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GMD Poll: Top Ten Albums of 1985

Discussion in 'General Metal Discussion' started by Phylactery, Jul 27, 2018.

  1. Phylactery

    Phylactery Active Member

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    The RNG Gods have given us this classic year! I had to press it about 6 times because it kept giving me years we have already done.

    Old Wainds has not been very active lately so I thought I would start the thread.

    (reminder of the rules:
    - please submit at least 5 releases.
    - first place in your rankings gets 10 points, 2nd gets 9, etcetc, 10th gets 1.
    - feel free to post more than 10, but only the top 10 will get points.
    - feel free to post less than 10, the same scoring will apply.
    - feel free not to rank your picks, in which case all ten picks will get 5.5 points.
    - if you're so much of a dick that you have to post more than 10 unranked picks, i'll work out the mathS. basically there's no way you can sabotage this so fuck you!)
     
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  2. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Commander of your mom

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    #2 The Ozzman, Jul 27, 2018
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  3. Phylactery

    Phylactery Active Member

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    Thanks! Forgot the RYM link.

    Hopefully this year reignites interest in these polls - lots of classic releases!
     
  4. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Commander of your mom

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    Should've just chosen 1990 at this point. If no country isn't doing it anymore, why not switch it up?
     
  5. Phylactery

    Phylactery Active Member

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    Because not everyone wants 1990 so it wouldn’t fair. For example. 1993 is a better year for me over 1990. I just used a random number generator to make it fair.
     
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    HamburgerBoy Active Member

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    One of the all-time greats.

    I agree that we should stick with RNG just to keep things engaged to the end as well. If we start picking all the best years we'll never finish them all.
     
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  7. Satanstoenail

    Satanstoenail Stack of Fuck Shit

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    An actual good year and Ozz still has to whine.
     
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  8. Funerary_Doom

    Funerary_Doom My head is bloody, but unbowed.

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    Shit, I might actually do this year! Nice. I'll have to do a lot of re-listening these next few days, but it's cool since I'm laying low until my trip.
     
  9. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Commander of your mom

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    I like that you care. It validates my existence. Keep it up, big boi.
     
  10. HamburgerBoy

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    1. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
    2. Exodus - Bonded by Blood
    3. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
    4. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
    5. Overkill - Feel the Fire
    6. Artillery - Fear of Tomorrow
    7. Slauter Xstroyes - Winter Kill
    8. Облачный край - Стремя и люди
    9. Slayer - Hell Awaits
    10. Matrix - Rehearsal Recordings 1985
    Destruction - Infernal Overkill
    Assassin - Blitzed Resistance
    Montage - Demo
    Legacy - Demo:1
    Nasty Savage - Nasty Savage
    Sepultura - Bestial Devastation
    Trouble - The Skull
    Omega - The Prophet
    Helloween - Walls of Jericho
    Helloween - Helloween
    Steel Angel - ...And the Angels Were Made of Steel
    Anthrax - Spreading the Disease
    The Mezmerist - The Innocent, the Forsaken, the Guilty
    Razor - Evil Invaders
    Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
    Venom - Possessed
    Militia - Regiments of Death
    Blitzkrieg - A Time of Changes
    Possessed - Seven Churches
    Desecration - Psycho
    Narita - 1985 Demo
    Liege Lord - Freedom's Rise
    Morbid Termination - Aggressive Destruction
    Martyr - For the Universe
    Sodom - In the Sign of Evil
    W.A.S.P. - The Last Command

    (3.0s)

    Realm - Perceptive Incentive
    Heathen's Rage - Fight 'til the End
    Dungeon - Fortress of Rock
    Prowler - Blood and Honour
    Exxplorer - Symphonies of Steel
    Sacrilege - Behind the Realms of Madness
    Armored Saint - Delirious Nomad
    Pentagram - Pentagram
    Max Plänck - Kill the Pain
    Iscariot - Arisen
    Blessed Death - Kill or Be Killed
    Keriä - Demo
    Stormtrooper - Armies of the Night
    Have Mercy - Mass Destruction
    Iron Angel - Hellish Crossfire
    Annihilation - Laugh at the Sight of Pain
    Stranger - The Bell

    (2.5s)

    Savatage - Power of the Night
    Whiplash - Power and Pain
    Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force - Marching Out
    Blind Fury - Out of Reach
    King Kobra - Ready to Strike
    Warlock - Hellbound
    Glacier - Glacier
    Vicious Rumors - Soldiers of the Night
    Omen - Warning of Danger
    Pantera - I Am the Night
    Attacker - Battle at Helms Deep
    Angel Witch - Screamin' n' Bleedin'
    Tarot - Demo
    Loudness - Thunder in the East
    Kilslug - Answer the Call
    Dio - Sacred Heart
    Burnt Offering - Frightmare
    Hellhound - Submit or Die
    Syranax - The Battalion of Death
    Sacrifice - Torment in Fire
    Chalace - Demo
    Abattoir - Vicious Attack
    Kreator - Endless Pain
    Warrant - The Enforcer
    Atomkraft - Future Warriors
    Witches Hammer - Witches Hammer
    Skitzo - Skitzo
    Black Hole - Land of Mystery
    Virtue - We Stand to Fight / High Treason
    Icon - Night of the Crime
    Lizzy Borden - Love You to Pieces
    Hellen - Talön öf King
    Malice - In the Beginning...
    Savage Grace - Master of Disguise

    [stuff I don't remember at all]
    Chained Lace - Morbid Fascination
    Decapitation - Let the Killing Begin
    Emmy Strut - Emmy Strut
    [stuff I don't remember at all]

    All my RYM ratings down to 2.5 so far. Will continue the autism and relisten to some of these. The top 3 is pretty much set in stone and is the best top 3 of any year. Lovely year.
     
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    1. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
    2. Slayer - Hell Awaits
    3. Destruction - Infernal Overkill
    4. Razor - Evil Invaders
    5. Sodom - In the Sign of Evil
    6. Bathory - The Return
    7. Possessed - Seven Churches
    8. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
    9. Savage Grace - Master of Disguise
    10. Fatal Violence - Fatal Violence

    HM:

    Agent Steel - Skeptics Apocalypse
    Running Wild - Branded and Exiled
    Lizzy Borden - Love You to Pieces
    Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
    Sacrilege - Behind the Realms of Madness
    Iron Angel - Hellish Crossfire
    Manilla Road - Open the Gates
    Overkill - Feel the Fire
    Blitzkrieg - A Time of Changes
     
  12. no country for old wainds

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    doubt it'll make anyone's list, but just a reminder we decided in the '86 thread that TORMENT IN FIRE was '85.
     
  13. Phylactery

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    God damn, I thought Hell Awaits would have this easily but I somehow overlooked that The Spectre Within was released this year. Probably my two favourite records ever in their respective genres, but the winner is still clear for me. Hell Awaits is basically untouchable.

    Some might say The Spectre Within wins on consistency pointing to “Praise of Death” and “Hardening of the Arteries” as ‘weaker’ cuts on Hell Awaits. Well fuck that. “Praise of Death” is fucking amazing. What it lacks in variation compared to much of this record it makes up for in sheer savage violence.

    “Running and hunting and slashing
    And crushing and searching
    And seeing and stabbing and shooting
    And thrashing and smashing and
    Burning destroying and killing
    And bleeding and pleading then Death”

    Absolutely bone chilling.

    Then there's the trifecta of "Kill Again", "At Dawn They Sleep" and "Crypts of Eternity" which lay waste to pretty much any other thrash. If anything its the title track that's the only chink in the armour. Somewhat lacking in the pure malevolence, conviction and unhinged psychoticness of the genuinely deranged shit that makes up most of this album. It's still a massive headbanger and great song, though.
     
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    I'd suggest I'm going to touch it but that might sound weird.
     
  15. Serjeant Grumbles

    Serjeant Grumbles Delightfully Devilish

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    The clear #1 for this year. Now I just have to decide who gets to fill out the other nine spots.
     
  16. The Ozzman

    The Ozzman Commander of your mom

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    Armored Saint will probably get snubbed again *sigh*
     
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    Love Delirious Nomad, but it won't make my top 10 for this fuckin year.
     
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    Serjeant Grumbles Delightfully Devilish

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    BTW, Virgin Steele - Noble Savage was a 1985 release, despite what RYM says.
     
  19. Omni

    Omni The Great Annihilator

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    Excellent year. I'll do my list next week.
     
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    Hell Awaits is obviously great but the songwriting still doesn't live up to Spectre's. Is Praise of Death considered a weak song? That hardcore break with Hanneman's solo is one of the very best moments in their discography. It doesn't have any bad songs, but Crypts of Eternity sounds like a Venom song that ended up on the wrong album, and both Hell Awaits and Hardening of the Arteries are more innovative than they are excellent. Lombardo's drumming is also mediocre. Spectre's only weak link is Kyrie Eleison.
     

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