Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #25-21

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.

Albums 30-26

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Posted on October 22, 2012, in Metal Lists, Reggie's Top 100 Albums and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Often when an american Rock musician is asked what his favorite records are he names at least one Ozzy album, but not always a Black Sabbath record. Also because of the success of Ozzy re-releases etc. I’m curios: Is/Was Ozzy as “solo”-entertainer in the US more known and successful than with Black Sabbath??

    Machine Head, Fear Factory, Helloween are all bands I consider good but are standing on the list of bands I do not entirely get. I like the music but don’t love it, I hear the skills, appreciate their influence but I’m not a fan. (Same thing with Nightwish, Dream Theater, Manowar, Killswitch Engage a.o.)

    By the way, Dino Cazares always states that Fear Factory were only influenced by classic rock, especially AC/DC. But when I hear the ultra-dry and harsh sound of Demanufacture I always think, if there’s an influence it has to be “And justice for all” by Metallica.

    • That’s a good question about Ozzy. In my own opinion, I think Ozzy was overall more popular than Black Sabbath, but it depends who you ask. For me, when I first started getting into metal, Ozzy was already on his own. I always respected Black Sabbath, but wouldn’t consider myself a fan. I don’t even own any of their music though I do like some songs. But as you say, many American rockers will site Ozzy as an influence.

      Funny, I do NOT hear any AC/DC in Fear Factory’s music; I would have never guessed the Aussie band was an influence.

      I like that particular Helloween album because I connected with it at that particular time of my life…teenager. There is actually a large portion of Helloween albums I do not own. If I were to hear Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II today for the first time I would probably dig it, but it wouldn’t have the same impact as it did back then. Some of their music/lyrics (Dr. Stein) are silly and just fun, but in the late 80s I connected with that album beyond the musicianship. When I listen to Dream Theater my mind goes places and I think that’s why I am such a big fan of them.

      There are plenty of metal bands I feel I am supposed to like, but I really don’t care for too much like Motorhead, Mastodon, Lamb of God, Deftones, and a few others. I do like some of their stuff, but I feel other people like them so much more.

      • With Blind Guardians “A night at the opera” it is really like you and the Keeper album. I probably wouldn’t like it that much if it wasn’t my first Metal and Blind Guardian record.

        Interesting thing with Ozzy. Seems he counts to the artist that had a different impact in Europe and US.
        If you like the songs you know, you NEED to have at least some Black Sabbath albums ;-P. Seriously, what a great, inventive, diverse and unbelievable influental band! I don’t want to play the smart-ass or try to do thing others tried with me and Nightwish, but at least get “Paranoid”, “Sabotage” or “Technical ecstasy”. Awesome music definitely worth the little money you could get them for now.

        And the Dokken song sounds real classy, Good voice and sound. Just knew the name until now. A friend of mine is a total fan of eighties pop and along with that a fan of Melodic 80ies Rock and AOR (Bad English, Europe, Foreigner, Lizzy Borden, MSG, Toto, etc.). And I like this sound too (One good thing to be born in 88 is that I could like Metallica and Foreigner and some 80ies Pop without justifing myself). It must have been cool to live in a decade where Rock was at least for a certain time a big thing in the mainstream. I saw some clips of 80ies Kiss and Mötley Crüe shows in a documentary. Looks awesome.

    • Keep an eye on my list for your answer on the Ozzy/Sabbath question 😉

      But on a whole in the popular culture Ozzy had a bigger impact, but around my network of friends Black Sabbath is a perennial favorite. When it comes to the big Ozzy influence among the people I know who are musicians it usually Ozzy’s guitarists that were the big hook for getting into Ozzy.

  2. Some great picks dude, that Machine Head album is a beast! Let Freedom Ring With A Shotgun Blast!!!!! One of the best metal lines ever written.
    Helloween and Ozzy are also damn great. I was big into FF during my teen years and Demanufacture by far my favorite album by them. Recently I went back and listened to that record and it didn’t seem to hold up as well as I thought it would. With the exception of a couple tracks, something just felt off. And I forgot how horrible FF at lyric writing. Am I getting old and cynical?

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