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Old 05-02-2011, 09:17 AM
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That's my favorite Blaze album.
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#93:
Magnitude 9 - Reality in Focus
(2001)


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

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

Featured Track:
"What My Eyes Have Seen"
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:56 AM
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BLAZE - The Tenth Dimension
(2002)
So I think Iron Maiden with Blaze is:

But a lot of his solo material is great. I'd say Tenth Dimension is perhaps my favorite. Good pick
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:43 PM
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#92:
Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell
(1987)


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

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

Featured Track:
"Rock You to Hell"
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:36 PM
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#92:
Grim Reaper - Rock You to Hell
(1987)


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

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

Featured Track:
"Rock You to Hell"
Had the first three (all?) Grim Reaper albums on vinyl in the 80's. Always enjoyed listening to them and definitely think they had some of the best album covers of the era. Have bought them all again on Japanese reissue cd's in the last year and still derive a lot of listening pleasure from them. See you in hell my friend...
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I had never heard of Grim Reaper before so I checked them out and they're great! Thanks. I'm sure I'll find other great stuff from your thread too.
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#91:
Twilightning - Delirium Veil
(2003)


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

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

Featured Track:
"Gone to the Wall"

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#90:
Rush - Permanent Waves
(1980)


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

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

Featured Track:
"Natural Science"
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Rush - Permanent Waves
(1980)


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

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

Featured Track:
"Natural Science"
Nothing wrong with this album. It's fantastic. Shame you don't like more of them, though.....
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I honestly didn't think you liked Rush at all. but Natural Science!!
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