4. Satan – Court In The Act (1983)
In the days when bands were able to construct songs with melody, crunch, intensity and originality, Satan’s debut, Court In the Act, stands out as a high-water mark and a NWOBHM album that can rival Iron Maiden’s debut for speed, attitude and technical prowess.
At it’s core, Court In The Act rattles along at a furious pace courtesy of Steve Ramsey’s chaotic and endlessly inventive riffs and an assured performance by vocalist Brian Ross; never strained but capable of unleashing demonic screams amidst ingenious vocal hooks.
The highly influential Proto-Thrash conjured by these Geordie mavericks is as thrilling today as it was 3 decades ago. In fact, it’s not just Thrash that Court In The Act predates; Speed-Metal and Power Metal owe this album a monumental debt of gratitude and fans of early Helloween and Blind Guardian will be experiencing a severe case of deja vu.
Just remember, Satan were first!
Recently reformed, their 2013 release, Life Sentence, is also worth selling your soul for.