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Top Ten (My all time best heavy metal albums)

03 Jun

Now this could easily be a top 100 lol, because i listen to a lot of heavy metal, so here i have chosen my personal favourites. I have included greatest hits albums as a replacement to choosing albums by a certain band, there too many albums to choose from certain bands so its a greatest hits instead to highlight everything..

10.. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – Rage Against the Machine, also known as RATM, is an American rap metal band from Los AngelesCalifornia. Formed in 1991, the group consists of rapper/vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk. They draw inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as hip hop acts such as Afrika BambaataaPublic Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Dutch crossover band Urban Dance Squad. Rage Against the Machine is best known for its leftist political views, which are expressed in many of its songs. As of 2010, they have sold over 16 million records worldwide.

In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial and critical success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza festival. In 2003, the album was ranked number 368 on Rolling Stonemagazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band’s third album, The Battle of Los Angeles, followed in 1999, and in 2003, the album was ranked number 426 on the same list. During their initial nine-year run, they became one of the most popular and influential bands in music history, according to music journalist Colin Devenish. They were also ranked No. 33 on VH1‘s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band had a large influence on the nu metal genre which emerged during the late 1990s.

In 2000, the band released the cover album, Renegades. The same year, growing tensions over the direction of the band prompted de la Rocha to quit, leading to the band’s breakup. De la Rocha started a low-key solo career, while the rest of the band formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then-former frontman of Soundgarden; Audioslave recorded three albums before disbanding in 2007. The same year, Rage Against the Machine announced a reunion and performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in April 2007. Up until 2011, the band continued to perform at more live venues and festivals around the world. As of 2014, the group has no plans to record new material.

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09.. SIXX AM – THE HERION DIARIES – The band released The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack in 2007, which is based upon Sixx’s autobiography, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star.

The band made their live debut at Crash Mansion on July 16, 2007. They performed five songs from the album, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack. The album had no drummer, because lead singer/rhythm guitarist James Michael programmed all the drums. Due to this, there was some curiosity as to who would be playing drums for them live. Former Beautiful Creatures drummer Glen Sobel ended up playing on tour with the band.

On October 25, 2007, Sixx:A.M. played another show opening for Korn. At the time of this show, Glen Sobel was on tour drumming with Elliott Yamin.

Originally the group stated they had no intention of touring. After constant support for the band and interest in a tour, they held a nationwide vote for tour dates. The tour was scheduled to start in spring 2008, but was postponed to the summer due to unforeseeable circumstances.

On April 15, 2008, Sixx:A.M. announced they would be touring as part of Mötley Crüe‘s Crüe Fest, along with BuckcherryPapa Roach and Trapt. The tour began on July 1, 2008, in West Palm Beach, Florida. During Crüe Fest, Papa Roach drummer Tony Palermoserved as a touring drummer for the band. A deluxe tour edition of The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack was released on November 25, 2008, which included a bonus live EP entitled Live Is Beautiful which features recorded performances from the band’s summer tour.

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08.. WASP – THE CRIMSON IDOL – The story of The Crimson Idol revolves around a teenager named Jonathan. He is the son of William and Elizabeth Steel, and brother of Michael Steel. Michael is the favored son of his parents, but Jonathan is a complete failure in their eyes. After Michael is killed in a car accident by a drunk driver, Jonathan runs away from home and starts to wander the streets, becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol. Whilst walking past a music store, he sees a guitar and desires to become a rock star. He breaks the display window with a bottle of booze, thus beginning his journey into acclaimed excess.

Jonathan plays the stolen crimson-colored guitar as often as he can in order to obtain money to record an album. He then meets a man named “Chainsaw” Charlie, the president of a major record label. Charlie promises to make Jonathan a star, and introduces him to Alex Rodman, who will become his manager. Jonathan goes on to achieve his ambition of becoming a rock star, but finds out that life is not as glamorous as it seems. Despite now having fame and fortune, he still longs for the one thing he always wanted, that being the love and acceptance of his parents.

One night before a concert, Jonathan calls his parents in an attempt to reconcile their differences and heal the emotional wounds between them. According to the story, “less than fifty words were spoken”; the last four of which being “we have no son”. Realizing that he will never be accepted by his parents, Jonathan decides to commit suicide. During the aforementioned concert, he removes the strings from his guitar, shapes them into a noose and hangs himself.

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07.. GUNS N ROSES – APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION – Axl Rose stated that many of the songs featured on the album had been written while the band had been performing on the Los Angeles club circuit, and a number of songs that would be featured on later Guns N’ Roses albums were considered for Appetite for Destruction, such as “Back Off Bitch“, “You Could Be Mine“, “November Rain” and “Don’t Cry“. It is said that the reason for not putting “November Rain” on it was because they had already agreed to put “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” on it and thus already had a ballad on the album (however, both Use Your Illusion albums would contain more than one ballad).[8][9]

The band started searching for someone to produce their debut, mostly recommendations made by Geffen executives Alan Niven and Tom Zutaut. Demos were recorded under both Manny Charlton and Spencer Proffer, with some work made with the latter being issued in the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. One of the interviewed prospects was Kiss’s Paul Stanley, rejected after insisting on changes to Steven Adler‘s drum setup and the songs. The band considered Robert John “Mutt” Lange, but he proved too expensive to hire. Eventually Mike Clink, who had produced several Triumph records, was chosen, for being the first to record the band exactly the way they wanted.

After some weeks of rehearsal, the band entered Daryl Dragon‘s Rumbo Recorders in January 1987. Two weeks were spent recording basic tracks, with Clink splicing together the best takes with his razor blade. Clink worked eighteen-hour days for the next month, with Slash overdubbing in the afternoon and evening, and Rose performing vocals. Slash struggled to find a guitar sound before coming up with a Gibson Les Paul copy plugged into a Marshall amplifier. He spent hours with Clink paring down and structuring his solos. The total budget for the album was about $370,000. According to drummer Steven Adler, the percussion was done in just six days, but Rose’s vocals took much longer as he insisted on doing them one line at a time, in a perfectionism that drove the rest of the band away from the studio as he worked.

Many of the songs on Appetite For Destruction began as solo tracks that individual band members wrote separate from the band, only to be completed later. These songs include “It’s So Easy” (Duff McKagan) and “Think About You” (Izzy Stradlin). “Rocket Queen” was an unfinished Slash/McKagan/Adler song that was written from their earlier band Road Crew, whereas “Anything Goes”, written by Hollywood Rose and included in their compilation album The Roots of Guns N’ Roses, was later re-written for Appetite.

Most of the songs on the album reflect the band’s personal experiences and daily life, such as “Welcome to the Jungle“, some of the lyrics of which Rose wrote after he encountered a man in New York shortly after arriving there from Indiana in 1980, and “Mr. Brownstone”, which is about the band’s problems with heroin. Lyrics to some of the songs focus on the band members’ younger years, like “Out ta Get Me”, which focuses on lead singer Axl Rose’s constant trouble with the law as a youth in Indiana. The band also based song lyrics on some of their female friends, reflected in the songs “Sweet Child o’ Mine“, “My Michelle“, “You’re Crazy”, and “Rocket Queen“.

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06.. MEGADETH – RUST IN PEACE – Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. The album was produced by Mike ClinkRust in Peace is the first album to feature guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza, following the departure of Jeff Young and Chuck Behler in 1989. Two singles were released from the album: “Hangar 18” and “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due“, which have become staples of the band’s live performances.

Rust in Peace has received universal acclaim by fans and critics, and was responsible for bringing Megadeth to the attention of a mainstream metal audience. It has been cited as one of the best thrash metal records of all time by publications such as Decibel and Kerrang! and listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The album was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 33rd Grammy Awards.

A remixed and remastered version featuring four bonus tracks was released in 2004. In addition, in January 2010, the band announced a North American tour to commemorate the album’s 20th anniversary. Their performance at the Hollywood Palladium was filmed and released as Rust in Peace Live on CD, DVD and Blu-ray later that year.

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05.. IRON MAIDEN – IRON MAIDEN – This was the band’s only album produced by Will Malone, who Iron Maiden have since claimed lacked interest in the project and effectively left them to produce most of the album themselves, which, according to bassist Steve Harris, was completed in just 13 days. Prior to the recording with Malone, the band made two attempts in December 1979 with two different producers while still a four-piece. Guy Edwards, the first, was dismissed as the band were unhappy with the “muddy” quality in his production, while Andy Scott was sacked after insisting that Harris use a pick rather than his fingers. After these efforts, the band decided not to sack Malone as Steve Harris describes that they could “bypass him and [go] to the engineer.” The group criticised the quality of the production, although many fans still prefer the raw sound to the songs. Although AllMusic states that this style was “clearly drawing from elements of punk rock,” Harris later stated that the band despised everything about punk.

This was also the only studio album with guitarist Dennis Stratton, who, having been brought in as a last-minute placement, was sacked due to “musical differences” after the band’sEuropean tour in support of Kiss. Suspicions were first raised during Iron Maiden’s recording, when Stratton added Wishbone Ash-esque harmony guitars and backing vocals reminiscent of Queen to “Phantom of the Opera”, of which the rest of the band immediately disapproved and had removed. Although Stratton states that he was not “trying to push the band in a new direction,” Harris comments that it “really pointed up the difference between Den and us,” after which he began to notice that “Dennis was so much more into playing stuff like “Strange World” than he was “Iron Maiden” or “Prowler”, because it was more slow, melodic… when he was soloing on one of the heavier songs, it wasn’t with quite the same passion.”

The 1998 re-release differs from the original with the addition of a re-recording of the song “Sanctuary” found on the original US version of Iron Maiden and the UK “Sanctuary” single. The original version appeared on the Metal for Muthas compilation. The re-release also features a different cover; a digital recreation by original artist Derek Riggs, with a portion of the original artwork instead being used on the disc itself.

The band undertook the Iron Maiden Tour in support of the album, during which they played their first ever concerts in mainland Europe, where they were surprised to discover how successful Iron Maiden had been outside the UK, with Steve Harris commenting, “The prestige of doing so well in the UK had turned into a sort of word-of-mouth thing, and we’d turn up in places like Leiden, in Holland, places we’d never even heard of, and they’d have these massive banners waiting for us with “Iron Maiden Go Over The Top” written on them and all this. It was unreal.” Phantom of the opera track is still an amazing track to this day it gets blasted very loud.

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04.. OZZY OSBOURNE – BLIZZARD OF OZZ – Blizzard of Ozz is the first of two studio albums Osbourne recorded with guitarist Randy Rhoads prior to Rhoads’ death in 1982. The album was a commercial success, being certified 4x Platinum in the U.S., a feat Osbourne would not achieve again until the release of No More Tears in 1991. The album has sold over 6,000,000 copies to date worldwide, making it Osbourne’s best-selling solo album. In the UK, it was the first of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in August 1981. It also ranked 13th on a Guitar World readers poll. Osbourne readily admits that at the time the album was being recorded, he felt he was in direct competition with his former band, Black Sabbath.

Much of the album was written by Rhoads, bassist Bob Daisley, and Osbourne in a live-in rehearsal facility in Monmouth[8] with a friend of Osbourne’s named Barry Screnage performing as the group’s drummer. Screnage was never considered as a candidate to be the group’s permanent drummer and he was not involved in the songwriting process at all. The band recorded demos of the songs “I Don’t Know”, “Crazy Train”, “Goodbye to Romance”, and “You Looking at Me Looking At You” in Birmingham in early 1980 with ex-Lone Star drummer Dixie Lee. The band had hoped Lee would be a permanent member but “he wasn’t the final piece of the puzzle”, bassist Daisley recalls. After auditioning several drummers, ex-Uriah Heep member Lee Kerslake was hired as the band’s permanent drummer, and the completed lineup retreated to Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire for six days to rehearse and give Kerslake an opportunity to learn the new songs. A week later, they traveled to Ridge Farm Studio to commence recording.

At the time of the album’s recording, the band itself was billed as The Blizzard of Ozz, and the album was intended to be credited to the band with Osbourne’s name in smaller print. According to Daisley, “When the album was released the words ‘Ozzy Osbourne’ were in bigger print than ‘The Blizzard of Ozz’ which made it look like an Ozzy Osbourne album called ‘The Blizzard of Ozz’. Randy (Rhoads) was never one to rock the boat. He knew he was in a situation which was a good opportunity for him being relatively unknown, so when Lee (Kerslake) and I were ousted, Randy had no allies and the act became ‘Ozzy Osbourne’ and no longer a band.” Rhoads felt that he and Daisley were contributing the vast majority of the songwriting and arranging, and he had no interest in performing in a backing band for someone he felt wasn’t contributing as much. Drummer Kerslake has maintained that Rhoads almost left the band in late 1981, due to his displeasure. “He didn’t want to go (on tour with Osbourne). We told him we were thrown out. He said he was going to leave the band as he did not want to leave us behind. I told him not to be stupid but thanks for the sentiment,” the drummer later recalled. Entertainment attorney Steven Machat, who was involved in the deal Osbourne signed with Jet Records, said in his 2011 book Gods, Gansters and Honour: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Odyssey that Osbourne’s soon-to-be manager and wife Sharon Arden was not happy with the level of creative input Kerslake, Rhoads and Daisley had in the Blizzard of Ozz album and did not want them to share the credit. Though Sharon has said that the recording of Blizzard of Ozz was one of the best experiences of her life, she was actually in Los Angeles during recording and not yet involved with the band. Osbourne’s then-wife Thelma was actually present at Ridge Farms Studios for much of the recording.

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03.. BLACK SABBATH – GREATEST HITS (14 TRACK) – Black Sabbath are an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. The band have since experienced multiple line-up changes, with Tony Iommi the only constant presence in the band through the years. Originally formed in 1968 as a heavy blues rock band named Earth, the band began incorporatingoccult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars. Despite an association with occult and horror themes, Black Sabbath also composed songs dealing with social instability, political corruption, the dangers of drug abuse and apocalyptic prophecies of the horrors of war.

Osbourne’s heavy drug use led to his dismissal from the band in 1979. He was replaced by former Rainbow vocalist Ronnie James Dio. After a few albums with Dio’s vocals and songwriting collaborations, Black Sabbath endured a revolving line-up in the 1980s and 1990s that included vocalists Ian GillanGlenn HughesRay Gillen and Tony Martin, as well as multiple members of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In 1992, Iommi and Butler rejoined Dio and drummer Vinny Appice to record Dehumanizer. The original line-up reunited with Osbourne in 1997 and released a live album Reunion. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, 13, which features all of the original members but Ward, was released in June 2013.

Black Sabbath are cited as pioneers of heavy metal. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970) and Master of Reality (1971). They were ranked by MTV as the “Greatest Metal Band” of all time, and placed second in VH1‘s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list. Rolling Stone magazine ranked them number 85 in their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. They have sold over 70 million records worldwide. Black Sabbath were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. They have also won two Grammy Awards for Best Metal Performance.

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02.. AC/DC – GREATEST HITS – AC/DC (Yes i know they labelled rock, but i cant leave em out) are an Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained constant members. Commonly referred to as a hard rock or blues rock band, they are also considered pioneers of heavy metal and are sometimes classified as such, though they have always dubbed their music as simply “rock and roll“. To date they are one of the highest-grossing bands of all time.

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, on 17 February 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott’s parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist. Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album, Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all time best-seller, selling over 10,000 copies a day in its first week.

The band’s next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity soon after drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and was replaced by future Dio drummer Simon Wright. The band experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in favour of him, and contributed to the band’s 1995 album Ballbreaker. Since then, the band’s line-up has remained the same. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well received by critics, and the band’s latest studio album, Black Ice, was released on 20 October 2008 and was the second-highest-selling album of that year. It was their biggest hit on the charts since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide.

AC/DC had sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71 million albums in the United States alone, making them the fifth-best-selling band in the United States and one of the world’s best-selling bands of all timeBack in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-selling album by any artist – and the third-highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US alone, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time. AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1‘s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and were named the seventh “Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time” by MTV. In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as “the greatest rock and roll band of all time.” In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.

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01.. METALLICA – METALLICA (BLACK ALBUM) – Metallica (also known as The Black Album) is the eponymously titled fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 12, 1991, through Elektra Records and received critical acclaim. Metallica produced five hit singles that are considered today among the band’s best-known songs: “Enter Sandman“, “The Unforgiven“, “Nothing Else Matters“, “Wherever I May Roam“, and “Sad but True“. The band promoted the album with a series of tours. In 2003, the album was ranked number 255 on Rolling Stones list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album marked a change in the band’s sound to one less harsh than the thrash metal style of their previous four albums.

The recording of Metallica was troubled, with the band frequently entering conflicts with Bob Rock, the band’s new producer, during production. The album debuted at number one in ten countries, and spent four consecutive weeks at the top spot of the Billboard 200, making it Metallica’s first album to top album charts. As of April 2014, the album has stayed over 300 weeks on the Billboard charts, making it the album with most weeks on the chart of all time.[7] Metallica is the group’s best-selling album, selling 30 million copies worldwide. It is the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. The album was certified 16× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2012, and has sold over sixteen million copies in the United States, being the first album in the SoundScan era to do so. Metallica played the album in its entirety during the 2012 European Black Album Tour.

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