GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (20-11)

GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (20-11)

30/09/08  ||  Global Domination

20. Queensrÿche: Operation mindcrime 20. Queensrÿche: Operation mindcrime

Released: 1988

“Operation: Mindcrime” is without doubts one of the most enigmatic
and brilliant concept records in the history, not to mention that it
should serve as a shinning example of how to do a proper progressive
metal album. Ambitious and heady, yet rocking at the very basic level is
what best describes it. In a genre that has been later dominated by
unnecessary instrumental wankery, this is a true exponent of what should
be done in order to make yourself understood without overdoing things.

A captivating and twisted story of conspiracies, double crosses,
addictions, love and betrayals narrated in the soaring voice of a
magnificent Geoff Tate and the passionate guitar playing of Wilton and
DeGarmo, this album is not just music for its own sake. It is music made
to narrate the story and allow it to unfold and develop until its
bitter end, with catchy, memorable songs all over that help to pull this
off. Beyond just writing great tracks, there are interludes, dialogue
and snippets of sound effects that enhance the experience. A mandatory
listen to anyone remotely interested on prog and heavy metal,
“Operation: Mindcrime” stands as Queensrÿche’s most significant moment
in their long career and is truly a classic record of the 80s.


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19. Death: Leprosy 19. Death: Leprosy

Released: 1988

If “Scream Bloody Gore” announced the arrival of death metal,
“Leprosy” was the record that let everyone know that death metal was
here to fucken stay and dominate until the end of times. A marked
improvement from its predecessor, “Leprosy” continued down the path of
destruction chosen by Chuck Schuldiner and laid yet another sinister
blueprint for the genre to follow. The tightness and musicianship on
display was dramatically improved in the year between both records, with
Chuck’s skills as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist rocketing
skywards. Hell, he even played bass on this one; it’s not surprising the
man is widely accepted as the father of death metal.

Injecting some more brutality, complexity and the first drops of
technical wizardry into the primitive formula of death from the band’s
beginnings, Chuck wrote some of his most memorable songs in the history
of Death here. Immortal tunes like the ferocious “Open Casket”, “Left to
Die” (THAT riff right before the choruses is
fucken brilliant, one of the best ever!), and the ultimate sickening ode
to the end that is “Pull the Plug” are the reasons that have
perpetually fixated “Leprosy” inside the minds of generations of
metalheads. This is mandatory listening, anything less would be a
disservice to such a legendary record from a legendary band, no more, no


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18. Bathory: Under the sign of the black mark 18. Bathory: Under the sign of the black mark

Released: 1987

“Primitive yet mature. “Under the Sign of the Black Mark” represents
the zenith of Bathory’s early sound, a sound that was more instrumental
than that of any other band in defining what would come to be known as
the “troo” sound of black metal. In fact, there are moments on this
record that one could understandably confuse for the formative work of
any number of Norweigan black metal groups. High end snarl-growls, lo-fi
and fuzz-enshrouded wall-of-sound guitarwork, and skin-bashing of an
unabashedly unrefined variety are all front and center on this landmark
work. The muscular barbarian crowned with the most satanic of furry
barnyard symbols—the goat’s head—that dominates the album cover only
solidifies the reputation of this release as a pillar of black metal
dedication to all things eeevviiill.

So UTSOTBM’s credentials as a progenitor
of black metal cliches, for better or for worse, have been established.
What of its quality? Does it stand the test of time? Damn straight it
does! To this day it comes off with more energy, youthful vitality, and
sheer ferocity than almost any 2nd wave of BM release that this metal
enthusiast can conjure to memory. Any card carrying black metal devotee
found to be lacking this record should promptly have his or her “troo
kvlt “ license revoked.”

-Consumer (of dicks/ex-staffer)

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17. Possessed: Seven churches 17. Possessed: Seven churches

^Released: ^

The first, and inarguably one of the best death metal full-lengths.
Possessed were quite cognizant of the power of the riff, and they use it
to its full potential on this brutal and surprisingly catchy album. At
once demonically rigid and mentally unstable, this album runs roughshod
over the paltry competition that existed at the time. Larry Lalonde’s
melodic solos are all great, but it’s Mike Torrao that steals the show
here with his otherworldly guitar emanations that presage farther
developments in the field of death metal soloing by Trey Azagthoth and
Bob Vigna. Also, Jeff Becerra’s possessed Lemmy impersonation was pretty
much the heaviest and most vile vocal performance vomited upon the
populace so far, and I’ll be damned if it doesn’t sound just as evil


16. Testament: The legacy 16. Testament: The legacy

Released: 1987

More classic thrash? Aren’t you guys getting bored yet?
When this feature is over I’m gonna go listen to a shitload of post-rock
and reggae to slow myself back down…

“The Legacy”, eh? Well none can deny Testament’s place in history;
the oh-so-recent anticipation that preceded “The Formation of Damnation”
proved that. So they aged well, but their debut remains my favourite
example of their work. Complex and yet catchy songs with feces-melting
solos from Jazzmeister Skolnick himself, and Chuck Billy sounds as
powerful here as he ever has done with death growls.

What more is there to say? Seriously, the Bay Area speaks for itself
and you all know what great shit emerged from there. Go listen to “The
Legacy”, you won’t regret it even 21 years after its release… Now, back
to my Sigur Rós collection…

-Angry Mutant Penguin

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15. Helloween: Keeper of the seven keys part I 15. Helloween: Keeper of the seven keys part I

Released: 1987

With “Keeper of the Seven Keys” parts I and II, Helloween wrote
metal history. Combining the energy and speed of thrash with the
dominantly catchy melodies of mid-eighties heavy metal, they played a
vital role in the development of power metal, all the while being
infinitely superior to what the genre has become today. Part I remains a
nudge closer to Helloween’s thrash roots than it’s follow up, and the
humour in the lyrics is less pronounced. Neither of these things should
be held against it.

Led by the phenomenal voice of Michael Kiske and the ceaselessly
top-notch guitar work of Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath, this album
rocks from start to finish. Undeniable classics such as “I’m Alive”, “A
Little Time”, “Future World” and the 13-minute “Halloween” is what made
this album a classic. It still is. Indispensable in any metal collection


14. Motörhead: Ace of spades 14. Motörhead: Ace of spades

Released: 1980

Everybody and their mum knows the title track. It alone is a reason
sufficient to listen to this album. But what apart from that? Let me
just say it’s pure fucking Motorhead from the beginning until the end.
The irresistible mixture of rock n’ roll and metal, with the
unmistakable Lemmy’s vocal style gives a unique combination which only
Motorhead can pull off. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a fan of
the band, “Ace of Spades” is a title you cannot miss.

-Max Von Laibach (ex-staffer/cocksucker)

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13. Metallica: Ride the lightning 13. Metallica: Ride the lightning

Released: 1984

What a shocker, another Metallica disk on our list of great and
important albums… “Ride the Lightning”, the album that gave us enough
classic songs to cover up all of the shitstorm that followed. It’s
testament to just how incredible this album (and the carbon-copy that
followed it) sounds that there are still people today who hold out some
hope for James Hetfield. But I’m tired of always talking about
Metallica’s career in the context of their fall – why is this a classic?

Remember Hetfield’s riffs? And how full of urgency his screams and
shouts were? Howsabout Hammett’s expertly constructed solos and the
tight, badass rhythm from Burton and Lars? This is where Metallica
chucked their debut in the bin and stepped all that stuff up to
legendary proportions, giving us “Fight Fire With Fire” and “Creeping
Death”, which thrash as hard as anyone ever did. The connection between
this era’s metal and the Cold War is one that’s often made, but only
rarely is it as apocalyptically present as in “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
For me, this is perfection as far as Metallica is concerned. One of the
albums that unquestionably had to be here, even though I’m about as
much of a Metallica fan as Dave Mustaine…

-Angry Mutant Penguin

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12. Iron Maiden: Piece of mind 12. Iron Maiden: Piece of mind

Released: 1983

The secret of the hanged man? The smile on his face? Dying with your
boots on? Flying as high as the sun, or where only the eagles will
dare? Heroic charges across the battlefield against all odds? The
blazing sun shining on your blade? “Piece of Mind” ladies and gentlemen,
defines epic Iron Maiden from start to end like almost no other album
of their vast discography. Bruce Dickinson sings and screams with an
overpowering confidence, memorable lines aplenty and showing off his
infamous air raid siren pipes like a maniac. Steve Harris’ bass simply
and plainly dominates the proceedings, with unforgettable stuff like
those bass lines in “Die with Your Boots On”. Adrian Smith and Dave
Murray once again exude virtuosity and dynamism unmatched yet as a
guitar pair, spitting yet more kickass dueling riffs and blistering
melodic solos. Nicko McBrain’s fearless and brilliant debut behind the
drum kit, with plenty of inspiration, groove and originality, is just
fucken unbelievable.

“Piece of Mind” would continue to cement Iron Maiden’s position as
the most important metal band of the decade, sporting all-time favorites
like “Revelations”, “Flight of Icarus”, “Die with Your Boots On” and
“The Trooper”. Expanding successfully on the basis of the sound adopted
on its predecessor, “Piece of Mind” can arguably be called Maiden’s best
effort, although that’s a discussion that has no right answer, as any
of those five albums from “The Number of the Beast’ until “Seventh Son
of a Seventh Son” could be it. All in all, this is an excellent record, a
classic by all fucken means!


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11. Slayer: South of heaven 11. Slayer: South of heaven

Released: 1988

I wasn’t a die hard fan per se up til this Slayer album. Sure, I dug
the first two coz of their unmatched brutality at the time but they
were just a band that I really, really liked, not worshiped. Until this
very release, that is. When the nothing-but-classic guitar intro started
in the headphones when I checked it out at the store – I was sold, and
Slayer turned me into a complete Slayer maniac who eventually ended up
buying extremely expensive bootlegs of various quality. Slayer were gods
to me now. I even collected pictures of Slayer in a fucken box and my
room was covered with nothing but Slayer posters and pictures for many
years. I even remember the first time I saw Slayer live, back in 1988,
supporting this masterpiece, and still to this day those memories put a
good smile on my face. “South of heaven” is Slayer’s finest moment,
closely followed by “Reign in blood”. What a fantastic piece of music.

-Lord K Philipson

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