14. Abhorrent Decimation – Miasmic Mutation
UK Death Metal new-boys Abhorrent Decimation had been slowly building a solid – and rabid – fanbase for some time but precious few could have expected their debut album, Miasmic Mutation, to hit with such unparalleled force.
Clinical, brutal, home to some monumental chugging riffs and showcasing the perfect balancing act between technicality and that all important mosh-ability, Abhorrent Decimation took the best of old-school death metal (think the brute force of Cannibal Corpse and the intricacy of Deicide) and matched it with the newer breed of faithful – yet tech savvy – death bringers such as Decapitated and Hour Of Penance.
The UK had new death metal kings to bow down to and Miasmic Mutation was one album that achieved the almost impossible in this day and age; it made Death Metal sound fresh and utterly vital again!
13. Motörhead – Bad Magic
Sentimentality aside, Motörhead’s 22nd album was yet another slab of classic rock n’ roll that defied the ravages of time.
Still able to harness the raw power of their late 70’s/early 80’s output with consummate ease – “Thunder And Lightning” proving to be a surprisingly ferocious companion piece to “Overkill” and “Ace Of Spades” – Lemmy, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee penned an album that perfectly encapsulated a career that achieved all there was to achieve.
Once again, Motörhead delivered the goods and their standing as the grittiest bunch of Rock ‘N’ Roll bastards the world has ever seen remained undiminished to the very end.
Timeless….just like Lemmy. R.I.P.