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Post by JMP on Tue Apr 07, 2015 8:10 pm

I know we have some metalheads in our little community...I am definitely one!

While I mostly listen to death/black/doom/thrash metal these days, I always have time for the classics. So, here are my top 5 classic metal albums...I'm not including thrash or anything else, just classic-era stuff. I'm also limiting myself to one album per band.

1. JUDAS PRIEST - Sad Wings of Destiny
2. BLACK SABBATH - Sabotage
3. IRON MAIDEN - Killers
4. DIO - Holy Diver
5. MOTORHEAD - Overkill

#5 is subject to change...definitely a lot of contenders (Accept, Twisted Sister, Ozzy, Motley Crue [Shout At the Devil only...], Queensryche, etc.)

Feel free to add your list...

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Post by Birdmond on Wed Apr 08, 2015 9:28 am

Very nice list and pretty much every one of them is in my iTunes library.

IMHO Rainbow Rising is the best work Dio ever did.

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by JMP on Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:22 am

Birdmond wrote:IMHO Rainbow Rising is the best work Dio ever did.

So hard to choose...pretty much everything he touched was incredible. My Dio favorites (in no particular order) are Rainbow Rising, Long Live Rock & Roll, the first two Dio-Sabbath albums, and the first two Dio albums. Ronnie is a true legend!!

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by Degarmo on Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:59 am

No particular order:

Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
Badlands - Badlands
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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by finskev on Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:29 pm

Def Leppard - Hysteria Lol

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Post by JMP on Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:45 pm

finskev wrote:Def Leppard - Hysteria   Lol

I'm not a big Def Leppard fan, but if you said High & Dry or even Pyromania I'd cut you some slack. But Hysteria??? Hell no!! Evil or Very Mad


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Post by finskev on Thu Apr 09, 2015 12:59 pm

Ok than I will go with Pyromania. Very Happy Def Leppard really lost there sound when The drummer lost his Arm.

How about Rush- Exit stage Left
AC/DC Back in Black

I have a Feeling I'm not going Metal Enough.

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Post by JMP on Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:03 pm

finskev wrote:How about Rush- Exit stage Left
AC/DC Back in Black

I have a Feeling I'm not going Metal Enough.

They are metal enough for me! Love both bands.

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by Degarmo on Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:22 pm

Man, if we're including Rush, my list needs revising Smile
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Post by JMP on Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:34 pm

I'm totally OK including Rush. They're not exactly "metal", but their early stuff, at least, is as close as it gets - and they were a huge influence on metal for sure.

As for your list, Degarmo, Badlands in the top 5 just won't cut it. Get some Rush in there instead, dammit! lol! lol!

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Post by Birdmond on Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:12 pm

I've been listening to Fastway a lot lately. I'm kind of in a music rut. I bought a bunch of Warrant and Skid Row the other day.

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Post by JMP on Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:21 pm

Fastway! Very nice! "Say What You Will" and "All Fired Up" are great songs!

I listened to Maiden's Powerslave and Accept's Balls To the Wall albums this week...so awesome.

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Post by Birdmond on Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:46 pm

I actually forgot about Accept.

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Post by Degarmo on Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:29 pm

JMP wrote:As for your list, Degarmo, Badlands in the top 5 just won't cut it.  Get some Rush in there instead, dammit!  lol! lol!  

I don't know, man, that first Badlands album was one of the best things I've listened to.
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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by JMP on Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:35 pm

Well, Jake E. Lee certainly shreds, but Badlands just doesn't do anything for me. Not quite heavy enough for my tastes. One of my friends loves that first album, though, so I do get to hear it from time to time.



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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by HalCHorn on Mon Aug 24, 2015 6:54 pm

I'm late to the game on this one, and of course like all lists it would likely change a bit from month to month, but my top 10 would likely be pretty close to this:

AC/DC Back in Black (though I could put any number of their records in their spot, I'll limit one per band. Rock or Bust is a really terrific album for a band that's been at it nearly 40 years, btw Their underrated classic that I keep coming back to: For Those About to Rock and Flick of the Switch)
SAVATAGE Hall of the Mountain King (Superb. This band was vastly underrated in its prime, which was 1985-1991 until Criss Oliva's untimely death and Jon Oliva's subsequent departure. Best overall record they came up with though Gutter Ballet is close.)
IRON MAIDEN The Number of the Beast
JUDAS PRIEST British Steel (I think Painkiller is very underrated these days too)
ANTHRAX Among the Living (their peak. The 1987 concert I saw was where much of the I'm the Man EP was recorded.)
MOTORHEAD Ace of Spades (another band that I could put any number of records in their spot. Another Perfect Day and Overnight Sensation are their hidden treasures IMO)
SCORPIONS Animal Magnetism (though you can't go wrong with anything from 1979-1984 IMO. Crazy World has one overplayed single but is otherwise almost at the same level)
KROKUS Headhunter (They were dissed for sounding too much like AC/DC, and this is their only great record, but what a record it is. Give it a chance. Too bad the personnel changes started right after this; they never approached this level again)
KIX Hot Wire (A pop metal classic that came along in 1991, too late)
GRIM REAPER (not a great band by any means, but they came up with this one record that I keep revisiting far more often than I seem to realize)

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by JMP on Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:18 am

Excellent list, Hal.

Glad you mentioned 'For Those About To Rock' and 'Flick of the Switch'...two of my favorite AC/DC records, and probably the two I reach for most often when I need an AC/DC fix.

Savatage was a great band. I prefer their first two releases ('The Dungeons Are Calling' and 'Sirens'), but 'Hall...' is excellent. That title track is one of the greatest metal songs ever!

'Among the Living' is a perfect album...just amazing. Definitely in my top 10.

Motorhead is Motorhead - they can do no wrong! 'Another Perfect Day' is definitely the 'forgotten' album in their catalog, and that's a shame because it kicks ass.

Love the Scorps, too. 'Virgin Killer' is my fave.

Krokus 'Headhunter' is indeed an excellent album. The title track is the heaveist - and best- thing they ever did...so awesome.

Grim Reaper's first two albums still get regular play around here. Such an underrated band.

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Post by JMP on Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:47 am

Listened to a couple of old underrated gems this weekend:

RIOT - Fire Down Under (1981) - all killer, no filler...opener 'Swords and Tequila' is a true classic!

MSG (Michael Schenker Group) - MSG (1981) - so many great songs, especially side one...opener 'Are You Ready To Rock' is a classic anthem and sounds a lot like Schenker's old band UFO

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Post by HalCHorn on Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:02 am

Speaking of Riot, I revisited the late Rhett Forrester's 1988 solo LP this past week. "Assume the Position" has to be one of the simultaneously cheesy (with Rhett aping Coverdale just a bit) and borderline pornographic videos of the entire era. Check out the 4:46 version on YouTube.

Talented singer; very sad that he was killed in an attempted carjacking just a few years later. Another who could have made it big if a couple of things had broken his way.

And yes, I think "Swords and Tequila" is my favorite Riot song, at least of the Guy Speranza era. He also died way too young.

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Post by JMP on Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:29 pm

I'll have to check out that "Assume the Position" video - never saw it.

Rhett had a really cool voice. I really like the Restless Breed album.

And while we are in this thread and discussing deaths, classic Motorhead drummer "Philthy Animal" Phil Taylor just died at the age of 61. A true legend...revolutionized double bass drumming. One of my favorite drummers for sure. R.I.P.

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by HalCHorn on Fri Nov 13, 2015 10:05 pm

My favorite performance of Phil's, and one of my 3 favorite songs ever by the band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buElOjx2T7w

Oh, and definitely **not safe for work** but here's Assume the Position:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rquF6oTa_h8

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Re: Top 5 classic metal albums

Post by JMP on Sun Nov 15, 2015 10:39 am

HalCHorn wrote:My favorite performance of Phil's, and one of my 3 favorite songs ever by the band:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buElOjx2T7w

Oh, and definitely **not safe for work** but here's Assume the Position:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rquF6oTa_h8

Man that Motorhead video is so classic. That's one of my favorite Motorhead songs too!

And, wow...the Assume the Position vid is classic too...in a whole different way! LOL Basketball

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