Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

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vasilis2112
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Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#1 » Sun May 15, 2016 4:31 pm

Hello everybody,

I was checking some old magazines and I found something special.
It was August 2001 and the greek metal hammer did an 80+ page tribute to the the gold age of heavy metal, the 80's.
They dedicate 5-6 pages to each year focusing in new genres and their trademark album, important facts, underrated releases, overrated releases, newcomers, unknown artists, last releases of bands and some works that need to be mentioned.
At the end of each year's presentation they suggest 10 must have and 10 should have albums.
This issue had been my want list guide for years and I believe it is the greek metal hammer's best piece of work. Even though I do not always agree with the must/should have section of this tribute, they mention a great deal of the most important metal albums of the 80's in those pages (around 100 albums for each year).
I would like to share it with you, here is the trademark album in each years genre and the 20 (10 must have, 10 should have) suggested albums.
I will try to find some time and write down every release in these pages.

I am waiting to hear your own suggestions for each years best.
Manilla Road missing really hurts me, I don't think they like Mark Shelton's voice!

P.S.: There is an interview of David Fefolt's Valhalla in the same issue!!!

I hope you enjoy!


1980

New genre: NWOBHM (Angelwitch - st)

Must have:
Ac dc - back in black
Black sabbath - heaven and hell
Diamond head - lightning to the nation
Iron maiden - st
Judas Priest - British steel
Motörhead - ace of spades
Ozzy - blizzard of ozz
Rush - permanent waves
Saxon - wheels of steel
Scorpions - animal magnetism

Should have:
Accept - I m a rebel
Def leppard - on through the night
Krokus - metal rendez-vous
MSG - st
Picture - st
Samson - head on
Saxon - strong arm of the law
Thin lizzy - Chinatown
Vardis - 100 mph
Witchfynde - give 'em hell


1981

New genre: glam metal (motley Crüe - too fast for love)

Must have:
Accept - breaker
Black sabbath - mob rules
Blue oyster cult - fire of unknown origin
Iron maiden - killers
Motörhead - no sleep 'till hammersmith
Ozzy - diary of a madman
Rainbow - difficult to cure
Rush - moving pictures
Saxon - denim and leather
Venom - welcome to hell

Should have:
Blackfoot - marauder
Cirith ungol - frost and fire
Holocaust - the nightcomers
Praying mantis - time tells no tales
Raven - rock until you drop
Riot - fire down under
The rods - st
Samson - head tactics
Triumph - allied forces
Tygers of pan tang - spellbound


1982

New genre: establishment of the us heavy metal labels metal blade, megaforce (metal massacre comp)

Must have:
Accept - restless and wild
Diamond head - living on a borrowed time
Iron maiden - the number of the beast
Judas Priest - screaming for vengeance
Scorpions - blackout
Manowar - battle hymns
MSG - assault attack
Twisted sister - under the blade
Venom - black metal
Whitesnake - saints and sinners

Should have:
Demon - the unexpected guest
Dokken - breakin' the chains
Hanoi rocks - self destruction blues
Heavy load - death or glory
Kiss - creatures of the night
Gary Moore - corridors of power
Raven - wiped out
Talas - sink your teeth into that
Witchfinder general - death penalty
Y & T - black tiger


1983

New genre: thrash metal (metallica - kill 'em all)

Must have:
Anthrax - fistful of metal
Def leppard - pyromania
Dio - holy diver
Iron maiden - piece of mind
Manowar - into glory ride
Mercyful fate - Melissa
Motley Crüe - shout at the devil
Ozzy - bark at the moon
Ratt - st
Slayer - show no mercy

Should have:
Acid - maniac
Exciter - heavy metal maniac
Grim reaper - see you in hell
Quiet riot - metal health
Satan - court in the act
Thin lizzy - thunder and lightning
Twisted sister - you can't stop rock 'n' roll
Virgin Steele - II: guardians of the flame
Warlord - deliver us
Y & T - meanstreak


1984

New genre: death metal (Celtic frost - morbid tales)

Must have:
Deep purple - perfect strangers
Hellhammer - apocalyptic raids
Iron maiden - powerslave
Judas Priest - defenders of the faith
Manowar - hail to England
Manowar - sign of the hammer
Metallica - ride the lightning
Twisted sister - stay hungry
Van halen - 1984
Wasp - st

Should have:
Accept - balls to the wall
Armored saint - march of the saint
Dio - the last in line
Jag panzer - ample destruction
Heavy load - stronger than evil
Loudness - disillusion
Mercyful fate - don't break the oath
Queensryche - the warning
Tokyo blade - night of the blade
Trouble - psalm 9


1985

New genre: 1) crossover (sod - speak English or die), intelligent metal (watchtower - energetic disassembly)

Must have:
Accept - metal heart
Anthrax - spreading the disease
Armored saint - delirious nomad
Celtic frost - to megatherion
Destruction - infernal overkill
Exodus - bonded by blood
Malmsteen - marching out
Possessed - seven churches
Slayer - hell awaits
Sodom - in the sign of evil

Should have:
Agent steel - skeptics apocalypse
Celtic frost - emperor's return
Lizzy border - love you to pieces
Magnum - on a storyteller'n night
Omen - warning of danger
Onslaught - power from hell
Q5 - steel the night
Savage grace - master of disguise
Trouble - the skull
Wasp - the last command


1986

New genre: doom metal (candlemass - epicus doomicus metallicus)

Must have:
Anthrax - among the living
Bon jovi - slippery when wet
Crimson glory - st
Helloween - walls of Jericho
Kreator - pleasure to kill
Megadeth - peace sells... But who's buying
Metallica - master of puppets
Motörhead - orgasmatron
Queensryche - rage for order
Slayer - reign in blood

Should have:
Cinderella - night songs
Dark angel - darkness descends
Fates warning - awaken the guardian
Fifth angel - st
Flotsam and jetsam - doomsday for the deceiver
Iron maiden - somewhere in time
King diamond - fatal portrait
Nuclear assault - game over
Sacrifice - torment in fire
Slaughter - strappado


1987

New genre: 1) ambient metal (Celtic frost - into the pandemonium), 2) techno-thrash (voivod - killing technology), 3) grind (napalm death - scum)

Must have:
Bathory - under the sign of the black mark
Candlemass - nightfall
Death - scream bloody gore
Guns 'n' roses - appetite for destruction
Helloween - keeper of the seven keys I
King diamond - Abigail
Sacred reich - ignorance
Savatage - hall of the mountain king
Sepultura - schizophrenia
Sodom - persecution mania

Should have:
Agent steel - unstoppable force
Infernal majesty - none shall defy
Hades - resisting success
Mayhem - deathcrush
Overkill - taking over
Running wild - under Jolly Roger
Sanctuary - refuge denied
Sarcofago - I.n.r.i.
Testament - legacy
White snake - 1987


1988

New genre: metal becomes mainstream (def leppard - hysteria)

Must have:
Bathory - blood fire death
Carcass - reek of putrefaction
Crimson glory - transcendence
Death - leprosy
Fates warning - no exit
Helloween - keeper of the seven keys pt. II
Iron maiden - seventh son of a seventh son
Metallica - and justice for all
Queensryche - operation mindcrime
Slayer - south of heaven

Should have:
Blind illusion - the sane asylum
Bolt thrower - in battle there is no law
Cinderella - long cold winter
Coroner - punishment for decadence
Danzig - st
Living death - worlds neuroses
Necronomicon - apocalyptic nightmare
Pestilence - malleus maleficarum
Riot - thundersteel
Sadus - chemical exposure


1989

New genre: when genius and metal unite: the dream theater year (dream theater - when dream and day unite)

Must have:
Annihilator - Alice in hell
Faith no more - the real thing
Fates warning - perfect symmetry
Kreator - extreme aggression
Morbid angel - altars of madness
Obituary - slowly we rot
Savatage - gutter ballet
Sepultura - beneath the remains
Sodom - agent orange
Watchtower - control and resistance

Should have:
Autopsy - severed survival
Coroner - no more colour
Heir apparent - one small voice
Mekong delta - the principle of doubt
Metal church - blessing in disguise
Motley Crüe - dr. Feelgood
Oliver magnum - st
Sabbat - dreamweaver: reflections of our yesterdays
Skid row - st
Terrorizer - world downfall

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ION BRITTON
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#2 » Sun May 15, 2016 6:56 pm

Is the thread title the one Metal Hammer used or you chose it yourself? 'Coz albums like Slippery When Wet, Night Songs, Long Cold Winter etc are anything but pure fucking metal. Too much work for one thread anyway, there are already threads for the top albums for some years.
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#3 » Sun May 15, 2016 7:37 pm

'Slippery When Wet ' was once the title for beginners here on this forum. I miss those titles today. This one would surely spur those with almost no posts to be more active. And those with zero posts should only see introduction thread. :P 8)
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#4 » Sun May 15, 2016 7:47 pm

vasilis2112 wrote: Manilla Road missing really hurts me, I don't think they like Mark Shelton's voice!

It might have something to do with the fact that MR were still an obscure band in 2001. Or wasn't it? I knew next to nothing about old underground metal back then, but I feel they gained a cult status among younger fans only a bit later.

Needless to say, Metal Hammer has always been a mainstream oriented rag (at least the Polish edition thereof), so that's even less surprising.
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#5 » Sun May 15, 2016 8:24 pm

ION BRITTON wrote:Is the thread title the one Metal Hammer used or you chose it yourself?
This is the title Metal Hammer used

vasilis2112
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#6 » Sun May 15, 2016 8:35 pm

ION BRITTON wrote:'Coz albums like Slippery When Wet, Night Songs, Long Cold Winter etc are anything but pure fucking metal.
I wasn't even born back then nor I like that Bon Jovi stuff, but I think slippery when wet along with motley crue and all those hair bands was considered metal back then.
I consider Long Cold Winter to be some excellent piece of dirty hard rocking metal.

vasilis2112
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#7 » Sun May 15, 2016 8:42 pm

Herkus Monte wrote:
vasilis2112 wrote: Manilla Road missing really hurts me, I don't think they like Mark Shelton's voice!

It might have something to do with the fact that MR were still an obscure band in 2001. Or wasn't it? I knew next to nothing about old underground metal back then, but I feel they gained a cult status among younger fans only a bit later.

Needless to say, Metal Hammer has always been a mainstream oriented rag (at least the Polish edition thereof), so that's even less surprising.
You may be right, but since you see bands like oliver magnum, fifth angel, acid, heavy load and since Manilla Road have 7 records in the 80's (I think all mentioned in the pages of this tribute), I think they deserve a place in one year's "should have" list.

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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#8 » Sun May 15, 2016 9:03 pm

vasilis2112 wrote:I think slippery when wet along with motley crue and all those hair bands was considered metal back then.
I think they just called it "rawk!"
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#9 » Sun May 15, 2016 9:38 pm

Things are worse than I thought, just saw that they have 3 Anthrax releases in there :(
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#10 » Mon May 16, 2016 12:07 am

Noisenik wrote:'Slippery When Wet ' was once the title for beginners here on this forum. I miss those titles today. This one would surely spur those with almost no posts to be more active. And those with zero posts should only see introduction thread. :P 8)
Agreed :mrgreen:


Either way, the list is pretty generic for the most part.
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#11 » Mon May 16, 2016 10:15 am

A lot of stuff is of course a must-have, some for historical reasons, but I would be more interested, what they considered overrated and esp. underrated.

As for Manilla Road, they were certainly considered underrated all the way through the 80's, and as member Herkus said, they were too obscure (or obscured) for MH. If I remember correctly, Iron Pages and Hellion Records have started to resurrect them in the mid 90's, I guess with somewhat steady success. Well, it certainly helped. I still wonder, how Black Dragon releases were selling in their prime, and how MR were viewed at back then.

PS: what was the reason that old MR threads with polls were locked?
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#12 » Mon May 16, 2016 2:52 pm

Going a bit off topic now, but this is something I need to say. Back in the late 90s when I first discovered Manilla Road, people always talked about how underrated they are and how little exposure they had back in the 80's. They were supposed to be the hidden gem few underground fans knew about. That's the impression I had until old zines started coming in my hands. And Manilla Road seem to appear in one or another either through reviews or advertisement or interviews in many of those zines. In Kick Ass #26 they have for example a full-page ad of Roadster Records presenting Crystal Logic and Stygian Shore, I think late Bob used to press a round of 5000 for each issue, and that's quite a decent number as far as exposure is concerned. And they got quite positive reviews most of the time I must add. A band like Satan's Host for example, which the average underground metal fan is familiar with nowadays, seems to appear in the press far more sparsely in those times.

So, my point is that MR might not be as underrated as they are made out to be. Perhaps people forgot about them in the meantime either because it was hard to get hold of their material due to the rarity of their records or because epic metal simply wasn't the fad in the 90s or for some other reason I can't think of right now. Sure, they deserved a lot more even back then, but totally underrated or shamefully ignored by the fans I can't call them. Any opinions about this issue from the people who actually were consciously in the scene back in the 80s?
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#13 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:10 pm

Noisenik wrote:A lot of stuff is of course a must-have, some for historical reasons
totaly agree!
Noisenik wrote:I would be more interested, what they considered overrated and esp. underrated
Let me give you an example.

1982

Underrated:
Magnum - Chase the Dragon
Mama's Boys - Plug it in
Shiva - Firedance
Manilla Road - Metal
Picture - Diamond Dreamer
Demon - The unexpected guest
August Redmoon - Fools are never alone !!!!

Overrated:
Nazareth - 2x5
Aerosmith - Rock in a hard place
Alice Cooper- Zipper catches the skin
Uriah Heep - Abominog
UFO - The Mechanix
Bad Company - Rough Diamonds

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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#14 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:11 pm

still off-topic: IMHO, by the end of 80's MR were below horizon, at least as seen from my country, and when I saw an article about them in Iron Pages, I was certain it was an archaeological one.
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Re: Pure Fucking Metal Armageddon

Post#15 » Mon May 16, 2016 3:23 pm

vasilis2112 wrote:
Overrated:
Nazareth - 2x5
Aerosmith - Rock in a hard place
Alice Cooper- Zipper catches the skin
Uriah Heep - Abominog
UFO - The Mechanix
Bad Company - Rough Diamonds
Are we talking about music in general in this thread or what? None of the above is heavy metal, much less pure fucking metal of armageddonic proportions...
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