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Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by Fixxer315, Jul 31, 2017.
Pain of Salvation - The perfect Element pt1
Opeth - Still Life
Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell
Boston - Boston
Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of A Madman
Crimson Glory - Transcendence
Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Kansas - Leftoverture
Voivod - Dimension Hatross
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
UFO - Strangers In The Night
Saxon - Denim & Leather
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys I
While Heaven Wept - Of Empires Forlorn
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
I didn't include live albums in my initial list, but if I did, I'd include the following:
Iron Maiden--Live after Death
Ozzy Osbourne & Randy Rhodes--Tribute
Dream Theater--Live at Luna Park
Iced Earth--Alive in Athens
Slayer--Decade of Aggression (especially the first CD, recorded on the Clash of Titans tour in 1991)
Dirkschneider--Back to the Roots
UFO--Strangers in the Night
And a few more studio albums I thought of since I started this thread:
Savatage--Gutter Ballet: I thought about Streets, but it drags a bit in the second half. However, Gutter Ballet is a perfect album, where every song is just plain awesome, especially Of Rage & War, Silk & Steel and Unholy
Virgin Steele---Marriage of Heaven & Hell Part 2: Although I like some of the albums that follow this one more, I can't deny that song-for-song, this is a truly excellent album, particularly in the fast-paced opener Symphony of Steele and the epic Emilaith
Type O Negative--Bloody Kisses (Digipack Edition): This is a truly awesome album, with a near-perfect atmospheric sound, especially in the epics Christian Woman and Black No. 1. The reason I choose the digipack edition over the regular edition is that it has an excellent inclusion in Suspended in Dusk.
Pantera--Vulgar Display of Power: This band served as a perfect bridge between the old-school thrash of the 80's and the metalcore sound of the 2000's. I've heard the term "groove metal" to describe them, and it works, especially on songs like Mouth for War, Fucking Hostile and This Love.
Exodus--Tempo of the Damned: Many classic thrash metal bands have struggled to find their sound from the late 80's or early 90's, but in 2004, Exodus got it right, with one of the most aggressive albums. The (brief) return of Steve Souza really gave them a kick in the ass, and they did so perfectly. The lyrics in particular are every bit as brutal and uncompromising as they were in their prime, while the thrash was as good as it ever was, especially in songs like Scar Spangled Banner, Blacklist and Forward March.
White Zombie--Astrocreep 2000: This wound up being the band's final album, and what a way to go out. Although "More Human than Human" got the most attention, this album is chock full of excellent songs. My favs are "Electric Head Part 2," "Real Solution # 9" and "Blood Milk and Sky."
Dreaming Neon Black! Can't believe I forgot that one.
Lizzy Borden - Visual Lies
SCORPIONS - Lovedrive
Tool may not get a lot of mentions in this forum (and why should it) but "Aenima" might be one of the best albums ever made, period. Every song is masterfully constructed, telling stories that resonate for anyone with a brain. The hooks are sharp and set themselves deep in your psyche. You can appreciate them on the surface level, liking the beat and the melody. You can listen to the lyrics and see how deep they go as well. Each song tells a story, with meaning. Even the "interludes" tie together properly. None of the songs are skippable. And, finally, you want to break your speakers playing "Forty six & 2."
But, maybe all that is shit and I am only posting about it because it is up on rotation. What the fuck do I know.