Best Year For Heavy Metal

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I submit 1986.

EVIDENCE (a sample in aphabetical order):

The Accüsed - The Return of... Martha Splatterhead
Agnostic Front - Cause for Alarm
Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill (Even the rap was metal!)
Black Sabbath - Seventh Star
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Cinderella - Night Songs
Cirith Ungol - One Foot in Hell
Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
Cro-Mags - Age of Quarrel
Cryptic Slaughter - Convicted
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
Destruction - Eternal Devastation
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver
Hallow's Eve - Death and Insanity
Hirax - Hate, Fear and Power
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
Judas Priest - Turbo
King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
Loudness - Lightning Strikes
Yngwie Malmsteen - Trilogy
Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Metal Church - The Dark
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Motörhead - Orgasmatron
Nuclear Assault - Game Over
Omen - The Curse
Onslaught - The Force
Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
Possessed - Beyond the Gates
Queensrÿche - Rage for Order
Rage - Reign of Fear
Saint Vitus - Born Too Late
Sepultura - Morbid Visions
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty
Stryper - To Hell With the Devil
Sword - Metalized
Tankard - Zombie Attack
Tesla - Mechanical Resonance
Voivod – Rrröööaaarrr
W.A.S.P. - Inside the Electric Circus

EVIDENCE AGAINST: I was 17 then which biases me.

NYCNative, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 05:50 (twelve years ago) link

1991, mostly for death metal. It's a feast for the eyes:

Asphyx - The Rack
Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
Autopsy - Mental Funeral
Bolt Thrower - Warmaster
Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious
Coroner - Mental Vortex
Darkthrone - Soulside Journey
Death - Human
Dismember - Like an Everflowing Stream
Entombed - Clandestine
Gorguts - Considered Dead
Grave - Into the Grave
Immolation - Dawn of Possession
Melvins - Bullhead
Metallica - s/t (I match your Master of Puppets)
Morbid Angel - Blessed Are the Sick
Pestilence - Testimony of the Ancients
Sadus - Chemical Exposure
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten

That's that.

xox, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 09:04 (twelve years ago) link

Then I raise you with 1994:

3rd & The Mortal - Tears Laid In Earth
Enslaved - Vikingligr Veldi *and* Frost
Tiamat - Wildhoney
Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
Carcass - Heartwork
Abigor - Verwüstung / Invoke The Dark Age
Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
Testament - Low
Behemoth - And The Forests Dream Eternally
Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
Cradle Of Filth - The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh
Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh
Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger
In Flames - Lunar Strain
Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Emperor/Enslaved - split
Gehenna - First Spell
Gorgoroth - Pentagram
Rotting Christ - Non Serviam
Graveland - The Celtic Winter
Hades - Again Shall Be
Immortal - Battles In The North
Isengard - Vinterskugge
Marduk - Opus Nocturne
Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
Opeth - Orchid
Necromantia / Varathron - Black Arts Lead To Everlasting Sins
Samael - Ceremony Of Opposites
Satyricon - The Shadowthrone
Thergothon - Stream From The Heavens
Trelldom - Til Evighet
Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops
Grave - Soulless
At The Gates - Terminal Spirit Disease
Slayer - Divine Intervention
Asphyx - Asphyx
Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
Ulver - Bergtatt
Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss
Corrosion Of Conformity - Deliverance
Prong - Cleansing
Dream Theater - Awake
Savatage - Handful Of Rain
Brutal Truth - Need To Control
Obituary - World Demise
Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley

Siegbran, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 09:31 (twelve years ago) link

The year Black Sabbath invented it.

Richard Graham, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 09:43 (twelve years ago) link

"Metallica - s/t (I match your Master of Puppets)"
uh, no you don't.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

i like all these years! i couldn't pick just one. i would like to give a shout-out to 1984 though. the last in line, don't break the oath, powerslave, defenders of the faith, ride the lightning, morbid tales, haunting the chapel, war and pain, psalm 9, and, um, lots more.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 11:47 (twelve years ago) link

also out in 1984:


http://image.allmusic.com/00/amg/cov200/drd500/d553/d55307t92y0.jpg

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 12:05 (twelve years ago) link

Must give props for 1983. It's a nice mix of moldy oldies making last stands, semi-established NWOBHM acts and the first screams from the both the soon-to-be-potent underground and the soon-to-be-reviled '80s hair metal... (In order I pulled them down from RYM)

Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Dio - Holy Diver
Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Accept - Balls to the Wall
Slayer - Show No Mercy
Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies
Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil
Def Leppard - Pyromania
Motörhead - Another Perfect Day
Manowar - Into Glory Ride
D.R.I. - Dirty Rotten LP
Venom - At War with Satan
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
Quiet Riot - Metal Health
Twisted Sister - You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
Witchfinder General - Friends of Hell
Savatage - Sirens
Black Sabbath - Born Again
Anvil - Forged in Fire
Raven - All for One
Savage - Loose 'n' Lethal
Fastway - Fastway
Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
Saxon - Power & the Glory
AC/DC - Flick of the Switch
Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac
Blue Öyster Cult - The Revölution by Night
Corrosion of Conformity - Eye For An Eye
KISS - Lick It Up
Krokus - Headhunter
Satan - Court in the Act
Demon - The Plague
Steeler - Steeler
Tank - This Means War
Witchfynde - Cloak and Dagger
Waysted - Vices
Girlschool - Play Dirty
Pantera - Metal Magic
Kix - Cool Kids
Bitch - Be My Slave

NYCNative, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

83's made the most convincing argument so far. I was 12 and at the height of my metal madness, though.

Edward III, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 18:40 (twelve years ago) link

1991 also had:

Motorhead - 1916
Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears
Armored Saint - Symbol of Salvation
Sepultura- Arise

Jeff Treppel, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 19:44 (twelve years ago) link

(Those four right there pretty much convinced me that 1991 was the best year)

Jeff Treppel, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 19:49 (twelve years ago) link

Mötley Crüe - Shout at the Devil

stop the presses 1983 wins!

wesley useche, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 19:58 (twelve years ago) link

If that's not enough, some more 1991:

Beherit - The Oath Of Black Blood
Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky
Gorefest - Mindloss
Master's Hammer - Ritual
Paradise Lost - Gothic
Sepultura - Arise
Unleashed - Where No Life Dwells
Bathory - Twilight Of The Gods
Root - Hell Symphony

1983 is also classic - that list reads like the soundtrack of my school days.

Siegbran, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 19:59 (twelve years ago) link

uh, no you don't.

I'd rather listen to a few singles off of the black album than anything but Disposable Heroes or maybe Orion off of Master of Puppets. Much prefer the two albums around it.

Those four right there pretty much convinced me that 1991 was the best year

Hah, and not my list?? I skipped those when I was browsing the RYM '91 chart. There was also a Monster Magnet and a Kyuss album listed.

xox, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 20:53 (twelve years ago) link

Which monster magnet? Spine of God didn't come out until 1992, according to all music. Otherwise I would've listed that. Off your list, I like the Metallica, Entombed, and Soundgarden records, and while I realize the rest have historical importance, I haven't heard/aren't a big fan of a lot of those albums. Florida death metal and the like never did much for me, I much prefer the later Scandinavian stuff. The four that I listed are some of the very first metal CDs that I loved, so it's a sentimental thing for me (besides the fact that those are four very killer albums).

Jeff Treppel, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 21:43 (twelve years ago) link

I dunno.... I look at the 1991 list and all I can think is "almost all of those bands did better albums than those." Which doesn't mean those albums suck or anything, but still...

NYCNative, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 23:51 (twelve years ago) link

1986 was top-heavy with a handful of indisputable classics.

It's definitely 1983 in my books, followed closely by 1988.

A. Begrand, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 23:55 (twelve years ago) link

I'm being talked into 1983 now (which is fine since by posting the list I started the talking myself!) however I would like to see 1988... Can you, A. Bergrand? (I almost typed "Bergie" but realized you might smite me.)

NYCNative, Tuesday, 3 April 2007 23:59 (twelve years ago) link

1983 is great too! But the same criticism could be leveled at pretty much any of these lists. 1983, 1994, 1986 are also high on my list. Damn you. Now I'm indecisive. I think 1997 was also a pretty good year for metal. Maybe I'll look that one up.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:02 (twelve years ago) link

I'll have to check out 1985 as well...

NYCNative, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:05 (twelve years ago) link

(How do you research by year for metal in rate your music? I've never used it before.)

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:07 (twelve years ago) link

Just go to the charts, look up the year and then go down the list cutting and pasting discs that are sufficiently metal (and, er, good, I suppose).

It really helped job my memory about things I otherwise would have forgotten about, the exact year, etc...

NYCNative, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:08 (twelve years ago) link

Album Charts by year
http://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/

djmartian, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:12 (twelve years ago) link

I was right! 1997 was a pretty damn good year. There are probably other records I'm forgetting, but I think this is a solid list.

Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dust
Strapping Young Lad - City
Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale
Symphony X - the Divine Wings of Tragedy
Bruce Dickinson - Accident of Birth
Ulver - Nattens Madrigal
In Flames -Whoracle
Gorgoroth - Under the Sign of Hell
Enslaved - Eld
Fates Warning - a Pleasant Shade of Gray
Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Iced Earth - Days of Purgatory
Pain of Salvation - Entropia
Borknagar - The Olden Domain
Gamma Ray - Somewhere out in Space
Solefald - The Linear Scaffold
Deftones- Around the Fur
Hypocrisy - the Final Chapter
Tiamat - a Deeper Kind of Slumber
The Gathering - Nighttime Birds
Stratovarius - Visions
Children of Bodom - Something Wild
Fu Manchu - the Action Is Go
Sigh - Hail Horror Hail
Rammstein - Sehnsucht
Paradise Lost -One Second
Destroyer 666 - Unchain the Wolves
Machine Head - the More Things Change
Rhapsody - Legendary Tales
Dark Tranquillity - The Minds I
Immortal - Blizzard Beasts
Today Is the Day - Temple of the MorningStar
Hammerfall - Glory to the Brave
Seven Dust - Seven Dust
Nightwish - Angels Fall First
Guano Apes- Proud like a God

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:29 (twelve years ago) link

Glancing over the list, 1997 was definitely the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion. So there's its importance right there, great albums notwithstanding.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:31 (twelve years ago) link

1985 was the weakest year on the 80s, easily. I'll post an attempt at a 1988 list right away here.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:54 (twelve years ago) link

I WIELD MUCH POWER!

NYCNative, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 00:57 (twelve years ago) link

You know what, 1984 looks considerably more impressive, I'll post that one, too.

1988 was a good year, though:

Bathory - Blood Fire Death
Candlemass - Nightfall
Crimson Glory - Transcendence
Danzig - Danzig
Death - Leprosy
Fates Warning - No Exit
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
King Diamond - Them
Megadeth - So Far So Good...So What!
Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Napalm Death - From Enslavement to Obliteration
Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For the Wicked
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
Riot - Thundersteel
Slayer - South of Heaven
Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow...
Testament - The New Order
Voivod - Dimension Hatross

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:03 (twelve years ago) link

1984 was loaded:

Accept - Balls to the Wall
Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
Armored Saint - March of the Saint
Bathory - Bathory
Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales
Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead
Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
Destruction - Sentence of Death
Dio - The Last in Line
Dokken - Tooth and Nail
Exciter - Violence and Force
Grim reaper - See You in Hell
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Kick Axe - Vices
Yngwie Malmsteen- Rising Force
Manowar - Hail to England
Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
Metal Church - Metal Church
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Motorhead - No Remorse
Queensryche - The Warning
Ratt - Out of the Cellar
Rush - Grace Under Pressure
Scorpions - Love at First Sting
Slayer - Haunting the Chapel
Sodom - In the Sign of Evil
Trouble Psalm 9
Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
Venom - At War With Satan
Voivod - War and Pain
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
Whitesnake - Slide it In

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:16 (twelve years ago) link

So much great metal! I rescind my somewhat hasty endorsement of 1991, and will wait until all the nominations are in. I'm favoring 1997 right now, since I, you know, put all that effort in, but 1983, 1984, 1988, and 1994 are all pretty great as well.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:22 (twelve years ago) link

i did give a shout-out to 1984! but like i said, i can't pick a year. there are lots of good years for different reasons.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:33 (twelve years ago) link

Scott's arrival on this thread reminds me, I forgot:

Katatonia - Brave Murder Day

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:39 (twelve years ago) link

i see 1984 as, like, the future of everything. especially when you add hellhammer to the list.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:42 (twelve years ago) link

and you forgot 1984 on the 1984 list! that had to be the future of something too.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:44 (twelve years ago) link

go ahead, tell me 1984 actually came out in 1983.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:45 (twelve years ago) link

I thought 1984 came out in late 1983, but wikipedia says January 9, 1984.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:46 (twelve years ago) link

ha!

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:47 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, 1984 did beget pretty much everything in the two decades to follow, didn't it? That might be the winner.

This thread is great, though. It's like a "to buy" list.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:51 (twelve years ago) link

I rescind my somewhat hasty endorsement of 1991

Booo. I stand by '91.

No Manilla Road on any of these 80s lists? One of the only 80s metal bands I like. Crystal Logic is a major classic for '83.

xox, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 01:55 (twelve years ago) link

Which monster magnet? Spine of God didn't come out until 1992, according to all music.

I haven't consulted my MM grimoire, but I'm pretty sure spine of god is 1991 and tab is 1992.

Edward III, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 02:04 (twelve years ago) link

Wikipedia says that both Spine of God and Tab were 1991.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 02:11 (twelve years ago) link

sometimes it's hard to get a good grip on their release dates 'cause caroline was releasing their stuff in the us while glitterhouse was handling europe. once they were on tour in europe and they found one of their albums in a record store - an album glitterhouse had sworn up and down had not yet been released.

Edward III, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 02:27 (twelve years ago) link

man, i was watching some old live version of fade to black on youtube last nite and just shaking my head the whole time. how could a band that got it so right go so wrong. i finally watched those live versions of two new songs that are gonna be on the new metallica album and they are soooo sad. other than a couple of kirk solos.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 04:23 (twelve years ago) link

oh yeah the cool guy who made them cool for a short period died. i always forget.

scott seward, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 04:27 (twelve years ago) link

1997 was definitely the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion

That would be 1990/1991, no? Entombed, Unleashed, Grave, Dismember, Darkthrone, Therion, At The Gates...the whole Swedish "Sunlight studio" death metal invasion. Then the mostly Norwegian black metal invasion of 1993/1994. Nearly everything on your 1997 list is from established acts well into their career, all 3rd/4th albums.

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 09:39 (twelve years ago) link

also good for lists:
Metalstorm.ee

Siegbran, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 09:45 (twelve years ago) link

I guess I should do '85...

Iron Maiden - Live After Death
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Possessed - Seven Churches
S.O.D. - Speak English or Die
Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Destruction - Infernal Overkill
Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
Overkill - Feel the Fire
Slayer - Hell Awaits
Scorpions - World Wide Live
D.R.I. - Dealing With It
Helloween - Walls of Jericho
Accept - Metal Heart
Razor - Evil Invaders
Bathory - The Return...
Saint Vitus - Hallow's Victim
Kreator - Endless Pain
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business ... And Business Is Good!
Pentagram - Pentagram
Yngwie Malmsteen - Marching Out
Trouble - The Skull
Sacrifice - Torment in Fire
Rush - Power Windows
Manilla Road - Open the Gates (for Zox - I never heard this)
Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
Whiplash - Power and Pain
W.A.S.P. - The Last Command
Dokken - Under Lock and Key
Agent Steel - Skeptics Apocalypse
Nasty Savage - Nasty Savage
Ratt - Invasion of Your Privacy
Dio - Sacred Heart
Stryper - Soldiers Under Command
Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
Armored Saint - Delirious Nomad
Savatage - Power of the Night
Venom - Possessed
Twisted Sister - Come Out and Play
Omen - Warning of Danger
Running Wild - Branded and Exiled
Dark Angel - We Have Arrived
Loudness - Thunder in the East
Corrosion of Conformity - Animosity
Hallow's Eve - Tales of Terror (Hi Phil!)
Exciter - Long Live the Loud
AC/DC - Fly on the Wall
Mötley Crüe - Theatre of Pain (Though I consider it dreck)
Warrior - Fighting for the Earth
Kix - Midnite Dynamite (Hi xhuxk!)
Carnivore - Carnivore
Malice - In the Beginning
Onslaught - Power From Hell
Bon Jovi - 7800° Fahrenheit
Lizzy Borden - Love You To Pieces
Pantera - I Am the Night
The Mentors - You Axed for It!
KISS - Asylum
Lita Ford - Dancin' on the Edge
Hirax - Raging Violence
Grave Digger - Witch Hunter
Iron Angel - Hellish Crossfire
Keel - The Right to Rock
Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil
Autograph - That's the Stuff
Blessed Death - Kill Or Be Killed
Slauter Xstroyes - Winterkill
Raven - Stay Hard
Sepultura / Overdose - Bestial Devastation / Século XX
Lee Aaron - Call of the Wild
Alaska - The Pack

I see the best albums from second-tier bands and a few creaky debuts... Pales to the years book-ending it in ahh honesty even though the first two albums I owned on vinyl are on the list above! (Wonder if anyone can guess...)

NYCNative, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 12:43 (twelve years ago) link

2002 wasn't bad as far as things go!

the next grozart, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 13:23 (twelve years ago) link

You know the rules... Post your list... :)

NYCNative, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 13:24 (twelve years ago) link

oh sorry - don't have time. I remember that was the year I was most listneing to metal though.

the next grozart, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

What you say is certainly true, but 1997 was when the more established groups released their arguably best/most influential records (In Flames, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir), and saw debuts from bands that would go on to be pretty huge (Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Hammerfall). I think you can trace back a lot of the metal that's around today to those 1997 releases.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 19:10 (twelve years ago) link

(You know what? I'm going to stop saying stuff about metal history, it only leads to sorrow.)

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 19:13 (twelve years ago) link

I guess my somewhat roundabout point is that the bands from the 1997 crop went on to be much bigger, popularity-wise, than the 91/94 crop (with the obvious exception of At the Gates). And while some of the bands were on the third/fourth album, those were the albums where they really found their sound. (I also forgot Satyricon's Nemesis Divina)

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 19:32 (twelve years ago) link

And as far as this decade goes, I don't remember 2002 as being particularly good. I think the best year thus far was 2005, although 2007 is shaping up to be a corker.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 4 April 2007 19:43 (twelve years ago) link

two years pass...

What's the best metal year of this decade?

Mordy, Sunday, 5 April 2009 19:27 (ten years ago) link

Oh God, my posts from two years ago...

Kickstart My Heartwork (J3ff T.), Sunday, 5 April 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

every year?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 5 April 2009 19:44 (ten years ago) link

Some love, please, for 1980 - with some landmarks, the best post-Purple albums from Coverdale and Gillan, the best Ozzy solo and best post-Ozzy sabs, plus NWOBHM in its youth. Slightly letdown by misses from some big hitters.

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
AC/DC - Back in Black
Rush - Permanent Waves
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Ozzy Osborne - Blizzard of Ozz
Whitesnake - Ready an' Willing AND Live … In the Heart of the City
Judas Priest - British Steel
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law AND Wheels of Steel
Hawkwind - Levitation
Michael Schenker Group - Michael Schenker Group
Trust - Répression
Van Halen - Women and Children First
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
Girlschool - Demolition
Gillan - Glory Road
Samson - Head On
Tygers of Pan Tang - Wild Cat
Witchfynde - Give Em Hell
UFO - No Place to Run
Def Leppard - On Through the Night

ithappens, Monday, 6 April 2009 10:11 (ten years ago) link

I think 1980 sounds like an amazing year - esp. for Maiden, Angel Witch, AC/DC, Mr. Kilmister and Saxon.

Reently been grooving on a few gems from '79:

Saxon - Saxon ("I can feel it in the breeze/It's blowin' through the trees" instantly redeemed by "Switchblade's gleamin'/Engine screamin'/I'm laughin' at fate/I'm living to hate"!)
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Motörhead - On Parole (- AMAZING - also makes you dig the fact that Lemmy wrote some of 'awkwind's best songs... rec'd in 1975, though so perhaps not eligible, in which case read as Overkill/Bomber)

Miles Davis Kinda Blew (Rombald), Monday, 6 April 2009 20:40 (ten years ago) link

Mind you, I just got the 3CD Diamond Head set that Universal is putting out. And Am I Evil doesn't sound anywhere near as big and scary as it did when I was 12.

ithappens, Tuesday, 7 April 2009 09:17 (ten years ago) link

four years pass...

So what is the best year for heavy metal in the 70s? I know it would be a shorter list, but what year would be?

earlnash, Friday, 11 October 2013 05:46 (five years ago) link

1979

Motörhead - Overkill
Scorpions - Lovedrive
Motörhead - Bomber
Legend - Fröm the Fjörds
Riot - Narita
Motörhead - On Parole
Saxon - Saxon
The Hand of Doom - Poisonoise
Samson - Survivors
Accept - Accept
Marseille - Marseille
Cirith Ungol - 1979 Demo
Money - First Investment
Nokemono - From the Black World

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 07:51 (five years ago) link

1978

Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Judas Priest - Stained Class
Judas Priest - Killing Machine
Budgie - Impeckable
Sorcery - Sinister Soldiers
Heavy Load - Full Speed at High Level
Zarpa - Los cuatro jinetes del apocalípsis
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die!
Sorcery - Stunt Rock
Centaurus - Centaurus
Speed Limit - First Offence

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 07:53 (five years ago) link

1977

Scorpions - Taken by Force
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Riot - Rock City
Motörhead - Motörhead
Quartz - Quartz

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 07:54 (five years ago) link

1976

Rainbow - Rising
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
Arktis - On the Rocks
Blue Max - Limited Edition

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 07:55 (five years ago) link

1975
Black Sabbath - Sabotage

1974
Budgie - In for the Kill

1973
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend

1972
Black Sabbath - Vol 4
Budgie - Squawk
Bang - Bang

1971
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Budgie - Budgie

1970
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 07:59 (five years ago) link

How can it *not* be 1970?

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:00 (five years ago) link

There's a lot more that opens up if we include stuff that is listed as "Hard Rock"...

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:02 (five years ago) link

Yeah, 1970 has to be it. Deep Purple In Rock also came out that year. Plus Hawkwind's debut. Total quality over quantity.

A. Begrand, Friday, 11 October 2013 08:07 (five years ago) link

1970

Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock
Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
MC5 - Back in the USA
Uriah Heep - ...Very 'eavy...Very 'umble
Cactus - Cactus
UFO - UFO 1
Iron Butterfly - Live
Iron Butterfly - Metamorphosis
Blue Cheer - The Original Human Being
Attila - Attila

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:09 (five years ago) link

Hawkwind didn't even come up - it's listed as Space Rock but not Hard Rock.

But yeah, I'm not even doing the comprehensive list for any other years.

Even Billy Fucking Joel was metal in 1970! (See: Attila)

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:10 (five years ago) link

1971

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin [IV]
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Alice Cooper - Killer
Alice Cooper - Love It to Death
Flower Travellin' Band - Satori
Uriah Heep - Look at Yourself
Deep Purple - Fireball
Uriah Heep - Salisbury
MC5 - High Time
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Budgie - Budgie
UFO - Flying: UFO II - Space Rock
Dust - Dust
Pink Fairies - Never Never Land
Cactus - One Way...or Another
Grand Funk Railroad - E Pluribus Funk
Bull Angus - Bull Angus
Cactus - Restrictions
Bolder Damn - Mourning
Jeronimo - Jeronimo
Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore
Nazareth - Nazareth
Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:18 (five years ago) link

1972

Deep Purple - Machine Head
Black Sabbath - Vol 4
Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond
Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards
Blue Öyster Cult - Blue Öyster Cult
Uriah Heep - The Magician's Birthday
Flower Travellin' Band - Made in Japan
Dust - Hard Attack
Budgie - Squawk
Alice Cooper - School's Out
Bang - Bang
Bang - Mother / Bow to the King
Scorpions - Lonesome Crow
Lucifer's Friend - Where the Groupies Killed the Blues
Jeronimo - Time Ride
Elf - Elf
Pink Fairies - What a Bunch of Sweeties
Black Widow - III
Cactus - 'Ot 'n' Sweaty
Nitzinger - Nitzinger
Bull Angus - Free for All
Styx - Styx
Thin Lizzy - Shades of a Blue Orphanage

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:23 (five years ago) link

1973

Iggy and The Stooges - Raw Power
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies
Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
Montrose - Montrose
Buffalo - Volcanic Rock
Blue Öyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation
Nazareth - Razamanaz
Nazareth - Loud 'n' Proud
Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds of the Western World
Flower Travellin' Band - Make Up
Captain Beyond - Sufficiently Breathless
Aerosmith - Aerosmith
Queen - Queen
Pink Fairies - Kings of Oblivion
Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom
Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are
Alice Cooper - Muscle of Love
Geordie - Hope You Like It
Styx - Styx II
Nitzinger - One Foot in History
Lucifer's Friend - I'm Just a Rock 'n' Roll Singer
Babe Ruth - Amar Caballero

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:28 (five years ago) link

1974

Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
UFO - Phenomenon
Deep Purple - Burn
Budgie - In for the Kill
Queen - Queen II
Buffalo - Only Want You for Your Body
KISS - KISS
Scorpions - Fly to the Rainbow
Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
Geordie - Don't Be Fooled by the Name
Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes - Tooth, Fang & Claw
Nazareth - Rampant
Deep Purple - Stormbringer
KISS - Hotter Than Hell
Thin Lizzy - Night Life
Rush - Rush
Montrose - Paper Money
Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes - Call of the Wild
Elf - Carolina County Ball
Uriah Heep - Wonderworld
Styx - Man of Miracles
Judas Priest - Rocka Rolla
Styx - The Serpent Is Rising

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:32 (five years ago) link

1975

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
UFO - Force It
Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent
Budgie - Bandolier
Thin Lizzy - Fighting
The Dictators - Go Girl Crazy!
Rush - Fly by Night
Angel - Angel
Rush - Caress of Steel
KISS - Dressed to Kill
Deep Purple - Come Taste the Band
Styx - Equinox
AC/DC - High Voltage
Elf - Trying to Burn the Sun
Uriah Heep - Return to Fantasy
Babe Ruth - Babe Ruth
Montrose - Warner Bros. Presents Montrose!
Babe Ruth - Stealin' Home

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:35 (five years ago) link

1976

Rainbow - Rising
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
Rush - 2112
Aerosmith - Rocks
Scorpions - In Trance
Thin Lizzy - Johnny the Fox
UFO - No Heavy Petting
Queen - A Day at the Races
Scorpions - Virgin Killer
AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
KISS - Destroyer
AC/DC - T.N.T.
Starz - Starz
Blue Öyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
Led Zeppelin - Presence
KISS - Rock and Roll Over
Ted Nugent - Free-for-All
Angel - Helluva Band
Triumph - Triumph
The Runaways - The Runaways
Styx - Crystal Ball
Paris - Paris
Y & T - Yesterday and Today
Nazareth - Close Enough for Rock 'n' Roll
Budgie - If I Were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules
Montrose - Jump on It
Lucifer's Friend - Mind Exploding
Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
Nazareth - Play 'n' the Game
Uriah Heep - High and Mighty
Geordie - Save the World
Krokus - Krokus

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:40 (five years ago) link

1977

Rush - A Farewell to Kings
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
UFO - Lights Out
Scorpions - Taken by Force
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Cheap Trick - In Color
Queen - News of the World
Heart - Little Queen
Legs Diamond - Legs Diamond
Blue Öyster Cult - Spectres
KISS - Love Gun
Riot - Rock City
Starz - Violation
Uriah Heep - Firefly
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
Motörhead - Motörhead
Nazareth - Expect No Mercy
Triumph - Rock & Roll Machine
Angel - On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Ian Gillan Band - Clear Air Turbulence
Aerosmith - Draw the Line
The Runaways - Queens of Noise
The Dictators - Manifest Destiny
David Coverdale - Whitesnake
Uriah Heep - Innocent Victim
Ian Gillan Band - Scarabus
Ram Jam - Ram Jam
The Runaways - Waitin' for the Night
Sammy Hagar - Sammy Hagar
Goddo - Goddo
Captain Beyond - Dawn Explosion
Sammy Hagar - Musical Chairs
Thor - Keep the Dogs Away
Krokus - To You All
Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:44 (five years ago) link

1978

Rush - Hemispheres
Van Halen - Van Halen
Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
AC/DC - Powerage
Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo
UFO - Obsession
The Dictators - Bloodbrothers
Queen - Jazz
Styx - Pieces of Eight
Ace Frehley - Ace Frehley
Legs Diamond - A Diamond Is a Hard Rock
Ram Jam - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram
David Coverdale - Northwinds
Gillan - Gillan
Whitesnake - Trouble
Budgie - Impeckable
Y & T - Struck Down
Paul Stanley - Paul Stanley
Whitesnake - Snakebite
The Godz - The Godz
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die!
Nantucket - Nantucket
Goddo - Who Cares
Starz - Attention Shoppers!
Uriah Heep - Fallen Angel
Shakin' Street - Vampire Rock
Geordie - No Good Woman
The Runaways - And Now... The Runaways
Krokus - Painkiller
Gene Simmons - Gene Simmons

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:48 (five years ago) link

1979

Motörhead - Overkill
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Scorpions - Lovedrive
Motörhead - Bomber
Trust - Trust
Riot - Narita
Gillan - Mr. Universe
Cheap Trick - Dream Police
Van Halen - Van Halen II
Nazareth - No Mean City
Triumph - Just a Game
Whitesnake - Lovehunter
Rainbow - Down to Earth
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
Starz - Coliseum Rock
Motörhead - On Parole
Blue Öyster Cult - Mirrors
Saxon - Saxon
KISS - Dynasty
Sammy Hagar - Street Machine
Axe - Axe
Aerosmith - Night in the Ruts
Samson - Survivors
Ted Nugent - State of Shock
Blackjack - Blackjack
Talas - Talas
Legs Diamond - Fire Power
Goddo - An Act of Goddo
Fist - Round One
TKO - Let It Roll
Helix - Breaking Loose
The Godz - Nothing Is Sacred

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, 11 October 2013 08:52 (five years ago) link


How can it *not* be 1970?

― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, October 11, 2013 4:00 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

There's a lot more that opens up if we include stuff that is listed as "Hard Rock"...

― Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Friday, October 11, 2013 4:02 AM (6 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, 1970 has to be it. Deep Purple In Rock also came out that year. Plus Hawkwind's debut. Total quality over quantity

All of this OTM. (You had me on SLB.) Throw in borderline stuff like Fun House, Thank Christ For the Bomb, Free Your Mind & Your Ass Will Follow, Plastic Ono Band, etc. Waning days of psychedelia, blues boom meeting new amplification techniques, all of that stuff.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 11 October 2013 14:49 (five years ago) link

Thanks guys, this thread is killer to check out some different records and bands on youtube! What is wild about heavy metal in the early days is that a listener pretty much could know almost all of the legit bands before it exploded out into myriads of groups and sub categories.

earlnash, Friday, 11 October 2013 22:32 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

1970 totally the year for general heaviness. Add Yeti to the mix.

Corn on the macabre (Jon not Jon), Friday, 14 August 2015 22:54 (three years ago) link

nycnative still 86 for you?

Cosmic Slop, Saturday, 15 August 2015 12:58 (three years ago) link

Something makes me smile about the idea of metallers getting together and discussing which was the best vintage, as if heavy metal were wine, y'know. "Oh my, such a fine crop harvested in '88 by the harvesters of sorrow... and what's this?" ... "This be 'Reign In Blood', '86 vintage!" ... "Oooh, this is totally on the nose"

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:32 (three years ago) link

"I'm getting... *clicks fingers*... hints of apocalyptic doom, I'm getting sick riffs, I'm getting... *clicks fingers* whiffs of thundering blastbeats... this should go well with a serving of sweat and headbanging at the Headbanger's Ball"

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:35 (three years ago) link

"I heartily don't recommend the '97 vintage 'Re-Load', tastes like brine with a vague hint of piss" ... "Oh yeah, that's fair!"

*at this point, Devin Townsend enters the room*

HevyDevy: "Olive?"

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:40 (three years ago) link

1985 was the weakest year on the 80s, easily. I'll post an attempt at a 1988 list right away here.
― A. Begrand, Wednesday, April 4, 2007 12:54 AM (8 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

1985 was the year the music died. punk, hardcore, new wave. everything started to sound shittier too. i'll never understand it. everything in 1984 sounded glorious and in 1985 records sounded like phil collins tin can nightmares. must have been the new technology. things got better later on.

scott seward, Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:45 (three years ago) link

(hardcore especially. 1980 to 1984 a genius record every week and then all of a sudden MRR covers nothing but mr. t experience and doggy style or bl'ast! thank god for sweden and finland....)

scott seward, Saturday, 15 August 2015 13:49 (three years ago) link

I'll never understand it. everything in 1984 sounded glorious and in 1985 records sounded like phil collins tin can nightmares. must have been the new technology.'

Two words: Digital Reverb

earlnash, Saturday, 15 August 2015 17:29 (three years ago) link

Yeah I mean it's kind of an oversimplification but I consider 84 to be the tail end of analog synth pop and by 86 we are fully into digital workstation synth pop. Metal gets all hissy and tinny the further the decade goes on. SST is basically over by 86. I feel like once the whole flyte time and freestyle models are fully digested things get good again but middle of 80s is rough

Corn on the macabre (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 15 August 2015 18:03 (three years ago) link

Two words: Digital Reverb

Was going to say, two more words: drum triggers, but apparently those came along a few years later.

a poetic ODE to FORNICATION (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 15 August 2015 22:51 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

I always liked 1992 in general

Odysseus, Friday, 28 April 2017 22:02 (two years ago) link

I haven't read the thread yet but 72 is my initial answer but will probably change once I can Think about it for awhile.

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 22:35 (two years ago) link

Cheesy, but I do really like the harmony guitars in the break on Orion. Great to hum while waiting to cross the street

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 22:43 (two years ago) link

Maybe OP was right doe. I mean 86 has Efilnikufesin

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 23:14 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

maybe brian needs to poll this so we can get a definitive answer

Thus Spoke Darraghustra (Oor Neechy), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 17:48 (one week ago) link


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