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Old 08-12-2014, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Album Review Index for Pounding Decibels - A Hard and Heavy History

What it says in the title. Anyone who spends even a little time in the journal section knows about Unknown Soldier's journal. For anyone who has missed it, or is new to this site, Pounding Decibels is a thread in the journal section of the site that chronicles the history of hard rock/metal with a series of reviews for each of what he sees as the top ten albums of that year, starting with 1969. It's still going strong around the year 1982 as of this writing, and is set to continue as long as Unknown Soldier's fingers hold out. It's a comprehensive resource that anyone looking into the history of metal and should be your first stop on this site.

Unfortunately it's never had an index with links to each of the album reviews though. Given how big the thread has gotten over the years, this makes it rather difficult and time-consuming to navigate, so this deficiency is now being rectified...

P.S. I might be posting this thread, but all work on his journal is done by Unknown Soldier. All of it.


10 Influential albums worth listening to (before moving onto the main list)


1969

10. Deep Purple - Deep Purple

9. Bloodrock - Bloodrock

8. Grand Funk Railroad - On Time

7. High Tide - Sea Shanties

6. Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk

5. MC5 - Kick Out the Jams

4. Humble Pie - As Safe As Yesterday Is

3. Free - Tons of Sobs

2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin


Also Check This Out... King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King

Albums that missed the cut... Humble Pie - Town and Country, Free - Free, Jeff Beck Group - Beck-Ola, Leslie West - Mountain, Spooky Tooth - Spooky Two

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... The Stooges - The Stooges



1970

10. May Blitz - May Blitz

9. Stray - Stray

8. Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend

7. Free - Fire and Water

6. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

5. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come

4. Deep Purple - Deep Purple In Rock

3. Trapeze - Medusa

2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid


Also Check This Out... Flower Travellin' Band - Anywhere

Albums that missed the cut... James Gang - Rides Again, Uriah Heep - ...Very 'eavy...Very 'umble, Mountain - Climbing!, Blue Cheer - The Original Human Being, Free - Highway, Grand Funk Railroad - Closer to Home, MC5 - Back in the USA, Warhorse - Warhorse, Bloodrock - Bloodrock 2, Cactus - Cactus

The Live Album Section... Grand Funk Railroad - Live Album

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... The Stooges - Funhouse

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Atomic Rooster - Death Walks Behind You



1971

10. Budgie - Budgie

9. Mountain Nantucket - Sleighride

8. Deep Purple - Fireball

7. Stray - Suicide

6. Alice Cooper - Killer

5. Alice Cooper - Love it to Death

4. Flower Travellin' Band - Satori

3. Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself

2. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV


Also Check This Out... Hairy Chapter - Can’t Get Through

Albums that missed the cut... Humble Pie - Rock On, Jeff Beck Group - Rough and Ready, Uriah Heep - Salisbury, Leaf Hound - Growers of Mushroom, Dust - Dust, Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore

The Live Album Section... Free - Free Live!

Humble Pie - Performance Rockin’ the Fillmore

Blues, Psychedelic, Progressive, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or Just Plain Eclectic 1969-1971 Part 1... Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

Blues, Psychedelic, Progressive, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or Just Plain Eclectic 1969-1971 Part 2... Groundhogs - Thank Christ for the Bomb, Live at Leeds, and Split

Blues, Psychedelic, Progressive, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal or Just Plain Eclectic 1969-1971 Part 3... Pink Fairies - Neverneverland



1972

10. Hard Stuff - Bulletproof

9. Flower Travellin’ Band - Made in Japan

8. Dust - Hard Attack

7. Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult

6. Trapeze - You Are the Music…We’re Just the Band

5. Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards/Uriah Heep - The Magician’s Birthday

4. Mott the Hoople - All the Young Dudes/Mott the Hoople - Brain Capers

3. Night Sun - Mournin’

2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol.4

1. Deep Purple - Machine Head


Also Check This Out... Bang - Bang

Albums that missed the cut... Budgie - Squawk, Alice Cooper - School’s Out, Ursa Major - Ursa Major, Jerusalem - Jerusalem, Stray - Saturday Morning Pictures, Buffalo - Dead Forever

The Live Album Section... Deep Purple - Made in Japan

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Humble Pie - Smokin’

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond

In the Shadow of Sabbath Pt.1... Black Widow, Iron Claw, Lucifer Was, and The Navajos Blues Band
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1973

10. Montrose - Montrose

9. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy

8. Buffalo - Volcanic Rock

7. Grand Funk - We’re an American Band

6. Nazareth - Razamanaz

5. Free - Heartbreaker

4. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies

3. Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation

2. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend

1. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


Also Check This Out... Rick Derringer - All American Boy

Albums that missed the cut... Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love, Flower Travellin’ Band - Make Up, Hard Stuff - Bolox Dementia, Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom, Aerosmith - Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds of the Western World

The Live Album Section... Uriah Heep - Live

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Mott the Hoople - Mott

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... New York Dolls - New York Dolls

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... The Stooges - Raw Power

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... The Pink Fairies - Kings of Oblivion

In the Shadow of Sabbath Pt.2... Pentagram and Necromandus



1974

10. Deep Purple - Burn/Deep Purple - Stormbringer

9. Kiss - Kiss/Kiss - Hotter Than Hell

8. Buffalo - Only Want You for Your Body

7. Bachman-Turner Overdrive - Not Fragile

6. Nazareth - Loud ‘n’ Proud/Nazareth - Rampant

5. Aerosmith - Get Your Wings

4. UFO - Phenomenon

3. Bad Company - Bad Company

2. Budgie - In for the Kill!

1. Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties


Also Check This Out... Granicus - Granicus

Albums that missed the cut... Thin Lizzy - Nightlife, Montrose - Paper Money, Grand Funk - Shinin’ On, Rush - Rush, Elf - LA.59, Scorpions - Fly to the Rainbow, Trapeze - Hot Wire

The Queen Phenomenon 1973-1974 Part 1... Queen, Queen II, and Sheer Heart Attack

Hard Heavy and a Classic... New York Dolls - Too Much Too Soon

Hawkwind and Space Rock: A Serious Session in Brain Damage 1970-1974 Part 1... Hawkwind, X In Search of Space, Doremi Fasol Latido, Space Ritual, Hall of the Mountain Grill



1975

10. Deep Purple - Come Taste the Band/Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

9. Montrose - Warner Bros. Presents… Montrose!

8. Black Sabbath - Sabotage

7. Thin Lizzy - Fighting

6. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog

5. Budgie - Bandolier

4. UFO - Force It

3. Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare

2. Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

1. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti


Also Check This Out... Angel - Angel

Albums that missed the cut... Kiss - Dressed to Kill, Bad Company - Straight Shooter, Dirty Tricks - Dirty Tricks, Rush - Fly by Night, Scorpions - In Trance, Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent

The Live Album Section... Blue Oyster Cult - On Your Feet or on Your Knees

Kiss - Alive!

Grand Funk - Caught in the Act

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Armageddon - Armageddon

Hard, Heavy and Worth a Mention... Uriah Heep - Return to Fantasy



1976

10. Ian Gillan Band - Child in Time

9. Piper - Piper

8. Moxy - Moxy

7. Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny

6. Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune

5. Kiss - Destroyer/Kiss - Rock and Roll Over

4. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak/Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox

3. Truth and Janey - No Rest for the Wicked

2. Rainbow - Rising

1. Aerosmith - Rocks


Also Check This Out... The Babys - The Babys

Albums that missed the cut... Scorpions - Virgin Killer, Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Goes to Hell, Trapeze - Trapeze, Montrose - Jump On It, Stray - Houdini, Lucifer’s Friend - Mind Exploring

Hard, Heavy and Worth a Mention... Heart - Dreamboat Annie

Hard, Heavy and Worth a Mention... Ocean - God’s Clown

Hard, Heavy, and a Tad Aggressive... The Runaways and Motorhead

The Live Album... Led Zeppelin - The Song Remains the Same
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1977

10. The Hunt - The Hunt

9. Riot - Rock City

8. Legs Diamond - A Diamond Is a Hard Rock/Legs Diamond - Legs Diamond

7. Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever

6. Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres

5. Aerosmith - Draw the Line

4. Judas Priest - Sin After Sin

3. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

2. Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation

1. UFO - Lights Out


Also Check This Out... Quartz - Quartz

Albums that missed the cut... Motorhead - Motorhead, Triumph - Rock & Roll Machine, Uriah Heep - Firefly, Lone Star - Firing on All Six, Kiss - Love Gun, Krokus
- To You All, Nazareth - Expect No Mercy, Sammy Hagar - Sammy Hagar


The Live Album Section... Rainbow - On Stage

Kiss - Alive II

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Max Webster - High Class in Borrowed Shoes

Thor - Keep the Dogs Away

The Queen Phenomenon 1975-1977 Part 2... A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, and News of the World

Hawkwind and Space Rock: A Serious Session in Brain Damage 1975-1977 Part 2... Warrior On the Edge of Time, Astounding Sounds, Amazing Music, and Quark Strangeness and Charm



1978

10. Gillan - Gillan

9. Nazareth - No Mean City

8. Scorpions - Taken By Force

7. AC/DC - Powerage

6. Ace Frehley - Ace Frehley

5. UFO - Obsession

4. Judas Priest - Killing Machine

3. Van Halen - Van Halen

2. Rainbow - Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

1. Judas Priest - Stained Class


Also Check This Out... Sorcery - Stunt Rock

Albums that missed the cut... Uriah Heep - Fallen Angel, Granmax - Kiss Heaven Goodbye, Shakin’ Street - Vampire Rock, Gary Moore - Back on the Streets, Whitesnake - Trouble, Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo

The Live Album Section... AC/DC - If You Want Blood You’ve Got It

Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo!

Scorpions - Tokyo Tapes

Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous

Some other great live albums that also came out in 1978... Aerosmith - Live! Bootleg, Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening, Sammy Hagar - All Night Long, and Mahogany Rush - Live

Hard, Heavy and Worth a Mention... Molly Hatchet - Molly Hatchet



1979

10. Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts

9. Rainbow - Down to Earth

8. Nokemono - From the Black World

7. Gillan - Mr.Universe

6. Van Halen - Van Halen II

5. Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend

4. Motorhead - Overkill

3. Motorhead - Bomber

2. AC/DC - Highway to Hell

1. Scorpions - Lovedrive


Also Check This Out... Kiss - Dynasty

Albums that missed the cut... Riot - Narita, Samson - Survivors, Trust - L'elite, Helix - Breaking Loose, TKO - Let It Roll, Whitesnake - Lovehunter

The Live Album Section... Judas Priest - Unleashed in the East

UFO - Strangers in the Night

Hard, Heavy and a Classic... Triumph - Just a Game

Hard, Heavy and Worth a Mention... Blackfoot - Strikes

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1980: The New Wave of British Heavy Metal

20. Manilla Road - Invasion

19. Krokus - Metal Rendez-Vous

18. Scorpions - Animal Magnetism

17. Witchfynde - Give ‘Em Hell

16. Samson - Head On

15. White Spirit - White Spirit

14. Van Halen - Women and Children First

13. Triumph - Progressions of Power

12. Quartz - Stand Up and Fight

11. Def Leppard - On Through the Night

10. Michael Schenker Group - Michael Schenker Group

9. Saxon - Wheels of Steel

8. Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law

7. Angel Witch - Angel Witch

6. Motorhead - Ace of Spades

5. Judas Priest - British Steel

4. Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

3. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

2. AC/DC - Back in Black

1. Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations


Down On the Slab... Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
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1981

20. Cirith Ungol - Frost and Fire

19. UFO - The Wild, the Willing & the Innocent

18. Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies

17. Saracen - Heroes, Saints, & Fools

16. Gillan - Future Shock

15. Van Halen - Fair Warning

14. Venom - Welcome to Hell

13. Raven - Rock Until You Drop

12. Samson - Shock Tactics

11. Y&T - Earthshaker

10. Def Leppard - High ‘n’ Dry

9. Riot - Fire Down Under

8. Tygers of Pan Tang - Spellbound

7. Triumph - Allied Forces

6. Michael Schenker - Group MSG

5. Motorhead - No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith

4. Motley Crue - Too Fast for Love

3. Iron Maiden - Killers

2. Saxon - Denim and Leather

1. Black Sabbath - Mob Rules


Down on the Slab... Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman



1982

20. Manowar - Battle Hymns

19. Twisted Sister - Under the Blade

18. Samson - Before the Storm

17. Vandenberg - Vandenberg

16. Motorhead - Iron Fist

15. Y&T - Black Tiger

14. Michael Schenker Group - Assault Attack

13. Kiss - Creatures of the Night

12. Witchfinder General - Death Penalty

11. Venom - Black Metal

10. Diamond Head - Borrowed Time

9. Saxon - The Eagle Has Landed

8. Hanoi Rocks - Self Destruction Blues

7. Uriah Heep - Abominog

6. Tank - Filth Hounds of Hades

5. Scorpions - Blackout

4. The Rods - Wild Dogs

3. Anvil - Metal on Metal

2. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

1. Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance



1983

Glam Metal

20. Savatage - Sirens/The Dungeons Are Calling

19. Steeler - Steeler

18. Kiss - Lick It Up

17. Trance - Power Infusion

16. Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac

15. Raven - All for One

14. Tank - This Means War

13. Saxon - Power & the Glory

12. Hanoi Rocks - Back to Mystery City

11. Twisted Sister - You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll

10. Quiet Riot - Metal Health

9. Manilla Road - Crystal Logic

8. Manowar - Into Glory Ride

7. Slayer - Show No Mercy

6. Accept - Restless and Wild

5. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil

4. Def Leppard - Pyromania

3. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

2. Dio - Holy Diver

1. Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind


Down On the Slab... Black Sabbath - Born Again

New Wave of British Heavy Metal '79 Revisited

Satan - Court in the Act

Metal Blade Records - Metal Massacre I/Metal Massacre II

Metal Blade Records - Metal Massacre III/Metal Massacre IV

Warlord - Deliver Us



1984

Thrash Metal

26. Black ‘N Blue - Black ‘N Blue

25. Pretty Maids - Red, Hot and Heavy

24. Queensryche - The Warning/Queensryche - Queensryche

23. Ratt - Out of the Cellar

22. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.

21. Dokken - Tooth and Nail

20. Trouble - Psalm 9

19. Armored Saint - March of the Saint

18. Great White - Great White

17. 220 Volt - Power Games

16. Dio - The Last in Line

15. Venom - At War with Satan

14. Manowar - Hail to England

13. Van Halen - 1984

12. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction

11. Gravestone -Victim of Chains

10. Metal Church - Metal Church

9. Mercyful Fate - Don’t Break the Oath

8. Icon - Icon

7. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry

6. Judas Priest -Defenders of the Faith

5. Accept - Balls to the Wall

4. Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

3. Metallica - Ride the Lightning

2. Scorpions - Love at First Sting

1. Iron Maiden - Powerslave


Down on the Slab... Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force

Bathory - Bathory

Found All the Parts... Europe - Europe & Europe - Wings of Tomorrow

Found All the Parts... Helix - No Rest for the Wicked
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Some damn good albums among those lists for sure but have to say I strongly disagree with some of the
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Some damn good albums among those lists for sure but have to say I strongly disagree with some of the
( a lot the ) genre classifications.
Let me know some of genre classifications that you don't agree with and I'll have a look.
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Scorpions' Lovedrive totally deserves top 10. I also agree that Virgin was also worth a mention, but not top 10 material.
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Scorpions' Lovedrive totally deserves top 10. I also agree that Virgin was also worth a mention, but not top 10 material.
Lovedrive is their best album imo.
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