Obviously these lists will be revised depending on time, mood-swings and new discoveries, but if you've ever wondered what my standards are when I'm reviewing, these top-lists will give you a good idea. How I've solved the problem of cathegorization is in itself a statement, so spare me your wise-ass comments, m'kay...

Classic Heavy/Power Metal

  1. MERCYFUL FATE - "Don't Break The Oath" LP '84
  2. JUDAS PRIEST - "Defenders Of The Faith" LP '84
  3. IRON MAIDEN - "The Number Of The Beast" '82
  4. MANOWAR - "Sign Of The Hammer" LP '84
  5. RUNNING WILD - "Branded & Exiled" LP '85
  6. BROCAS HELM - "Into Battle" LP '84
  7. WASP - s/t ("Winged Assassins") LP '84
  8. RIPPER - "...And The Dead Shall Rise" LP '86
  9. ANVIL - "Forged In Fire" LP '83
  10. SHOCKSPLIT - "Under Wraps" MLP 89
  11. DANGER ZONE - "Victim Of Time" MLP '84
  12. BLACK VIRGIN - "Most Likely To Exceed" LP '85
  13. GOTHAM CITY - "Black Writs" MLP
  14. SACRED BLADE - "Of The Sun + Moon" LP '86
  15. COVEN - "Worship New Gods" LP 8?
  16. RESISTENCIA - "Estrategia Contra El Movimiento" LP '82
  17. BLACK DEATH - s/t LP+7" '84
  18. DARK QUARTERER - s/t LP '86
  19. MESSIAH - "Final Warning" LP '84
  20. INNER SANCTUM - "12 a.m." LP '86

 

Speed/Thrash Metal

  1. VOIVOD - "Killing Technology" LP '87
  2. INFERNÄL MÄJESTY - "None Shall Defy" LP '87
  3. AGENT STEEL - "Sceptics Apocalypse" LP '85
  4. OMNITRON - "Masterpeace" CD '90
  5. SLAYER - "Reign In Blood" LP '86
  6. LIVING DEATH - "Back To The Weapons" MLP '87
  7. ANACRUSIS - "Suffering Hour" LP '87
  8. METALLICA - "Ride The Lightning" LP '84
  9. SACRILEGE - "Within The Prophecy" LP '87
  10. DRAKAR - "Let Draka" LP '90
  11. SABBAT - "Dreamweaver" LP '88
  12. FLOTSAM AND JETSAM - "Doomsday For The Deciever" LP '86
  13. FUTURE TENSE - "Condemned To The Gallow" MLP '84
  14. HOLY TERROR - "Mindwars" '88
  15. METAL CHURCH - s/t LP '85
  16. DESTRUCTOR - "Total Destruction" LP '85
  17. KORROZIA METALLA - "Russian Vodka" LP '92
  18. FLAMES - "Last Prophecy" LP 89
  19. BLACK TASK - s/t MLP '85
  20. RENEGADE - "Total Armageddon" LP '87

NWOBHM LP's

  1. JUDAS PRIEST - "Stained Class" '78 (technically not nwobhm, but who cares..)
  2. IRON MAIDEN - s/t '79
  3. HOLOCAUST - "The Nightcomers" '81
  4. HOLOCAUST - "No Man's Land" '84
  5. V/A - "Metal Inferno" '84
  6. LEGEND - s/t '80
  7. WITCHFINDER GENERAL - "Friends Of Hell" '84
  8. ANGEL WITCH - s/t '80
  9. DEEP SWITCH - "Nine Inches Of God" '86
  10. BLOOD MONEY - "Red, Raw and Bleeding" LP 86

Hard Rock/"non-UK nwobhm":

  1. CRYSYS - "Hard As Rock" LP '81
  2. 1980 BRATS - s/t LP '80
  3. SARCOFAGUS - "Envoy Of Death" LP '80
  4. THE HAND OF DOOM - "Poisonoise" LP '79
  5. BERSERKS - s/t LP '82
  6. MISTREATER - "Hell's Fire" LP '81
  7. ARKANGEL - s/t LP '81
  8. VULCAIN - "Rock'n'Roll Secours" LP '84
  9. DEEP THROAT - "The Devil In Miss Jones" LP '82
  10. MAZO - s/t LP '82

NWOBHM 7"s

  1. REINCARNATE - "Take It Or Leave It/Metal In Disguise" '82
  2. Y DIAWLED - "Noson Y Blaidd" '83
  3. ARC - "Lord Of The Ring" '81
  4. ARAGORN - "Black Ice" '81
  5. OMEN SEARCHER - "Teacher Of Sin" '81
  6. NIGHTIME FLYER - "Heavy Metal Rules" '80
  7. SPARTA - "Fast Lane/Fighting To Be Free" '80
  8. TURBO - "Charged For Glory" '81
  9. HELL - "Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us" '83
  10. JAGUAR - "Axe Crazy" '81

Other EPs

  1. BROCAS HELM - "Skullfucker/Blood Machine" '99
  2. CRYSTAL PRIDE - s/t EP '82
  3. PENTAGRAM - "Fatal Predictions/ Demoniac Possession" '87
  4. KAT - "Ostatni Tabor/Noce Szatana" '85
  5. 220 VOLT - "Prisoner Of War/Sauron" '82
  6. TEMPEST - s/t 12"
  7. MANINNYA BLADE - "The Barbarian" 7"
  8. WITCH CROSS - "Are You There/No Angel" 83
  9. MASTER'S HAMMER - "Klavierstück" '91
  10. INCUBUS (USA) - s/t 7" EP '89 (87)

Doom/"Doomish" Metal

  1. BLACK HOLE - "Land Of Mystery" LP '85
  2. PENTAGRAM - s/t LP '85 (a.k.a. "Relentless")
  3. CANDLEMASS - "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" LP '86
  4. PAGAN ALTAR - "Vol. 1" LP/CD
  5. STILLBORN - "Necrospirituals" LP 89
  6. DEATH SS - "The Story Of.." LP/CD '87
  7. DWARR - "Animals" LP '86
  8. LESTER MADDOX - "Gothic Lore" LP '86
  9. PAUL CHAIN - "Detatching From Satan" MLP 84
  10. DEVIL CHILDE - s/t MLP '85

 

Early Death/Black Metal

  1. SARCOFAGO - "I.N.R.I." LP '87
  2. PARABELLUM - "Sacrilegio" 12" '87
  3. BATHORY - "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" LP '87
  4. CELTIC FROST - "Morbid Tales" MLP '84
  5. SLAYER - "Show No Mercy" LP '83
  6. DESTRUCTION - "Infernal Overkill" LP '85
  7. SECOND HELL/SKULL CRUSHER - "Metal Deadness" split-LP '86
  8. DELIVERANCE - "Evil Friendship" LP '89
  9. KREATOR - "Pleasure To Kill" LP '86
  10. BOLT THROWER - "In Battle There's No Law" LP 88
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