Selecting the only albums you would spend years with might be a bit easier than the songs I looked at last week, but probably not by much. In fact it might be more difficult given that an album one would have needs to be solid from beginning to end. As with the songs, variety is the spice of life.
It would be tempting to go the deserted island songs and just pick those albums, but that’s not going to happen. I thought about those seminal albums that really spoke to me over the years and that no matter how long I have had them, they still remain relevant. Here we go!
I was tempted to put Kill ‘Em All here, as that was one of the first true Metal albums I experienced. I think, however, Ride the Lightning would have to be my choice in the Thrash category – if I were to go with Metallica. Such a difficult choice with a bunch of Overkill, Testament, and Big 4 albums that might be just as worthy. I always seem to return to The Gathering from Testament, though, to satisfy my need for Thrash. Yep, got to go with it.
Progressive Metal had to have a place here and the one I am going to is Dream Theater’s Images and Words. Sure I had purchased their preceding debut album When Dream and Day Unite, but Images and Words essentially defined the genre for me as well as many other Metalheads. Undoubtedly Prog Metal had been around for a while prior to 1992 (Fates Warning, Queensryche, etc.), but Dream Theater took it to another level.
Not really a classic, so to speak, but Brainstorm’s Soul Temptation was one of the first Power Metal albums I really got into after my semi-hiatus from Metal. The Trinity of Lust trio of songs still is just amazing to me and there are no weak tracks at all. Besides, Andy Franck is one of my top 3 singers. Got to go with this one in my bag.
The last album is the one that causes me the most consternation. Which way to go? More of one of the previously touched genres or maybe some Tech Death? Of course I also haven’t selected anything from Hevy Devy either… How about Operation Mindcrime? Or maybe something even more classic – Sabbath, Priest? Ah yes – Iron Maiden. But which album? There is a lot to be said for Piece of Mind, Powerslave, and even Book of Souls, but in the end don’t we all go back to The Number of the Beast? Why yes we do.
So there you have it. If I’m stranded, I hope to have those five albums with me – at a minimum.
Others under consideration:
Slayer – Reign In Blood & Hell Awaits
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
Metallica – first 4 albums
Testament – entire catalog
Overkill – entire catalog
Manowar – Into Glory Ride
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