12. Saxon – Innocence Is No Excuse
Saxon released a seemingly endless stream of quality albums throughout the 80’s and although Innocence Is No Excuse may not be as well known as Wheels Of Steel and Denim And Leather, it is an underrated classic and more than just a strong addition to their considerable back catalogue.
Settled comfortably amidst the polished Hard-Rock anthems sits the album highlight, “Broken Heroes”. A Hard Rock ballad that avoids cheesy cliches is almost impossible to find but “Broken Heroes” achieves the impossible via hard-hitting subject matter and disciplined musicianship; Innocence Is No Excuse is great, “Broken Heroes” is extraordinary.
11. Savage Grace – Master Of Disguise
Savage Grace are one of those bands that get a bum deal, acknowledged as influential by peers yet left to rot by the record-buying public.
A situation that is grossly unfair and one listen to Master Of Disguise should explain why. If lightning-fast Heavy Metal tickles your fancy this will leave you practically giddy and fans of Helloween, Agent Steel and Exciter should consider this a must-own album.
Master Of Disguise is accomplished NWOBHM-inspired-Thrash that should have been massive, make amends for your ambivalence and buy it…NOW!
10. S.O.D – Speak English Or Die
The Stormtroopers Of Death were something else; completely devoid of tact, full of humour (very black humour) and capable of Thrashing your nuts off!
One of the first bands to throw Hardcore Punk and Thrash into a blender, S.O.D were just some young punks letting off steam (Anthax’s Scott Ian and Charlie Benante reuniting with ex-bassist Dan Lilker and recruiting vocalist Billy Milano) but turned out to be one of the Eighties most influential bands.
S.O.D invented Crossover Thrash and systematically crushed your head in with heavy-hitters such as “Sargent D and the S.O.D.”, “Milano Mosh” and “Identity”.
Speak English Or Die was no joke, it was a Crossover Thrash masterpiece!