GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (100-91)

GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (100-91)

02/09/08  ||  Global Domination

Kat: 666 100. Kat: 666

Released: 1986

“Metal! Truth is metal! And hell!”

Does the above phrase make sense to you? I guess not, but I
guarantee that after a single listen to this album you won’t be able to
get it out of your head. From the frantic thrashing of “Metal and hell”,
through mid-paced songs like “Devil’s house part I” and the ballad-ish
“Time of revenge” all the way to the end of the extremely catchy “666”,
this album delivers pure satanic pleasure. And with the word “Satan”
repeated no less than 21 times during the course of a single song, this
has to be one of the most intensely blasphemous records ever. The guitar
work is not as complex as on “Róże miłości…” or “Bastard”, and the
rhythm section is downright simplistic, but all of this doesn’t matter
when there’s an abundance of catchy thrash riffs topped with the voice
of the best Polish metal singer around. It is no coincidence that bands
such as Vader, Behemoth and Lux Occulta chipped in to the tribute to
this band, with covers of songs from this album. “666” is pure satanic
genius, a fact anyone who has ever heard this album is bound to

-Max Von Laibach (ex-staffer/cocksucker)

Mötley Crüe: Shout at the Devil 99. Mötley Crüe: Shout at the devil

Released: 1983

It’s fucken amazing how one once looked at Mötley Crüe and actually
thought they were kinda… ehum… evil… Man, they looked like a fucken
bunch of whores, threw the devil horns, used pentagrams and pretended to
be in league with my father, Satan. Of course we bought it, we were
like fucken 2 years old when this shit happened. We later learned that
the only thing that was true about Mötley was the fact that they looked
like whores. But no matter what, “Shout at the devil” is quite possibly
one of the finest hard rock albums ever. “Red hot”, “Looks that kill”,
“Too young to fall in love” and the title track – all classic tunes on a
classic album. After this, Mötley pretty much turned to shit, but hey –
before doing that they definitely gave us some fantastic music with
“Shout at the devil”. I really believe this here album should be higher
on the list coz it sure beats the fuck out of shit bands like Tesla,
who, as if by magic, follows…

-Lord K Philipson

Tesla: The great radio controversy 98. Tesla: The great radio controversy

Released: 1989

How this album got on a GD Best-of list is beyond me. I think I was
the only one who voted for it. Anyway, Tesla is mostly known for two
things: the quintessential ballad “Love Song” (which is on here) and as
the band who pioneered the unplugged concert that was a 1990’s MTV
staple. When this disc came out in 1989, most American rock bands were
putting out glam rock drivel. Tesla’s product was a bluesy, gritty take
on the sound Def Leppard brought to American shores only a few years
before. They join the ranks of Cinderella and Queensryche (“Empire”) as
bands that are unfairly lumped in with the Poisons and Wingers of the
hair metal world.

-Hanging Limbs

Flotsam and Jetsam: Doomsday for the deceiver 97. Flotsam and Jetsam: Doomsday for the deceiver

Released: 1986

Flotsam and Jetsam will be remembered for being Jason Newsted’s first band, but they should
be remembered for being a badass thrash/power metal band. In a way it’s
fortunate that the Newsted connection exists, because without it we
might not remember “Doomsday for the Deceiver” at all. Look at the year
this album was released—it didn’t stand a chance in hell of being
absorbed in the greater heavy metal consciousness. The competition from
established bands was too great, the number of classic albums to
abundant. It’s a damn shame, because the material is fucking killer.
Their brand of thrash is just as blistering as the Metallicas and
Kreators of the world, but Flotsam retained a more traditional vocal
style, one in line with the Iron Maidens of the world. The result is…
well it’s power metal, but the sort of power metal that’s actually worth
listening to. Plus, Flotsam’s prog inspired epic songs put Metallica’s
instrumental snooze fests to shame. “Doomsday…” is a killer album, no
question about it.


SOD: Speak English or die 96. SOD: Speak English or die

Released: 1985

At the time of release, “Speak penis or die” was among the hardest
and most fierce recordings you could find and bang yer skull to.
Jampacked with classics, humor and catchy-ass riffs 24/7, S.O.D managed
to piss out an instant classic even with the fat fucken idiot redneck
Billy Milano in the band. Or maybe becoz of him. Gotta applaud them for
that. Those who won’t admit to the brilliance of a song like “Ballad of
Jimi Hendrix”, well, you understand nothing. This is a must-have in your
record collection if you consider yourself even close to being a
metalhead. By the way, it would have been a hella lot more fun if
Sergeant D was called Sergeant C, as in “semen”, though.

-Lord K Philipson

Amebix: Arise 95. Amebix: Arise

Released: 1984

Sure, hardcore can be aggressive, hardcore can be homicidal, and
hardcore can definitely be fast as fuck, but Amebix is probably the only
hardcore band that sounds EVIL. Like, “Altars
of Madness” evil at times. The stuff here is pretty doomy and has large
flakes of crust falling off of it, but Amebix can bring the speed up
when they have to. The music here evokes images of solitary monuments of
blood and wire erected in a barren wasteland, and the lyrics are quite
brutal as well, forgoing your average liberal diatribes for tales of
paranoia, death, and the Axeman. One of the most essential 80s hardcore
albums for sure, and any metalhead who turns his nose up at it ought to
be flayed alive.


94. Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz 94. Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz

Released: 1980

Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz

After being fired from Sabbath, many counted out the Prince of
fucking Darkness, but thanks to succubus Sharon and a Randy Rhoads (a
true guitar heroes of yore), they were proved to be severely fucking
mistaken. Nowadays, it’s hard to believe that (and it breaks my heart to
say it) the shambling fool showed to us on mtv has given us metal
monuments such as “Crazy Train”, “Suicide Solution” and “I Don’t Know”.
“Blizzard of Ozz” will forever stand tall as a landmark for metal, and
I’m fucking amazed that it didn’t score higher on this list, it’s
definitely one of THE most prominent metal
releases of the 80’s. “Blizzard of Ozz” is probably the first album that
got me into metal after listening mostly to old rock n’ roll. I
remember hearing the first riff of “I don’t know” and after that my
world was changed forever, a experience somewhat akin to discovering
masturbation. Nowadays, with the number of real rock stars diminishing
fast, we owe it to ourselves to experience the Ozzman from the time when
he was at his best: On ridiculous amounts of drugs.

-The Prophet

Killing Joke: Killing Joke 93. Killing Joke: Killing Joke

Released: 1980

When it comes to bands that people attempt to label, Killing Joke
are definitely one of the most entertaining. Just listen to a few of
these gems I picked up while making a quick 5 minute net browse: heavy industrial rock, experimental tribal punk, proto-alternative quasi-metal, anarcho post-punk, gothic psycho-metal (and my personal favorite) apocalyptipop. While it’s easy to laugh, it is
hard to describe The Joke. Considering their career spans over 20 years
and touches many different styles, it’s also hard to pinpoint their
peak. Still, their debut album will always remain (arguably) their most
influential. It was raw, desolate, dark and pessimistic. But damn it was
fun. And fucking catchy. “Requiem”‘s opening synth stab opens the way
for a ripping guitar riff, moments before Jaz’s anguished yet focused
yell kicks in. “Change” sounds like Gang of Four on steroids (and
crack). Individually, not every single track is a killer, but there’s
more than enough good fun here for the whole family.

Brian Eno once famously said that while only a few thousand people
bought the first Velvet Underground album, almost every single one of
them was inspired to start up a band. I have a feeling the same analogy
could be applied to Killing Joke’s debut album. While I have no actual
figures or empirical evidence to base myself on, there are tons of bands
who quoted them as an influence. Many moved on to achieve much more
critical and commercial success than The Joke ever initially dreamed of
(Metallica, Foo Fighters, The Mane and his Dirty Closet Bears, etc…) The
bottom line is that I’m drunk, I am no longer on staff, I don’t give a
fuck and Killing Joke fucking rocks. Give their debut a listen, it
definitely belongs on this list.

-Fishermane (ex-staffer/cocksucker/super rad special guest/cunt)

Nuclear Assault: Game over 92. Nuclear Assault: Game over

Released: 1986

Nuclear Assault used to be another one of those bands that I
completely worshiped while being a youngster. John Connelly’s fantastic
screams/yells with the insanely groovy thrash metal they composed – you
got yourself a fucken match made in fucken metal heaven. “Game over” is a
touchdown. A home run. A beautiful goal a’la Peter Forsberg in his
prime. “Survive” was ace as well, but “Game over” is the one album from
them that should be remembered as their finest offering ever. We all
know that the reunion these guys did sucked the balls big time, but
forget about that and keep this album in mind since it’s the best
reference as for why Nuclear Assault should have been among The Big 4.
Yeah, meaning Krokus, Tytan, Cinderella and Scorpions. Hang the fucken
pope, bitches! Hang the fucken fag until the rope breaks.

-Lord K Philipson

Rush: Moving pictures 91. Rush: Moving pictures

Released: 1980

Rush may not be metal, but since they wipe the floor with almost all of the metal bands out there, here they are (Note
from Stephen: Plus, Rush gets the grandfather clause when it comes to
metal. In the 70’s Rush was the thinking man’s heavy, make no mistake
about it
). It is very rare for a band this talented and this
Canadian to record one of the most memorable song intros of all-time,
but who hasn’t heard the synth intro to “Tom Sawyer”? While “Tom Sawyer”
was a commercial smash, the true beauty lies when you delve deeper into
this record. The progressive opuses that gave them a solid fanbase
would soon give way to a simpler, more commercial sound ripe with synths
and catchy choruses. “Moving Pictures” lands square in the middle and
unites fans from each era.

-Hanging Limbs (ex-staffer/cocksucker)


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