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GarageMetal468
11-03-2011, 08:02 PM
Another great choice and even though you classify it as black metal I still like to think of it as the best melodic black metal album ever made. Too bad Jon Nödtveidt killed himself.:hecho: I would have love to see Dissection live.

This. It's still black metal, though. One of my favorite black metal albums of all time, great pick!

jhdeity
11-04-2011, 05:50 AM
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39. Black Sabbath- Volume 4

One thing you might have started noticing around say.....entry 89 is that just because an album is higher than others does not necessarily mean it’s the most consistent. I mean shit I have Somewhere Out In Space at 67, over about 10 or 11 of the most critically acclaimed metal albums ever! How the fuck does that work? Well, see if I may humbly say so, I think I’m the beginning of a new type of music fan. I still buy albums and listen to more than just singles, but if I see a track that’s less than a minute that’s an atmosphere piece (or rather if they are songs that flat out suck) I am flat out removing them from the album to create a better listening experience. And I can do this with the wonderful brand new concept of the playlist.

Simply put, I believe a playlist with the tracklisting

Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
Tomorrows Dream
Supernaut
Snowblind
Cornucopia
St. Vitus Dance
Under The Sun/ Every Day Comes & Goes

Is a better album than an actual album with the tracklisting

Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Behind The Wall of Sleep
NIB
Wicked World
Evil Woman
Sleeping Village/a Bit of Fingers Warning

And since that playlist just happens to feature all the songs from the same album, guess what, that’s the albums new tracklisting. Sure if I’m driving in a car without an iPod and I have the Volume 4 CD with me I’ll sit through Changes and Laguna Sunrise, but the rest of the time, Supernaut comes after Tommorrow’s Dream and Valley of the Kings comes after Guardians of Mankind. Maybe this would have “objectively” been a better album if the record executives weren’t so fucking concerned that one of the songs from their artists was actively promoting cocaine and been more concerned why there was a worthless non-musical sound effects piece that lasted for two minutes on the album.

Recommended Songs:
Snowblind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHal84S_XkI)
Under The Sun/Every Day Comes & Goes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x8LbhQlOYc)

Cool comparison. Sabotage is my favorite Sabbath album and in a similar comparison it would just come down to how much I love Thrill of It All, Megalomania and Symptom of the Universe. I'd put Master of Reality 2nd and Vol 4 3rd. I could make an argument for Master being #1 but Sabotage hit me on a whole nother level at a very influential age and stuck with me.

It's funny but Paranoid wouldn't even be in my Top 5. other than Hand of Doom and Electric Funeral, it's just played out.

JRA
11-04-2011, 07:29 AM
I understand why people no longer like an album because it's overplayed, but to not objectively include it in a top 20 or whatever is ludicrous. Nowadays the logic amongst ozzy fans is Diary of a Madman is Ozzy's best solo album because Blizzard is played out. The reason it's played out is because its so fantastic. The reason no one overplays Diary is because its not that good.

By the way, the song Black Sabbath is more played out to me than both War Pigs and Iron Man.

JRA
11-04-2011, 08:15 AM
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37. Immortal- At The Heart of Winter

Probably the first band (and album) I fell in love with from the IU Metal Club that was outside my musical comfort zone at that time. As tragic Demonaz losing his ability to play guitar was, one can’t help but wonder if that was the best thing that happened to Immortal. Because let’s face it, the band’s lo-fi sound peaked with Pure Holocaust. While Battles and Blizzard were serviceable at worst, one could definitely feel a staleness setting in. And yea Abbath had always helped with music, would he be able to tackle an entire album on his own? The answer to all these questions was a massive overhaul in sound. Probably the biggest left turn in black metal history. The production was crisp, the riffs were sharp, the songs were all very long, and Abbath’s voice had gone from your typical black metal screech to this low unsettling frog croak. All of these elements combined to make the album a massive success (by black metal standards anyway). I believe one of the reasons why black metal artists frowned upon quality production was because lo-fi production helped create the most appropriate atmosphere for black metal, but here Immortal complete circumvent that by creating a brand new atmosphere all their own. An atmosphere of ruling over a massive crystal fortress, likely the one on the album cover. This would be my favorite Immortal album if not for the fact that the album gets stuck in the same feel and tempo for three songs in a row. There’s that pet peeve again.

Recommended Songs:
Withstand the Fall of Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2O-da4hHq4)
At The Heart of Winter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8U8GOEClpU)

JRA
11-04-2011, 06:14 PM
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36. Pantera- Cowboys From Hell

So here’s my Pantera story: At Ozzfest 2000, my first concert, I was there to see Ozzy, but I was open to whatever other band caught my ears. Unfortunately there seemed to be only one type of band there: the Pantera ripoff. Grating vocals, atonal riffs, sterile groove half thrash sections. And finally seeing the genuine article itself, I was so annoyed I chose to walk about and look for merchandise. I managed to catch the last three songs and one song in particular was so different, so off the beaten track of modern metal, that I simply had to buy Pantera albums until I found what that bizarrely delightful piece of metal was. Luckily, that song was off the bands very first album (I liked to buy things chronologically back then), and it was Primal Concrete Sledge. Just that simple, completely devastating double bass drum beat with no snare to keep time. This was the most complex performance on drumming I’d ever heard. As I was an aspiring drummer at that time, that song became my morning prayer. Nowadays, of course it isn’t that complex (even by Pantera’s standards), but it still is one of the finest drumming performances ever recorded, and absolutely one of the best metal songs ever recorded. And the best thing was the band was smart enough to not rip it off by writing a thousand songs like it and cheapen its impact. Fuck that, they had a gumbo they wanted you to taste. This is easily Pantera’s most versatile album, and also Phil Anselmo’s most versatile vocal performance. Knocking out high notes left and right that would certainly have Rob Halford take notice, along with the occasional gritty vocal performance to help accentuate whatever brutality Dime, Vinnie, and Rex were cooking up. It’s no wonder that everyone from extreme metal fans to power metal fans who hate anything but melodic singing love this album. It truly has something for everyone.

Recommended Songs:
Primal Concrete Sledge (live) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Yy__sxseg)
Domination (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYPFrXvc2rE)

Rocco44
11-05-2011, 01:30 AM
Nice, my favorite Pantera album. Such a great vocal performance from Phil. Definitely an important gateway to more extreme music for me.

xStructualDefect
11-05-2011, 03:59 AM
That Dissection album is the only black metal album I really like to be honest. Amazing album.

JRA
11-05-2011, 06:59 AM
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35. Black Sabbath- Master of Reality

8 tracks, 5 songs (well 5 good ones). The early 70s were fucking weird. Contrary to popular opinion, despite the pains from fingering (uhuhuhuh) Tony Iommi does not downtune his guitar until Master of Reality, giving Sabbath’s supposed sludgy signature sound (even though there “signature sound” was already established on Paranoid. Um, what?) Because this was a relatively brand new idea (apologies to Blue Cheer) it was still a welcome idea and pretty much everything touched with it turned to gold. This album is remembered as a point where Sabbath somehow managed to get heavier than usual (because of the detuning of course), but one thing that doesn’t get mentioned a whole lot is this is when Ozzy really started to get awesome as a singer. Behold the high notes being reached in Sweet Leaf and Lord of This World. Ozzy’s vocal range is starting to expand higher and higher by semitone. This is from just some bum off of Aston who only got into the band because he had his own mic and PA? And he had no vocal training whatsoever? And now he’s starting to catch up with Robert Plant? Might be a good idea to keep an eye in this kid. If he’s starting to sound good after 2 years, imagine what he’s gonna sound like 4 years from now....

Recommended Songs:
Children of the Grave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=236Lquwq22A)
Lord of This World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwWMKC3U01w)

Sepultura69
11-05-2011, 07:36 AM
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36. Black Sabbath- Master of Reality

8 tracks, 5 songs (well 5 good ones). The early 70s were fucking weird. Contrary to popular opinion, despite the pains from fingering (uhuhuhuh) Tony Iommi does not downtune his guitar until Master of Reality, giving Sabbath’s supposed sludgy signature sound (even though there “signature sound” was already established on Paranoid. Um, what?) Because this was a relatively brand new idea (apologies to Blue Cheer) it was still a welcome idea and pretty much everything touched with it turned to gold. This album is remembered as a point where Sabbath somehow managed to get heavier than usual (because of the detuning of course), but one thing that doesn’t get mentioned a whole lot is this is when Ozzy really started to get awesome as a singer. Behold the high notes being reached in Sweet Leaf and Lord of This World. Ozzy’s vocal range is starting to expand higher and higher by semitone. This is from just some bum off of Aston who only got into the band because he had his own mic and PA? And he had no vocal training whatsoever? And now he’s starting to catch up with Robert Plant? Might be a good idea to keep an eye in this kid. If he’s starting to sound good after 2 years, imagine what he’s gonna sound like 4 years from now....

Recommended Songs:
Children of the Grave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=236Lquwq22A)
Lord of This World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwWMKC3U01w)

I was blasting some Master of Reality last night before I hit the bed. Funny How I stumble upon this today. Great choice, my friend :fist:

Also....I'm probably speaking up way too soon. But how far untill we expect Hell Awaits? I could have swore you had like a huge boner for that album(don't take that as an insult, its a good thing) Or was it already on the list and slipped past my radar?

I'm probably speaking too soon, I'll shut the fuck up now. :eyes:

Great thread by the way. Loving' it :fist:

JRA
11-05-2011, 09:59 AM
Hell Awaits has not shown up on the list yet.

larvtard
11-05-2011, 10:05 AM
Hell Awaits has not shown up on the list yet.

:fist:

jhdeity
11-05-2011, 10:45 AM
:fist:

#19 on my list is coming today. Ironically from Hell Awaits...

JRA
11-05-2011, 10:54 AM
#19 on my list is coming today. Ironically from Hell Awaits...

It's not irony. It's a coincidence.

JRA
11-05-2011, 01:59 PM
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34. Judas Priest- Stained Class

Time can be a rather cruel mistress. Equipping oneself with the most elite technology and sound at the time may make you seem like the avant garde of the time, but 20 years down the road, only God himself will know whether or not your shit sounds dated and quaint. Which is not to say that I think this album sounds dated and quaint, I just understand why there are those that do.

To be honest, one of the problems with why this album sounds so stranded in time to the modern metal fan is because half of it was never touched live. Sure if a song sounds twice as fierce live it still makes the album version sound slightly inferior, but you make peace with that because you are aware of the raw power a song is capable of when unleashed in the right circumstances.

I feel very privileged to have heard Exciter, White Heat Red Hot, Better By You Better Than Me, Stained Class, and Beyond The Realms of Death live. It provides me with the foresight to emotionally give back more energy to these songs that the songs themselves may even be capable of conveying simply because I know their true power. That’s why albums such as Unleashed in The East are so important. It’s simply not possible for bands who recorded the “old way” to give off their maximum potential, they’re only playing to an engineer who 90% of the time could probably care less.

Despite how near 40 years of progress makes Stained Class seem like no more than a building block, the important thing to remember is the importance of that building block. There’s a reason the guys from Slayer (well Kerry King) drop Priest’s name left and right. It’s the thrashy middle-eight of Saints In Hell; It’s the impossibly high note at the end of Exciter; it’s the double time double bass at the tail end of White Heat Red Hot; it’s the doom-riff breakdown following the most violent, gory tirade Rob Halford had gone on up to this point in the title track (can you think of an earlier example that “hung drawn and quartered” was used in a rock song?); it’s the idea of wondering why good men die like dogs, but with sass, like in Hero’s End. it’s the matching of deep emotional lyricism by two distinct guitar solos shining for 16 bars wondering if knowledge is indeed worth the bitter cost. Stained Class is not only solely responsible for every sub-genre of metal, it’s when heavy metal became heavy metal. Period.

Recommended Songs:
Exciter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2DYwvseiY)
Beyond The Realms of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LrCroCB6n0)

Sepultura69
11-06-2011, 01:24 AM
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34. Judas Priest- Stained Class

Time can be a rather cruel mistress. Equipping oneself with the most elite technology and sound at the time may make you seem like the avant garde of the time, but 20 years down the road, only God himself will know whether or not your shit sounds dated and quaint. Which is not to say that I think this album sounds dated and quaint, I just understand why there are those that do.

To be honest, one of the problems with why this album sounds so stranded in time to the modern metal fan is because half of it was never touched live. Sure if a song sounds twice as fierce live it still makes the album version sound slightly inferior, but you make peace with that because you are aware of the raw power a song is capable of when unleashed in the right circumstances.

I feel very privileged to have heard Exciter, White Heat Red Hot, Better By You Better Than Me, Stained Class, and Beyond The Realms of Death live. It provides me with the foresight to emotionally give back more energy to these songs that the songs themselves may even be capable of conveying simply because I know their true power. That’s why albums such as Unleashed in The East are so important. It’s simply not possible for bands who recorded the “old way” to give off their maximum potential, they’re only playing to an engineer who 90% of the time could probably care less.

Despite how near 40 years of progress makes Stained Class seem like no more than a building block, the important thing to remember is the importance of that building block. There’s a reason the guys from Slayer (well Kerry King) drop Priest’s name left and right. It’s the thrashy middle-eight of Saints In Hell; It’s the impossibly high note at the end of Exciter; it’s the double time double bass at the tail end of White Heat Red Hot; it’s the doom-riff breakdown following the most violent, gory tirade Rob Halford had gone on up to this point in the title track (can you think of an earlier example that “hung drawn and quartered” was used in a rock song?); it’s the idea of wondering why good men die like dogs, but with sass, like in Hero’s End. it’s the matching of deep emotional lyricism by two distinct guitar solos shining for 16 bars wondering if knowledge is indeed worth the bitter cost. Stained Class is not only solely responsible for every sub-genre of metal, it’s when heavy metal became heavy metal. Period.

Recommended Songs:
Exciter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2DYwvseiY)
Beyond The Realms of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LrCroCB6n0)

My favorite priest Album, with Sin after sin right behind it :fist:


"The streets run with blood from the mass mutilation
As carnage took toll for the bell
Abattoir, abattoir, mon dieu quelle horreur
For a time is was like second Hell"

:rocker:

jhdeity
11-06-2011, 08:00 AM
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34. Judas Priest- Stained Class

Time can be a rather cruel mistress. Equipping oneself with the most elite technology and sound at the time may make you seem like the avant garde of the time, but 20 years down the road, only God himself will know whether or not your shit sounds dated and quaint. Which is not to say that I think this album sounds dated and quaint, I just understand why there are those that do.

To be honest, one of the problems with why this album sounds so stranded in time to the modern metal fan is because half of it was never touched live. Sure if a song sounds twice as fierce live it still makes the album version sound slightly inferior, but you make peace with that because you are aware of the raw power a song is capable of when unleashed in the right circumstances.

I feel very privileged to have heard Exciter, White Heat Red Hot, Better By You Better Than Me, Stained Class, and Beyond The Realms of Death live. It provides me with the foresight to emotionally give back more energy to these songs that the songs themselves may even be capable of conveying simply because I know their true power. That’s why albums such as Unleashed in The East are so important. It’s simply not possible for bands who recorded the “old way” to give off their maximum potential, they’re only playing to an engineer who 90% of the time could probably care less.

Despite how near 40 years of progress makes Stained Class seem like no more than a building block, the important thing to remember is the importance of that building block. There’s a reason the guys from Slayer (well Kerry King) drop Priest’s name left and right. It’s the thrashy middle-eight of Saints In Hell; It’s the impossibly high note at the end of Exciter; it’s the double time double bass at the tail end of White Heat Red Hot; it’s the doom-riff breakdown following the most violent, gory tirade Rob Halford had gone on up to this point in the title track (can you think of an earlier example that “hung drawn and quartered” was used in a rock song?); it’s the idea of wondering why good men die like dogs, but with sass, like in Hero’s End. it’s the matching of deep emotional lyricism by two distinct guitar solos shining for 16 bars wondering if knowledge is indeed worth the bitter cost. Stained Class is not only solely responsible for every sub-genre of metal, it’s when heavy metal became heavy metal. Period.

Recommended Songs:
Exciter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO2DYwvseiY)
Beyond The Realms of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LrCroCB6n0)

Great pick and review. I was a huge Priest fan owing every album before I really discovered this album. it went from being my 2nd least favorite (Rocka Rolla) to Top 3 once I finally got it. Beyond the Realms of Death is a religious experience live. I too feel lucky to have heard it live.

JRA
11-06-2011, 08:19 AM
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33. Deicide- Deicide

If you have any kids, you do not want them listening to this album. Mainly because it will whip them up into a frenzy and cause them to run around in circles in the parking lot screaming “DIE !!!!!! DUDDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU BLASPHEREION !!!! DUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU DIE!!! DUDDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDUDU BLASPHEREION!!!”

Or “SUICIDE SACRIFICE DESTRUCTION OF HOLY LIFE BLOOD OF UNHOLY KNIFE SUICIDE SACRIFICE” or “DEAD BY DAWN DEAD BY DAWN DEAD...... BY....... DAWN” Yup this album is every kicking and screaming baby’s dream come true.

As I mentioned earlier, a major strength of this album is Glen Benton being undecisive about which vocal style he wants to choose, be it guttural growls or black metal screeches, so he decides to go for both and the result is a very brutal, super demonic and aurally pleasing approach. It also gives the choruses a gang vocal effect, making them that much more encouraging to sing-along. And there in lies the genius of Deicide. Many bands are placed at the crossroads of whether or not they want to sound more brutal or more catchy, with one piece of studio trickery (and it’s not like this was that uncommon, Dio triple tracked the fuck out of himself while he was in Sabbath and none of those guys ever did back up vocals live), Deicide allows themselves to have both. This is a brilliant collection of 10 pop gems except the form is death metal rather than pop/rock. None of the people here are superb musicians. The leads from the Hoffman brothers might as well not exist, and Steve Asheim is known to drop a stick during recording every so often, but this is all negated simply because the songwriting is top notch. With this album Deicide snatch the torch of death metal away from whoever had it at the time. Granted it was taken from them right back in 1991, but shit most bands can’t even get their hands on the torch.

Recommended Songs:

Sacrificial Suicide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0TXXMtvovI)
Dead By Dawn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVKy2Va7Ds0)

Sepultura69
11-06-2011, 08:46 AM
Great pick and review. I was a huge Priest fan owing every album before I really discovered this album. it went from being my 2nd least favorite (Rocka Rolla) to Top 3 once I finally got it. Beyond the Realms of Death is a religious experience live. I too feel lucky to have heard it live.

Me too. It was easily the highlight of the show for me when I saw them two weeks ago :rocker:

GarageMetal468
11-06-2011, 08:51 AM
WE ARE

WE ARE

WE ARE

WE ARE WHAT WARS, AND SHALL RULE AGAIN
DEAD BY DAWN, CHANTING DEATH THE ANCIENT HYMN

:rocker:

One of my favorite death metal albums of all time, awesome pick!

jhdeity
11-06-2011, 09:19 AM
Me too. It was easily the highlight of the show for me when I saw them two weeks ago :rocker:

I still consider Unleashed in the East the best live album ever made. Those versions are across the better better than the studio couterparts and I can't think of any other live album you can say that about. I wonder how huge Beyond the Realms of Death would have been if it were on that album.

JRA
11-06-2011, 04:05 PM
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32. Pantera- Vulgar Display of Power

So the album in question I mentioned at #100 that I thought ruined heavy metal forever? That’s this album. I’m not going to use this entire place to describe why, but simply put, too much of the good thing (groove) with an overly false sense of machismo has zillions of kids running around afraid to sing notes, sterilizing their songs with pointless amounts of faux rock groove and placing mass double bass in spots where the rest of the song sounds out of place with it.

But for all intents and purposes, this was the direction for the band to go after Cowboys From Hell. The songs were heavier and the sound was chunkier. This album has plenty of classics that are very destructive headbangers; A New Level, Rise, Fucking Hostile, Mouth For War; but my personal favorite will be the very underrated Regular People (Conceit), it’s like Heresy and The Art of Shredding in that’s in a very Iron Maiden form. A long extravagant intro, followed by your standard verse/chorus, before going into a very freeform middle section that allows the band to “jam” (a term I despise), moving through several movements like a symphony, before a crushing outro that settles back into the final chorus, which is capped off with a usually deplorable, but in this case very acceptable self-aware declaration of “Don’t fuck with this.” One of the finest compositions in all metal.

It is a bummer that in order for the band to move forward they had to sacrifice more and more of what true metal was about, but they still formed an identity that despite endless amounts of retarded clones, still remains unique today. It’s just a shame that there was room for only one metal band with its head above water (as opposed to on top of the heap) in American pop culture in the 90’s.

Recommended Songs:
Regular People (Conceit) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81CQqZ5KNt8)
Fucking Hostile (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6gq0dy2d8s)

JRA
11-07-2011, 08:24 AM
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31. Iron Maiden- Piece of Mind

The first of (and obviously my least favorite) the 80’s Maiden albums makes it’s appearance, and thus we start to see light at the end of this tunnel. It should go without saying that I love Piece of Mind. I also appreciate when bands choose different production sounds as it let’s fresh air into the stuffy room. But coming off the perfect production job of Number of the Beast, the change really felt like a backstep. Coming hot off of one of the greatest guitar tones ever, what’s presented on Piece of Mind isn’t terrible, but it feels...less crunchy. Especially critical to note is the fact that Maiden was coming into a year where a new generation of metal was breaking through, and just about every band that made it’s debut had a guitar sound 10 times heavier than this, whether it was well produced or otherwise. See even though the previous year Maiden created [arguably] the best metal album ever, it was still an overall weak year for metal, I barely have a top 5 for 82 simply because of the lack of quantity. In 1983 the quantity of quality bands grew drastically, and while none of them would take Maiden’s spot away, they were slicing at their Achilles tendons requiring the band to step up their game.

Another step back I thought was Bruce Dickinson’s voice. Oh of course it grew in range, but something was lost in power. See on Number of the Beast Bruce sounded like a howling wolf ready to rip your throat out with it’s fangs. Here....well he becomes the swashbuckling hero we all know and love today. Oh he would still kill you, but the mess made would be much less sloppy.

Nonetheless, for each setback Maiden gained a plus to make up for it. They certainly get an drumming upgrade in the form of Nicko, and the songwriting, although inconsistent at times (Quest For Fire) was getting stronger and much more dynamic. The Trooper, overplayed as it may be, is the first riff that pops up in my inner jukebox most days.

While still an effort better than most, Piece of Mind just wasn’t as good as the albums that would come before and after it. This is going to become very apparent as the gap between this album and the next one becomes bigger and the rest of the albums start to cluster together.

Recommended Songs:
The Trooper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBo0s4CbvM)
To Tame A Land (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogoqP_-0jto)

IrritatedTrout
11-07-2011, 08:40 AM
I actually really love the production on PoM, especially the drums. I would probably rank it as either my third or fourth favorite of the 80's after SSOASS, SiT, and maybe Powerslave.

PowerMaiden
11-07-2011, 12:38 PM
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31. Iron Maiden- Piece of Mind

The first of (and obviously my least favorite) the 80’s Maiden albums makes it’s appearance, and thus we start to see light at the end of this tunnel. It should go without saying that I love Piece of Mind. I also appreciate when bands choose different production sounds as it let’s fresh air into the stuffy room. But coming off the perfect production job of Number of the Beast, the change really felt like a backstep. Coming hot off of one of the greatest guitar tones ever, what’s presented on Piece of Mind isn’t terrible, but it feels...less crunchy. Especially critical to note is the fact that Maiden was coming into a year where a new generation of metal was breaking through, and just about every band that made it’s debut had a guitar sound 10 times heavier than this, whether it was well produced or otherwise. See even though the previous year Maiden created [arguably] the best metal album ever, it was still an overall weak year for metal, I barely have a top 5 for 82 simply because of the lack of quantity. In 1983 the quantity of quality bands grew drastically, and while none of them would take Maiden’s spot away, they were slicing at their Achilles tendons requiring the band to step up their game.

Another step back I thought was Bruce Dickinson’s voice. Oh of course it grew in range, but something was lost in power. See on Number of the Beast Bruce sounded like a howling wolf ready to rip your throat out with it’s fangs. Here....well he becomes the swashbuckling hero we all know and love today. Oh he would still kill you, but the mess made would be much less sloppy.

Nonetheless, for each setback Maiden gained a plus to make up for it. They certainly get an drumming upgrade in the form of Nicko, and the songwriting, although inconsistent at times (Quest For Fire) was getting stronger and much more dynamic. The Trooper, overplayed as it may be, is the first riff that pops up in my inner jukebox most days.

While still an effort better than most, Piece of Mind just wasn’t as good as the albums that would come before and after it. This is going to become very apparent as the gap between this album and the next one becomes bigger and the rest of the albums start to cluster together.

Recommended Songs:
The Trooper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADBo0s4CbvM)
To Tame A Land (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogoqP_-0jto)

As you may remember from my list, this is the 2 nd best album ever done on this planet


Nice job and I aggree on the decrease of the production when you compare it to NOTB. But the re-mastered series of 1998 sound a bit better than the original release

Up The Irons !
PowerMaiden

jhdeity
11-07-2011, 02:06 PM
#32 and #31 are a great 1-2 punch!

JRA
11-07-2011, 04:56 PM
http://theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/rainbo-rising.jpg

30. Rainbow- Rising

The mother of all power metal, Rainbow Rising is easily the best thing both Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio have been a part of. Shit, 90% of Ronnie’s “classic” songs after this are more or less knockoffs of Stargazer. If it ain’t broke no need to fix it. As fucked up as it was for Ritchie to fire practically every member of Elf from the band, every replacement he chose was instantly superior. Jeff Beck drummer Cozy Powell was an essential key to the development of speed and thrash drumming along with Phil Taylor, Simon Phillips (see: Sin After Sin) and Les Binks. Cozy Powell unfortunately has a reputation of being a replacement member for established bands (Black Sabbath) but its on this album that he truly establishes his name as among the elite rock drummers of the 70’s. And Tony Carey, who would subsequently be forgotten after this album, does a fantastic job of setting up the atmosphere of the album. The synth intro to Tarot Woman is the sound of the infant of power metal being born into the world, being agitated, cautious and gauging it’s surroundings with coos and awes, before a classic riff from Ritchie comes in to ratchet up the tension and Cozy’s simple but effective drum fill comes in and smashes everything (that’s where the POWER in power metal comes from Nightwish fans).

Simply put, not just a great metal album, but a great rock & roll album as well.

Recommended tracks:
Stargazer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6W7jMURpGU)
A Light In The Black (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32hlw7jacUI)
Tarot Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkanocYiQ1Q)

IrritatedTrout
11-08-2011, 12:58 AM
Great release although I'm not a big fan of "Do You Close your Eyes".

masterguy49
11-08-2011, 03:37 AM
#32 and #31 are a great 1-2 punch
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ONE TWO THREE FOUR

Sanitarium78
11-08-2011, 06:27 AM
http://theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/rainbo-rising.jpg

30. Rainbow- Rising

The mother of all power metal, Rainbow Rising is easily the best thing both Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio have been a part of. Shit, 90% of Ronnie’s “classic” songs after this are more or less knockoffs of Stargazer. If it ain’t broke no need to fix it. As fucked up as it was for Ritchie to fire practically every member of Elf from the band, every replacement he chose was instantly superior. Jeff Beck drummer Cozy Powell was an essential key to the development of speed and thrash drumming along with Phil Taylor, Simon Phillips (see: Sin After Sin) and Les Binks. Cozy Powell unfortunately has a reputation of being a replacement member for established bands (Black Sabbath) but its on this album that he truly establishes his name as among the elite rock drummers of the 70’s. And Tony Carey, who would subsequently be forgotten after this album, does a fantastic job of setting up the atmosphere of the album. The synth intro to Tarot Woman is the sound of the infant of power metal being born into the world, being agitated, cautious and gauging it’s surroundings with coos and awes, before a classic riff from Ritchie comes in to ratchet up the tension and Cozy’s simple but effective drum fill comes in and smashes everything (that’s where the POWER in power metal comes from Nightwish fans).

Simply put, not just a great metal album, but a great rock & roll album as well.

Recommended tracks:
Stargazer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6W7jMURpGU)
A Light In The Black (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32hlw7jacUI)
Tarot Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkanocYiQ1Q)

Great choice here. Stargazer is not only Dio's best vocal performance but it's right at the top of my list of greatest all time vocal performances. If anyone doubts that Dio is God, all they need to do is hear how he sounds on this album.:rocker:

Maiden33
11-08-2011, 07:41 AM
http://theseconddisc.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/rainbo-rising.jpg

30. Rainbow- Rising

The mother of all power metal, Rainbow Rising is easily the best thing both Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio have been a part of. Shit, 90% of Ronnie’s “classic” songs after this are more or less knockoffs of Stargazer. If it ain’t broke no need to fix it. As fucked up as it was for Ritchie to fire practically every member of Elf from the band, every replacement he chose was instantly superior. Jeff Beck drummer Cozy Powell was an essential key to the development of speed and thrash drumming along with Phil Taylor, Simon Phillips (see: Sin After Sin) and Les Binks. Cozy Powell unfortunately has a reputation of being a replacement member for established bands (Black Sabbath) but its on this album that he truly establishes his name as among the elite rock drummers of the 70’s. And Tony Carey, who would subsequently be forgotten after this album, does a fantastic job of setting up the atmosphere of the album. The synth intro to Tarot Woman is the sound of the infant of power metal being born into the world, being agitated, cautious and gauging it’s surroundings with coos and awes, before a classic riff from Ritchie comes in to ratchet up the tension and Cozy’s simple but effective drum fill comes in and smashes everything (that’s where the POWER in power metal comes from Nightwish fans).

Simply put, not just a great metal album, but a great rock & roll album as well.

Recommended tracks:
Stargazer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6W7jMURpGU)
A Light In The Black (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32hlw7jacUI)
Tarot Woman (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkanocYiQ1Q)

Very much agreed with a lot of this, apart from it being the best thing Dio ever did - but it's close. We all know how you and I disagree about Heaven and Hell. As I recall, "Rising" was ranked in almost the exact same spot on my 100 albums list as it is on yours.

JRA
11-08-2011, 07:58 AM
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29. Slayer- Show No Mercy

Well, now you all know what I think is the third best Slayer release behind Hell Awaits and Reign In Blood. :D

But let’s talk about Show No Mercy. This was the first Slayer album I picked up, and being a complete n00b in terms of metal, I figured the whole think would be a bunch of under produced atonal noise.

Holy shit was I ever glad to be wrong. This is what Iron Maiden would sound like if they chose after Killers to keep Paul Di’anno, ditch Martin Birch, and choose to exploit the Satanism for the almighty dollar ala Venom. Yes I made the Iron Maiden comparison, because there was once in fact a time when Slayer wrote solos that followed a path, carried melody, and demonstrated above average technique! Just check out the fantastic lead work on the album’s best song, Crionics. In the words of Ultraboris, it’s like something out of the Stained Class sessions. The genius power-metal epic(!) Metal Storm/Face The Slayer also shows great lead work, but just brilliant songwriting sensibility that showcased from the beginning that the band were more than just about speed.

But of course, speed is why most people remembered Slayer, and even as early as this album it’s not hard to see why. Songs like Evil Has No Boundaries, Fight Til Death, and live favorite Black Magic display why even in 1983 Slayer were ahead of Metallica in terms of pure fast thrash.

A colleague once told me that “True Slayer fans think that Show No Mercy through Reign In Blood is the classic stuff.” While I think South of Heaven should be included in that run, I’m not gonna deny this is a fantastic album, that should be talked about by Slayer fans way more than it is.

Recommended tracks:
Crionics (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCuIqNsXS4w)
Metal Storm/Face The Slayer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lidIGAmTTPs)
Evil Has No Boundaries (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W5v77dASGw)

Crionics
11-08-2011, 08:07 AM
Well, now you all know what I think is the third best Slayer release behind Hell Awaits and Reign In Blood. :D

But let’s talk about Show No Mercy. This was the first Slayer album I picked up, and being a complete n00b in terms of metal, I figured the whole think would be a bunch of under produced atonal noise.

Holy shit was I ever glad to be wrong. This is what Iron Maiden would sound like if they chose after Killers to keep Paul Di’anno, ditch Martin Birch, and choose to exploit the Satanism for the almighty dollar ala Venom. Yes I made the Iron Maiden comparison, because there was once in fact a time when Slayer wrote solos that followed a path, carried melody, and demonstrated above average technique! Just check out the fantastic lead work on the album’s best song, Crionics. In the words of Ultraboris, it’s like something out of the Stained Class sessions. The genius power-metal epic(!) Metal Storm/Face The Slayer also shows great lead work, but just brilliant songwriting sensibility that showcased from the beginning that the band were more than just about speed.

But of course, speed is why most people remembered Slayer, and even as early as this album it’s not hard to see why. Songs like Evil Has No Boundaries, Fight Til Death, and live favorite Black Magic display why even in 1983 Slayer were ahead of Metallica in terms of pure fast thrash.

A colleague once told me that “True Slayer fans think that Show No Mercy through Reign In Blood is the classic stuff.” While I think South of Heaven should be included in that run, I’m not gonna deny this is a fantastic album, that should be talked about by Slayer fans way more than it is.


:fist:

IrritatedTrout
11-08-2011, 08:55 AM
The only Slayer album I've never heard.:eyes: I need to though.

JRA
11-08-2011, 05:45 PM
http://www.technodisco.net/img/tracks/o/overkill/3033048-overkill-horrorscope.jpg

28. Overkill: Horrorscope

Horrorscope will probably go down in history as the last truly great thrash record. Overkill would of course go on to make more great records, but they would incorporate more bass and groove into their sound so they would evolve into something that just wasn’t 100% denim and leather speed thrash. Moving on is a simple thing, but what it leaves behind is hard, kids. Like Deicide, what we have here is a collection of thrash pop gems, each with a different flavor of damage to your body (specifically your neck). Beginning with an eerie melody almost as if you are entering a tomb or a haunted house, one of the greatest riffs of all time comes in from behind to chainsaw you from the crotch up. Thus begins Coma, following which is a smorgasbord of great metal. You have your fast thrashers, your midpaced thrashers, your groove songs, your doom songs, an instrumental; this album also manages to really pull a surprise by choosing to end with a ballad, which first gives off the intention that the band chooses fade out nonchalantly after kicking you around the room for 45 minutes, but after a brief solo, the song grows ever faster, before finishing at an intensity greater than any song on the album

If someone tells you they’ve never really heard Overkill, give them this album and tell them to listen to it immediately. If they come back telling you they hate it, slap them with a brick.

Recommended Songs:
Coma (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0SXdSa9Q-s)
Blood Money (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI8lIhFd3AQ)
Soulitude (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMCiulj11nM)

El Gordo
11-08-2011, 07:24 PM
If someone tells you they’ve never really heard Overkill, give them this album and tell them to listen to it immediately. If they come back telling you they hate it, slap them with a brick.



This! Horrorscope is Overkill's greatest triumph. You have it rated too low IMO (should be in the top 10!) but good to see it in the top 30.... slap them with a brick :lol: :lol: Nicely done!

illuminatus917
11-08-2011, 07:31 PM
Horrorscope will probably go down in history as the last truly great thrash record.

Not sure I agree with this. Maybe the last truly great thrash record by one of the classic thrash bands.

JRA
11-09-2011, 07:44 AM
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27. Metallica- Kill em All

The first wheel will always be a little squarish, but the first ever thrash album holds up surprisingly well. It’s not even the fact that “oh look at this, a band is playing 100% fast the whole time”, it’s an album of great songs that just happened to be faster and more jagged than anything else released in 1983. Some people criticize this album in relation to other Metallica albums because it wasn’t as socially conscious as other Metallica ones, but shit, the first Black Sabbath album was about 15% socially conscious, and that was only the lyrics to Wicked World. Plus it really doesn’t matter what your lyrics are about, the music has to work first. Great songwriting is the difference between “the final swing is not a drill, it’s how many people I can kill” and “Religion is rape, religion is rape, religion is a whore.” Shit there’s probably some socially conscious lyrics on that Lulu abortion, but nobody who wishes to be taken seriously is going to say that any of those songs on Lulu are better than even Motorbreath (the weakest song on the album in my opinion).

Ultimately, Kill em All follows the path of Mercyful Fate in regards to taking extreme music and packaging it for mass crowds without sacrificing any of its integrity, one of the most difficult tasks one could ever accomplish. That’s why this album holds up despite, as PowerMaiden would say “20+ years of bad records and bad decisions.”

Recommended Songs:

The Four Horsemen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4nCy5CITc8)
Hit The Lights (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFfVOiG8ZZo&feature=fvst)
No Remorse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPA2rEsIgSU)

IrritatedTrout
11-09-2011, 08:11 AM
My least favorite of the first 4 but still a really good album. Oh, and I had never really heard Overkill before, I listened to the song Coma, and I didn't like it.:D

JRA
11-09-2011, 08:14 AM
My least favorite of the first 4 but still a really good album. Oh, and I had never really heard Overkill before, I listened to the song Coma, and I didn't like it.:D

:bricks:

larvtard
11-09-2011, 08:23 AM
My favorite of their first 4. By far the most consistent.

Also...

The genius power-metal epic(!) Metal Storm/Face The Slayer also shows great lead work, but just brilliant songwriting sensibility that showcased from the beginning that the band were more than just about speed.


:lovedup::lovedup:

JRA
11-09-2011, 02:38 PM
http://www.miomusik.com/black_sabbath/sabotage_CD_large.jpg

26. Black Sabbath- Sabotage

The same set of circumstances as Master of Reality. 8 tracks, 5 [good] songs. But the simple answer is the 5 great songs on display here are not only better than the 5 great songs on Master of Reality. Not only this, but it shows every member at it’s musical peak. Ozzy is full blown shrieking like Rob Halford at this point, Bill’s drum fills are superb and a mile a minute, and together Tony and Geezer were at their most delightfully arrogant, coming up with song ideas that would once again forever change landscape of metal. Heavy thrashers such as Hole in The Sky and Symptom of the Universe (which was the first Sabbath song I ever heard, and it will always have a special place in my heart) were vicious proto-thrash monsters that nailed your head to the ground with railroad spikes, and epics like Megalomania, The Writ and Thrill of it All were transcendent displays of multiple emotions, grooves and musical ideals. Now of course the album wasn’t perfect, Don’t Start Too Late was unnecessary, and whoever approved of (Am I) Going Insane was probably on more drugs than any member of Sabbath was (it’s a bad song, but it’s a “so bad it’s great” song). It irritates me to no end that this album rarely gets mentioned as part of Black Sabbath’s classic run. Not only should this be mentioned, this was more or less the band at the peak of their powers! If the band had broken up after this album, they absolutely would have went out on top.

Recommended Songs:
Symptom of The Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qjtGEePVY)
Megalomania (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Pl5adfnaA)
Hole in The Sky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5BCaerC8rA)

jhdeity
11-09-2011, 03:35 PM
http://www.miomusik.com/black_sabbath/sabotage_CD_large.jpg

26. Black Sabbath- Sabotage

The same set of circumstances as Master of Reality. 8 tracks, 5 [good] songs. But the simple answer is the 5 great songs on display here are not only better than the 5 great songs on Master of Reality. Not only this, but it shows every member at it’s musical peak. Ozzy is full blown shrieking like Rob Halford at this point, Bill’s drum fills are superb and a mile a minute, and together Tony and Geezer were at their most delightfully arrogant, coming up with song ideas that would once again forever change landscape of metal. Heavy thrashers such as Hole in The Sky and Symptom of the Universe (which was the first Sabbath song I ever heard, and it will always have a special place in my heart) were vicious proto-thrash monsters that nailed your head to the ground with railroad spikes, and epics like Megalomania, The Writ and Thrill of it All were transcendent displays of multiple emotions, grooves and musical ideals. Now of course the album wasn’t perfect, Don’t Start Too Late was unnecessary, and whoever approved of (Am I) Going Insane was probably on more drugs than any member of Sabbath was (it’s a bad song, but it’s a “so bad it’s great” song). It irritates me to no end that this album rarely gets mentioned as part of Black Sabbath’s classic run. Not only should this be mentioned, this was more or less the band at the peak of their powers! If the band had broken up after this album, they absolutely would have went out on top.

Recommended Songs:
Symptom of The Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14qjtGEePVY)
Megalomania (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6Pl5adfnaA)
Hole in The Sky (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5BCaerC8rA)

Couldn't have possibly said it better....

JRA
11-09-2011, 07:48 PM
Couldn't have possibly said it better....

Thank you good sir! :D

daimonos
11-09-2011, 08:00 PM
Sabotage was always my favorite Sabbath album when I was a kid. I'm not completely sure where it would rank nowadays, but its definitely near the top!

SomewhereInTime72
11-09-2011, 08:46 PM
OBSESSED

hellawaits77ny
11-09-2011, 10:04 PM
Deicide - Deicide : One of the best albums ever!!:rocker:

illuminatus917
11-09-2011, 11:02 PM
http://img638.imageshack.us/img638/963/129183335891656463.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/638/129183335891656463.jpg/)

JRA
11-10-2011, 08:25 AM
Personally I always thought Glen had more of the look that Jesus took a dump in his oatmeal.

http://www.silvertentacle.com/images/motorhead1916.jpg

25. Motorhead- 1916

Heavy metal played in the rock & roll style. What more can you ask for? Lemmy and pals (Phil Taylor being one of them for one last hurrah), proceed to completely tear shit the fuck up out of just about everyone, everything, and every genre except death metal in 1991 (and even quite a few classics from that genre from this year must get killed by it). What’s hilarious is that in 1991 everyone was slobbering how Metallica had “crossed over” “become acceptable to critics” “unleash their inner rock” and all that other gay shit those stupid mainstream magazines were spouting, this album had already been sitting pretty for a good 7-8 months before hand. Even funnier is the fact that there are also ballads on this album. But unlike the Black Album, Love Me Forever and the title track have honesty, emotion, power and weight to them, where as Lars was trying to cautiously maneuver to cash in on the power ballad train. Despite the fact that the song 1916 is very much a black sheep of the Motorhead flock (featuring practically no rock ensemble whatsoever), it’s a very powerful and emotional song about war that is very moving, said to have made grandfathers who actually fought in World War 1 cry. But enough about the odd balls, its time to get your asses kicked by the vicious collection of songs here, which range from the full on thrash of Shut You Down and I’m So Bad Baby I Don’t Care, to the punk workship of RAMONES, to the rockabilly styles of Angel City and live staple Going To Brazil. As 1991 winds down and all sorts of smarmy asshats start talking about the great albums from this year, if any of their lists don’t feature this classic, then you owe it to the Gods of Thunder to hock a frozen potato at their nuts.

Recommended Songs:
Shut You Down (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTDMeJLoHww&feature=fvsr)
The One To Sing The Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBguLuwp68M&feature=fvsr)
Love Me Forever (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bath1_zKqxw&feature=fvsr)

IrritatedTrout
11-10-2011, 10:39 AM
One of my favorite Motorhead albums, I love the title track.

Sepultura69
11-10-2011, 10:44 AM
Personally I always thought Glen had more of the look that Jesus took a dump in his oatmeal.

I laughed pretty hard when I read this.

JRA
11-10-2011, 03:52 PM
http://n.ethz.ch/student/schmitzj/download/covers/G/Gamma%20Ray%20-Powerplant.jpg

24. Gamma Ray- Powerplant

The finest classic metal accomplishment of the 90’s. The lineup of Hansen/Zimmerman/Richter/Schlachter has had a year to gel and what a difference! No interlude tracks, and while it does suffer from maybe one track too many, 9 of the 11 tracks here are classics, loud and proud to be carrying on the tradition of metal the way it was meant to be played. The album starts off with Kai quietly singing and strumming on his guitar. While most bands (notably Metallica) do this to lure the listener into a false sense of security, you know something big is coming....wait for it...wait for it....I’M RUNNING HOOOOOOOOOOOOO BAM! Bye bye twin towers, and Anywhere In The Galaxy you on a roller coaster ride that does not end until the soft closing moments of Armageddon, which also closes with a rather harsh lyric as well. It was absolutely disgusting how the metal press completely ignored the power metal movement of the 90’s in favor of wigger mannerisms and sterile grooves. They claimed they were sick of the metal formula, which is the biggest crock of shit since if they were sick of the metal formula after a generation, they would have been sick of it in 1979 and never given rise to the NWOBHM, nor Priest, nor Manowar, nor Ozzy’s solo career, nor any of the other bands that kept the rock & roll formulas of Kiss, Rush, Purple, Sabbath, etc. going.

So many great moments of this album, from the odd phased intro of Razorblade sigh to its later guitar solo that kicks out of one of the finest thrash breaks ever, the singalong fun (yea that’s right, fun, you know that thing metal is supposed to be about before Jonahton Davis convinced you it was gay) of Send Me A Sign and Heavy Metal Universe, the brilliantly metal realized cover of It’s A Sin, the thrash metal destruction of Strangers In The Night, the closing number of Armageddon, a fantastic epic that both Keeper albums wish it had. This is the album where Kai Hansen went from “that guy that used to play in Helloween” to immortal guitar god. This is also an album no self-respecting fan of the classics should be without.

Recommended Songs:

Razorblade Sigh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tpTk5HfbtY)
Anywhere In The Galaxy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cbnes-Q9ZE)
Armageddon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJVztkKHUW0)

Spiner202
11-10-2011, 03:59 PM
Great choice, though I prefer Land of the Free. My favourite part about Power Plant is that Send Me A Sign is pretty much a complete copy of I Want Out (which is probably why those are two of my favourite songs ever :D).

Also, Gardens of the Sinner destroys. I wasn't truly convinced of how great it was until I saw it on the Live in Montreal DVD.

JRA
11-10-2011, 04:02 PM
My favourite part about Power Plant is that Send Me A Sign is pretty much a complete copy of I Want Out (which is probably why those are two of my favourite songs ever :D).


Ugh, not its not. Yes there are similarities of it here and there but it's not a complete copy. It wasn't even written by Kai.

PowerMaiden
11-10-2011, 05:48 PM
I hate power metal and Gamma Gay but this Derek artwork is not half bad


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

IrritatedTrout
11-11-2011, 01:35 AM
What? It looks worse and less polished than Dance of Death.

DethMaiden
11-11-2011, 07:46 AM
I dunno, the cover is kind of badly done but strangely compelling. Not quite so bad it's good, just so bad while good.

EDIT: That was referring to Power Plant. Necroticism is absolutely the best death metal album ever. Great pick.

JRA
11-11-2011, 07:47 AM
http://www.miomusik.com/carcass/necroticism_descanting_the_insalubrious_remastered _CD_large.jpg

23. Carcass- Nercoticism: Descanting The Insalubrious

The Carcass sound taken to it’s logical extreme. The album is truly an epic. It’s epic in song length, in tension, in composition, in subject matter, even in song title length. The sound is absolutely fantastic. This is where Colin Richardson became a star producer, and this is also where Bill Steer became a guitarist with a listenable tone. It’s clear, crisp, weighty, heavy and precise. And the lyrics; just because they aren’t talking about infecting a piece of the vas deferens doesn’t mean they aren’t still disgusting. The subjects are just more highbrow and economical this time. And very much in a way that makes you want to raise your eyebrows, stroke your chin, and snobbishly remark “indeed.” This is complimented by the samples of British public speakers throughout the album. The opening song, Inpropagation, besides having a brilliantly abrasive sample intro, sets the tone flawlessly and is a harrowing harbinger of what’s to come. Sometimes it’s unwise to start an album off with one of the longest songs, but in the case of Necroticism, it shouldn’t have been done any other way. Starting it off with Corporal Jigsore Quandry or Incarnated Solvent Abuse would have given the listener a chance to breathe before having their head held underwater a second time. By the time Inpropogation is done, you’ve already drowned. But the most remarkable thing about this album isn’t how disgusting it is, or how it’s a fantastic riff-o-rama or how a lot of the songs are over 6 minutes and there’s not a second wasted on each of them. It’s how damn catchy it is. People gave Heartwork shit because it was too “commercial” but judging from the opening grooves of Corporal Jigsore Quandry, Pedigree Butchery, and even Symposium of Sickness despite having the most oblong riff ever, it seemed as though they were planning on heading that way anyhow. Necroticism is essential death metal. Angela Gossow cries herself to sleep every night wishing she could make something this good (while also thanking God she gets to bang a former guitarist who made it).

Recommended songs:
Corporal Jigsore Quandry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyGnQLBQUU8)
Incarnated Solvent Abuse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNKl1KqmFeI)
Inpropogation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRIJeWmFC3o)

GarageMetal468
11-11-2011, 07:55 AM
Hell yeah, definitely my favorite Carcass album, ever! Excellent pick, and to see it ranked this high is even better! :rocker:

Sepultura69
11-11-2011, 08:04 AM
http://www.miomusik.com/carcass/necroticism_descanting_the_insalubrious_remastered _CD_large.jpg

23. Carcass- Nercoticism: Descanting The Insalubrious

The Carcass sound taken to it’s logical extreme. The album is truly an epic. It’s epic in song length, in tension, in composition, in subject matter, even in song title length. The sound is absolutely fantastic. This is where Colin Richardson became a star producer, and this is also where Bill Steer became a guitarist with a listenable tone. It’s clear, crisp, weighty, heavy and precise. And the lyrics; just because they aren’t talking about infecting a piece of the vas deferens doesn’t mean they aren’t still disgusting. The subjects are just more highbrow and economical this time. And very much in a way that makes you want to raise your eyebrows, stroke your chin, and snobbishly remark “indeed.” This is complimented by the samples of British public speakers throughout the album. The opening song, Inpropagation, besides having a brilliantly abrasive sample intro, sets the tone flawlessly and is a harrowing harbinger of what’s to come. Sometimes it’s unwise to start an album off with one of the longest songs, but in the case of Necroticism, it shouldn’t have been done any other way. Starting it off with Corporal Jigsore Quandry or Incarnated Solvent Abuse would have given the listener a chance to breathe before having their head held underwater a second time. By the time Inpropogation is done, you’ve already drowned. But the most remarkable thing about this album isn’t how disgusting it is, or how it’s a fantastic riff-o-rama or how a lot of the songs are over 6 minutes and there’s not a second wasted on each of them. It’s how damn catchy it is. People gave Heartwork shit because it was too “commercial” but judging from the opening grooves of Corporal Jigsore Quandry, Pedigree Butchery, and even Symposium of Sickness despite having the most oblong riff ever, it seemed as though they were planning on heading that way anyhow. Necroticism is essential death metal. Angela Gossow cries herself to sleep every night wishing she could make something this good (while also thanking God she gets to bang a former guitarist who made it).

Recommended songs:
Corporal Jigsore Quandry (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyGnQLBQUU8)
Incarnated Solvent Abuse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNKl1KqmFeI)
Inpropogation (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRIJeWmFC3o)

My 2nd favorite carcass album. I feel very fortunate to have been able to hear some of these songs live in concert like "Corporal Jigsore Quandry" when I saw them in 2009. :rocker:

IrritatedTrout
11-11-2011, 08:05 AM
The intro to Corporal Jigsore Quandry is so awesome.

JRA
11-11-2011, 03:09 PM
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22. Slayer- Reign In Blood

In 1986 Slayer had a fork in the road. Only two choices could be made. The first choice was to try and push the Hell Awaits formula even farther; to go rawer, faster, and even longer than they had pushed their songwriting with that album. Incidentally, a band actually fully realized this choice and captured it on one of their albums. The second choice was to make a complete 180 and write shorter (not more pop) songs. On the contrary, songs so short that executives and DJ’s would proclaim that the songs are too damn short for their own good and need some more meat on the bones. Traveling down that right hand path gives us this album. Now by no means was this a bad choice. It was fueled by an honest artistic intention along with a severe case of ADD on the part of the guitarists (Kerry and Jeff would claim that they would get bored after playing a riff only 2 or 3 times). So Kerry and Jeff decided they want to essentially make a hardcore punk album with songs ranging only 2 or 3 minutes. That’s good and all, but it doesn’t really explain why there is a 5 minute song kicking off the whole damn album. On top of that, it features time changes, speed changes, a “story,” you know, all those things that punk rockers hated because their idols said they hated Genesis and Pink Floyd. Even more hilarious is that on this 5 minute song is the one all the Slayer fans people were afraid of (well in the 80’s and early 90’s anyway) swore by over the likes of Reborn, Necrophobic or Piece By Piece. Maybe the whole decision for Slayer to go “slow” wasn’t so much based on that they thought they had taken the speed thing as far as it could go, as much as it was that even the most conservative of angry metal fans liked shit in the 4-5 minute range like everyone else did. Sure enough, the next album was full of 4-5 minute songs. Also, about Necrophobic. Fastest song ever...for about a minute. Until you realized that Dark Angel, Kreator, Sepultura, Bathory and others were playing just as fast if not faster than this. Necrophobic lasts at it’s top speed for only 47 seconds before the band had to slow down to a practical doom crawl to rest their arms. Kreator would go even faster and maintain the pace for the duration of whole song. So not only is the penis bigger, but it has better stamina too. Think about that the next time someone tries to claim this as the greatest album on earth.

Recommended Songs:
Angel of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6_zsJ8KPP0)
Epidemic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmTcgTLy_Ns)
Raining Blood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KsPZ1f7MDs)

larvtard
11-11-2011, 03:18 PM
You are an extremely angry, cynical man.

mankvill
11-11-2011, 03:22 PM
You are an extremely angry, cynical man.

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El Gordo
11-11-2011, 03:28 PM
The most overrated metal album of all time.

Yes. Still a great album when the mood strikes.

JRA
11-11-2011, 04:24 PM
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lulz

Sepultura69
11-11-2011, 04:32 PM
Also, about Necrophobic. Yes it was the fastest song ever, for about a minute. Until you realized that Dark Angel, Kreator, Sepultura, Bathory and others were playing just as fast if not faster than this. Necrophobic lasts at it’s top speed for only 47 seconds before the band had to slow down to a practical doom crawl to rest their arms. Kreator would go even faster and maintain the pace for the duration of whole song. So not only is the penis bigger, but it has better stamina too. Think about that the next time some run of the mill jackass tries to claim this as the greatest album on earth.

This man speaks the truth :fist:

Reign in blood is not even close to my favorite album by my favorite metal band in the world. But I think el gordo took the words right out of my mouth, definitely a great album to play after a "nice" pissed off day at work.

Sanitarium78
11-11-2011, 07:40 PM
The most overrated metal album of all time.

That's pretty much how I feel about it. The first and last songs are great but everything is just 'meh' to me.

You are an extremely angry, cynical man.

No, sir. You have earned that crown here.

Sepultura69
11-11-2011, 10:54 PM
The first and last songs are great but everything is just 'meh' to me.

But.....postmortem is an awesome song... :(

jhdeity
11-11-2011, 11:00 PM
I was guilty of writing this list off at #100 but grew to respect it for many reasons. Sorry but putting Reign in Blood, the greatest album ever made in my eyes in the same realm as Gamma Ray is a total cred killer.

I totally understand why people like Gamma Ray, it is what it is, but in the same realm as Master of Puppets or Reign in Blood? That's crazy speak to me.

Personally I could justify Reign in Blood and Master as 1-2 all time worlds before I could justify Gamma Ray in any Top 10 or 20. Seriously I can name 3 Queensryche albums that totally kill anything Gamma Ray has ever done. Hell as much as I dislike Dream Theater I'd still rate Images and Words over Gamma Ray's entire catalog. I just dont' get them as something other than cliche' power metal that could be made by a zillion other bands.

I'd rather listen to Evergrey over Gamma Ray yet Evergrey gets a fraction of the respect and love Gamma Ray does. I just don't get it. Sorry, just my 2 cents...

IrritatedTrout
11-12-2011, 12:42 AM
You are an extremely angry, cynical man.

He is but at least he's entertaining.

Reign In Blood: Nothing to say that hasn't been said before, just fucking fantastic.

JRA
11-12-2011, 07:17 AM
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21. Dark Angel- Darkness Descends

This is album is another positive contribution Ultraboris gave to my life. It was his favorite metal studio album ever. Perhaps I might stretch that I might have discovered Overkill and Kreator on my own without him, but this album, no fuckin way. The crossroads Slayer was at that I mentioned earlier? If they had gone down the left hand path, they would have gotten this. If Hell Awaits was the sound of a dead soul descending into hell, this is the sound of the soul being tourtured throughout eternity, the suffering somehow increasing exponentially every moment. If there’s anything shocking about this album other than that this band managed to outdo Reign In Blood, it’s that it features a drummer that instantly elevates to Lombardo’s level. This is Gene Hoglan’s first performance that doesn’t involve being a drum-tech for Slayer, and the apple falls upwards from the tree. Just about everything Hoglan hits on this album is brilliant; the rhythms, the fills the time changes, everything, everything, everything. Gene Hoglan writes most of the lyrics too, and they’re pretty good, when you can be bothered to decipher them. I have no idea what “carnal house ensanguined” is supposed to mean, but I’m pretty sure it makes Human Centipede look like My Little Pony. Then of course there is the wonderful refrain of the title track “Cityisguiltycrimeislifesentenceisdeath darknessdescends” and a surprisingly touching look at being stuck in a coma in Death Is Certain (Life Is Not). Just one of two things Metallica stole from these guys for One (listen to one of the tracks below to discover what the second one is. Of course when you have a great drummer with a lackluster guitar player...you have Tool. But these guys are not Tool. It’s kind of weird that Dark Angel didn’t come up with the 8 songs, 60 minutes 42069 riffs or whatever it was until Time Does Not Heal, because that would have suited this album just fine. But this album is not just a sequence of many many evil riffs, oh yes there are songs. Behold Burning of Sodom, the fastest non-blast beat song ever recorded. Perish In Flames and the title track aren’t far behind either. You want speed? This shit makes warp factor nine seem like a snails pace. Kinda sad that most of these guys are all construction worker dads now, but their contribution, this album, to what is now known as extreme metal should never ever be forgotten. Master of Puppets avant garde? Negro Please.

Recommended Songs:
Burning of Sodom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtRDX9gBeRc)
Perish in Flames (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p63k2dFHIvs)
Darkness Descends (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEWLbgqCkUk)

El Gordo
11-12-2011, 07:27 AM
I was guilty of writing this list off at #100 but grew to respect it for many reasons. Sorry but putting Reign in Blood, the greatest album ever made in my eyes in the same realm as Gamma Ray is a total cred killer.

I totally understand why people like Gamma Ray, it is what it is, but in the same realm as Master of Puppets or Reign in Blood? That's crazy speak to me.

Personally I could justify Reign in Blood and Master as 1-2 all time worlds before I could justify Gamma Ray in any Top 10 or 20. Seriously I can name 3 Queensryche albums that totally kill anything Gamma Ray has ever done. Hell as much as I dislike Dream Theater I'd still rate Images and Words over Gamma Ray's entire catalog. I just dont' get them as something other than cliche' power metal that could be made by a zillion other bands.

I'd rather listen to Evergrey over Gamma Ray yet Evergrey gets a fraction of the respect and love Gamma Ray does. I just don't get it. Sorry, just my 2 cents...

Awesome. Now go get your own list.

GarageMetal468
11-12-2011, 07:43 AM
Something tells me I'm gonna really like the top 20 here! Darkness Descends is one of my favorite thrash albums ever. Definitely one of the fastest albums in the world as well. Excellent pick!

jhdeity
11-12-2011, 09:50 AM
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21. Dark Angel- Darkness Descends

This is album is another positive contribution Ultraboris gave to my life. It was his favorite metal studio album ever. Perhaps I might stretch that I might have discovered Overkill and Kreator on my own without him, but this album, no fuckin way. The crossroads Slayer was at that I mentioned earlier? If they had gone down the left hand path, they would have gotten this. If Hell Awaits was the sound of a dead soul descending into hell, this is the sound of the soul being tourtured throughout eternity, the suffering somehow increasing exponentially every moment. If there’s anything shocking about this album other than that this band managed to outdo Reign In Blood, it’s that it features a drummer that instantly elevates to Lombardo’s level. This is Gene Hoglan’s first performance that doesn’t involve being a drum-tech for Slayer, and the apple falls upwards from the tree. Just about everything Hoglan hits on this album is brilliant; the rhythms, the fills the time changes, everything, everything, everything. Gene Hoglan writes most of the lyrics too, and they’re pretty good, when you can be bothered to decipher them. I have no idea what “carnal house ensanguined” is supposed to mean, but I’m pretty sure it makes Human Centipede look like My Little Pony. Then of course there is the wonderful refrain of the title track “Cityisguiltycrimeislifesentenceisdeath darknessdescends” and a surprisingly touching look at being stuck in a coma in Death Is Certain (Life Is Not). Just one of two things Metallica stole from these guys for One (listen to one of the tracks below to discover what the second one is. Of course when you have a great drummer with a lackluster guitar player...you have Tool. But these guys are not Tool. It’s kind of weird that Dark Angel didn’t come up with the 8 songs, 60 minutes 42069 riffs or whatever it was until Time Does Not Heal, because that would have suited this album just fine. But this album is not just a sequence of many many evil riffs, oh yes there are songs. Behold Burning of Sodom, the fastest non-blast beat song ever recorded. Perish In Flames and the title track aren’t far behind either. You want speed? This shit makes warp factor nine seem like a snails pace. Kinda sad that most of these guys are all construction worker dads now, but their contribution, this album, to what is now known as extreme metal should never ever be forgotten. Master of Puppets avant garde? Negro Please.

Recommended Songs:
Burning of Sodom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtRDX9gBeRc)
Perish in Flames (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p63k2dFHIvs)
Darkness Descends (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEWLbgqCkUk)

Now we're talking. Love seeing Dark Angel getting their proper due. So many people I know have no idea who they are or how great this album is.

JRA
11-12-2011, 03:21 PM
Now we're talking. Love seeing Dark Angel getting their proper due. So many people I know have no idea who they are or how great this album is.

I knew I'd win back your favor so easily.:D

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20. Slayer- Hell Awaits

This is what Rush would sound like if they decided to follow the path of Venom rather than The Police. The absolute perfect next step for Slayer to evolve to after Show No Mercy. The sound was more evil, the songs were longer and faster, the lyrical subject matter was more terrifying, this is progress folks. Throw in a terrifying album cover and you’ve got the total package. This is the album that drew Slayer legions of fans willing to kill any intellectual, pussy or any other carbon based life form who otherwise wanted to challenge this bands legacy. And after the “betrayal” of Metallica daring to use acoustic intros in their songs (that shit is so Moltey Crue brah, you know, the band they talked nonstop smack about) as a form of progress, its no wonder so many psychotic metal fans flocked in this bands direction. Hell Angel of Death, Slayer’s most popular song, sounds like it came from the sessions of this album rather than any point in time in 1986. The production... it does serve as a great atmosphere of descending into hell, but there is the problem of some of the riffs losing their definition in the reverb, which is probably why their aren’t many mall dwelling hot topic retards lauding this over Reign In Blood. I will maintain that if the band got Rick Rubin right off the bat and used that production for this album, NO ONE would be lauding Reign In Blood as the best ever.

If you call yourself a Slayer fan and you don’t like this album, you are false. No exceptions. As much as I endorse Eddie Trunk, I still want to slap him in the mouth for not including any of the songs from this album on his Slayer playlist in his book. Maybe this album is the difference between the real Slayer fans and the posers.

Recommended Tracks:

At Dawn They Sleep (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_OQlwC8Nts)
Kill Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4xWm1hwlfg)
Hell Awaits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws5QnJY9_58)

daimonos
11-12-2011, 04:24 PM
Definitely the darkest/most evil Slayer album, I can't imagine what it sounded like in 1985. I'm pretty sure it's my favorite, too.

JRA
11-12-2011, 04:30 PM
Definitely the darkest/most evil Slayer album, I can't imagine what it sounded like in 1985. I'm pretty sure it's my favorite, too.

Probably like any given Watain album.

larvtard
11-12-2011, 04:32 PM
Definitely the darkest/most evil Slayer album, I can't imagine what it sounded like in 1985. I'm pretty sure it's my favorite, too.

Probably the same as it does now ;)

Maybe this album is the difference between the real Slayer fans and the posers.

Yep.

Definitely my favorite Slayer album. Production does suck but the songs more than make up for it.


No, sir. You have earned that crown here.

:cool:

Sepultura69
11-12-2011, 11:40 PM
I knew I'd win back your favor so easily.:D

http://www.jpc.de/image/w600/front/0/0039841403114.jpg

20. Slayer- Hell Awaits
If you call yourself a Slayer fan and you don’t like this album, you are false

Fuck yeah man :fist:

To tell you the truth, I think the shitty gritty production on this album adds a nice little sound to it and is also a good reason to why I fucking love this album so much. :fist:

God I love going to the gym and listening to the entire hell awaits album from start to finish while busting a quick running session on the tridmill. Really gets the sweat out.

Speaking of hell awaits, I'm wearing my hell awaits shirt right now as we speak(Got sick of wearing my work attire, brah):D

Looking forward to the last 20 albums. It's been a great ride, brotha-man :fist:

IrritatedTrout
11-13-2011, 02:08 AM
I gotta be totally honest here, and I will get shit on for this, I have never understood why everyone likes Hell Awaits and I have always considered it completely average. I think the playing on it is good, especially the drums and there are some cool songs, I really like Kill Again and Necrophiliac. The songwriting is also noticeably mature for Slayer. However, the vocals and the lifeless production just suck all the energy out of it for me.

Rating the album solely on my personal enjoyment of it, I would rank it behind both Divine Intervention and Christ Illusion. I would probably only rank it above Diabolus, World Painted Blood, and maybe GHUA depending on my mood.

If they remastered it I might be able to get into it more but it just lacks any sort of punch in it's current form. In my opinion of course.;)

Spiner202
11-13-2011, 05:40 AM
I gotta be totally honest here, and I will get shit on for this, I have never understood why everyone likes Hell Awaits and I have always considered it completely average. I think the playing on it is good, especially the drums and there are some cool songs, I really like Kill Again and Necrophiliac. The songwriting is also noticeably mature for Slayer.

I agree with this. It's a good album (as all of the first 5 Slayer ones are), but it's no match for the three that would follow.

With that said, Kill Again is really awesome :rocker:

DethMaiden
11-13-2011, 05:59 AM
I gotta be totally honest here, and I will get shit on for this, I have never understood why everyone likes Hell Awaits and I have always considered it completely average. I think the playing on it is good, especially the drums and there are some cool songs, I really like Kill Again and Necrophiliac. The songwriting is also noticeably mature for Slayer. However, the vocals and the lifeless production just suck all the energy out of it for me.

Rating the album solely on my personal enjoyment of it, I would rank it behind both Divine Intervention and Christ Illusion. I would probably only rank it above Diabolus, World Painted Blood, and maybe GHUA depending on my mood.

If they remastered it I might be able to get into it more but it just lacks any sort of punch in it's current form. In my opinion of course.;)

Yeah, weirdly, even though I get why it should be my favorite classic Slayer release, it's my least favorite.

larvtard
11-13-2011, 06:07 AM
I gotta be totally honest here, and I will get shit on for this, I have never understood why everyone likes Hell Awaits and I have always considered it completely average. I think the playing on it is good, especially the drums and there are some cool songs, I really like Kill Again and Necrophiliac. The songwriting is also noticeably mature for Slayer. However, the vocals and the lifeless production just suck all the energy out of it for me.

Rating the album solely on my personal enjoyment of it, I would rank it behind both Divine Intervention and Christ Illusion. I would probably only rank it above Diabolus, World Painted Blood, and maybe GHUA depending on my mood.

If they remastered it I might be able to get into it more but it just lacks any sort of punch in it's current form. In my opinion of course.;)

Yeah, I used to be like that. Then I finally got it. Not saying you neccesarily will, but I definitely didn't like it the first time I heard it, either. Same thing with black metal. Took me a long time to get into that shit.

JRA
11-13-2011, 07:49 AM
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19. Iron Maiden- Iron Maiden

Sometimes hearing an artist’s input on their work can be a curse. Ever since hearing Steve Harris’s opinion that the guitars weren’t heavy enough, I’ve never quite been able to look at this album the same way again. Oh yea it’s raw, but it’s also very thin. Black Sabbath’s albums were rawer than this and they were 1,000 times heavier.

Thinness aside, who the hell knew Iron Maiden liked to sing about having so much damn fun in the early years? There’s not a single mystical, fantasy or majestic lyrical reference here! Even the obligatory epic is merely based on literature! This is Maiden’s party rock album. Just about everything on here is about going out and kicking serious ass. Sure there’s your occasional reflection piece (Remember Tommorrow) but fuckin every band did that. Another thing worth noting is while pretty much any guitarist is lightweight compared to Adrian Smith Dennis Stratton is no slouch. In fact after listening to all his solo spots on the album, usually I liked his the better of the two. He actually had a style similar to Adrian’s in that he planned out a melodic path rather just a bluesy wing it style.

Then of course, Paul was never the cleanest sounding singer but that’s why people loved him so much. I’m not necessarily sure about the “punk” sound he lent to the band, since according to the band he didn’t start following that path until he realized it pissed the rest of the band off. Dave Murray said it sounded more like a bluesy kind of vocal and I believe that more than anything else. Regardless of his sound, Paul would hit some pretty impressive high notes here, proving that even the most masculine of voices believe in the good ol scream of metal.

In short this is an album of NWOBHM pop gems. Many fans love this album more of the first two for this very reason. If you’re only familiar with the classic Bruce trio and want to hear a separate side of Maiden, well, you should get Killers first, but this one is money well spent.

Recommended songs:
Iron Maiden (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJDcVj3FTZ4)
Phantom of the Opera (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8IuFl3sMhk)
Prowler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kmn_9CILtM)

JRA
11-13-2011, 08:32 AM
I gotta be totally honest here, and I will get shit on for this, I have never understood why everyone likes Hell Awaits and I have always considered it completely average. I think the playing on it is good, especially the drums and there are some cool songs, I really like Kill Again and Necrophiliac. The songwriting is also noticeably mature for Slayer. However, the vocals and the lifeless production just suck all the energy out of it for me.

Rating the album solely on my personal enjoyment of it, I would rank it behind both Divine Intervention and Christ Illusion. I would probably only rank it above Diabolus, World Painted Blood, and maybe GHUA depending on my mood.

If they remastered it I might be able to get into it more but it just lacks any sort of punch in it's current form. In my opinion of course.;)


What the production takes away from riff definition it more than makes up for with it's horrifying atmosphere. It perfectly fits a title like Hell Awaits considering it feels as if your corpse is being dragged deeper and deeper into hell, and you hear thousands of tortured screams echoing all around you.

IrritatedTrout
11-13-2011, 08:40 AM
Iron Maiden is one of my favorite debuts. Very strong record, much prefer it to Killers even though there is a handful of amazing material on Killers as well.

JRA
11-13-2011, 03:21 PM
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18. Iron Maiden- Somewhere In Time

There is precisely one weakness in this album, and that is “The Lonliness of the Long Distance Runner” is about a minute too long. Everything else about this album is pure lower three string guitar harmonic and melodic bliss. It’s almost the middle break of Phantom of the Opera turned into a lifestyle and given greater definition. Yea there are synths on this album, but it ain’t like they’re playing the fucking Final Countdown. This album also features the distinction of having the greatest Maiden song of all time: the title track. A brief keyboard stroke sets a melodic bed for one of the greatest opening licks ever, and for about 8 measures or so you get to bathe in its bliss, until it disappears into a separate harmonic over the traditional Maiden gallop. You’re momentarily disappointed, thinking that this is setup like The Hellion/Electric Eye where you only get to hear that melody at the beginning. But oh no, this great singable guitar melody comes back...AS THE FUCKING CHORUS!!
Note to all musicians, this is how you write a song. What’s that, you want riffs? Well the opening to Wasted Years is legendary, and for good reason. The riff actually matches the outer space/inter-dimensional theme of the album as though you are going through a time warp. Plus the song is a nice positive live your life message! A nice nod to the ol "I'm Running Free" days of the band. The opening to Sea of Madness is super heavy, for Maiden standards, and as weird as Stranger In A Strange Land can appear sometimes, the opening riff is absolutely as metal as anything on Powerslave or Number of the Beast. A fine job of carrying on the tradition of quality. But as far as I’m concerned you get your money’s worth in those first 7 minutes and the rest is free.

Fun fact: The opening riff to Sea of Madness is the same opening riff to Domination 4 years before.

Recommended Songs:
Caught Somewhere In Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_K6sl4jp3A)
Wasted Years (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwB9zg7Tbx8)
Alexander The Great (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oTEQf1d9Iw)

BlackDiamond
11-13-2011, 05:54 PM
Of the Paul Di'Anno era the first album is my favorite. There is a certain swagger to that album that I really like, but I often think how that album would of sounded like if Martin Birch had produced it.

As far as Somewhere In Time goes, phenomenal album! I just wish Maiden would play more songs from that album when performing live. I'm just dying to see Alexander the Great live. I love Dave and Adrian's back and forth soloing on that song, and I think with Janick added to the mix, it would bring a whole new dynamic to the song.

IrritatedTrout
11-14-2011, 01:36 AM
Probably my third favorite Maiden album.

JRA
11-14-2011, 07:42 AM
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17. Judas Priest- Screaming For Vengeance

Sometimes having a better consistency means more than having one or two songs that permanently reshape a genre of music. Don’t get me wrong, songs like The Hellion/Electric Eye (yes its all one song), Screaming For Vengeance and You’ve Got Another Thing Coming are all metal classics, and easy locks for a top 10 Priest song list, but they don’t quite have the influence of Victim of Changes, Beyond The Realms Of Death, Exciter and the like. Around 1979, Priest decided their album formula was going to be 100% metal. No more weird ballads, instrumentals or epics for better or for worse. Subscribing to the Motorhead theory, with a modus operandi like this, you are never going to be consistent, and some of your albums will just be worse than others. For my money, this is where Priest got it right the most with this formula. Yea there is still some filler here, and Dave Holland will go down in history as the most boring drummer in metal but my God this album is just so.....METAL! Special mention must go to the production and overall sound of the record. When you hear it, no one is going to think “Oh yea this could come out today,” it’s an 80’s sound, but an 80’s sound that reminds you of when things were done right, rather than hideously overproduced sounds that bring to mind outfits and fashion so goddamn gay its no wonder the world says “no homo” after every other fucking turn of phrase.

Recommended songs:
The Hellion/Electric Eye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1B_pZC8aWU)
Screaming For Vengeance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM9UyPvUiKg)
You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWhInhE6emE)

IrritatedTrout
11-14-2011, 08:09 AM
Yet another classic. Might be my 3rd favorite Priest release behind British Steel and Painkiller.

JRA
11-14-2011, 03:52 PM
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16. Megadeth- Peace Sells But Who’s Buying?

Heavier than Master of Puppets, and carrying more of an even consistency than Reign In Blood, Megadeth’s sophomore album proudly declares that their mainman wasn’t kicked out of Metallica because he was an incompetent drunk (just a drunk). Each song is a killer thrasher with a lethal eye for melody. Even the goofy I Ain’t Superstitious, yea it’s ridiculous and I do skip it most of the time, but it’s by no means “bad,” just a fun blues jam. Plus its very short so think of it as a brief interlude before being thrown into the multi-directional lawnmower that is My Last Words, easily one of the top 3 Megadeth songs. Yea it starts off with a clean guitar, but it’s creepy and somewhat fast paced, not to say “oh look we’re being ‘real musicians’ like Cliff” but more to say something fucking wicked this way comes, and when it gets here, you better start running. And what a vicious gang vocal to end the album... YOU! NEXT VICTIM! YOU! YOUR TURN TO DIIIIIIE MOTHERFUCKER! Good Mourning/Black Friday works in a similar, but separate way. The whole thing builds tension (with brilliant solos from both Chris Poland and Mustaine) until the opening riff of Black Friday “KILLER INTRUDER HOMICIDAL MAN, IF YOU SEE ME COMING RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN.” Fuck yeah! This is a total headbanger. It’s difficult to pick a third favorite amongst so many other great tracks. The whole thing serves as a reminder when you look at what Dave puts out now and says “remember when Megadeth had great riffs and solos?” Classic bloody classic. It’s so good Dave’s afraid to play half of it live anymore for fear it will cause possessions. Damn right it will, possessions to bang your head as if up from the dead.

Recommended Tracks:
My Last Words (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPUpPUhSSiQ)
Good Mourning/Black Friday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGagJervtMc)
Peace Sells (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umeZtszNShk)

Sepultura69
11-14-2011, 04:41 PM
Megadeth’s sophomore album proudly declares that their mainman wasn’t kicked out of Metallica because he was an incompetent drunk (just a drunk).

:lol:

It’s difficult to pick a third favorite amongst so many other great tracks.

THE CONJURRIIIIIIINGGG!!!

Seventhzealot
11-14-2011, 05:11 PM
My Last Words is such an awesome track. This was the first Megadeth record I listened to and I still prefer it to Rust in Peace.

IrritatedTrout
11-15-2011, 12:40 AM
The last few entries have been awesome.

hellawaits77ny
11-15-2011, 02:33 AM
The Conjuring...OBEY!!

Listened to that at the gym today. Classic tune :rocker:

JRA
11-15-2011, 07:42 AM
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15. Iron Maiden- Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

“You can’t play heavy metal with synthesizers.”
Oh how those words would come back to bite Bruce in the ass.

I consider myself privileged to realize when a band has reached an artistic peak. And I am glad to recognize that whatever sound Maiden was hinting at with Somewhere In Time crystallized and reached it’s zenith with this album. In fact, that more than anything else, was probably why the band chose to return to its roots (and fail) on No Prayer For The Dying. While the extended synth intro of Moonchild probably made more than a few feel uncomfortable, it must be remember remembered that Maiden never forgot the cardinal rule, riffs as a backbone, everything else around it. And you can hear just that in the intro to Moonchild before it gives way to speed metal madness with Bruce actively singing about the almighty lord Satan, in praise of him no less! Perhaps the conservative Christians of the world would have cried hypocrisy and betrayal, if they weren’t already caught dick deep in hookers and children. American shenanigans aside, Maiden demonstrate with this album why they were the masters of the 80’s; because they were able to walk that oh so thin razor edge of keyboard/guitar interplay between classic Rainbow and Europe. In the process of doing so, not only create an masterwork that would make Ritchie and Dio proud, but a final evolutionary step of power metal before Blind Guardian made a transformation of their own and taking the torch and running with it. I’ll admit there were some moments that made me uncomfortable at first, the almost too wimpy ballad like intro of Infinite Dreams, wondering why Seventh Son dropped everything to give way to a Rime of the Ancient Mariner type breakdown, the strange glam rock intro of Can I Play With Madness, the most boring sounding bass intro of Clairvoyant, and the oblong riff intro of The Prophecy. But after repeat listens, everything would resolve itself logic; Children of the Damned did the same damn thing; and both songs build to absolutely fantastic finishes with some of the best guitar solos of Murray/Smith’s career, whereas Rime was a dream like interlude; SSOASS’s breakdown was an illustration of a calm before a meteor strike (with the best guitar solo of Murray/Smith’s career); bands were using triple tracked choruses as intros long before Bon Jovi’s gay ass, (Carry On My Wayward Son anyone?); as usual, if the studio version sucks, turn to the live version (it delivers); yea it’s weird but Maiden have never played a groove like that before, new ideas are good ones, remember?

Make no mistake, Seventh Son is a masterpiece. And love for it is how you tell the true Maiden fans from the casual ones (one could make this argument with love for the Blaze albums, but only “Blaze are the Messiah” retards in South American claim those as classics and those people are terminally uncredible).

Recommended songs:
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PptHWHfnCnY)
Only The Good Die Young (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JFiu_-YcdVg)
Moonchild (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0Yn72QM-lg)

IrritatedTrout
11-15-2011, 10:31 AM
Got my copy signed by Nicko last week.;) Infinite Dreams was the first Maiden song I ever heard, I was hooked from that moment on.

Maidenmagic
11-15-2011, 05:14 PM
Enjoyed the last several entries. (Although Screaming is overrated) By the way:

In my opinion, The X Factor is Maiden's best album.

But no, Blaze is not the messiah. Just the Silicone Messiah.

JRA
11-15-2011, 05:37 PM
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14. Helloween- Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2

I’m also a sucker for when a band’s discography is a slow rising journey in quality until it culminates with a masterpiece for the ages. This is that very concept.

Now I’m sure to most Helloween fans their top two Helloween songs are Halloween and Viction of Fate or Ride The Sky fighting out at #2, but 3-10 could very well be the tracklisting for this entire album. My expectations were very high for this album due to hype, etc. and this album passed every single one of those expectations, every one. I probably spent the majority of 2007 playing this album and Van Halen’s entire DLR catalog, and if I didn’t buy Van Halen 1, that year, this fucker would be shining at the top of the heap. Everyone is on their A-game here, from both a musician and songwriting standpoint. Like Death, while Keeper 1 managed to carry the weight of quality through seven tracks (I ignore the intros, so should you), this manages to carry a higher level of quality through nine songs. Yes, nine, I include Save Us. I usually scoff at and ignore bonus tracks, but Save Us is a fantastic song that I wouldn’t even be opposed to appearing the top 10 of Helloween songs!

The lyrics are also worth mentioning to, as they display a sense of social conscious (From our lives' beginning on, We are pushed in little forms, No one asks us how we like to be), cynicism with humanity (in the sky a mighty eagle doesn’t care about what’s illegal), and surprisingly, humor, both intentional (his assistant’s hips were nice, so he cloned her once or twice, now his hips are aching) and unintentional (an earthquake, squirting fire).

It’s of course worth mentioning that not only is this a blast to listen to, but it’s highly innovative as well. If Seventh Son of A Seventh Son didn’t do a complete job of laying down the ground rules of power metal, than this album certainly did.

If you’ve ignored this album, because of the power metal tag or the sounds too much like Maiden tag, I urge you to reconsider and pick it up. You are missing out on too much joy (and metal) for you to afford otherwise.

Recommended songs:
Eagle Fly Free (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuO3hHwQ-Sc)
March of Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG-LLfCbXok)
Keeper of the Seven Keys (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUzpf3mMsxA)

IrritatedTrout
11-16-2011, 01:34 AM
I may have to check this out sometime. I Want Out is the only Helloween song I'm a big fan of these days and it's the only one I've heard off this record.

JRA
11-16-2011, 02:49 PM
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13. Immortal- Sons of Northern Darkness

I couldn’t wait to hear this album with all the hype surrounding it. First time....didn’t quite make it. By the third or fourth listen, I swore the future of black metal by it. So many fantastic moments on this album; the ugly intro of One By One, the even uglier thrash break 2/3 of the way through the song, the legendary drum intro of the title track, Demonium completely flipping the script by going from an average black metal song, to a stadium rock slayer, with one of the sickest groove sections ever (and God almighty I usually hate those), the Suffocation-esque breakdown in In My Kingdom Cold and the ad-lib rap of “and here we go again” for a second helping, the destructive hi-fi Phantom of the Opera type riffing of Antarctica. There are a couple more floating around, but you get the picture. And the whole thing culminates with one of the all time greatest black metal songs, Beyond The North Waves. A mournful yet proud tale of a dying Viking as he reminisces of his prime, the tension shifts back and forth between glorious riffage and dying funeral pyre sadness, before giving way to a fantastic guitar solo, a vicious Abbath scream and crash ending. As great as it is to have Immortal back, this song was simply the best way for them to end for them to end their career, capping off the best album they’ve ever released. One of the finest accomplishments of metal, but especially for black metal.

Recommended Songs:
Beyond The North Waves (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYqko6r2j4M)
One By One (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNi7w3cvvmI)
Tyrants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGjgthbNNWE)

PowerMaiden
11-16-2011, 03:04 PM
I just listened to your recommended songs....


better than Iron Maiden, Somewhere In Time and Powerslave, I think not


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

JRA
11-16-2011, 03:26 PM
I just listened to your recommended songs....


better than Iron Maiden, Somewhere In Time and Powerslave, I think not


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Powerslave hasn't shown up yet. ;)

PowerMaiden
11-16-2011, 03:33 PM
Powerslave hasn't shown up yet. ;)



oups, there are so many lists to follow, maybe I saw it somewhere else, I really created a monster when I first did mine

I have to tell you though, youtube came up with some pro footage of Immortal at Waken 2007 and I have to admit that with a better sound their are pretty good. I really enjoyed their song Tyrants and One By One was way better on that version

anyway, maybe I'll check them out more



keep up the good work !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

JRA
11-16-2011, 04:28 PM
oups, there are so many lists to follow, maybe I saw it somewhere else, I really created a monster when I first did mine

I have to tell you though, youtube came up with some pro footage of Immortal at Waken 2007 and I have to admit that with a better sound their are pretty good. I really enjoyed their song Tyrants and One By One was way better on that version

While I always subscribe to the theory that metal bands always sound better live (which this list should show shortly), I slightly disagree with Immortal because Abbath can be slightly sloppy at times and for such a guitar sound they really need a second player.

Though I should remind you that you also heard Unearthly Kingdom (not on this album) and liked it. ;)

BloodoftheKings
11-16-2011, 06:41 PM
I'm not into too much black metal but Sons of Northern Darkness is my favorite black metal album.

larvtard
11-16-2011, 06:43 PM
I'm not into too much black metal but Sons of Northern Darkness is my favorite black metal album.

Listen to more black metal.

I love One by One and the title track, but the rest of the album is kind of mediocre.

JRA
11-17-2011, 07:41 AM
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12. Morbid Angel- Blessed Are The Sick

With all due respect to Altars of Madness, if this was Morbid Angel’s debut, they would have had just as much of an impact they had with that album if not greater. Most great metal bands have two, three or four albums that fns love, but not too many bands have two albums that instantly go in the top 10, if not top 5 of their particular genre. That’s the stuff Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden are made of. And you better fucking believe that this album is top 5 for death metal.

What makes this album great? As usual, it’s variety. While I’m sure to most death metal fans, Chapel of Ghouls 10 times at 10 different fast speeds is all there is to metal, it’s much more impressive to me when a band truly expands their canvas and shows what they are capable of. You have your epic numbers like The Ancinet Ones, your fast face ripping fuck tracks like Day of Suffering, Thy Kingdom Come, and Unholy Blasphemies (my personal favorite Morbid Angel song), your doomy slow songs like the title track and Abominations. Even the interludes are really awesome. The track “intro” just might be the greatest non-musical opener to an album ever (and yes that includes “join us” from Hell Awaits), pieces like Desolate Ways and In Remberance are somber moody pieces that are quiet, but don’t overstay their welcome like Fluff, and hell I can understand if there are fans out there who think you can’t play Day of Suffering without playing Doomsday Celebration first. Then there’s the albums real first song, Fall From Grace, which I put mid-tier for songs, but has this fine piece of poetry:

“I am Belial...I bend my knee not but for my selfish desires.”

Not only is the best line on the album, but it is probably the definitive statement for all death metal. Before this album, death metal was a slightly laughable cult following for those who wanted a little more rape and guts with their thrashy festivities. After this album, death metal was legitimized as an artform—whether it’s fans wanted it to be or not.

Recommended Songs:
Unholy Blasphemies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JcRRp-PSLQ)
The Ancient Ones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nV8d3vu_Yc)
Blessed Are The Sick/Leading The Rats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVcKzxXD9wQ)

JRA
11-17-2011, 04:44 PM
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11. Judas Priest- Painkiller

If someone asked me to describe Judas Priest in two words, it would be the “Unbreakable Masters.” Every single time they got knocked down in their prime, they got right back up and kicked everybody’s ass. Mind you after Turbo the process was a bit more slow burning (I don’t care what anyone says, Ram It Down is a damn good album), but when everyone thought this band was down and out for good in 1990, Painkiller was released and there were so many slit throats Michael Myers curled up in a corner and cried. Arming themselves with a drummer they should have always had in the form of Scott Travis, who had so many double bass chops to burn Lars Ulrich, Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo and Charlie Benante curled up in a corner and cried (but recovered quite quickly as they didn’t have shitty sequel movies to compound their woes). With such a musician at their disposal, Priest need to up their music game exponentially to avoid their new record being written off as “a fantastic modern thrash drumming instructional video with Judas Priest as the backup band.” Rob Halford always had triumphant screams during moments of previous Priest albums, but here he just goes for broke and stays so far beyond soprano and only comes down when he fucking feels like it. Glenn and KK start firing off highly innovative riffs and leads at the age of 40 that most guitarists wish they were coming up with at 21. I suppose I could make a quip at Ian’s expense of being the reason why no one gives a shit about bass players in metal, but this material had to have been some a challenge to keep up with, and considering he wasn’t fired for being unable to keep up, or some 10 years later story on how it was all recorded by Glenn, he must have done something right.

This album is not without flaw. The lyrics. Perhaps too many years of writing Living After Midnight’s and Private Property’s took their toll on ol Bob, and as such he thought being extreme was incessantly yelling Metal Meltdown and the speed metal tale of thriller. It’s kind of sad when you realize what pure poetry the man was capable of in the 70’s, but the musical songs and playing is of such off the chart caliber that such dumb lyric writing is forgivable. Some would accuse Priest of merely cashing in on the speed metal trend with this album. My response is, they invented this shit in the first place, and are showing the young whippersnappers how its really done.

Painkiller is legendary. Judas Priest would always be legends because of their work up to this point, but this cemented them as an immortal institution of metal.

Recommended Tracks:
Between The Hammer & The Anvil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwcS5e0OYQM)
Painkiller (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM__lPTWThU&ob=av2e)
Battle Hymn/One Shot At Glory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhvUpykF7OM)

masterguy49
11-17-2011, 05:38 PM
:rocker: Fuck yes, Painkiller!

I agree about Ram It Down, it's pretty damn good. :fist:

JRA
11-17-2011, 07:05 PM
The last few entries have been awesome.


Thank you good sir!

IrritatedTrout
11-18-2011, 01:41 AM
Good choices for recommended tracks.

JRA
11-18-2011, 06:46 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_s3xbijO-EDM/TM2_k54p0mI/AAAAAAAABhU/uQWusDGsKwM/s1600/black_sabbath_-_paranoid.jpg

10. Black Sabbath- Paranoid

Every top list gets one free "Can't say anything about it that hasn't already been said."

Recommended Songs:
War Pigs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZCyOWLrRTE)
Electric Funeral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsLkL8DTHeg)
Hand of Doom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpAi0Srfqtk)
Iron Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LjbMVXj0F8)

IrritatedTrout
11-18-2011, 07:31 AM
My favorite Sab album. I don't care how many times you've heard Iron Man and War Pigs, they are still two of the best heavy metal songs ever made.

JRA
11-18-2011, 09:38 AM
My favorite Sab album. I don't care how many times you've heard Iron Man and War Pigs, they are still two of the best heavy metal songs ever made.

Yea....they kind of are. What's funny is you think Paranoid would be the overplayed song.

masterguy49
11-18-2011, 09:43 AM
As I much I love Paranoid, the my friend made me dislike War Pigs, so it's not the same :hecho:

JRA
11-18-2011, 11:33 AM
As I much I love Paranoid, the my friend made me dislike War Pigs, so it's not the same :hecho:

Wait wha?

JRA
11-18-2011, 02:42 PM
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9. Iron Maiden- Killers

The sad thing is like my Hell Awaits/Reign In Blood comparison, this wouldn’t be quite as fondly remembered if the debut had better production. In Steve’s own words the first album was a “best of: the pub years” and this is all the leftovers. Which is being a little bit unfair. There isn’t really a straightforward killer anthem like Running Free or Prowler, nor is there a grand epic like Phantom of the Opera (well, there is Prodigal Son, the one weak track on the album). But it’s still a great collection of above average NWOBHM tracks. Maiden were always ahead of the curve with the NWOBHM, and this album is proof why. Even though they all are “the leftovers” the addition of Adrian, the fine tuning of the band as a unit as a result of a great European tour, combined with a massive boost in production help give this album a seismic boost. The great thing about this is usually with star producers like Birch, the production becomes too slick and takes away from the raw heaviness of the band (which strangely enough is exactly what happened with Sabbath’s Heaven & Hell). But here they become an ugly, bloodthirsty beast. The raw, monster tunes —including the bass! Check out Innocent Exile to hear that beautiful distortion, perhaps that’s how The Clairvoyant should have been recorded— elevate this into a dark grimy audio experience that perfectly match the simple but effective album cover of Eddie murdering a victim with an axe. This is easily the heaviest Maiden have ever sounded. It’s a shame that Wratchild is the only song that sees the light of day live anymore, because I’ve always felt that’s one of the few songs where Bruce takes away from the song’s original feel. I usually disagree that Bruce sounds like a fairy trying to sing the Di’anno songs, but Wrathchild is a street thug anthem, and Bruce is not a street thug.

This album is arguably Dave Murray’s finest performance as a lead player. One thinks that with Adrian aboard the solos would be split 50/50 but here its more 70/30 on Dave’s side, and most of the truly awesome solos are credited to him either way (see: the first solo of the title track). Even though this is Maiden’s leftovers album, you definitely see the potential for something huge brewing. That’s what sums up this album the best, super heaviness with maximum potential.

Quite a few casual Maiden fans overlook this one because of the much darker tone and feel of the album. I urge those people to stick with for 3 or 4 more listens, you’ll not only find a truly special moment in Maiden’s history, but an album that is just so...METAL!

Recommended Songs:
Killers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_05vc3N_-LE)
Purgatory (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-I3JNHNjgyY)
Drifter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4FqlKI92ag)
Genghis Khan (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjE_OY-3zzA)

IrritatedTrout
11-18-2011, 03:00 PM
I like Killers but it's probably one of my least favorite Maiden albums.

El Gordo
11-18-2011, 03:59 PM
Eddie murdering a victim with an axe.

Dude, it's totally a hatchet.
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:cool:

JRA
11-18-2011, 05:28 PM
Dude, it's totally a hatchet.
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:cool:

:lol: True.

Maidenmagic
11-18-2011, 06:29 PM
I like Killers but it's probably one of my least favorite Maiden albums.

Agree. Their worst from the 80s and the definition of "sophomore slump."

PowerMaiden
11-18-2011, 06:37 PM
YOU WALK THROUGH THE SUBWAY
HIS EYES BURN A HOLE IN YOUR BACK !!!

A FOOTSTEP BEHIND YOU
HE LUNGES, PREPARE FOR ATTACK !!!

SCREAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM FOR MERCY !!!
HE LAUGHS AS HE'S WATCHING YOU BLEED

KILLER !!!
BEHIND YOU !!!

HIS BLOOD LUST DEFIES ALL HIS NEEEEEEEEEEEEEDS !!!


Fuck Yeah my friend

Up The Irons !

Cheers !
PowerMaiden

BlackDiamond
11-19-2011, 06:19 AM
(well, there is Prodigal Son, the one weak track on the album).



:eek: This is actually one of my favorite tracks on the album. The solo's on that song are just so precise and thought out and it's a good song to unwind to.

I do agree it's a shame they don't play more songs from this album. I would love to hear Killers again.

By the way awesome list, I always look forward to what your next album will be but most importantly you've introduced to me some new music that I have been missing out on.

Sepultura69
11-19-2011, 07:59 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_s3xbijO-EDM/TM2_k54p0mI/AAAAAAAABhU/uQWusDGsKwM/s1600/black_sabbath_-_paranoid.jpg

10. Black Sabbath- Paranoid

Every top list gets one free "Can't say anything about it that hasn't already been said."

Recommended Songs:
War Pigs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZCyOWLrRTE)
Electric Funeral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsLkL8DTHeg)
Hand of Doom (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpAi0Srfqtk)
Iron Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LjbMVXj0F8)

My first Black Sabbath record :fist:

I still remember like it was yesterday. It was fall 2005, start of my 2nd year in high school. One day after school was finished I was hanging out with some friends in one of our buddies cars and he pulls out "Paranoid" and tells us how his sister burned him copy of this album today and how we should all get into this band(his sister is a huge metal head/rock lover, hell she took us to see TOOL on my senior year of highschool!). He starts to play "war pigs" in his car and I'm just like "WTF, ZOMGZ!!!", and after that day he burned me a copy of paranoid as well. after that day I had the cd stuck in my cd player for pretty much the next 3-4 months. :rocker:

ZOMGZ 8 MORE LEFT :rocker:

Though I'm 100% pretty certain I know what your number one is going to be. but I could be wrong.

:eyes:

JRA
11-19-2011, 08:28 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sT38ksiheo8/Tk-utwn0kGI/AAAAAAAABGI/_qZbj6DTNqs/s1600/cover.jpg

8. Kreator- Pleasure To Kill

Certain albums transcend their genres ("thrash" in this case :dorky:); some through universally appealing songwriting, others by finding a musical attribute and perfecting it. In the case of Pleasure To Kill, that attribute is violence. I mentioned earlier with Slayer that they was a crossroads; one path led to raw ugliness, the other led to slick production that would well define its riffs as bricks to be smashed over your head. This album asks “can’t you have both?” Now that is not to say that this album destroys Dark Angel nor Slayer in their respective categories. It doesn’t have the magic reverb free touch of Rick Rubin, yet there is just enough definition to each riff that you will lose a piece of your spinal cord upon contact, yet there is just enough rawness to provide that atmosphere that made Ride The Lightning so enduring and charming. It quite fits the phrase “the best of both worlds.”

I didn’t know how to handle this album at first because it had the most unorthodox fast drum beat I’d ever heard up to that point. It wasn’t a blast beat, and it wasn’t a super fast rhythm like on Darkness Descends. It was just as if Ventor decided to play as fast as sloppily as he could (even though the playing is anything but sloppy) and hope that Mille could build riffs around. Despite that rocky appearance of the drumming, it provides a perfect foundation for establishing that this album causes the ground to cave in and the earth to rumble. Ventor is like a drunken master in this regard.

But of course the real reason why we’re here, the RIFFS! Believe me, Slayer is jealous of every riff on this album; jealous they didn’t come up with them that is. I will never forget where I was when I was casually listening to Riot of Violence and that legendary breakdown comes in (about 3:03). It was like a thousand workshop saw-blades ripping me to pieces. Whenever that part comes in I must snap my neck. At any time. Even when I’m running. Another reason this album transcends thrash is that the riffs are so ugly and brutal they elevate this album into a death metal feel. I’ve always held a theory. In 1985 death metal was given it’s first album in Seven Churches. Then in 1987, Scream Bloody Gore, another evolutionary step appeared. I postulate that this album serves as a bridge between those two albums. Kreator would get much more credit for death metal if they had stuck to this kind of sound, but they moved on to a pure thrash metal sound so this album will always be an unsung hero of death metal.

This another all-time genre defining masterpiece (who’s discovery I again owe to Ultraboris) that separates the men from the boys. If you don’t own this, get it, or taste the blood from your lips as you die.

Recommended Songs:
Riot of Violence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZZVlFdk5UU)
Carrion (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMDHnufGfEI)
Pleasure To Kill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PyvU9iSq50)
Under The Guillotine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31HS9aS-7ic)

Sepultura69
11-19-2011, 08:39 AM
oh wtf??? i must be trippin or something, I could have swore you had Pleasure to kill somewhere in 100-80 range. Then again I might have looked at another persons top 100 list, but I could have fucking swore you had Kreators Pleasure to Kill somewhere in the 80 to 70 range(most likely i was looking at some other persons list.)

And yes Pleasure to Kill is an amazing album :fist:

Hearing "Riot of Violence" was easily the highlight of kreators set for me when I saw them in 2009. Ventor did a damn fine job providing the drums and vocals at the same time. :rocker:

JRA
11-19-2011, 08:42 AM
oh wtf??? i must be trippin or something, I could have swore you had Pleasure to kill somewhere in 100-80 range. Then again I might have looked at other persons top 100 list, but I could have fucking swore you had Kreators Pleasure to Kill somewhere in the 80 to 70 range(most likely i was looking at someone other persons list)


In your defense, there were two Kreator albums in the bottom 50, the Coma of Souls appeared somewhere in the middle and a long gap was left between that and this album, so it was easy to forget about.

I think the next entry on this list will probably be the most shocking. Shocking that any other album by this artist hasn't appeared on the list, especially if you've known me since 1999.

Rocco44
11-19-2011, 10:50 AM
haha, Killers might be my favorite Maiden album, at least in my top 3 or 4.

larvtard
11-19-2011, 10:52 AM
Pleasure to Kill is one of the best thrash albums ever. Agent Orange has better songs but it's inconsistent as fuck.

JRA
11-19-2011, 04:30 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_tef1mjceaus/TKDPpJyWQnI/AAAAAAAAChw/Eu7Hjwcfk1U/s1600/download.blog.jpg

7. Ozzy Osbourne- Tribute

Not only the first of two live albums to appear on this list, but the first (and only) time we see the madman of metal. If you’ve known me since 1999 you’re probably shocked that it took this long for Ozzy to appear the first time and you might be thinking that the rest of the albums are nothing but Ozzy albums. That is not the case here. I’ve fallen out of love with Ozzy in recent years, some reasons due to metal social pressures, and some not relating to that. But I have Ozzy to thank for me being a metal fan today. Actually more specifically I should be thankful to Randy Rhoads for writing the fantastic Crazy Train riff and getting me hooked, since hearing that song on the radio was made me turn. I suppose most would just put Blizzard of Ozz on a list like this, except that the entire Blizzard of Ozz is on this album! Go ahead compare the tracks, all of them are here, even Dee (as an outtakes session at the end). And as is usually the case with live albums, all the songs are vastly superior in form and in execution. Crazy Train is actually a good example, rather than that ho hum bass line intro we get a full blown with a little bit of lead histronics from Randy himself than it’s that classic riff once again. And of course all the other classics, Mr. Crowley, Revelation (Mother Earth), I Don’t Know (only Ozzy could write a song title like that and be completely charming, “What’s the name of this song, man? I Don’t Know man!” Oh I can hear that second rate Abbott and Costello dialogue already), Suicide Solution (featuring a fantastic extended guitar solo from Randy), even Goodbye To Romance kicks ass here, with Randy bending the guitar solo little by little to make it so awesome tears are brought forth. Ozzy’s no slouch here either. No he isn’t screaming his ass off like on Sabotage, but honestly, he never needed to at this point. Ozzy was an untouchable giant at this point, and his love for performing rock & roll shines here. He might not be the all time greatest performer, but believe it he puts more passion into his performance than most do.

Is the album perfect? Well I do find it rather odd that Ozzy’s current album at the time, Diary of a Madman is only represented by two tracks. Where’s Over The Mountain and the title track? And as much as I like Randy’s playing, I didn’t really like what he did to the Sabbath solos. Those were pure great rock & roll solos, and there was no need to go Eddie Van Halen on them. That’s more of a nitpick than it is a point deducting flaw.

Considering the big 30th anniversary boxsets of the Randy Rhoads Ozzy albums making the buzz, now would be a good time to revisit this album. To be honest, I would probably rank 2 or 3 live albums better than this one, but it’s still the best representation of two men who breathed new life into American metal

Recommended Songs:
Crazy Train (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfhHSVSZN74)
Flying High Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH-OueCZUqQ)
Goodbye To Romance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WfZpep_sec)
Suicide Solution (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xenPlzAt3BI)

illuminatus917
11-19-2011, 04:34 PM
I thought that live recording of Crazy Train was the greatest thing ever when I was a freshman in high school. It's about all I listened to for 6 months.

JRA
11-19-2011, 05:53 PM
I'm really happy that the live version is what they chose for a video whenever Vh1 classic or a video channel plays Crazy Train. It was kind of wrong for him to not have a video for that song anyways.

PowerMaiden
11-19-2011, 06:55 PM
nice one, apparently some (or most) of the songs were recorded at Le Théatre St-Denis in Montreal


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

IrritatedTrout
11-20-2011, 01:46 AM
Interesting seeing a live album on here. It's an awesome one though.

Epidemic Reign
11-20-2011, 01:49 AM
metal social pressures

wtf

JRA
11-20-2011, 08:26 AM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5HuZlmGo624/TVmUN0G9GPI/AAAAAAAAAWc/6HheZnLubWE/s1600/Bathory+-+Under+the+Sign+of+the+Black+Mark+-+1987.jpg

6. Bathory- Under The Sign of The Black Mark

I usually detest the concept of putting the first athlete/band/album of it’s kind as #1 on a list. Just because you’re the first doesn’t mean you’re the best. But in the case of Bathory, I have to make an exception. It is still the greatest Black Metal album of all time. Yes of course there has been brilliant work in the field done since then, Storm of The Light’s Bane, Sons of Northern Darkness, Hvis Lyset Tar Oss, In The Nightside Eclipse and Under A Funeral Moon are all very worthy of the title of classic black metal. Yet none of those albums do what this one does for me. This album was to black metal what Run DMC’s Raising Hell was to hip hop. It wasn’t necessarily the first of it’s kind, as plenty of artists before were laying down the ground work (Venom, Mercyful Fate and Celtic Frost w/black metal, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, The Treacherous Three and Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick for hip hop), but it was the first objectively and unequivocally great black metal album, giving it an identity, a voice, an a guitar tone uglier than a naked, feces covered Rosie O Donnell.

But the most innovative feature UTSOTBM gave to black metal is...you guessed it, variety! This will probably be the one time I will give a song by song breakdown, but that’s only to demonstrate the vast range of what Quorthon offered. After an absolutely bleak and terrifying intro that drops you into a black canyon you sense a dark unseen force circling you waiting for the right moment to strike, a brief moment of silence to lure you into a false sense of security and MAAAAASSSSACRRRRRRREEEE! An absolutely vicious, blackened speed metal song that bowls you over, that’s already faster than anything on Reign In Blood. Woman of Dark Desires again follows the Dark Angel ideology of “don’t slow it down, just switch it up.” It’s still fast, but it’s still super heavy. It’s something of an anthem for black metal fans both figuratively and literally as it features an excellent call to arms chorus. Then comes the solo, which is violent melodic bliss. This was the first Bathory album I’d ever heard, and while I had some reservations about the sound, one of the things that immediately disarmed me was the lead guitar work. I don’t know if I have said this, but Quorthon was the Eric Clapton of extreme metal in that his solos weren’t that shreddy, but the feel was off the charts. Call From The Grave slows things down to an arena rock groove, all it needs is a Z-grade music video of Bathory playing in Louisiana Superdome playing to 70,000 demons from the first five layers from hell. After that, Equimanthorn has an intro resembling Jaws before bringing proceedings back to full speed before switching to one of the grooviest metal breakdowns ever. The screaming of the songs title near the end puts the big red cherry on top, and that leads us into the album’s finest moment, Enter The Eternal Fire. This is the sound of the earth opening up and hell breaking loose to a marching rhythm. Chariots of Fire is more fast black metal that the genre would become known for, 13 Candles is midpaced headbanging greatness so drenched in so much Satanism Anton La Vey cums so hard he poops a little. And the whole thing is capped off with ...Of Doom...the fastest song on the album which actually does match Burning Of Sodom in speed! Everything about this song is fast, especially the vocals. I’m surprised Quorthon’s tongue didn’t yell “fuck this shit!” and jump out of his mouth running away screaming. The album fades out, which I usually detest but the song ends on such a high level of intensity it doesn’t matter.

It is solely because of this album that I had to respect black metal. Is it any wonder that the likes of Darkthrone, Mayhem, Burzum chose to kick off the second wave by completely ripping it off? Could you blame them?

Recommended tracks:
Enter The Eternal Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hS8yDlAUzRA)
13 Candles (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ul7ou5HYtKQ)
Woman of Dark Desires (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g549ekmpIA)
Call From The Grave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4APyw5f-mog)

JRA
11-20-2011, 12:10 PM
I think enough time has passed for a slight recap. The full list thus far.

100. Metallica: Master of Puppets
99. Terrorizer: World Downfall
98. Morbid Angel: Covenant
97. Demilich: Nespithe
96. Judas Priest: Hell Bent For Leather
95. Slayer: Seasons In The Abyss
94. Bathory: Bathory
93. Venom: Black Metal
92. Overkill: The Years of Decay
91. Sepultura: Beneath The Remains
90. Bathory: The Return...
89. Suffocation: Pierced From Within
88. Motorhead: Ace of Spades
87. Possessed: Seven Churches
86. Death: Individual Thought Patterns
85. Black Sabbath: Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
84. Morbid Angel: Formulas Fatal To The Flesh
83. Kreator: Terrible Certainty
82. Gamma Ray: Land of The Free
81. Atheist: Unquestionable Presence
80. Darkthrone: A Blaze In The Northern Sky
79. Pantera: Far Beyond Driven
78. Kreator: Extreme Aggressions
77. Helloween: Walls of Jericho
76. Mercyful Fate: Melissa
75. Slayer: South of Heaven
74. Bathory: Blood Fire Death
73. Children of Bodom: Follow The Reaper
72. Celtic Frost: Morbid Tales
71. Mastodon: Remission
70. Death: Scream Bloody Gore
69. Immortal: Pure Holocaust
68. Anthrax: Persistence of Time
67. Gamma Ray: Somewhere Out In Space
66. Overkill: Taking Over
65. Mayhem: De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
64. Deicide: Legion
63. Megadeth: Killing Is My Business
62. Enslaved: Frost
61. Bathory: Hammerheart
60. Darkthrone: Transilvanian Hunger
59. Darkthrone: Under A Funeral Moon
58. Death: Human
57. Burzum: Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
56. Death: Symbolic
55. Carcass: Heartwork
54. Emperor: In The Nightside Eclipse
53. Mastodon: Leviathan
52. Morbid Angel: Altars of Madness
51. High on Fire: Snakes For The Divine
50. Motorhead: Overkill
49. Dio: Holy Diver
48. Celtic Frost: To Mega Therion
47. Kreator: Coma of Souls
46. Megadeth: So Far...So Good, So What
45. Exodus: Bonded By Blood
44. Helloween: Keeper of The Seven Keys Part 1
43. King Diamond: Abigail
42. Mercyful Fate: Don't Break The Oath
41. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
40. At The Gates: Slaughter of The Soul
39. Black Sabbath: Volume 4
38. Dissection: Storm of the Light's Bane
37. Immortal: At The Heart of Winter
36. Pantera: Cowboys From Hell
35. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality
34. Judas Priest: Stained Class
33. Deicide: Deicide
32. Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power
31. Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind
30. Rainbow: Rising
29. Slayer: Show No Mercy
28. Overkill: Horrorscope
27. Metallica: Kill em All
26. Black Sabbath: Sabotage
25. Motorhead: 1916
24. Gamma Ray: Powerplant
23. Carcass: Necroticism- Descanting The Insalubrious
22. Slayer: Reign In Blood
21. Dark Angel: Darkness Descends
20. Slayer: Hell Awaits
19. Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden
18. Iron Maiden: Somewhere In Time
17. Judas Priest: Screaming For Vengeance
16. Megadeth: Peace Sells But Who's Buying
15. Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
14. Helloween: Keeper of The Seven Keys Part 2
13. Immortal: Sons of Northern Darkness
12. Morbid Angel: Blessed Are The Sick
11. Judas Priest: Painkiller
10. Black Sabbath: Paranoid
9. Iron Maiden: Killers
8. Kreator: Pleasure to Kill
7. Ozzy Osbourne: Tribute
6. Bathory: Under The Sign of The Black Mark

IrritatedTrout
11-20-2011, 12:35 PM
Of the 95 albums posted so far, I really like 44 of them and I can at least respect the majority of the rest. Very good list.

JRA
11-20-2011, 04:39 PM
http://www.lowbird.com/data/images/2010/12/metallica-ride-the-lightning.jpg

5. Metallica- Ride The Lightning

and here we have an example of the omnipresent intangible. That invisible extra member, that “it”, that keeps the legacy of a creation alive despite all odds and factors, even the members who created it doing everything in their power to escape the genre who made them.

I will never forget where I was when I first heard this, I was playing Jet Force Gemini and I decided to plop this on to accompany my insect soldier slaughter. The intro, I though meh, ok, gives you time to adjust yourself to strap yourself in, but there was no possible way I could have been prepared for what was coming next. The first album I bought by this band was the Black Album (don’t ask) so I figured it would be more of that which I had no problem with. And then all of a sudden.... that moment we all know about...BOOM!! This massive wave of riffs consumes me. Was I turned off by this sound about a zillion times more extreme than the likes of Enter Sandman? FUCK NO!! I was immediately hooked. I picked up the booklet and just started staring at everything at once; the lyrics the cover, the photos of the band in that locker room and the grainy photos of the band in action on the Kill em All tour. This was the first time I ever experienced “the whole package” in music. And looking back, I wish I had a gatefold vinyl of it not to listen to but as something to stare at while soaking in the experience. Now I was a “song guy” back then, meaning that I had to stop the song immediately and replay it rather than moving on, and I can say this was the one time I was greatful I wasn’t fast enough because the excellent opening hook of the title track kicked in! I don’t where anybody got the idea that speed/thrash metal wasn’t supposed to be melodic, because this was one of the most awesome melodies I had ever heard, and this song is supposed to be a piece that even the most unreasonably closeminded denim and leather thrashers stand by!

There is a definite “80’s” sound to this album. The reverb, the guitar tone, the lyrical subject matter definitely screams that decade. But it doesn’t represent a part of a decade where a bunch of trendy floosies look at themselves and feel embarrassed years later. It represents a place and moment in space and time respectively where despite reaching your finest hour, the sky is still the limit. The album cover reinforces it. Yes there is that electric chair, but the most compelling thing my eyes are drawn to is the dark blue cloudy area of space. Letting you know that no matter what direction you travel in, you will never be lost from the path of righteousness The album is almost frozen in time, yet still completely able to react to the world around it. And that guitar tone, my God. If anything fucking screams metal in this Slipknot face-paint meathead mall infested world, it was whatever settings were dialed into that fateful recording studio in Denmark. Everything about this guitar tone is the very definition of metal. Crunch, thickness, clarity of notes; I know probably a total 1% of guitar language and I could bet my possessions I could talk whatever guitar wizard into thinking that this tone is more metal than whatever he considers the most metal tone. But shit what else would you expect from a band calling themselves Metallica?

To paraphrase a Sam Cooke marketing slogan, “Ride The Lightning is yours, it’ll never grow old.”

Recommended Songs:

Fight Fire With Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjlgUx7_aN0)
Ride The Lightning (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI8xrnOrftM)
Fade To Black (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E)
Creeping Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXWq3f01e2U)

Rocco44
11-20-2011, 05:08 PM
My favorite Metallica album. I had only heard mainstream Metallica before I heard this album and it opened my eyes to what music could be.

mankvill
11-20-2011, 05:13 PM
fuck yeah!

illuminatus917
11-20-2011, 05:17 PM
My favorite Metallica album.

Same!

And one of my favorite albums of all time.

El Gordo
11-20-2011, 06:08 PM
I totally relate to your review. I remember the exact time and place that I first heard that album. That's part of the reason why it'd be number one on my list. There is none better, metal or not. I can't even read or hear "electric chair" without hearing Hetfield scream it in my head. I didn't get into Metallica until 1992, at which point they were already starting to suck, but the moment I heard this I knew I had found my favourite band for the next say, 8 years. If you don't like this album you probably don't like thrash and you definitely don't like metal.

PowerMaiden
11-20-2011, 07:15 PM
as much as I dislike everything Metallica has become after the Black album (it should have been one atempt at mainstream fame & cash and then back to real thrash metal).


RTL (as you may remember was 3 rd on my list) really made my jaw dropped back when I first hear it. Ride The Lightning is what made me realise there was other things in life than Iron Maiden


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Sepultura69
11-20-2011, 10:20 PM
Fuckin A', I gotta leave my quick little 2 cent rant..

during my freshmen year of highschool a good friend of mine burned me a copy of Ride The Lightning and told me I suck for only being familiar with the black album(yeah, I was in a similar situation as you JRA. Black album was the only album i had by them. I bought the album too and listened to it for a good 2 years before getting into the EPIC Metallica). Anyways..

Holy shit man...I'll never forget the first time I heard "Fight fire With Fire"...I know i'm going to sound cliche' but holy fuckin' shit man, I thought this song was the most heaviest fucking shit ever fucking created. And just like you JRA, I WAS HOOKED INSTANTLY. I didn't listen to anything else for like 3 straight months. I was in love with this record. I thought it was the greatest thing ever made and metallica was the greatest thing ever made(not anymore sadly). Man, too bad Fight fire with fire doesn't sound as epic any more or give me that :wow: compared to 8 years ago when I first heard it. Fight fire with Fire also grew to be my one of my all time favorite metallica songs, so for me to get to here them play it at a small little theater was fucking Ace :fist:

Blah i'm done. :hecho:

IrritatedTrout
11-21-2011, 01:41 AM
Awesome album. I'm gonna go listen to it right now.

JRA
11-21-2011, 07:31 AM
http://samfonibox.com/Rock%20&%20Metal/Megadeth/1990%20-%20Rust%20in%20Peace/[AllCDCovers]_megadeath_rust_in_peace_1990_retail_cd-front.jpg

4. Megadeth: Rust In Peace

Ritchie Blackmore claimed that his musical inspirations were jazz and symphony orchestras. But he also recognized that if he was going to con the working class out its money and women (as any rock & roll artist set out to do), he would need a much simpler approach— an approach which utilized the simple riffs of The Who and The Kinks. Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson did not set out to challenge this idea. They were too busy following the logical path their music was forging, being carved by some intangible that every great artist is blessed with briefly in their career.

Now the intangible on the other hand, thought, “why the hell should great rock & roll be carried with simple, one note riffs? Our goal is to illuminate the collective subconscious, we should be making these riffs as technical as possible but still just as memorable as I Can’t Explain or Purple Haze.” Folks, it is one thing to watch a fingering exercise, but it is quite another to remember hours after your done.

Mustaine and his new found crew of Ellefson, Freidman and Menza set out to establish the next level of So Far So Good So What, which was to make the most technical rock & roll available without degenerating (a term I use cautiously) into freeform jazz. And goddammit, they did exactly that. Using every possible technique available to rock guitarists in the book, Mustaine crafted so many riffs and melodies that were not only the next generation of the top guitar riffs of all time, but they made you feel like a golden god while you air played them or otherwise. And really, that’s what the whole thing called metal is about, empowerment.

You may have noticed that up to this point despite my high praise of Megadeth they still lingered in the shadows of those first two Metallica albums. With Rust In Peace, they rocketed right out of that shadow and became superstars. In fact, I postulate that Metallica chose to go the Motley Crue route because they realized that they were simply outmatched, pound for pound. ...and Justice For All, the bands most epic effort to date was criticized for a number of reasons, but the most scathing had to have been that the album was too bloated and the songs were too long. Nobody said that about this album. There was practically zero criticism for this album, and those who did were from people who just never got it anyway. After years of misery, Dave Mustaine had finally achieved his goal of out-metalling Metallica. It’s such a shame that the drugs and record company made him re-evaluate his situation and foolishly realize that you aren’t a better musician unless you outsell someone. This record stands alone as a zenith of so many endeavors. To have not experienced it is to deprive yourself of essential human minerals that flush the fats out of your body. Which is fine by me.

Fatass.

Recommended Songs:
Tornado of Souls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ujga-3p21xY)
Rust In Peace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hVqpjZ8qWM)
Holy Wars (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYlUe-SDqA0)
Hangar 18 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtsD2tBPZgo)

IrritatedTrout
11-21-2011, 08:34 AM
My favorite Megadeth album and one of my favorite albums of all time too.

JRA
11-21-2011, 09:24 AM
Fight fire with Fire also grew to be my one of my all time favorite metallica songs, so for me to get to here them play it at a small little theater was fucking Ace :fist:

Were these the St. Anger warm up club shows where they did nothing but play old shit? I would've loved to have caught one of those!

Sepultura69
11-21-2011, 10:35 AM
Were these the St. Anger warm up club shows where they did nothing but play old shit? I would've loved to have caught one of those!

http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=15755

Yes it was a warm up show. I have said this before and I will say it again. This is probably my 300th time posting about this story/show but oh well...here we go again...

JRA....

The first time I saw Metallica in May 2008 will go down as one of the greatest metal shows of my life. It was not only one of my very "first metal" shows(The other being slayer/mansion in 2007..but i dont really like to call that a full on METAL SHOW...Especially with mansion in the picture) but it was also MY VERY FIRST METALLICA SHOW. And no it was not a st. anger warm up show. It was just a little warm up show before they head out to Europe to do a massive 5 month Tour before heading back to the states to promote their shitty ass Shitmagnetic album.

One thing that made this show epic and really "underground" is the fact that Metallica announced the show 2 days before the show would take place, LIKE LITERALLY...THEY announce the show, 2 minutes later tickets go on sale, 48 hours later is the fucking show....it was very abrupt, unknown and more of a "word of mouth" thing...Honestly I feel so lucky to have even found out about the show. I was just skimming through the internet and I some how find out that Metallica is playing a little secret show at a small little venue in LA.

And yes you are correct my friend. Metallica Busted out a wide arrange of classics. One thing that made this show even more epic is on our way to the show, me and my friends were goin on and on about all the metallica songs that we were not going to hear or get. FUNNY COINCIDENCE. My friend yaps his mouth about how there is NO WAY IN HELL WE ARE GOING TO HEAR AND JUSTICE FOR ALL...

And I was goin on and on about how there is NO fucking way we are going to get "fight fire with fire"...no way, nawda, nothing you can say or prove to me that they are cause it ain't gonna happen, we also heard metallica is coming out with a new album so we were worried they might promote a couple of songs......Not only were we both wrong but they fucking played both songs at our show!!! AT OUR SHOW. It felt so un real JRA...Fuck man. So fucking Un real..

I'll never forget when they busted out "Fight Fire with Fire". They brought out Flee from Red Hot chilli pepper and added another bass player for this song. Then James starts going on about how it was flea who set this whole gig up and how we should all thank him....then Jame proceeds to finish off with "ok...where going to play something old, something real fast...here's Flees Favorite Metallica Song"....lights go off....


DUN DUN- DUN DUN DUN DUN- DUH DUN DUN

AND THAT FUCKING OPENING RIFF FROM JAMES COMES OUT, the lights go off.....my jaw is on the fucking the floor. I still couldn't comprehend what I was looking at or hearing....I was in total shock. After they finished the first two versus and went into the solo, that is when i finally snap out of it and finally get into the music(the first two minutes I was still working on pulling my head out of my ass from the total shock that I was in as I watching the members slay through Fight fire with fire).

I would also like to note that this was easily the heaviest and Loudest Metallica show I have ever been at, AND also one of the loudest shows I have ever been at...PERIOD... It would be a crime for me to not mention how fucking loud this show was. Fuck Motorhead and the whole "They are the loudest live band ever", I've seen motorhead twice and yeah they're loud i guess...but You have to see metallica in a SMALL little venue to understand what the fuck I am talking about to truly understand what I mean when I say they were FUCKING LOUUUUUUUUUUD. They were louder than most arena shows that I have seen them at, and by god you gotta believe me when I make a weird statement like that(This show was louder than any show that i have seen at the house of blues, chain reaction, any small little club shows, you fucking name it)....LOUD AS FUCK MAN. you couldn't even hear yourself after the show was over...

It sucks because Not only was this my first metallica show BUT after this show I INSTANTLY assumed that these were the type of places that metallica always play at..

i couldn't have been MORE WRONG...INFACT, I WAS DEAD WRONG. Too bad the other 5 times will never compare to the first time I saw them. The other 5 times have been in huge giant arenas. JRA, this venue that they played at is a place where much more Smaller bands and Hip Hop acts play at so it should give you an idea of how small this place was. Also there was only one price for tickets because anywhere you stood guaranteed you best seats in the house(even though there were no seats except on the top lodge, but I dont even think anybody went up there...why go up stairs when you can be so fucking close to metallica downstairs?).

One thing I gotta point out one last time and you seriously gotta believe me, and I have been to a shitload of Metal shows so i know what the fuck i am talking about....THIS SHOW WAS FUCKING LOUD MAN. One of the loudest shows I have ever been at...infact the guitars were TOO LOUD at times...but that's a good thing ;)

Blah I typed more than I expected...:eyes:

treghet
11-21-2011, 01:36 PM
What venue was that show at?

JRA
11-21-2011, 03:44 PM
http://www.nuclearblast.de/shop/artikel/bilder/judas-priest-unleashed-in-the-east-green-vinyl/167880.jpg?x=1000&y=1000

3. Judas Priest- Unleashed In The East

When you think about it, Kiss choosing their last ditch effort as an audio document of a live show without a video to go with it was really fucking stupid. I mean how the hell were they going to capture Ace’s smoking guitar, Peter’s drum riser, Paul’s smashing of his guitar, and Gene’s fire breathing and blood spitting on vinyl? You what I think the real reason they made a live album was? Because they realized how dull, plodding and ultimately incomplete a good 75% of their shit was in the studio. So it wasn’t an attempt to capture a “live show,” it was a sneaky smoke and mirrors excuse to re-record their songs and make them suck less. Sure enough, the plan worked, and let me tell you, that thing didn’t go double platinum because people were trying to figure out where exactly Gene spits fire on Firehouse, it’s because that version of Firehouse kicked major ass.

Now this is not to say that all of Judas Priest’s studio songs up to this point were weak sauce, just Starbreaker, and most of Sad Wings of Destiny. Seriously, if someone unironically tries to credibly claim that the studio version of Victim of Changes is superior to the live version (with a reason other than “Don’t you know you’re driving me insane” was omitted), what they’re really trying to say are “Live albums killed my mother, and raped my father! And I inject LSD into the vein under my cock on a daily basis!"

So while this is still a 100% live album (in spite of what a few snarky mouth breathers may think. Look, just because a few assholes came out of the closet saying their live album is fake doesn’t means the ones who don’t aren’t telling the truth), it’s not so much a concert as much as it is a diplomatic statement: “We’ve grown and gelled as a band considerably since four years ago, and the way we performed has changed without becoming trendy. We think the way we play most of these songs now is superior to the way we played them on the album.” And God dammit, they were right. One last Ultraboris reference, his favorite album? This one. Although I call shenanigans, because he has some mutated version with Beyond The Realms of Death and Evil Fantasies. Goddammit I wish this was a double live album. CBS couldn’t take a chance with that while Casablanca put out Alive! knowing they were gonna either succeed or go bankrupt?

If nothing else, this album should be owned to hear the Sad Wings of Destiny songs come to life; and eradicate all other life in its path. The closing punch of Genocide and Tyrant. My God, after hearing that closing devastating riff set and Halford’s tortured dying screams, the whole thing is just a divine Shakespearean tragedy told with screaming guitars instead of actors onstage. And Tyrant, Jesus. If Exciter wasn’t Ace of Spades before Ace of Spades in that it was the embryo of thrash, this certainly was. With that killer breakdown and that excellent harmonic shredding near the end. Did that part even need to be there? Does it have anything to do with the song? Who the fuck cares?

Someone at the record company seriously needs to do an excavation into the vaults and give this album the full treatment that Live & Dangerous, Live At Leeds and so many other classics have gotten. Because the fact that the greatest live musical document ever conceived isn’t even a complete account is an outrage.

Fun fact: I lost my virginity to this album.

Recommended Songs:
Genocide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wu00tBM0yo)
Tyrant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jdvdWqTtKg)
Starbreaker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LKzqagZ9IA)
Victim of Changes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J9zyviTTmQ)

mankvill
11-21-2011, 03:58 PM
fuck yes FUCK YES FUCK YES!

I honestly can't really even listen to the regular versions of Victim of Changes and Diamonds and Rust anymore.

Honestly, this live album is probably one of the very few live metal albums I'd include on a top 100 of all time as well.

Rocco44
11-21-2011, 06:49 PM
What venue was that show at?

Wiltern. When he said small venue I thought it might be a Whiskey type size venue but I'm still super jealous.

hellawaits77ny
11-21-2011, 11:02 PM
[IMG] I don’t where anybody got the idea that speed/thrash metal wasn’t supposed to be melodic, because this was one of the most awesome melodies I had ever heard, and this song is supposed to be a piece that even the most unreasonably closeminded denim and leather thrashers stand by!

If anything fucking screams metal in this Slipknot face-paint meathead mall infested world, it was whatever settings were dialed into that fateful recording studio in Denmark. Everything about this guitar tone is the very definition of metal. Crunch, thickness, clarity of notes; I know probably a total 1% of guitar language and I could bet my possessions I could talk whatever guitar wizard into thinking that this tone is more metal than whatever he considers the most metal tone. But shit what else would you expect from a band calling themselves Metallica?




YES! You worded that perfectly. A true masterpieve this album is.

EDIT: And oh yes, 'Figh Fire With Fire' IS my all-time favorite song. Not just by Metallica, but all bands. Never forget the first time I heard that song. 10 years old, listening to the CD w/ headphones on my dad's sick old school stack-style stereo.

And great review of the Wiltern show. I have bootleg's of that on DVD + CD, it seemed like it was an awesome show! Great setlist w/ the aforementioned FFWF, AJFA, and also Disposable Heroes. I can't wait to see Metallica at The Fillmore next month, cause it appears to be quite the experience.

hellawaits77ny
11-21-2011, 11:04 PM
My 2 favorite Megadeth songs are on that record. Take No Prisoners and RIP...Polaris. Personally, Peace Sells......But Who's Buying is my favorite MD album, but this one is a true masterpiece. Great choice!

IrritatedTrout
11-22-2011, 12:56 AM
Don't have any of JP's live stuff, should probably get on that.

SomewhereInTime72
11-22-2011, 02:28 AM
Fun fact: I lost my virginity to this album.


Me too but only because it was so awesome that it shoved me down bent me over and raped me while giving me 3 simultaneous orgasms and made me its fuck slave forever.

Yeah I think it's a really good album even as someone who almost always prefers live videos to live audio.

JRA
11-22-2011, 05:50 AM
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2. Iron Maiden- Powerslave

One of the not quite so burning quandaries in metal is whether or not a journalist will have the balls to ask Adrian Smith if he stole the riff for 2 Minutes to Midnight from Curse of The Pharoahs (or Swords & Tequila, or Welcome To Hell, or Flash Rockin Man, or Stand Up & Shout), and if he will able to get a response from him on record. Still, in the days where Metallica gets exposed for ripping off Tapping the Emotional Vein and Zeppelin has the race card pulled on them for ripping off millions of black blues artists (even though they did that shit to each other to begin with), Jake Holmes, Joan Baez and such, if there aren’t any Alex Jones type youtube videos or Howard Stern exposes on this shit, I think it’s safe to say Adrian gets off with a “shocking coincidence.” Or he hasn’t made enough money off the song yet.

Powerslave is a peak; a zenith, a climax of a 2 year journey of the band’s current lineup, and the climax of an eight year journey for Steve Harris and Dave Murray. Artistically, and commercially. It is a band saying “to hell with the cocksuckers who liked us because they thought we were a punk metal hybrid! We are wiping any last speck of it away this instant!” It is the sound of every riff, melody, lyric, groove and timbre being stretched to its farthest possible point of accomplishment. It is the sound of each musician standing firmly at the peak of their powers and entrenching themselves there to indicate those powers aren’t going to wane until shit in their body starts breaking down.

The only shame is perhaps the overbooking of the World Slavery tour. As it made the band want to stick to a short sweet setlist so the band could finish up quick and head to the next town. How else would one explain a good half of this album remaining unexplored live? Flash of the Blade likely was inconceivable then because of its numerous guitar parts, but with Janick in the band...

Powerslave is a masterpiece of any genre that doesn’t age, and it is an album that I will never get tired of. Specifically I will never get tired of the closing triumvirate of Back in The Village, Powerslave and Rime of The Ancient Mariner. If there is any criticism, it’s only a lament on how much heavier it would have sounded with the Killers guitar tone.

Recommended tracks:
Powerslave (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2I3aJhKDqE)
2 Minutes To Midnight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hutUnGwHFlQ)
Back In The Village (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLQ4i_8qdeg)
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7zk4as9kzA)

Maidenmagic
11-22-2011, 06:28 AM
That album defines the Maiden gallop.

JRA
11-22-2011, 08:18 AM
Me too but only because it was so awesome that it shoved me down bent me over and raped me while giving me 3 simultaneous orgasms and made me its fuck slave forever.

Yeah I think it's a really good album even as someone who almost always prefers live videos to live audio.

:eyes: Um, yea. I just hooked up with a cheerleader.

Sepultura69
11-22-2011, 08:33 AM
OH SHIT ONE MORE

ONE FUCKING MORE...

Even though I'm 100% sure I already know what album it is...:rocker:

IrritatedTrout
11-22-2011, 09:36 AM
:rocker::blaze::horns:

JRA
11-22-2011, 02:29 PM
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1. Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast

Whereas Powerslave represents a more organic artistic peak, this album represents a peak a bit more subjective and frivoulous: it’s when the band sounded the most metal.

Killers fans be damned. Their arguments for the precious Paul Di’Anno classic would hold much more water if it weren’t for Prodigal Son, which sounds way wimpier than any of the accused pop moments of Somewhere In Time and Seventh Son.

The guitars sound the most metal, the vocals sound the most metal, nothing really changed or became more lightweight about Steve’s playing after this. Clive perhaps did have a stronger sense of groove, but neither him nor Nicko seemed more inclined than the other in leaning towards the likes of thrash metal drumming, the one single non guitar related element that can make one the most metal.

Apologies for repetition, I will simply never tire of this album. I’m not tired of Run To The Hills, I’m not tired of the title track, I’m not tired of The Prisoner, I’m not tired of 22 Acacia Avenue, and even though a retarded side of me that used to like Sonic the Hedgehog Comics and Independence Day thinks that Steve Harris secretly had Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads record the apparent unplayable guitar solos of Hallowed Be Thy Name, it’s still fresh to hear as well. Forget this album as a stepping-stone for the band, the significance of this album as a stepping stone for metal can never and will never be understated. And unlike Paranoid or Master of Puppets, when the discussion for why this is the greatest metal album of all time occurs, one of the things not holding this album back are silly non-sensical non-metal filler tracks. I don’t know why there’s a section of the world that thinks Gangland and Invaders are shite. My theory is that with Maiden fans, if the band never played a song live, then it must automatically be shite. Of course no band in their right mind plays a new album in its entirety, no matter how much they love it. AMOLAD? I said a band in their right mind.

In any case, like most of us, Iron Maiden is a seminal component of our existence, to the point where it’s a painful chore to whittle down 5 great albums. But if someone threatened with an explosive dildo to my anus, I would mark down this as my favorite of not only their accomplishments, but as the finest musical achievement of any genre.

Recommended songs:

Run To The Hills (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysGdhiyjMNg)
Children of The Damned (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaz-qwRy2GY)
The Prisoner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQraxqfL8SI)
Hallowed Be Thy Name (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CaSgow3NPE)

DUN DUN DUN DUN
DUN DUN DUN DUN

IrritatedTrout
11-22-2011, 02:53 PM
AMOLAD is great.:hmm:

;)

Good way to end a great list.

Maidenmagic
11-22-2011, 03:38 PM
AMOLAD is their best best album, after The X factor

I find NOTB to be overrated.

Just my opinions.

Epidemic Reign
11-22-2011, 03:58 PM
Great list JRA :party:

NotB is not my favorite Maiden album, maybe 4th or 5th, but I will say this... I personally think that the B-side "Total Eclipse" is better than any song on the core album. I'm glad the re-releases have the track added as a bonus, because it totally solidifies the album for me :rocker:

BlackDiamond
11-22-2011, 05:15 PM
JRA, thanks for the great posts and taking the time to do this

As far as your number one pick :rocker:

My favorite album of all time

JRA
11-22-2011, 06:33 PM
BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MOAR!!

TT12AIRWMTL?

Tune in tomorrow to find out what the hell this is!

dcmetal108
11-22-2011, 06:47 PM
Do we get your most hated albums of all time!

Epidemic Reign
11-22-2011, 06:47 PM
BUT WAIT!! THERE’S MOAR!!

TT12AIRWMTL?

Tune in tomorrow to find out what the hell this is!

The Top 12 Albums Infusing Rap With Metal?

That's my best guess :lol:

DementedX14
11-22-2011, 10:14 PM
Great list JRA. I think represents almost like a list of must-have albums for any metalhead.

JRA
11-23-2011, 06:48 AM
Presenting...

THE TOP 12 ALBUMS I REALLY WISH MADE THE LIST

So a bunch of you are probably wondering “Why the fuck didn’t I see album X on this list?” To be honest, I’m kinda protesting right with you.

In hindsight maybe it was a bad idea to have Master of Puppets on the list at all at #100 as a courtesy praise, when I could have had any one of the following in that spot. It certainly would have save me some immediate grief. Rather people would have had to think about it before realizing the 1986 piece of metal history was nowhere to be seen.

So why 12? 10 is too cliché, 9 isn’t trying hard enough, 5 is too psychologically satisfying, 11 has been beaten to death by third rate Spinal Tap jokes. So 12 will be the magic number. Since this is a post-list list, these will be ordered alphabetically by band (truth be told, I kinda wish I did that with this list in the first place).

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HM1. Anthrax: Among The Living

Well I suppose it’s obvious where I stand on the metal litmus test I mentioned during the Persistence of Time entry. One thing that this album has in its favor in that’s its structured like a pop album, where all the strong songs are clumped at the beginning, although that does mean it burns out at the end, whereas Spreading the Disease ends with the triumphant Gung-Go. Then again Spreading had the abortion known as “The Enemy” which is the most offensive Holocaust song ever by virtue of the fact that it sucks so much ass with a boring ass cheesy chorus. The songs here are considerably more violent than the songs from it’s predecessor, which is why I think it’s more beloved by metal fans. All that energy puts over all members of the band including Joey, who gains a considerable edge from this album that he would never let go.

Recommended Song:
Caught In A Mosh (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk37QdYefcc)

jhdeity
11-23-2011, 09:55 AM
Great job finishing up strong Dude. You are truly wise beyond your ears...

IrritatedTrout
11-23-2011, 10:39 AM
Among the Living is great but I've never thought it was as good as MoP, RiP, or RiB either.

JRA
11-23-2011, 02:43 PM
Great job finishing up strong Dude. You are truly wise beyond your ears...

Thank you again good sir.

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HM2. Autopsy- Mental Funeral

If I could go back and redo the list, the only thing I’d probably change is I’d substitute Suffocation’s Pierced From Within for this. I actually had this album as I was first writing the list, but it was too soon. This album has slightly more character than Pierced in that with this album, there is 100% the atmosphere of death and rotting flesh. Autopsy are kind of unsung geniuses in while all their peers were trying to be as fast and brutal as possible, Chris Reifert asks, “Um, yea...isn’t this sub-genre supposed to be scary?” There needs to be a setup of tension before the shock in classic horror, and to utilize that, these guys incorporate elements of doom, making their songs not only extremely creepy, but memorable as well. This is grade Z-schlock, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Recommended Song:
In The Grip of Winter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGACfUD0M-Q)

mankvill
11-23-2011, 02:46 PM
fuck year :fist:

JRA
11-23-2011, 02:47 PM
fuck year :fist:

One of those sounds fantastic!

I knew you'd approve. :)

Seventhzealot
11-23-2011, 05:12 PM
Thank you again good sir.

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HM2. Autopsy- Mental Funeral

If I could go back and redo the list, the only thing I’d probably change is I’d substitute Suffocation’s Pierced From Within for this. I actually had this album as I was first writing the list, but it was too soon. This album has slightly more character than Pierced in that with this album, there is 100% the atmosphere of death and rotting flesh. Autopsy are kind of unsung geniuses in while all their peers were trying to be as fast and brutal as possible, Chris Reifert asks, “Um, yea...isn’t this sub-genre supposed to be scary?” There needs to be a setup of tension before the shock in classic horror, and to utilize that, these guys incorporate elements of doom, making their songs not only extremely creepy, but memorable as well. This is grade Z-schlock, and I mean that in the best possible way.

Recommended Song:
In The Grip of Winter (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGACfUD0M-Q)


Great choice dude. Its amazing how sludgy this album is for a death metal album!

And that artwork is :party:!

JRA
11-24-2011, 08:43 AM
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HM3. Black Sabbath: Dehumanizer

It was a bit of a bummer to not include any Dio Sabbath in my list. I honestly do like all three of them, but I LOVE me some Dehumanizer. For two reasons: 1) there aren’t any truly awful tracks like Walk Away or Country Girl. 2) This album actually sounds like Black Sabbath, with heavy spine crushing doom riffs. This was proof to the haters that Dio’s voice truly was a perfect fit for the band. It was also probably Sabbath’s last great album period.

Recommended song:
Master of Insanity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biWyWBcR_Ig)

IrritatedTrout
11-24-2011, 02:17 PM
I love Dehumanizer.

Maidenmagic
11-24-2011, 02:21 PM
The best Sabbath album and possibly the best album Dio ever did. (Although Holy Diver probably takes it) One of the better heavy metal albums from the 1990s.

JRA
11-24-2011, 04:25 PM
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HM4. Burzum: Filosofem

That's a rather Thanksgiving-esque looking album cover wouldn't you say? :D

It is such a close race between this one and Hvis Lyset Tar Oss you could keep photo-finish people employed for months. This one kind of dies toward the end like it’s predecessor (a 25 minute synth piece? Gargle the ashes of my dead dog, Varg!) But unlike Hvis, this one has three absolute classics back to back to start the whole thing off. “Burzum” “Jesu Dod” and “Beholding the Daughters...” all have badass bitchin groove riffs that any overproduced band would kill to have as part of their repertoire. And it’s actually pretty ingenious how he can let the riff play through practically the entire song without becoming sick of it. As for the two Decriptitude tracks; they’re both ok on a good day, but filling half your album with both that shit? That’s just lazy.

Recommended song:
Burzum (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bm-kdLwBVc) (It's a music video which apparently aired on VH1!)

PowerMaiden
11-25-2011, 07:22 PM
congrats on a job well done, your number 1 is indeed the best fucking thing ever recorded.

you should have posted your honorable mentions first, nothing is worth posting after NOTB


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

JRA
11-25-2011, 09:25 PM
congrats on a job well done, your number 1 is indeed the best fucking thing ever recorded.

you should have posted your honorable mentions first, nothing is worth posting after NOTB


Yea, perhaps I should have. I actually wasn't sure whether or not to do it before it after it, or be really fucking confusing and post them every 10 entries or so.

Sorry about no entries today guys, kinda got swamped (and ironically I don't work in the retail business).

JRA
11-26-2011, 08:12 AM
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HM5. Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll

Alright look, I love Towards Dead End and Warheart as much as the next old school Bodom fan, but there is a massive drop in quality between the great black metal hybrid songs and the not so great one. Here, that drop is severely diminished into more of an acute angle. I will admit this was a difficult listen at first because of its production. The keyboards sounding like DJ noises at times and the inexplicably distorted vocals during Needled 24/7 were quite painful at first. Truth be told, if I could remix this album I’d take that shit out immediately. Everything else though is absolutely fantastic modern rock & roll, without the mindless groove and the “couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing” bullshit. Children of Bodom are both figuratively (and literally) the drunken masters of metal. It sounds like everything they do sloppily thrown onto a canvas with the hope it sticks, but in fact everything here is executed fantastically with military like precision. It’s hard to pick a favorite amongst so many awesome slabs of rock, but Angels Don’t Kill singlehandedly reinvented the ballad into a somber, aggressive, epic rather than your typical whining emotional crap, nor without seeming like “updating” the idea of the ballad or making it “current” for a new generation.

Recommended Song:
Angels Don’t Kill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_10zZ1XpmU0)

JRA
11-26-2011, 06:07 PM
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HM6. Dissection: The Somberlain

You’d think black metal fans would be more grateful that a band puts out two great albums in a row rather than bickering which one is the real classic and which one is them “selling out to rock & roll.” What’s hilarious to me is on my first listen through this is I heard more slower tempos and melodic tendencies (the random chanting in Black Horizons anyone?) than I ever heard on Storm of the Light’s Bane. That album was definitely thrashier with more blastbeasts than this one ever was. Of course because of all these tendencies, I liked this album immediately. :D I suppose when you get right down to it the songs were just more memorable on Storm then they were here, but Black Horizons, the title track and Heaven’s Damnation stand up with any of the great songs on Storm, and might even be a little bit better. Definitely check this one out if you like your black metal cold and in HD.

Recommended song:
Black Horizons (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFgrfXolR-M)

Epidemic Reign
11-26-2011, 07:45 PM
HM5. Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll

Alright look, I love Towards Dead End and Warheart as much as the next old school Bodom fan, but there is a massive drop in quality between the great black metal hybrid songs and the not so great one. Here, that drop is severely diminished into more of an acute angle. I will admit this was a difficult listen at first because of its production. The keyboards sounding like DJ noises at times and the inexplicably distorted vocals during Needled 24/7 were quite painful at first. Truth be told, if I could remix this album I’d take that shit out immediately. Everything else though is absolutely fantastic modern rock & roll, without the mindless groove and the “couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing” bullshit. Children of Bodom are both figuratively (and literally) the drunken masters of metal. It sounds like everything they do sloppily thrown onto a canvas with the hope it sticks, but in fact everything here is executed fantastically with military like precision. It’s hard to pick a favorite amongst so many awesome slabs of rock, but Angels Don’t Kill singlehandedly reinvented the ballad into a somber, aggressive, epic rather than your typical whining emotional crap, nor without seeming like “updating” the idea of the ballad or making it “current” for a new generation.

Recommended Song:
Angels Don’t Kill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_10zZ1XpmU0)

Hell yeah :fist: This album played a HUGE role in making me a fan of metal.

The trio of Bodom Beach Terror / Angels Don't Kill / Triple Corpse Hammerblow is fantastic. Bodom Beach Terror was the first Bodom song I ever heard, and Triple Corpse Hammerblow is probably my favorite of all their songs.

Seventhzealot
11-26-2011, 07:50 PM
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HM5. Children of Bodom: Hate Crew Deathroll

Alright look, I love Towards Dead End and Warheart as much as the next old school Bodom fan, but there is a massive drop in quality between the great black metal hybrid songs and the not so great one. Here, that drop is severely diminished into more of an acute angle. I will admit this was a difficult listen at first because of its production. The keyboards sounding like DJ noises at times and the inexplicably distorted vocals during Needled 24/7 were quite painful at first. Truth be told, if I could remix this album I’d take that shit out immediately. Everything else though is absolutely fantastic modern rock & roll, without the mindless groove and the “couldn’t cut it as a poor man stealing” bullshit. Children of Bodom are both figuratively (and literally) the drunken masters of metal. It sounds like everything they do sloppily thrown onto a canvas with the hope it sticks, but in fact everything here is executed fantastically with military like precision. It’s hard to pick a favorite amongst so many awesome slabs of rock, but Angels Don’t Kill singlehandedly reinvented the ballad into a somber, aggressive, epic rather than your typical whining emotional crap, nor without seeming like “updating” the idea of the ballad or making it “current” for a new generation.

Recommended Song:
Angels Don’t Kill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_10zZ1XpmU0)

This record appealed to an angry 13 year old me and still does!

JRA
11-27-2011, 07:44 AM
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HM7. Judas Priest- Defenders of The Faith

Was it heavier than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it darker than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it better than Screaming For Vengeance? No. Part of the problem is quite a few songs from here are completely dwarfed and made irrelevant by their live counterparts. Love Bites comes to mind. The middle solo containing rather feeble note pokes are stretched out into long flashes that serve the song a lot better. That, and frankly, I always thought Eat Me Alive was boring. The whole thing sounds like some hardcore band doing a pisstake on Priest like Beastie Boys did with most rock bands on “Fight For Your Right.” Still, this would be as metal as Priest would get with Dave Holland on the skins. Even the anthem type tracks like Rock Hard, Ride Free and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll are chunky bricks used to beat nonbelievers into believing. “Defenders of the Faith” is a brilliant, but not quite quintessential, metal album that will appeal to Priest fans both casual and hardcore.

Recommended Song:
Jawbreaker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tormYU27Ldk)

jhdeity
11-27-2011, 08:02 AM
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HM7. Judas Priest- Defenders of The Faith

Was it heavier than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it darker than Screaming For Vengeance? Yes. Was it better than Screaming For Vengeance? No. Part of the problem is quite a few songs from here are completely dwarfed and made irrelevant by their live counterparts. Love Bites comes to mind. The middle solo containing rather feeble note pokes are stretched out into long flashes that serve the song a lot better. That, and frankly, I always thought Eat Me Alive was boring. The whole thing sounds like some hardcore band doing a pisstake on Priest like Beastie Boys did with most rock bands on “Fight For Your Right.” Still, this would be as metal as Priest would get with Dave Holland on the skins. Even the anthem type tracks like Rock Hard, Ride Free and Some Heads Are Gonna Roll are chunky bricks used to beat nonbelievers into believing. “Defenders of the Faith” is a brilliant, but not quite quintessential, metal album that will appeal to Priest fans both casual and hardcore.

Recommended Song:
Jawbreaker (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tormYU27Ldk)

Cool pick. As simplistic as Heavy Duty is, I love that song for some reason

larvtard
11-27-2011, 09:46 AM
...Wasn't that their power metal album? :barf:

JRA
11-27-2011, 12:42 PM
...Wasn't that their power metal album? :barf:

Um....what?

PowerMaiden
11-27-2011, 01:14 PM
Hate Crew Deathroll is a masterpiece. Next time try to squeeze it somewhere in your list ;)


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

DementedX14
11-27-2011, 01:48 PM
Hate Crew Deathroll is a masterpiece. Next time try to squeeze it somewhere in your list ;)


Damn right! :fist:

JRA
11-27-2011, 04:18 PM
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HM8. Manowar- Battle Hymns

Yup, no Manowar on the original list. Not sure how that happened. Even though they have the rather obnoxious reputation of "We are the greatest metal band in the world, and we have the fans and the boderline hardcore porn videos to prove it" these guys have earned their spot in the mighty halls of Valhalla. The problem was it was just really difficult to pick one album because they are all of about the same quality of above average (well the one's from the 80's anyway), and each certainly has their weak spots. Surprisingly, the weak one here is not the bass solo, which is kind of charming really. No, for me that was the album's opening song, Death Tone. Riff that's a ripoff of Kiss's below average "Rockin The USA," strike one. Really bad lyrics (which shockingly have nothing to do with not being metal and not being friends), strike two. They really should have just made this album like their live shows and started the whole thing off with their opener "Manowar".

In any case, this is a great release from when the rock & roll formula of metal was ruling the land, and the raw guitar tone does a great job of supporting that ideal. It's influence on modern power metal is also undeniable. If cheese in metal isn't kryptonite to you, give this one a spin.

Recommended Song:
Battle Hymn (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1woxkraClg)

You'll notice I didn't mention anything about the rerelease. Fuck that noise, this album did not need to be remade.

IrritatedTrout
11-28-2011, 12:35 AM
I've always thought Eat Me Alive was the weakest of Defenders too.

JRA
11-28-2011, 09:36 AM
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HM 9. Obituary- Cause of Death

I've always wanted to pop those boils around that eye on the cover.

This is as heavy as death metal gets without blastbeats. I don't really have a whole lot to say about this one to be honest. It's great death metal from a time when it was new and innovative. John Tardy is of course amazing, and while I don't much care for covers, his cadences on Circle of the Tyrants give it a nice flavor. James Murphy's leads also add nice dressing to the body of the songs (the one at the beginning of the title track is particularly tasty). I guess the reason why it didn't make the list is because the sections can drag at times.

Recommended Song:
Cause of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxd8WxQIsU)

Sepultura69
11-28-2011, 09:40 AM
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HM 9. Obituary- Cause of Death

I've always wanted to pop those boils around that eye on the cover.

This is as heavy as death metal gets without blastbeats. I don't really have a whole lot to say about this one to be honest. It's great death metal from a time when it was new and innovative. John Tardy is of course amazing, and while I don't much care for covers, his cadences on Circle of the Tyrants give it a nice flavor. James Murphy's leads also add nice dressing to the body of the songs (the one at the beginning of the title track is particularly tasty). I guess the reason why it didn't make the list is because the sections can drag at times.

Recommended Song:
Cause of Death (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYxd8WxQIsU)



CHAWWWPED IN HAAAAALLLFFUUUuuuuuuhhhhh

street_burial
11-28-2011, 09:45 AM
CHAWWWPED IN HAAAAALLLFFUUUuuuuuuhhhhh

FEEL THE BLOOD SPILLING FROM YOUR MOUTH

Epidemic Reign
11-28-2011, 10:58 AM
CHAWWWPED IN HAAAAALLLFFUUUuuuuuuhhhhh

GET TO THA CHOPPAAAUAGGHHAGAHH

JRA
11-28-2011, 11:48 AM
I P FREELEEEE

Fixed.

JRA
11-28-2011, 04:36 PM
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HM10. Ozzy Osbourne: No Rest For The Wicked

I felt I should give an honorary mention to at least one other Ozzy album. It was his heaviest since Blizzard and features the debut of one Zakk Wylde. You won’t hear the abuse of pinch harmonics and pentatonic scales here. Just a guy coming up with the best riffs and solos he can muster. I’ve also had a lot of love for drummer Randy Castillo. The touring lineup of Zakk, Randy and Geezer Butler would be one of the best lineups Ozzy ever had! Ozzy sounds like, well Ozzy. You’ve made up your mind about him whether you like this album or not. But for what it’s worth, he sounds the most menacing on this album.

Recommended Song:
Crazy Babies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4jvz_wrxis)

IrritatedTrout
11-29-2011, 01:18 AM
I think he has some impressive vocal melodies on Demon Alcohol.

JRA
11-29-2011, 08:45 AM
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HM11. Sleep: Holy Mountain

Stoner caravan from deep space arrives indeed. This album takes you on a journey regardless of you’re high or not, and its not even a concept album. Matt Pike’s doom riffs will make you do multiple takes as to whether or not your hearing Tony Iommi, and the sudden speed shifts makes you wonder whether or not you actually listening to vintage Black Sabbath (since you know, they did that a lot). Don’t be intimidated by the fact that some of these songs are over 8 minutes. They are so entrancing you won’t even realize that such a long period of time has passed. Sleep are actually kind of like Burzum in that they pick the perfect riffs that you don’t mind hearing for over 32 bars. If you consider yourself any type of fan of doom/stoner/sludge metal, this is essential!

Recommended Song:
The Druid (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVn6Kkn-eMo)

JRA
11-29-2011, 02:09 PM
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HM12. Vio-lence: Eternal Nightmare

When I first conceived my list, this album was originally on it. But as my musical collections grew, and my purist thrasher pretensions began to slightly decrease, I realized I had to make a concession. I did genuinely believe Bonded By Blood and Darkness Descends unquestionably had an impact on the greater good of metal, whereas this was an above average thrash album that was fun to taunt Machine Head fans with. Sean Killian gets a lot of crap on this album, but I prefer his vocals over a couple of people in top tier bands (David Wayne, 1986 Kai Hansen, Blitz in the late 90’s). Most of the songs here have great personalities, but Bodies on Bodies gets the nod for having not one, but two brilliant mosh thrash breaks!

Recommended Song:
Bodies on Bodies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az5RnXb9wKA)

Spiner202
11-29-2011, 02:50 PM
At least the album makes the runner-up list. It would probably be hovering at 3 or 4 on my list :P

Even in the last year or so as I've branched off from thrash into death (and a bit of black metal), that album still remains one of the greatest ever. I just can't get over how great it is and I think Sean Killian makes that album. Don't get me wrong, there are hundreds upon hundreds of great riffs in it, but his vocal performance is absolutely mind-blowing. I think every track has been my favourite at one point or another.

JRA
11-29-2011, 05:58 PM
Conclusion:

Well that was a fun ride wasn’t it kids? This unordered alphabetical list was just sitting in my computer just waiting to be revealed at the right time to the world. Perhaps I should have done it after Powermaiden’s and before Maiden33’s as my list seems to have opened to flood gates for everybody, and the idea is just really watered down now.

Would I change it if I was gonna do it again? Probably. Especially since I’ll probably have obtained more albums worthy of the top 100. I also would have just made the whole thing alphabetically ordered. Aside from the top 30, I really have no idea whether or not album 42 is really better than 69!

Well I hope this was as entertaining to you guys reading it as it was to me writing it. And hey if nothing else, I turned PowerMaiden into a Death fan! :D

Final list:

Honorary Mentions:
Anthrax- Among The Living
Autopsy- Mental Funeral
Black Sabbath- Dehumanizer
Burzum- Filosofem
Children of Bodom- Hate Crew Deathroll
Dissection- The Somberlain
Judas Priest- Defenders of The Faith
Manowar- Battle Hymns
Obituary- Cause of Death
Ozzy Osbourne- No More Tears
Sleep- Holy Mountain
Vio-lence- Eternal Nightmare

100. Metallica: Master of Puppets
99. Terrorizer: World Downfall
98. Morbid Angel: Covenant
97. Demilich: Nespithe
96. Judas Priest: Hell Bent For Leather
95. Slayer: Seasons In The Abyss
94. Bathory: Bathory
93. Venom: Black Metal
92. Overkill: The Years of Decay
91. Sepultura: Beneath The Remains
90. Bathory: The Return...
89. Suffocation: Pierced From Within
88. Motorhead: Ace of Spades
87. Possessed: Seven Churches
86. Death: Individual Thought Patterns
85. Black Sabbath: Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath
84. Morbid Angel: Formulas Fatal To The Flesh
83. Kreator: Terrible Certainty
82. Gamma Ray: Land of The Free
81. Atheist: Unquestionable Presence
80. Darkthrone: A Blaze In The Northern Sky
79. Pantera: Far Beyond Driven
78. Kreator: Extreme Aggressions
77. Helloween: Walls of Jericho
76. Mercyful Fate: Melissa
75. Slayer: South of Heaven
74. Bathory: Blood Fire Death
73. Children of Bodom: Follow The Reaper
72. Celtic Frost: Morbid Tales
71. Mastodon: Remission
70. Death: Scream Bloody Gore
69. Immortal: Pure Holocaust
68. Anthrax: Persistence of Time
67. Gamma Ray: Somewhere Out In Space
66. Overkill: Taking Over
65. Mayhem: De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
64. Deicide: Legion
63. Megadeth: Killing Is My Business
62. Enslaved: Frost
61. Bathory: Hammerheart
60. Darkthrone: Transilvanian Hunger
59. Darkthrone: Under A Funeral Moon
58. Death: Human
57. Burzum: Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
56. Death: Symbolic
55. Carcass: Heartwork
54. Emperor: In The Nightside Eclipse
53. Mastodon: Leviathan
52. Morbid Angel: Altars of Madness
51. High on Fire: Snakes For The Divine
50. Motorhead: Overkill
49. Dio: Holy Diver
48. Celtic Frost: To Mega Therion
47. Kreator: Coma of Souls
46. Megadeth: So Far...So Good, So What
45. Exodus: Bonded By Blood
44. Helloween: Keeper of The Seven Keys Part 1
43. King Diamond: Abigail
42. Mercyful Fate: Don't Break The Oath
41. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
40. At The Gates: Slaughter of The Soul
39. Black Sabbath: Volume 4
38. Dissection: Storm of the Light's Bane
37. Immortal: At The Heart of Winter
36. Pantera: Cowboys From Hell
35. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality
34. Judas Priest: Stained Class
33. Deicide: Deicide
32. Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power
31. Iron Maiden: Piece of Mind
30. Rainbow: Rising
29. Slayer: Show No Mercy
28. Overkill: Horrorscope
27. Metallica: Kill em All
26. Black Sabbath: Sabotage
25. Motorhead: 1916
24. Gamma Ray: Powerplant
23. Carcass: Necroticism- Descanting The Insalubrious
22. Slayer: Reign In Blood
21. Dark Angel: Darkness Descends
20. Slayer: Hell Awaits
19. Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden
18. Iron Maiden: Somewhere In Time
17. Judas Priest: Screaming For Vengeance
16. Megadeth: Peace Sells But Who's Buying
15. Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
14. Helloween: Keeper of The Seven Keys Part 2
13. Immortal: Sons of Northern Darkness
12. Morbid Angel: Blessed Are The Sick
11. Judas Priest: Painkiller
10. Black Sabbath: Paranoid
9. Iron Maiden: Killers
8. Kreator: Pleasure to Kill
7. Ozzy Osbourne: Tribute
6. Bathory: Under The Sign of The Black Mark
5.Metallica: Ride The Lightning
4. Megadeth: Rust In Peace
3. Judas Priest: Unleashed In The East
2. Iron Maiden: Powerslave
1. Iron Maiden: The Number of The Beast

mankvill
11-29-2011, 05:59 PM
:lovedup:

BlackDiamond
11-29-2011, 06:50 PM
:party:

Awesome list and thanks for taking the time to do this.

You have introduced me to some bands that I probably would never hear if it wasn't for this list.

JRA
11-29-2011, 08:23 PM
:party:

Awesome list and thanks for taking the time to do this.

You have introduced me to some bands that I probably would never hear if it wasn't for this list.

Thanks man, though I'm a tad confused as to what bands? I consider myself relatively middle of the road with metal tastes (except for maybe Demilich and Gamma Ray :lol:).

slapguitarer
11-29-2011, 08:40 PM
Holy Mountain should've ranked in the Top 100, but good list anyways! :party:

IrritatedTrout
11-30-2011, 01:05 AM
Really great list, man.

BlackDiamond
11-30-2011, 07:18 PM
Thanks man, though I'm a tad confused as to what bands? I consider myself relatively middle of the road with metal tastes (except for maybe Demilich and Gamma Ray :lol:).

I'm familiar with almost all the bands you have posted but I never really took the time to listen to the death metal bands. It's the one genre of metal that I have neglected, but your description of some of those records has me revisiting the genre and I'm really digging some of those albums especially Death's Scream Bloody Gore and Atheist's Unquestionable Presence.

JRA
11-30-2011, 10:19 PM
I'm really digging some of those albums especially Death's Scream Bloody Gore and Atheist's Unquestionable Presence.

Those are two completely opposite sides of the death metal spectrum so good for you!

JRA
11-21-2013, 07:18 AM
Reading through this list and thinking about what changes would be made, if I were to re-do it.

Suffocation would be gone, I've kind of fallen out of love with them lately.

ITP, Human, Terrible Certainty, Covenant, Demilich and Unquestionable Presence would be gone. Might have gotten rid of a Mastodon and Children of Bodom album too. I'd probably sub out Cause of Death for Slowly We Rot and maybe Frost for Vikingligr Veldi


I'd want the following albums to make the list, or at least the Honorary Mentions list:

Pestilence- Consuming Impulse
Coroner- No More Color (despite not having a physical copy)
Carnage- Dark Recollections
Blind Guardian- Imaginations From The Other Side
Repulsion- Horrified
Destruction- Infernal Overkill
Master's Hammer- Ritual
Candlemass- Nightfall
Candlemass- Tales of Creation
Tormentor- Anno Domini
Rotting Christ- Thy Mighty Contract
Sodom- Agent Orange
Angel Witch-Angel Witch
High On Fire- De Vermis Mysteriis
Samael- Worship Him

Transilvanian Hunger would be A LOT higher.