Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #25-21
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!
#25 – Bark at the Moon – Ozzy Osbourne
Much like The Ultimate Sin, I figured myself to be a bit of a rebel listening to Ozzy as a youngster. Looking back today, Bark at the Moon isn’t exactly the heaviest set of songs, but probably among Ozzy’s Best. Considering Ozzy is the “Prince of Darkness” the song So Tired is so…un-heavy, but still a great song. When I showed up at military basic training in 1992, the training instructor said I looked like Ozzy off the Bark at the Moon album. I think it was because I showed to training up with my semi-long mullet before they ended up shaving my head. He was probably trying to get a rise out of me as they do in training, but it was a total compliment to me. I believe this is last you will see of Ozzy on this list.
#24 – Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II – Helloween
I have to thank MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball for getting me into Helloween. I can’t imagine how long it would have taken to hear about this band without that show, but MTV played I Want Out so much it was impossible to miss. I really liked that song and grew to love this album. I think Keeper of the Seven Keys was one of the first songs I really got into that was well past the 10-minute mark. Songs of that length were something pretty new to me back then. This is one of a few albums where I love all the songs from beginning to end including the jazzy remake of Dr. Stein.
#23 – Demanufacture – Fear Factory
I was already into Fear Factory by the time Demanufacture was released. I don’t think a lot of people were into their first album, Soul of a New Machine, because no one I knew heard of the band at that time. I picked it up because I thought Fear Factory was a cool band name. Luckily, I really liked the album. Three years later in 1995, Demanufacture was a massive step forward for the band, not only in production, but songwriting as well. Demanufacture is an all-around bad-ass Thrash album that really elevated the band to new levels especially when they got signed to play Ozzfest. This album held up well over the years as it approaches the 20 year mark in 2015.
#22 – Under Lock and Key – Dokken
One thing I liked about Dokken, besides the impeccable guitar playing of George Lynch, was that they didn’t really get caught up in the “up all night, party every day” attitude that most other bands did during the illustrious 80s. Yes, Dokken did use copious amounts of Aqua Net and makeup, but their songwriting was geared toward topics that were more concrete than where the next piece of ass was. Of all the 80s band I was into back in the day, I held a lot of respect for Dokken and still do. Too bad interpersonal problems kept the band from exceeding the high-level stature they earned back then. They did just release a new album; I might have to give that a try…though Lynch is not with the band anymore. I read the album is still Dokken as they ever were.
#21 – Burn My Eyes – Machine Head
Holy shit, I was blown away when I first heard this album! I can’t remember too many albums that just took me by surprise and impressed me so much on the first listen. Ironically, Machine Head has another album that did this to me. At a time where Thrash (metal) in general was tanking in overall popularity, Machine Head came out with this one-two punch and totally kicked ass. Davidian is an amazing song and as far as I am concerned, Machine Head along with Pantera, Fear factory, and a few others are largely responsible for keeping Thrash alive during that musically distressing decade, the 1990s.
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Posted on October 22, 2012, in Metal Lists, Reggie's Top 100 Albums and tagged Bark at the Moon, Burn My Eyes, Demanufacture, Dokken, Fear Factory, Helloween, Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II, List, Machine Head, Meta, Ozzy, Thrash, Top 100, Under Lock and Key. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.