The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time

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ECW Press, Apr 1, 2004 - Music - 650 pages
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The result of an extensive poll asking heavy metal fans to list their favourite high-octane albums, this compendium combines those survey results with Popoff's original interviews with world famous rockers who reveal recording session secrets in addition to their own heavy classics and ear-splitting faves. When all of this is melded with Popoff's unique and celebrated insights into the metal of yesterday and today, an essential resource becomes a rock-writing standard. From AC/DC to ZZ Top and from Black Sabbath to Pantera, both headbanging chart-toppers and lesser-known gems are catalogued and critically appraised. With reviews of early metal albums of the 1960s, as well as the latest hits, The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time blends praise with criticism to produce an honest assessment of the most influential and important heavy metal recordings. Also featured are photos and appendices that revel in mountains of metal minutiae. "Martin Popoff has no doubt supplied the raw material for all manner of intense debates among the former denizens of basement bedrooms everywhere." 'The Toronto Sun.
 

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Contents

THANKS
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
1 MASTER OF PUPPETS Metallica
2 THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST
3 REIGN IN BLOOD Slayer
4 RIDE THE LIGHTNING Metallica
5 BACK IN BLACK ACDC
PAINKILLER Judas Priest
27 METALLICA Metallica
28 SEASONS IN THE ABYSS Slayer
29 DIARY OF A MADMAN Ozzy Osbourne
30 IV Led Zepplin
31 PEACE SELLS BUT WHOS BUYING? Megadeth
32 KILLERS Iron Maiden
33 SABBATH BLOODY SABBATH Black Sabbath

6 PARANOID Black Sabbath
MINDCRIME Queensryche
8 PIECE OF MIND Iron Maiden
9 VAN HALEN Van Halen
10 APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION Guns N Roses
11 RUST IN PEACE Megadeth
12 SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE Judas Priest
13 POWERSLAVE Iron Maiden
14 BLACK SABBATH Black Sabbath
15 BLIZZARD OF OZZ Ozzy Osbourne
16 HEAVEN AND HELL Black Sabbath
17 HOLY DIVER Dio
18 KILL EM ALL Metallica
19 AND JUSTICE FOR ALL Metallica
20 VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER Pantera
21 BRITISH STEEL Judas Priest
22 SHOUT AT THE DEVILMötley Crüe
23 HIGHWAY TO HELL ACDC
24 MACHINE HEAD Deep Purple
25 MASTER OF REALITY Black Sabbath
34 SAD WINGS OF DESTINY Judas Priest
35 DONT BREAK THE OATH Mercyful Fate
36 KEEPER OF THE SEVEN KEYS PART II Helloween
37 RESTLESS AND WILD Accept
38 IN ROCK Deep Purple
39 RISING Rainbow
40 SABOTAGE 4U Black Sabbath
41 ALIVE Kiss
42 UNLEASHED IN THE EAST Judas Priest
43 ACE OF SPADES Motörhead
44 SOUTH OF HEAVEN Slayer
45 MOB RULES Black Sabbath
46 VOL 4 Black Sabbath
47 IMAGES AND WORDS Dream Theater
48 PHYSICAL GRAFFITI Led Zeppelin
49 AMONG THE LIVING Anthrax
50 BLACK METAL Venom
51 STAINED CLASS Judas Priest
52 DIRT Alice in Chains
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Martin Popoff is the author of The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal and Riff Kills Man! 25 Years of Recorded Heavy Metal. He is a regular contributor to CMJ and Guitar World. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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