The return of Metal Invader in the music / metal scene after a three year absence has been crowned with success. You embraced it and after the first four months and a final settling with the writing crew, apart from any changes, it’s time to “introduce ourselves” so to speak, by the members of the editorial scene presenting a list of 12 records (Dirty Dozen) that marked their lives. Not necessarily the best. Most of these underlie the soundtrack of our lives.
*the ones that wrote at least
**since the big number of authors and for this post not to be tedious, it will be uploaded in two parts.
Holy Terror – Terror & Submission
Because “Distant Calling” is the best song ever written and Keith is the best thrash metal singer of all time.
Entombed – Left Hand Path
Running Wild – Death or Glory
Best album ever by Mr. Kasparek. It would fit in my top 3 list as well, without a second thought.
Heavy Load – Death or Glory
Angels, Integrity, Steel, Swords, Guitars, Heavy Metal, Epic As Fuck!!!
Skyclad – A Burnt Offering for the Bone Idol
A mad poet, a violin, “Spinning Jenny”, “R’vannith” and some of the greatest thrash riffs.
Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today
Iconic Cyco Miko in one of the best moments of his career (yes you can make a career wearing a bermuda and Vans dudes), the phrase “Laugh at This”, “Trip at the Brain” and my fav “One Too Many Times”.
Judas Priest – Painkiller
The epitome of Heavy Metal.
Mercyful Fate – Melissa
Because the Shermann/Denner guitar duo should be equal to Murray/Smith, K.K. Downing/Tipton to all metalheads consciousness and this is their most impressive work (personally speaking).
King Diamond – Abigail
This is the best concept album of all time. Plus this was my first contact with King Diamond’s voice, a voice that will always haunt me until the day I die…
Iron Maiden – Powerslave
Because when an album has a song like “The Duellists” and this is not the best of it, this album is the ultimate masterpiece.
Helloween – Walls of Jericho
‘Cause this record proves that Kai is as big as Harris on 45 rpm.
Sodom – Agent Orange
For the exact same reason that I would have picked instead of it Overkill’s “Feel The Fire”. Blue collar soundtrack.
*it really pisses me off that I can’t put on my list albums by Exciter, Accept, Deicide, Death, KISS & Nuclear Assault!!!
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
My very first metal music
Running Wild – Gates To Purgatory
My very first vinyl
Amorphis – Tales from the 1000 lakes
The album that made me to get into death metal
In The woods – Heart Of The Ages
The album that made me to get into black metal
Summoning – Minas Morgul
Annihilator – Alice In Hell
The thrash album I’ve listen to, more times than any other
Sodom – Get What You deserve
The filthiest, rawest, roughest piece of thrash
Slayer – Undisputed attitude
The encyclopedia of hardcore/punk played for metalheads and that made a lot of narrow minded fans (including me) to see punk/hardcore in a more positive way
Napalm Death – Diatribes
One of the most open minded death/grind albums ever
Skyclad – Wayward sons of mother earth
Folk and thrash combined perfectly
Running Wild – Black Hand Inn
The most underated gem!
S.O.D. – Speak English or Die
The release that changed everything in thrash!
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
The best 45 min of music ever.
Mercyful Fate – Melissa
Great riffs, unique and eerie sound.
Slayer – Show No Mercy
Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
Motorhead – Overkill
Some guys were having great time and just couldn’t hide it!!!!!
Metallica – Master of Puppets
There’s nothing to say that is not alredy been spoken about this one.
King Diamond – Abigail
Suicidal Tendencies – The Art of Rebellion
One of a kind from a really special band.
Judas Priest – Painkiller
Epitome of HEAVY METAL.
Death – Leprosy
Every release of Death is top notch, this one is closer to be described as subgenre definer.
Napalm Death – Utopia Banished
The album that has influenced more grind bands in the whole world. Personally speaking -along with Terrorizer’s “World Downfall”- is the best albums of the subgenre.
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Their finest moment, an album I just can’t stop hearing !!!
Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
My initiation to the world of heavy metal! It was a downhill after this one…
Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow
First time I heard the godly voice of Dio.
Manowar – Hail To England
Bridge Of Death…….
Accept – Balls To The Wall
101% real heavy metal.I still remember that crappy stereo with the headphones (don’t want to wake the sleeping family) playing it so loud that my ears hurt.
Savatage – Hall Of The Mountain King
That U.S heavy power scene is way too big…..let’s start with this one….oh I see now…ok
Very important record.The songs, the lyrics! The planets aligned when this one was in the making. Perfection!
Bathory – Hammerheart
Baptised In…..European Epic/doom metal
Heavy Load – Death Or Glory
Your little lies make me wise!!! All the Heavy metal philosophy gathered in one record.
Cirith Ungol – King Of The Dead
First contact with the obscure.The creepiest voice in metal and the ‘one of a kind’ guitar of Jerry Fogle were enough to make me want to dig deeeeeeeeeep in the underground.
Warlord – …and the cannons of destruction have begun
Watching the video soundtrack for the first time being sick with a fever of 39°C. I thought I died and went to heavy metal heaven!
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd
Because it has Simple man and Free bird in it. Pink Floyd’s ‘wish you were here’ could be here also! Because there is good music beyond molten metal steel.Many good memories with this one.Also a fine record to listen in huge hangover.
Candlemass – Nightfall
Doom metal godfathers and my first doom lesson. Still shivering when listening to ‘Samarithan and Mourners Lament.
Nirvana – Nevermind
The first time at the age of 12 when listened to music consciously and melted from the energy , I went out to buy records and started to get itchy to learn guitar.
Nausea – European Renaissance
Massive riffs, bone crushing verses, Antifascism in full house, aura of “something big is going on here.”
Brutal Truth – Extreme conditions demand extreme responses
Definition of inspiration, speed, voice, attitude,album art, grandiose riffs. It was acquired on vinyl and played in the house for months on the turntable while it would turn out endlessly the copied tape into walkman when I was out.
Suffocation – Pierced from within
Another planet. First time something pops in your ears so heavy and unbearable. It’s the moment you say, okay, there cannot be anything more extreme than this.
Terrorizer – World downfall
Punk soul into metal boots. The discovery of grindcore. Blastbeats with pank riffs, sociopolitical lyrics, a paramount cover, Jesse Pitando at his best.
Napalm Death – Utopia banished
The voice of Barney, the sonic blast of Mick Harris. Smile to my ears.
Carcass – Necroticism
Grindcore past, more death metal approach, massive production, changed style with a positive sign.
Lock Up – Pleasures pave sewers
Jesse Pitando off again Napalm Death, only great riffs.
Nasum – Inhale / Exhale
Smack in the face. 20 hearings to understand what the fuck is going on inside.
Neurosis – Times of grace
Unbelievable how much volume can be hidden inside a stretched note.
Mastodon – Leviathan
The joy of playness. A combination of returning to the past with an eye to the future.
Burnt by the Sun – Heart of darkness
Recital Dave Witte, sound of megatons, freshness.
Since the “top…” lists change, depending each specific time period, I’ll give you the top 12 most “important” – for different reasons each one – albums.
Running Wild – Blazon Stone
I’ve always wandered which Running Wild album should I buy first. “Blazon Stone” it is.
Riot – Thundersteel
Are there a lot of albums with all of the songs included being in your top lists?
Saxon – Denim and Leather
No need to write the same things every time. Best live band. One of the best albums for live gigs.
Rotting Christ – Non Serviam
Because “I will not serve” was written on my bedroom’s door in Athens for 9 years.
Iron Maiden – Powerslave
The very first heavy metal album I ever listened to.
Dio – Holy Diver
Best vocals in heavy metal. Need to ask?
Manowar – Sign of the Hammer
Between this and Hail to England, but Thor made the difference.
Carcass – Heartwork
This taught my sensitive ears to understand the greatness of death metal.
Bolt Thrower – Mercenary
Headbanging till broken neck…
Death – Leprosy
Since I discovered death metal, I learnt about late Chuck…
Bathory –Blood on Ice
For the snow covered mountain peaks and the icy fjords.
Warlord – And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun
I’ve always preferred the performance in Deliver Us, but Aliens is missing and it haunted my youth…
Now that I look back, 12 is a very short list… I could include the following:
Celtic Frost – To Megatherion, Stormwitch – Stronger than Heaven, Cirith Ungol – King of the Dead, Crimson Glory – Crimson Glory, Demon – The Unexpected Guest, Annihilator – Never Neverland, Fifth Angel – Fifth Angel, Exodus – Bonded by Blood, Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction, Kreator – Coma of Souls… I’m stopping because they keep coming… and I tried to cut them ‘till the millennium…
Megadeth – Rust In Peace
Perhaps the most “complete” / all around metal album of all time, from my point of view! Aggressive, melodic, technical, fast, slow, a little bit of everything, plus a lineup that kills!
Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
The “bible” of black metal… shivers down my spine! An icy, dark, occult sounding epic album!
Immortal – Battles in the North
In your face black metal. Shock and awe! Snow covered landscapes, forests and mountains while the you stay eternally frozen due to this musical thunderstorm!
Slayer – Reign in Blood
No comments … no words to write here… The definition of thrash metal! 28 minutes of relentless beating!
Rammstein – Mutter
This band changed so many facts in the metal world! This album is their top without a question!
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
One of the best melodic / prig / death metal discs. Similar to no other! Dream team lineup!
Iced Earth – The Dark Saga
It will haunt me forever! The production, the sound, the vocals, the whole dark atmosphere!
Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Its atmosphere was outlined forever in my soul from the very first moment that i took a listen… Nightspirit embrace my soul…
Judas Priest – Painkiller
The album that defines the MEANING of heavy metal in 10 songs. Period!
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Makes you shiver, darkness, chaos back in 1970. The album that started it all!
Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
I am still trying to pick my face from the floor! Such a beating with such a force i never experienced before!
Pantera – The Great Southern Trendkill
Instant shock…from the very first scream from the very first second…
Having been assigned to deliver a list with only 12 albums, I decided to present the most important ones for me and not necessarily the 12 best ones that I have ever heard. So, let’s go!
The Wall – PINK FLOYD
Made In Japan – DEEP PURPLE
Discovering the world.
Black Sabbath – BLACK SABBATH
What is this that stands before me?
Ride the Lightning – METALLICA
Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying – MEGADETΗ.
Somewhere in Time – IRON MAIDEN.
Where is the repeat button?
Κings of Metal – MANOWAR
Draw courage before asking out a girl in highschool.
Blood Fire Death – BATHORY
A Fine Day to Die.
Non Serviam – ROTTING CHRIST
Rage Against The Machine – RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
Revolution and 6 stiches.
Sky Valley – KYUSS
This is the shit!
Dopes to Infinity – MONSTER MAGNET
Goin’ down now
and 3 more for the road
9 πληρωμένα τραγούδια–ΤΡΥΠΕΣ
Music for the gilted generation – PRODIGY
Global Underground 016: Cape Town – DAVE SEAMAN
If I had to choose 12 albums when I would to in my grave, these would be :
IRON MAIDEN – BRAVE NEW WORLD
It was the first album I ever listened to..
ENTOMBED – CLANDESTINE
This is an album made for parties AND above all? Nicke Andersson. Nothing more to say.
AT THE GATES – TERMINAL SPIRIT DESEASE
The best A.T.G album. It contains so much hate and stress about what’s to come.
IRON MAIDEN – SEVENTH SON OF A SEVENTH SON
When you think of the best album (production,music etc..) in metal, you think of this one. Majestic Heavy metal.
KYUSS – WELCOME TO THE SKY VALLEY
This is groove. Just all time classic.
DYING FETUS – DESTROY THE OPPOSITION
They are also known as Kuyss of Death Metal.
NASUM – INHALE /EXHALE
Inhale-exhale and everything come to an end.
CANNIBAL CORPSE – THE WRETCHED SPAWN
Nothing to say about this one….
ROTTING CHRIST – THY MIGHTY CONTRACT
All their albums are great,bus this one is THE album.
HYPOCRISY – OSCULUM OBSCENUM
Old School as fuck.
IN FLAMES – SIREN CHARMS
just to provoke
PARADISE LOST – DRACONIAN TIMES
Great album,great music…
Iron Maiden – Killers
My first and everlasting love at first sight, we’ ve grown together through the years as a happy couple, this record and I…
Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Inspired, magnificent, toxi and heavy as hell.
Bathory – Blood on Ice
The first epic heavy metal album I ever listened to (even before Manowar, yes). I know, I was never ordinary in my choices (and not only there…)
Candlemass – Tales of Creation
My first acquaintance with the quick and tense world of doom. I ‘ve been on a constant rush ever since (yeah, right).
Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith
Without any doubt, without any hesitation, without any foreplay, but with every safety precaution, this one gets you by the balls (not in a gay way though – hmm, alright…).
Manowar – Into Glory Ride
Don’t even think of asking why.
Manilla Road – Crystal Logic
Besides the exquisite music, the haunting atmosphere and the informal tradition that wants great albums accompanied by totally mediocre cover artworks, this one also served as a passage to books and to my now beloved sword ‘n’ sorcery literature.
Jag Panzer – Ample Destruction
Molten metal, everburning, scorching everburning steel; “It was hot when I first took it, hot as a glede, and my hand was scorched, so that I doubt if ever again I shall be free of the pain of it”. And I’m still looking for my mind down the sewer…
Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath
Darkness, morbidity, occult feeling, astonishing guitarwork and unholy hymns to the Lord of this World (count your blessings, hope there are some left…)
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
Thin Lizzy – Thunder and Lightning
Self titled track, second John Sykes bukkake/multiple ejaculation (sorry ladies) solo: I almost got involved in a car crash with that one (the John Sykes’ solo).
Running Wild – Under Jolly Roger
I have to break free, to live on my own way tonight! I don’t give a goddamn what you want to force upon me! FUCK YOU! Lyrical, romantic, plain and adjust (and very stupid, which adds extra points to my book if we’ are talking about good ole heavy metal)
Saxon and Motorhead of course are out of the question, right?
1.Mayhem -De mysteriis dom sathanas
The most expressive album that ever happen in black metal embraced by dark psychedelia.
The most important album in grindcore scene, the ultimate bridge between death metal and punk.
3.Slayer-Reign in blood
Supreme aggression,this is what thrash means!
The most occult side of death metal.
5.Marduk-Panzer division marduk
The empire of destruction,a landing of a non stop antichristian hammer!
6.Napalm Death-Utopia banished
All the death/grind scene into one album.
7.Black Sabbath-Black Sabbath
A non – stop storm of doom, dived in a dark thematology.
The album that change the face of death metal, a masterpiece of art.
10.Bathory-Blood fire death
This is what we call METAL! An epic journey in the north from a human that gave his soul in every note! Hail Quorthon!!
11.Motorhead-Ace of spades
A gospel of a whole generation
There where Rock n’roll meets the deepest need of a human to turn the cross upside down.
Costas Liakos FFF
It’s true that no-one can easily choose, from the millions of bands and albums, the twelve important and/or best releases. Personally, I tried so much to pick up the most notable ones that influenced my thinking and my life during all that period of time (more than 25 years of the very first “attack”). The numbers of the list isn’t as significant as the classification according to the kind of music itself.
1. KoЯn – “KoЯn”
My first days in Thessaloniki as a University student and this album was the “thing” I was looking for that period of time. It made me to listen to something different except for metal. It was a different approach of music playing. Korn with Coal Chambers were the first ever bands of nu-metal music.
2. AC/DC – “Fly on the Wall”
This is one of the first four albums that influenced me. It’s Hard Rock. It was the first time that I memorized and sang all the lyrics of an album!
3. MOTÖRHEAD– “No Sleep at all”
The second official live album of Motörhead, but it is my first one in the world of Hard-Rock/Heavy Metal music. THIS is the album which is responsible for my meeting with metal music. Really, this album influenced me the most. Thanx Lemmy!
4. OZZY OSBOURNE – “No Rest for the Wicked”
This is the second album in my journey to metal music. Of course, this release is far away from “Blizzard of Ozz” and “Diary of a Madman” but it forms the basis for me. It made me to think that “in the truth, there’s nothing stranger”.
5. IRON MAIDEN – “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”
This album belongs to the same category as the previous ones. Moreover, this album was the main reason for me to search more for metal releases and to discover which music was born for me.
6. SLAYER – “Live Undead”
When I saw the artwork and layout of this album I said “This band will be my favorite one.” And my words became true. I didn’t even know Slayer ‘till that moment and, finally, it became my leaders to metal!
7. EXHUMATION – “Deepest Side of Fear”
It was almost 20 years ago, when I listened to a Greek band and generally a Death Metal band. I stuck…. for a moment! I realized that this is the kind of music that I have to listen to. The band was a milestone to me and I followed them ‘till their Split-up.
8. DEATH – “Leprosy”
I will never neglect my feelings when I listened to the first notes of this album. It left me a scar on my heart and my soul. Every time that someone refers to Death, I remember the specific album and those feelings. Chuck, you are, STILL, the one and only!
9. VENOM – “Calm before the Storm”
It was my first meeting with Black Metal (as originated and not its second wave). This album was my ticket to this kind of music. I never got bored with Black Metal or disappointed or regret about this choice.
10. EMPEROR – “In the Nightside Eclipse”
This album rivets me in front of my cassette player. There were and there are so many pure emotions every time I listen to it. It was the One album that embrace me and made things lively for me. This album was my “establishment” in Black Metal music.
11. ABIGOR – “Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)”
This album was, is and will remain one of my favorite of Black Metal. I felt the deep frozen mountains feelings in my soul and I understood why this kind of music is so “beautiful”. I cannot say anything else for this one.
12. IN THE WOODS… – “Heart of the Ages”
It was a journey back from Santorini when my best man bought this album. I didn’t even know this band but after the very first hearing of this album, I understood why he insisted on buying this one. This release “helped” me many times in my most difficult dawns of my life…
After two days of searching, thinking and remembering many things, I finish this Calvary with some success. It was too difficult for me to pick up those albums and I’ m sure that if I do it once again, I will choose different releases. But, the point is that metal is our music, it’ s part of our soul and our body and no-one can eviscerate it from us!
1. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
The first song I saw on MTV Europe in 1987 was “Paradise City”. Next Day I bought the album, my first one.
2. Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Α video clip again, this time “Can I Play With Madness”. I remember watching it in an odd occasion, however I still recall I was left speechless. From this day on I engaged the searching for metal albums, something pretty much going on until today.
3. Helloween – Keeper Of The Seven Keys II
Ι still cannot explain how this particular tape was never “chewed” by the cassette player after those hundreds of playbacks. Probably my favorite speed power metal release (there are not so many of those anyway!)
4. Slayer – Reign In Blood
I must have made dozens of calls to record stores in early nineties before finding this LP. When I finally got a hold on it my hands were shaking! Those memories regarding our young enthusiasm are so bittersweet…
5. Metallica – Master of Puppets
My first metal t-shirt (so cliché!).
6. Death – Leprosy
Tapetrading situations. The year is 1990. Probably the first death album I ever listened to. This record sucked me like a black hole. It is still my favorite by Death.
7. Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin At Dusk
Thessaloniki-Giannena before building Egnatia highway. Katara region, snow 2 meters tall, we’re stuck and waiting for the snowplow. My only worry : will the batteries hold after all those playbacks?
8. Moonspell – Wolfheart
Past love goes to heaven….
9. Tool – Aenima
A revelation of an album – one of the soundtracks of my (disturbed) student years. Without being metal, it has influenced metal music enormously.
10. Therion – Theli
The Siren In the Woods.
11. Dodheimsgard – 666 International
I still haven’t figured out what led to the recording of this album. A cosmic conspiracy perhaps.
12.Primordial – To The Nameless Dead
Have I gone too far with the 90’s albums? Maybe so. Or maybe in metal music applies the phrase: “Every “last year” was better. My most beloved album from the past decade, however, was this one by the Irish. Epical, lyrical, powerful…nothing missing here.
1.Master of Puppets – Metallica
The first album that learned aaaaaaaall the lyrics by memory! It reminds me of my childhood. I still can see me reading and wisper the songs.
2. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
Because… there is no because… because they are The Iron Maiden!!!
3. System Of A Down – “Mezmerize” & “Hypnotize”
They changed the way others see metal!
4. Slipknot – Iowa
The Soundtrack of my college years, lots of booze and most importantly it reminds me of my best friend and crazyyyy metahead!
5. Back In Black – AC/DC
What Do You Do For Money Honey????
6. Soundgarden – Superuknown
I just find it amazing!
7. Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R
When I first heard “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” it instantly gave me the goosebumps and I fell in love with the band. There was no point of return.
8. Motorhead – Overkill
9. Dio – Holy Diver
Best Metal Voice by far!!!!
10. Enforcer – Death by Fire
I know, I know but it’s my soundtrack and I love these guys! “Take me Out of This Nightmare” means soo much for personal reasons..
11. The Cramps – A Date with Elvis
Love the irony!
12. The Misfits – Walk Among Us
It wasn’t an easy choice!