The Yearly Metal Project (With a Twist - See inside): 1982

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
So the other day I got the urge to listen to some early Sabbath, when I realized that I've never really explored Heavy Metal in terms of years. i.e. I've never listened to just albums from 1980. I imagine I'd get a different sense of context when listening to Heaven and Hell, British Steel, and Iron Maiden back to back to back. I've done full discography listens of a lot of these bands, but never explorations of different eras. So I decided I'd start doing just that. Using Black Sabbath's first album as a benchmark, I'd go year to year starting with 1970 and listen to both classic/essential albums from each year as well as some hidden gems. Hopefully this not only gives me new context for albums I already know well, but also helps me find new appreciation for some and maybe discover some that I missed. This will also help me get more into genres that I'm less familiar with (mainly extreme metal genres). I plan on doing this slowly so i can fully digest what I hear.

I decided to make a thread for it so others can join in to discuss these classic albums and maybe suggest albums that I miss along the way. I'm sure I'll gloss over somebody's favorite at least once. :D It'll be like a discography discussion, but we're doing years. So without further ado, here are the albums I've selected for 1970:

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath/Paranoid
Deep Purple - In Rock
Hawkwind - Hawkwind
Led Zeppelin - III
Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy... Very 'umble

I've already listened to both Sabbath albums as that's what started this all. While you can hardly argue against Black Sabbath being the first Metal song, I think Paranoid has to be the first Metal album. The bulk of the first Sabbath album has a lot more of that blues/psychedelic flavor that Sabbath started out with. The riffs aren't quite as prominent yet. Paranoid on the other hand is darker, heavier, doomier, and all around more of what I would define as Metal. But that's all semantics. Paranoid still remains tied with Heaven and Hell as my favorite Sabbath albums, and an all time favorite in general.

1970:
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath/Paranoid
David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World
Deep Purple - In Rock
Hawkwind - Hawkwind
Led Zeppelin - III
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
Uriah Heep - Very 'eavy... Very 'umble
Wishbone Ash - Wishbone Ash

1971
Alice Cooper - Killer/Love It To Death
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Budgie - Budgie
Deep Purple - Fireball
Genesis - Nursery Cryme
Hawkwind - In Search of Space
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Led Zeppelin - IV
Nazareth - Nazareth
UFO - Flying
Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself
Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
The Who - Who's Next

1972:
Alice Cooper - School's Out
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Budgie - Squawk
Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult
Captain Beyond - Captain Beyond
Deep Purple - Machine Head/Made in Japan
Elf - Elf
Hawkwind - Doremi Fasol Latido
Jerusalem - Jerusalem
Lucifer's Friend - Where the Groupies Killed the Blues
The Scorpions - Lonesome Crow
Thin Lizzy - Shades of a Blue Orphanage
Uriah Heep - Demons and Wizards/The Magician's Birthday
Wishbone Ash - Argus

1973
Aerosmith - Aerosmith
Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies/Muscle of Love
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Blue Oyster Cult - Tyranny and Mutation
Budgie - Never Turn Your Back On a Friend
Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are
Genesis - Selling England By the Pound
Golden Earring - Moontan
Hawkwind - Space Ritual
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire
Montrose - Montrose
Queen - Queen
Thin Lizzy - Vagabonds of the Western World
Uriah Heep - Sweet Freedom

1974
Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
Bad Company - Bad Company
Blue Oyster Cult - Secret Treaties
Budgie - In For the Kill
Deep Purple - Burn/Stormbringer
Elf - Carolina County Ball
Hawkwind - Hall of the Mountain Grill
Judas Preist - Rocka Rolla
King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black/Red
Kiss - Kiss/Hotter Than Hell
Montrose - Paper Money
Queen - Queen II/Sheer Heart Attack
Rush - Rush
Scorpions - Fly to the Rainbow
Sweet - Sweet Fanny Adams/Desolation Boulevard
Thin Lizzy - Nightlife
UFO - Phenomenon
Uriah Heep - Wonderworld

1975
AC/DC - High Voltage/TNT (Australian only)
Aerosmith - Toys In the Attic
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Armageddon - Armageddon
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Deep Purple - Come Taste the Band
Elf - Trying To Burn the Sun
Hawkwind - Warrior On the Edge of Time
Kiss - Dressed To Kill/Alive!
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
Montrose - Warner Bros. Presents
Queen - A Night At the Opera
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Rush - Fly By Night/Caress of Steel
Scorpions - In Trance
Thin Lizzy - Fighting
UFO - Force It

1976
AC/DC - High Voltage/Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Aerosmith - Rocks
Alice Cooper - Alice Cooper Goes To Hell
Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy
Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune
Budgie - If I Were Britannia I'd Waive the Rules
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Kiss - Destroyer/Rock and Roll Over
Led Zeppelin - Presence
Queen - A Day At the Races
Rainbow - Rising
Rush - 2112
Scorpions - Virgin Killer
Sweet - Give Us A Wink
Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak/Johnny the Fox
UFO - Heavy Petting
Uriah Heep - High and Mighty

1977

Heavy Metal

Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Krokus - To You All
Motohead - Motorhead
Quartz - Quartz
Queen - News of the World
Rainbow - On Stage
Riot - Rock City
Scorpions - Taken By Force
UFO - Lights Out

Hard Rock
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
Aerosmith - Draw the Line
Century - Dan Jefferie's Century
Cheap Trick - Cheap Trick/In Color
David Coverdale - White Snake
Foreigner - Foreigner
Sammy Hager - Sammy Hagar
Heart - Little Queen
Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
RamJam - RamJam
Ted Nugent - Cat Scratch Fever
Thin Lizzy - Bad Reputation

Glam Rock
Alice Cooper - Lace and Whiskey
Kiss - Love Gun/Alive II
Sweet - Off the Record

Progressive Rock
Rush - A Farewell To Kings

1978

Heavy Metal
Black Sabbath - Never Say Die!
Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening
Budgie - Impeckable
Centaurus - Centaurus
Heavy Load - Full Speed At High Level
Judas Priest - Stained Class/Killing Machine
Krokus - Pain Killer
Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot II (Japan only)
Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
Scorpions - Taken by Force/Tokyo Tapes
Shakin' Street - Vampire Rock
Sorcery - Sinister Soldiers/Stunt Rock
Speed Limit - First Offence
UFO - Obsession
Van Halen - Van Halen

Hard Rock

AC/DC - Powerage/If You Want Blood You've Got It
Aerosmith - Live! Bootleg
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
David Coverdale - North Winds
Foreigner - Double Vision
Heart - Magazine
Molly Hatchet - Molly Hatchet
Gary Moore - Back On the Streets
Ted Nugent - Double Live Gonzo!/Weekend Warriors

Queen - Jazz
Ram Jam - Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram
Rose Tattoo - Rose Tattoo
Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
Whitesnake - Snakebite/Trouble
The Who - Who Are You
Y&T
- Struck Down

Glam Rock

Alice Cooper -
From the Inside
Kiss - Ace Frehley/Gene Simmons/Peter Criss/Paul Stanley

Progressive Rock

Magnum -
Kingdom of Madness
Rush - Hemispheres
Saga - Saga

Styx - Pieces of Eight
UK - UK

1979
Heavy Metal
Accept - Accept
Judas Priest - Killing Machine/Unleashed In the East
Legend - From The Fjords
Motorhead - Overkill/Bomber
Mythra - Death and Destiny
Nazareth - No Mean City
Rainbow - Down To Earth
Riot - Narita
Scorpions - Lovedrive
Trust - Trust
UFO - Strangers In the Night
Van Halen - II

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
Def Leppard - The Def Leppard E.P.
Iron Maiden - The Soundhouse Tapes
Praying Mantis - The Soundhouse Tapes Part 2
Samson - Survivors
Saxon - Saxon

Hard Rock
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
Aerosmith - Night In the Ruts
April Wine - Harder... Faster
Blackfoot - Strikes
Blue Oyster Cult - Mirrors
Cheap Trick - At Budokan/Dream Police
Foreigner - Head Games
Gamma - Gamma 1
Gillan - Mr. Universe
Led Zeppelin - In Through the Out Door
Legs Diamond - Fire Power
Pat Travers - Live! Go For What You Know
Queen - Live Killers
Rory Gallagher - Top Priority
Sammy Hagar - Street Machine
Status Quo - Whatever You Want
Ted Nugent - State Of Shock
Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Triumph - Just A Game
Whitesnake - Lovehunter

Glam Rock/Disco
Kiss - Dynasty

Prog Rock
Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti/Joe's Garage
Magnum - Magnum II
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Saga - Images At Twilight

Punk Rock
The Clash - London Calling

Southern Rock
38 Special - Rockin' Into the Night
The Allman Brothers Band - Enlightened Rogues
Molly Hatchet - Flirtin' With Disaster

1980

Heavy Metal

Accept - I'm a Rebel (Germany)
Beowulf - Slice of Life (California, USA)
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell (England)
Brats - 1980 (Denmark)
Budgie - If Swallowed, Do Not Induce Vomiting/Power Supply (Wales)
Judas Priest - British Steel (England)
Krokus - Metal Rendez-vous (Switzerland)
Lazy - Uchusen Chikyugo (Japan)
Manilla Road - Invasion (Kansas, USA)
Michael Schenker Group - The Michael Schenker Group (Germany)

Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz (England)
Quartz - Stand Up and Fight (England)
The Rods - Rock Hard (USA)
Sarcofagus - Envoy of Death/Cycle Of Life (Finland)
Scorpions - Animal Magnetism (Germany)
Snowaxe - We're All Different (Canada)
Sorcery - Til Death Do We Part (Illinois, USA)
Trust - Répression (France)
White Spirit - White Spirit (England)
UFO - No Place to Run (England)
Uriah Heep - Conquest (England)
Van Halen - Women and Children First (California, USA)

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
Chevy - The Taker
Def Leppard - On Through the Night
Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

Ethel The Frog - Ethel the Frog
Fist - Turn The Hell On
Girlschool - Demolition
Limelight - Limelight
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Killer - Ready For Hell
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Nightwing - Something In the Air
Samson - Head On
Saxon - Wheels Of Steel, Strong Arm Of the Law
Tygers of Pan Tang - Wild Cat

Vardis - 100 MPH
Various Artists - Metal For Muthas
Witchfynder - Give 'em Hell/Stagefright

Hard Rock
AC/DC - Back In Black
A II Z - The Witch Of Berkeley
Blackfoot - Tom Cattin'
Blue Öyster Cult - Cultösaurus Erectus
Cheap Trick - All Shook Up
Cirith Ungol - Frost and Fire
Fargo - No Limit
Gamma - Gamma 2
Gillan - Glory Road
Girl - Sheer Greed
The Hunt - Back On The Hunt
Magnum - Marauder
Mama's Boys - Official Bootleg
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush - What's Next

Gary Moore - G-Force
Ted Nugent - Scream Dream
Queen - The Game
Rail - Arrival
Sammy Hagar - Danger Zone
Shakin' Street - Shakin' Street
Thin Lizzy - Chinatown
Triumph - Progressions of Power
Whitesnake - Ready An' Willing/Live In the Heart of the City
Wild Horses - The First Album

Glam Rock
Alice Cooper - Flush the Fashion
Kiss - Unmasked

Progressive Rock
Rush - Permanent Waves
Yes - Drama


Southern Rock
Molly Hatchet - Beatin' the Odds
 
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SixesAlltheway

Ancient Mariner
Cool. I've actually done this sort of stuff quite a lot ie. hit up a specific year and then dig into various genres be it psych, hard rock or metal. 1970 is a good year to begin with!
 

terrell39

Ancient Mariner
Deep Purple In Rock is a milestone. Speed King and Flight of the Rat are straight rockers. Child in Time is spooky but powerful.

Led Zep 3 is a very experimental LP but one of my favorites. From the drive of Immigrant Song and Out On the Tiles to the acoustics of Friends and Gallows Pole to the strange lick that runs through Celebration Day and the classic blues of Since I Been Loving You, it is a great album.
 

MrKnickerbocker

clap hands
Very cool idea, Mosh. I did this recently for 1980 on my Facebook review page - www.facebook.com/TheDuellists - shameless plug - and the results were very interesting. Choosing only 5 or so albums will get harder and harder once you hit 1980. :)

I'm slowly going through Deep Purple's discography, so this will be really interesting for me.

Are you planning on doing every year (1971, 72, etc) or just every 5 or 10 years?
 

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
Very cool idea, Mosh. I did this recently for 1980 on my Facebook review page - www.facebook.com/TheDuellists - shameless plug - and the results were very interesting. Choosing only 5 or so albums will get harder and harder once you hit 1980. :)
I actually won't be limiting the albums I choose, I'm just going off of Rate Your Music and wikipedia and this year happened to have only 5 albums I thought were necessary for this. If there are some I've missed let me know!

Are you planning on doing every year (1971, 72, etc) or just every 5 or 10 years?
I'll do every year, there are a lot of seminal years for Metal (76, 82 etc) that will deserve attention. I want to be as thorough as possible.
 

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
Led Zep 3 is a very experimental LP but one of my favorites. From the drive of Immigrant Song and Out On the Tiles to the acoustics of Friends and Gallows Pole to the strange lick that runs through Celebration Day and the classic blues of Since I Been Loving You, it is a great album.
I'm listening to III now, I was really into Zeppelin when I was 14 or so but never really got around to this album. It's definitely transitional for them, shows them experimenting for the first time really. While it contains their heaviest song so far (Immigration Song), the album as a whole is a bit less heavy than the two before it. There's definitely more of a folk element present, which would pop up frequently in Zep's work going forward. I will probably only include III and IV in this thread, as I don't really consider the other albums influential for metal the way the first four albums are, so I'd rather focus more attention on other albums. I've considered Presence because of Achille's Last Stand, but that's just one song.
 

terrell39

Ancient Mariner
I'm listening to III now, I was really into Zeppelin when I was 14 or so but never really got around to this album. It's definitely transitional for them, shows them experimenting for the first time really. While it contains their heaviest song so far (Immigration Song), the album as a whole is a bit less heavy than the two before it. There's definitely more of a folk element present, which would pop up frequently in Zep's work going forward. I will probably only include III and IV in this thread, as I don't really consider the other albums influential for metal the way the first four albums are, so I'd rather focus more attention on other albums. I've considered Presence because of Achille's Last Stand, but that's just one song.
Love Achille's Last Stand! The last song on Presence (Tea For One) is another great blues song. Physical Graffitti is a great combination of rockers with lighter songs
 

Dityn DJ James

A coma stole my name.
@Mosh I personally haven't heard it yet, but I've heard Sir Lord Baltimore's Kingdom Come described as one of the first heavy metal albums ever released.
 

The Flash

Dennis Wilcock did 9/11
I have suggested an idea to (have someone) do a survivor of years of music. This could be some sort of preparation, although the project could be as huge as we want (if we collect individual favourites).
Rock/metal only?
 

SixesAlltheway

Ancient Mariner
Pretty safe to say that there is A LOT of fantastic albums from these years that are not metal......

But let's not steal this topic right? ;)
 

Brigantium

Grim Reaper
Staff member
I think he was just suggesting moving to the Survivor Discussion thread because this was meant to be a discussion of the five albums Mosh posted above.
 

Mosh

And I should contemplate this change
Staff member
Not sure what is happening, but this is meant to be a Metal project only. I understand that other genres of music would be fun too, but it would be quite ambitious and I started this as a personal project to put a different spin on the first genre of music I came to love.

I intend on doing this with other genres I like sometime in the future, but felt I'd share the metal one here as its most appropriate for this forum.
 
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