A list Metal:
Years and bands that produced A grade Metal albums.
Black Sabbath: 1970-1971
Judas priest :1976-1978, 1990, 2005
Iron Maiden: 1980-1986
Metal Church: 1985
Dark Angel: 1986
First Wave Black Metal:
Mercyful Fate: 1983-1984
*Hellhammer / Celtic Frost: 1983-1987
King Daimond: 1987-1988
*Venom - 1981-1984
Morbid Angel: 1989-1991
*At the Gates: 1992
Second Wave Black Metal:
*Beherit: 1990-1993, 1995, 2009
meh. "Fixed" some of the entries. All changes marked with an asterisk. Wasn't sure where to put Godflesh, but I would regard the Godflesh EP and Streetcleaner as A level
I would add these albums, and suggest maybe these subtractions
Black Sabbath at least until 73 but I'd like to take Sabotage if I could too.
Captain Beyond 71 (this is more progressive rock but I don't go anywhere without it)
Candlemass 86 - 89
Pentagram 85-88(+demo comps)
No King Diamond albums, Mercyful Fate is mandatory and cancels the need for them out entirely.
These later period heavy/doom bands would likely be disputed by other members but for me they'd be essential.
I think we could cut out a whole bunch of the shitty and rip off thrash/speed like Testament, Sodom, Megadeth etc. Not that these bands didn't make contributions, good albums or at the very least songs but do we really need a Testament album in a post Apocalyptic world other than to sharpen and throw at the neck of a game animal or a member of an enemy raiding party? If we're putting in chud like that, then lets at least put in something that actually does what the genre is supposed to do, irrelevant or not, and include an obscure album like Morbid Saint's Spectrum of Death. Reinsert Justice in the Metallica discog...taking that out is treason!
Morbid Angel adding 93, 98
I should stop here because I'd imagine we might be running out of room even if there is more that belongs on here, and I'd start chucking Graveland, Metal Church and Overkill albums left and right. I might chuck those Overkill ones anyway.
To make some room for high end newer bands that probably aren't as "good" as the classics but are what I am here to feel and experience in the moment and thus hold a strong affinity for. It would be a great disservice to exclude a whole generation of elite bands(and from my own subjective opinion a group as enjoyable and fundamentally valid as the previous generation)
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