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Slayer - Show No Mercy
Slayer - Live Undead
Slayer - Haunting the Chapel
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Metal Church - Metal Church
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Dio - The Last in Line
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
Dio - Holy Diver
Alcatrazz - No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Omen - Battle Cry
Loudness - Disillusion
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
Steeler - Steeler
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac
Venom - Black Metal
Scorpions - Blackout
Budgie - Deliver Us From Evil
Venom - Welcome to Hell
Rush - Moving Pictures
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman
Iron Maiden - Killers
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Scorpions - Lovedrive
Judas Priest - Stained Class
Rush - 2112
 
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preview  Metallica preview  Ride the Lightning (1984) (90/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Ride the Lightning Canonically among the greatest Metal albums of all time, Ride the Lightning took the Thrash from Kill Em All and, at the expense of some speed and energy, added superb songwriting, lyricism, and a wide range of emotions and moods. In fact, one of the things that makes Ride the Lightning so good is that anyone can enjoy it – you don’t have to be a Thrash fan or even a metalhead to appreciate the fantastic musicianship of the title track, or the emotional weight of “Fade to Black.” Still my favorite Metallica album, Ride the Lightning has stood the test of time for music fans of all kinds.
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preview  Iron Maiden preview  Powerslave (1984) (90/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Powerslave The greatest pure Heavy Metal record of it's time. While Thrash, Speed, Doom and Black Metal were taking the genre into more extreme - and dare I say interesting - directions, Iron Maiden were sticking with the tried and true and perfecting it. Here, Maiden mix the fantastic guitar work and hooks they’ve always had with a slightly speedier and more progressive sound, and it works magically. Every song on here is great, but the bookends and title track are truly special. Bruce’s voice has always been fantastic, but he sounds better than ever here, and that’s not just his range – the notes he hits to harmonize with the music are really unique here, and he’s pulling off magnificent vocal lines while still changing things up every so often to keep your brain entertained. It really is a Heavy Metal masterpiece.
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preview  Bathory preview  Bathory (1984) (75/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Bathory Venom planted the seeds of Black Metal with their simple, Satanic, and raw style that aimed to be as fast and abrasive as possible. Bathory was the plant that grew from those seeds. Although not an astounding effort on it’s own, Bathory was an album that was indisputably Black Metal, and – whether purposefully or due to lack of money – set the standard for the use of terrible production as a tool to create atmosphere. Indeed, the album sounds like you’re listening to some cultists play in the middle of the woods from inside your bedroom. However, it works – the album sounds very dark, and very evil, and it’s convincing in that darkness, unlike Venom which were rather humorous in the end. Imperfect, but a brilliant first child for the genre of Black Metal.
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preview  Slayer preview  Show No Mercy (1983) (100/100)    Jul 7, 2019
Show No Mercy I’ve always loved Slayer, this album being among my favorite releases by them, but it becomes so much more amazing when compared to the contemporaries at the time. Absolutely nothing was this insane – not even close.
Speed? We had Metallica, but they’d only go into overdrive on a couple songs – and even then, it never matched Slayer. Tremolo guitar picking has never been this fast. And Dave’s drumming was something else. The speed and technique of the drumming here had never been seen in metal before. I’d guess only some Jazz and the best Prog Rock drummers had the level of chops Dave put on this album back in 1983.
Riffs? Hell no. You think Paranoid had great riffs? Number of the Beast? They were all lacking something. Slayer doesn’t just deliver riffs – they deliver evil riffs. Wailing, screaming guitars walked the line between melodic and chaotic, bringing a perfect harmony of very catchy riffs and a dark, harrowing mood. No music sounded this dark and melodic at this time; any other bands attempting the evil schtick at the time relied on purely being noisy and chaotic with little technique (Venom, Hellhammer).
And then there’s the vocals. Not just the style, but the delivery. Tom’s trademark yelling here has become something often imitated, and I daresay it was many people’s introduction to harsher vocal styles. Tom was not the first to employ a harsh vocal style (Venom, Black Flag), but he absolutely did it better than anyone else at the time. ... See More
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preview  Metallica preview  Kill 'Em All (1983) (75/100)    Jul 7, 2019
Kill 'Em All Kill ‘Em All is a mixed bag for me. On one end, it’s got some amazing music that was revolutionary at the time. On the other end, it doesn’t hold up all that well. For a Thrash Metal album, it’s incredibly lighthearted. They’ve got…(2?) songs on here that are just about playing music, they’ve got one about going to hell but it’s carried by an incredibly uptempo riff, and . Basically, real generic stuff you might find on a Nickleback album. The introspective and literature-influenced lyrics of Ride the Lightning are nowhere to be found here, and it really matches the all-around mood, which is not serious at all. As I said, it’s lighthearted, and if I’m listening to Thrash… that’s the last thing I want.
Aside from those weaknesses though, it still was one of the heaviest albums of its time, and it really had no tracks that were bad by any means. The B side is where they really shine, I think. Phantom Lord has great riffs and solos, and stays fast-paced throughout. No Remorse is one of my favorite Metallica tracks, and trudges through slower, darker riffs until breaking out in their fastest finale ever. No one would question the fantastic guitar fest of Seek & Destroy and closer Metal Militia. James’ vocals here are also more savage than ever. I can’t say I prefer them because his voice always sounds fantastic, but this side of them is certainly a treat.
Overrated, but still a great record.
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Ample Destruction preview  Jag Panzer preview  Ample Destruction (1984) (70/100)    Oct 16, 2019
One of the first USPM bands, and they've got a nice edge as well as some great melodic riffs. Most of the material though is standard USPM. A few of the tracks have a medieval sound to them that helps produce that "epic" atmosphere.
Into Battle preview  Brocas Helm preview  Into Battle (1984) (70/100)    Oct 8, 2019
Interesting debut that adds some Neoclassical attributes to cult trad metal a la Manila Road. Quite good throughout, but nothing that stands out at the time.
Tyrants preview  Jag Panzer preview  Tyrants (1983)  [EP] (60/100)    Oct 8, 2019
Very mediocre debut, though it had some rather heavy moments for the early age of 1983.
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Live Undead preview  Slayer preview  Live Undead (1984)  [Live] (95/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Fantastic set from Slayer. Nothing else to be said.
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Rising Force preview  Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force preview  Rising Force (1984) (75/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Here, Yngwie takes his melodic neoclassical style and takes it up to 11, thereby birthing Neoclassical Metal. In my opinion, he works better as a lead guitarist in bands such as Alcatrazz and Steeler than as a solo artists. Still, there are some very strong riffs here, though the solos sometimes fall flat.
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W.A.S.P. preview  W.A.S.P. preview  W.A.S.P. (1984) (85/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Wow. Very good Glam Heavy Metal, then called "shock rock" as the lyrics are almost exclusively about sex. This kind of dark, sleazy Glam works really well, and the riffs and vocals are fantastic.
War and Pain preview  Voivod preview  War and Pain (1984) (70/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Pretty standard Thrash debut from Voivod, though this release has a lot more Hardcore Punk influence than say, any of the Big 4 did. It's rough, but it's fast and heavy as hell.
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At War with Satan preview  Venom preview  At War with Satan (1984) (75/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Venom opt for a more complex album, laying down a nearly 20 minute track that eclipses half of the record. It works alright, but I think their more straightforward, fast, short and simple approach worked better for them.
Psalm 9 preview  Trouble preview  Psalm 9 (1984) (65/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Relatively solid for early Trad Doom, but there isn't any staying power, nor anything that makes Trouble stand out among their contemporaries.
Haunting the Chapel preview  Slayer preview  Haunting the Chapel (1984)  [EP] (95/100)    Sep 26, 2019
Slayer continue being the greatest metal band of their time, pioneering just how fast, heavy, and evil metal can be. Much more technical and passionate than their Black Metal contemporaries, yet far more extreme than anything else in the mainstream, Slayer held a niche position and rode it high.
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Ample Destruction The Crucifix (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Cardiac Arrest (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Reign of the Tyrants (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction The Watching (80/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Generally Hostile (80/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Harder Than Steel (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Symphony of Terror (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Warfare (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Ample Destruction Licensed to Kill (75/100)    Oct 16, 2019
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Rising Force Farewell (75/100)    Sep 26, 2019
preview  Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force preview  Rising Force (1984)
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