Well its list time again so here's
RelentlessOblivion's Top 10 Albums of 1988
10. Sanctuary - Refuge Denied
A fantastic debut with tons of energy. Memorable fast paced riffs, solid songwriting, and Warrel Dane's soaring vocals are a true highlight. If you like heavy/power metal this album should be right up your alley.
9. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
Energetic is the first word that springs to mind when I think of this album. The riffs come fast and furious with great songwriting and a solid vocal perfoetal should sound.
8. Armoros - Pieces
The eighties seems to be teeming with under-rated/overlooked thrash bands and this is one of them. Heavy riffs come thick and fast with no let up. If you're a thrash fan you need to check this out.
7. Razor - Violent Restitution
Intense, furious, you know what you'regetting from Razor. A sublime follow-up to the excellent Evil Invaders. Just listen to it.
6. Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
By far Queensryche's best album. This is a classic Prog metal album with stellar songwriting, incredible vocals, sure the thme of the album is silly but don't let that stop you from enjoying the masterpiece that is Operation Mindcrime.
5. Sabbat - History of a Time to Come
Most people familiar with Sabbat will point to Dreamweaver as their best work and while I agree with them this album is still excellent. Great riffs, impressive songwriting, its everything you'd expect of the band just a little less refined.
4. Crimson Glory - Transcendance
This is a true classic of Power/Prog Metal. Memorable melodies, top-notch musicianship, awesome vocals what more do you need? If that doesn't appeal to you then there's something wrong.
3. Hobbs Angel of Death - Hobbs Angel of Death
Hailing from the land down under Hoa put out a masterful debut. This is brutally heavy and in your face thrash metal. A shame these guys seem to fly under the radar because this album is truly awesome.
2. Sadus - Illusions
Speaking of punishing thrash here's Sadus. This album is brutal. If you like your thrash metal to be punishing this is the album for you so check it out already.
1. Coroner - Punishment for Decadence
No doubt the best record of the year. This is incredibly well performed thrash. Is technical, somewhat progressive, and vicious. Listen to it, that's an order!
Honourable mentions to: Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son for being their best album since Beast, Death's Leprosy for being an early benchmark for quality Death Metal, Rigor Mortis for a stellar thrash debut, Realm for a masterful melodic thrash record.