Top 84 Music Albums of 1982 by Repo (2020)
- Chart updated: 12/14/2020 00:45
- (Created: 09/09/2017 02:25).
- Chart size: 84 albums.
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Just remembered another excellent doom release. Love this one, it's occult and atmospheric, doomy and gloomy Mr. Green
Hell yeah, brother! Personally, I like this even better. Now we are talking Doom incarnate with virtually no NWOBHM influence to speak of at all. Which cost them a record contract at the time! At the time their slow, doomy Sabbathian riffs sounded hopelessly out of date in 1982. So this demo tape from 1982 was floated around the metal tape trading community for over a decade before eventually it just became too big, too heavy, and ironically too fashionable to be ignored as slow became the new fast with bands like Sleep mining similar territory. Easily one of the best Doom albums of the 80s, and Pagan Altar should be mentioned right alongside Pentagram, St. Vitus and Trouble as the forefathers of Doom. [First added to this chart: 04/28/2019]
The leap from the distorted, bludgeoned Motorhead riffs on Welcome To Hell to the truly blackened, frosty atmospherics of Black Metal is nothing short of stunning in hindsight. The Motorhead influences have been mostly shed to create something completely new. Everything blends & bleeds together to create a thunderous cloud. The songs are better too. "Buried Alive" is told from a convincing, harrowing, & surprisingly emotive first-person point of view of that would make Johnny Cash proud. And that's like the fourth best song on the album! Diverse, bold, and original ( & even fun at times : see "Teachers Pet") Black Metal was a huge leap forward for both Venom and extreme metal. [First added to this chart: 03/20/2020]
1982 and The Rise of Speed Metal
Ok. Before delving further into the extreme metal genre, I’m going to take a small step back to cover another pivotal subgenre that had a massive impact on the metal scene – Speed Metal. As we’ve discussed earlier, the beginnings of Speed Metal started in the late 70s with Judas Priest (Stained Glass, Killing Machine & British Steel) and then got a steroid injection in 1981 from their apt pupils – Raven & Accept. The importance of Priest on this genre cannot be overstated and in a lot of ways their Painkiller album from 1990 could now be considered the platonic ideal of the entire Speed Metal scene! Meanwhile, back in 1981, both Raven and Accept released two speed metal landmarks with Rock Until You Drop (which has grown on me since I started this project! It’s important, fellas!) and Breaker respectively.
The next vital band in the genre were metal documentary stars and all-around good guys - Anvil. They released two crucial, if not quite seminal, albums in the early 80s with Metal on Metal and Forged In Fire. Metal on Metal was the second best Speed Metal album of 1982 (right behind Accept’s Restless & Wild) and thus a major influence on the burgeoning Thrash Metal scene. However, Forged in Fire saw Anvil taking a quantum leap in both songwriting and power (equivalent actually to the leap they took from their debut LP Hard ‘N’ Heavy(which is a really fun & dumb metal album btw!!!) to Metal On Metal. But I digress! Forged In Fire is definitely the pinnacle of their oeuvre. They would leap no further. Instead they would churn out consistently good Speed Metal albums to drink Molson Bradors and other cheap Canadien lagers to at the local pub for the rest of their lives. Which honestly is good enough for me! I ain't picky! Everything they’ve recorded is worth a listen. Just remember, that…
THE TWO THAT MATTER R…
1. Metal On Metal ( 1982) (R)
2. Forged In Fire (1983) (HR) [First added to this chart: 01/18/2020]
HOF [First added to this chart: 04/25/2018]
Great [First added to this chart: 04/30/2018]
A downright magical amalgamation of early Black Sabbath and NWOBHM. They not only stole the riffs (which let’s face it everyone was about to do) but the emotion & tone of both Iommi’s guitar and Ozzy’s vocals. People forget that Sabbath were not just blundering riff dinosaurs. They were emotive. Dynamic. Capable of surprising pacing and pulse quickening time signature changes. They often played with restraint, unleashing pastoral passages and emotive, gut wrenching wails from the heart by the Oz man. That's why people loved him so. That's why he was treated almost like a prophet years before the self parody and reality tv m(s)adness. Witchfinder General remembered. And were able to evoke the many sides of early Sabbath on Death Penalty and in turn crafted (in a tie!) the first bonafide Doom album. (Although if anyone gave Witchfynde's Give 'Em Hell that honor, I wouldn't bat an eye.) [First added to this chart: 02/20/2020]
It’s one of those “Where were you?” moments that shook the metal community back in 1982. The opening track “Fast a Shark” on Restless & Wild. The opening fake out of German Alps folk music. The frenetic, jolting record scratch. And The Scream that announced a change of the guard. That something new was on the horizon. Speed Metal. Accept from Germany ( and Raven from the UK) were on the forefront of this new sound which would be tightened and bolted down to become thrash in the ensuing years.
How would you rank their albums? Which of their albums are essential?
Did they have the first Speed Metal album with Breaker in 1981?
Are any of their albums past Metal Heart worth checking out?!?!
PS. I was going to have another battle – this time between Raven & Accept entitled Speed Kings and how during the early 80s these two duked it out for speed metal supremacy, but I just don’t think Raven’s all that. And Accept are! [First added to this chart: 01/18/2020]
Essential [First added to this chart: 04/27/2018]
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Very nice. I ranked The Dreaming and Big science a little higher, but at least you got them. I keep hearing so much about orange juice but I'm not sure I've ever heard them. Or I just don't remember. I definitely have to check that one out.
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