and Dry by a tad, it's not by MUCH. And yes, being that it was the first rock album I ever bought, it does hold a special place in my heart that probably gave it the advantage in the end.

IrritatedTrout
05-02-2011, 10:17 AM
That's my favorite Blaze album.

Maiden33
05-02-2011, 10:32 AM
#93:
Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus (2001)
http://www.metal-rules.com/interviews/images/Magnitude9_-_reality_in_focus.jpg

Magnitude 9 were a brilliant melodic/progressive metal outfit from Ohio/Colorado who have sadly seemed to become inactive, which isn't helping how criminally unknown they are. This is another nomination for "one of the best X albums you've never heard". Vocalist Corey Brown has a fantastic and commanding voice, and guitarist Rob Johnson is absolutely insane. Most importantly, though the songs are progressive and the playing is technical, the band never lose sight of the importance of songwriting, which is probably why I like this band so much.

Tracklisting:
01 No Turning Back (6:32)
02 What My Eyes Have Seen (5:35)
03 Far Beyond Illusion (5:42)
04 Afterlife (9:10)
05 The End of Days (4:37)
06 Lost Along the Way (4:34)
07 Flight of Icarus (3:52)
08 Temples of Gold (6:21)
09 Quiet Desperation (5:16)
10 Mind Over Fear (7:30)

Featured Track:
"What My Eyes Have Seen" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEsBbvjSLxw)

EvilCheeseWedge
05-02-2011, 10:56 AM
#95:
BLAZE - The Tenth Dimension (2002)


So I think Iron Maiden with Blaze is: :cowsleep:

But a lot of his solo material is great. I'd say Tenth Dimension is perhaps my favorite. Good pick :fist:

Maiden33
05-02-2011, 09:43 PM
#92:
Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell (1987)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2qGqJfwOqUY/TCjkkD5uMxI/AAAAAAAAALg/3NKViZdccYw/s320/%5BAllCDCovers%5D_grim_reaper_rock_you_to_hell_198 7_retail_cd-front.jpg

As anyone who has heard Grim Reaper knows, this is not a band for everyone. Mostly due to the image and the cheesy lyrics, this band carries quite a ridiculous reputation with them, most noted by their song "See You in Hell". So yes, this is not everyone's cup of tea. But if you don't mind a cheese-factor, an you absolutely love fist-pumping anthemic 80's metal, this is pretty much the pinnacle of that style. Not suitable for over-analysis, just balls-to-the-wall fun and rockin'. Also, Steve Grimmet is 5x the vocalist he's ever given credit as.

Tracklisting:
01 Rock You to Hell (4:01)
02 Night of the Vampire (3:45)
03 Lust For Freedom (4:26)
04 When Heaven Comes Down (4:23)
05 Suck It and See (2:23)
06 Rock Me Til I Die (4:43)
07 You'll Wish That You Were Never Born (4:06)
08 Waysted Love (4:18)
09 I Want More (4:52)

Featured Track:
"Rock You to Hell" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ5rllUvx2E)

ImmortalEmperor
05-03-2011, 07:36 PM
#92:
Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell (1987)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2qGqJfwOqUY/TCjkkD5uMxI/AAAAAAAAALg/3NKViZdccYw/s320/%5BAllCDCovers%5D_grim_reaper_rock_you_to_hell_198 7_retail_cd-front.jpg

As anyone who has heard Grim Reaper knows, this is not a band for everyone. Mostly due to the image and the cheesy lyrics, this band carries quite a ridiculous reputation with them, most noted by their song "See You in Hell". So yes, this is not everyone's cup of tea. But if you don't mind a cheese-factor, an you absolutely love fist-pumping anthemic 80's metal, this is pretty much the pinnacle of that style. Not suitable for over-analysis, just balls-to-the-wall fun and rockin'. Also, Steve Grimmet is 5x the vocalist he's ever given credit as.

Tracklisting:
01 Rock You to Hell (4:01)
02 Night of the Vampire (3:45)
03 Lust For Freedom (4:26)
04 When Heaven Comes Down (4:23)
05 Suck It and See (2:23)
06 Rock Me Til I Die (4:43)
07 You'll Wish That You Were Never Born (4:06)
08 Waysted Love (4:18)
09 I Want More (4:52)

Featured Track:
"Rock You to Hell" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ5rllUvx2E)

Had the first three (all?) Grim Reaper albums on vinyl in the 80's. Always enjoyed listening to them and definitely think they had some of the best album covers of the era. Have bought them all again on Japanese reissue cd's in the last year and still derive a lot of listening pleasure from them. See you in hell my friend...

treghet
05-03-2011, 07:46 PM
I had never heard of Grim Reaper before so I checked them out and they're great! Thanks. :rocker: I'm sure I'll find other great stuff from your thread too.

Maiden33
05-04-2011, 09:25 PM
#91:
Twilightning - Delirium Veil (2003)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/002/811/0000281143_350.jpg

Truth be told, this is easily among the most underrated power metal records ever created. Sadly this was this band's debut and they went downhill fast with a simply solid sophomore effort and crap ever since. This was made at the tail-end of the golden age of the genre, and this is proof of a formula done right. This band added pretty much nothing that the pioneers of the genre had yet to accomplish, but just completely hit one out of the park with a fun album with all great tracks, and brilliantly assembled.

Tracklisting:
01 Gone to the Wall (4:50)
02 At the Forgee (5:57)
03 The Jester Realm (6:57)
04 Delerium Veil (4:17)
05 Return to Innocence (6:06)
06 Under Somber Skies (5:59)
07 Seventh Dawn (4:25)
08 Enslaved to the Mind (4:48)
09 Masked Ball Dalliance (5:04)

Featured Track:
"Gone to the Wall" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDRZRfAXTMM)

Maiden33
05-05-2011, 12:04 AM
#90:
Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)
http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/350/350227/35022721.jpg

I suppose Rush needs no introduction whatsoever - in fact, I'm sure I'm pissing a lot of people off by not only including the only Rush album on this list this low, but also choosing THIS album. But at the end of the day, I like what I like, and truth be told there are only about 5 Rush albums that I actually like nearly every track, and this is pretty much the pinnacle of that. Around this period the band was at the perfect crossroads of the more technical/progressive stuff and the more concise, song-oriented, even radio-friendly direction - and when those two things are married together, odds are I'm going to like it quite a bit.

Tracklisting:
01 The Spirit of Radio (4:57)
02 Freewill (5:24)
03 Jacob's Ladder (7:26)
04 Entre Nous (4:36)
05 Different Strings (3:48)
06 Natural Science (9:17)

Featured Track:
"Natural Science" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7W0Nm8iHwk)

JLRedWing13
05-05-2011, 12:16 AM
#90:
Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)
http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/350/350227/35022721.jpg

I suppose Rush needs no introduction whatsoever - in fact, I'm sure I'm pissing a lot of people off by not only including the only Rush album on this list this low, but also choosing THIS album. But at the end of the day, I like what I like, and truth be told there are only about 5 Rush albums that I actually like nearly every track, and this is pretty much the pinnacle of that. Around this period the band was at the perfect crossroads of the more technical/progressive stuff and the more concise, song-oriented, even radio-friendly direction - and when those two things are married together, odds are I'm going to like it quite a bit.

Tracklisting:
01 The Spirit of Radio (4:57)
02 Freewill (5:24)
03 Jacob's Ladder (7:26)
04 Entre Nous (4:36)
05 Different Strings (3:48)
06 Natural Science (9:17)

Featured Track:
"Natural Science" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7W0Nm8iHwk)
Nothing wrong with this album. It's fantastic. Shame you don't like more of them, though.....

maidenpriest
05-05-2011, 12:26 AM
I honestly didn't think you liked Rush at all. but :party: Natural Science!!

SomewhereInTime72
05-05-2011, 03:50 AM
Nothing wrong with this album. It's fantastic. Shame you don't like more of them, though.....

For sure. Not my personal favorite Rush album, but I definitely don't have a problem with it being said that it's the best - very arguable. :)

DethMaiden
05-05-2011, 06:44 AM
Classic album. Can't quite call it my favorite but definitely top five or six.

Sanitarium78
05-05-2011, 06:45 AM
I suppose Rush needs no introduction whatsoever - in fact, I'm sure I'm pissing a lot of people off by not only including the only Rush album on this list this low, but also choosing THIS album.

There is nothing wrong with choosing this album considering it's held in very high esteem by Rush fans. In fact for a lot of them it's their favorite. It's not my favorite album from them but it's deffinitley top 10.

Too bad you weren't more into them. But if you wanna deprive yourself of the greatest band ever than that's up to you;)

JLRedWing13
05-05-2011, 06:05 PM
There is nothing wrong with choosing this album considering it's held in very high esteem by Rush fans. In fact for a lot of them it's their favorite. It's not my favorite album from them but it's deffinitley top 10.

Too bad you weren't more into them. But if you wanna deprive yourself of the greatest band ever than that's up to you;)
Not to mention arguably the greatest live band ever.... :drool:

Maiden33
05-05-2011, 08:44 PM
#89:
At Vance - Only Human (2002)
http://krixx.ru/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/at-vance-only-human-1.jpg

In direct contrast to my last selection, I'm sure this band needs a pretty extensive introduction. The best comparison I can make for At Vance is Yngwie Malmsteen's more song-oriented, tasteful solo work. There's 2 classical-based instrumentals and a lot of neoclassic guitar shredding throughout, but the songs are actually very, very good and the vocals are actually rather amazing, as I find Oliver Hartmann to be one of the most underrated vocalists out there. Still relatively "standard" Neoclassical/Melodic Power Metal, but done about the best it can be, and there are no weak tracks here, which is pretty impressive for a record this long with this many tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 The Time Has Come (3:58)
02 Only Human (5:14)
03 Take My Pain (4:18)
04 Fly to the Rainbow (6:09)
05 Hold Your Fire (5:47)
06 The Four Seasons: Spring (3:05)
07 Take Me Away (4:48)
08 Time (5:48)
09 Solfeggietto (1:00)
10 Sing This Song (5:59)
11 Witches Dance (5:31)
12 Wings to Fly (6:37)
13 I Surrender (4:25)

Featured Track:
"Only Human" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPRbwvjBPSg)

Maiden33
05-05-2011, 09:06 PM
#88:
Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/005/227/0000522774_350.jpg

Once regarded as one of my favorite bands, this album's placement is more based on nostalgia than anything. Despite it being a rather inconsistent album in many people's eyes, this is (along with Night of the Stormrider) the only Iced Earth album on which I actually like pretty much every song (though "Reaping Stone" is a bit of a drag). I am one of the few people who generally likes Jon Schaffer ballads, and there are 4 of my favorites on this disc. The songs are generally to-the-point and hard-hitting, and the Something Wicked Trilogy is pretty unanimously considered one of the best things this band has ever done. Fronted by the great vocals of Matt Barlow, this was my favorite era of Iced Earth, and Schaffer ever assembling an album again that is this solid and void of messages are slim to none.

Tracklisting:
01 Burning Times (3:44)
02 Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:47)
03 Disciples of the Lie (4:03)
04 Watching Over Me (4:28)
05 Stand Alone (2:44)
06 Consequences (5:36)
07 My Own Savior (3:39)
08 Reaping Stone (4:02)
09 1776 (3:33)
10 Blessed Are You (5:05)
11 Prophecy (6:18)
12 The Birth of the Wicked (4:16)
13 The Coming Curse (9:33)

Featured Track:
"Burning Times" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btd2KxXOvNc)

MPF
05-05-2011, 09:09 PM
Damn good choice sir. Sadly everything you said about IE is right. I want to be proven wrong, and I still have hope for that. But I know in reality you are right.

JuuKun
05-06-2011, 06:47 AM
Damn good choice sir. Sadly everything you said about IE is right. I want to be proven wrong, and I still have hope for that. But I know in reality you are right.

Yeah, this.

If I had to choose one At Vance album, it'd be Chained, but Only Human is pretty good, too.

Sanitarium78
05-06-2011, 07:06 AM
I really like BT, Melancholy, WOM and the Something Wicked trilogy. They're some of the best IE has to offer. For some reason I find the rest of the album kind of ordinary though, it's all stuff that could've easily been written and recorded by any random metal band out there.

Maiden33
05-06-2011, 11:15 AM
#87:
UFO - Lights Out (1977)
http://img.snowrecords.com/lp/4/39904.jpg

UFO are undoubtedly one of the most quintessential classic hard rock bands. It seems that even though they have never shared too much commercial success, they remain one of the most-mentioned names on the list of influences for any hard rock/metal band who formed between 1978 and 1985. Bassist Pete Way is where Steve Harris stole pretty much every one of his stage moves from. But this band goes far beyond that. Phil Mogg has always had a great voice that remains perfectly intact to this day, and Michael Schenker is probably one of the most important and influential early rock/metal guitarists. This is more of a "courtesy pick" due to respect for the band, and more out of process of elimination, as UFO have several great, classic albums - but I would consider this one my favorite.

Tracklisting:
01 Too Hot to Handle (3:37)
02 Just Another Suicide (4:58)
03 Try Me (4:49)
04 Lights Out (4:33)
05 Gettin' Ready (3:46)
06 Alone Again Or (3:00)
07 Electric Phase (4:20)
08 Love to Love (7:38)

Featured Track:
"Love to Love" (live in the studio, 2005) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvddLotvgLA)

JRA
05-06-2011, 11:18 AM
#90:
Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)


Nothing wrong with choosing this album. It's a classic.

bennythedog
05-06-2011, 02:18 PM
Nice pick with Lights Out. If live albums we're in play, and I only could pick one UFO, I'd go with Strangers in the Night. It's long regarded as one of the best live albums ever.

Lights Out - Strangers In The Night (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuaexqClnLw)

Maiden33
05-06-2011, 07:18 PM
#86:
Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night (1985)
http://imgarchive.info/201003/319155.jpg

This is another band that is not for everyone. Magnum's style, especially during this era is best described as what some would call "Pomp Rock" - mostly a blend of Progressive Rock and 80's AOR - see bands such as Asia and Saga for comparisons - however I have always thought Magnum had something special. Maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the charismatic vocals of frontman Bob Catley, or maybe it's the relatively varied and enduring catalog. But their brand of "epic prog-pop" was never better than on this classic from 1985, featuring some of their most memorable tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 How Far Jerusalem (6:25)
02 Just Like an Arrow (3:23)
03 On a Storyteller's Night (4:59)
04 Before First Light (3:52)
05 Les Morts Dansant (5:47)
06 Endless Love (4:30)
07 Two Hearts (4:24)
08 Steal Your Heart (3:59)
09 All England's Eyes (4:47)
10 The Last Dance (3:39)

Featured Track:
"On a Storyteller's Night" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCrqpV1zfCU)

Maiden33
05-07-2011, 07:48 PM
#85:
Europe - Wings of Tomorrow (1984)
http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/399/399524/39952447.jpg

To put it bluntly: If you wrote off Europe with "The Final Countdown", you are really, really missing out on some good shit - most notably pretty much this entire album. One of Sweden's first notable international metal bands, Europe established themselves with this great and well-rounded album. John Norum's guitar playing on this is outstanding, and the songs are enduring, even if the production, sadly, is not. This is 80's metal at it's finest.

Tracklisting:
01 Stormwind (4:31)
02 Scream of Anger (4:06)
03 Open Your Heart (4:10)
04 Treated Bad Again (3:42)
05 Aphasia (2:32)
06 Wings of Tomorrow (3:59)
07 Wasted Time (4:10)
08 Lyin' Eyes (3:47)
09 Dreamer (4:28)
10 Dance the Night Away (3:35)

Featured Track:
"Scream of Anger" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx8gQoof6vY)

Maiden33
05-08-2011, 05:21 AM
Very funny, whoever gave this thread a one-star rating. :tp:

Sinfulsot
05-08-2011, 06:53 AM
http://imgarchive.info/201003/319155.jpg


i can't see this image.

x-voltage
05-08-2011, 10:07 AM
No one mentioned how great of a song Stand Alone is off of Something Wicked This Way Comes. The opening riff is just brutal.

Sanitarium78
05-08-2011, 10:31 AM
#86:
Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night (1985)
http://imgarchive.info/201003/319155.jpg

This is another band that is not for everyone. Magnum's style, especially during this era is best described as what some would call "Pomp Rock" - mostly a blend of Progressive Rock and 80's AOR - see bands such as Asia and Saga for comparisons - however I have always thought Magnum had something special. Maybe it's the songwriting, maybe it's the charismatic vocals of frontman Bob Catley, or maybe it's the relatively varied and enduring catalog. But their brand of "epic prog-pop" was never better than on this classic from 1985, featuring some of their most memorable tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 How Far Jerusalem (6:25)
02 Just Like an Arrow (3:23)
03 On a Storyteller's Night (4:59)
04 Before First Light (3:52)
05 Les Morts Dansant (5:47)
06 Endless Love (4:30)
07 Two Hearts (4:24)
08 Steal Your Heart (3:59)
09 All England's Eyes (4:47)
10 The Last Dance (3:39)

Featured Track:
"On a Storyteller's Night" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCrqpV1zfCU)

I've never heard of this band before but I did like that song. I'm gonna have to check out some more stuff from them.

No one mentioned how great of a song Stand Alone is off of Something Wicked This Way Comes. The opening riff is just brutal.

I wouldn't consider it that brutal but the riff played after the chorus has a simliarity to 'Blackened' from Metallica.

El Gordo
05-08-2011, 03:50 PM
#88:
Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/005/227/0000522774_350.jpg

Once regarded as one of my favorite bands, this album's placement is more based on nostalgia than anything. Despite it being a rather inconsistent album in many people's eyes, this is (along with Night of the Stormrider) the only Iced Earth album on which I actually like pretty much every song (though "Reaping Stone" is a bit of a drag). I am one of the few people who generally likes Jon Schaffer ballads, and there are 4 of my favorites on this disc. The songs are generally to-the-point and hard-hitting, and the Something Wicked Trilogy is pretty unanimously considered one of the best things this band has ever done. Fronted by the great vocals of Matt Barlow, this was my favorite era of Iced Earth, and Schaffer ever assembling an album again that is this solid and void of messages are slim to none.

Tracklisting:
01 Burning Times (3:44)
02 Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:47)
03 Disciples of the Lie (4:03)
04 Watching Over Me (4:28)
05 Stand Alone (2:44)
06 Consequences (5:36)
07 My Own Savior (3:39)
08 Reaping Stone (4:02)
09 1776 (3:33)
10 Blessed Are You (5:05)
11 Prophecy (6:18)
12 The Birth of the Wicked (4:16)
13 The Coming Curse (9:33)

Featured Track:
"Burning Times" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btd2KxXOvNc)

I've always had a tough time with this album. There are some really killer tunes -- Disciples of the Lie, My Own Savior, Stand Alone and the Something Wicked Trilogy are all fucking amazing, kick-ass power-thrash masterpieces. There's so much down time though: A pretty lackluster opener, three ballads (which is way too much for a 'metal' album), a plodding number in "Reaping Stone" and an instrumental which is pretty mediocre. I dunno, I don't hate this album, but I don't think I'd rate it above a 6/10. If there was more along the lines of Disciples, it would rate much higher in my books.

DethMaiden
05-08-2011, 04:07 PM
It's by far the best Barlow record and has a lot of killer material, but it does have certain issues that El Gordo has pretty accurately addressed. Oddly, I'd probably take both Night of the Stormrider and The Glorious Burden over it, gun to my head.

ravenheart
05-08-2011, 04:22 PM
Very funny, whoever gave this thread a one-star rating. :tp:

I think you sealed that one yourself with Magnum and early Europe albums ;)

And placing 'Tenth Dimension' so low. Excellent pick, but I don't think there are 90-something better albums.

ravenheart
05-08-2011, 04:24 PM
I like that you attach a "featured Track" so that those of us who don't know who the band is can check it out and maybe like it:horns:

Your sentence is unfinished. The last part really reads: "... without having to bother Googling it ourselves, and maybe like it." ;)

Maiden33
05-08-2011, 06:52 PM
#84:
Halford - Resurrection (2000)
http://991.com/newGallery/Rob-Halford-Resurrection-252372.jpg

Ah yes, the mighty "Metal God"'s return to the metal forefront. Resurrection is all the fun and quality of a classic Priest album but with several modern touches so that it doesn't sound dated in the least. Rob put together a great band, imploring the use of guitarist/songwriter/producer Roy Z who helped shape the sound of the mighty Bruce Dickinson's solo career. I admit I'm not a fraction of the Halford fan(boy) that many people are, but I have to admit I do absolutely love this album. It's just flat out great and in your face. Probably one of the best "Traditional Metal" records of the past dozen years.

Tracklisting:
01 Resurrection 3:58
02 Made in Hell 4:12
03 Locked and Loaded 3:19
04 Night Fall 3:42
05 Silent Screams 7:06
06 The One You Love to Hate 3:11
07 Cyber World 3:10
08 Slow Down 4:52
09 Twist 4:10
10 Temptation 3:32
11 Drive 4:31
12 Saviour 2:57

Featured Track:
"Made in Hell" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GX9qsQMxx04)

DethMaiden
05-08-2011, 06:53 PM
That's what I'm talking about. "Resurrection" is easily better than at least half of Priest's albums.

jhdeity
05-08-2011, 07:03 PM
This is my friends band Mystic Force. I doubt these guys are going to make the list but I thought this would be a cool place to share these songs. I'm pretty sure this cd Man vs. Machine was never released but maybe some people got their hands on it at shows or whatever back in the late 90's. These guys toured Europe and were big at the Foundations Forum shows back in the day. I recently saw they were scheduled to play a show overseas in 2012 which would be awesome. I'm curious what people think:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvX0iDaG3UM&feature=related

This one was from the Mid 80's and got them the opener on some pretty big tours:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NFTa-WeX3c

SomewhereInTime72
05-08-2011, 08:58 PM
That's what I'm talking about. "Resurrection" is easily better than at least half of Priest's albums.

I don't think I would go as far as to say "at least half" but it is better than quite a few, and it is really damn awesome. :cool:

Maiden33
05-08-2011, 09:20 PM
#83:
Threshold - Hypothetical (2001)
http://image1.altnet.com/images/67/885417011067/Threshold/Hypothetical/Threshold-Hypothetical_3.jpg

Threshold have become known as a UK-based institution of Progressive Metal, who over the years have produced a load of great tracks and damn solid albums. Their sound is pretty much straight-forward "Progressive Metal" by definition, though the band are far from Dream Theater clones and have truly crafted their own sound over the years. This was pretty much the most steady point of their career, in the heyday of albums with unique and great (and sadly now departed) vocalist Andrew "Mac" MacDermont. This is definitely the pinnacle of their catalog if you ask me - every track is very strong, though the album's bookends are probably my personal favorites.

Tracklisting:
01 Light and Space (5:58)
02 Turn On, Tune In (6:
03 The Ravages of Time (10:17)
04 Sheltering Sky (5:35)
05 Oceanbound (6:42)
06 Long Way Home (6:00)
07 Keep My Head (4:01)
08 Narcissus (11:14)

Featured Track:
"Light and Space" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys3bcpRToRA)

maidenpriest
05-09-2011, 01:13 AM
so many new albums to listen to...no time! Love that featured track for Threshold

Maiden33
05-10-2011, 07:26 PM
#82:
Mercenary - The Hours That Remain (2006)
http://image.kazaa.com/images/61/727701829661/Mercenary/The_Hours_That_Remain/Mercenary-The_Hours_That_Remain_3.jpg

Stylistically this is probably one of the more standout selections on this list, as this band's defining style characteristic is melodic death metal, usually in a more progressive vein, akin to bands such as Scar Symmetry. In most cases, I really don't care for this sort of stuff, as I am very openly not too into growling. And I gotta be honest, this band is usually growlier than most of this disc indicates, but nevertheless I happen to find this album a shining example of one of those rare times when a band happens to nail a style in just the right way that it completely captures you in a way it normally would not.

Tracklisting:
01 Redefine Me (6:06)
02 Year of the Plague (5:29)
03 My World is Ending (5:26)
04 This Eternal Instant (6:10)
05 Lost Reality (8:02)
06 Soul Decision (5:03)
07 Simplicity Demand (6:35)
08 Obscure Indiscretion (4:47)
09 My Secret Window (6:29)
10 The Hours That Remain (8:07)

Featured Track:
"Lost Reality" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ov5SSVobm0)

MPF
05-10-2011, 07:30 PM
I'm really digging the list so far. Keep up the great stuff.

Maiden33
05-10-2011, 08:24 PM
#81:
Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise (1989)
http://image.kazaa.com/images/64/075596081764/Metal_Church/Blessing_In_Disguise/Metal_Church-Blessing_In_Disguise_3.jpg

To so many, including a Mike Howe-era Metal Church album over one of the first two is rather blasphemous, but oh well, I guess this is my finger at conformity. Make no mistake, I like the first 2 MC albums a lot, but when Mike Howe entered the fold, the band took a slight change of direction, slightly more along the lines of the "Old Wave of American Progressive Metal" (See: Queensryche, Crimson Glory, early Fates Warning, Savatage), with the style of riffs and the longer song lengths. However the band sacrificed absolutely none of their heaviness, and I think Howe has a really cool, unique sounding voice that helped define this era. All 3 albums are pretty strong, but this is my favorite, and favorite Metal Church album at that.

Tracklisting:
01 Fake Healer (5:55)
02 Rest in Pieces (April 15, 1912) (6:38)
03 Of Unsound Mind (4:44)
04 Anthem to the Estranged (9:31)
05 Badlands (7:21)
06 The Spell Can't Be Broken (6:46)
07 It's a Secret (3:47)
08 Cannot Tell a Lie (4:17)
09 The Powers That Be (5:22)

Featured Track:
"Badlands" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTKo0oB_OCk)

JRA
05-10-2011, 08:53 PM
Sooner or later I need to man up and buy a Metal Church album. and plus you aren't that blasphemous. Ultraboris also ranks this album higher than the first two by four points. And even more absurd than that, he gives Hanging In The Balance a 97!

Maiden33
05-12-2011, 11:54 AM
#80:
Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection (2005)
http://batzbatz.com/uploads/posts/2008-03/1206436762_brabbot350-05.jpg

For those who don't know, Brazen Abbot is a project organized by Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, whose main "angle" is that every album features 3 different vocalists, despite the albums not being concept records. The 3 here are Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple, Solo), Goran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, Karmakanic, John Norum, others), and Tony Harnell (TNT, Starbreaker). The style is best described as Melodic Hard Rock at its finest, with some great neoclassical guitar work (think Yngwie Malmsteen circa "Eclipse"), and some great symphonic overtones. This is one of those records that I tend to overlook and underestimate, but every single time I put it on I'm floored by how damn good pretty every song is.

Tracklisting:
01 My Resurrection (5:46)
02 Bad Madman (5:47)
03 Godforsaken (5:20)
04 Dreams (5:40)
05 Flying Blind (4:24)
06 Another Day Gone (5:09)
07 More Than Money (4:34)
08 The Shadows (4:08)
09 Beggar's Lane (6:22)
10 Rage of Angels (4:25)
11 Lost (4:27)
12 Shades of Grey (6:23)

Featured Track:
"Beggar's Lane" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtIn159ZVcI)

jhdeity
05-12-2011, 05:00 PM
#81:
Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise (1989)
http://image.kazaa.com/images/64/075596081764/Metal_Church/Blessing_In_Disguise/Metal_Church-Blessing_In_Disguise_3.jpg

To so many, including a Mike Howe-era Metal Church album over one of the first two is rather blasphemous, but oh well, I guess this is my finger at conformity. Make no mistake, I like the first 2 MC albums a lot, but when Mike Howe entered the fold, the band took a slight change of direction, slightly more along the lines of the "Old Wave of American Progressive Metal" (See: Queensryche, Crimson Glory, early Fates Warning, Savatage), with the style of riffs and the longer song lengths. However the band sacrificed absolutely none of their heaviness, and I think Howe has a really cool, unique sounding voice that helped define this era. All 3 albums are pretty strong, but this is my favorite, and favorite Metal Church album at that.

Tracklisting:
01 Fake Healer (5:55)
02 Rest in Pieces (April 15, 1912) (6:38)
03 Of Unsound Mind (4:44)
04 Anthem to the Estranged (9:31)
05 Badlands (7:21)
06 The Spell Can't Be Broken (6:46)
07 It's a Secret (3:47)
08 Cannot Tell a Lie (4:17)
09 The Powers That Be (5:22)

Featured Track:
"Badlands" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTKo0oB_OCk)

By far teh best cd on the lsit so far. I prfter a few songs on older Metal Church as my favorites but this is a great cd start to finish

JuuKun
05-12-2011, 08:39 PM
#80:
Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection (2005)

Would have expected Guilty As Sin, actually, since Jorn's on that one. My Ressurection's a pretty good album too, though.

Maiden33
05-12-2011, 11:13 PM
Would have expected Guilty As Sin, actually, since Jorn's on that one. My Ressurection's a pretty good album too, though.

Yeah, my Jorn fanboyism definitely made Guilty of Sin the more typical choice. But overall I just think the songs are consistently better on My Resurrection, and I absolutely love the symphonic overtones on most of the songs. Tony Harnell is hardly a slouch on the vocals either.

Maiden33
05-12-2011, 11:22 PM
#79:
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (1990)
http://images.wax.fm/pantera_cowboys_from_hell-7567-91372-1-1122830189.jpg

Yes, this is the part where you're supposed to be surprised. Much like Rush, this is a band that I seldom talk about or even display fanship of because I practically don't even like them when compared to how much some people LOVE them. And especially since most die-hard Pantera fans are the sort of people I don't even associate with, they have practically become a guilty pleasure of mine. I like the early stuff more than most, and I happen to like the majority of Vulgar Display of Power as well - nothing after though. This album is definitely their "masterpiece" as far as I'm concerned. The band's change of direction here made them truly pioneers of their sound, which has been poorly imitated many times since. On this album, Dimebag Darrell truly plays as well as the guitarist he's hyped to have been, and Phil Anselmo's brilliant marriage of raw aggression and surprising melodic sensibility made him a very cool, unique vocalist at the time. Despite the stigma attached to it, I truly consider Cemetary Gates to be one of my favorite songs, period.

01 Cowboys From Hell (4:06)
02 Primal Concrete Sledge (2:13)
03 Psycho Holiday (5:19)
04 Heresy (4:46)
05 Cemetary Gates (7:02)
06 Domination (5:04)
07 Shattered (3:22)
08 Clash with Reality (5:16)
09 Medicine Man (5:15)
10 Message in Blood (5:10)
11 The Sleep (5:45)
12 The Art of Shredding (4:19)

Featured Track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W9EOhy5J6A"]"Cemetary Gates" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W9EOhy5J6A)

powerslave_85
05-12-2011, 11:33 PM
I am mildly surprised by that, even though I vaguely recall you mentioning that you like them before.

illuminatus917
05-12-2011, 11:44 PM
Pantera is one of those bands I kind of hate myself for liking. They're right there with bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine; they embody what's wrong with metal, and music in general, and they have extremely annoying fan bases that I attempt at all costs to not socialize with, but I can't help but to like their music. It just appeals to me.

This is their best album though. Which is different than a lot of previous albums on your list, that I didn't consider to be the best of their respective band's catalogue.

DethMaiden
05-12-2011, 11:46 PM
Dude, CFH rules. Yes.

MPF
05-13-2011, 12:06 AM
#79:
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (1990)
http://images.wax.fm/pantera_cowboys_from_hell-7567-91372-1-1122830189.jpg

Yes, this is the part where you're supposed to be surprised.

Oh, um ok....

WHAAAAA? :eek::eyes::eek::eyes::eek::eyes:


Actually I'm not surprised at all. It's really hard to be a Metal fan and not love this album.

Sanitarium78
05-13-2011, 06:26 AM
Pantera is one of those bands I kind of hate myself for liking. They're right there with bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine; they embody what's wrong with metal, and music in general,

You know you can't make a statement about how Pantera embody's what's wrong with metal without some kind of explination, right?

If anything Pantera is the opposite. They embody what metal truly is about. If you listen to any of their albums you can hear that. The riffs, the agression, Phils vocals. They were a very good metal band and honestly the only band in the 90s that kept agressive and heavy music alive in the mainstream while bands like Metallica and Megadeth went off in a lighter direction. Pantera always remained true metal until the end.

You've gotta respect them for what they did. They had an original sound and without them I shudder to think how much further metal may have sunk in popularity throughout the 90s. They are seen as saviors of the genre and as someone who actually remembers the 90s I understand why that is.

And no, i'm not some huge fanboy, i'm just a fan. But if you can't understand why this band was good for metal, then I don't know what to tell you.

Dextrimental
05-13-2011, 06:42 AM
Pantera is one of those bands I kind of hate myself for liking. They're right there with bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine; they embody what's wrong with metal, and music in general, and they have extremely annoying fan bases that I attempt at all costs to not socialize with, but I can't help but to like their music. It just appeals to me.


How do they embody whats bad about metal?

Maiden33
05-13-2011, 07:54 AM
Frankly I don't really have an issue with what Pantera is about, I have an issue with the way a lot of people interpret that - both fans and the many VERY shitty bands that have copied it.

DethMaiden
05-13-2011, 08:01 AM
Frankly I don't really have an issue with what Pantera is about, I have an issue with the way a lot of people interpret that - both fans and the many VERY shitty bands that have copied it.

Well said.

Maiden33
05-13-2011, 09:11 AM
#78:
DGM - FrAme (2009)
http://imgarchive.info/200904/44378.jpg

DGM have earned my vote as one of the most underrated bands in the world. For about a dozen years now they've pumped out albums of surprisingly fantastic quality progressive power metal, in the Italian vein (see: Labyrinth, Vision Divine, Secret Sphere). In 2007 they were given new life with the album "Different Shapes", and in 2009 they parted ways with long-time vocalist Titta Tani in favor of ex-Mind Key vocalist Mark Basile, whose voice took the band to new levels. The whole band are great players, but I especially love this album for the incredible guitar/keyboard trade-off and harmony solos, which are some of the best I've ever heard by anyone. The songs are great, and will grow on you a lot over time.

Tracklisting:
01 Hereafter (4:43)
02 Enhancement (4:23)
03 Not in Need (4:21)
04 No Looking Back (5:25)
05 Trapped... (2:01)
06 ...In a Movie (4:02)
07 Away (5:18)
08 Heartache (5:28)
09 Rest in Peace (3:46)
10 Brand New Blood (5:05)
11 Fading and Falling (4:36)

Featured Track:
"Hereafter" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk08JwDpSH4)

IrritatedTrout
05-13-2011, 09:41 AM
Frankly I don't really have an issue with what Pantera is about, I have an issue with the way a lot of people interpret that - both fans and the many VERY shitty bands that have copied it.

Sounds like a good assessment. I can't stand the band but I think my view of them is marred even further by their fans and many of the awful bands that they influenced.

However, Anselmo is by far the worst thing about Pantera's music, image, and legacy. :hecho:

mankvill
05-13-2011, 10:15 AM
In before Jeff loves Cannibal Corpse :eek:

JRA
05-13-2011, 10:21 AM
Jeff liking Cowboys From Hell doesn't shock me at all. Now if Far Beyond Driven was on this countdown...

jhdeity
05-13-2011, 10:55 AM
I do find it funny that people bag on Pantera fans like they can all be lumped into one group. That's like saying all Motorhead fans all rode the short bus to school since they only like 3-chord songs with 5th grade lyrics. I'm a fan of most heavy music in one way or another. Even bands who have 20+ albums and only 13 good songs.

I'm glad Jeff included this cd even though there are better Pantera choices IMO. I woulda bet the farm Cemetary Gates was the "featured track" and not Primal Concrete Sledge though.

I'm thinking 4-stars is a good assessment so far...

Indestructible
05-13-2011, 11:31 AM
Pantera is one of those bands I kind of hate myself for liking. They're right there with bands like Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine; they embody what's wrong with metal, and music in general, and they have extremely annoying fan bases that I attempt at all costs to not socialize with, but I can't help but to like their music. It just appeals to me.

This is their best album though. Which is different than a lot of previous albums on your list, that I didn't consider to be the best of their respective band's catalogue.

Where is this extermly annoying fan base? Every metal head I have talked to loves Pantera and they seem fine and not annoying at all. i don't why people have to judge an entire fan base by the way a few fans of a certain band act.

x-voltage
05-13-2011, 12:55 PM
I agree with Sanitarium. I don't see how you can compare Pantera fans with Avenged Sevenfold or Bullet For My Valentine fans. Those are just middle school punks who shop at Hot Topic and just care about their image mostly. I think Pantera embodies everything metal is about as well. No over the top stage antics or clothing. Just straight up metal, never branching out to a softer or "radio friendly" crowd. CFH is their best album in my opinion, even though I love all of their albums. Every song is great. I think Five Finger Death Punch tried too much to embody this image, but tried too hard and started wearing stupid jerseys on stage and everything just looked too metal and "hardcore", and I think that drew people in and made them change their sound to a more "radio friendly" sound like Hard to See and Bad Company. It's a shame because I thought their first album was a breath of fresh air for metal. Fast riffs, good screaming/singing, but they ruined it IMO.

hellawaits77ny
05-13-2011, 01:44 PM
I agree with Sanitarium. I don't see how you can compare Pantera fans with Avenged Sevenfold or Bullet For My Valentine fans. Those are just middle school punks who shop at Hot Topic and just care about their image mostly. I think Pantera embodies everything metal is about as well. No over the top stage antics or clothing. Just straight up metal, never branching out to a softer or "radio friendly" crowd. CFH is their best album in my opinion, even though I love all of their albums. Every song is great. I think Five Finger Death Punch tried too much to embody this image, but tried too hard and started wearing stupid jerseys on stage and everything just looked too metal and "hardcore", and I think that drew people in and made them change their sound to a more "radio friendly" sound like Hard to See and Bad Company. It's a shame because I thought their first album was a breath of fresh air for metal. Fast riffs, good screaming/singing, but they ruined it IMO.

Agreed!

Comparing Pantera fans to Avenged 7x fans is very, very wrong :flame:

jhdeity
05-13-2011, 01:45 PM
I agree with Sanitarium. I don't see how you can compare Pantera fans with Avenged Sevenfold or Bullet For My Valentine fans. Those are just middle school punks who shop at Hot Topic and just care about their image mostly. I think Pantera embodies everything metal is about as well. No over the top stage antics or clothing. Just straight up metal, never branching out to a softer or "radio friendly" crowd. CFH is their best album in my opinion, even though I love all of their albums. Every song is great. I think Five Finger Death Punch tried too much to embody this image, but tried too hard and started wearing stupid jerseys on stage and everything just looked too metal and "hardcore", and I think that drew people in and made them change their sound to a more "radio friendly" sound like Hard to See and Bad Company. It's a shame because I thought their first album was a breath of fresh air for metal. Fast riffs, good screaming/singing, but they ruined it IMO.

Well said. When I met Ivan Moody he literally thought he was Phil Anselmo and wound up getting his ass kicked that night by Brian Fair which I doubt would ever happen to Phil. Not trying to generalize and be guilty of the same thing but apparently high school bully's were into Pantera and Lamb of God and some people associate being picked on with those bands I guess. Not everyone into those bands is a Bro or a Bully. Great music is great music. Period.

IrritatedTrout
05-13-2011, 02:10 PM
True but a shocking amount of Pantera fans are rednecks, bros, or "tough guys" with shitty taste. Same with Lamb of God. My brother is into them and doesn't fall into that category but he admits that many of their fans do.

Edit: Actually, his taste does suck sometimes so there ya go haha.

illuminatus917
05-13-2011, 03:18 PM
I do find it funny that people bag on Pantera fans like they can all be lumped into one group. That's like saying all Motorhead fans all rode the short bus to school since they only like 3-chord songs with 5th grade lyrics. I'm a fan of most heavy music in one way or another. Even bands who have 20+ albums and only 13 good songs.

I'm glad Jeff included this cd even though there are better Pantera choices IMO. I woulda bet the farm Cemetary Gates was the "featured track" and not Primal Concrete Sledge though.

I'm thinking 4-stars is a good assessment so far...

Where is this extermly annoying fan base? Every metal head I have talked to loves Pantera and they seem fine and not annoying at all. i don't why people have to judge an entire fan base by the way a few fans of a certain band act.

Agreed!

Comparing Pantera fans to Avenged 7x fans is very, very wrong :flame:

Maybe I was unclear. I wasn't trying to say Pantera or Pantera fans are the same as Avenged Sevenfold or their fans or Bullet For My Valentine or their fans (or Between the Buried and Me or their fans, etc). I think different bands, or their fan bases, embody different negative aspects of music. And all these do in their respective ways. That's not to say I dislike their music, necessarily. Just what they represent.

Pantera was, to a large extent, responsible for inadvertently sending metal in a horrible direction. I realize you can't lump everyone in a fan base into one group of people that act the same way and share the same ideals, but there are aspects of fan bases that, at least to some extent, embody the same things (share ideas, act certain ways, etc). In Pantera's case, a lot of their fans, at least that I know, are the type of folks that lift weights, take steroids, act all macho like, and use the music they listen to as a way to further their aggression and "pump themselves up." They're not actually listening to music for its make-up or its artistry, which is why I feel like I don't identify with these people.

JLRedWing13
05-13-2011, 07:38 PM
Pantera gets mentioned and this thread explodes a bit. Not surprising but it is interesting discussion.

Maiden33
05-13-2011, 08:24 PM
#77:
Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force - Odyssey (1988)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/000/159/0000015918_350.jpg

In today's world, where he's released so many mediocre albums and become such a caricature of himself, it's hard to remember a time when Yngwie Malmsteen ruled, but truth be told, I consider the first 5 Yngwie records to be absolute classics. Choosing this specific one makes me a bit of an outlier, but I don't care. This is my favorite Yngwie band lineup, with brothers Jens (keyboards) and Anders (drums) Johansson, Bob Daisley on bass, and former Rainbow frontman Joe Lynn Turner. The music here showed a bit of a move towards a more commercial/poppy sort of direction over the earlier albums, but this was still during the time where Yngwie was actually the revolutionary, incredible guitarist he's hyped to be, and he still actually could write and turn out great songs.

Tracklisting:
01 Rising Force (4:24)
02 Hold On (5:12)
03 Heaven Tonight (4:07)
04 Dreaming (Tell Me) (5:22)
05 Bite the Bullet (1:35)
06 Riot in the Dungeons (4:26)
07 Deja Vu (4:17)
08 Crystal Ball (4:56)
09 Now is the Time (4:34)
10 Faster Than the Speed of Light (4:30)
11 Krakatau (6:06)
12 Memories (1:14)

Featured Track:
"Rising Force" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8xByVA5VPw)

makethemsuffer12
05-13-2011, 09:05 PM
I do find it funny that people bag on Pantera fans like they can all be lumped into one group. That's like saying all Motorhead fans all rode the short bus to school since they only like 3-chord songs with 5th grade lyrics. I'm a fan of most heavy music in one way or another. Even bands who have 20+ albums and only 13 good songs.

I'm glad Jeff included this cd even though there are better Pantera choices IMO. I woulda bet the farm Cemetary Gates was the "featured track" and not Primal Concrete Sledge though.

I'm thinking 4-stars is a good assessment so far...

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ccE-7sEOyxA/TSX_mpyi7vI/AAAAAAAAATY/md-8BKkli6s/s1600/Pantera-power_metal.jpg
I seriously think this is one of the most underrated metal albums of all time. CFH is probably my favorite, but this is reeeeeeally close. I honestly wish this was their major label debut so it wouldn't be so criminally overlooked. I mean really, once CFH and Vulgar Display came out these guys didn't even act like it existed, which I can understand because of the image, but there is no reason why "Death Trap" should not have been a set staple throughout their whole career.

The_jman
05-13-2011, 10:09 PM
nice list so far.

I've not listened to the hours that remain all the way through, but what I've heard I really like 11 dreams even more from Mercenary.

Maiden33
05-13-2011, 10:11 PM
Regarding the Pantera - Power Metal discussion: It's easily my second favorite record of theirs, and "We'll Meet Again" is my favorite Dimebag solo. Hell, probably one of my favorite solos, period.

Maiden33
05-14-2011, 11:12 PM
#76:
Anubis Gate - Andromeda Unchained (2007)
http://discotecaxaranga.com/images/ANUBIS%20GATE-ANDROMEDA%20UNCHAINED.jpg

Anubis Gate are, in my opinion one of the best, most underrated, and most unique sounding Progressive Metal bands to come to the party over the last half-decade or so. This is a rare masterpiece of sorts, that has actually been steadily growing on me the longer I've been listening to it. The band finds a very nice compromise of melody/songwriting with truly inventive and interesting experimental progressive touches. Vocalist Jacob Hansen may annoy some, but I find his rather unique voice the perfect compliment to this band's style. Great concept record that manages to be very long but not ever feel as though it's dragging.

Tracklisting:
01 Freak Storm at Post Zeta... (0:49)
02 Snowbound (6:21)
03 Waking Hour (4:20)
04 Andromeda Unchained (5:00)
05 Banished From Sector Q (0:38)
06 Beyond Redemption (5:51)
07 Resurrection Time (5:11)
08 Escape Pod (0:32)
09 This White Storm Through My Mind (8:18)
10 The Final Overture (6:16)
11 Take Me Home (5:13)
12 Point of No Concern (5:59)
13 The End of Millenium Road (10:17)
14 The Stars of Canis Minor (1:15)

Featured Track:
"This White Storm Through My Mind" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xHyd6zWiMg)

Maiden33
05-16-2011, 06:33 PM
#75:
Tesla - Mechanical Resonance (1986)
http://discotecaxaranga.com/images/TESLA-MECHANICAL%20RESONANCE.jpg

Tesla are often wrongly categorized as what people call "Hair Metal", but this band is FAR from that stereotype. This album has quite a number of quite heavy and uptempo songs with blistering guitar work, both in the form of individual solos and complex harmonies. This is easily one of my top nominations for "Best Debut Albums" of all-time. It was a tough pick between this and their sophomore effort, but ultimately I went with this one. Pretty much an outstanding 80's hard rock record from start to finish.

Tracklisting:
01 EZ Come, EZ Go (3:32)
02 Comin' Atcha Live (4:25)
03 Gettin' Better (3:20)
04 2 Late 4 Love (3:50)
05 Rock Me to the Top (3:38)
06 We're No Good Together (5:15)
07 Modern Day Cowboy (5:19)
08 Changes (5:02)
09 Little Suzi (4:55)
10 Love Me (4:15)
11 Cover Queen (4:32)
12 Before My Eyes (5:25)

Featured Track:
"Modern Day Cowboy" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a9DW_zhV84)

MPF
05-16-2011, 06:42 PM
My favorite Tesla album....then again the only Tesla album I like.

maidenpriest
05-16-2011, 09:09 PM
My favorite Tesla album....then again the only Tesla album I like.

Agreed. and Modern Day Cowboy is my favorite Tesla song

Maiden33
05-17-2011, 02:49 PM
I don't really get how people can like Mechanical Resonance and NOT The Great Radio Controversy, which is pretty much every bit as good and no different stylistically if you ask me.

ravenheart
05-17-2011, 04:12 PM
I don't really get how people can like Mechanical Resonance and NOT The Great Radio Controversy, which is pretty much every bit as good and no different stylistically if you ask me.

I like The Great Radio Controversy and not Mechanical Resonance, if that helps?

Maiden33
05-17-2011, 04:57 PM
#74:
Andy McKee - Art of Motion (2005)
http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/477/477787/47778709.jpg

This is the first (and will not be the last) album on this list that truly sticks out like a sore thumb stylistically compared to the other albums on the list. That means one thing: I must absolutely love it beyond belief in order to have it break down the barrier of genre's I typically listen to. I'm willing to believe some of you know who Andy McKee is, since he became a huge YouTube sensation around 2006, due in part to several tracks off of this album. Andy plays instrumental fingerstyle acoustic guitar music, but is particularly notable for his guitar "acrobatics", using both hands interchangeably, incorporating all sorts of tapping, harmonics, and even a crazy device known as a "Harp Guitar". However all of the fancy stuff aside, the reason I love this man's music so much is simply because of what a gift he has for writing melodies and countermelodies, allowing him to play guitar in a completely self-sustaining way that wants for nothing. I've never heard instrumental music that needed lyrics/vocals less than this. If you're a fan of virtually any style of music, I recommend you check out some of Andy McKee's stuff.

Tracklisting:
01 The Art of Motion (3:25)
02 When She Cries (3:35)
03 Drifting (3:11)
04 For My Father (3:55)
05 Practice is Perfect (2:59)
06 Shanghai (4:14)
07 Into the Ocean (3:52)
08 Nocturne (3:13)
09 Heather's Song (3:24)
10 Samus' Stardrive (2:41)
11 Keys to the Hovercar (3:48)
12 Rylynn (5:13)

Featured Track:
"Rylynn" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wG0Prs_EqLE)

ravenheart
05-18-2011, 02:33 AM
#74:
Andy McKee - Art of Motion (2005)

Check out Trace Bundy.

Maiden33
05-18-2011, 07:29 PM
#73:
Jaded Heart - Trust (2004)
http://raritetno.com/uploads/posts/2010-03/1269435853_1212475380_folder.jpg

Jaded Heart have become a pretty reliable band in the field of melodic rock music over the past 15 or so years, even though they've recently been straying closer and closer to traditional/power metal. Trust was their final record to feature vocalist Michael Bormann, and with his departure the band's sound would change considerably. This album features a number of this band's most essential tracks, and kicks ass from more or less start to finish. Great hooks, great songs, great vocals. This is AOR/Melodic Rock music exactly as it's meant to be.

Tracklisting:
01 Anymore (5:26)
02 Feels Like Home (4:08)
03 Healer (3:31)
04 Burning Heart (4:51)
05 If I Lose (5:26)
06 Trust (5:46)
07 Masquerade (5:52)
08 Let it Rain (4:37)
09 Love is Magic (4:24)
10 Sweet Summertime (2:32)
11 Hating You (4:18)
12 Jaded (5:32)
13 Give it Back (5:32)

Featured Track:
"Anymore" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wswDPECB75M)

Maiden33
05-19-2011, 08:48 PM
#72:
Enchant - A Blueprint of the World (1995)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/002/392/0000239287_350.jpg

Enchant play a very interesting blend of classic progressive rock, modern progressive rock, and progressive metal, accented by the great soulful vocals of Ted Leonard and the incredibly expressive guitar playing of Douglas Ott - bearing a similarity to the style of Steve Rothery of Marillion. The band has been around for about 15 years now and has had a very consistent career, but this - their debut album sticks in my mind the most of all their releases. If any of my descriptions sounds good to you, I strongly recommend checking this out.

Tracklisting:
01 The Thirst (6:16)
02 Catharsis (5:53)
03 Oasis (8:11)
04 Acquaintance (6:31)
05 Mae Dae (3:24)
06 At Death's Door (7:16)
07 East of Eden (5:50)
08 Nighttime Sky (8:57)
09 Enchanted (7:17)
10 Open Eyes (7:43)

Featured Track:
"At Death's Door" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5hpPdaLbmo)

Maiden33
05-20-2011, 02:24 PM
#71:
Shadow Gallery - Tyranny (1998)
http://www.whitemetal.it/Shadow_Gallery_-_Tyranny.jpg

Shadow Gallery's biggest claim to fame is that despite being a band for about 20 years, until 2010, they had never played a live show - sadly coming after the death of original vocalist Mike Baker, who is a standout performer on this, their finest work. Shadow Gallery's style can best be described as Progressive Metal meeting Progressive Rock - ripe with lush vocal harmonies and overdubs, aided by the fact that nearly the entire band sings on their records. This album features cool guest appearances from both Dream Theater's James Labrie and Royal Hunt/Silent Force vocalist DC Cooper. A great concept record that flows incredibly well from song to song.

Tracklisting:
01 Stiletto in the Sand (1:57)
02 War For Sale (5:35)
03 Out of Nowhere (4:20)
04 Mystery (5:42)
05 Hope For Us? (6:00)
06 Victims (5:13)
07 Broken (1:54)
08 I Believe (8:41)
09 Roads of Thunder (6:06)
10 Spoken Words (4:38)
11 New World Order (8:11)
12 Chased (4:36)
13 Ghost of a Chance (5:19)
14 Christmas Day (5:40)

Featured Track:
"Stiletto in the Sand / War For Sale (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1dF4y1BxKQ)

Maiden33
05-20-2011, 07:41 PM
#70:
Ark - Burn the Sun (2001)
http://metrock.ru/_nw/18/71170401.jpg

This is another edition in my series of "the best albums you've never heard" - this being in my opinion arguably one of the very best underground progressive metal albums ever made. Ark were a supergroup consisting of Jorn Lande (Vocals - Masterplan, Allen/Lande, Avantasia, Jorn), John Macaluso (Drums - TNT, Riot, Stabreaker), Tore Ostby (Conception), Randy Coven (Bass - Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen), and Mats Olausson (Keyboards -Yngwie Malmsteen). The band's style is very hard to pinpoint, as it is truly an eclectic mish-mosh of a large variety of styles and ideas. This is honestly one of the more experimental sounding things I can truly say I love, but I think the experimentation works perfectly in favor of making this one of the most underrated albums of all-time, regardless of genre. Any fan of progressive metal (or progressive music, for that matter) should check this out.

Tracklisting:
01 Heal the Waters (6:37)
02 Torn (3:51)
03 Burn the Sun (4:34)
04 Resurrection (5:31)
05 Absolute Zero (6:05)
06 Just a Little (4:36)
07 Waking Hour (4:15)
08 Noose (5:03)
09 Feed the Fire (3:56)
10 I Bleed (4:03)
11 Missing You (9:05)

Featured Track:
"Heal the Waters" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9zFICL-Lng)

maidenpriest
05-22-2011, 01:55 AM
Shadow Gallery is such a good band i wish they would do an actual tour...weren't you at their first show?

Maiden33
05-24-2011, 07:16 PM
Shadow Gallery is such a good band i wish they would do an actual tour...weren't you at their first show?

Yep, it was a pretty amazing night to be a part of. I know Carl Cadden James pretty well personally, and the new singer Brian Ashland actually had dinner with me as a meeting about possibly playing with my band. Very weird to have most of the guys living around here. My girlfriend is close friends with Mike Baker's niece actually.

For anyone who might be wondering: No, I haven't forgotten about this, it's just been a busy couple of days. I'll probably post the next album or two tonight yet.

JuuKun
05-25-2011, 10:09 AM
Good call on Burn the Sun, phenomenal album.

I don't remember why Shadow Gallery fell through for me. I have family in the area, me and some friends were going to make a short vacation out of it and go down for the show. I can't remember why it didn't end up happening, though...

Maiden33
05-25-2011, 08:36 PM
Good call on Burn the Sun, phenomenal album.

I don't remember why Shadow Gallery fell through for me. I have family in the area, me and some friends were going to make a short vacation out of it and go down for the show. I can't remember why it didn't end up happening, though...

Damn, that's a shame. It was quite literally a perfect night. It was a semi-outdoor show, the weather was perfect, and they had a nice bonfire going. Suspyre opened the show, and Shadow Gallery were fantastic. It was the perfect-sized show as well. It felt full, yet intimate. Really happy to say I was there.

Maiden33
05-25-2011, 09:14 PM
#69:
Gary Moore - Wild Frontier (1987)
http://www.tradebit.com/usr/mp3-album/pub/9002/350/350423/35042311.jpg

The now sadly "late" Gary Moore is often remembered more for both his blues work, which would begin a few years after this album - and his brief stints with Thin Lizzy, most notably on the "Black Rose" album in 1979. But in terms of his abilities, I prefer him most during this period of his solo career - which includes the albums both immediately before and after this one. His vocals generally took on a more low-key Phil Lynott-esque demeanor, and his guitar playing was as fantastic as ever, showing why he remains listed on countless influences lists of guitarists from the 80's all the way up until to day. The songs are great and great fun as well, most of them taking on a more Celtic feel, as this was Gary Moore's first album after returning home to his native Belfast Ireland. Many say the 80's vibe of the record doesn't stand the test of time very well, but I don't particularly care, I love it.

Tracklisting:
01 Over the Hills and Far Away (5:20)
02 Wild Frontier (4:15)
03 Take a Little Time (4:05)
04 The Loner (5:54)
05 Friday on My Mind (4:11)
06 Strangers in the Darkness (4:38)
07 Thunder Rising (5:43)
08 Johnny Boy (3:15)

Featured Track:
"Over the Hills and Far Away" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlZvGW-CWUw)

Maiden33
05-25-2011, 10:16 PM
#68:
Overkill - Horrorscope (1991)
http://i20.fastpic.ru/big/2011/0426/3a/00d3e6fdd0f324c79c2f33f80ac5683a.jpg

This album being on this list at all will probably surprise a few people, and the truth is I absolutely love it. I'm not a big thrash fanatic, but this album is everything I could ever want out of the genre. The music is both aggressive yet somewhat varied for the genre - and the attitude can be both angry and kinda fun at times, which is kinda important for me in liking thrash. I've always found Overkill to be a pretty unique band, and I think this album is definitely their pinnacle. Love the production on this as well, especially the drum sound.

Tracklisting:
01 Coma (5:23)
02 Infectious (4:04)
03 Blood Money (4:08)
04 Thanx For Nothing (4:07)
05 Bare Bones (4:53)
06 Horrorscope (5:49)
07 New Machine (5:18)
08 Frankenstein (3:29)
09 Live Young, Die Free (4:12)
10 Nice Day... for a Funeral (6:17)
11 Soulitude (5:26)

Featured Track:
"Thanx For Nothing" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8FG7WVZUyg)

El Gordo
05-26-2011, 03:27 PM
Nice pick. I was just listening to Horrorscope today, thinking it's been waaay too long since I've listened to it. 2nd best thrash album of all time.

Maiden33
05-26-2011, 08:20 PM
I'm really, really trying to fight the temptation to just post the remaining 67 albums in a list in one post. I was hoping that Overkill album would revive some of the interest in this thread, but apparently not. This is just starting to seem pointless due to the amount of effort it's taking me and how few responses I'm getting.

MPF
05-26-2011, 08:29 PM
Keep it going man. I know I'm not posting as much as I could on this thread. But I really like reading it. I found a few gems out of it as well.

Keep up the great stuff man.

bennythedog
05-26-2011, 08:45 PM
I'm enjoying the thread too, even thought I've been working a lot lately and not able to post all the time!!

JLRedWing13
05-26-2011, 09:43 PM
Horrorscope :rocker::rocker::rocker:

maidenpriest
05-27-2011, 02:17 PM
Yeah i'm not posting a whole lot either but I'm definitely checking out all the albums

Maiden33
05-27-2011, 05:07 PM
Alrighty then, I'll continue the list in a bit. If I post any tonight it won't be til late as I'm about to leave to play an acoustic gig, but I might pop on here and post one later on.

Rocco44
05-27-2011, 08:12 PM
I'm guessing a lot of people are enjoying the thread without actually posting like myself. Keep it up if you want, I'm planning on doing one after you and I know it takes a lot of time to put together.

Maiden33
05-29-2011, 09:41 PM
#67:
Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa (2009)
http://getalbums.ru/uploads/posts/1239531297_front.jpg

After the first two Bloodbound albums, I don't think anyone in the world could've predicted how great this album would be. Their first two albums were decent, but overall unimaginative and underwhelming. But on this third effort, the pieces truly fell into place to create something special. Though one may be quick to dismiss them as simply a power metal band, there are elements of a number of subgenres here. The vocals are the grand power metal soaring style one expects from vocalists Urban Breed (ex Tad Morose), but the music crosses the boundaries between power metal, progressive metal, thrash metal, and even melodic death metal - sans growls. I've seldom heard an album that completely annihilated my expectations like this one does. And about 2 and a half years after its release, I still love playing this record from start to finish.

Tracklisting:
01 Sweet Dreams of Madness (4:34)
02 Dominion 5 (5:06)
03 Take One (4:04)
04 Tabula Rasa (3:42)
05 Night Touches You (4:18)
06 Tabula Rasa Pt. II (3:32)
07 Plague Doctor (3:45)
08 Master of My Dreams (3:33)
09 Twisted Kind of Fate (3:45)
10 All Rights Reserved (4:31)

Featured Track:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw1ykE9evCk

Maiden33
05-29-2011, 09:53 PM
#66:
King's X - Dogman (1994)
http://image1.altnet.com/images/61/075678255861/Kings_X/Dogman/Kings_X-Dogman_3.jpg

What can I say about King's X? Truth is, they are quite simply probably the most extreme case of "love them or hate them" I've ever witnessed in music - especially in terms of live performance, where some people find them terrible, and others (like myself) find their live shows in an incredible, almost religious-like experience. The simple truth of it is that they are easily my favorite trio out there, and their sound is almost beyond description - though the most accurate I've found was: "Hard Rock that mixes elements of Progressive Rock/Metal, Soul, Grunge, and Funk". This album marked a move towards a more heavy direction for the band, and along with their sophomore effort, "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska", it's probably the album for which they are most known.

Tracklisting:
01 Dogman (4:01)
02 Shoes (3:29)
03 Pretend (4:36)
04 Flies and Blue Skies (5:00)
05 Black the Sky (4:32)
06 Fool You (4:31)
07 Don't Care (4:39)
08 Sunshine Rain (4:35)
09 Complain (3:19)
10 Human Behavior (4:28)
11 Cigarettes (5:52)
12 Go to Hell (0:51)
13 Pillow (4:24)
14 Manic Depression (4:59)

Featured Track:
"Dogman" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBy5aKFG2k)

illuminatus917
05-29-2011, 09:56 PM
Oh yeah, Bloodbound's new vocalist is from Dawn of Silence.

Maiden33
05-29-2011, 09:58 PM
Oh yeah, Bloodbound's new vocalist is from Dawn of Silence.

Yeah, sadly I really didn't care for their newest album. If "Tabula Rasa" had never existed, I'd probably enjoy it a lot more... but it just seems dull and uninspired. The vocals aren't the problem, but losing Urban Breed didn't help.

MPF
05-30-2011, 06:11 PM
I'm glad to see Dogman listed here. King's X, one of the greatest bands ever.

Maiden33
05-30-2011, 07:01 PM
#65:
Journey - Frontiers (1983)
http://i35.tinypic.com/o9mpfd.jpg

I will start by saying it was very, very tough for me to pick between this album and its predecessor, the monumentaly successful "Escape" - and that's partially why I went with this album. Despite 6 million copies sold and featuring a couple instantly recognizeable hits - the majority of this album is underappreciated and overlooked by most. Journey are certainly a band who knew how to craft hits that actually don't suck - but what many people don't see is that beneath all the pop elements and success, there is a strong element of progressive rock and heavier music to their sound. This sound was seldom better showcased on the great and incredibly overlooked back half of this record. Despite their success, I think as a true band, Journey are actually a bit underappreciated, and I stand strongly behind this selection.

Tracklisting:
01 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (5:23)
02 Send Her My Love (3:55)
03 Chain Reaction (4:21)
04 After the Fall (5:01)
05 Faithfully (4:27)
06 Edge of the Blade (4:30)
07 Troubled Child (4:29)
08 Back Talk (3:17)
09 Frontiers (4:10)
10 Rubicon (4:19)

Featured Track:
"
Edge of the Blade" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpa2ZSgGd6M)

JRA
05-30-2011, 09:19 PM
Here's what the self-proclaimed "Dean of the Rock Critics" Robert Christgau has to say about this album.

Frontiers [Columbia, 1983]
Just a reminder, for all who believe the jig is really up this time, of how much worse things might be: this top ten album could be outselling Pyromania, or Flashdance, or even Thriller. Worse still, Steve Perry could run for the Senate as a moderate Republican from, say, Nebraska, where his oratory would garner excellent press--and then, having shed his video-game interests, ram the tape tax through. D+

JLRedWing13
05-30-2011, 09:54 PM
#65:
Journey - Frontiers (1983)
http://i35.tinypic.com/o9mpfd.jpg

I will start by saying it was very, very tough for me to pick between this album and its predecessor, the monumentaly successful "Escape" - and that's partially why I went with this album. Despite 6 million copies sold and featuring a couple instantly recognizeable hits - the majority of this album is underappreciated and overlooked by most. Journey are certainly a band who knew how to craft hits that actually don't suck - but what many people don't see is that beneath all the pop elements and success, there is a strong element of progressive rock and heavier music to their sound. This sound was seldom better showcased on the great and incredibly overlooked back half of this record. Despite their success, I think as a true band, Journey are actually a bit underappreciated, and I stand strongly behind this selection.

Tracklisting:
01 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) (5:23)
02 Send Her My Love (3:55)
03 Chain Reaction (4:21)
04 After the Fall (5:01)
05 Faithfully (4:27)
06 Edge of the Blade (4:30)
07 Troubled Child (4:29)
08 Back Talk (3:17)
09 Frontiers (4:10)
10 Rubicon (4:19)

Featured Track:
"
Edge of the Blade" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpa2ZSgGd6M)
The first two songs on there are two of my favorite Journey songs. :rocker: :light:

illuminatus917
05-30-2011, 11:19 PM
The first two songs on there are two of my favorite Journey songs. :rocker: :light:

And the fifth.

maidenpriest
05-31-2011, 02:26 AM
Seperate Ways is definitely my 2nd favorite Journey song behind wheel in the sky. and for King's X...i listened to out of the silent planet and I wasn't a fan. Is there something different that I should check out from them that might change my opinion?

Sanitarium78
05-31-2011, 07:26 AM
and for King's X...i listened to out of the silent planet and I wasn't a fan. Is there something different that I should check out from them that might change my opinion?

Well, since Dogman is on the list here I would give that one a listen. Gretchen Goes To Nebraska and their self titled you can try as well. They're one of those bands that takes a few listens to get a feel for them since they don't fit into one specific genre. They really create a genre all their own.

I remember back when their self titled album came out, the radio and headbanger's ball were actually playing 'Black Flag' with some good regularity. The band did briefly have a taste of being well known. It did carry over a bit with the release of Dogman but it faded away after that. They're one of those bands that should've been bigger than what they are but honestly, I think the band and it's fans prefer the way things turned out for them.

Maiden33
06-02-2011, 06:58 PM
#64:
Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling (2005)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/008/224/0000822440_350.jpg

Most bands in the realm of Progressive Metal over the past 10-15 years carry the unfortunate tag of being labelled "Dream Theater clones" - but this is one band that i just cannot stomach that tag for, as I feel that despite what influences went into them, they have crafted a very unique and identifiable sound that I have fallen in love with. This album and its predecessor are two of the finest, most consistent Prog Metal records of the past 10 years in my opinion, and PM are a band that truly live up to the studio hype in the live environment - recreating their almost cosmic, ethereal vibes perfectly. Also, Jorn Viggo Lofstad is easily one of the best, most unique, and most underrated guitarists around these days.

Tracklisting:
01 The Celestine Prophecy (7:37)
02 Enigmatic Mission (5:17)
03 Supremacy, Our Kind (6:01)
04 Entrance to Infnity (7:49)
05 Coming Home (2:36)
06 Celestial Calling (7:00)
07 Taken (7:36)
08 Resurrection (Back in Time) (6:37)
09 Appearance (1:52)
10 Search For Life (5:01)
11 New World Order (8:13)

Featured Track:
"Supremacy, Our Kind" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3tmIi2fnsM)

Maiden33
06-02-2011, 07:14 PM
#63:
Cornerstone - Two Tales of One Tomorrow (2007)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/002/632/0000263241_350.jpg

Cornerstone is in my opinion, easily one of the most underrated bands out there. They have four records under their belt (this one being the most recent), and yet they have gained very very little acclaim. The band is a conglomerate of relatively unknown musicians from other bands, fronted most notably by Doogie White of Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen fame. The band's sound can best be described as a modern translation of classic 70's hard rock bands like Rainbow, Deep Purple, and early Whitesnake, and Doogie's voice couldn't fit the bill more perfectly. Just as great is the emotive and underrated guitar playing of Kasper Damgaard. Overall it makes for one great package and this is probably their most exciting and adventurous album - which has left me very eager for more for the past several years.

Tracklisting:
01 Misery (6:05)
02 One Man's Hell (4:45)
03 Mother of Mercy (5:30)
04 Two Tales of One Tomorrow (6:22)
05 Prey (5:14)
06 Blinded (5:08)
07 Starlight and Mystery (5:07)
08 The Dance (4:51)
09 Wicked (5:51)
10 We Are the Dead (6:45)

Featured Track:
"Two Tales of One Tomorrow" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgXj-ppGzA8)

maidenpriest
06-03-2011, 03:42 AM
Enigmatic Calling is such a great album. I heard some mixed stuff about the new Pagan's Mind album though, what were your thoughts on it?

Rocco44
06-03-2011, 10:48 AM
I'm gonna give Enigmatic Calling a shot. I've heard good things about these guys.

SomewhereInTime72
06-03-2011, 01:27 PM
I don't like DT. Pagan's Mind have always just kind of struck me as the band DT should be. Similar enough for the comparison to be made, but oh so different, and better in nearly every way. :)

Maiden33
06-03-2011, 07:48 PM
Enigmatic Calling is such a great album. I heard some mixed stuff about the new Pagan's Mind album though, what were your thoughts on it?

Honestly I love it. I don't really understand why there are any "mixed thoughts" on it - aside from the possible complaint of it being a bit "by the numbers". But Pagan's Mind are hardly a band where I have a problem with them doing their own formula by the numbers. It's very consistent, much better than God's Equation if you ask me, which started very strong but then fell apart a few tracks in. But yeah, tracks like "Eyes of Fire", "Intermission", "Into the Aftermath", "Follow Your Way", and "When Angels Unite" are as great Pagan's Mind tracks as they've ever written.

Maiden33
06-03-2011, 07:54 PM
#62:
Judas Priest - Painkiller (1990)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/003/917/0000391779_350.jpg

I expect to get quite a few reactions for this of the nature that it's way too low for the one Priest album on the list, but I have said it many times before - I honestly think Priest are overrated. They do have their fair share of songs I love, but all in all I don't really care THAT much for the majority of their albums. But this one generally lives up to the hype if you ask me. I feel I don't need to explain this too much, as I'm sure 95% of the people reading this know this album at least a little bit. So yeah, though #62 might seem low, when you consider that it's 62nd out of all the albums I've ever heard, you realize how much I actually do love it.

Tracklisting:
01 Painkiller (6:06)
02 Hell Patrol (3:35)
03 All Guns Blazing (3:56)
04 Leather Rebel (3:34)
05 Metal Meltdown (4:46)
06 Night Crawler (5:44)
07 Between the Hammer and the Anvil (4:47)
08 A Touch of Evil (5:42)
09 Battle Hymn (0:56)
10 One Shot at Glory (6:46)

Featured Track:
"Between the Hammer and the Anvil" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwcS5e0OYQM)

JLRedWing13
06-03-2011, 08:00 PM
Probably Priest's second or third best album in my opinion....but it is outstanding. The title track gets all the hype, but it has so many great songs. :rocker:

PowerMaiden
06-03-2011, 08:13 PM
I honestly think Priest are overrated

this


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

DethMaiden
06-03-2011, 11:38 PM
Painkiller is basically the definition of heavy fucking metal. Good call including it.

SomewhereInTime72
06-04-2011, 01:44 AM
Painkiller is basically the definition of heavy fucking metal. Good call including it.

Hells yeah.

Though I'm always surprised at how underrated older Priest can be. Yes, everyone loves Painkiller, and rightfully so. But most of the other popular material is the early 80s work. I can understand how that's unappealing to some people, but I find it odd that Sad Wings or Sin After Sin are less mentioned outside of the big Priest fans. Then again, they're still my 3rd favorite band or so, so I may have a skewed view.

JLRedWing13
06-04-2011, 09:06 AM
Hells yeah.

Though I'm always surprised at how underrated older Priest can be. Yes, everyone loves Painkiller, and rightfully so. But most of the other popular material is the early 80s work. I can understand how that's unappealing to some people, but I find it odd that Sad Wings or Sin After Sin are less mentioned outside of the big Priest fans. Then again, they're still my 3rd favorite band or so, so I may have a skewed view.
Sad Wings is my favorite. :rocker:

daimonos
06-04-2011, 09:41 AM
this


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

seconded.

bennythedog
06-04-2011, 09:54 AM
seconded.

Third-ed!

I do like Painkiller a lot though and think it was their 2nd best of the CD's > 1980, after SFV. I was had a soft spot for A Touch Of Evil. That riff is great!

John

Sanitarium78
06-04-2011, 09:58 AM
Painkiller is one of the best Priest has to offer. It's one of those albums that's just true metal all the way through.

I don't think that they're overrated though. After all they've done for metal I really can't see them that way. However, I only really like about half their stuff. They've had a real up and down career when it comes to the quality of their albums.

JLRedWing13
06-05-2011, 11:19 AM
Painkiller is one of the best Priest has to offer. It's one of those albums that's just true metal all the way through.

I don't think that they're overrated though. After all they've done for metal I really can't see them that way. However, I only really like about half their stuff. They've had a real up and down career when it comes to the quality of their albums.
Pretty much this. When they make a good album, it's GREAT.

IrritatedTrout
06-05-2011, 12:31 PM
British Steel is probably my favorite album by JP but Painkiller might be my second favorite. Great album.

Maiden33
06-05-2011, 05:03 PM
#61:
Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season (2007)
http://cdn.7static.com/static/img/sleeveart/00/002/015/0000201564_350.jpg

Time to go from one of this list's most recognizable bands/albums to one of the most unknown. Vanishing Point are one of Australia's several unsung bands, with a style best described as Melodic Progressive Metal, fronted by unique and charasmatic vocalist Silvio Massarro. The band borrows a bit of the more emotional, deep vibes of bands such as Evergrey, which probably partially explains why I like them so much. This album veered further away from power metal-related sounds and towards a heavier, darker mindset which, combined with the amazing consistency, made it easily my favorite album in their great catalog. Definitely give this band a shot if you haven't heard them.

Tracklisting:
01 Embodiment (4:05)
02 Tyranny of Distance (5:24)
03 Surrender (4:08)
04 Hope Among the Heartless (5:12)
05 Gaia (1:37)
06 I Within I (4:02)
07 Behind the Open Door (4:43)
08 Ashen Sky (4:59)
09 One Foot in Both Worlds (5:30)
10 Wake Me (4:31)
11 A Day of Difference (4:51)

Featured Track:
"Embodiment" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC_4LgjyJaY)

illuminatus917
06-05-2011, 08:05 PM
British Steel > Painkiller.

They're both great though. I've always been one of those annoying fans that likes Screaming For Vengeance, however...

Maiden33
06-07-2011, 05:41 PM
#60:
Royal Hunt - Paradox (1997)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YY5YZF21L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Royal Hunt are one of those bands who manage to have a sound that is 100% their own, mostly due to two things. One is that band-leader Andre Andersson is in-fact a keyboard player, and thus their sound is dominated more by keys than by guitars. The second is that their style is a melting pot of a great number of things. Though it's quick to classify them as simply "Progressive Power Metal", I believe that doesn't do them justice - as it omits the poppy, 80's, and neoclassical elements that forge such a strong part of their sound. Despite the fact that they carry the metal tag, they have always had some very un-metal influences flowing through their sound, and I think that serves them for the better. There's little doubt amongst Royal Hunt fans that this is their best record, and I tend to be in complete agreement.

Tracklisting:
01 The Awakening (1:39)
02 River of Pain (7:14)
03 Tearing Down the World (5:32)
04 Message to God (6:41)
05 Long Way Home (5:54)
06 Time Will Tell (9:31)
07 Silent Scream (6:13)
08 It's Over (6:20)

Featured Track:
"Message to God" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G_CZ9IWuYQ)

jhdeity
06-07-2011, 05:58 PM
Sad Wings is my favorite. :rocker:

:blaze:

Maiden33
06-07-2011, 09:09 PM
#59:
Hibria - Defying the Rules (2004)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-h3qg_WAIqjY/TZ44KuveS-I/AAAAAAAAALQ/hzl90KFp_MA/s320/3400_hibria_defying_the_rules.jpg

This is an album that anyone who has ever criticized power metal for being "ball-less" should take the time to listen to. This band kicks ass on all levels - from the amazing high pitched and powerful vocals, to the virtuosic bass playing, to the catchy-yet-complex guitar lines... and the songs are pretty damn memorable to boot. This tears a few pages from the books of speed metal and "classic" or "true" metal and is pretty much just an outstanding affair from start to finish. I hold this as one of the best debut albums I've ever heard.

Tracklisting:
01 Steel Lord on Wheels (3:54)
02 Change Your Life Line (4:25)
03 Millennium Quest (6:51)
04 A Kingdom to Share (5:37)
05 Living Under Ice (3:45)
06 Defying the Rules (5:49)
07 The Faceless in Charge (6:58)
08 High Speed Breakout (5:01)
09 Stare at Yourself (7:45)

Featured Track:
"Steel Lord on Wheels" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKQstdpRstY)

Maiden33
06-10-2011, 08:23 PM
#58:
Gotthard - Lipservice (2005)
http://saraletourneau.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/gotthard-lipservice.jpg

As you might have been able to tell by the name of the band, the artwork for the album, and the lengths/titles of the songs - this band is stylistically quite a bit different than many of the others on the list. Gotthard's style fits very much into the melodic rock category, propelled by the outstanding vocals and charisma of sadly now departed frontman Steve Lee. This style isn't exactly a tough nut to crack - if the songs are great and full of memorable hooks and the musicians are more than competent, it's sure to be fantastic - and this record well exceeds that. Truth be told this is one of my favorite albums out there that defies the tag of "metal" for one of "rock".

Tracklisting:
01 All We Are (3:38)
02 Dream On (3:25)
03 Lift U Up (2:59)
04 Everything I Want (4:32)
05 Cupid's Arrow (3:46)
06 I Wonder (4:23)
07 I'm Alive (3:00)
08 I've Seen an Angel Cry (4:47)
09 Stay For the Night (3:26)
10 Anytime Anywhere (4:16)
11 Said and Done (3:22)
12 The Other Side of Me (4:02)
13 Nothing Left At All (3:56)
14 And Then Goodbye (3:35)
15 Can't Stop (3:21)

Featured Track:
"Anytime Anywhere" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc4kjaOa3ZQ)

Maiden33
06-10-2011, 08:42 PM
#57:
Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory (1986)
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/1168/cover_192751052008.JPG

Crimson Glory have sadly become one of the most forgotten influential 80's metal bands out there. Along with bands such as Queensryche, Fates Warning, and Savatage they formed the movement "American Progressive Metal", whose influence can still be felt all over the genre of Progressive Metal to this very day. This was back before Prog Metal had much in common with Progressive Rock - these were bands that were 100% pure "true/classic" metal, but simply had a more ambitious approach to their style and songwriting. There were little keyboards to be found, and now-deceased vocalist John "Midnight" McDonald shrieked and screamed his way to becoming one of the most distinct metal frontmen out there, whose voice has influenced an entire line of singers after him. This band's first two albums are ESSENTIAL listening for any Classic or Progressive Metal fan - end of story.

Tracklisting:
01 Valhalla (3:50)
02 Dragon Lady (4:26)
03 Heart of Steel (6:13)
04 Azrael (5:37)
05 MayDay (3:01)
06 Queen of the Masquerade (5:27)
07 Angels of War (5:27)
08 Lost Reflection (4:47)

Featured Track:
"Azrael" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVFLFQ1b95A)

El Gordo
06-12-2011, 07:27 AM
I'm digging that Crimson Glory. I've never listened to them before, but I like!

Maiden33
06-13-2011, 08:53 AM
#56:
Ion Vein - Reigning Memories (2003)
http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTgbFQwOYlU7FsMXjNI_5yPegYq8ZCAm Dc2k70xZvxsl9Mh_ynW&t=1

In my description for my previous selection, I referenced the "Old Wave of American Progressive Metal" (see: Queensryche, Fates Warning, Crimson Glory, Savatage) - which is sadly very much a movement of the past. There aren't too many bands around these days carrying on the musical legacy of these sorts of bands, but Ion Vein - a relatively undiscovered/unknown band from the Chicago area dropped this underground masterpiece in 2003 which has sadly gone unnoticed. To put it simply, if you like the bands I just mentioned, you will love this album. The vocals are fantastic, the musicianship is top notch, and the songs are very, very good and rather memorable. Just a great Progressive Metal disc from start to finish.

Tracklisting:
01 Awakening (0:54)
02 Another Life (6:00)
03 Spiral Maze (5:46)
04 The Power of You (5:13)
05 Faith and Majesty (4:57)
06 Edge of Forever (5:55)
07 Twilight Garden (4:35)
08 Reigning Memories (8:38)
09 Adrian's Ladder: From Inside the Mirror (6:23)
10 Adrian's Ladder: Timeless (1:34)
11 Adrian's Ladder: Every Time it Rains (5:09)
12 The Future is Now (9:13)

Featured Track:
"Another Life" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bFBYsXMd4s)

maidenpriest
06-13-2011, 11:24 AM
damn that Crimson Glory is great!

JuuKun
06-13-2011, 12:21 PM
damn that Crimson Glory is great!

It definitely is. Great call on Maiden33's part. Make sure to check out their second album Transcendence, as well, it's just as good.

"Red Sharks" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Am47jKUFMw) :rocker:

jhdeity
06-15-2011, 09:39 PM
damn that Crimson Glory is great!

Wanna know why no one knows about Crimson Glory? They wore the gayest masks and most people wouldn't touch their albums because of it. Great musicians + Horrible gimmick = EPIC FAIL!

Look at the pic at the bottom. WTF?

http://www.metal-metropolis.com/crimson_glory.htm

Maiden33
06-16-2011, 09:23 AM
#55:
Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied (1998)
http://www.perfectprog.com/pics/labyrinth/return.jpg

Probably one of the best proper debut albums ever made, this band absolutely exploded into the prog/power stratosphere with a damn near perfect album that still holds up incredibly well, though sadly the production isn't spectacular. I think you can tend to categorize power metal bands by which country they come from, and to me Labyrinth is the pinnacle of the Italian power metal band. Singer Roberto Tiranti can hit some of the clearest and most insane high notes you'll ever hear.

Tracklisting:
01 Moonlight (5:43)
02 New Horizons (6:22)
03 The Night of Dreams (4:47)
04 Lady Lost in Time (5:32)
05 State of Grace (3:08)
06 Heaven Denied (4:57)
07 Thunder (4:21)
08 Feel (4:22)
09 Time After Time (5:07)
10 Falling Rain (6:26)
11 Die For Freedom (7:02)

Featured Track:
"Moonlight" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaaIZQy_do)

Maiden33
06-19-2011, 11:49 AM
#54:
Firewind - Allegiance (2006)
http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/f/firewind/album-allegiance.jpg

Firewind are a kind of bizzare band, because they seem to have devided the power metal community into several factions based on their stance on them. Some love them, some hate them. So love the early stuff but hate the later stuff, and others are the reverse. I tend to lean more towards the crowd that loves them, though I generally find them to be enjoyable, though unremarkable. This isn't really a band who is going to move the earth much in their career - though this album comes close for me. The band really didn't think much outside of the box with this, their fourth album - but I believe it's possible for a band to just reinvent the "norm" so perfectly that they create a masterpiece in the process, and I believe that's what happened with "Allegiance". This is honestly one of my absolute favorite "Power Metal" albums ever. So if you like the genre at all, I recommend it.

Tracklisting:
01 Allegiance (4:41)
02 Insanity (4:29)
03 Falling to Pieces (4:03)
04 Ready to Strike (4:35)
05 Breaking the Silence (4:03)
06 Deliverance (6:08)
07 Til the End of Time (4:37)
08 Dreamchaser (4:07)
09 Before the Storm (3:42)
10 The Essence (4:20)
11 Where Do We Go From Here? (3:57)

Featured Track:
"Til the End of Time" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tnTGBQ_lS8)

Maiden33
06-19-2011, 12:17 PM
#53:
Saxon - Lionheart (2004)
http://991.com/newGallery/Saxon-Lionheart-304097.jpg

Saxon are without a doubt one of the most underrated and unappreciated bands in metal. Their first half-dozen albums are generally hailed a decent amount by "classic metal" and "NWOBHM" Enthusiasts, but what goes most overlooked is their output from 1997's "Unleash the Beast" to present, which includes several excellent albums, most notably this - which is a strong contender for one of my favorite Traditional Metal records ever made. What's more is that this easily has to be the best "16th studio album in a band's catalog" ever made, or the only time a band's 16th album is their best - a testament to how incredibly strong Saxon have held up over the years, even surpassing their "classic" stuff to create a modern masterpiece.

Tracklisting:
01 Witchfinder General (4:50)
02 Man and Machine (3:29)
03 The Return (1:18)
04 Lionheart (6:04)
05 Beyond the Grave (4:55)
06 Justice (4:26)
07 To Live By the Sword (4:10)
08 Jack Tars (0:58)
09 English Man O'War (4:08)
10 Searching For Atlantis (5:54)
11 Flying on the Edge (4:55)

Featured Track:
"Lionheart" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdXrllfTshU)

treghet
06-19-2011, 12:21 PM
... but what goes most overlooked is their output from 1997's "Unleash the Beast" to present, which includes several excellent albums ...

Truer words have never been spoken. Those are some incredible albums and it's sad that they are usually ignored.

Maiden33
06-22-2011, 08:48 PM
#52:
Allen/Lande - The Battle (2005)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/09/Allen-Lande_The_Battle.jpg

It was pretty much a no-brainer that I was bound to love this album. Russell Allen and Jorn Lande are pretty much my favorite and second favorite vocalists out there, so pairing them up with the great guitar playing and insanely catchy songwriting of Magnus Karlsson is just a recipe for awesome in my book. Honestly this could've been even better by mixing the two voices together more, but just as-is it's captured a pretty big piece of my heart over the 6 years since it's release. I can honestly say I pretty much love every track.

Tracklisting:
01 Another Battle (5:20)
02 Hunter's Night (5:38)
03 Wish For a Miracle (4:40)
04 Reach a Little Longer (5:26)
05 Come Alive (4:52)
06 The Truth of Our Time (4:47)
07 My Own Way (4:46)
08 Ask You Anyway (5:10)
09 Silent Rage (4:26)
10 Where Have the Angels Gone? (4:45)
11 Universe of Light (5:23)
12 The Forgotten Ones (5:25)

Featured Track:
"Wish For a Miracle" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8u7h0lHyRg)

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 10:46 AM
#51:
Riot - The Brethren of the Longhouse (1995)
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_BJs8mlnXmKQ/RzPuq7hsiuI/AAAAAAAAFrM/rubM6Tqz23s/s320/RIOT-+The+Brethren+Of+The+Long+House+(1996).jpg

Riot have gone through many stages of their 34-year career, but I love all of them in separate ways, which is what makes them one of my favorite bands. In the mid 90's with the addition of vocalist Mike Dimeo, they turned towards a more roots-inspired, Thin Lizzy-esque sound that I absolutely love. This is a loose concept album based on The Last of the Mohicans and the lost culture of the American Indians, and the music at times is very reflective of that - including an amazing metal-ized rendition of the theme from the Last of the Mohicans movie. If you're a fan of classic hard rock/metal, you need to hear this band.

Tracklisting:
01 The Last of the Mohicans (Intro) (1:41)
02 Glory Calling (5:11)
03 Rolling Thunder (3:56)
04 Rain (4:58)
05 Wounded Heart (3:56)
06 The Brethren of the Long House (5:24)
07 Out in the Fields (4:04)
08 Santa Maria (3:50)
09 Blood of the English (5:50)
10 Ghost Dance (5:35)
11 Shenandoah (3:57)
12 Holy Land (4:47)
13 The Last of the Mohicans (6:26)

Featured Track:
"Holy Land" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irwo0B3cVaw)

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 11:08 AM
So, since I've reached the half-way point of this list, I figured I'd do a quick recap of the 50 albums I've hit thus far:

100 Dominic - 03: A Trilogy, Part 2
99 Hammerfall - Legacy of Kings
98 Def Leppard - Pyromania
97 Y&T - Mean Streak
96 Pink Cream 69 - Sonic Dynamite
95 BLAZE - The Tenth Dimension
94 Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
93 Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus
92 Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell
91 Twilightning - Delerium Veil
90 Rush - Permanent Waves
89 At Vance - Only Human
88 Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
87 UFO - Lights Out
86 Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night
85 Europe - Wings of Tomorrow
84 Halford - Resurrection
83 Threshold - Hypothetical
82 Mercenary - The Hours That Remain
81 Metal Church - Blessing in Disguise
80 Brazen Abbot - My Resurrection
79 Pantera - Cowboy's From Hell
78 DGM - FrAme
77 Yngwie Malmsteen - Odyssey
76 Anubis Gate - Andromeda Unchained
75 Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
74 Andy McKee - Rylynn
73 Jaded Heart - Trust
72 Enchant - A Blueprint For the World
71 Shadow Gallery - Tyranny
70 Ark - Burn the Sun
69 Gary Moore - Wild Frontier
68 Overkill - Horrorscope
67 Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa
66 King's X - Dogman
65 Journey - Frontiers
64 Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling
63 Cornerstone - Two Tales of One Tomorrow
62 Judas Priest - Painkiller
61 Vanishing Point - The Fourth Season
60 Royal Hunt - Paradox
59 Hibria - Defying the Rules
58 Gotthard - Lipservice
57 Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
56 Ion Vein - Reigning Memories
55 Labyrinth - Return to Heaven Denied
54 Firewind - Allegiance
53 Saxon - Lionheart
52 Allen/Lande - The Battle
51 Riot - The Brethren of the Longhouse

mankvill
06-23-2011, 11:45 AM
68 Overkill - Horrorscope

how did i miss this!

maidenpriest
06-23-2011, 11:53 AM
I seriously love all the Allen- Lande albums, they are just fantastic.

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 06:11 PM
#50:
Savatage - Edge of Thorns (1993)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d47/145_savatage_edge_of_thorns.jpg

An inclusion of a Savatage album on a list of mine should surprise no one, and I will say that this is not the last one you will see, as I feel this band has released more than testament to their greatness. In 1992, the band made the decision to switch lead vocalists: Jon Oliva stayed around the band, co-composing every track on this album, in addition to playing piano (and even some uncredited drums) on it as well. New vocalist Zak Stevens had a lot to live up to, but ultimately 100% succeeded with the band's intention: To give them a more open, accessible sound, while still being capable of the high notes, shrieks, and charisma Jon's voice brought to the band. This is the only album the band would make with Stevens alongside founding guitarist Criss Oliva (who was killed by a drunk driver within a year of releasing this album), and it easily stands as one of their best and most exciting in my mind, and was also the first album of theirs I heard. Years later I still love it, and find it a perfect bridge between the two main parts of their catalog.

Tracklisting:
01 Edge of Thorns (5:54)
02 He Carves His Stone (4:14)
03 Lights Out (3:10)
04 Skraggy's Tomb (4:22)
05 Labyrinths (1:29)
06 Follow Me (5:08)
07 Exit Music (3:05)
08 Degrees of Sanity (4:36)
09 Conversation Piece (4:10)
10 All That I Bleed (4:41)
11 Damien (3:53)
12 Miles Away (5:06)
13 Sleep (3:52)

Featured Track:
"Edge of Thorns" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-iBxF9UtQ)

illuminatus917
06-23-2011, 09:16 PM
An inclusion of a Savatage album on a list of mine should surprise no one, and I will say that this is not the last one you will see

Hall of the Mountain King should be the last one we see. :)

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 09:30 PM
Hall of the Mountain King should be the last one we see. :)

I will spoil the fun now and say that it's not. Don't get me wrong, I love HOTMK for what it is, but the truth is that in my eyes, Savatage being simply an 80's metal band can't compete with them during their more emotional, progressive, and evolved periods. They're my second favorite band, so I generally like almost their entire discography for different reasons, but I had to pick and choose.

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 09:38 PM
Also, this will become inherently more obvious the further I proceed with this list - but I am a major sucker for concept albums. In fact there are 9 of them in my top 20.

illuminatus917
06-23-2011, 10:31 PM
Also, this will become inherently more obvious the further I proceed with this list - but I am a major sucker for concept albums. In fact there are 9 of them in my top 20.

Operation: Mindcrime!!!

Maiden33
06-23-2011, 10:41 PM
Operation: Mindcrime!!!

In due time, haha. It will be quite a while before that one. ;)

illuminatus917
06-24-2011, 12:42 AM
It will be quite a while before that one. ;)

As well it should be.

I'm curious to see if The Sane Asylum by Blind Illusion makes your list...

Maiden33
06-27-2011, 11:08 AM
Sorry about the delay in continuing this list - I don't have internet access at home at the moment, so I don't have the time when I can get connection for 15 minutes. I will resume this eventually.

Maiden33
07-06-2011, 05:03 PM
#49:
Blue Murder - Blue Murder (1989)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51K%2BsRtP43L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

I think it goes without saying that everyone knows about the self-titled, 1987 Whitesnake album. Songs like "Here I Go Again", "Still of the Night", and "Is This Love?" have become some of the biggest 80's hard rock hits ever made. But what many people don't know is that upon completion of that album, David Coverdale fired the remainder of the band - Bassist Neil Murray, Drummer Ansley Dunbar, and most importantly Guitarist John Skyes. Sykes was a HUGE part of what made that album "tick", and he took it solo with Blue Murder. Bassist Tony Franklin and Drummer Carmine Appice completed one of the best trios ever formed in my opinion - and with Sykes' surprisingly great vocals and fantastic guitar playing - forged one of my favorite debut albums ever. I love this album, and I find it one of the most underrated 80's rock/metal records ever produced.

Tracklisting:
01 Riot (6:21)
02 Sex Child (5:51)
03 Valley of the Kings (7:51)
04 Jelly Roll (4:44)
05 Blue Murder (4:55)
06 Out of Love (6:44)
07 Billy (4:11)
08 Ptolemy (6:29)
09 Black Hearted Woman (4:48)

Featured Track:
"Billy" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_CbOR63Xj0)

Maiden33
07-06-2011, 05:05 PM
#48:
Avantasia - The Wicked Symphony (2010)
http://www.angrymetalguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Avantasia-Wicked-Symphony-300x300.jpg

My love of Tobias Sammet's work should come as a surprise to no one, and truth be told - Album for album, Avantasia is one of my favorite bands ever, as I do love all 5 of them in their own ways. But alas, I must pick a favorite one - and I chose to go with the centerpiece of the "Scarecrow Trilogy", as I feel that along with its pedecessor, its the strongest of the bunch. I know it sounds like a tired, old cliche - but the songs and the concept of Tobias's story truly speak to me in a very way. The songs manage to bridge a very rare gap between something completely bombastic and intensely personal. It's almost as though it's a rock opera for the common man to identify with, as long as you've had dreams, ambitions, and your own share of sorrows. Furthermore, the style of these albums manages to join together most of the qualities I look for in the music I love.

Tracklisting:
01 The Wicked Symphony (9:29)
02 Wastelands (4:43)
03 Scales of Justice (5:05)
04 Dying For an Angel (4:32)
05 Blizzard on a Broken Mirror (6:07)
06 Runaway Train (8:44)
07 Crestfallen (4:04)
08 Forever is a Long Time (5:05)
09 Black Wings (4:39)
10 States of Matter (4:00)
11 The Edge (4:13)

Featured Track:
"The Wicked Symphony" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRl0-kZ8Mss&feature=fvst)

Maiden33
07-06-2011, 05:18 PM
#47:
Kamelot - Epica (2003)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418W3H5SRHL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Kamelot as a band have grown off of me a lot over time, but this album is one of their pieces that I keep coming back to. The completely unique brand of symphonic-tinged progressive power metal that this band created was never better displayed than on the double-album conceptual story that "Epica" forms with "The Black Halo". Very cool story, and the songs are oustanding on the whole. Just a great disc.

Tracklisting:
01 Prologue (1:07)
02 Center of the Universe (5:26)
03 Farewell (3:41)
04 Interlude I (Opiate Soul) (1:10)
05 The Edge of Paradise (4:09)
06 Wander (4:24)
07 Interlude II (Omen) (0:41)
08 Descent of the Archangel (4:35)
09 Interlude III (At the Banquet) (0:30)
10 A Feast for the Vain (3:57)
11 On the Coldest Winter Night (4:03)
12 Lost and Damned (4:55)
13 Helena's Theme (1:51)
14 Interlude IV (Dawn) (0:27)
15 The Mourning After (4:58)
16 III Ways to Epica (6:16)

Featured Track:
"Center of the Universe" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wRreoNRGwk)

maidenpriest
07-07-2011, 02:51 AM
For me I would definitely go with the first Avantasia album as my favorite but Wicked Symphony is my second favorite. The title track and States of Matter are fantastic. And great Kamelot choice, Lost and Damned and the ending song are some of the best songs the band put out.

mankvill
07-07-2011, 10:55 AM
Do you think I'd like Avantasia? They kinda pique my interest...

Sanitarium78
07-07-2011, 12:35 PM
Do you think I'd like Avantasia? They kinda pique my interest...

Well, just listen to the featured track he's got an decide for yourself. Just so you know, the singers actually sing clear and with melody on this:D

Good call with that album. It's my favorite from them and there is really some good stuff on it. The title track and 'Runaway Train' are my favorites. They were one of those bands I took an random chance on last year and was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying them.

maidenpriest
07-07-2011, 02:55 PM
Do you think I'd like Avantasia? They kinda pique my interest...

Always worth a shot lol

Maiden33
07-08-2011, 06:09 PM
#46:
Pyramaze - Immortal (2008)
http://www.progarchives.com/progressive_rock_discography_covers/2872/cover_395920552008.jpg

For about as long as I can remember, I have loved Matt Barlow's vocals - but truth be told, I've never been a huge fan of Jon Schaffer/Iced Earth. I had long-dreamed of the day when Barlow would do SOMETHING else with his vocals. Well, that day came when it was announced he was returning from retirement to sing for the potentially outstanding, but previously vocally-challenged band Pyramaze. The end result is every bit as fantastic as I could have dreamed. Certainly no huge barriers were broken down with this album, but it proves my point that sometimes, a "predictable" album can break new ground solely in the sense that it takes a great style to a rarely reached peak. This has more than enough balls to not turn off people who usually turn their nose up at power metal, and should certainly satisfy anyone who ever dreamed of hearing Barlow take his voice to new heights.

Tracklisting:
01 Arise (1:02)
02 Year of the Phoenix (4:57)
03 Ghost Light (6:08)
04 Touched by the Mara (5:54)
05 A Beautiful Death (4:28)
06 Legacy in a Rhyme (4:04)
07 Caramon's Poem (4:57)
08 The Highland (5:41)
09 Shadow of the Beast (6:04)
10 March Through and Endless Rain (2:08)

Featured Track:
"Arise/Year of the Phoenix" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADD8aUVlkgk)

Maiden33
07-08-2011, 06:11 PM
#45:
Evergrey - Recreation Day (2003)
http://www.metal-archives.com/images/1/7/1/8/17182.jpg

Well, at least one Evergrey album was inevitable here, and I can promise you this will not be the last. Truth be told, this is probably the most accessible Evergrey album, outside of possibly their newest. The band's approach was to create an album of songs they wanted to play live, and songs that might work as singles for them, and it turned out being the first decent commercial breakthrough anywhere via the songs "Blinded", and "I'm Sorry". To spare them the conceptual weight of other records, any time someone asks me "What are Evergrey (one of my favorite bands of all-time) about?" - I tell them to listen to this album, and they will get it.

Tracklisting:
01 The Great Deceiver (4:20)
02 End of Your Days (4:39)
03 As I Lie Here Bleeding (3:50)
04 Recreation Day (5:21)
05 Visions (6:02)
06 I'm Sorry (3:19)
07 Blinded (4:34)
08 Fragments (5:37)
09 Madness Caught Another Victim (2:59)
10 Your Darkest Hour (6:15)
11 Unforgivable (4:14)

Featured Track:
"Recreation Day" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGTZ8Oivm9A)

Maiden33
07-08-2011, 06:14 PM
#44
Primal Fear - Seven Seals (2005)
http://hangout.altsounds.com/geek/gars/images/2/7/primalfear-sevenseals.jpg

Throughout the first few albums of their career, Primal Fear were always a solid, occassionally very good band - but a few steps shy of stepping out of their Judas Priest-clone roots and making an all around great album. In 2005, they finally achieved this by shifting in a more melodic direction, though sacrificing none of their heaviness - the songs are just simply better. Great performances all around, and the songs just kick ass. Fantastic album.

Tracklisting:
01 Demons and Angels (5:32)
02 Rollercoaster (4:28)
03 Seven Seals (3:54)
04 Evil Spell (4:31)
05 The Immortal Ones (4:19)
06 Diabolus (7:54)
07 All For One (7:53)
08 Carniwar (3:17)
09 Question of Honor (7:26)
10 In Memory (5:08)

Featured Track:
"Demons and Angels" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDKNt0yF6Ts)

Maiden33
07-08-2011, 06:17 PM
#43:
Anthrax - Spreading the Disease (1985)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51kzCBS1xpL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

This album's inclusion may not surprise anyone, but I think how high it managed to rank might. Many prefer Among the Living, but this has always stuck out more to me, probably because it is less of a thrash album and more of a speed metal album in style. All in all this is one of my picks for the top ten or so 80's metal records of all time. Not much more to be said.

Tracklisting:
01 A.I.R. (5:45)
02 Lone Justice (4:37)
03 Madhouse (4:20)
04 SSC/Stand or Fall (4:07)
05 The Enemy (5:23)
06 Aftershock (4:28)
07 Armed and Dangerous (5:43)
08 Medusa (4:44)
09 Gung-Ho (4:40)

Featured Track:
"A.I.R." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAbzbF219gE)

Maiden33
07-08-2011, 06:18 PM
Sorry about the gigantic blobs of posts. I don't have internet access at home, so I get everything prepared ahead of time, and when I can steal a signal, I throw up a whole bunch at once.

mankvill
07-08-2011, 06:28 PM
Anthrax!

SomewhereInTime72
07-09-2011, 01:50 AM
You are on a roll here with the great albums. ;)

maidenpriest
07-09-2011, 02:02 AM
such a great amount of albums. and agreed on Anthrax! Spreading the Disease is much better then Among the Living atm.

Rocco44
07-09-2011, 09:38 AM
Evergrey is a pretty underrated band. I love Recreation Day and In Search of Truth. Some of their solos are incredible.

El Gordo
07-09-2011, 10:12 AM
I'm really liking that Pyramaze tune you posted. I agree with the Jon Schaffer thing -- his riffing has become pretty stagnant and Matt Barlow has always been one of my favourite vocalists.

Nice pick on the Anthrax album. My second favourite after Persistence of Time. I don't understand why people love Among the Living so much, it's pretty weak to be honest.

Sanitarium78
07-10-2011, 09:14 AM
Spreading The Disease is a great album. One of the most classic and best metal albums from the 80s. ATL and POT are great to. But you can't go wrong with picking STD to put on your all time favorites list.

SomewhereInTime72
07-10-2011, 11:37 AM
My Anthrax favorites are probably Among the Living > Persistence of Time > Spreading the Disease, but I can 100% understand why any one of those 3 could be someones favorite 'thrax record.

Maiden33
07-10-2011, 11:56 AM
#42:
Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion (2005)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d12/2783_nocturnal_rites_grand_illusion.jpg

Nocturnal Rites have never been one of the most popular acts on the block, in fact I'm sure many of following this list have probably never heard them. Their first 3 albums were completely stereotypical power metal, but then they took an abrupt turn towards a darker, heavier sound with 2000's "Afterlife", before paving the way for a ballsier but traditional power metal sound with their next two efforts. In 2005, they had another style shift as they began to move towards a more mid-paced, song-based, "Melodic Metal" direction, which could not have suited their capabilities better. Vocalist Johnny Lindqvist is easily one of the most underrated in the world, and guitarist Nils Norberg's fretwork keeps things very interesting. Outstanding song-based record from start to finish.

Tracklisting:
01 Fools Never Die (3:54)
02 Never Trust (4:43)
03 Still Alive (4:02)
04 Something Undefined (4:08)
05 Our Wasted Years (5:17)
06 Cuts Like a Knife (5:10)
07 End of Our Rope (5:26)
08 Never Ending (4:29)
09 One by One (4:23)
10 Deliverance (5:00)

Featured Track:
"Fools Never Die" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L4v9ZGGktQ)

Maiden33
07-10-2011, 11:58 AM
#41:
Helloween - Keeper of the 7 Keys Pt. I (1987)
http://www.musikmarkt-wiesbaden.de/images/HELLOWEEN%20keeper%20of%20the%20seven%20keys%20I%2 0LP.jpg

This is one of those rare albums that the importance of it cannot be overstated. Without the early work of Helloween, the genre of power metal as the world knows it would never been the same, if it even truly existed at all. A few bands may have touched on concepts of the genre before, but with the Keeper of the 7 Keys albums Helloween forged the quintessential power metal sound that the genre would be built off of for years to come. Soaring vocals, dueling guitars with blistering harmonized solos, and a fierce rhythm section full of double bass drums. I'm a firm believer in the theory that "first" doesn't equal "best", but this is a rare case where it does come close.

Tracklisting:
01 Initiation (1:20)
02 I'm Alive (3:22)
03 A Little Time (4:00)
04 Twilight of the Gods (4:30)
05 A Tale That Wasn't Right (4:42)
06 Future World (4:02)
07 Halloween (13:18)
08 Follow the Sign (1:48)

Featured Track:
"I'm Alive" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYU2VFpXjdU)

The_jman
07-10-2011, 12:16 PM
#42:
Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion (2005)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d12/2783_nocturnal_rites_grand_illusion.jpg

Nocturnal Rites have never been one of the most popular acts on the block, in fact I'm sure many of following this list have probably never heard them. Their first 3 albums were completely stereotypical power metal, but then they took an abrupt turn towards a darker, heavier sound with 2000's "Afterlife", before paving the way for a ballsier but traditional power metal sound with their next two efforts. In 2005, they had another style shift as they began to move towards a more mid-paced, song-based, "Melodic Metal" direction, which could not have suited their capabilities better. Vocalist Johnny Lindqvist is easily one of the most underrated in the world, and guitarist Nils Norberg's fretwork keeps things very interesting. Outstanding song-based record from start to finish.

Tracklisting:
01 Fools Never Die (3:54)
02 Never Trust (4:43)
03 Still Alive (4:02)
04 Something Undefined (4:08)
05 Our Wasted Years (5:17)
06 Cuts Like a Knife (5:10)
07 End of Our Rope (5:26)
08 Never Ending (4:29)
09 One by One (4:23)
10 Deliverance (5:00)

Featured Track:
"Fools Never Die" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L4v9ZGGktQ)
I really like this track, his voice takes a little getting used to but I like it, because he doesn't go insanily high... I might have to download this album.

I have a compilation album with I think the song is called never again? I think its off of their most recent album, I like that song too I probably should check out more of these guy's material.

Maiden33
07-10-2011, 12:20 PM
I really like this track, his voice takes a little getting used to but I like it, because he doesn't go insanily high... I might have to download this album.

I have a compilation album with I think the song is called never again? I think its off of their most recent album, I like that song too I probably should check out more of these guy's material.

Yes, "Never Again" is off 2007's "The 8th Sin", which is sadly still their most recent album. If you like that tune and the one I posted, definitely check out Grand Illusion. Their older stuff is a bit more traditional "power metal", whereas these last 2 albums were more of a straight-forward approach, really hook-driven.

The_jman
07-10-2011, 12:44 PM
Yes, "Never Again" is off 2007's "The 8th Sin", which is sadly still their most recent album. If you like that tune and the one I posted, definitely check out Grand Illusion. Their older stuff is a bit more traditional "power metal", whereas these last 2 albums were more of a straight-forward approach, really hook-driven.
is the 8th sin good as well?

Maiden33
07-10-2011, 12:53 PM
is the 8th sin good as well?

Yeah, it's definitely pretty good. Grand Illusion is better, but both are worth your time.

The_jman
07-10-2011, 07:08 PM
Yeah, it's definitely pretty good. Grand Illusion is better, but both are worth your time.
Thanks for the recommendations!

maidenpriest
07-12-2011, 12:05 AM
#41:
Helloween - Keeper of the 7 Keys Pt. I


I'm always split about which one is better. But Halloween is definitely one of my favorite songs by them. Such a classic.

Maiden33
07-14-2011, 09:47 AM
I'm always split about which one is better. But Halloween is definitely one of my favorite songs by them. Such a classic.

Truth be told I think Keeper 2 has more standout GREAT songs (I Want Out, Eagle Fly Free, March of Time, Keeper of the 7 Keys), but the other songs are pretty mediocre/forgetable to me, whereas Keeper 1 is at least a great record from start to finish.

Stay tuned for more albums - I have regained internet access at home, so I will be posting them more regularly. I've been relistening to my top 20-25 albums lately to make sure their rankings are correct.

Maiden33
07-14-2011, 09:57 AM
#40:
Angra - Rebirth (2001)
http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/a/angra/album-rebirth.jpg

Angra have long-been Brazil's most noteworthy power/progressive metal band, largely because of their landmark, groundbreaking debut "Angels Cry" from 1993 -But at the end of 90's, the band's lineup changed dramatically, finding them with a new rhythm section and a new lead vocalist. I think the renewed sense of energy and the pressure to prove themselves again fueled the band to create what I feel is song-for-song their best album. Outstanding Progressive Power Metal with some Brazilian touches.

Tracklisting:
01 In Excelsis (1:03)
02 Nova Era (4:52)
03 Millennium Sun (5:11)
04 Acid Rain (6:08)
05 Heroes of Sand (4:39)
06 Unholy Wars (8:15)
07 Rebirth (5:18)
08 Judgment Day (5:40)
09 Running Alone (7:14)
10 Visions Prelude (4:32)

Featured Track:
"Unholy Wars" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo1hd9Sd1o0)

Maiden33
07-14-2011, 10:26 AM
#39:
Rainbow - Rising (1976)
http://www.soundstagedirect.com/media/rainbow_rising.jpg

It's not much of a secret that when it comes to the world of power and melodic metal, Rainbow were easily one of the most influential bands of all-time. Richie Blackmore's compositions and playing mixed with the band's early use of aggressive, double-bass-inclusive drumming, and Ronnie James Dio's soaring vocals and fantasy-based lyrics would go on to inspire all the trademarks of the genre. But in 1976, that was still a distant thought when Rainbow created "Rising", which I feel is their masterpiece. Simply one of my favorite 70's albums, bar none.

Tracklisting:
01 Tarot Woman (5:58)
02 Run with the Wolf (3:48)
03 Starstruck (4:06)
04 Do You Close Your Eyes (2:58)
05 Stargazer (8:26)
06 A Light in the Black (8:12)

Featured Track:
"Stargazer" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6W7jMURpGU)

Maiden33
07-15-2011, 03:07 PM
#38:
Vanden Plas - Christ 0 (2006)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51GYcgRcWBL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Vanden Plas are one of those modern Progressive Metal bands that have to constantly carry the burden of being shrugged off as merely clones of Dream Theater, when in reality, they are deserving of so much praise. In fact, every VP album in the past 10 yeas has been better than every DT album in that time, if you ask me. The band has a very easily recognizable quality to it, largely because of vocalist Andy Kuntz - not only because of his fairly unique voice, but also because of his very distinct approach to vocal melody. The band really went the extra mile with this, their magnum opus - a modern adaptation of the classic story The Count of Monte Christo. Every song on here is absolutely fantastic, no question about it. Outstanding record, one of my favorite albums of the past 5-10 years for sure.

Tracklisting:
01 Christ 0 (5:35)
02 Postcard to God (6:17)
03 Wish You Were Here (9:15)
04 Silently (8:30)
05 Shadow I Am (5:28)
06 Fireroses Dance (6:03)
07 Somewhere Alone in the Dark (5:30)
08 January Sun (10:05)
09 Lost in Silence (4:19)
10 Gethsemane (6:18)

Featured Track:
"Shadow I Am" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9yboQ8bBQw) (One of the hardest selections I've had to make thus far, I truly love almost every song on here equally)

larvtard
07-15-2011, 03:25 PM
05 Stargazer (8:26)


Epic track :party:

maidenpriest
07-15-2011, 04:38 PM
Rising is probably my favorite Dio sung record, bar none. And great choice off that Vanden Plas album. I might've gone with Wish You Were Here which is my favorite on the album.

Maiden33
07-15-2011, 04:52 PM
#37:
Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica (1999)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XYGESY5SL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Few bands have fallen further out of my favor over the years than Sonata Arctica. Circa 2004-2005 I would've proudly proclaimed them one of my favorite bands... But that was back when I was a power metal fanboy, and they had a mere 4 albums, all of which I liked a lot. The greatest of these albums to me is still their debut, which is pretty legendary in the power metal world. Their sound at this point is more or less a clone of their Finnish predecessors, Stratovarius - but they made that sound even more energetic and fun, hence why most of the tracks on this album became live staples for the band over the course of their career. Though "Silence" (2001) was probably overall a more varied and mature effort, this one always stands up as my favorite in the end.

Tracklisting:
01 Blank File (4:05)
02 My Land (4:36)
03 8th Commandment (3:41)
04 Replica (4:55)
05 Kingdom For a Heart (3:51)
06 Full Moon (5:06)
07 Letter to Dana (6:00)
08 UnOpened (3:42)
09 Picturing the Past (3:36)
10 Destruction Preventer (7:40)

Featured Track:
"My Land" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEkeAvFeuLw)

Maiden33
07-19-2011, 07:47 PM
#36:
Tad Morose - Modus Vivendi (2003)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d45/15785_tad_morose_modus_vivendi.jpg

Tad Morose are one of the most underrated bands of the past 10-15 years, without a doubt in my mind. This album could've nearly been replaced by the two that proceed it, but there's just something slightly more memorable about this one to me. For those who don't know, Tad Morose are (were?) an amazing band from Sweden whose style is often summed up as a middle ground between Metal Church, old Savatage, Crimson Glory, and Warning-era Queensryche. So basically, kick-ass 80's metal at its absolute finest with some great progressive touches. The songs never get overly long or overly experimental - the band focus primarily on just flat out ass-kicking with great melodic overtones and nice surprises to keep you interested. Quite simply, one of my picks for most underrated albums of the past 10 years, no question.

01 Anubis (3:55)
02 No Mercy (4:15)
03 Afraid to Die (5:27)
04 Clearly Insane (3:50)
05 Cyberdome (4:37)
06 Take on the World (5:20)
07 Mother Shipton's Words (4:03)
08 Unwelcome Guest (4:02)
09 Life in a Lonely Grave (7:16)
10 When the Spirit Rules the World (4:33)

"Mother Shipton's Words" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GthevBSCtD0) (Another very, very difficult pick)

maidenpriest
07-19-2011, 11:18 PM
Damn...definitely checking out this album after that track!

rjturtle9
07-19-2011, 11:30 PM
#40:
Angra - Rebirth (2001)
http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/a/angra/album-rebirth.jpg

#37:
Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica (1999)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41XYGESY5SL._SL500_AA300_.jpg



Nice!!!!

Maiden33
07-20-2011, 08:56 AM
#35:
Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory (1999)
http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTMkDHeXUvUwUr2UzZm5JY4ULbEdrfO8 UZ_7izskuK2_RR5yv__-g&t=1

Dream Theater changed the world of Progressive Metal in 1992 with their sophomore album, "Images and Words", but by the mid-to-late 90's, the band had started to stray considerably from the greatness of their first 3 albums. However, following the questionably received "Falling Into Infinity", the band went full-on and released their best album to date aside from their '92 masterpiece. Not too much to say, most people here already definitely know where they stand on this band.

Tracklisting:
01 Regression (2:06)
02 Overture 1928 (3:37)
03 Strange Deja Vu (5:12)
04 Through My Words (1:02)
05 Fatal Tragedy (6:49)
06 Beyond This Life (11:22)
07 Through Her Eyes (5:29)
08 Home (12:53)
09 The Dance of Eternity (6:13)
10 One Last Time (3:46)
11 The Spirit Carries On (6:38)
12 Finally Free (11:59)

Featured Track:
"Strange Deja Vu" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0PQ6GC6KYc)

Indestructible
07-20-2011, 11:00 AM
Scenes would be number one in my list, im interested in seeing the thirty four albums you put over it.

Maiden33
07-20-2011, 01:00 PM
#34:
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose (1979)
http://www.austinchronicle.com/binary/1a6d/music_phases13-2.jpg

For educated rock music fans, Thin Lizzy should need no introduction. And anyone who knows this band well at all can tell you that the scope of their greatness goes far beyond the Jailbreak album. In 1978, the classic Lynott/Gorham/Downey/Roberston lineup saw the departure of Brian Roberston, and Lynott called upon long-time friend Gary Moore to fill his shoes. It's no secret that I am a big Gary Moore fan, and I think Moore's playing and creative input really helped to make this the best Thin Lizzy album, showcasing everything that made this band the outstanding rock powerhouse that they were.

Tracklisting:
01 Do Anything You Want To (3:53)
02 Toughest Street in Town (4:01)
03 S&M (4:05)
04 Waiting For an Alibi (3:30)
05 Sarah (3:33)
06 Got to Give it Up (4:24)
07 Get Out of Here (3:37)
08 With Love (4:38)
09 Roisin Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend (7:06)

Featured Track:
"Got to Give it Up" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPdNCyiNXU) (Not my favorite track, but went for an underrated one)

IrritatedTrout
07-20-2011, 01:13 PM
Amazing album, my favorite Lizzy record.:party:

Sanitarium78
07-20-2011, 02:09 PM
Why so low with Scenes From A Memory? It's easily in my top 15 ever. My old car had a cassette player when this came out and I got one for my car and a CD for home. It was on constant rotation for months. No doubt one of my most listened to and all time favorite albums.

Nice pick with Rainbow Rising. Easily Dio's best vocal perfomance of his career. But without Stargazer and Light In The Black the album wouldn't be as great. The rest of the stuff is good but those two songs are what makes the album an all time classic.

Maiden33
07-20-2011, 07:22 PM
Why so low with Scenes From A Memory? It's easily in my top 15 ever. My old car had a cassette player when this came out and I got one for my car and a CD for home. It was on constant rotation for months. No doubt one of my most listened to and all time favorite albums.

Nice pick with Rainbow Rising. Easily Dio's best vocal perfomance of his career. But without Stargazer and Light In The Black the album wouldn't be as great. The rest of the stuff is good but those two songs are what makes the album an all time classic.

#35 out of all albums I've ever heard is low? :lol:

ANY album's placement on this list is high.

I know what you mean about Rising, but I think Tarot Woman is on the level of those other 2 songs.

maidenpriest
07-21-2011, 12:38 PM
#35 out of all albums I've ever heard is low? :lol:

ANY album's placement on this list is high.

I know what you mean about Rising, but I think Tarot Woman is on the level of those other 2 songs.

I was expecting Scenes to be in the top 20 lol but definitely a great album. and Tarot Woman is definitely on the level of those other two.

Maiden33
07-23-2011, 06:04 PM
#33:
Kansas - Masque (1975)
http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/Kan-Mas.jpg

Kansas are a band sadly remembered for only about two or three songs in a very rich, diverse legacy of great music - and their third album, "Masque" found them at arguably their heaviest ever, and certainly among their most progressive as well. The double-vocalist attack of Steve Walsh and Robby Steinhardt was never better than here, and the band is absolutely fierce - showing a versatility between more commercialized songs, longer, more progressive songs, and absolutely in-your-face tunes, at least for Prog Rock circa 1975. This is easily a cornerstone of the genre and this band's catalog to me. If you've never heard Kansas beyond the hits - check this out right now.

Tracklisting:
01 It Takes a Woman's Love (to Make a Man) (3:08)
02 Two Cents Worth (3:09)
03 Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel) (6:03)
04 All the World (7:11)
05 Child of Innocence (4:36)
06 It's You (2:31)
07 Mysteries and Mayhem (4:18)
08 The Pinnacle (9:44)

Featured Track:
"Mysteries and Mayhem" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINF5vQvaKU)

Maiden33
07-23-2011, 06:13 PM
#32:
Dio - Holy Diver (1983)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516PW0QMDYL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Let's be honest here - does this album, or artist really need any introduction? The biggest thing I have to say is that as much as I love this record and think it's truly deserving of the hype - I like The Last in Line and Dream Evil just about as much, and it was very, very hard to determine a winner. But overall I just think this album is an absolute classic, as are most of the songs - so there you go.

Tracklisting:
01 Stand Up and Shout (3:18)
02 Holy Diver (5:51)
03 Gypsy (3:39)
04 Caught in the Middle (4:14)
05 Don't Talk to Strangers (4:53)
06 Straight Through the Heart (4:31)
07 Invisible (5:25)
08 Rainbow in the Dark (4:15)
09 Shame on the Night (5:20)

Featured Track:
"Don't Talk to Strangers" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvjQkd5FuYY&feature=fvst)

Rocco44
07-23-2011, 06:14 PM
Yeah Kansas is definitely one of those older bands that I need to investigate further. Thanks for the reminder

maidenpriest
07-24-2011, 02:05 AM
I expected you to have Leftoverture over Masque. But I definitely love the songs on Masque. The Pinnacle ftw!! and I still think don't talk to strangers is an underrated Dio song

Maiden33
07-24-2011, 12:19 PM
#31
Circus Maximus - Isolate(2007)
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_9GUo7n01Uh8/SYtHC3q79AI/AAAAAAAAAWE/V5A8z4OxuHo/s320/circus_maximus.jpg

Circus Maximus have only two albums, but have already earned their place as one of the very best bands in the Progressive Metal world today. The band's debut album "The 1st Chapter" was fantastic in its own right - but they chose to evolve in all the right ways toward a somewhat more direct and melodically memorable approach, which helped make this album so outstanding. This band's 3rd album is bound to be one of my most anticipated releases ever whenever it eventually surfaces.

Tracklisting:
01 A Darkened Mind (5:34)
02 Abyss (5:00)
03 Wither (4:46)
04 Sane No More (3:55)
05 Arrival of Love (4:10)
06 Zero (4:50)
07 Mouth of Madness (12:42)
08 From Childhood's Hour (4:28)
09 Ultimate Sacrifice (9:17)

Featured Track:
"A Darkened Mind" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey_8BHipdSc)

Sanitarium78
07-24-2011, 01:01 PM
and I still think don't talk to strangers is an underrated Dio song

Underrated? Not at all.

The song is a huge fan favorite and rarely did Dio not play it whenever he was headling a show. The song was a classic staple of his set from the begining. I saw him twice solo and both times DTTS got a huge response from the crowd.

It's right up there with HD, RITD, TLIL and H&H when it came to how the crowd reacted to it.

Holy Diver would no doubt be high up on my all time favorites list. You really can't go wrong when deciding which one to choose between the first four Dio albums.

maidenpriest
07-24-2011, 09:28 PM
Underrated? Not at all.

The song is a huge fan favorite and rarely did Dio not play it whenever he was headling a show. The song was a classic staple of his set from the begining. I saw him twice solo and both times DTTS got a huge response from the crowd.

It's right up there with HD, RITD, TLIL and H&H when it came to how the crowd reacted to it.

Holy Diver would no doubt be high up on my all time favorites list. You really can't go wrong when deciding which one to choose between the first four Dio albums.

I was just going off of what I could tell from some people who said they liked Dios music. They always mentioned HD and H&H but when I brought up this song they were like Huh?

SomewhereInTime72
07-25-2011, 06:34 AM
#33:
Kansas - Masque (1975)
http://www.progreviews.com/reviews/images/Kan-Mas.jpg

Kansas are a band sadly remembered for only about two or three songs in a very rich, diverse legacy of great music - and their third album, "Masque" found them at arguably their heaviest ever, and certainly among their most progressive as well. The double-vocalist attack of Steve Walsh and Robby Steinhardt was never better than here, and the band is absolutely fierce - showing a versatility between more commercialized songs, longer, more progressive songs, and absolutely in-your-face tunes, at least for Prog Rock circa 1975. This is easily a cornerstone of the genre and this band's catalog to me. If you've never heard Kansas beyond the hits - check this out right now.

Tracklisting:
01 It Takes a Woman's Love (to Make a Man) (3:08)
02 Two Cents Worth (3:09)
03 Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel) (6:03)
04 All the World (7:11)
05 Child of Innocence (4:36)
06 It's You (2:31)
07 Mysteries and Mayhem (4:18)
08 The Pinnacle (9:44)

Featured Track:
"Mysteries and Mayhem" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OINF5vQvaKU)
So much props for this one. Kansas are monstrously underrated in terms of being more than just a 2 hit wonder.

Sanitarium78
07-25-2011, 08:15 AM
I was just going off of what I could tell from some people who said they liked Dios music. They always mentioned HD and H&H but when I brought up this song they were like Huh?

Then you're just taking to people who are causal fans and only know the bigger stuff. There's this young guy I work with who told me he loves Metallica but couldn't tell you nothing about them past what the radio plays. Stuff like that happens way more than you think.

Anybody who is really a fan of Dio knows and loves DTTS.

DethMaiden
07-25-2011, 08:38 AM
To weigh in on the Don't Talk to Strangers debate, a lot of people into primarily heavier-than-Dio stuff hate it, so it might be fair to call it underrated in some contexts. I like it a lot, for the record.

Maiden33
07-25-2011, 10:09 AM
#30
Dungeon - A Rise to Power (2002)
http://shop.moderninvasionmusic.com/repository/product/dungeon_risecover.jpg

Dungeon are probably one of the most underrated bands ever, in my opinion. Though I chose this album, my selection could've just as easily been 2 of their other albums. Their career was relatively short-lived, but all 4 albums are outstanding. Though generally categorized as Power Metal - Dungeon's sound draws from a variety of metal subgenres. In fact, the song "Traumatized" on here borders on Thrash/Death metal - while other songs are epic power metal, and others harken back to old-school Progressive Metal. There's something in Dungeon for pretty much any sort of metal fan, and all the guitar work is absolutely outstanding. Check this out.

Tracklisting:
01 The Prophecy (2:21)
02 A Rise to Power (7:04)
03 Netherlife (Black Roses Die) (6:51)
04 Insanity's Fall (4:53)
05 The Other Side (5:41)
06 Stormchaser (3:22)
07 Where Madness Hides (4:36)
08 Lost in the Light (7:36)
09 Life is Black (3:45)
10 The Birth: The Trauma Begins (0:23)
11 Traumatized (4:22)
12 A Rise to Power (Reprise) (1:56)

Featured Track:
"A Rise to Power" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzLXp6YOKAI)

Maiden33
08-01-2011, 10:50 AM
#29
Kamelot - The Black Halo (2005)
http://images.kaneva.com/filestore8/4336372/5777454/KAMELOTUTHE220BLACK220HALO220LTD.%5B1%5D.gif

Kamelot are officially the first band on this list to repeat albums - but they will certainly not be the last. Choosing between this and its predecessor "Epica" was NO easy task, hence why they both made the list, so close together. During roughly 2000-2006 Kamelot were on a somewhat unparalleled run of great albums that truly represented their relatively unique and great sound. The songs are beautifully crafted, with all the right musical touches, and Khan's subtly amazing vocals perfectly deliver the outstanding lyrics. The most ironic thing about this album is that one of its two most popular tracks, "March of Mephisto", is easily my least favorite song on the album. Nevertheless, I think this is easily Kamelot's finest work.

Tracklisting:
01 March of Mephisto (5:28)
02 When the Lights are Down (3:42)
03 The Haunting (Somewhere in Time) (5:40)
04 Soul Society (4:18)
05 Interlude I: Dei Gratia (0:57)
06 Abandoned (4:08)
07 This Pain (4:00)
08 Moonlight (5:10)
09 Interlude II: Un Assassino Molto Silenzioso (0:40)
10 The Black Halo (3:44)
11 Nothing Ever Dies (4:45)
12 Memento Mori (8:55)
13 Interlude III: Midnight/Twelve Tolls For a New Day (1:21)
14 Serenade (4:34)

Featured Track:
"Soul Society" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDubchjrz1I)

Rocco44
08-01-2011, 10:58 AM
I'm not the biggest power metal fan but I enjoy this album from time to time. Great vocals and very well written songs.

Maiden33
08-03-2011, 04:10 PM
#28
Masterplan - Masterplan (2003)
http://www.metalkingdom.net/album/cover/d64/63_masterplan_masterplan.jpg

Once in a while, the right musicians come together at the right time and just create an absolute magic that is one-of-a-kind. In 2003 Jorn Lande (vocals), Roland Grapow (guitar), Uli Kusch (drums), Jan S. Eckert (bass), and Axel Mackenrott (keyboards) joined forces to create Masterplan, who struck absolute gold with their self-titled debut album. In my opinion there are fewer better power metal albums ever made. Jorn's voice instantly sets them apart from the falsetto driven, balls-in-a-vice approach so many dislike, and Roland Grapow's guitar work is very fat and ballsy - think if John Sykes played in a power metal band. Uli Kusch's drumming is incredibly underrated, and the group managed to write some amazing catchy, strong, and memorable tunes. Song-for-song this is just an outstanding album.

Tracklisting:
01 Spirit Never Die (5:26)
02 Enlighten Me (4:37)
03 Kind Hearted Light (4:25)
04 Crystal Night (5:16)
05 Soulburn (6:16)
06 Heroes (3:33)
07 Sail On (4:37)
08 Into the Light (4:10)
09 Crawling From Hell (4:13)
10 Bleeding Eyes (5:42)
11 When Love Comes Close (4:08)

Featured Track:
"Spirit Never Die" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oDXRo78rtY)

JRA
08-03-2011, 05:34 PM
To weigh in on the Don't Talk to Strangers debate, a lot of people into primarily heavier-than-Dio stuff hate it, so it might be fair to call it underrated in some contexts. I like it a lot, for the record.

That's a little weird. Yea the song starts out soft but then it morphs into one of the most vicious Dio tracks ever.

I hope these same people don't love Fight Fire With Fire or Battery.

zgodt
08-03-2011, 09:40 PM
If there's a better Dio song than "Don't Talk to Strangers" I don't know what it is.

I mean, seriously: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwX8yF8k0ls

SomewhereInTime72
08-04-2011, 09:06 PM
Yeah that's probably actually my favorite Dio solo song.

Maiden33
08-06-2011, 11:26 AM
#27
Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera (2002)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512TFK2G82L._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Before people prepare to crucify me, this is NOT the only Blind Guardian album on this list. Nevertheless, I'm sure some will be discontent at its inclusion regardless. The truth is I absolutely love this album and respect the band a ridiculous amount for pulling it off. I generally don't care much for what would best be described as symphonic metal, but Blind Guardian's take on it, married with what makes them so uniquely themselves make for one outstanding album. This album has no even remotely bad songs in my opinion - just 9 great ones and one absolutely incredible one, which happens to be my favorite song Blind Guardian have ever done.

Tracklisting:
01 Precious Jerusalem (6:22)
02 Battlefield (5:37)
03 Under the Ice (5:44)
04 Sadly Sings Destiny (6:04)
05 The Maiden and the Minstrel Knight (5:30)
06 Wait For an Answer (6:30)
07 The Soulforged (5:18)
08 Age of False Innocence (6:05)
09 Punishment Divine (5:45)
10 And Then There Was Silence (14:07)

Featured Track:
"And Then There Was Silence" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snwvpJ7DxyY)

DethMaiden
08-06-2011, 12:49 PM
Yeah, as a massive Blind Guardian fan (top 5 band for me possibly?) this is a bit problematic for me this high. :lol: I've come to think every song on it is good but I'd still say the only worse album they've done is the debut.

maidenpriest
08-06-2011, 11:06 PM
Not a problem at all having A Night at the Opera on this list, especially so high. This one took the longest to grow on me but I have come to appreciate the awesomeness of it. ATTWS and Soulforged are my top two songs off the album.

Maiden33
08-09-2011, 05:44 PM
Should be picking up the list tomorrow - be warned, the next album is by far the biggest stylistic outlier on the whole list. I just love it so much and consider it such an amazing classic that I couldn't shaft it.

Maiden33
08-10-2011, 07:33 AM
#26
Billy Joel - The Stranger (1977)
http://static.musictoday.com/store/bands/93/product_medium/MUDD429.JPG

Well, I certainly expect a variety of responses from this post. I warned everyone that this would be by far the most drastic outlier on the list. 70's Billy Joel is admittedly probably my biggest non-metal/hard rock musical love - and "The Stranger" is undoubtedly an absolute masterpiece. Every song on this album is outstanding, and even the overplayed hits remain classics that I love to this day. What's more is the underrated gems on this album such as the contemplative "Vienna" and the rocking "Get it Right the First Time". There's just not a misplaced note, lyric, or phrase on this entire record. An all-time classic, end of story.

01 Movin' Out (Anthony's Song) (3:30)
02 The Stranger (5:10)
03 Just the Way You Are (4:52)
04 Scenes From an Italian Restaurant (7:37)
05 Vienna (3:34)
06 Only the Good Die Young (3:55)
07 She's Always a Woman (3:21)
08 Get it Right the First Time (3:58)
09 Everybody Has a Dream/The Stranger (Reprise) (6:38)

"Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUz48xw_OiM)