30. Tygers Of Pan Tang – The Wreck-Age
The Tygers claws may have been dulled by 1985, with virtually all of the ferocity of their earlier work long gone, but The Wreck-Age was undeniable fun and a straight-up, poodle-haired approach to mid-80’s Hard Rock and AOR.
Don’t go expecting anything high-brow, here were big songs stuffed with massive choruses and cheesy keyboards….and it’s great!
The title-track retains some of the crunch and grind of old but it’s “Desert Of No Love” and “Innocent Eyes” that you must check out, we guarantee you’ll be air-guitaring with a sh*t eating grin plastered across your face in no time; pure 80’s grandeur at it’s best.
29. Whiplash – Power & Pain
On their debut album, New Jersey Thrashers Whiplash delivered wholesale on the power and the pain and an underground Thrash legend was born.
The intensity of the chugging, palm-muted riffs feels like being hit by a speeding freight train (that’ll be the power and the pain right there) and tracks such as “Stage Bomb”, “Power Thrashing Death” and “Spit On Your Grave” are heavy-hitters.
This is Thrash as it should be played, ugly, noisy and devoid of mercy.
28. Accept – Metal Heart
The last album from Accept’s golden period, Metal Heart is a classic 80’s Metal record; gleaming, powerful and chest-beatingly sure of it’s self.
Smoothing their edges, Accept may be more accessible on Metal Heart than on previous releases but that does not detract from the quality of the songwriting on display.
“Living for Tonight”, the Title-Track and “Dogs On Leads” pack a considerable punch with Udo Dirkschneider lacerating his vocal chords in the name of Heavy Metal at every opportunity.
Accessible? Yes. Gone soft? Not a chance!