Metallica – Metallica (92.5)

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Thrash metal had taken hold of the world in the late 80s. The “Big Four,” which included thrash gods Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, and Metallica, emerged and began releasing landmark albums within the genre. In 1991, Metallica opened the gates to metal’s true commercial success with the release of Metallica, also known as The Black Album….

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Judas Priest – Redeemer of Souls (85)

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The driving riffs, the razor-sharp dual guitar harmonies, the unholy shrieking of fantastical lyrical themes, the studded black leather and chains – Judas Priest is responsible for heavy metal as we know it today, plain and simple. Fellow Britons Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath may have invented and popularized the style, but the Priest distilled…

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Black Sabbath – Master of Reality (97.5)

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It is very likely that had Black Sabbath called it a day in 1971, they would still be revered as the Godfathers of heavy metal. With Black Sabbath’s groundbreaking unification of rock and roll with horror film imagery, and the commercially successful Paranoid’s radio hits and revolutionary perfection of the 5th chord guitar riff, any…

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