GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (50-41)

GD’s Most Dominating Albums Of The 1980’s (50-41)

19/09/08  ||  Global Domination

50. Judas Priest: Screaming for Vengeance 50. Judas Priest: Screaming for vengeance

Released: 1982

“Screaming” is an aptly named album, as it features the return of
Halford’s legendary scream, which had been absent for the past few
efforts. And, oh, what a return it is! It’s always good to see a band
who had previously wimped out get back into the hard stuff, and it’s
even better when the results are this metal. The Tipton/Downing double
solo attack never sounded better than it did on this album (sorry,
“Painkiller” fans), with each guitarist cranking out the riffs and solos
in such a way that their two styles contrast beautifully while still
maintaining a sense of lethal cohesion. “The Hellion / Electric Eye” is
one of the most legendary openers out there, and with tracks like
“Bloodstone” and the dominating title track, it’s no wonder that this
album is considered an essential metal classic.


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49. Voivod: Nothingface 49. Voivod: Nothingface

Released: 1989

The quintessential album from the Québécois squad, “Nothingface” is
the prime example on how to be innovative and distinctive without making
your music highly unappealing to the audience. While Piggy, Away,
Blacky and Snake cared about the idiosyncrasies that made their craft
unique, they also had a knack for writing really great catchy tunes.
That, first and foremost, seemed to be their goal.

Let’s say the foundation of Voivod’s music is thrash metal. Their
first two albums are pretty much straight thrash metal and after their
third release, “Killing Technology”, different elements found their way
into Voivod’s sound. Their music started to build into something in a
league of its own. In “Nothingface” those alien elements are fused in
such a homogeneous way that it becomes hard to pinpoint the sources of
such inspiration and really antagonistic feelings come from listening
the the album.

“Nothingface” as a whole sounds futuristic and cold, but the vocals
by Snake are sometimes really uplifting and happy, Piggy is pulling out
pop riffs from time to time while Away and Blacky inject heavy doses of
groove into the equation. That sounds quite far from cold, right? Still,
it is not a happy album, it features that kind of veiled darkness you
can’t put your finger into. You feel it is disturbing, but can’t really
say why.

For those who’ve never heard this album before, there is a gigantic
chance you’ll dismiss it as a weird piece of metal and leave it behind,
but please, do persist. This album offers the kind of experience you
won’t be able to find anywhere else. Cherish it as such.

-Tiago Bonamigo (ex-staffer/cocksucker)

48. Anthrax: Among the Living 48. Anthrax: Among the living

Released: 1987

Anthrax quickly established themselves as heroes to me when I was
young. They had the witty humour, Bermuda shorts, Joey’s
crappy-but-working vocals and finally: they were the fucken shit when it
came to thrash metal with a seldom matched groove at the time. I
actually held Anthrax in such high regard I eventually ended up buying a
pair of yellow shorts with the ugly dude they used on their
merchandise. Those shorts were hideous on all accounts. Luckily their
music was anything but.

“Spreading the disease” tickled the top of my penis quite a bit, but
“Among the living” took me by my fucken balls, squeezed them until I
was blue in the face and then slowly crushed them against the wall of my
childhood room. Anthrax were kings for me for a long, long time thanx
to this recording. This album is such a display of a band in its
absolute prime. The hooks are there, the production is definitely there
and the songs are so catchy Ebola’s got nothing on them. “Among the
living” has no weak tracks whatsoever. The fact that this is the last
album from Anthrax that is actually listenable through and through shows
that this was and will always be their peak.

-Lord K Philipson

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47. Testament: The New Order 47. Testament: The new order

Released: 1988

Emerging from the infamous SF Bay Area just as many of their peers
in the golden era of American thrash, Testament were the thrash titans
that never quite made it to the big time, somewhat unjustly but, in some
ways, thankfully so. My guess is that the lack of commercial success
helped them stay true to their beginnings, and allowed them to churn out
very decent albums through their career while other, more illustrious
names faltered and went down the shitter. “The New Order” was
Testament’s second album, and without any doubts is an essential thrash
record. This record is such a thrashing-mad romp that it won’t fail to
move you, hell yeah! Guitar god Alex Skolnick fires some of his most
inspired and sickest solos ever, complementing the mammoth riffs laid
down by Eric Peterson, while the monstrous, larger than life roar of
Chuck Billy spells out tales of prophecy, doom, death and destruction.

Classics like “The New Order”, “Into the Pit”, “Trial by Fire”,
“Disciples of the Watch” and “The Preacher” are known to everybody. They
are the kind of awesome thrash songs that best exemplify what Testament
was about: aggression fueled thrash with an edge, groove and refinement
seldom seen on other bands of the style. “The New Order” my dear
beavers, is mandatory thrash of the best quality and deserved all the
accolades it has received through the years and more!


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46. Sodom: Persecution Mania 46. Sodom: Persecution mania

Released: 1987

After single-handedly laying one of the largest cornerstones of the
black metal scene with their first two releases (a cornerstone with very
little precision and a lot of brutality), Sodom finally began to
justify their place in the Teutonic Big 3 of thrash with this
album. The addition of Blackfire into the lineup gave the band a much
tighter sound and as the lyrics swayed towards modern warfare, the sound
followed. Tom Angelripper has a rare load of good old fashioned
rock’n‘roll attitude that allows his music to kick ass with none of the
frills of its American contemporaries.

Also, if that didn’t convince you, just look at the cover art,
summing up everything that was terrifying about the Cold War period and
looking incredibly metal as well.


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45. Kreator: Pleasure to Kill 45. Kreator: Pleasure to kill

Released: 1986

When comparing “Pleasure to kill” with “Endless pain” it is
impossible to avoid astonishment at how much better Kreator got with
their second album. This is not because of a huge increase in their
musical abilities, it’s just that the whole thing seems a lot more
mature than its predecessor. “Endless Pain” was by no means bad and it
contained some killer tunes like “Storm of the beast” and “Flag of
hate”, the latter being arguably the best song of early Kreator, but on
“Pleasure…” everything seems more thought out. This is not a bunch of
high school kids who got lucky enough to record an album anymore, this
is a band that means business. The cover and production were got much
better with the re-release, which came with the “Flag of Hate” Ep as
bonus material. After this album it became clear that Kreator was a band
to be reckoned with in the metal scene.

-Max Von Laibach (ex-staffer/cocksucker)

44. Megadeth: Peace Sells... 44. Megadeth: Peace sells…

Released: 1986

1986 was a quite a fucked up year. One of the reactors at the
Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded. Former U.N. Secretary General Kurt
Waldheim was pissed after reading an article in the New York Times
claiming he used to be a Nazi. The Montreal Canadians beat the Flames in
5 games to win the Stanley Cup. Cliff Burton died in a bus crash.
Lindsay Lohan was born. Dave Mustaine was coming back smashed at 4am,
trying not to wake up his girl. Of course, he told us all about it on
“Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?”, easily one of Megadeth’s most
essential albums.

Interestingly enough, 1986 was also designated as the Year of International Peace
by the United Nations. Mustaine has always had a knack for writing
catchy, soulful jams about his favorite international organization. At
least MTV/VH1 seemed to think so, since they
used the title track’s opening bassline to start up their show for quite
some time. You can’t really blame them, especially considering how
fresh it still sounds after over 20 years. Dave’s angry and cynical (aka
I’m out of smack and pissed at the world) snarl never gets old. While
“Rust In Peace” might remain Megadeth’s peak, “Peace Sells…” was the
perfect stepping stone for things to come. Just ask Mustaine’s liver
(and lungs), I’m sure they’ll agree.

-Fishermane (ex-staffer/world’s worst lover)

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43. Faith No More: The Real Thing 43. Faith No More: The real thing

Released: 1989

In 1988, after some measure of success, Faith No More had to fire
their vocalist, Chuck Mosely, as let’s face it, he wasn’t much of a
vocalist. He also fell asleep behind the microphone.

During a gig.

Then after hearing an old deathy demo from Mr Bungle (probably Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny),
Jim Martin suggested they try out Mike Patton, and in doing so they
landed themselves a veritable goldmine of a vocalist. An inspired album,
it features many styles of music – metal, funk, soul and a bit of hip
hop. It’s also got a somewhat delightfully nasal Patton and on the title
track, possibly one of the prettiest bass lines I’ve ever heard (the
part that begins with the line, “Like the sacred song…” raises the hair
on my body and has me murmuring, “yes, yes…oooh…just there…oh! Oh! Ooooohhhh!!!”
Sinful). The production doesn’t quite hold up to today’s standards, but
if you adjust the EQ on your stereo there’s nothing to bitch about and
you’re guaranteed to be shaking your ass to a couple of classics. Just
don’t look too closely at some of the lyric content, you might get a bit
creeped out.

“Hey, little girl. Would you like some candy?”

-Tash (ex-staffer, genuine sweetheart/cunt)

42. Yngwie Malmsteen: Rising Force 42. Yngwie Malmsteen: Rising force

Released: 1984

No words can make justice to the feeling incorporated in Yngwie’s
solo debut. The honesty in the tones is unmatched on all accounts.
Yngwie didn’t just play the guitar here, he was the
guitar. There is a reason we always end up watching old Yngwie videos
when we are having afterparties at my place. And the weird thing is – I
don’t even care much about guitar solos in the first place. Fuck all
those half-assed, overrated supposed-to-be guitar heroes (Richie
Fuckmore, Marty Friedman, Leif Edling, Ingmar Stenmark), they never
were, and never will be, better than what this fucko displayed on this
very piece. Yngwie is god. That’s the truth, and you fucken know it.
Should have been in the top 5 spot on this list without a doubt. Let’s
just say that the guy who organized this feature has a soft spot for
crystal meth and fucked up the ranking.

-Lord K Philipson

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41. Mercyful Fate: Don't break the Oath 41. Mercyful Fate: Don’t break the oath

Released: 1984

Ah the 80’s. Metal was cool. Metal was rebellious. Metal was evil…or
at least that’s what concerned parents and politicians believed.
Mercyful Fate, along with 14 other artists (not all of them metal), were
targeted by the PMRC for what was believed to
be inappropriate messages to kids. In MF’s case, it was that their
occult-focused lyrics that drew the ire of good Christian parents like
Tipper Gore. While the targeted album, “Melissa”, was a decent effort
that exposed the band to metalheads, it wasn’t until the follow-up,
“Don’t Break the Oath”, that the satanic legend of Mercyful Fate was

There is not a single bad song on “Don’t Break the Oath”, despite
some seemingly less-than-stellar moments: Sloppy guitar harmonies, a
goofy hymn to Satan, generic riffs, etc. If done by another band on
another album at another time, it would have been a disaster, but
Mercyful Fate delivered one of the 80’s finest albums. “Melissa” may
have been the album that influenced Metallica, but “Don’t Break the
Oath” shows a band that not only writes great songs, but delivers a
fucking product. This is the most fun a Satanist can have without a

-Hanging Limbs (ex-staffer/cocksucker)

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This entry was posted on June 14, 2014 by in 1980s - Top 100, Best of, Decades, Lists of Domination.
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