Sunday Sesh: Favorite vs Greatest

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Metalheads love lists. There’s just something about a top ranking that drives metal fans batty. Maybe it’s a definitive chance to prove how elite your taste is and how boorish those of other fans are. Maybe it’s a chance to show that you were a fan from the beginning and always saw the potential, man. Whatever the case, the allure of the list is as undeniable as it is pointless. As much we’d like to pretend all those top tens are objective measures of quality, there’s always a little subjectivity involved. We can’t entirely mitigate the effect of such powerful factors as nostalgia or catchiness. Sometimes more than one entry on a personal greatest hits list is there not for how great the album actually is but for how much it meant to us at one point in time. That brings us to today’s question. While there may be an album in a band’s discography that is typically touted as the objective best, that album may not, in fact, be your favorite. This post is for you to share those cases.

To illustrate my point, I’m going to provide three examples.

Exhibit 1: Metallica – Master of Puppets vs. …And Justice for All

Peruse any list of greatest albums ever, and you’ll undoubtedly find Metallica on it. The number of albums varies based on the length of the list, but 9/10 you’ll find Master of Puppets in the top 10, well above any other Metallica records and often either 1 or 2 in the list itself. Just look at Loudwire‘s top 50 rankingMaster of Puppets clocks in as second best, and it’s hard to contest that. MoP features hit after hit and killer riff after killer riff. No moments on that album are wasted, and it remains to this day many a metalhead’s introduction to extreme metal. All that said, Master of Puppets is not my favorite Metallica album. No, that honor belongs to …And Justice for All. The record that got me into Metallica. The record that got me into metal. I’ve written about Justice and the resonance it has with my emotions before, so I won’t go back into that now. Simply put, …And Justice for All is my favorite Metallica album, and on any list I may ever publish of greatest metal records ever, it would be included far more quickly than Master of Puppets.

Exhibit 2: Slayer – Reign in Blood vs. Seasons in the Abyss

Similarly to Master of PuppetsReign in Blood routinely finds its way into most lists of greatest albums of all time (1986 was a hell of a year). At 27-minutes, Slayer’s landmark record was fast, aggressive, and chaotic. The pseudo-title track remains an eminent show-stopper to this day. And yet… I’ll take Seasons in the Abyss over Reign in Blood any day. While Reign has “Angel of Death,” Seasons has “Skeletons of Society” and a monstrous buttload of killer groove. It showed a slower, gloomier side of the thrash legends unheard on previous records (save South of Heaven), and the diversity on display was a welcome change of pace for a band known for writing a lot of similar records. For slowing it down and hitting like a ten ton hammer at the end, Seasons in the Abyss is my favorite Slayer record.

Exhibit 3: Testament – The Legacy vs. The Gathering

Testament’s debut album (along with third record Practice What You Preach) is, like the other two albums in this article, not just widely considered a landmark in thrash metal but a hallmark in metal’s history. Showcasing Skolnick’s jazzy leads and Peterson’s razor riffs, The Legacy is the perfect vehicle for Zetro Souza to deliver classic headbanger after classic headbanger. That said, Testament’s late 90s revival record, The Gathering features some of my favorite Testament moments ever. Chuck Billy’s massive growls on “DNR” still get the hair on the back of my neck rising every time, and Dave Lombardo’s inhuman precision on “Careful What You Wish For” stands out to this day. This album hits harder, albeit maybe not faster, than anything else in Testament’s discography and remains my preferred work of the band, Skolnick’s inclusion or otherwise.

Those are just some of my deviations from the status quo. Now I want to hear from you. What is your favorite album from a band that is also not widely considered the best? Sound off in the comments below.

  • Eliza

    An personal example for this kind of relationship between albums are Death’s Symbolic and The Sound of Perseverance. The former is seen by most as the band’s finest effort, and I agree that it’s a excellent record, but I like listening to the latter more.

    • Rob M

      For me, I think the problem with The Sound of Perseverance is that its not really a Death album. Its a Control Denied album with Chuck on vocals

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Yeah, basically the only difference in sound between TSoP and TFAoE are the vox. I consider myself a fan of both albums, but with the TSoP it was dead obvious which direction Chuck wanted to go in the future.

        • Rob M

          Agreed…he was totally done with death metal by that point and it comes through very clearly on TSoP.

      • Eliza

        I’ve never seen it like that. It certainly feels a little less Death-y than the rest of their discography, but I simply find it very enjoyable. I don’t love it a lot more than the rest of their discography though, but whenever I feel like marathoning some Death, TSoP is where I start.

        • Rob M

          See, I like it well enough, but I rarely reach for it. I usually get my fix from Leprosy, Spiritual Healing, Human, and Symbolic…rarely listen to Individual Thought Patterns, TSoP or Scream Bloody Gore

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Increasingly Leprosy is my chief Death go to. It’s just so… death.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            As with Bolt Thrower, all Death is good Death in my book. Flawless discography. I can’t really decide which Death album I like best.

          • Rob M

            There definitely isnt an album in their discography that I’ll turn my nose up at, but unlike Bolt Thrower, theyre not a band I like to listen all the way through from start ’til finish

          • Eliza

            I almost never listen to Individual Thought Patterns as well. I love the rest of their discography.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Individual Thought Patterns is a superb record though.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yQ9i8dx4fY

          • Eliza

            Is there any Death album that is not superb, though?

      • Rain Poncho W.

        I don’t jam Sound of Perseverance much either.

        • Howard Dean

          This is going to sound like blasphemy, but I don’t jam Death very often–period. I think most of their early peers (Possessed, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Autopsy) were better than they were, and I’m not a big fan of their progressive/”Cynic-lite” period, either.

          • Howard Dean

            I wish Tyree were still here, because he totally would’ve replied to my above comment with a YouTube vid of Fallen Angel of Doom.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
          • Howard Dean

            Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I like the classic stuff of all those bands equally for different reasons. I mean, all of them developed their own style and sound and had a different take on DM. In terms of musicianship Death was always the most accomplished of all though.

          • Howard Dean

            I’m not a musician (so take this with a grain of salt), but I always thought Morbid Angel was the most musically accomplished and had better musicianship than Death. I think Trey was/is Chuck’s equal on the guitar, Pete Sandoval was miles better than any of Death’s drummers (during the early/classic era albums; Hoglan and Reinert are obviously legit), and I always considered David Vincent’s vocals better than Chuck’s.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I won’t dispute Vincent’s vocals being better than Chuck’s (even though I think Chuck’s vox on SBG and Leprosy are gnarly as fuck as well).
            I’m not a musician either – my dad always played in a blues band, but I never really gave playing myself the time of the day – so what I’m saying isn’t factually correct either. I always found Death’s playing to be very precise and calculated. Trey on the other hand was all about creating an otherworldly atmosphere with his playing.
            In terms of this style, Trey’s only matched by Bob Vigna in my book.

          • Rain Poncho W.

            I was about to get miffed with you for insulting Hoglan, but then I read the rest of your sentence, haha.

            Also, Chuck’s vox are distinct but honestly not terribly good.

    • Jack Rabbit

      Death seem to be one of those bands where the fans never seem to agree on what is the definitive album

      • Eliza

        That’s because it’s hard to tell which ones are better when they’re all great.

    • Dumpster Lung

      I always say Individual Thought Patterns, but in the moment, it always is just whatever one I’m listening to right then 😛

  • lagerbottoms

    Between The Buried And Me:
    I think Colors is the greatest due to it’s impact and influence on the Prog scene, but my favorite is Parallax 2, because it was the album that got me into the band and Prog overlal

    Protest The Hero:
    Fortress as greatest, because of impact and impeccable songwriting. But Volition has also higher emotional ties, because it got me into the band and into music that’s mostly cleanly sung

    • tigeraid

      Count me in on Volition being my fav album of theirs as well.

  • tigeraid

    Couldn’t agree more on AJFA. It was also the album that got me into metal, and it meant everything to me as a very angry young teen who (at the time) hated his parents.

    I can think of many options here, I always seem to go against the grain on this issue. Tops for me might be Iron Maiden. Most often site one of their earliest albums, usually Number of the Beast, at the top. But I’m one of those weirdos who really, really like their later “Bruce came back and wants to kick ass” albums. I’ll often put Brave New World or Dance of Death above their older stuff. To me the improved production and Bruce’s vitality really shine through, the work really seems more consistent and tighter.

  • AndySynn

    I was under the (apparently mistaken) impression that “The Gathering” was considered the best Testament album by a lot of people… myself included.

    Maybe not the “seminal” album, but certainly the best.

    • Pentagram Sam

      I’m prob wrong since it was a long time ago, but it seemed like while The Gathering was received well, as soon as First Strike Still Deadly came out all The Gathering shit got dropped from the set cept for DNR.

      They got Skolnick back and he didn’t play on the album and then for the next several years it was all “classic” era songs.

      For reals, until Formation of Damnation in 2008, there were no new studio releases since The Gathering (other than re-records)

      Damn, you’d think the album would have been played alot but yah my guess is since Dave and James were essentially session players this album is treated as a “dark times 90’s period before we got teh band back”

    • Rain Poncho W.

      While I’ve definitely seen folks who agree with us, far more thrashheads tend to rep The Legacy.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    When it comes to Testament I find it incredibly hard to choose between The Legacy and The Gathering as my favorite. The Legacy seems to be the more “kvlt”-approved of the two and is no doubt a fantastic thrash classic, but in my opinion The Gathering is one of the most crushing thrash metal albums of all time. The riffs…Lombardo’s drumming…Chuck’s growls…it sometimes feels like getting your face caved in with a sledgehammer.

    It goes without saying though that all 6 albums mentioned in this article are well deserved classics of the genre.

  • Scott Towel

    About Paradise Lost, I think their greatest album is Gothic given its influence on death/doom, but I still enjoy more Shades of God because of its looser structure and the cold hard fact that its riffs are groovier and Greg’s solos just kill on that one.

  • Doom Scientist

    Off the top of my head:
    Led Zeppelin – Presence
    Black Sabbath – Sabotage
    Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
    Armored Saint – Raising Fear
    just a few underrated albums that I prefer to more popular albums by the same bands

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      I agree with 50% of this list!! You could probably guess which.

      • Howard Dean

        Manowar – Hail to England?

        • Señor Jefe El Rossover

          Into Glory Ride>Hail To England

          By just a hair

      • Doom Scientist

        Zeppelin & Sabbath?

        • Señor Jefe El Rossover

          1/2

          Zep and Maiden!

          Master of Reality and March of the Saint for me.

          • Doom Scientist

            Threw me off cos Master Of Reality is usually considered Sabbath’s best by fans except the casuals. They go with Paranoid.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      All of these albums are good, especially Presence and Sabotage.

    • Lacertilian

      Presence is an uncommon choice there. It’d be somewhere near the middle of their discog for me.
      Side Note: I’m wearing a dirty old Zep shirt while I write this comment, which is also uncommon.

  • Doom Scientist

    I also prefer World Coming Down over Slow, Deep & Hard and Bloody Kisses.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Celtic Frost:
    I hold early Hellhammer and Celtic Frost in extremely high regard up until To Mega Therion (I still think Into the Pandemonium is a bit meh, sorry). That being said, I think that Monotheist is such a crushing sonic wall of all-engulfing darkness I can’t help to crown it my favorite CF release. Lack of riffs? Maybe, but I don’t care, the atmosphere is on point.

    In the Woods:
    Most find Omnio to be the crown jewel in In the Woods’ discography, and while I’m a huge fan of both albums, I find Heart of the Ages to have this eerie, mystical vibe that has rarely been captured elsewhere.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_r4mD9fHVU

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOgKCNZOWzc

    • I’ll go the other way. Strange In Stereo is best.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I kinda found Strange In Stereo a bit disappointing compared to its predecessor. Still a good album though.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    For Metallica, Ride the Lightning is my favourite. Fast, sleek, every track a doozy, and matured from the brill but occasionally cheesy Kill ‘Em All. Always took to it over Master of Puppets, which just feels a tad bloated in places to me.

    In non metal, Bad Moon Rising has grown to be my favourite Sonic Youth album over the more acclaimed Daydream Nation or others of their mid period. Love its variety, and its kind of sketchy, obliquely menacing vibe.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Ride the Lightning is my fave Metallica as well, though Masters of Puppets is of course a superb album. You really can’t go wrong with any of the first 4 Metallica albums imo.

      Speaking of non-metal, I’ve always had a soft spot for Signals by Rush. Probably not their greatest album, but it has such a nostalgic vibe going on.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubhq2qiUVxY

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        For sure, all four are pretty unflushable. Only minor gripes about any.

        Weirdly enough I’m not sure I’ve ever heard much Rush. That track was pretty nifty though.

      • Doom Scientist

        Signals and Grace Under Pressure are quintessential 1980s albums especially Subdivisions.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          I think the first 10 Rush albums is one of the most impressive streaks in music history. From classic hard rock to prog rock to proggy synth pop…each time excelling at each style.

      • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

        GORAK LIKE GRACE UNDER PRESSURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        ALL RUSH GOOD RUSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        https://youtu.be/C2sq4duvQpA

      • TheCheezFace

        That bassline in Digital Man is amazing.

    • Doom Scientist

      Ride The Lightning was the 1st Metallica album I’d heard.

      • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

        Mine was the Black Album. Summer of ’03 I think, when my music tastes were first solidifying. Still pretty good I reckon, though I’m not moved to jam it much.

  • Rob M

    Bolt Thrower – The IVth Crusade is arguably their best album, but Ive always enjoyed Those Once Loyal the best

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Basically all Bolt Thrower is good Bolt Thrower in my book. My 4 preferred albums are Realm of Chaos, The IVth Crusade, For Victory and Those Once Loyal. For some reason Realm of Chaos has always slightly been my favorite. Something about the sludgy, slittering, almost alien riffing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC0VF4yI25I

      • Rob M

        Oh I agree, there are no bad Bolt Thrower albums, I can listen to the entire discography over and over…I just tend to see IVth Crusade (which I really do like a ton) get the most praise, while my personal favorite is Those Once Loyal

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          The band themselves considered Those Once Loyal to be their best as well. When it comes to riffs they’re on top of their game on that album.

          • Rob M

            Thats what I love about that album..the riffs are crazy infectious and theres just enough melody in them.

            If I had to be critical of it, I think it does lag a bit near the back half with “Anti-Tank (Dead Armour)” and “Last Stand of Humanity”, but it picks right back up with “Salvo”

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Set The World On Fire-Annihilator
    Hear In The Now Frontier-Queensryche
    Civilization Phase 3-Frank Zappa

  • Hans Copronym

    Couldn’t agree more about Metallica. Justice was not the first one I heard or the album that got me into metal, but I do think it was the first one I experienced for myself instead of through my older brothers. Plus it somehow felt like they were trying out interesting shit that I hadn’t heard them do anywhere else.

  • Iamin Cognito

    Two that came to mind immediately:

    Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East: Bought it the year it came out because I thought the cover looked cool. Had never heard them before. Still remember exactly where I was and how I felt the first time Exciter kicked in. It was like I’d discovered the most perfect music ever. Definitely the album that got me into a lifetime of metal. Probably the single most important record I’ve ever bought.

    Anthrax – Spreading The Disease: Thrash in general was my gateway to every form of more extreme metal I love today, and Spreading The Disease was the first thrash record I owned. I wouldn’t argue against anyone who says Among The Living, but if Unleashed In The East was the gateway, then Spreading The Disease was the key that opened a whole bunch of other doors.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Unleashed In The East basically is the best live metal album of all time.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J9zyviTTmQ

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        Debatable, but happy with that ranking!

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          What’s your fave live metal album?

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            My favorite, though probably not the best, is S.O.D. – Live At Budokan

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Yeah that’s kinda SEoD in live form, which is all good since SEoD is best crossover thrash album ever made.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Their live tone is just so damn heavy.

          • Iamin Cognito

            Angel Live Without A Net*

            *Not really

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          I always preferred more underrated live albums. We Want Moore by Gary Moore is a favorite as well as Waiting For Columbus by Little Feat, Life Live by Thin Lizzy and Beast From The East by Dokken. My least favorite live albums are any of the Kiss Alive albums. I never liked those albums.

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        Michael Schenker begs to differ.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypYkkDwJBxw

    • NDG

      I agree 100% with Spreading The Disease. I reach for it every time over ATL. I also find myself listening to Persistence of Time regularly these days too.

    • Dumpster Lung

      Among the Living was the one that got me into Anthrax, but gradually Spreading the Disease overtook it. Now, when I want an Anthrax fix, I go straight for Spreading the Disease, but then that does make Among the Living hit extra hard when I do listen to it, since it’s been longer.

  • Howard Dean

    Two examples sprung to mind immediately:

    Slough Feg

    Down Among the Deadmen and Traveller are generally considered their best albums, and I tend to agree (since they are fucking awesome). However, my favorite is The Animal Spirits. Such a great atmosphere on that album, and the songwriting is really on point. Definitely my most listened to album of theirs.

    Burzum

    Hvis lyset tar oss is the best Burzum album, bar none. It’s the album that made the band’s (musical) legacy, and it’s cited most often as the best Burzum album. I think it’s one of the best black metal albums ever written. But personally I’ve always found myself more drawn to Det som engang var and Filosofem.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      I always tend to get my Burzum fix with either Hvis Lyset Tar Oss or Filosofem. I barely listen to S/T or Det Som Engang Var – though both are good albums as well.

      Slough Feg is a band I need to jam more often.

      • Howard Dean

        Slough Feg is one of my favorite bands. Just no frills heavy metal with great riffs and songwriting. I think they basically took what bands like Manilla Road and Brocas Helm did, and just did it better.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Slough Feg is great, but I still waaaayyyyy prefer Manilla Road – probably more to do with how much I like Manilla Road.
          I think Slough Feg is more of a “fun” band in terms of texture, while Manilla Road has a darker, more occult like atmosphere.

          • Howard Dean

            That’s a pretty good description of the two. When Slough Feg goes dark it’s more tongue-in-cheek, more rollicking. Manilla Road’s darkness is more serious or earnest.

            I do love me some Manilla Road. Crystal Logic, Open The Gates, and Voyager are three of my favorite heavy metal albums.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Crystal Logic, Open The Gates, The Deluge and Mystification for me. Mystification might actually be my favorite.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6fIfzK9U74

  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    YES! I always try to make a point when making lists to say “these are my favorites” not “the best.” I chat about this with my dad often as he makes the point of his favorites are the best while I can separate the two.

    A few that come to mind:

    Accept – Russian Roulette
    Immortal – Sons of Northern Darkness
    Clutch – Jam Room
    Bathory – Blood On Ice
    Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith

    The list could go on.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      SEPULTURA – SCHIZOPHRENIA
      OPETH – GHOST REVERIES
      NEVERMORE – POLITICS OF ECSTASY
      PINK FLOYD – ANIMALS
      EMPEROR – ANTHEMS TO WELKIN

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        Animals for me too!!

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Third Animals.

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        Animals is so good

      • RICHTER AGREE WITH GORAK ON EMPEROR

      • Doom Scientist

        “Ha ha! Charade you are!”
        Anybody remember when Cartman actually said that on South Park? I laughed my ass off.

      • Lacertilian

        REMINDERS FROM THE PAST,
        REPULSION OF THE PRESENT,
        FEAR OF THE FUTURE,
        SEPTIC ENCINOOOOOOO (man)

        • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

          NOMAD!!!!!!!!!

      • anesthesiac

        Ghost Reveries was so good, but I always go with Deliverance.

      • Dumpster Lung

        I think I have to go Arise when it comes to Sepultura, but it’s so hard to choose between it or the preceding two albums.

        Arise is my favorite since that was the one that really hooked me on their stuff. And that cover art >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I always preferred Sad Wings Of Destiny. I also love Amused To Death by Roger Waters and Drama by Yes

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        Sad Wings is amazing! Probably number 3 for me though, behind Stained Class.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          My top 5 Judas Priest albums:

          1. Sin After Sin
          2. Sad Wings Of Destiny
          3. Stained Class
          4. Screaming For Vengeance
          5. Hell Bent For Leather

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            That’s a good list!

            1.Defenders
            2. Stained
            3. Sad Wings
            4. British Steel
            5. Point of Entry

          • NDG

            Mine is very similar to this:

            1. Sad Wings Of Destiny
            2. Sin After Sin
            3. British Steel
            4. Stained Class
            5. Screaming For Vengeance

            Although I would never list it anywhere near the Top 5, I listen to Ram It Down a lot. As maligned as that album is I really enjoy it.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            Ram It Down is a good album

          • NDG

            Too right! Hard As Iron is one of my favourite Priest tracks!

        • TheCheezFace

          I really need to revisit 70’s Priest. I remember when I only knew their 80’s and later output and decided to listen to their earlier albuns, and man, I was quite blown away.

          • Señor Jefe El Rossover

            70s Priest is so freaking good. Do so and report back your findings!

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Never under estimate the power of sentimentality when it comes to favourites.

      • Señor Jefe El Rossover

        The whole point of this is to separate what you consider your favorite and what you consider a band’s best though. Sentimentality is a huge factor when choosing favorites, but to objectively determine band’s best album you have to take yourself out of that mindset.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          Yeah I know

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Judas Iscariot- Dethroned, Conquered and Forgotten
    Leviathan- Massive Conspiracy Against All Life

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Tenth Sublevel for me. The semi-title track alone…so fucking gnarly. Wrest is an unsung genius.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5KIhLqSI1o

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Yeah but nobody seems to be able to get off Tenth Sublevel’s dick whereas Massive Conspiracy is a phenomenal album that nobody talks about.

        • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

          Been a while since I jammed Massive Conspiracy. It’s undeservedly the least popular Leviathan record over at the Archives though.

    • CT-12

      The blasts on Dethroned are some of the best I’ve ever heard. Dude’s a maniac, such impeccable command.

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        The drums work so well with the guitar playing. I think it’s my favourite judas iscariot album because of how much it reminds me of Harris’ other band because of the drums.
        http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr3JNQeMvJY

        • CT-12

          Same here. Admittedly, I don’t have any of their other stuff, but from what I’ve checked out, no other drummers in Judas Iscariot could hold a candle to that dude, and I personally think their sound suffers for it. But I should check out more of their shit for sure, maybe it’d grow on me. I’ll check out this Flagellator too, thanks for the rec.

  • Howard Dean
    • Óðinn

      I like his current show on MSNBC much more than his performance on The Wonder Years.

      • Howard Dean

        I preferred him in The Wizard and Little Monsters.

  • Guppusmaximus

    ” (along with third record Practice What You Preach)”

    Yea, while Testament’s debut should be respected for its part for the foundation of the glorious golden era of Thrash, ‘Practice’ to me was the beginning of their downfall. It has a couple of killer tracks BUT overall it’s only a hallmark of success for the band from the airplay ‘The Ballad’ received on MTV. IMHO, ‘The New Order’ was the album that defined their sound and is all killer, no filler. That’s the Testament that all the old fans hope for when they release a new album.

    As for Metallica, while I still dig AFJA, if I’m to be honest it was a bit of a letdown for me when the album was released mostly because of the time since MOP had come out, obviously the death of such a monstrous Bass player and that it was a bit of a departure from the anthems that my few Thrash loving friends and I used to crank the stereo to. To me, just like Testament, MOP was when Metallica honed their signature sound.

    Regarding the topic at hand, I dunno if my selection could be considered on point but they are the albums I love whether they are the greatest or not

    Prong – Beg to Differ
    Anthrax – State of Euphoria
    Armored Saint – Symbol of Salvation
    Fates Warning – Perfect Symmetry
    King Diamond – Them
    Michael Manring – Thonk
    Atheist – Elements
    Infectious Grooves – Sarsippius Ark
    Dream Theater – I&W
    Fishbone – The Reality of My Surroundings
    Pink Floyd – The Division Bell
    Death – Spiritual Healing
    Mr. Bungle – S/T (on cassette, I believe it was titled ‘Quote, Unquote’)

  • The Mighty Thorange

    Iron Maiden – A Matter of Life and Death: It was the first Iron Maiden (and first metal album) that I ever bought. The only I heard on it was the single “Different World” and I hated the rest of it at the time because of how heavy the rest of the album was to me at the time. Several months later I give the album another go and something just clicked and I fell in love with the entire thing. That album has a special place n my heart because I learned to appreciate it and it was what made me fall into the metalhead I am today.
    Other choices;
    Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
    In Flames – The Jester Race
    And I agree with …And Justice for all.

  • Óðinn

    Death – Spiritual Healing
    Between the Buried and Me – Alaska
    Megadeth – Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying
    Possessed – Beyond the Gates

    • TheCheezFace

      Agreed with Megadeth. I know they went to another level with RiP but Peace was always my favorite, in no small part thanks to Chris and Gar.

  • Dark Spirit of Cold Ural Mount

    So far, so good, so what

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Fantastic album!!

      • Dark Spirit of Cold Ural Mount

        Exactly! Howeer, for some reason, not loved as much as Peace or Rust

        • Señor Jefe El Rossover

          Not as memorable to the mass public, I suppose.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      Nope. Cheesy Sex Pistol covers are a guaranteed way to drag the ranking of any album down plus an instrumental leaves you with only 6 songs to compete with the might of Rust In Peace. I love the album as I do with all the classic Megadeth’s but it doesn’t stack up to Rust or Peace for mine.

  • NDG

    I’m more of a Ride The Lightning fan than any other album. With Slayer I rate Show No Mercy over all others but at the same time still regard Reign In Blood as a classic.

    A couple of others:
    Judas Priest – Sad Wings…
    Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality
    Venom – Welcome To Hell
    Ozzy Osbourne – Ultimate Sin
    Darkthrone – The Cult Is Alive
    Van Halen – 5150 (HOT TAKE!)
    Gluecifer – Automatic Thrill
    Bob Segar & The Silver Bullet Band – Against The Wind

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Sad Wings + Master>>>>>>>>>>>>>

      Also, is Welcome To Hell not considered Venom’s best? It always seemed to me that most people prefer that one.

    • Lord of Bork

      Against the Wind is a solid pick but ol’ Bob had started running out of ideas around that time.

      • NDG

        I agree it was his last good album. If he had called it quits at that point it would’ve been a solid career.

        Fire Lake is easily his best track.

  • Brian Fowler

    Ride the Lightning is better than either of them

  • Dumpster Lung

    Favorite Metallica = Ride the Lightning
    Favorite Testament = The New Order (and this one I will say is both my favorite and their best)

  • Kevin Williams

    Master of Puppets is probably the better album, but Ride the Lightning is my hands down favorite of Metallica’s.

    Another example for me is Ozzy’s No Rest For the Wicked. I just loved Zak’s guitar playing and even though Blizzard of Ozz is the best album, No Rest is my favorite. And yes, I love Randy’s playing too.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    2 out of 3 for me on here W. Justice and seasons are my favourite too.