The 10 Heavy Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
In the near or not so-near future,when you're lying on your deathbed, you'll reflect on things in your life that you've failed to accomplish: the kiss you never gave, the boss you never slugged and the metal album you never bought because your partner was bitching about the money that you "wasted on an exotic dancer who then sent you a message on Face..."
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In honor of these failed accomplishments, here is a list of 10 heavy metal albums you must hear before Murray drags you kicking and screaming into the abyss.
10. Lamb of God - Killadelphia
One of the best live metal albums ever recorded. Mark Morton and Willie Alder shred at top form, with John Campbell and Chris Adler providing rhythmically loaded bass grooves. Randy Blythe's vocals sound better than some band's studio shit: "When the five of us get together and make music, we get on stage... and it's just absolute madness" and tranquility for the fans. Killadelphia is the band's first live album.
9. Exodus - Fabulous Disaster
The fathers of thrash metal ushered in a decade of fast tempos, double bass and, more importantly, shredding. Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt, or the "H-Team," slay fans with their own brand of guitar violence. "The Last Act of Defiance," "The Toxic Walk" and "Cajun Hell" are just some of the gems awaiting you. Fabulous Disaster is the band's third album.
8. Cannibal Corpse - Vile
This album features new singer George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher who helped to elevate the band to the next level of death metal domination: abyssal slayers. Corpsegrinder infused Rob Barrett and Jack Owen's complicated riffs with his own brand of intensity, solidifying the band's place as explorers of a new style of metal: horror metal. Vile is the band's fifth album.
7. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
The Godfather of metal's first solo album and one of the best metal collections to ever cross the Atlantic. Randy Rhodes ignited the guitar in ways that still haunt Eddie Van Halen. "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley" and "Suicide Solution" are just some of the tracks that inspired fans to hunt bats, to practice Rhodes' killer riffs and to pay homage to AC/DC's lead singer Bon Scott, who died from alcohol-related causes.
6. Pantera - Cowboys from Hell
As metal slipped into thrash-metal redundancy in the late '80s, two Texas brothers shed their band's glam image and released an album that mixed Texas-sized attitude and musicianship with blues-inspired metal. Songs like "Psycho Holiday," "Clash with Reality" and "The Art of Shredding" are sure to inspire you to dust off that old guitar case. Cowboys from Hell is the band's fifth studio album. It ranked #11 on Guitar World 100 greatest guitar albums of all time (2006) and #19 on IGN's most influential heavy metal album of all-time.
5. Iron Maiden - Number of the Beast
What to say about an album that pisses off social conservatives and inspires public burnings? Fucking metal. This band not only caused my old preacher to foam at the mouth when he saw the numbers 666 but also inspired a religious furor that culminated into a crazed man (my second cousin) dragging a 25-foot cross back and forth in front of the stadium while a 30-foot mummified Eddie flipped him the bird from the stage. At one point ranking #1 on UK albums chart, The Number of the Beast is the band's third album.