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Proper Metal - the antidotes to today's miss-the-point metal

D. Hamilton-Smith "dave"
 
Blood Fire Death
Blood Fire Death
"Blackthrash with balls, aggression and musical imagination. Black metal starts here!"
Master Of Puppets
Master Of Puppets
"An obvious choice, but with good reason. Great songwriting, great riffs, great record. The pinnacle of thrash metal."
The Glorious Burden (Ltd.)
The Glorious Burden (Ltd.)
"Note to all power metal bands: you're supposed to still be HEAVY, like Iced Earth..."
Altars Of Madness
Altars Of Madness
"This one's got more flair and originality than ANY of its contemporaries, or its followers. Groundbreaking death metal."
BLESSED BLACK WINGS
BLESSED BLACK WINGS
"Crushingly heavy, wonderfully written, intricate, epic, PROPER metal. Fast, slow - who cares? High On Fire do it best in the 21st Century."
The Blackening
The Blackening
"Machine Head finally get it right. Listen up, Trivium etc., THIS is how thrash metal should sound. This one's so heavy and labyrinthine it puts the pretenders to shame."
A Matter of Life and Death
A Matter of Life and Death
"Iron Maiden were always great, but they were always tied to the 1980s "metal fans are idiots" cliche. Well, now the true merit of metal has been validated by the masters."
Agent Orange
Agent Orange
"It was difficult to pick one out from the German scene, but 'Agent Orange' has everything a thrash fan could ask for. And to think that silly 'Black Album' came out the same year, eh?"
Hell Awaits
Hell Awaits
"Darker than 'Reign...', this one was where Slayer really turned into the nastiest, fastest thrash band around. Oodles of attitude!"
Beneath The Remains [Reissue]
Beneath The Remains [Reissue]
"My favourite Sepultura. This is where they grew up proper, and released a f*cking VICIOUS record."
HORRIFIED
HORRIFIED
"This record, bar none, is the best grindcore album ever. It captures the vibe perfectly. (And yes, it is better than 'Scum'. Just listen to it, man!)"
Persistence Of Time [Australian Import]
Persistence Of Time [Australian Import]
"Hands down the best Anthrax album. Serious and progressive in places, but always bearing the stamp of 'Thrax - drink beer, mosh, headbang like an idiot. Metal is FUN too, y'know."
Dimension Hatross
Dimension Hatross
"This has all the chaotic vibes of great thrash, as well as all the experimentation in its potential. Essential for prog-metalheads."
Remission
Remission
"Crunchy, epic, aggressive and extreme - Mastodon got it all spot on herein, and they haven't faltered since either."
Rust In Peace
Rust In Peace
"Probably the high water mark of Megadeth's career, 'Rust In Peace' is essential for metal fans. Complex yet accessible, and it threw down the guitar solo gauntlet with some seriously inspired fretwork"
Ultraviolence
Ultraviolence
"Rough around the edges, but you can feel the enthusiasm bursting out of this one. 'The Ultra-Violence' is the distilled essence of thrash metal"
Vulgar Display of Power
Vulgar Display of Power
"Pantera were the one band keeping metal afloat in the nineties. It's not trad metal, sure, but it f*cking slays."
Ignorance
Ignorance
"Maybe the most underrated thrash band ever. This deserves so much more recognition these days."
Malleus Maleficarum/Demos
Malleus Maleficarum/Demos
"A brutal, straightfaced, extremely well-written and interesting thrash/early death metal record."
TERRIFYER
TERRIFYER
"When all else fails, extreme metal always has the ability to smash people's faces in repeatedly for half an hour."
Come My Fanatics
Come My Fanatics
"You think you can downtune pretty far, eh? Well, not THIS far. This is probably the slowest, heaviest, rawest and nastiest album I own. Wizard are gods."
Sound of Perseverance
Sound of Perseverance
"Not the most celebrated Death album, but definitely the most musically advanced. Schuldiner was the best guitarist in extreme metal. RIP"
Terria
Terria
"If you're gonna do the epic-prog-metal thing, listen to this first. Yes, that's right. You've been pre-empted."
Bonded By Blood
Bonded By Blood
"In the same mold as the true classics of thrash. It's fast, it's heavy, it's fun and it's violent. Why don't metal bands sound like they're enjoying themselves anymore?"
Extreme Aggression
Extreme Aggression
"Another German classic. Kreator were exemplary musicians when this one came out. Tight, sharp and furious - a sister album to 'Agent Orange' maybe?"