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Old 01-21-2015, 05:18 AM   #31 (permalink)
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13. Tygers of Pan-Tang --- Wild Cat --- (1980)

Hear the Tygers they way they were meant to be, with original vocalist Jeff Cox before they wimped out and went all AOR. A real NWOBHM album with fangs and claws and a roar to scare the **** out of you. In a good way. Standouts "Suzie smiled", "Slave to freedom", "Killers".

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Old 01-21-2015, 10:03 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Just a word about why these threads are being made, as some people seem to think them unnecessary.

Consider someone coming new to MB and not knowing anything about metal/prog/punk (there's now one for punk apparently) and wanting to try it out. Wouldn't it be a fine reference source to have, that they could check this list and see what we all think the definitive metal/prog/punk albums are? In addition to providing recs for people I feel this could be a good resource (perhaps stickied hint hint) that people could refer to.

That's why I started these threads.

Yes, the generic 1001 albums thread is good, but do you really want to, as a prospective fan of either subgenre, trawl through a load of albums that may not interest you until you get to the ones that do? So having separate genre/subgenre lists I think is a good thing to do.

And so that's my thinking behind the creation of these threads. If nobody or only a few people participate I don't mind: I'll keep adding albums because I want to build this up into a list people can turn to when they are looking for the sort of albums they should try out when checking out these subgenres.

And now, back to the list...
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14. Manowar --- Battle Hymns --- (1982)
There are better Manowar albums, sure, but if you want to hear where it all began you need to check this out. Exploding onto the scene in 1982 Manowar upped and changed the game, with an ethos that spat "death to False Metal!" and an iron-studded fist challenge to the real metal bands to stand up and be counted. Look at that album cover! A big, tough, don't-****-with-me eagle that screams to be flying on a standard above the massed hordes of the metal armies, blood and gore spraying everywhere, the metal warriors laughing as they kill, laughing as they die, while fire streaks the air and the sound of insane riffage pounds across the battlefield.

Death to False Metal! Into Glory Ride!

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15. Rainbow --- Rising --- (1976)
You'll get those people telling you Rainbow were more hard rock than heavy metal, but listen to "A light in the black" and tell me that's not metal! Ronnie James Dio and Richie Blackmore at their finest: sure what more could you want? A true classic in every sense of the word.

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16. Sunn O))) ---- Black One ---- (2005)


As Trollheart bobs his head to the more traditional metal albums, I sit my room with the windows boarded up in complete darkness save for two glimmering candles. By candlelight I bring a goat to the altar and raise the ax for sacrifice as the moon grows closer and closer to eclipse. But first, I need a soundtrack.

Black One is a finger-licking evil album that assaults the listener with heavy drones, experimental percussion, and the cries of the tortured. Other albums from the group experimented with tossing in black metal into the mix, but their best attempt at this is in Black One. At points the gloomy and disturbing music produces a somewhat serene and blissful passage before falling into brooding drones once again. This is a must for every metal fan imo. I would almost go as far to say that it's a must for every music fan.
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Just a word about why these threads are being made, as some people seem to think them unnecessary.

Consider someone coming new to MB and not knowing anything about metal/prog/punk (there's now one for punk apparently) and wanting to try it out. Wouldn't it be a fine reference source to have, that they could check this list and see what we all think the definitive metal/prog/punk albums are? In addition to providing recs for people I feel this could be a good resource (perhaps stickied hint hint) that people could refer to.

That's why I started these threads.

Yes, the generic 1001 albums thread is good, but do you really want to, as a prospective fan of either subgenre, trawl through a load of albums that may not interest you until you get to the ones that do? So having separate genre/subgenre lists I think is a good thing to do.

And so that's my thinking behind the creation of these threads. If nobody or only a few people participate I don't mind: I'll keep adding albums because I want to build this up into a list people can turn to when they are looking for the sort of albums they should try out when checking out these subgenres.

And now, back to the list...
Yeah, I started thinking about it and made one about punk. I take my statement about how it's necessary back, it's pretty nice to have these.
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Yeah, I started thinking about it and made one about punk. I take my statement about how it's necessary back, it's pretty nice to have these.
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FWIW I think the idea of a punk one is great: I'm just waiting for the hip-hop one now...
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:13 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Hey, I can do doom too you know! Okay, it's not Sun O))) but it's still pretty bitchin'!
17. Pallbearers --- Foundations of burden --- (2014)
The album that made me start to think seriously about doom metal. Seriously, one of the very best al bums I've heard in the previous year. Not a single bad track on it.

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^I was just poking some fun mate. If you like the new Pallbearer record, you ought to check out Dirge's Hyperion. Their vocals are a bit different but musically they're very similar.
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18. Motley Crue Shout at the Devil 1983


I'm putting this one up for Necromancer (as he hadn't put it correctly before)

The album saw the band expand on their classic debut, by presenting a slightly more diverse offering and most notably giving the album some of the meanest sounding heavy metal riffs of the year.
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