Friday, January 30, 2015
For 1980, there really can be no biggest disappointment. I mean, what can the expectations have been? Probably half the albums in a top 20 will be debut albums, and the rest are pretty solid. I can't think of any band that put out an album in 1980 that was worse that their late 70's work. Maybe UFO, but after losing Michael Schenker, were there really high expectations?
For live albums, I really only see three choices for 1980 - so more discussion on that later.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By no means is this the fault of the authors. I have scoured YouTube and other corners of the web for 1980 albums that are rare and on the border of metal (Gillan, Krokus, MSG, etc.) that stand up to these, and while I have found some interesting things, the aforementioned groups put out the best stuff of that year (mostly).
I will be doing a top 15 or 20 list in a few days, but don't look here for anything really different. Bands like Fist (the one from Canada), Viva and Sorcery are only footnotes in the history of metal for a good reason.
*I am convinced that Diamond Head is seen as the lost NWOBHM gem solely because of their influence on Metallica, and therefore it is uncool** not to have Lightning to the Nations in your top 10.
** It may actually be in mine too - but for the right reasons.....
Monday, January 26, 2015
So, for the last week or so, I have been listening to nothing but 1980 albums (except for the new Subterranean Masquerade album, brilliant by the way). I have been surprised by some of the things I have been hearing, mostly The Rods and Angel Witch are not as horrible as I remember them.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
So, to reiterate, it was deeply flawed and I think that deliberately placing Dio, Iron Maiden and Metallica in the bottom 10 was begging for trouble. Also the though of placing a 19 minute EP by Acid 50 places above the aforementioned bands is a complete joke.
However, there were a lot of hidden and forgotten gems on that list.
Like I said, I probably only heard about half the albums/EP's on that list, and some of them I only heard once or twice.
So the list go me thinking maybe it would be cool to revisit the 1980's again.
So - that is what I am going to do.
Stay tuned for a detailed look back at 1980.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Now let me preface my remarks by saying everyone is entitled to their opinion and yadda yadda yadda. I'm sorry, but this list is a crock of shit. This guy basically had his legit top 10 or so, put some of the most well known albums at the end of this list, and filled in the middle with crap, hoping that anyone reading his list had never heard of half the crap on there. Well, it's true for me too. I have only heard about half of the crap in the middle, but I can tell you for sure, most of it is crap. Thus this guy created a true shit sandwich.
He did include almost every decent album from 1984 (let's face it, there weren't even 100 good metal albums world wide that year). If you look at his top 17, most of these are legit (I admist I have not heard three of them). So in that regard it's a good list. I wish he did a top 50 instead and left out the Dio, Maiden and Metallica albums. That would have given the list more crdibility in my opinion.
Let's look at some of the albums he deemed better than Powerslave, The Last in Line and Ride the Lightning (as you know, I am no Metallica fan, but give credit where credit is due - this is a great album).
- Pantera - Projects in the Jungle. This record is a joke. It may not be as bad as Metal Magic, but it is still horrendous (this one was below Metallica)
- TNT - Knights of the New Thunder - not as laughable as the Pantera album, but still lame.
- TKO - In your face. I heard this one and could not sit through it.
- The Rods - Let Them Eat Metal. Even Feinstein himself would laugh at this being rated above his far more talented cousin.
- Saracen - Change of Heart. This is a metal list, right?
- Warning - Metamorphose. Their first two albums had some credibility, but this is better than Powerslave?
- Acid - Black Car - Really?
- Savatage - The Dungeons are Calling. I like Savatage, but they were nowhere ready for prime-time at this point in their career.
- Raven - Live at the Inferno - a bad band in the studio - worse live
- Pretty Maids - Red, Hot & Heavy. This is getting ridiculous. He had this turd at number 22!!
- Tank - Honour & Blood. It's albums like this one that killed the NWOBHM.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
I recently listened to Escape by Ram-Zet and I liked it more than the first time I heard it. I think it is too long (I really do not care for 60 minute plus albums) and probably could have been trimmed down by ten minutes or so, but it is a very good listen.
So this month I will re-listen to the 30+ albums I have from 2002 and remake my top 10. I wouldn't expect a change from the top 4 as those are all in my top 50 all-time are are in in constant rotation in my iPod, but there are some gems here that I have overlooked.