My Favorite Iron Maiden Albums Rank!

1. Powerslave: This is my favorite Iron Maiden record for several reasons. It was the album that introduced me to the band and the fact that it had so many killer songs on it. This album was released in 1984 and it contained “Aces High”, “2 Minutes to Midnight”, “Powersalve, and “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”. All of which are fantastic songs.

2. The Number of the Beast: Released in 1982 is another favorite Iron Maiden record. This was a toughie to rank as it almost I tied with my number one pick. This record was the album that first featured vocalist Bruce Dickinson. This album has some of the strongest vocal work by Bruce and some of the tightest instrumentation. I love all of the songs, but my favorite off of this album is “Children of the Damned”, “The Number of the Beast”, “Run to the Hills”, and “Hallowed Be Thy Name”.

3. Iron Maiden: Released in 1980, this was the debut record for Iron Maiden. This album had a raw kind of feel to it. This is another one of my favorite Iron Maiden records. “Prowler”, “Running Free”, “Remember Tomorrow”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Charlotte the Harlot”, and “Iron Maiden” are all my favorite songs on this record.

4. Piece of Mind: This record was released in 1983 as the follow up album to “Number of the Beast”. Just like the previous record, this album has many fantastic songs that also featured lots of great vocals and instrumentation. I love the songs “Revelations”, “Flight of Icarus”, and “The Trooper”. I also love the history behind the lyrics of “Die with Your Boots On” referring to the U.S. Cavalry during our Indian Wars and the Old West. This album is a fucking classic.

5. Killers: Released in 1981 was the album that got me into playing an instrument. That’s right; it was the bass as I was a bassist Steve Harris fan. This album was the last to feature vocalist Paul Di’Anno. My favorite songs on this album are “Wrathchild” and “Killers”. Although, not a Punk band, I really loved the overall sound to this record as it was very raw to the point that it had a Punk feel to it here and there.

6. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son: Released in 1988 was another great Iron Maiden release. “Moonchild”, “Infinite Dreams”, “Can I Play with Madness”, “The Evil That Men Do”, “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, and “The Clairvoyant” are all great songs on this album. The feel of the music to the vocals is what made this album great. Although, I wasn’t as happy with the production as the overall background noise was very noticeable to me and wasn’t that clean.

7. Somewhere in Time: Released in 1986, started to show signs of a band that maybe a bit tired from all of the touring and recording. This album did have a few songs on it that to me were very good. Wasted Years”, “Caught Somewhere in Time”, and “Stranger in a Strange Land”. The rest of the album was good, but not as great as it could’ve been.

8. Book of Souls: This album was released in 2015 and is one of my favorite newer releases by the band. I really dig the layout of the entire record as it flows very well. The production sounds amazing. The band proves once again, that with age, comes great taste. Some of the strongest songs are the opening track “If Eternity Should Fail”, “The Great Unknown”, “The Red and the Black”, “The Book of Souls”, and “Empire of the Clouds”.

9. A Matter of Life and Death: Released in 2006 is one of the better Iron Maiden records of the 2000’s. This album is a bit heavier sounding with a great deal of Prog Rock thrown in. The songs that I like are “Different World”, “These Colours Don’t Run”, “The Longest Day”, and “Out of the Shadows”,

10. The Final Frontier: Released in 2010 brings back the heavier elements of Iron Maiden into the equation. I love how the album opens up with “Satellite 15… The Final Frontier” I love this song because it has this heavy bass riff that give you this eerie feel. Then it goes into “El Dorado” which is another great song on the album. Other highlights on the album are “The Alchemist”, “Isle of Avalon”, and “The Talisman”. Definitely one of the better releases in the 2010’s era next to “Book of Souls”.

11. Brand New World: Released in 2000, saw the return to vocalist Bruce Dickinson. It was a great start to a reshaping band. This album did have a few songs on it that I really liked. “The Wicker Man”, “Ghost of the Navigator”, “The Mercenary”, “The Nomad”, and “Out of the Silent Planet” are all songs that I enjoyed.

12. Dance of Death: Released in 2003, this album has a lot to offer. I really enjoyed the songs “Wildest Dreams”, “Montségur”, “Gates of Tomorrow”, “Paschendale”, and “Face in the Sand”

13. Fear of the Dark: Released in 1992 and was the last album of the 1990’s to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson as he left to pursue a solo career. This album will continue to see a slopping Iron Maiden as the quality of music is compromised due to the band re-releasing the same record over and over. It was a boring album and I wanted something different or a return to the early 1980’s style. This album did have a few songs on it that I did like, “Be Quick or Be Dead”, “Fear Is the Key”, “The Apparition”, and “Fear of the Dark”.

14. Virtual XI: Released in 1998 was the last album to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley. It is also a much stronger record with Blaze at the lead. It’s much heavier than the previous album, but it does fall a bit short. This album does seem to refuel Iron Maiden as far as song ideas. Several good songs on this album are “Futureal”, “The Angel and the Gambler”, and “The Clansman”, “The Educated Fool”.

15. No Prayer for the Dying: Released in 1990 saw the quality of music changing for Iron Maiden. This was the same era that I kind of got bored with the band and the music they were putting out. And because of that, I really just forgot about Iron Maiden and followed Bruce Dickinson more or less through his solo projects. Some of the songs on this record that I did like was “Tailgunner”, “Holy Smoke”, “No Prayer for the Dying”, “The Assassin”, and “Bring Your Daughter… to the Slaughter”.

16. The X Factor: Released in 1995 and was the first to feature vocalist Blaze Bayley. No Iron Maiden fans never gave Blaze the respect as he had some mighty BIG shoes to fill in the wake of the Bruce Dinkinson era. I feel he did do a good job and this album is not a total failure. I felt that this album was a building block for Iron Maiden as they prepared to move into a new direction as you can hear some experimentation. Several good songs are on this album and they include “Sign of the Cross”, “Lord of the Flies”, “Judgement of Heaven”, “Blood on the World’s Hands”, and “The Edge of Darkness”.

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My Favorite Metallica Records Ranked

I used to be a huge fan of Metallica up until the “Load”. After that, I have felt sort of let down by their releases. My stronger likeness for Megadeth may play into the reasons I really no longer follow Metallica. I will admit, they are a good band. They paved and carved out a new genre of Heavy Metal music and inspired hundreds of other bands. Their involvement with Thrash Metal is undeniable as Godfathers of the genre. So, without being biased,  I wanted to rank my favorite to least favorite Metallica albums.

10. St. Anger: I hated this album upon first hearing it. There wasn’t any guitar solos and it sounded like the drumming was being played with a tin can and steel trash cans. However, I did like one song from this 2003 release, and that was “Some Kind of Monster.”

9. Reload: This album was more of a Hard Rock record than anything. It did have some commercial success upon it’s release in 1997. I did like “Fuel” and “The Memory Remains”.

8. Load: This album upon it’s released in 1995 was a huge change in style. When I first heard this album, I fell in love with “Ain’t My Bitch” , “2×4”, and “Until It Sleeps”. I also liked the closing track that seemed to drone on, “The Outlaw Torn”.

7. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct: This 2016 release to me was a nice collaboration of previous styles of music. You had some songs based solely on Thrash Metal and some that were geared more toward Hard Rock like the “Load” albums.

6. Black Album: Released in 1991, the self titled album brought about a lot of success for Metallica. I loved most of this album as it still retained some of it’s Thrash Metal elements, but it also brought a huge change to the band. The downside of this album for me was “The Unforgiven.” The band would go on to record two other versions of this song.

5. Death Magnetic: This was released in 2008 and we saw Metallica returning to their roots. I enjoyed this modern version of Thrash Metal and Heavy Metal.

4. Ride the Lightning: This 1984 release was what Thrash Metal was all about. The song structures were fucking awesome.

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3. Masters of Puppets: This 1986 album is a classic Thrash Metal album. Every song on here was perfect.  This album here was so much more than Thrash Metal. It’s one of the best bassist Cliff Burton’s works that is out there.

2. …And Justice for All: Released in 1988, I loved ever aspect of this album except for the lack bass guitar. Aside from that, I loved everything about this album from the song structures themselves which some seemed to drone onward. This album was the first to see airwaves with the song “One”, or at least it was the first song ever played by Metallica in my area.

1. Kill em’ All: This 1983 release was what Thrash Metal was all about. The pace of the tempos, the rawness of the sound, and the kick ass riffs made this album great. I loved every aspect of this record from start to finish.

 

 

My Favorite Aspects of All 23 Motorhead Records

Motorhead has been one of my favorite Heavy Metal bands ever since I was 12 years old. Bomber was my first introduction to the band and from there, I quickly gathered up the collection to the self titled album to “Rock n Roll. From that point on, I kept up with Motorhead. I love the influences of Rock n Roll, Blues, and everything else that Lemmy and the gang put into the music. 22 total studio records, 23 if you include “On Parole”.

Motörhead, released in 1977 was the first album to feature the classic line up consisting of Phil Taylor, Eddy Clarke, and Lemmy. This was album was Heavy Metal, and yet it was Rock n Roll. It also made its way over to the new wave of Punk music.

Overkill, released in 1979 is my favorite Motorhead record. I love the opening title track with the two bass drum set up. This album has influenced Heavy Metal with the creation of Speed and Thrash. There isn’t a bad song on here at all.

Bomber, released in 1979 was my first taste of the band. This album has so many good songs on it from the title track to “Sweet Revenge”, “Step Down”, and “Stone Dead Forever”. The whole record is really good and this is my second favorite Motorhead record.

On Parole, recorded in 1976, but released in 1979 shows what Motorhead could’ve been like if Lemmy continued with Hawkwind style of Psychedelic music. But, after the album was shelved, Lemmy with new guitarist rerecorded the album which was released in 1977. This isn’t a bad album, but you’ll notice a huge difference in sound and style from this and the 1977 self titled album.

Ace of Spades, released in 1980 is my third most favorite Motorhead record. Capitalizing on the pervious two records, Motorhead here has gotten a bit heavier. The heaviness of this record is heard clearly on “(We Are) The Road Crew”. Other songs on this album that are among my favorite are “The Chase Is Better Than the Catch”, “Ace of Spades”, and “Jailbait”.

Iron Fist, released in 1982 is the last to feature Fast Eddie Clarke as he left band shortly afterwards. This album is much different than the pervious three and has some of the roots of the first record mixed with some Punk elements. It features much faster tempos and heavier riffs. When listening to the album, you can tell there are tensions. Because of that, I do have mixed feelings about where this album fits among my favorites.

Another Perfect Day, released in 1983 is another favorite Motorhead album of mine. It was the first record without Eddie Clarke and he was replaced by Brian Robertson on guitar. The songs were completely different than anything that Motorhead had done. I really love the song arrangements for this album. It’s a shame that many people didn’t like it back then, but now, it’s among one of the favorite of modern fans.

Orgasmatron, released in 1986 was the album that kind of brought Motorhead back to the style of “Iron Fist” and their debut record. It is also the record that introduces the fans to long time guitarist Phil Campbell. It also features guitarist Michael Burston who also been with the band since Phil joined. Both had worked on the “No Remorse” collection. This album was also the first to not have drummer Phil Taylor as he had left the band in 1984. Pete Gill filled in on drums. Highlights include “Deaf Forever” and the title track itself.

Rock N Roll, released in 1987 was a good album. It also brought back drummer Phil Taylor. I love the opening title track “Rock n’ Roll” as well as the second track “Eat the Rich”.

1916, released in 1991 was such a great album. This was just pure Rock n Roll with very catchy songs. My favorite songs on this album are “No Voices in the Sky”, “Nightmare / The Dreamtime”, “Love Me Forever”, and “1916”.

March or Die, released in 1992 was a bitter sweet pill for me. The album basically had three main drummers on it and the last to feature Phil Taylor. It was also the first to feature Mikkey Dee who performed one song. There just wasn’t any consistency with regards to the musicianship. It did feature Ozzy and Slash.

Bastards, released in 1993 I thought was good. You see Lemmy taking the moral ground with the song “Don’t Let Daddy Kiss Me”. This song deals with child sexual abuse. “I Am the Sword”, “Death or Glory”, “Born to Raise Hell”, and

Sacrifice, released in 1995 was the last to feature guitarist Michael Burston as he quit the band after the recording of this album. This album also marks the classic line up that will be Motorhead until Lemmy’s death in 2015.

Overnight Sensation, released in 1996 was the first to feature a classic three piece line up since 1983. A good album that was a bit heavier than the pervious album. Some of my favorite songs on this album was “Civil War”, “I Don’t Believe a Word”, and “Overnight Sensation”.

Snake Bite Love, released in 1998, was an OK album. Don’t get me wrong, I do like this album, but it’s more or less an average album. To me this is the album where Motorhead will keep releasing the same record until the band’s end in 2015. Not all is lost here. I do like the overall sound of it and how elements of heavy metal, slower progressions and Rock n Roll were bought together.

We Are Motörhead, released in 2000 is another average album. I really do like “One More Fucking Time”. I also enjoyed the fast tempo of “See Me Burning” as well as the eeriness of the aggressive song “Wake the Dead”.

Hammered, released in 2002, I thought was really well. I love the overall darker feeling to it. That could be due to the album’s influence with 9/11. I also hear some of that Punk influence that Motorhead was always great at adding to its music. I love how elements of Thrash and Speed Metal were incorporated on this album too, especially on “Red Raw”. The closing track “Serial Killer” that contains spoken poetry and then aggresses into a bonus track called “The Game”.

Inferno, released in 2004 was a bit more aggressive and faster than the pervious record. I love the song Killers. My favorite song on this album is the Blues song “Whorehouse Blues”. Motorhead went out of their comfort zone and yet, recorded a Blues song that was done in Motorhead style. I also enjoyed the Thrash Metal style “In the Name of Tragedy”.

Kiss of Death, released in 2006, I thought was a great Rock n Roll influenced record. It seems to be balanced with regards to the overall tempo of the album. The songs are on the faster side, but not like Speed or Thrash Metal. It’s a fun album all the way around. I love the tracks “One Night Stand”, “Devil I Know”, and “Sword of Glory”. I also really like the ballad style of “God Was Never on Your Side”.

Motörizer, released in 2008 and is another average record by the band. Nothing major here, just more of that faster tempo Rock n Roll influenced Heavy Metal that you would expect from Motorhead. “When the Eagle Screams” and “English Rose” are my favorite tunes on this record. Again, nothing explosive, but a solid record nonetheless.

The Wörld Is Yours, released in 2010 is another basic album. It pretty much is a continual from the pervious two records. It contains the same faster style tempos of Blues and Rock n’ Roll song arrangements, but I do like the song “Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye”.

Aftershock, released in 2013 is another record that features that heavy dose of Blues and Rock n’ Roll. The formula has worked pretty well with the band for the last several albums. However, there are a few more notable songs on this record. You have the Blues induced “Lost Woman Blues” and “Dust and Glass”. I love the fast and heavy tempo of “End of Time”.

Bad Magic, released in 2015, and will be the last studio record as Lemmy passed away a few months after its release. It also marks the 40th Anniversary of the band. This album saw a collaboration of mixed sounds and styles. It had that same ol feeling from the pervious several records, but it also had hints of classic Motorhead elements that one would hear from the 1980’s. I’m thinking of the album “Rock n Roll.” I love the song “When the Sky Comes Looking for You”, “Evil Eye”, and “Victory or Die” are all very good songs. I also love the ballad style “Till the End”.

My Favorite AC/DC Albums Ranked!

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I love AC/DC. They were one of my favorite Hard Rock bands. I used to be able to play every one of their songs on guitar. I used to get into arguments about their musical style. Some said they were Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, but I would point out that AC/DC could be considered as one of the best Blues Rock bands. Either way, AC/DC will continue to be one of my favorite bands for many years to come. Just think that after they released “Rock or Bust”, you had Brian Johnson leaving for health reasons, it was the first record without Malcolm Young due to health reasons, and Phil Rudd’s legal and drug problems.

17. Fly On The Wall: Released in 1985, this is my least favorite AC/DC album. It entire album I thought was very watered down and weak. Although a few notable tracks, it still isn’t enough.

16. Black Ice: This album was released in 2008. I really am torn about this album. I like several of the songs, but at the same time, this album was a disappointment. It lacked the drive and power that AC/DC was known for.

15. Who Made Who: Released in 1986 as part of a soundtrack. The sound is pretty poor and some of the tracks were a compilation of greatest hits, and yet, it is not.

14. Rock or Bust: This album that was release in 2014, sadly to say, was a bust. I don’t mean that in a musical way. It’s just a lot of line up changes occurred in order to get this album the support it needed on the road. It’s got some of that drive back, which “Black Ice” lacked.

13. Ballbreaker: This album was released in 1995. The album pretty much sets the pace that AC/DC will follow until their retirement in 2017. Several good songs on this album showcase the Blues and Rock n’ Roll influences on the band.

12. Blow Up Video: Released in 1988, this album actually is setting AC/DC for a successful new decade as they move into the 1990’s. I also feel that this is a much underrated album in the AC/DC arsenal.

11. For Those About To Rock: Released in 1981, this was the follow up record to “Black In Black.” There are some great songs on here including the anthem “For Those About To Rock.” The album has more of the heaviness less polished sound.

10. Stiff Upper Lip: Released in 2000, this album has a bit of attitude which I enjoyed. Like “Ballbreaker”, this album focuses on much of the Blues influence that AC/DC has always used.

9. Razor’s Edge: Released in 1990, brings AC/DC back to the center of the spotlight. This album has plenty of riffs. Although, Brian Johnson’s vocals are showing strain and age, he pulls it off with his vocal work on this record.

8. Flick Of The Switch: This album doesn’t get enough credit. Here you have AC/DC in 1983 returning to their 1977 roots. That polished and heavy sound has been stripped away moving more into that raw heavily distorted guitar sound.

7. Powerage: Released in 1978, was another great album by the band. It’s a bit more polished. It looses a lot of that overdrive and distorted sound.

6. Let There Be Rock: This record is another great album by AC/DC released in 1977. It’s raw, heavily distorted, and displays power. All of the tracks are performed tightly by the band. You can’t go wrong with the Anthem “Let There Be Rock.”

5. 74 Jail Break: Although a short EP, this album contained the songs that were originally released on the TNT, High Voltage, and Dirty Deeds albums that were not released in America until 1985. It’s just raw guitar overdrive with Bon Scott doing what he does best.

4. Back In Black: I love the fact that AC/DC released two powerful albums back to back with two different singers. I love the overall heaviness of the sound and Brian Johnson’s vocals. A kick ass 1980 record.

3. Dirty Deeds: Originally released overseas in 1976, this album was released here in the states in 1981. I love the Blues sound and the quality of the songs. Lot’s of humor in these songs that only Bon Scott can provide.

2. High Voltage: I love the mixture of influences on this 1976 record. You have Blues, a little jazz, and a tad bit of Country. This album also displays a sheer raw energy that AC/DC would become known for.

1. Highway to Hell: Released in 1979, this album had everything. It has powerful riffs, great vocals, and awesome rhythm sections. There’s not a bad song on this album and that is why this is my favorite AC/DC record.

My Favorite Megadeth Records Ranked

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  1. Rust In Peace: I read an article from the Onion about how no more art needs to be created, because of the fact that Megadeth has already created the perfect album as well as the cover to go with it. I think the author was correct.
  2. So Far, So Good… So What!: This was the album that introduced me to the band. Great set of songs here from “Set the World On Fire” to “Hook in Mouth.”
  3. Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!: I love the rawness and the sheer power of Megadeth’s debut in 1985.
  4. Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?: Peace Sells is a great raw Thrash Metal record, although, the sound quality isn’t the best. This album alone has influenced so many bands in the Heavy Metal world. 
  5. Countdown To Extinction: The album that should’ve been number one over the Black album by Metallica. The music on this album was so far advanced and so far ahead of the time. It’s perfect! 
  6. Dystopia: Dave Mustaine still can throw out solid songs and this 2016 release is proof of that.
  7. The System Has Failed: This album is killer from start to finish. I love the cover as it speaks the truth about our politicians.
  8. Cryptic Writings: A nice solid effort by Megadeth. Megadeth is moving into another direction which would bring about change. 
  9. Youthanasia: This was the follow up to the “Countdown to Extinction” album. This album also has some pretty decent tracks on it. 
  10. The World Needs A Hero: I think that this album deserves a little more respect than what it gets. Also too, many critics out there get caught up by the tide and quickly disprove this album. 
  11. Endgame: This was a good album, although, it was more or less the same as “The System Has Failed.”
  12. United Abominations: This record here is pretty solid. But again, this also seems to be more or less the same as “The System Has Failed.”
  13. Th1rt3en: Another solid release by Dave Mustaine and his band. Some nice tracks here, but not favored by many in the Heavy Metal world.
  14. MD.45 – The Craving: Although, not a Megadeth album, it does feature a few songs which were to be Megadeth songs.
  15. Super Collider: Although, not a Thrash Metal album, this album does have it’s high points along with some low points. It’s not a bad Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album. The banjo work on “The Blackest Crow” was awesome!
  16. Risk: I did like certain aspects about this album, even though, it was more or less Disco season.

My Favorite Danzig Records Ranked

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  1. Danzig: The first album is by far my favorite Danzig record. Not only was it original, raw, and sexy, it had this certain deep sound to it. It also was something new that Glenn Danzig had never done up to this point. The musicianship itself made this a great album.
  2. Danzig 4P: This album is the last to feature the classic line up. This record is just all around a great record. The sound is heavy and yet, you can hear some of the experimental songs that will lead Danzig into the future. This album also shows how talented Danzig is and covers wide range of vocals.
  3. Danzig II – Lucifuge: Following up on the Bluesy feel of the first record, Danzig jump all in with the Blues and mixing that with his darker and sex themed lyrics. There is also some great vocal work on this album that really showcases Danzig’s vocal range.
  4. Danzig III: How The Gods Kill: Another great album. This time it’s heavier and darker. It still retains that Blues influence, but it also brings in some newer infleunces from the Heavy Metal world. The sound is clearer, raw, and with powerful vocals.
  5. Deth Red Sabaoth: This album features a classic sounding Glenn Danzig, although his vocals are getting worn with age. The song structures are pretty good. Glenn even made candy seem to be evil and sexy at the same time.
  6. Danzig 6:66: Satans Child: This record to me was a great album. You hear Glenn moving on from the full throttle of Industrial Metal as you heard on Danzig 5 and adding more of the Heavy Metal standard sounds to it. It’s a more balanced record that is enjoyable to listen to.
  7. Circle Of Snakes: Circle of Snakes was another good album by Glenn and his band. You see Glenn leaving behind the Industrial and Techno sounds for more of a straight forward Heavy Metal record. The album is a bit darker compared to the past albums from Danzig 5 and 6:66.
  8. Danzig 5: Blackacidevil: This album was one of those records that you liked or hated. There isn’t much room in between. This album was something totally different than one would have expected from Glenn. It was heavily soaked with the Industrial Metal sound with Techno beats. But, Glenn managed to make it work. I liked it.
  9. Danzig 777: I Luciferi: Danzig 7 was a decent record. It’s raw, dark, and heavy. Glenn still retains that style of song writing that he is known for.
  10. Danzig – Black Laden Crown: The latest record is decent. Danzig is really beginning to show age, but the material is just as strong as any record.
  11. The Lost Tracks Of Danzig: This is a great compilation records of songs that are great, but were not great enough to make the final cuts on various past records.
  12. Thrall-Demonsweatlive: A nice little ep with three studio songs on the first side which are great. Live performance on the other side gives you a small taste of what Danzig sounds like. The hidden track Mother 93, made new fans from people who never heard of the man. Kind of a one hit wonder.
  13. Live On The Black Hand Side: This live performance spans the career of Danzig from 1990 to 1996. It’s OK!
  14. Skeletons: Not my favorite album. Some of the songs are covered well by Danzig, others not so well. Now, if these songs were covered by Danzig and incorporated into his own style, then maybe, this album wouldn’t have been so bad.