Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #30-26
Posted by Reggie
As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list. Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years. This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook. Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year. Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1. Enjoy!
#30 – Vulgar Display of Power – Pantera
By the time this album was released, I already thought Pantera was completely bad-ass. Vulgar Display of Power took that to a new level and Pantera became regularly played on any CD player I owned. In 1992, I found myself living in Oklahoma where Pantera was making a tour stop in the big city. Tat’s Oklahoma City in case you are wondering. We made our way up and in this venue, The Myriad, I preformed my one and only stage dive. While on stage I managed to get a high-five from Phil and then made my leap into the sweaty crowd with everyone else who was allowed on stage…one of my many concert highlights. My favorite song on this album is Mouth For War.
#29 – Reign in Blood – Slayer
This has to be one of the shortest and most intense albums. It was probably best that this was not the first Slayer album I got my hands on. After all these years, it held up incredibly well and has to be one of the monumental thrash albums of all time. This is another in a long line of albums I would love to see get a digital polish, but from what I read that is unlikely to happen. My favorite song here is the combination of Post Mortem and Raining Blood. Some of the most intense concerts I have ever seen are Slayer shows to include one particular club show in San Antonio, Texas…one of the few times I thought I was going to pass out at a show due to mosh pit exhaustion.
#28 – Damnation – Opeth
This may have been one of my first experiences with Opeth after hearing Watershed. I love the fact that these guys can play so many different speeds and tempos and be so damn good at it. The tempo and all around moodiness of this album impressed me after hearing the depth on Watershed. Damnation is the perfect album for a dreary, lonely day, but really any other time as well.
#27 – Somewhere in Time – Iron Maiden
This is two of three Iron Maiden albums to appear on this list. The last one has yet to come. This was another album I was heavily into when I was very young and impressionable. I thought of myself as a bit of bad-ass to have Iron Maiden in my collection. Funny, now to look back and realize they weren’t really all that heavy…more progressive and not “Hellish” like most parents thought. My favorite song here is Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Alexander the Great. Also, 2011 marked the first time I got to lay my eyes on an Iron Maiden concert with the super bonus it was in their homeland, England. That made it seem extra special to me.
#26 – Painkiller – Judas Priest
My first live experience with Judas Priest was during the tour supporting this album in Worcester, MA. It was quite an experience with all the leather, studs, motorcycles, and fire. Megadeth and Testament supported which made for an incredible evening of nothing but pure metal. Nick Menza’s (Megadeth) drum stick bounced out of my hand unfortunately, but it was still an amazing night. My favorite song on this album is Painkiller, but my overall favorite Judas Priest song is Hell Patrol.
About ReggieJust a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!
Posted on October 15, 2012, in Metal Lists, Reggie's Top 100 Albums and tagged Damnation, iron maiden, Judas Priest, List, metal, Opeth, Painkiller, Pantera, Reign in Blood, Slayer, Somewhere in Time, Thrash, Top 100 Albums, Vulgar Display of Power. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.