1. Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops (1994)
My personal favourite debut and also my favourite album to come out of the whole Louisiana sludge scene. Acid Bath
delivered a knockout punch with their sludgy doomy metal attack. Sure,
the next album is probably more rounded and maybe even has better
overall songs but nothing can come close to the visceral energy of “When
the Kite String Pops.” It also gave us one of the most cerebral and
passionate lyricists/vocalists in Dax Riggs who’s gone on to a sadly
over looked solo career and a killer guitar player in Sammy Pierre Duet
who would go on to play with Crowbar and currently resides in a little
old band called Goatwhore.
2. Annihilator: Alice in Hell (1989)
By 1989 the absolute classics of the thrash metal genre had already
come and gone but it didn’t stop Canada’s Annihilator from releasing an
album that has had tremendous impact on the genre through the years.
Guitarist and main man Jeff Waters just killed it on this debut with 8
fantastic songs and an obligatory guitar instrumental intro in Crystal Ann that hold up to this day and sound just as great as ever.
3. Exodus: Bonded by Blood (1985)
For me, this is right up there with “Reign in Blood.” A true thrash metal classic and the out of control energy
and sheer fist pumping exhilaration of the songs on “Bonded by Blood”
where never again matched by the band. This is the sound of a band that
is truly hungry and the result is an album that will always be a
4. Monster Magnet: Spine of God (1992)
Dave Wyndorf and John McBain took their love for psychedelia, heavy
metal and punk and turned it into what is commonly known today as
“stoner.” The band got better with “Superjudge” and occasionally got
lame but “Spine of God” is 50 odd minutes of stoner metal bliss.
5. Godflesh – Streetcleaner (1989)
The first time I heard this sometime in the early 90s, it blew my
mind. I had never heard anything like this harsh dissonant and
incredibly heavy music. It probably helped that my initial listens were
on a shitty tape that made it seem noisier than it was but bloody hell,
this is where my love for harsh electronic music started and
“Streetcleaner” is just an important album in my life. Thank you Justin Broadrick.