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Five Metal Albums You Should Hear Before You're Guillotined Along with the Rest of the Royalist Scum

So Al and I are going to try this out, and Brittany will continue to hate us for metalling with a solid pop blog. I feel like my picks today are very basic, but then again they are the albums that I find myself coming back to.

List chronologically:

1. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971)
One would be hard pressed to make a poor selection among the first few Sabbath albums. What's amazing is how bluesy some of the early stuff is. The connection between the genres is never so evident than at metal's conception as Sabbath pulls its sound from the American south, sucks it through the Hendrix prism then cranks the dial to 11. In light of this fact, I've decided to post a song that doesn't exemplify this in the least.

2. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak (1976)
Sorely underappreciated, save the single 'The Boys are Back in Town', Thin Lizzy's Jailbreak is just a lot of fun.

3. Iron Maiden - Killers (1981)
Killers sounds little like later Maiden, but all the songs herein are absolutely catchy, memorable and belted out in gritty bar-rock fashion.

4. Mercyful Fate - Melissa (1983)
There is no point in differentiating between Melissa and Don't Break the Oath, because they are both flawless and amongst the greatest albums of all time. King Diamond is excentric and his vocals are bizarre at first, but this is music that doesn't tire out.

5. Slayer - Show No Mercy (1983)
As thrash albums are concerned, this is the pinnacle. Araya's vocals are at their most adventurous, and songs like "Die by the Sword" and "Evil Has No Boundaries" are amongst the best the genre has to offer.


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