Is is possible that despite all other musical movements throughout history, they all came and went, but Thrash Metal never went away? It’s because this subgenre has been nearly every metal fan’s first love from heavy metal. There’s nothing like the everlasting appeal that makes rebelling against anything so much fun to listen to. Nearly everything has been targeted by Thrash bands across the spectrum; religion, government, hospitals, death, violence, and life itself are all victims to thrash’s unstoppable songwriting. It’s the very creation that still continues to spawn new metal bands carrying their influence. Even many of the bands in the thrash metal scene are still releasing albums and doing live performances proving that just like their timeless music, they don’t age. These ten albums are the pinnacle of everything that’s great about thrash and why it’s the most popular movement in all of heavy metal; not just limiting the list to just the 1980s with one album per band. Continue reading Top 10 Thrash Metal Albums
Thrash Metal was (and some times still is) a cornerstone of the heavy metal genre throughout the 1980s decade. Never has there been a movement that all have had a similar approach and attitude but all different sound (for some). Thrash Metal was a mix between speed metal, New Wave British heavy metal and hardcore punk into one mix and it’s a subgenre that both the most recognizable & appealing that ever came out of the metal community. Thrash is the most commercially successful division of heavy metal that still makes an everlasting appeal for those who grew up with the bands and new comers of the scene. Of course anyone will tell you that the big four is all you need to know about thrash (i.e. Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, & Anthrax). If that really is all you pay attention to then you’re really missing out the very best that the metal scene has to offer. Check these ten bands out that really is the definite best metal bands. Continue reading Top 10 1980’s Thrash Metal Bands
More than any other decade, the metal scene has truly peaked at 1980-89. What was left from the ’70s heavy metal, known as this dark-hard rock genre, has evolved into new breeds of subgenres that truly broke the familiarity of traditional songwriting. Now we were getting new sounds that truly sounded much heavier, faster, and innovative that it would made Christian parents scared of such “Satanism” to possess their children. During the Regan-era, these were rebellious times for the audience and the bands coming out figured out new styles that were a transformation of their influences that got them into the metal scene to begin with. Many kids everywhere had their start in the metal scene during this era and since then, bands that got their start here have forever been remembered and some still performing & releasing albums to this very day. I think part of 80s metal’s success is that anger has always been human’s most familiar emotion and many albums that came out of this era really matched our darkest desires for revenge and even got really creative to disturb many that are in their comfort zone. I am however talking about the new wave of British heavy metal, Speed Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Grind-core, Doom Metal, Industrial, and Black Metal as being the highlight of this era, specifically. However, there is this horrible scene in metal called Hair Metal (or ’80s hard rock) which was this horribly commercialized scene of music where bands were womanizing, poppy, and horribly fashioned that it made 80s not worth going back to some. I promise you that you will not see any of that garbage metal in this list. These are the metal albums that withstood the test of time and have so much replay value that it will remain timeless to listen to.
Number 10. – The Queen is Dead – The Smiths
The face of British music in the eighties? Well, one would like to imagine so but then memories of the drivel populating the singles charts at the time comes to mind. Instead The Smiths can justly claim to be the guardians (if not saviours) of guitar-driven music from which countless indie bands of the future would benefit. More so than any other by The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead is a rock album. Marr fairly rips the riffs of the title track out of his guitar while “Bigmouth Strikes Again”, “Cemetry Gates”, “Vicar In A Tutu” and “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” barrel along and prove miserablism doesn’t necessarily mean dirge. But the most impressive aspect of The Queen Is Dead are the lyrics. Just a quick turn of a phrase and a whole world is brought into the light: from isolation “Life is very long when you’re lonely”, to a contempt for modern culture “I’d rather be famous than righteous or holy, any day”, to the sheer exuberance of being in love “And if a double-decker bus crashes into us, to die by your side such a heavenly way to die. And if a ten truck kills the both of us to die by your side well the pleasure and the privilege is mine”. And if anyone sees that last couplet as depressing then maybe love is something you haven’t really experienced yet.
The 1980’s gave the Heavy Metal genre recognition after a full decade of being looked as a despised “noise” that started with Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath. I can honestly say that even with the pure metal and cheesy hair metal, the 1980s was best decade for the genre. After Iron Maiden & Judas Priest started the metal boom in the beginning of the decade, metal in general started expanding into new diversity around the world to trash metal, progressive metal, black metal, speed metal, hair metal, and so many more. So many bands that came out this decade are still remembered as one of the best. Unfortunately the 1990s metal isn’t as powerful or as recognized as the 1980s. At this time around, metal was facing a new genre of music called Grunge and Alternative Rock that took the musical spotlight from everyone. Plus the evolution of the genre throughout the 1990s went sour when they reached the awfulness of Nu Metal and big names like Metallica sold out with different, tasteless musical directions. But that’s not to say that metal in the 1990s were at all bad because we had new bands that went into the positive direction of metal when transforming into folk metal, sludge metal, technical metal, and other metal that sounds and feels as impacting as metal in the 1980s. If you don’t believe me, check out past Top 10 Albums list for each year of the the 1990s.
- Top 10 Albums of 1990
- Top 10 Albums of 1991
- Top 10 Albums of 1992
- Top 10 Albums of 1993
- Top 10 Albums of 1994
- Top 10 Albums of 1995
- Top 10 Albums of 1996
- Top 10 Albums of 1997
- Top 10 Albums of 1998
- Top 10 Albums of 1999
With that being said, I certainly enjoyed the good side of heavy metal in the 1990s. Not to mention that I got into Heavy Metal in this decade so I can’t overlook at this decade’s metal and stick in the past in the 1980s. Here’s the best Heavy Metal albums of the 1990s! Continue reading Top 10 Metal Albums of the 1990s