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Why 1984? Because that's the year I was born. I'm not saying that my birthyear makes anything else significant, but I figured I would take an interest in every album that's as old as I am. Yup, it's that lame. Here they are from best to worst in my opinion.

By the way, only the albums I've listened to go on this list, which explains why I don't have Judas Priest's Defender of the Faith or any other big album on here yet. (I'll get to them, I promise!) This is definitely a work in progress as I listen to more metal.

Created by: bj_waters | 19.11.2011



1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
One of the best metal albums ever made, and it's the same year as my birthday. You better believe this is going to be on the list. The best of Metallica is the best of 1984.
2. Metal Church - Metal Church
Every time I listen to this album, I feel like I should be raising the horns the entire time. Metal Church's debut is a fierce piece of work, taking a more melodic approach to the thrash and speed metal of the time. With great tracks like "Gods of Wrath," "(My Favorite) Nightmare," and the title track, it just pounds right on through. One of the best metal albums in the world.
3. Autograph - Sign In Please
Glam/Pop Metal at its best. No seriously, there isn't a better album of this kind of stuff than Autograph's initial album. Pure, awesome, party metal.
4. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Maiden's consistency places it this high on the list. Decent stuff, all around. To be honest, I'm fairly new to Iron Maiden (I know, I know) and in general I think there stuff is pretty good, but not every song can be Hallowed Be Thy Name. If only.
5. Trouble - Psalm 9
Man, I need to listen to more classic Doom. It's a shame Candlemass didn't have an album this year. It'd probably be in the top 3! Anways, I should probably listen to this again, but I liked what I heard: Sabbathy, Epic, Doomy. Good stuff.
6. Dio - The Last in Line
Dio's second solo work carries on the energy and passion of his first, putting it a cut above the rest. Unfortunately, I didn't start listening to Dio until after he died. Then again, I didn't start getting into metal until 2006, so I've still got a lot of homework to do.
7. Manowar - Sign of the Hammer
Manowar's third album chugs along like any other. This one has some pretty good tracks, but it isn't their best.
8. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
I threw this in to listen to in the background and found it to be decent, though I wasn't paying the closest attention. I should probably listen to this one again.
9. Saxon - Crusader
Straight forward, rockin' metal, Saxon-style. However, this album just kind of goes on, with very little that sticks in the mind. It's fun while it's on, but I remember nothing when its done.
10. Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus
Geez, and I thought Trouble was Sabbathy. This sounds like a long lost Sabbath record. Not bad, but not quite as good as Trouble's album.
11. Exciter - Violence and Force
Interesting stuff. Sort of like a mashup of Savatage and Metal Church.
12. Ratt - Out of the Cellar
For some reason, I find myself really liking these Pop Metal records before about 1985-86, before they were taken over by power ballads and glossy production. While this stuff is certainly radio-friendly, it still has a decent amount of crunch to it.
13. Dokken - Tooth and Nail
Decent pop metal. This is the first time I've every listened to Dokken and they're all right. They don't blow my mind, but I've heard worse.
14. Whitesnake - Slide It In
Kind of a fun, rock/metal/AOR hybrid. Not bad.
15. Grave Digger - Heavy Metal Breakdown
Is it weird that my favorite song from this album is the Stones cover, especially since I don't really like the Stones? This stuff is rough-around-the-edges heavy metal, but the riffs are heavy and energetic. It's a little hit and miss, but there's some good stuff here.
16. Savatage - The Dungeons Are Calling
Decent heavy metal, with those early, iconic Savatage riffs. I'm not a huge fan of early Savatage, but these have their place right here..
17. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
The begining of Malmsteen's renowned career, though I admit that I'm pretty new to his personal work. I've mostly just heard his influence through European Power Metal. He has some pretty decent tracks here, but I find that instrumentals usually don't sink in as easily for me.
18. Europe - Wings of Tomorrow
Before "The Final Countdown," when Europe became pop metal stars, they had a few albums that weren't too bad. This one is slightly better of the early two, but still kind of average overall.
19. Anthrax - Fistful of Metal
Early example of thrash/speed metal. Unfortunately, the album really doesn't have much staying power. They may have been inspired by Metalica by '84, but I find this kind of lacking, especially against their later material.
20. Manowar - Hail to England
Sooooooo, I guess Manowar has two albums in '84. I don't think this one is as good as Manowar's other stuff, and only having a few decent tracks, it finds itself down here.
21. Holocaust - No Man's Land
Maybe I'm just new to some of the deeper NWOBHM stuff, but this was pretty meh. Very loose, very raw, a little punky, actually. Not completely awful for nothing really worth looking at here.



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bj_waters - 03.02.2012 at 03:06  
UPDATED! Added Malmsteen and Grave Digger
JohnDoe - 03.02.2012 at 03:17  
Nice to see Europe mentioned here; a good album, one of their best (if not the best)
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.02.2012 at 04:52  
Written by JohnDoe on 03.02.2012 at 03:17

Nice to see Europe mentioned here; a good album, one of their best (if not the best)


for me it's a tie between Wings Of Tomorrow and the self-titled debut
Alex Fenger - 07.02.2012 at 18:45  
Actually a pretty decent year. Ride the Lightning, Rising Force, Metal Church..... all good albums in my book
bj_waters - 27.06.2012 at 06:57  
UPDATED! Added Iron Maiden and Dio. Finally getting some big names up here.

BTW, while I've got a decent list of 1984 albums that I still need to listen to, I figured I'd get some suggestions of what I should listen to next. I'm mostly interested in studio albums, but otherwise, everything is free game!
bj_waters - 03.11.2012 at 04:42  
UPDATED AGAIN! This time I added Saxon and Dokken. I also made an effort to listen to the other albums listed here and I've since changed the order and most of the comments attached to them.
Vasil de Shumen - 03.11.2012 at 09:31  
I would hesitate about 'Fistful Of Metal', 'Heavy Metal Breakdown', 'Crusader' and 'Sign In Please' ...

and I recommend to your attention : Judas Priest - 'Defenders Of The Faith' , W.A.S.P. - 'W.A.S.P.', Twisted Sister - 'Stay Hungry' and Mercyful Fate - 'Don't Break The Oath'
bj_waters - 03.11.2012 at 22:03  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 03.11.2012 at 09:31

I would hesitate about 'Fistful Of Metal', 'Heavy Metal Breakdown', 'Crusader' and 'Sign In Please' ...

and I recommend to your attention : Judas Priest - 'Defenders Of The Faith' , W.A.S.P. - 'W.A.S.P.', Twisted Sister - 'Stay Hungry' and Mercyful Fate - 'Don't Break The Oath'


Technically, it's a "best to worst", so I'm including everything that I've listened to that comes from that year (I should probably fix the title, huh?). Also, thanks for the recommendations. I'll be sure to put those up higher on my list.

However, I don't know what I can do about "Sign In Please." I REALLY like that album.
Vasil de Shumen - 03.11.2012 at 23:45  
Written by bj_waters on 03.11.2012 at 22:03


... However, I don't know what I can do about "Sign In Please." I REALLY like that album.



Just my criteria are different from your criteria - in my opinion 'Sign In Please' isn't metal album. This is a good pop hard rock album
bj_waters - 04.11.2012 at 03:31  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 03.11.2012 at 23:45

Just my criteria are different from your criteria - in my opinion 'Sign In Please' isn't metal album. This is a good pop hard rock album


Yeah, everyone has their own strange way of drawing the lines. I mean, I would include Autograph as metal, but not AC/DC or Led Zeppelin. Weird, isn't it. (I'm not saying they're bad, they're just not metal to me.)

In fact, I started a thread here at Metal Storm showing everyone where I draw my lines. I did it mostly because I was upset with everyone else's (read: Sam Dunn's), decided to make my own, then posted it for critical analysis. You're more than welcome to give it a look and tell me where I'm wrong. As I've said before, I'm new to metal, but I feel like I need to share my theories and ideas in order to correct or strengthen them. Or whatever.
Vasil de Shumen - 04.11.2012 at 09:43  
Written by bj_waters on 04.11.2012 at 03:31

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 03.11.2012 at 23:45

Just my criteria are different from your criteria - in my opinion 'Sign In Please' isn't metal album. This is a good pop hard rock album

... In fact, I started a thread here at Metal Storm showing everyone where I draw my lines. I did it mostly because I was upset with everyone else's (read: Sam Dunn's), decided to make my own, then posted it for critical analysis. You're more than welcome to give it a look and tell me where I'm wrong. As I've said before, I'm new to metal, but I feel like I need to share my theories and ideas in order to correct or strengthen them. Or whatever.


I respect your opinion, man.
I comment to your choice. Nothing more
bj_waters - 31.01.2014 at 23:32  
UPDATED! Added Jag Panzer and Whitesnake.

Considering that this year marks the 30th anniversary for all of these albums, I'm going to try and add as many albums as I can to the list (as well as relistening to the ones already here). My goal is to listen to them as close to the 30th anniversary to the release date, but finding exact dates for many of these albums proved to be fairly difficult, so I'm gonna go by months. Here's what I have so far:

January: Van Halen - 1984, Loudness - Disillusion~撃剣霊化 (the Japanese version), Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith, Whitesnake - Slide It In (which I've just added)

February: Anthrax - Fistful of Metal, Exciter - Violence and Force, Saint Vitus - Saint Vitus, Divlje Jagode - Carobnjaci, Europe - Wings of Tomorrow

March: Trouble - Psalm 9, Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force, Savatage - The Dungeons are Calling, Ratt - Out of the Cellar

April: Holocaust - No Man's Land, Saxon - Crusader

May: Corrosion of Conformity - Eye For an Eye, Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry, Kick Axe - Vices

June: Armored Saint - March of the Saint

July: Loudness - Disillusion -English Version-, Manowar - Hail to England, Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead, Dio - The Last in Line, Pantera - Projects in the Jungle (maybe)

August: Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction, Voivod - War and Pain, Metallica - Ride the Lightning, W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P., Scorpions - Love at First Sting

September: Nightmare - Waiting for the Twilight, Iron Maiden - Powerslave, Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath, Queensryche - The Warning, Fates Warning - Night on Brocken, Dokken - Tooth and Nail

October: Pretty Maids - Red, Hot and Heavy, Sinner -Danger Zone, Warlord - ...And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun, Bathory - Bathory, Manowar - Sign of the Hammer, Grave Digger - Heavy Metal Breakdown

November: Omen - Battle Cry

December: Tank - Honour & Blood, Running Wild - Gates to Purgatory

Of course, this list isn't complete. I'd like to find release dates for the Brocas Helm, Helstar, Laaz Rockit, Metal Church, Stormwitch, Tokyo Blade, and Warlock albums, so if anybody knows at least what month they should go in (as well as any others), I'd greatly appreciate it. Here's to an epic year of metal!

EDIT: Formatting
tea[m]ster - 02.02.2014 at 17:37  
Although not very metal at all and I don't know if you are a Rush fan or not but Grace Under Pressure is terrific, contrary to what other Rush fans think
bj_waters - 02.02.2014 at 19:29  
Written by tea[m]ster on 02.02.2014 at 17:37

Although not very metal at all and I don't know if you are a Rush fan or not but Grace Under Pressure is terrific, contrary to what other Rush fans think


This may seem pretty arbitrary, but I wasn't going to include Rush because I don't think of them as metal. Metal Storm also has pages for Marillion and King Crimson, both of whom had albums in 1984, but I'm not counting them for this list.

I think Rush is alright. I grew up listening to Yes (obviously), Pink Floyd, and Alan Parson Project, but I didn't get around to Rush (and the rest of prog rock, really) until later. I think I've only listened to Grace Under Pressure once though, so I couldn't tell you what I thought of it.
Nick K. - 07.02.2014 at 22:05  
Nice list. Great to see RTl and Metal Church on the first two, since they are the best albums released in 1984 for me too.
bj_waters - 05.03.2014 at 04:56  
UPDATED! Added Exciter and Trouble.

Started to work my way through that list I posted. This is going to be an interesting year.
bj_waters - 05.04.2014 at 05:46  
UPDATED! Added Saint Vitus and Holocaust.

Probably not the best stuff from the year, but I'm committed to this idea.

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