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  1. RelentlessOblivion's Top 10 Albums of 1984 10. Venom - At War With Satan Venom's third album isn't quite as impactful as their previous outings. That being said it's still full of evil sounding vocals and menacing riffs. If you're a fan of first wave black metal you owe it to yourself to hear this. 9. Omen - Battle Cry For a debut this album is solid, memorable riffs more then make up for the thinner vocals. On the whole this is a solid heavy metal album. 8. Running Wild - Gates to Purgatory Speaking of debuts Running Wild's is a riff heavy outing with catchy choruses on many songs. If you like your heavy/power metal with a tinge of black metal then this album is for you. 7. Queensryche - The Warning Phenomenal vocals, catchy riffs, epic songwriting. This record has it all in spades. The Warning is a phenomenal album often overlooked for later work by Queensryche. 6. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath Mercyful Fate's sophmore album is full of great melodies and King Diamond's haunting vocals. All in all a fantastic follow-up to Melissa and an album you really should hear. 5. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith By far the best Priest album of the eighties. The riffs are great, Rob Halford's vocals are on top form, if you haven't heard this album go do it, now! 4. Metal Church - Metal Church This album has incredible riffs, solid vocals, and great songwriting. For a heavy/thrash metal debut this is top shelf stuff. 3. Armored Saint - March of the Saint This is an outstanding heavy metal album. The riffs are great, the vocals are energetic, everything about this screams classic. 2. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction A heavy metal masterpiece. Heavy riffs that get stuck in your head, energetic vocals performed wonderfully well, fantastic songwriting. If you haven't heard this album you're missing out. 1. Trouble - Psalm 9 I'm a sucker for doom metal and it doesn't get much better then this. The riffs are crushingly heavy, the vocals are drawing heavily on Ozzy Osbourne inspired. Listen to this album and do it right now!
  2. We're not in the business of naming and shaming for music taste here anymore so you'll be fine 1. Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King (Hall of the Mountain King) 2. Suffocation - Involuntary Slaughter (Effigy of the Forgotten) 3. Suffocation - Infecting the Crypts (Effigy of the Forgotten) 4. Testament - Disciples of the Watch (The New Order) 5. Death - To Forgive is to Suffer (The Sound of Perseverance) 6. Deicide - When Satan Rules His World (Once Upon the Cross) 7. Deicide - Sacrificial Suicide (Deicide) 8. Judas Priest - Painkiller (Painkiller) 9. Mayhem - Funeral Fog (De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas) 10. Satan - Trial by Fire (Court in the Act)
  3. Ah Celtic Frost, you can't go wrong with them 7.5/10 not my fave of theirs but still very enjoyable. Now for yet more TON
  4. Death - Spirit Crusher (The Sound of Perseverance) Bolt Thrower - The Killchain (Those Once Loyal) Judas Priest - Starbreaker (Sin After Sin) Morbid Angel - Suffocation (Altars of Madness) Entombed - Left Hand Path (Left Hand Path) Deicide - Blaspherereion (Deicide) Absu - Pillars of Mercy (Tara) Judas Priest - One Shot at Glory (Painkiller) Entombed - Revel in Flesh (Left Hand Path) Death - Voice of the Soul (The Sound of Perseverance) Wow lots of Death Metal here...
  5. Very sad news, thoughts go out to his friends and family.
  6. Leaving on July 8 and get back on the 19th, visiting Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto
  7. Well now I only have to come up with spending money and money for meals in Japan, everything else is paid for in full including transfers to and from the airport, an English speaking guide, all the tours, cooking class in Kyoto, I can't wait for this trip honestly.
  8. Ultimately the figureheads of these cults are charismatic people who know how to sell their idea. Generally you find the people who first join are outsiders looking for somewhere to belong, make it sound like you're offering exactly what those people are looking for and hey presto you have a following. It's similar to the way organised religion operates actually - sell the idea that you have greater knowledge, appeal to people's inherent desire to belong and general want to believe in something, once you have a sufficient number of people you can start exploiting them to grow even larger as they try to talk their friends and family around...
  9. Overkill - Horrorscope (Horrorscope) Judas Priest - The Sentinel (Defenders of the Faith) Death - Scavenger of Human Sorrow (The Sound of Perseverance) Immolation - Failures for Gods (Failures for Gods) Dio - Mystery (The Last in Line) Morbid Angel - Visions From the Dark Side (Altars of Madness) Mercyful Fate - Come to the Sabbath (Don't Break the Oath) Death - Story to Tell (The Sound of Perseverance) Dio - One Night in the City (The Last in Line) Death - Spirit Crusher (The Sound of Perseverance)
  10. Early MDB is a pretty big influence on my own guitar playing and I do enjoy a lot of their work. That being said there is a slightly awkward quality to most of what they've done and certain albums really suffer because of it. Feel the Misery is probably the worst for this trait and imo there's only one track on the album that really captures my attention from start to finish that being And My Father Left Forever.
  11. SoP has always been my favourite Death album. I make no secret of the fact that I'm a Death fanboy, they're perhaps the only band I personally consider to have a flawless discography. SoP is the culmination of everything Death had been doing in their later work. It's technical without falling into the trap of focusing purely on technicality for the sake of it, melodic without losing any of the heaviness, and progressive perhaps due to the abstract songwriting. It's truly a shame Chuck passed because the world needs more Death Metal like this.
  12. It's been quite some time since I made a contribution to this thread and I've decided to expand my criteria since last I posted. These days it's anything I either own or plan to own one day with the caveat that I'll only put forward years where I have at least 15 albums/eps on that list. So without further delay here's the first cab off the ranks with my new criteria. RelentlessOblivion's Top 10 Albums of 1983 10. Culprit - Guilty As Charged A solid heavy metal outing to get us started. Guilty as Charged is energetic and features some great riffs but is marred by less then stellar production which makes it challenging to make out exactly what's happening at times. Still it's an album well worth adding to the collection for any fan of traditional heavy metal. 9. Savage - Loose 'n' Lethal This album kicks off with a raucos and energetic number As a whole there's much to like for heavy metal fans although Savage don't quite manage to sustain the energy across the entire album. However when it's good this record is very good indeed. 8. Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac It's no surprise a band named after what was Judas Priest's fastest and among their heaviest songs at the time would play high speed, high energy, heavy metal. There's a slight lull around the mid-point of the album but on the whole fans of heavy metal should expect a rocking good time with this one. 7. Saxon - Power and the Glory Saxon were on a winning streak at the time this record was released, their previous three albums will surely be remembered as iconic albums in the NWOBHM scene, classic heavy metal albums all of them. In my opinion Power and the Glory isn't quite as impactful but is still loaded with rockin' tracks full of energy that will bring a smile to your face. 6. Slayer - Show No Mercy The debut album from Slayer is a frenzy of fast and furious riffs. Show No Mercy is among the heaviest early thrash records and gives off an almost evil vibe at times. 5. Oz - Fire in the Brain An energetic heavy metal outing from Finland of all places. Great riffs abound and there's just a hint of the Finnish weirdness that would be a hallmark of their death metal scene years later, a fun listen through and through. 4. Dio - Holy Diver This album is a classic, perhaps a slightly over-rated one, but classic nonetheless. There are a couple of weaker tracks around the mid-point but songs like Stand Up and Shout, Don't Talk to Strangers, Rainbow in the Dark, and of course the title track more then make up for this. 3. Satan - Court in the Act This was, at the time, about as fast as heavy metal got. Fast paced and powerful with great riffs and memorable melodies Satan smashed it out of the park with this album, need more convincing? Go listen to Trial By Fire and you'll see why Court in the Act is simply a must own album. 2. Savatage - Sirens From the fastest heavy metal got to the heaviest. Sirens is a landmark record, the riffs sound huge, the vocals are intense, there's so much to love about this record so do yourself a favour and listen to it. 1. Mercyful Fate - Melissa What needs to be said about this album really? You have one of the most iconic pairings in metal on guitars. Denner and Shermann craft some masterful riffs and memorable melodies here. Add King Diamonds creepy and haunting vocals to the mix, the result is a classic album that every metal fan should hear. Well this was a hard list mostly due to a lack of options but overall I think it's a solid start.
  13. Armored Saint - March of the Saint
  14. That's metal naming conventions for you. Almost as common as random unconnected words in Black Metal album titles like Enthrone Darkness Triumphant or Scarlet Evil Witching Black... Anyway we basically have the same thread stuck to the top of this section. For Power Metal reccomendations go there.
  15. Well let's get the bad news out of the way first: I'm on anti-inflammatories to try and settle down a shoulder injury and if the course I'm on doesn't take care of things then I'll need to have a cortisone injection to fix it. Now the good news: Flights to and from Japan are paid for. Timed the trip perfectly to fall in line with my mid-year uni break. I'd love to be spending more then just ten days since I'm visiting Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto but I'm just glad the trip is happening in the first place.
  16. Just back from Obituary and damn that was a good show. Loud but great.
  17. Well shit sorry Req, blame it on the vision problem I guess. Anyway Parker hope your wife is able to get the help she needs soon and makes a speedy recovery.
  18. I'm very sorry to hear that Req, hope she's able to access the help she needs soon.
  19. Well congrats, glad to hear you're doing well. Best of luck with everything.
  20. Wishing all of you a very merry Christmas. May the music be heavy and the food plentiful.