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Golden Age Of Metal: 1989

A number of classic records contributed to ’89 being the true, official beginning of the golden age of death metal, and helped to establish the genre as a newly dominant style, one that we’ll see cross over and blow up in a certain Scandinavian country very, very soon…

August 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Golden Age Of Metal: 1988

You’d think that with ’88 being the only year from the golden age of thrash that we got albums from every single member of “The Big 4”, it would be the greatest year in the history of the genre hands down, but unfortunately, that just wasn’t the case, as all of those bands experienced, in one way or another, a sort of early mid-life crisis in their careers, as they were unable to produce follow-ups that were as iconic or beloved as their previous records.

July 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Golden Age Of Metal: 1987

87 was a bit of an “in-between year” when it came to the most significant metal genres, but, while not as iconic as the previous, peak year for the genre, it was still incredible for thrash, and quite possibly the runner-up for best year in the history of the genre.

June 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Golden Age Of Metal: 1986

Thrash completely dominated the year, as, if we only see saw “Pleasure”, “Reign”, & “Puppets” in ’86 alone, it would already be one of the greatest years for the genre, but add in everything else, and ’86’s status as the absolute peak of thrash is cemented for all time.

May 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Golden Age Of Metal: 1985

Celtic Frost: To Mega Therion We arrive at ’85 with Celtic Frost’s “To Mega Therion”, an absolute classic of 1st wave black metal, and easily the band’s greatest moment, beyond … Continue reading

April 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Golden Age of Metal: 1984

The records I’ve covered in this entry ended up making 1984 one of the biggest watershed years in the history of heavy metal, and, instead of turning out to part of some nightmare-ish dystopian era like Orwell predicted all those years ago, what we got instead was the true beginning of The Golden Age Of Metal, baby!

March 16, 2019 · 3 Comments

Golden Age of Metal: Introduction

The Golden Age of the genre would not begin until a bit further into the decade, when we not only began consistently getting an unprecedented (and unmatched ever since) amount of great, classic albums, but also records that would prove to be genre-defining to the biggest, most important styles of modern Metal, as the style really developed, diversified, and expanded outside of Britain to become a truly global(ly dominate) phenomenon.

March 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Year in review: 2003

Year in review: 2003 13/12/12  ||  BamaHammer Nothing like doing a Year in Review feature for a year that happened just 9 years ago at the time of writing this. … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Year in review: 2002

Year in review: 2002 05/04/13  ||  The Duff In 2002, I was nineteen years old, some nine or ten years on from having discovered Metallica’s “Battery”, my true initiation into … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Year in review: 1994

Year in review: 1994 07/09/12  ||  BamaHammer It was the best of times. I turned 13 that summer. Like any 13-year old kid, I was as impressionable as wet Play-Doh … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · Leave a comment