Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal - (2005)
Few bands get to go out on a high note and this is arguably their best release. Proud to finally have this on CD and be stripping the paint from the walls by blasting The Killchain like some fucking teenager. Resplendent death metal that is utterly relentless in it's drive and direction.
Deftones - Adrenaline - (1995)
Not their best album by a long chalk but there's a tautness to the sound on here that belies their more explosive outbursts some years later. A lot of immaturity is obvious here but also equal amounts of brooding talent just not yet able to be expressed enough by the skill set of the group. They kept this pent up emotion constant right up until Gore although arguably it was on the wane before then, but my point is that I can track what I get on their debut and hear it through most of their recorded output over the next 20 years.
Warlock - Triumph and Agony - (1987)
Despite the excessive marketing of Doro as a sex symbol in the 80's (and let's be honest, who wouldn't ? - Sue me.) it was obvious she was a powerful vocalist not afraid to trade blows with the best of metal front men and women out there and Warlock's 1987 album shows this. Trademark cheesy lyrics aside this was a band full of talent being led by a determined sounding young lady who could deliver. Songwriting isn't brilliant but 10 out of 10 for effort Warlock.