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Essential Metal: an Introduction.

Mr. T. J. Milne "unl0rd"
 
Burn My Eyes
Burn My Eyes
"Simply superlative, from first to last.  This album has everything... The More Things Change and Through the Ashes Of Empires are ALMOST this good... but not quite"
Soundtrack to the Apocalypse [DELUXE BOX SET] + NTSC DVD
Soundtrack to the Apocalypse [DELUXE BOX SET] + NTSC DVD
"As tempting as it is to put Reign In Blood or Decade of Aggression here, this box set is just SO good, such a well thought out collection that you must own it, and I'm gonna stick to one album/band."
Vulgar Display of Power
Vulgar Display of Power
"Firstly: Buy all of the pantera studio albums... but this is the one that influenced other bands to come, it flows well, and has supreme 'scream along' value, (trendkill is actually a better album..)"
Master Of Puppets
Master Of Puppets
"Metallica, the band that took metal to the masses.  This is their greatest album, thrashy in places, almost folky in others, this is well balanced aggression."
The Number Of The Beast
The Number Of The Beast
"Super Widdly guitars! UBER Chuggy basslines! A singer called Bruce...! yes it's Maiden, and this is their classic work."
Toxicity
Toxicity
"This band are the most exiting thing in modern music.  This album is flawless, blending superb riffage, oddball timing, soaring melody and pit-crazy heavyness with lyrics worthy of a mad modern Dylan."
Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine
"Take zeppelin-esque riffery, inject a whole loada funk and add some angry rappy vocals and the end result is far better than one might imagine, the kids love this, and they are right to."
The Best Of
The Best Of
"This band played loud and fast from day one, and will till Lemmy finally dies on stage aged 103, this band took music from punk to metal, always worth a listen."
Slaughter Of The Soul
Slaughter Of The Soul
"A less known band, but a damned good one, this is the defining 'Gothenburg' death metal album.  They are Swedish, they riff like bastards and they make a fantastic racket."
Alive or Just Breathing
Alive or Just Breathing
"This band take metal somewhere else, blending a little hardcore with juxtaposed roaring and melodic vocals...don't forget the riffage, that's great too...not first on the scene but among the best."
Scattered Ashes: a Decade of Emperial Wrath
Scattered Ashes: a Decade of Emperial Wrath
"This is black metal at its finest. thunderous drumming, buzzsaw guitars, epic keyboards and screechy vocals..  Epic and complex soundscapes of evil.  Ignore Cradle of Filth, buy this"
City
City
"An experiment in what it is to be heavy by musical genius Devin Townsend.  Super fast, intense, balanced with a slight tongue in cheek edge - and great songs."
Aenima
Aenima
"Tool, the closest thing there is to 'prog' Metal, these songs speak more of fragility and catharsis than pure aggression, coupled with flawless musicianship, this is a work of dark beauty."
The Best Of Black Sabbath
The Best Of Black Sabbath
"Sabbath, a brummie blues rock band that ended up godfathers of heavy metal and doom. They wrote some of the most enduring and imitated riffs in rock history.  You MUST own this."
Chaos A.D. (Reissue)
Chaos A.D. (Reissue)
"By taking early death metal influences and adding Brasilian tribal rhythms, Sepultura forged brutal protest songs.  These are primitive slabs of surprisingly infectious and influential metal."
Slipknot
Slipknot
"The essential album from a band who added death metal, noise and silly masks to nu metal, and surprised everyone by making an album that is heavy, catchy and wholly original...there is noone like them"
White Pony (Uk Version Partial Enhancement)
White Pony (Uk Version Partial Enhancement)
"Deftones showed the world that nu metal was not just about reversed baseball caps and testosterone...this album is a complex and haunting masterpiece. It's intelligent, loud and entirely original."
Korn
Korn
"More nu metal, this time from Korn, this album is raw, searing and perversely personal.  This is a man exorcising the demons of child abuse on record.  and it's really catchy... who'd have thought..."