27. Kix – Midnite Dynamite
Kix were Pop-Metal personified, cock-sure, brash and armed to the teeth with songs that easily surpassed the likes of Ratt, Warrant and many other Glam-Metal wannabe’s.
The conventional sounds of the day may be audible on Midnite Dynamite but dig a little deeper and it’s clear Kix were the real deal; recording songs overflowing with harmonies and hooks that stand them apart from their knuckle-dragging contemporaries.
26. Artillery – Fear Of Tomorrow
Denmark’s Artillery have often found themselves criminally ignored and although By Inheritance is their masterpiece, it’s Fear Of Tomorrow that deserves to be revered for its contribution to Thrash Metal’s ascendancy.
Insanely-fast tremolo picking and machine-gun drums provide the battery while Artillery’s penchant for settling into mid-paced groove counterbalances the speed; no more so than on album highlights “The Almighty” and “King, Thy Name Is Slayer”.
If this gem is collecting dust in your collection it’s time to unearth it’s intricate treasures, Thrash this good deserves to be heard!
25. Fates Warning – The Spectre Within
Fates Warning’s second album was terminally unfashionable and yet it’s duelling guitars, with echoes of Iron Maiden, and layered vocals somehow take a disparate sound and make it work; no more so than on “The Apparition”.
John Arch’s banshee wail may be an acquired taste but there’s no denying the quality of the riffs, leads and the epic nature of this Progressive Metal prize.
The band would improve immeasurably on their next album, Awaken The Guardian, but The Spectre Within is a strong enough collection to not be dismissed as a mere curio.