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Guitar World's 10 essential classic metal albums

Το μουσικό περιοδικό Guitar World παρουσίασε τα δέκα -κατά την γνώμη των συντακτών του- "Essential Classic Metal Albums". Τα σχόλια (σε κάθε δίσκο) είναι από την συντακτική ομάδα του περιοδικού. Σχόλια, συμφωνίες, διαφωνίες, προτάσεις, δεκτά μέσω της φόρμας των σχολίων...

01. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)

A landmark event in the annals of hearing loss, Paranoid is loud, brutal, angry, hilarious, scary, mildly retarded and gut-churningly heavy - in short, everything you'd want from a great heavy metal record. While "Electric Funeral" might be kind of a lame metaphor for nuclear holocaust, "War Pigs," "Iron Man," "Fairies Wear Boots" and the hard-charging title track are still remarkably fresh an potent decades on.

02. AC/DC - Highway To Hell (1979)

Frontman Bon Scott penned the most depraved songs of his notorious career for Highway To Hell, then went and drank himself to death. Back In Black sold more, but Highway is still the purest distillation of AC/DC's electric brilliance.

03. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

The surprise success of Appetite for Destruction single-handedly reversed the course of Eighties metal - out went spandex, pointy headstocks and lame party anthems, and in came tattoos, Les Pauls and badass attitudes.

04. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast (1982)

Christian groups decried the band's use of satanic imagery on this, but in reality, the most demonic (and influential) things on the record were the rippling leads of Dave Murray and Adrian Smith.

05. Judas Priest - British Steel (1980)

Over three decades of musical partnership, Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing had virtually defined the phrase "twin guitar attack" and their chemistry was never more potent than on British Steel.

06. Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986)

Hetfield's pile-driving chords, Hammett's rapid-fire solos and Burton's "lead bass" are hear to brilliant effect here, while "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" proved that the band's melodicism on 1984's "Fade to Black" was no mere fluke.

07. Motörhead - Ace of Spades (1980)

Lemmy himself claims there have been better Motörhead records, but none swings harder or packs a meaner thrust than this. So hot it could have been pressed on rawhide, Spades remains the band's definitive statement.

08. Slayer - Reign In Blood (1986)

With 10 blinding tracks crammed into 29 minutes, this album set new standards for metallic speed and heaviness; songs like "Postmortem" and "Angel of Death" took the darkness of vintage Sabbath and magnified it tenfold.

09. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)

On Jailbreak, the dueling Les Pauls of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson filigreed Phil Lynott's finest songs with gorgeous harmony leads, forging a melodic brand of metal whose soulful swagger remains unrivaled.

10. UFO - Strangers in the Night (1979)

Thousands of guitarists would happily trade their frontal lobes today for Michael Schenker's full-throated, wah-inflected tone, and Strangers in the Night is a major reason why.

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