My Top Five Metal Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die

Since I haven’t watched a film in a few days, I thought I’d post my top five metal albums that I think everyone in the world should listen to several times. Why? Because I said so. I shall litter the descriptions with information stolen borrowed from Wikipedia.

So, without further ado, and in reverse order I give you, the top five metal albums you MUST hear before you die

5. Evile – Enter the Grave

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In 2007, Evile recorded their debut album, Enter the Grave, at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen with producer Flemming Rasmussen and assistant engineer Anders H Mortensen. The album reached #33 on the UK rock album charts, and Kerrang! magazine awarded the album 4 out of 5 stars while dubbing Evile as “Carrying the genre’s whole ‘revival’ on their shoulders”. Generally, the album was received positively and received some highly rated reviews, including those from Terrorizer Magazine (9/10), Metal Revolution (100/100) and Classic Rock (the 38th best album of 2007).

The album [Infected Nations] was released on September 21 in Europe and September 22 in USA .

Evile’s sound is primarily influenced by classic thrash metal, citing bands such as Metallica, Megadeth, Sepultura, Slayer, Exodus, Testament and Annihilator, though they are also influenced by death metal bands like Obituary .

Studio albums

  • 2007: Enter the Grave
  • 2009: Infected Nations

MY NOTE: Holy crapola! I didn’t even know that they had a new album out *rushes over to certain web sites of ill repute*

4. Slayer – Seasons in the Abyss

slayer-abyssSeasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by the thrash metal band Slayer. It was released in 1990 through Def American Records, and later through American Recordings after the company changed its name. It was Dave Lombardo’s last studio album with Slayer, until his return in 2006 with the release of Christ Illusion. Seasons in the Abyss is Slayer’s third major record label release. Seasons in the Abyss is one of few albums to be issued with a Parental Advisory label despite the virtual absence of profanity unlike other Slayer albums, though the lyrics depict violent acts.

Seasons in the Abyss was released on October 9, 1990 and peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album chart, the highest position the band attained at the time. In 1992 the album was certified gold, for shipments in excess of 500,000 in the United States. David Browne of Entertainment Weekly commented “Pushing the envelope of its previous album straight out the door, Slayer piles on the grim vocals, the frenetic guitar work, and the gore on Seasons in the Abyss,” praising the guitar work of King and Hanneman.

The [new] album [World Painted Blood] will be released on October 14th in Japan, November 3rd in North America and November 2nd in other parts of the world.

MY NOTE: YESSS!!! New Slayer, coming soon!

3. Metallica – …And Justice For All

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…And Justice for All is the fourth album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Elektra Records released the album on August 25, 1988.

The album’s dark subject material, featuring references to injustice in the legal system, limited freedom, war, insanity and hate, is accompanied by the most complex song structures in Metallica’s discography. The album is also noted for its near-lack of audible bass guitar and dry, sterile production, and therefore has been called a “slightly flawed masterpiece and the pinnacle of Metallica’s progressive years” by AllMusic.com.

MY NOTE: I have no idea who wrote the above piece about there being no bass, it kicks fuckin’ ASS in the bass department on my iPod, so I can only assume the writer is as deaf as a door knob. Or, is just a knob.

The front cover depicts the statue of Lady Justice cracked and bound by ropes, with both of her scales filled with dollars and both of her breasts exposed. The words “…And Justice for All” are written in graffiti to the right.

2. Megadeth – Rust in Peace

MegadethRustInPeaceRust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Megadeth. It was released by Capitol Records in 1990.

Rust in Peace was … nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 1991 Grammy Awards.

Politics, warfare and the environment are the main topics explored throughout the album, with songs such as “Rust in Peace… Polaris,” which is about intercontinental ballistic missiles, and their effects on the world (Polaris refers to Polaris missile); “Take No Prisoners,” which is about prisoners of war; and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” which is a two-part song containing “Holy Wars,” which is not referring to any historical place or event… “Dawn Patrol” is about the environment being destroyed by global warming and greenhouse gases.

The album’s artwork was created by longtime Megadeth artist Ed Repka. It shows band mascot Vic Rattlehead and the leaders of the five major world powers (at the time) attending a secret meeting in Hangar 18, with Vic in the foreground presiding over the body of an alien.

MY NOTE: The new Megadeth album ‘Endgame’ is actually pretty good! *shocked, as all albums after Rust in Peace were a bit pansy*

*drum roll if you please…*

1. Judas Priest – Painkiller

judas_priest_painkiller_aPainkiller is a 1990 gold-certified album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest, their 12th studio album.

The original LP, cassette and CD versions were released on September 3, 1990.

Judas Priest returned to their classic ’70s style, while borrowing contemporary speed metal techniques, resulting in their most critically acclaimed album in a decade. The album is viewed by some as the quintessential speed metal album and the style proved highly influential to European power metal bands such as Gamma Ray and Primal Fear.

The Painkiller itself is one of a series of fictional messiahs created by Judas Priest. The Painkiller is described as a metal messiah sent to the world to destroy evil and rescue mankind from destruction. The Painkiller is believed to be inspired by the fallen angel from the Sad Wings of Destiny album cover that Judas Priest recorded early in their musical years.

MY NOTE: I’ve been listening to this album since it was released in 1990 and, nineteen years later, it still whoops ass!

Some honourable mentions are necessary. In no particular order:

White Zombie – Astro-Creep 2000

Sepultura – Arise

Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe

W.A.S.P. – Headless Children

Metallica – Ride the Lightning (or, Master of Puppets)

Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

Slayer – Reign in Blood

Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying (or, So Far, So Good, So What!)

Take note from all of the above albums, NO NU-METAL! Nu-metal is gay and should be avoided at all costs.

For more musical goodness, see the similar posts below where, last year, we posted some Halloween themed albums…

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Having survived the UK's 'video nasty' (prohibition) era I'm eager to catch up with all previously unseen sleaze and filth. I revel in mixtape oddness, boobage, gore, and proper latex special effects, don't get me started on CGI... - email Ronnie
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2 Responses to My Top Five Metal Albums You MUST Hear Before You Die

  1. Paul J says:

    I was googling for the album cover of Painkiller and found this post, I know it’s old but I just wanted to agree with ya!

    Totally agree, but with a few minor adjustments if I may! 🙂

    I would put Kill ‘Em All before …AJFA. Firstly, …AJFA is poorly produced, you can’t even hear Jason’s playing. One would think they’d want to showcase their new member so as to keep fans interested. I understand Cliff died, some people say that was some kind of show of respect…I don’t buy it.

    Rust In Peace – Absofreakinglutely their best album. Agree 100%

    Seasons…yes again 100%. Lombardo at his greatest. Skeletons, Expendable Youth, War Ensemble and the title track. All totally killer.

    Painkiller, by far Priest’s best album. There IS no argument.

    I would like to tell you to give a band called Redemption a listen, if you’re as old as I am (I’m guessing…32-36) you might remember Ray Adler from Fate’s Warning. This is his new band and…it’s some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time. If Snowfall On Judgment Day isn’t Metal Album Of The Year I’ll eat my hat.

    Also, check out the band Freakeys.

  2. Alex says:

    Dude, you totally mirrored some of my thoughts on these records. Pretty hard to name a “top 5”, but all the ones you named are among my classic favourites. Except Evile, which I haven’t heard. I’m a gonna check that out now tho. Cheers.

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