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1. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
1993, progressive thrash metal
2. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997, technical avant-garde thrash/heavy metal
3. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995, technical thrash/heavy metal
4. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986, progressive heavy metal
5. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982, NWOBHM
6. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981, NWOBHM
7. Souls At Zero - 3-D
1991, technical avant-garde thrash metal ; actually by Wrathchild America
8. D-Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994, melancholic technical/progressive thrash metal
9. Heavy Load - Full Speed At High Level
1978, heavy metal
10. Taramis - Queen Of Thieves
1988, progressive heavy/power metal
11. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994, black/doom metal
12. Spastic Ink - Ink Compatible
2004, technical progressive metal
13. Intruder - Live To Die
1987, technical thrash metal
14. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987, thrash metal with punk influences
15. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988, thrash metal with punk influences
16. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988, technical thrash metal
17. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991, progressive thrash metal
18. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994, avant-garde metal
19. Doctor Butcher - Doctor Butcher
1994, heavy/power metal
20. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988, avant-garde thrash metal
21. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988, avant-garde thrash metal
22. Target - Master Project Genesis
1988, progressive thrash metal
23. Spastic Ink - Ink Complete
1997, technical progressive metal
24. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986, progressive heavy/power metal
25. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988, progressive neoclassical metal
26. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988, neoclassical shred metal
27. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994, avant-garde death/doom metal
28. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991, depressive thrash metal
29. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988, thrash metal
30. Realm - Endless War
1988, technical thrash metal
31. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992, avant-garde death/doom metal
32. Détente - Recognize No Authority
1986, thrash metal
33. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985, technical thrash metal
34. Ludicra - Fex Urbis Lex Orbis
2006, progressive black metal
35. Chastain - Ruler Of The Wasteland
1986, heavy metal
36. Excidium (SUI) - Innocent River
1995, progressive death/thrash metal
37. Artillery - Fear Of Tomorrow [album]
1985, thrash metal
38. Equinox (NOR) - The Way To Go
1990, technical thrash metal
39. Damn The Machine - Damn The Machine
1993, technical groove progressive/heavy metal
40. Non-Fiction - It's A Wonderful Lie...
1996, groove heavy metal
41. Solstice - New Dark Age
1998, epic doom metal
42. Tourniquet - Pathogenic Ocular Dissonance
1992, avant-garde thrash/power metal
43. Quartz - Stand Up And Fight
1980, NWOBHM
44. Ludicra - Another Great Love Song
2004, progressive black metal
45. Last Crack - Sinister Funkhouse #17
1989, groove metal
46. D-Age - Lying In Wait
1993, technical/progressive thrash metal
47. inExordium - Exhumed Of The Earth
1993, doom/death metal ; actually by Paramæcium
48. Hexenhaus - A Tribute To Insanity
1988, thrash metal
49. Necromantia - Crossing The Fiery Path
1993, avant-garde black metal
50. Solstice - Lamentations
1994, epic doom metal
51. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
1970, heavy metal/hard rock
52. Necromantia - Scarlet Evil Witching Black
1995, experimental black metal
53. Ritual (UK) - Widow
1983, NWOBHM
54. Sadness - Ames de Marbre
1993, darkwave/gothic metal
55. God Macabre - The Winterlong
1993, death metal
56. Razor - Executioner's Song
1985, thrash/speed metal
57. Anacrusis - Reason
1990, technical progressive thrash metal
58. Stone - Stone
1988, thrash metal
59. Mekong Delta - The Principle Of Doubt
1989, avant-garde thrash metal
60. Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000, heavy metal with punk influences
61. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Locust Years
2006, progressive/doom metal
62. Legend - Fröm The Fjörds
1979, epic heavy metal
63. Sir Lord Baltimore - Sir Lord Baltimore
1971, progressive heavy metal/hard rock
64. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes
1992, death metal
65. Gorement - The Ending Quest
1994, death/doom metal
66. D-Age - First Depression
1992, technical thrash metal
67. Souls At Zero - Climbin' The Walls
1989, technical thrash/heavy metal ; actually by Wrathchild America
68. Satan - Court In The Act
1983, NWOBHM
69. Martyr - Hopeless Hopes
1997, technical death metal
70. Rigor Mortis - Rigor Mortis
1988, thrash metal
71. Stone - Emotional Playground
1991, thrash metal
72. Last Crack - Burning Time
1991, groove metal/rock
73. Racer X - Technical Difficulties
1999, heavy metal
74. Oz - Fire In The Brain
1983, heavy metal
75. Apocalypse - Apocalypse
1988, thrash metal
76. Tourniquet - Psycho Surgery
1991, avant-garde/technical thrash metal
77. Hexenhaus - Awakening
1991, technical/progressive thrash metal
78. Decision D - The Last Prostitute
1995, avant-garde thrash metal
79. Defiance - Product Of Society
1989, thrash metal
80. Equinox (NOR) - Xerox Success
1991, avant-garde thrash metal
81. Agent Steel - Unstoppable Force
1987, speed power metal
82. Headhunter - Parody Of Life
1990, thrash metal
83. Wildfire - Brute Force And Ignorance
1983, NWOBHM
84. Tony MacAlpine - Edge Of Insanity
1986, progressive neoclassical metal
85. Mekong Delta - Dances Of Death (And Other Walking Shadows)
1990, avant-garde thrash metal
86. Stone - No Anaesthesia!
1989, thrash metal
87. Confessor - Condemned
1991, technical doom metal
88. Gorefest - Mindloss
1991, death metal
89. Excruciate (SWE) - Passage Of Life
1993, death metal
90. Vendetta (GER) - Brain Damage
1988, thrash metal
91. Non-Fiction - Preface
1991, groove heavy metal
92. Babylon Sad - Kyrie
1992, progressive death metal
93. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Bastard
2001, technical medieval doom/black metal
94. Hammers Of Misfortune - The August Engine
2003, technical progressive/heavy metal
95. Messiah - Choir Of Horrors
1991, death/thrash metal
96. Mystrez - The Indictment
1990, technical thrash metal
97. Sacrosanct - Recessed For The Depraved
1991, technical thrash metal
98. Donor - Triangle Of The Lost
1992, progressive thrash metal
99. Quartz - Quartz
1977, hard rock, NWOBHM
100. Seance - Fornever Laid To Rest
1992, death metal
101. Savage - Loose 'N' Lethal
1983, NWOBHM
102. Massacra - Final Holocaust
1990, death metal
103. Mekong Delta - Kaleidoscope
1992, avant-garde technical thrash metal
104. Non-Fiction - In The Know
1992, groove heavy metal
105. Realm - Suiciety
1990, technical thrash metal
106. Heavy Load - Death Or Glory
1982, heavy/power metal
107. Cemetary - An Evil Shade Of Grey
1992, death metal
108. Adramelech - Psychostasia
1996, death metal
109. Tourniquet - Vanishing Lessons
1994, avant-garde thrash/groove metal
110. Hexenhaus - The Edge Of Eternity
1990, technical thrash metal
111. Raven - Life's A Bitch
1987, heavy metal
112. Afflicted - Prodigal Sun
1992, progressive/technical death metal
113. Ludicra - Hollow Psalms
2002, black metal
114. Massacra - Enjoy The Violence
1991, death metal
115. Deathrow - Raging Steel
1987, thrash metal
116. Last Descendants - One Nation Under God
1988, power/thrash metal
117. Wildfire - Summer Lightning
1984, NWOBHM
118. Intruder - Psycho Savant
1991, technical thrash metal
119. Watchtower - Control And Resistance
1989, technical thrash heavy metal
120. Mordred - Fool's Game
1989, progressive thrash metal
121. Funebre (FIN) - Children Of The Scorn
1991, death metal
122. Manilla Road - The Deluge
1986, US power metal
123. Grinder (GER) - Dead End
1989, thrash/speed metal
124. Slough Feg - Traveller
2003, heavy metal
125. Tony MacAlpine - Madness
1993, progressive shred metal/rock
126. Tony MacAlpine - Premonition
1994, progressive shred metal/rock
127. Tony MacAlpine - Evolution
1995, progressive shred metal/rock
128. James Murphy - Convergence
1996, technical avant-garde metal
129. James Murphy - Feeding The Machine
1999, technical groove metal
130. Sieges Even - Sophisticated
1995, progressive metal
131. Taramis - Stretch Of The Imagination
1991, avant-garde heavy/thrash metal
132. Holy Moses - Finished With The Dogs
1987, thrash metal
133. Polluted Inheritance - Ecocide
1992, technical death metal
134. Heavy Load - Stronger Than Evil
1983, heavy/power metal
135. Nasty Savage - Nasty Savage
1985, US power metal/thrash metal
136. Raven - Nothing Exceeds Like Excess
1988, heavy metal
137. Slauter Xstroyes - Winter Kill
1985, power metal
138. Deadly Blessing - Ascend From The Cauldron
1988, progressive power/thrash metal
139. Tyrant (USA) - Too Late To Pray
1987, heavy metal
140. Pagan Altar - The Lords Of Hypocrisy
2004, heavy/doom metal
141. Pagan Altar - Mythical & Magical
2006, heavy/doom metal
142. Dark Heresy - Abstract Principles Taken To Their Logical Extremes
1995, avant-garde death metal
143. Intruder - A Higher Form Of Killing
1989, technical thrash metal
144. Destructor - Maximum Destruction
1985, thrash metal
145. Decision D - Razon de la Muerte
1992, technical death/thrash metal
146. Jaguar - Power Games
1983, NWOBHM
147. Seance - Saltrubbed Eyes
1993, death metal
148. Rage - Secrets In A Weird World
1989, heavy/thrash metal
149. Satan - Blaze Of Obscurity
1989, thrash metal
150. Hades (USA) - Resisting Success
1987, thrash/power metal
151. Obliveon - Nemesis
1993, technical/progressive thrash metal
152. Sledgehammer - Blood On Their Hands
1983, NWOBHM
153. Citron - Tropic Of Cancer
1983, hard rock/heavy metal
154. Psychotic Waltz - Mosquito
1994, progressive metal
155. Mekong Delta - Mekong Delta
1987, avant-garde thrash metal
156. Messiah - Rotten Perish
1992, death/thrash metal
157. Sacrosanct - Tragic Intense
1993, progressive thrash metal
158. Holy Moses - The New Machine Of Liechtenstein
1989, technical thrash metal
159. Mekong Delta - Visions Fugitives
1994, avant-garde metal
160. Vicious Rumors - Soldiers Of The Night
1985, technical power metal
161. Widowmaker - Stand By For Pain
1994, US heavy metal
162. Jon Oliva's Pain - 'Tage Mahal
2004, progressive metal
163. Wrath (USA) - Insane Society
1990, thrash metal
164. Saracen - Heroes, Saints & Fools
1981, NWOBHM/progressive rock
165. Riot V - The Privilege Of Power
1990, heavy metal
166. Demented Ted - Promises Impure
1993, death/thrash metal
167. Tony MacAlpine - Maximum Security
1987, neoclassical progressive metal
168. Mordred - The Next Room
1994, avant-garde funk/thrash metal
169. Blitzkrieg - A Time Of Changes
1985, NWOBHM
170. Dead Brain Cells - Universe
1989, technical thrash metal
171. Wrath (USA) - Fit Of Anger
1986, thrash/power metal
172. Sacrosanct - Truth Is - What Is
1990, technical thrash metal
173. Satan - Out Of Reach
1985, NWOBHM ; actually by Blind Fury
174. Fleurety - Min Tid Skal Komme
1995, avant-garde black metal
175. Sieges Even - Uneven
1997, progressive metal
176. S.D.I. - Sign Of The Wicked
1988, thrash metal Sacred Blade
177. Apocrypha - The Forgotten Scroll
1987, shred power metal
178. Defiance - Beyond Recognition
1992, thrash metal
179. Cenotaph - The Gloomy Reflection Of Our Hidden Sorrows
1992, death metal
180. Sadus - Elements Of Anger
1997, technical thrash/death metal
181. Memento Mori - Rhymes Of Lunacy
1993, heavy/doom metal
182. Liege Lord - Master Control
1988, power/thrash metal
183. Heretic - Breaking Point
1988, power/thrash metal
184. Midas Touch - Presage Of Disaster
1989, technical thrash metal
185. Disciples Of Power - Mechanikill
1996, progressive thrash metal
186. Stygian - Planetary Destruction
1992, technical thrash/power metal
187. Juggernaut - Baptism Under Fire
1986, technical thrash metal
188. Hades (USA) - If At First You Don't Succeed...
1988, thrash/power metal
189. Disincarnate - Dreams Of The Carrion Kind
1993, technical death metal
190. Bloodlust - Guilty As Sin
1985, US speed metal
191. Messiah - Hymn To Abramelin
1986, death/thrash metal
192. Messiah - Extreme Cold Weather
1987, death/thrash metal
193. Iron Angel - Hellish Crossfire
1985, thrash/death metal
194. Whiplash - Ticket To Mayhem
1987, speed/thrash metal
195. Meliah Rage - Solitary Solitude
1990, thrash metal
196. Dead Brain Cells - Dead Brain Cells
1987, technical thrash metal
197. A.R.G. - Entrance
1989, thrash metal
198. Purgatory (USA) - Tied To The Trax
1986, thrash/power metal
199. Invocator - Excursion Demise
1991, technical thrash/death metal
200. Chemical Breath - Fatal Exposure
1992, technical death/thrash metal
201. Pestifer - Age Of Disgrace
2010, technical death metal
202. Wrath (USA) - Nothing To Fear
1987, thrash metal
203. Obliveon - From This Day Forward
1990, progressive thrash metal
204. The Shattering - The Shattering Begins
2005, technical death metal
205. Antiquus - Eleutheria
2006, progressive metal
206. Theory In Practice - Third Eye Function
1997, technical death metal
207. Seelenwinter - Seelenwinter
1995, progressive thrash metal
208. Aghora - Formless
2006, avant-garde/progressive metal
209. Maudlin Of The Well - Leaving Your Body Map
2001, avant-garde metal/rock
210. Atlain - Living In The Dark
1984, speed/power metal
211. Atrox - Contentum
2000, avant-garde metal
212. Polluted Inheritance - Betrayed
1996, technical death metal
213. Equinox (NOR) - Auf Wiedersehen
1989, technical thrash metal
214. Solstice (USA) - Solstice
1992, thrash/death metal
215. Mortification - Scrolls Of The Megilloth
1992, death metal
216. Aftermath - Eyes Of Tomorrow
1994, progressive thrash metal
217. Minas Tirith (Nor) - ...Demons Are Forever
1998, avant-garde black metal
218. Minas Tirith (Nor) - The Art Of Becoming
1995, avant-garde black metal
219. Mind Odyssey - Keep It All Turning
1993, progressive metal
220. Embraced - Amorous Anathema
1998, progressive black metal
221. Spike - The Price Of Pleasure
1983, heavy metal
222. Witchfynde - Give 'em Hell [album]
1980, NWOBHM
223. Hexx - Under The Spell
1986, technical power/thrash metal
224. Savage Grace - Master Of Disguise
1985, US power/speed metal
225. Trauma (USA) - Scratch And Scream
1984, speed/thrash metal
226. Dyoxen - First Among Equals
1989, technical thrash metal
227. A.R.G. - One World Without The End
1991, thrash metal
228. Num Skull - Ritually Abused
1988, thrash/death metal
229. Hades (NOR) - ...Again Shall Be
1994, black/viking metal
230. Thanatos - Realm Of Ecstacy
1992, death metal
231. Madsword - The Global Village
2000, progressive metal
232. Edwin Dare - The Unthinkable Deed...
1992, technical progressive/heavy metal
233. Gothic Slam - Killer Instinct
1988, thrash metal
234. Crucifixion (USA) - Desert Of Shattered Hopes
1993, death metal
235. Vicious Circle (USA) - Cryptic Void
1993, death/thrash metal
236. Catharsis (Pol) - Bitter Disdain
1995, technical death metal
237. Buzzard - Churp!!!
1993, avant-garde metal
238. Decision D - Moratoria
1993, death/thrash metal
239. Mactätus - Blot
1997, black metal
240. Son Of Aurelius - The Farthest Reaches
2010, technical death/black metal
241. Futures End - Memoirs Of A Broken Man
2009, progressive power/heavy metal
242. Baring Teeth - Atrophy
2011, psychedelic doom/death metal
243. Orgone - The Joyless Parson
2008, progressive death metal
244. StarGazer - The Scream That Tore The Sky
2005, avant-garde black/death metal



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Milena - 25.06.2012 at 15:41  
Written by R'Vannith on 25.06.2012 at 15:26

You can really recognize that drummer though!

Oh yeah, definitely!
Marcel Hubregtse - 25.06.2012 at 17:45  
Written by R'Vannith on 25.06.2012 at 15:05

Who the hell is Ugly Kid Joe? Looking that guy up now he's the drummer for that band Godsmack!? Well whaddya you know!


They were huge in 1991/1992 with some radio hits. They annoyed the hell out of any proper metaller at the time.
Vasil de Shumen - 26.06.2012 at 09:10  
What is your opinion about FATAL OPERA ?

I think this is one of the most neglected bands in all metal history.
MechanisT - 03.07.2012 at 17:03  
Awesome list.
TrollandDie - 19.07.2012 at 23:27  
Probably the best list I've come across on Metal Storm. The arsenal of new bands I got to check out was unreal!

Mad props for adding Solstice in as well. I'm still awaiting their addition to the MS database.
Vasil de Shumen - 30.07.2012 at 20:58  
Written by TrollandDie on 19.07.2012 at 23:27


Mad props for adding Solstice in as well. I'm still awaiting their addition to the MS database.



So many good bands ( especially from the 90s ) are unknown to fans.

I think MetalStorm can help the young metalheads to find these almost forgotten records
Warman - 30.07.2012 at 23:00  
Oh, Embraced. So overlooked! Their first album is magic! Maybe the best symphonic black metal has to offer.
TrollandDie - 31.07.2012 at 01:09  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 30.07.2012 at 20:58

Written by TrollandDie on 19.07.2012 at 23:27


Mad props for adding Solstice in as well. I'm still awaiting their addition to the MS database.



So many good bands ( especially from the 90s ) are unknown to fans.

I think MetalStorm can help the young metalheads to find these almost forgotten records



Agreed! There are other websites that have helped me know of larger acts, but MS is probably my favourite for little-known gems. Thanks again.
qlacs - 04.12.2012 at 15:12  
Wow, awesome list.
mz - 21.07.2013 at 11:48  
I am familiar with almost not of these albums. It is a shame:(
Vasil de Shumen - 21.07.2013 at 20:00  
Written by mz on 21.07.2013 at 11:48

I am familiar with almost not of these albums. It is a shame:(

Many of these albums are still sold in specialized sites and stores
K†ulu - 23.08.2013 at 20:03  
Wow, what a list! Tons of technical/progressive thrash I should listen to/go to reassess. Thanks!
Vasil de Shumen - 23.08.2013 at 23:54  
Written by K†ulu on 23.08.2013 at 20:03

Wow, what a list! Tons of technical/progressive thrash I should listen to/go to reassess. Thanks!


I'm glad my list is useful for you
God Buster 鬼 - 07.04.2014 at 14:21  
My memory was recalled ! Good List !!
How long have you been listening to Metal ?
Vasil de Shumen - 07.04.2014 at 20:59  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 07.04.2014 at 14:21

Good List !!
How long have you been listening to Metal ?


I was 10-11 years old ... so almost 30 years
God Buster 鬼 - 08.04.2014 at 16:30  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 07.04.2014 at 20:59

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 07.04.2014 at 14:21

Good List !!
How long have you been listening to Metal ?


I was 10-11 years old ... so almost 30 years


If I am not mistaken I don't think you're just a listener, you're must be an employee of music label.
Vasil de Shumen - 08.04.2014 at 21:22  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 08.04.2014 at 16:30

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 07.04.2014 at 20:59

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 07.04.2014 at 14:21

Good List !!
How long have you been listening to Metal ?


I was 10-11 years old ... so almost 30 years


If I am not mistaken I don't think you're just a listener, you're must be an employee of music label.


Really good idea but there is one small problem - I don't care about the commercial potential of the records
God Buster 鬼 - 09.04.2014 at 09:51  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 08.04.2014 at 21:22

Really good idea but there is one small problem - I don't care about the commercial potential of the records

Now I'm even more positive to think that you're in music label as you mentioned the word "commercial". Only those work in music label would link "Commercial" and "Underrated" together. Reissue of underrated masterpieces is part of the lucrative division for independent label. You're working at an independent label !
Vasil de Shumen - 09.04.2014 at 21:41  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 09.04.2014 at 09:51

... Only those work in music label would link "Commercial" and "Underrated" together.


The Art has no purpose beyond itself. (Almost) everything else is a product with claims for aesthetics; the validity of this claim depends on the adequacy of the compromises - here most producers fail ...
God Buster 鬼 - 10.04.2014 at 09:42  
I was surprised as you picked "Sadus - Elements Of Anger" instead of "Chemical Exposure".
Vasil de Shumen - 10.04.2014 at 11:35  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 10.04.2014 at 09:42

I was surprised as you picked "Sadus - Elements Of Anger" instead of "Chemical Exposure".


For sure 'Chemical Exposure' is better but it's a cult recording known to every extreme metal fen.
God Buster 鬼 - 30.07.2014 at 12:11  
In your opinion, Massacra - Enjoy The Violence and Final Holocaust which is better ?
Vasil de Shumen - 31.07.2014 at 15:30  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 30.07.2014 at 12:11

In your opinion, Massacra - Enjoy The Violence and Final Holocaust which is better ?


I think Final Holocaust is a bit better - more energetic and expressive.
God Buster 鬼 - 01.08.2014 at 16:39  
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 31.07.2014 at 15:30

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 30.07.2014 at 12:11

In your opinion, Massacra - Enjoy The Violence and Final Holocaust which is better ?


I think Final Holocaust is a bit better - more energetic and expressive.


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