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Old 06-01-2014, 09:45 AM
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great thread indeed !

As for Sword, they opened the Master Of Puppets show here in Montreal (Verdun) in 1986, that album did pretty good for them but they sort of disappear from the map after that... the singer still sings but not metal anymore


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great thread indeed !

As for Sword, they opened the Master Of Puppets show here in Montreal (Verdun) in 1986, that album did pretty good for them but they sort of disappear from the map after that... the singer still sings but not metal anymore


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Very cool info. I think I vaguely remember hearing they opened that show, but I didn't know their singer was still active. That show must have been amazing, not just for Sword, but obviously for Metallica as well. No matter how much great thrash I find (and there will be more of that on this list than anything else) Metallica is still one of my favourites.
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I have Deathrow's "Raging Steel" album which is fantastic, really extreme thrash metal. Like early Kreator.
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44. Picture - Picture (Netherlands, 1980, Heavy Metal)



Why you need to hear this: Picture is a band with a somewhat long and intimidating discography. While I'm by no means an expert in their work, this album, along with the next 3, are all essential stuff. "Picture" leans more towards hard rock at times, but fans of early Priest, Riot, and Scorpions will definitely enjoy this record. This album is full of catchy hooks. The riffs are extremely simplistic, but they rock quite hard. The bass is loud and punchy and fills the void created by the guitars minimal distortion (at least, compared to today's bands). This album has a lot of guitar solos, but they're all really well-phrased. They also have some unique ideas, like in "He's A Player", where the vocalist pulls off this crazy melody that is complimented by the guitar underneath. A bit cringy, perhaps, but it was 1980 and metal was still about having fun and rocking out!

This spot could have gone to any of the first 4 albums, but this is the one I've come back to the most often because the songwriting is the strongest. They do get slightly heavier as they go on though.

Bonus Info: Like "Deception Ignored", this album was also reissued by Divebomb Records, along with "Heavy Metal Ears", "Diamond Dreamer", and "Eternal Dark". Buy these while they're still available!

Recommended tracks: Dirty Street Fighter, Bombers, and He's A Player

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I have Deathrow's "Raging Steel" album which is fantastic, really extreme thrash metal. Like early Kreator.
Agreed. It's probably my least favourite of the first 3, but it is still very good.
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43. Carnage - Dark Recollections (Sweden, 1990, Death Metal)



Why you need to hear this: Seemingly lost amidst the explosion of death metal in the early 1990's, not only was Carnage better than most of their peers, they consisted of some of them. Amongst the band's ranks were members of Entombed and Dismember, alongside Michael Amott (Carcass, Arch Enemy). In fact, "Dark Recollections" is essentially Dismember featuring Michael Amott. This release is nothing out of the ordinary for Swedish death metal: it has the famed HM-02 buzzsaw guitar tone alongside crushing vocals. The main reason this album deserves a spot on this list is because this album never got the appreciation that the debut's of Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, and Grave did, even though only "Left Hand Path" was better than this record. I have to admit that I'm not a big Swedish death metal fan, but this album is certainly among the better records the scene had to offer.

Recommended tracks: All of them (this is more of an album record than a song one).
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The main reason this album deserves a spot on this list is because this album never got the appreciation that the debut's of Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, and Grave did, even though only "Left Hand Path" was better than this record.
Fully agreed. When it comes to the classic Swedish death metal sound Left Hand Path and Dark Recollections are always my go to albums. Everything that came out after them could never quite match up quality wise.
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43. Carnage - Dark Recollections (Sweden, 1990, Death Metal)
Great, underrated record!!
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43. Carnage - Dark Recollections (Sweden, 1990, Death Metal)



Why you need to hear this: Seemingly lost amidst the explosion of death metal in the early 1990's, not only was Carnage better than most of their peers, they consisted of some of them. Amongst the band's ranks were members of Entombed and Dismember, alongside Michael Amott (Carcass, Arch Enemy). In fact, "Dark Recollections" is essentially Dismember featuring Michael Amott. This release is nothing out of the ordinary for Swedish death metal: it has the famed HM-02 buzzsaw guitar tone alongside crushing vocals. The main reason this album deserves a spot on this list is because this album never got the appreciation that the debut's of Entombed, Unleashed, Dismember, and Grave did, even though only "Left Hand Path" was better than this record. I have to admit that I'm not a big Swedish death metal fan, but this album is certainly among the better records the scene had to offer.

Recommended tracks: All of them (this is more of an album record than a song one).
This album is absolutely fantastic. It actually came out before any other Swedish death metal album. Including Left Hand Path.
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Really interesting thread.
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This album is absolutely fantastic. It actually came out before any other Swedish death metal album. Including Left Hand Path.
It's unlikely that is true. Multiple sites claim it was released in February 1990, but that is actually when the album was recorded. Also, the band broke up before the album was even released and their last show was on May 4th of that year. I've tried to find a source for the actual release date to no avail, but spirit-of-metal.com claims it was released in December 1990, which seems more accurate.
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