I just found this board and I already feel home, so I decided to start a thread about some of my favorite 80s metal.
One of the greatest prog/heavy metal albums of all time. One of the first metal albums to experiment with synthesizers and wow did it sound futuristic for 1986.
However, Queensryche reached their zenith 2 years later with this one:
Operation: Mindcrime, a politically-charged concept album about a drug addict named Nikki and his role in a shadowy revolutionary organization. The moral in short is that there will be jackals who exploit people with ideals for their own gain.
Another interesting one is Iron Maiden's "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son".
Their most progressive rock influenced release to date; similar to Queensryche's "Rage for Order" in some ways but still definitely feels like a Maiden album. Bruce Dickinson's vocals, the keyboards, and the interesting songwriting is a treat for anyone who loves this sort of proggy stuff.
Now, I know I posted 3 progressive metal albums in a row, and I just want one more before I move onto other things, so bare with me...
Voivod's "Nothingface". Extremely experimental for something from 1989, it's "proggish" but not in the vein of these other albums which are prog in their use of "grandiose" instrumentation and unusual songwriting, and while this album has the latter, it's in a class of its own. Perhaps the first "avant-garde metal" release ever; it's very dissonant, but also weirdly melodic. Sadly the guitarist, who went by "Piggy" passed in 2005.
Alright, now let's move on to death metal because I'm not a big thrash guy (I like thrash but I'm more of a death metal guy)
Scream Bloody Gore by Death. I don't wanna get into the argument of "who did it first" in terms of death metal, but just know that this album is a classic for a reason.
However, I think one of the more prototypical brutal death metal albums is this:
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