Friday, October 9, 2009

Autothrall's Best Metal Albums of 1982

The Top 20 Metal Albums of 1982

01. Venom (UK) - Black Metal
02. Iron Maiden (UK) - The Number of the Beast
03. Judas Priest (UK) - Screaming with Vengeance
04. Accept (Germany) - Restless and Wild
05. Scorpions (Germany) - Blackout
06. Discharge (UK) - Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing
07. Shiva (UK) - Firedance
08. Motörhead (UK) - Iron Fist
09. Manowar (USA) - Battle Hymns
10. Girlschool (UK) - Screaming Blue Murder
11. Heavy Load (Sweden) - Death or Glory
12. Nightwing (UK) - Black Summer
13. Raven (UK) - Wiped Out
14. Anvil (Canada) - Metal on Metal
15. Witchfinder General (UK) - Death Penalty
16. Riot (USA) - Restless Breed
17. Legend (UK) - Death in the Nursery
18. Tank (UK) - Filth Hounds of Hades
19. The Rods (USA) - Wild Dogs
20. Demon (UK) - The Unexpected Guest

Venom dominates for the second year straight, though when I was a kid I had only been exposed to a few of their songs. I wasn't able to explore their records until later in middle school, and had to keep them in hiding due to the covers. Who was it that said "parents just don't understand?" Oh yeah, the Fresh Prince. Anyway, as expected the vast majority of the records here are all from the NWOBHM. Some cheesy American fun like Manowar and The Rods started to show up, and Anvil was on track to make some headway for Canadian metal, but 65% of the list is strictly British. A few odd choices here in the progressive bands Legend and Shiva, but both were excellent unknown groups. Discharge might be construed as 'cheating', but there is no denying the proto-thrash leanings in their sound, and the enormous influence they had on grind, hardcore and d-beat down the stretch, so I wanted to include it.

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