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Pantera - [Reinventing the Steel] We'll Grind That Axe for a Long Time
Slayer - [Seasons In The Abyss] Skeletons Of Society
Megadeth - [Rust In Peace] Dawn Patrol
Metallica - [Kill 'em All] No Remorse
Overkill - [Taking Over] Electro-Violence
Pantera - [Reinventing the Steel] Uplift
Slayer - [Seasons In The Abyss] Temptation
Megadeth - [Rust In Peace] Rust in Peace... Polaris
Metallica - [Kill 'em All] Seek & Destroy
Overkill - [Taking Over] Overkill II (The Nightmare Continues)
Pantera - [Reinventing the Steel] It Makes Them Disappear
Slayer - [Seasons In The Abyss] Born Of Fire
Megadeth - [Rust In Peace] My Creation
Metallica - [Kill 'em All] Metal Militia
Pantera - [Reinventing the Steel] I'll Cast a Shadow
Slayer - [Seasons In The Abyss] Seasons In The Abyss

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Black Sabbath - [Sabotage] Megalomania
Pantera - [The Great Southern Trendkill] 10's
Metallica - [Master Of Puppets] Welcome Home (Sanitarium)                      Hateseeker [Witch House] Dead Girls
Cemetary - [Godless Beauty] Chain
Black Sabbath - [Sabotage] The Thrill Of It All
Pantera - [The Great Southern Trendkill] 13 Steps To Nowhere
Metallica - [Master Of Puppets] Disposable Heroes
Hateseeker [Witch House] Bring Out Your Dead
Cemetary - [Godless Beauty] Adrift In Scarlet Twilight
Black Sabbath - [Sabotage] Supertzar
Hateseeker [Witch House] Horror Rock
Pantera - [The Great Southern Trendkill] Suicide Note Pt. I
Metallica - [Master Of Puppets] Leper Messiah
Hateseeker [Witch House] Graveyard Dirt
Cemetary - [Godless Beauty] In Black

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5 minutes ago, GoatmasterGeneral said:

Big Black - Atomizer, 1986

 

Blind Idiot God - Undertow, 1988

 

....good in you WhiteNoise....check out some of these next....

GONE - Watch The Tractor

GONE - Gone II But Never Too Gone

CHROME - 3rd From The Sun

BAND OF SUSANS - Peel Session

SCRATCH ACID - The Greatest Gift

....I'll reco more if you want.....

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