24. Manilla Road – Open The Gates
On Open The Gates, cult favourites Manilla Road recorded their heaviest, most focused album to date. Taking their cues predominantly from Thrash and the NWOBHM, their epic brand of Heavy Metal marched on from 1983’s Crystal Logic, into ever more muscular territory.
The fantastical and the epic are embraced with no sign of cliche and it’s this commitment to pure Heavy Metal that carries Open The Gates along at a breakneck speed.
Highly underrated, Manilla Road and this classic album deserve to be household names.
23. The Cult – Love
In 1985 there was much to love about The Cult and “She Sells Sanctuary”, a monster hit by anyone’s standards, was the icing on a deliciously dark and decadent cake.
Lean, leathery and sonically massive, Love was an album that walked a fine line between the Post-Punk of the previous years debut and the all-out Rock of 1987’s Electric album.
With nary a duff track in sight, Love is a bona-fide 80’s classic and stands tall as a brooding, masterful, Rock/Goth sensation.
22. Destruction – Infernal Overkill
These Germanic, bullet-belt strewn boys made one hell of an entrance when their full-length debut detonated in 1985.
Blackened Thrash was the order of the day and Infernal Overkill came out charred, scorched and searing; the heat generated from this trio of tormentors manifesting itself as fervourous Thrashers “The Ritual”, “Thrash Attack” and “Antichrist”.
Destruction would go on to define the Teutonic Thrash scene but it all began here!