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5 Essential Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Albums Celebrating 50 Years Of Existence In 2021!

50 damn years!

Whether you are man, beast or classic rock/metal album…..50 years on this planet is worth celebrating!

Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality

Black Sabbath – Master Of Reality (1995, CD) - Discogs

Black Sabbath‘s almighty third album, Master of Reality, was released on 21st July 1971 by Vertigo Records and helped to kickstart a heavy metal / doom metal / stoner rock revolution!

Home to timeless tracks which have gone on to influence anybody who is anybody in the world of doom, sludge and stoner rock/metal, the likes of “Sweet Leaf”, “Children of the Grave” and “Into The Void” have gone down in history as all-time classics.

While Black Sabbath‘s iconic debut and immediate follow-up, Paranoid, are rightfully lauded as undisputed classics, it was with Master Of Reality that Sabbath truly embraced their outsider status and let rip with an altogether bigger, heavier, down-tuned sound that would prove pivotal in heavy metal’s evolution.

A masterpiece (but then you already knew that).


Led Zeppelin – IV

Led Zeppelin – Untitled (1976, SP - Specialty Pressing, Vinyl) - Discogs

What is left to possibly say about one of the most beloved hard rock albums ever written?

The stats speak for themselves: Led Zeppelin‘s IV was a commercial and critical success and remains Led Zeppelin’s best-selling release; shipping over 37 million copies worldwide!

Regularly placed on worldwide lists as one the greatest albums of all time, this iconic, masterful album is consistent beyond belief (pick a bad track, we double-dog dare ya!) and is arguably Led Zep‘s definitive release.

Heavy metal, blues, rock n’ roll and folk were all present and the epic likes of the over-played but resolutely magnificent “Stairway to Heaven” alongside the reworking of “When The Levee Breaks” showcased a band at the peak of their powers.


About Chris Jennings (1724 Articles)
I love metal. Always have. Always will. As editor of Worship Metal - a site dedicated to being as positive about metal and its myriad of sub-genres as possible - my aim is to 'worship' metal through honest reviews, current news and a wide variety of features; offering the same exposure to underground bands as we do to mainstream/well known acts. Our mantra; the bands are partners and we exist to serve the bands \m/

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