ACDC, ‘Back In Black’ (1980). If you appreciate simple composition, throat-ripping vocals, thumping chords and lashing drums, get this. The list that follows is taken from ‘The 100 Best And Absolute Greatest Heavy Metal Albums In The World Ever’ by Jaclyn Bond. It’s available now from Amazon.
Arch Enemy, ‘Burning Bridges’ (1999). Technically splendid and catchy as hell, ‘Burning Bridges’ proves that intelligent musicianship and melodic brutality are not mutually exclusive. Fact: Vocalist Angela Gossow gave guitarist Michael Amott her demo tape while interviewing him for a German webzine.
Deftones, ‘Around The Fur’ (1997). After their Korn-ish debut ‘Adrenaline’, this put Deftones on the map as one of the most important bands in the alternative metal scene. Fact: The song ‘Head Up’ was written by Chino Moreno and Max Cavelera from Soulfly about the loss of Cavalera’s stepson, who was a good friend of Chino’s.
Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Oz
Ozzy Osbourne, ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’ (1980). The brilliance of this album is almost entirely down to superhuman guitarist Randy Rhoads. Fact: Ozzy was sued over the track ‘Suicide Solution’ after it was claimed that subliminal messages in the song caused the suicide of teenager John McCollom.
Rage Against The Machine – Killing In The Name Of
Rage Against The Machine, ‘Rage Against The Machine’ (1992). The album’s powerhouse drumming and beefy bass lines will murder your stereo thanks to Garth Richardson’s immaculate production. Fact: ‘Killing In The name’ contains just six lines of lyrics.
Venom – Black Angel
Venom, ‘Black Metal’ (1982). Despite helping spawn the genre of the same name, ‘Black Metal’ has more in common with early hardcore punk bands such as Black Flag and Minor Threat. Fact: Henry Rollins once described Venom’s live show as “like seeing Spinal Tap… I expected them to go into ‘Sex Farm’ any second.”
White Zombie – Astro Creep
White Zombie, ‘Astro Creep: 2000 – Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head’ (1995). In 1995, grunge was dying and metal was in need of something else – which White Zombie provided. Fact: Rob Zombie went on to become a successful horror film director.
Cannibal Corpse, ‘Tomb Of The Mutilated’ (1992). A new brand of brutality was born. Fact: The liner notes feature quotations from serial killer and child molester Albert Fish. For more on these albums, pick up ‘The 100 Best And Absolute Greatest
Heavy Metal Albums In The World Ever’ by Jaclyn Bond. It’s available
now from Amazon.