Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #30-26

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 WatershedDamnation 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 Reggie

Just 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 , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I probably would have nearly each of those albums in my own Top 100 list. Although I rank “Cowboys from hell” higher as “Vulgar display of power”.

    I don’t have all the Slayer albums, but I would also pick “Reign in blood”. It is fast as hell, has many awesome riffs an is nevertheless diversifed and extreme (even after all these years). I’m surely not the biggest Slayer fan but that one is great.

    To pick just three Maiden records would be a nearly impossible task for me. But since I consider Wasted years one of the best songs ever written “Somewhere in time” had to be in my list. Also the band tried really to bring a new element in their sound. I think the songs on that album are very unique in the Maiden-context.

    Favorite song on “Painkiller” would be hard to say, but I love Touch of evil. I say them live two years ago with Megadeth and Testament. Great shows by all three of them including the singing of Halford and Mustaine, which is so often criticized of late.

    • Hey I think I saw that same Judas Priest tour…at Wembley Arena. I thought it was a great show and something neat to see again…I saw the exact same line up in the U.S. back around 1990 when the Painkiller tour was underway. Megadeth was supporting Rust in Peace and Testament was doing Practice What You Preach I think, or maybe Souls of Black. Both great shows 20+ years apart.

      Keep watching, you will see Cowboys From Hell make it’s appearance later on. It scored pretty high on my list, but not #1. That’s a secret for now.

  2. Some damn fine pics. A couple obvious ones I will be mentioning in my list in a bit (but where remains a mystery 😉 ). Damnation is a damn fine record and I really appreciate that Opeth has the balls to release albums like it. And damn, is that Slayer record a classic. The Angel of Death scream is about to become my ringtone/alarm on my phone. If that doesn’t grab my attention, nothing will, lol.

    • All this talk about ringtones lately is really making me want a cool phone when I get back to the U.S. Someone at THOM mentioned an app where you can make your own ringtones. Seems like Slayer has endless possibilities in the ringtone dept…

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