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