1986; one of the greatest years in heavy metal history.
The year that thrash slapped the mainstream in the chops, waking the world up to a new metal superpower in the process. The year that saw the NWOBHM just about hanging in there and still delivering some outstanding albums. The year that saw traditional heavy metal bands (not hair metal!) continuously striving for greatness, riffing like they’d never riffed before. The year that saw death metal take small but integral steps towards greatness. The year that….well, you get the picture.
All in all, ’86 was simply an awe inspiring year for metal in all its guises and Worship Metal has selected 30 of the most incredible metal albums that celebrate three decades of existence in 2016.
Did we forget your favourite(s) from ’86? Pop ’em in the comments section below and we’ll discuss them at length!
30. Angel Dust – Into The Dark Past
Before they fully embraced power metal, Germany’s Angel Dust had a pop at thrash and as debuts go, Into The Dark Past was a fast, frantic, thrill ride! Resolutely obsessed with speed over finesse, these 8 ripping tracks were less Sodom and Kreator and more Iron Angel; a thrilling hybrid of speed and thrash that was equal parts melody and barbarity.
Romme Keymer’s vocals may have received a bit of stick over the years but they fit the music perfectly. Ugly, forceful, yet furnished with glimpses of power metal harmony, Keymer was actually an unorthodox yet perfect match-up.
Fans of Agent Steel, Grave Digger and Helloween should already be aware of Angel Dust’s early output. Those who missed out the first time round should applaud the recent re-release of Into The Dark Past on No Remorse Records as this relatively unsung contribution to early German thrash is ripe for rediscovery.
Grab a copy while you can and journey into Angel Dust’s actually bright past!
29. Post Mortem – Coroner’s Office
A proto death metal cult classic, Post Mortem’s incendiary collision of pioneering death metal, corrosive anarchic punk and experimental use of jazz led to an album that practically defied genre classification.
Thoroughly pissed of yet laced with pitch black humour, this cult curio is ungraceful, tempered with moments of songwriting genius – check out the thrashy immediacy of “Ready To Die“, the proto-grind of “Run Amok” and the aggro-doom of “It’s Just A Thought” – and brimming with ideas.
We’re still not sure what to think of this most unique album….even 30 years on!
28. Chastain – Ruler of the Wasteland
Unfairly ignored for the most part, Chastain were highly atmospheric, chillingly melodic and had a taste for the epic; resulting in a sophomore album that should have turned far more heads than it actually did 30 years ago.
Leather Leone, one of the greatest female vocalists in metal, is flawless throughout – matching the likes of the mighty David Wayne on the Metal Church-esque highlight, “Angel Of Mercy” – and Ruler Of The Wasteland exemplifies straight up, lightning fast metal at its finest; a riveting snapshot of what made pure 80’s metal so consistently thrilling!
With the band still going strong – 2015’s We Bleed Metal was a riff lovers dream – there’s no better time to retrace the footsteps left by Chastain; starting with the outstanding Ruler Of The Wasteland.