The Greatest Ever Heavy Metal Albums – Part 1

All best of lists are entirely subjective to the listener, no two people have exactly the same taste in music. Even the two most ardent of fans of a particular heavy metal band will argue over their favorite song. However, this blog looks at some classic heavy metal albums which are in no particular order of merit.

Metallica – Master of Puppets

Arguably one of the best heavy metal bands of all time is Metallica, and so it would be safe to assume that one of their albums would make this list. And Master of Puppets is the one selected. Master of Puppets was the third album release from the band and came out in 1986. The album shook up the world of heavy metal and it is a hard and fast ride that does not take a lot of effort to understand or listen to. As well a having a really strong song content it also features more serious themes and introduces some innovative arrangements never before seen by heavy metal artists of the time. Tracks include: Battery, Orion and of course Master of Puppets.

Megadeth – Rust in Peace

The Rust in Peace album was a milestone as far as heavy metal music is concerned. It is forty minutes of breathlessness from start to finish and leaves the listener almost exhausted. This album introduced the famous guitar hero Marty Friedman who displayed technically brilliant plays. The album is a fine example of brash British Heavy Metal, and with tracks such as Hangar 18 and Holy Wars, it proved a trail blazer for the band and opened up the doors to a whole new global audience. Following this album Megadeth went on from strength to strength.

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden

Another of the New Wave of British heavy metal was Iron Maiden.  And in 1980 they released probably their best ever album they have ever released, it was the self-named Iron Maiden LP which was a cornucopia of flashy speed, aggression with some melody thrown in for good measure. The band were well known as one of the best live bands at the time of the album release, and their vibrant energy that was displayed during their gigs was transferred successful to vinyl. The highlight of many of the songs on the album is the interaction between the guitar playing of Dennis Stratton and Dave Murray. Listen to Running Free and Prowler.

Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance

Judas Priest are one of the forefathers of heavy metal music, and like other early pioneers back in the 1980’s most of their formative years were hidden in basement clubs playing live in front of small audiences. The album’s title was all about vindication, and they wanted to tell the world that they were a force to be reckoned with. The stand out tracks from the album included, Devil’s Child and Hellion, but to be honest there is not a bad track on the whole album if you like their raw style. Judas Priest crossed over into the mainstream and from their lowly beginnings are a great example for any band to keep persevering.