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A simple idea thought of by Scott, quickly snowballed into a fascinating look at a number of musicians Top 5 Albums of all time. Many thanks to all the people taking part as well as the various Record labels, PR Companies etc... who helped in collating the information.
Kerry Cripe (Summer Dying)
In no particular order

At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
Faith No More – King for a Day, Fool for a Lifetime
Bestiary – The Murder Wheel
Life of Agony – River Runs Red
Coldplay – Parachutes

Tony Oliver (Summer Dying)

1. Opeth – Blackwater Park
2. Death – Sound of Perseverance
3. Carcass – Heartwork
4. Killswitch Engage – Alive or Just Breathing
5. Mr. Bungle – Mr. Bungle

Metal Mike Chlasciak (Testament, ex-Halford, Pain Museum)

1. Death – Symbolic
2. Carcass – Heartwork
3. Yngwie Malmsteen – Rising Force
4. Testament – The New Order
5. Overkill – Taking Over

Tom Stretton (A18)
In no particular order

Iron Maiden – Powerslave
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Quiet Riot – Metal Health
Great White – Out of the Night
Ratt – Out of the Cellar

Scot Atkins (Stampin’ Ground)

1. Metallica – Master of Puppets
2. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
3. Judas Priest – Painkiller
4. Whitesnake – 1987
5. In Flames – Clayman

Shaun LaCanne (Putrid Pile)
In no particular order

Cannibal Corpse – The Bleeding
Deicide – Once Upon the Cross
Death – Individual Thought Patterns
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Dying Fetus – Killing on Adrenaline

Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)

1. Faith No More – Angel Dust
2. Type O Negative – October Rust
3. Paradise Lost – Draconian Times
4. Metallica – Metallica
5. Tiamat – Clouds
David T. Chastain (Chastain, Leviathan Records) 
In no particular order


Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
Dream Theater – Images and Words
Dio – Holy Diver

Dave Starr (Chastain, ex-Vicious Rumors)
In no particular order

Kiss – Alive “This is the record that put the guitar in my hands and changed my life forever, or ‘ruined it’ as my dad would say!”

Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East “An extension of the Kiss Alive comments! Just blasted it in my truck the other day…AWESOME!

Scorpions – Tokyo Tapes “Great record all around, although it is the only live record I ever heard where the bass is so loud!

Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous “Phil is my favorite bassist and I love Thin Lizzy!”

Vicious Rumors – Live in Tokyo 1992 “Ok, not of my favorite VR CDs, but it does bring back lost of fond memories for sure!”

Bob Bradley (Scars of Tomorrow)

1. Killswitch Engage – The End of Heartache
2. Slayer – God Hates us All
3. At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
4. Soilwork – Natural Born Chaos
5. Pantera – Far Beyond Driven

Mike Milford (Scars of Tomorrow)

1. At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
2. Killswitch Engage – Alive or Just Breathing
3. In Flames – Colony
4. Mastodon – Leviathan
5. Bleeding Through – Dust to Ashes

Billy Mullican (A Lower Deep)

1. Mozart’s Requiem
2. Dvorjak’s Stabat Mater
3. King Diamond – Abigail
4. Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
5. Pink Floyd – The Wall

Ben “Boss” Hogg (Beaten Back to Pure)

1. Slayer – Reign in Blood
2. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gold and Platinum
3. Iron Maiden – Live After Death
4. Entombed – Wolverine Blues
5. Kiss – Alive

James Lee (Origin)
In no particular order

Metallica – Master of Puppets
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Emperor – Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk

Billy Nocera (Razorback Records)
In no particular order, except Slayer

Slayer – Reign in Blood
Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
Death – Scream Bloody Gore
Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
Metallica – Kill ‘em All

Dr Victor (ex-Galadriel)

1. Judas Priest - Painkiller
2. Iron Maiden - 7th Son of a 7th Son
3. Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side
4. Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
5. Death - The Sound of Perseverance

Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)

1. The Who – Live at Leeds
2. Humble Pie – Rockin’ the Fillmore
3. Hughes/Thrall – Hughes/Thrall
4. Free – Free Live
5. Montrose – Montrose

John Chavez (Vehemence)

1. Gorefest – False
2. Illdisposed – 1-800 Vindication
3. Embraced – Within
4. Without Grief – Deflower
5. Bloodbath – Resurrection Through Carnage

Joe Stump (Joe Stump’s Reign of Terror, solo artist)
In no particular order

Deep Purple – Made in Japan
Rainbow – Rising or Rainbow Live in Germany 1976
Yngwie Malmsteen – Rising Force
Gary Moore – We Want Moore
Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys

Neil Smith (Lord Gore, Frightmare)
In no particular order

Judas Priest – British Steel
Danzig – Danzig
Holy Terror – Mind Wars
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Autopsy – Mental Funeral

Sly (Fondlecorpse)

1. Impetigo – Horror of the Zombies
2. Autopsy – Severed Survival
3. Boltthrower – Realm of Chaos
4. Engorged – Engorged
5. Dissect – Swallow Swouming Mass

Kevin Sharp (Venomous Concept, former Brutal Truth)

1. Black Flag – Damaged “Total caveman rock. Everybody was down with this one: the skaters, the skins, the punks… I even knew some metal kids that converted to the dark side here. Eventually, the band, lyrically at least, turned into crap Rollins spoken word, adding emotional content that should have stayed in DC. But this one was pure male animal…very raw and very scary. ‘As a parent, I find this a very anti-parent record. Great drop quote on the record that made me buy it.”

2. Motorhead – Motorhead “My mom bought me this record. We would go to this restaurant near a Turtles record store. She would point to this record and say my hair looked like Motorhead in the morning. We would laugh; she would pay for this indiscretion through three years of therapy because I ‘just wasn’t adapting to the local kids.’ And of course, the 16” Mohawk didn’t help. Oh yeah, the record is a classic in the punk scene; totally acceptable metal that sounded like punk. That and Venom was cool to like.”

3. Slayer – Reign in Blood “’86 was a great year for metal. Maybe it was because I first started getting into the underground stuff – this, Frost, Kreator… There were so many stories that used to filter through to my hometown. Got the apes on the back pounding the Stella. 28 minutes, not a minute longer, totally perfect, not a crap moment. Bands aspire and usually never hit the mark. Unfortunately, they never came close after.”

4. Germs – GI “Loved LA punk. There was an attitude there versus ability and this band defined it. You play this, I’ll play that and we’ll work on trying to re-arrange these three chords. This was important because I believe anyone could do it. Half of putting out records is just believing you can do it. LA had a boatload of bands that added theater, poetry…other elements to the attitude. Darby’s story is far cooler than Vicious Sex Pistols shit and Joan Jett from the Runaways produced this… What the fuck else do you want?”

5. His Hero is Gone – Fifteen Counts of Arson “I could have put a million other records on this list – Discharge, Boredoms, Butthole Surfers, Poison Idea, Metallica, Anti-Cimex, SOB, Napalm, whatever… But as far as pure DIY attitude, this is a classic… Man is the Bastard meets Drop Dead. This was the most potent and fuckin’ raw release of its kind… Crusts Reign in Blood… It is the sound of the world imploding… Dynamics out the ass… Slow caveman meets frantic chaos… Met them years ago… They said Brutal Truth was a big thing for them, but we never came close to this intent…”

Juan Garcia (Agent Steel)

1. Iron Maiden – Killers
2. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
3. Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East
4. Metallica – Kill ‘em All
5. Slayer – Reign In Blood

Peter Wiwczarek (Vader)

1. Slayer – Reign in Blood
2. Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
3. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
4. Possessed – Seven Churches
5. Dark Angel – Darkness Descends

Matt Lawson - The Prophecy

1. Opeth – My Arms Your Hearse
2. Immortal – At The Heart Of Winter
3. Anathema - Judgement
4. My Dying Bride – Turn Loose The Swans
5. Live – Throwing Copper

Josh Elmore (Cattle Decapitation)
In no particular order

“These are my top five. I'm not going the ‘historical significance’ route; I'm putting the top five metal albums that have changed my view of music. Don't expect to see 'Paranoid" or ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ here.” 

Slayer - all
Metallica - Garage Days Re-Revisited ($5.98 ep)
Emperor - Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Voivod - Nothing Face
Pestilence - Consuming Impulse

 

Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation)

1. Carcass - "Symphonies Of Sickness"
2. Iron Maiden - "Number Of The Beast"
3. Metallica - "Master Of Puppets"
4. Coroner - "Punishment For Decadence"
5. Megadeth - "Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?"

Chris Arp (Psyopus)

1. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
2. Lethargy - Small Hands are Hard to Write With.
3. Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
5. Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard

Mossy (The Heavils)

1. Slayer – “Reign In Blood”
2. Metallica – “Master of Puppets”
3. Death Angel – “Frolic Through The Park”
4. Deicide – “Legion”
5. Strapping Young Lad – “City” 

Snowy Shaw (Dream Evil, Notre Dame)

1. Judas Priest – British Steel
2. Accept – Restless and Wild
3. Kiss – Destroyer
4. Rainbow – Rising
5. Manowar – Into Glory Ride

Neil P. (Downtown Brown)

1. Guns n Roses – Use Your Illusion 12
2. Sublime – 40 oz. To Freedom
3. Mindless Self Indulgence – Frankenstein Girls will seem Strangely Sexy
4. NOFX – Punk in Drublic
5. Andrew WK – The Wolf

Jon Hoare (Mercury Rain)

1. Dio - 'The Last In Line'
A lot of people claim 'Holy Diver' to be the definitive Dio album, and whilst it was the one that broke the band (to me anyway), I personally prefer 'The Last In Line'. I spent a long hot summer holiday in France with a copies of both 'Holy Diver' and 'The Last in Line' almost 20 years ago, and listening to these albums now brings back a lot of memories. The playing is not earth-shattering on either album, but it's all about the songs, the voice and the atmosphere. 'Last in Line' is, for me, the slightly darker of the two albums. 'I speed at night' and 'Breathless' are outstanding tracks, but for me there's not really a bad one amongst them. 'We Rock' soon became a live staple, and then everything went a bit downhill with 'Sacred Heart'. 

2. Jethro Tull - 'Broadsword and the Beast'
Not exactly the trendiest of albums I grant you, but great tongue-in-cheek, fun (pussy willow) and full of melancholic splendour (slow marching band), let down only by a dull production. An album for those quieter moments.

3. Dream Theater - 'Images and Words'
Wow! After being a big fan of 'When Dream & Day Unite' I was convinced that DT had gone for good. Then this little gem surfaced. I bought when I was in Vancouver and listened to it for the whole month I was there. I saw them at the Bierkeller in Bristol soon after, got the album signed, and it is still my favourite DT album. Totally indulgent (obviously) and overblown, it's just an great album.

4. Iron Maiden - 'Live after Death'
I've lost count of how many times I've heard this and watched the live video. This album brings back so many memories, and was my initiation in to the world of Iron Maiden. Strangely enough, I never got in to the studio versions of these songs. These remain, for me, the definitive versions. This album introduced me to Bruce Dickinson as a frontman - a benchmark for others to try and measure up to - Speak to me Hammersmith ! 

5. Black Sabbath - 'Heaven & Hell'
The fantasy lyrics, the distinctive voice of Ronnie James Dio, the riffs and the songwriting. A perfect combination. I've always thought that Dio's 'Holy Diver & Last In Line' make a could have been one double album, as could 'Heaven & Hell' and 'Mob Rules'. They are very similar, but the second release in each case is oft overlooked. It's hard for me to pick a favourite, but Heaven and Hell just gets it. What interests me is the way that Sabbath is a completely different beast with Ronnie on vocals. The band totally adapted to his style - and this makes it my favourite Sabbath era. Awesome. 

Paul Carter (Thus Defiled)

1 - Iron Maiden "Iron Maiden" - The first heavy metal album I heard and I was hooked from there on.  It still remains as fresh today as it did all those years ago.

2 - Venom "Welcome to Hell" - The first extreme metal album I heard, and the one band above all others that have shaped the way I do things musically to this day.  Sure, they may not sound so over the top compared to the bands of today, but back then there was just nothing like them. They really were the most over the top and extreme band on the planet!

3 - Bathory "Blood Fire Death" - What list would be complete without at least one Bathory album?  This one I feel was their most complete album, and even though I love their early material the quality of this release above all others shows the great man at his finest.  A legend who changed the face of music as we know it.  A legend who will never die.     

4 - Death "Scream Bloody Gore" - I dislike latter Death.  A lot.  But hell, back in their day Death had it all.  The fluidity of the songs, the aggression and power, the almost effortless execution of incredible riffs. Those were the days, before you needed a PhD in physics to get your head around their songs.  Not an easy choice between this and "Leprosy", but at the end of the day there could only be one winner...

5 - Morbid Angel "Abominations of Desolation" - When I got the demo of this back in the tape trading days it was like finding the holy grail.  There is something so raw and evil about this recording that all 'official' Morbid Angel albums just don't have (although they do have some great albums of course).  A truly inspired release, and "Demon Seed" is one of the greatest tracks of all time!!

Van Williams (Nevermore, Pure Sweet Hell)

“Damn man, five albums is tough, so I just mentioned five that stood out as life altering and enhancing for me, and honourable mention has to go to Watchtower. Fucking AAAAAAAYYYYYYYY MAAAAAAN! Ooh, is it too late to mention Death? Ok, that’s all.”

1. Rush – 2112 “I really want to add almost the whole collection, everything up to Roll the Bones – me no likey Rolley the Boney too much, though Neil [Peart] always rules.”

2. Kansas – Point of No Return “Another band with tons of great records…I know, I know, five albums.”

3. Black Sabbath – Paranoid “Fucking Sabbath, man!”

4. Mercyful Fate – Melissa “Black Funeral was the first song I learned from these evil bastards. After that, I was hooked. Touring with King and the boys was a life highlight for sure.”

5. Psychotic Waltz – A Social Grace “When I first heard this I could not stop listening…fucking brilliant record. Since we are on the subject, let me say hey to my buddy norm Leggio who is now beating skins for Teabag; keep up the good work beeeeeeoch!”

Goreskin (Gorerotted)

“I chose each one because they totally blew me away when I first heard them, and they haven't aged a bit. I can still play each album all the way through without getting bored, and sometimes I can even play it again!”

1. Faith No More – Angel Dust
2. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse
3. Type O Negative – October Rust
4. Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
5. Deicide – Once Upon the Cross

 

Jadd (Meteor City Records, Spiritu)

1. Clutch – Clutch “This album completely changed the way I thought about vocals and lyrics, not to mention the ways to use range and texture”

2. Kyuss - …And the Circus Leaves Town “The most underrated, complex, and fully informed album by the most influential heavy rock band to ever fly so completely beneath the mainstream radar.” 

3. Meatjack – Days of Fire “The single greatest mixture of atmosphere, aggression, mood, and melody I’ve ever heard”

4. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here “The greatest achievement as a group by arguably the most unmatchably unique rock band.”

5. Solace – Further “The perfect unification of groove, crushing power, melody, raw emotion, and peaks-and-valleys flow that rivals the best of Floyd.”


Chris Eichhorn (Pure Sweet Hell)

“Obviously, there are hundreds of albums that touched me, or were important in the evolution of rock or metal, but these are the five that came to mind the fastest.”

1. The Beatles – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band “A tour de force of cutting edge production techniques and great songwriting. It was unparalleled in its time.” 

2. Rush – Hemispheres “Complex, intelligent, heavy, and beautiful. Every band member is a creative GOD on their instruments! ( I have my vinyl copy signed by Neil Pert. Killer!”)

3. Pink Floyd – The Wall “The perfect concept album! Roger Waters’ brilliant songwriting, combined with David Gilmour’s fluid, transcendent lead work. WOW!”

4. Voivod – Nothingface “An album from the far reaches of space to shake up the stagnating thrash scene of the late 80s. Pure genius!” 

5. Arcturus – La Masquerade Infernale “This disc is just twisted and grand! I played this album more than any other from the 90s. It’s like no other.” 

CT (Rwake)

1. Metallica - …And Justice for All “I know there’s the big shit about not hearing the bass, but I think you feel it on this one instead of hear it. This is probably my all time favorite piece of music to listen to. ‘Eye of the Beholder,’ ‘And Justice for All,’ and ‘To live is to Die’ are the greatest songs ever. Not saying anything bad about the other songs that rule the whole thing. Flawless.” 
2. Led Zeppelin – Presence
3. Neurosis – Souls at Zero
4. King Crimson – Court of the Crimson King
5. Judas Priest – Painkiller


Dopi (Machetazo)

1. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath “The first step into darkness, the origin of all kinds of decadence and self ruin in the name of heavy music.” 
2. Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness “My main influence; extreme music with a great twisted and morbid feeling.” 
3. Motorhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith “The best set of the truest band in the world.” 
4. Terrorizer – World Downfall “A perfect union between grindcore and death metal, and my favorite drummer, Pete Sandoval.” 
5. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion “Total masterpiece; ‘Circle of the Tyrants’ rules forever!” 

Bryan Cox (Alabama Thunderpussy)
In no particular order

“These are my favorites and in no way include or represent the vast world of music that I have yet to familiarize myself with. This is just some shit that gets ME off.” 

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti “Led Zeppelin at their absolute best, in my opinion. I always thought that what made them the best band in the world, aside from the incredible talent, was their willingness and ability to experiment and sound totally different from song to song. I think P.G. captures this ability.” 

The Beatles – White Album “Simply put, some of the best songwriting ever. Simple and effective. Timeless. Still doesn’t sound dated. Pretty amazing.

Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger “A stripped down, bare bones country record that also happens to be a concept album! How badass is that? The emotional depth of this album goes beyond most other recorded music I have personally heard. It’s crazy. Willie played the Nashville game for a long time before telling them to fuck off and let him make records the way he wanted to. This, in my opinion, is the best example of his trademark sound – simple, effective songwriting coupled with one of the most soulful voices ever and some really insane jazz influenced acoustic guitar.” 

Earth, Wind, and Fire – The Best of, Vol. 1 “The elements of the universe. If you don’t like EWF, what the hell is wrong with you? Insane, far out songwriting and the level of musicianship in this band is damn near unrivaled. It’s rock, it’s jazz, it’s folk, it’s funk, it’s soul, it’s R&B, and often all in the same song. Amazing.”

ZZ Top – Fandango “Most people don’t even realize that ZZ Top existed before the Eliminator record, but their old catalog is probably some of the craziest music I have ever heard. These three guys had an uncanny knack for writing really interesting, quirky and, at the same time, soulful and powerful songs. And let’s not forget that they were/are among the absolute best musicians ever. Frank Beard plays drumbeats that are so incredible that I still haven’t been able to figure out what he’s doing half the time. Dusty Hill is inventive as hell and is probably better than anybody at laying down a bass line that’s thicker and smoother than fresh asphalt, and do I even have to mention how badass Bill F. Gibbons is? Hendrix recognized him as one of HIS favorites before he died, for Christ sake! Fandango is proof not only of the band’s amazing songwriting, but also of their lethal ability to get on stage and completely level a crowd with their live show. Listening to “Mellow Down Easy” on this record makes me want to quit playing my instrument because I know that I will probably never reach that level of whup-ass as long as I live.” 


Charlie Johnson (Martyr AD)

1. Faith no More – Angel Dust “It’s not exclusively a metal record, but hands down one of the best albums ever written. It’s a perfect record from start to finish. This statement is fact.” 

2. Slayer – Reign in Blood “This needs no explanation.” 

3. Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time “A tour favorite in the Martyr AD van. This record sums up life on the road in the best way possible. Dickinson has the best voice, fucking flies planes and fences in his spare time. You can’t fuck with that.” 

4. Danzig – II: Lucifuge “I remember having a friend of mine buy this on cassette for me when I was in 6th grade because my parents wouldn’t let me own it. Since then it has been a staple in my collection. The goddamn CD layout unfolds into a goddamn inverted cross. How much more evil can you get?” 

5. Gwar – Scumdogs of the Universe “Getting this record at an early age totally fucked up my young mind in a serious way. A lot of people cannot get past the costumes, the blood squirting, the obscene lyrics and the general aesthetic of the band. Not me. I love all that shit, but if you strip it all away, this record still fucking shreds.” 


Metatron (The Meads of Asphodel)

1. Venom – Black Metal “The first real satanic album, shit! Even in jest this band ripped metal apart from the inside out.
2. Slayer – Reign in Blood “What can be said that has not been said about this flawless thrash album?” 
3. Bathory – Hammerheart “Apart from Blood, Fire, Death, this album is peerless in its construction and atmosphere.
4. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse “Some cite Mayhem’s De Mysteris… as the ultimate black metal album…I would beg to differ.
5. This is split between Warfare’s Metal Anarchy, Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, and Hawkwind’s In Search of Space. “I’m allowed three. Hawkwind ‘cause without them there would be no Lemmy; No Lemmy, no Motorhead; No Motorhead, possibly not extreme metal as we know it.”

Al Atkins (ex-Judas Priest, solo artist)

“This is a tough one to ask but my favourite top five I suppose are very predictable. “To me Black Sabbath’s Paranoid was the first heavy metal album and was a bench mark for all to follow. Judas Priest’s Unleashed was what Judas did best, which was live, and this album summed them up. Can I count Queens of the Stone Age as a heavy metal band? I love this album.”

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Judas Priest – Unleashed in the East
3. Metallica - Master of Puppets
4. Diamond Head – Livin’ on Borrowed Time
5. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

Gus G. (Firewind, Dream Evil, Mystic Prophecy)

1. Black Sabbath – Tyr “Incredibly good songs and amazing performance by Tony
Martin”

2. Scorpions – Taken by Force “This album has been a great inspiration to me, both guitar-wise and songwriting-wise”.

3. Metallica – Metallica “What can I say? I grew up with this album and it played a leading role in my early music years”.

4. Yngwie Malmsteen – Trilogy “The first shred stuff I ever heard! My jaw just dropped to the floor!”

5. Racer X – Second Heat “Paul Gilbert – another favourite player of mine and great inspiration. This albums contains some great metal tunes in the Judas Priest style.”

Mike S. (YOB)
In no particular order

Asunder - Under The Vast Indifference Of The Same Sky
Watain - Casus Luciferi
Golem - Dreamweaver
Blut Aus Nord – The Work Which Transforms God
Unleashed – Sworn Allegiance

Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
In no particular order:
 
Slayer – “Reign In Blood”
Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”
Black Sabbath – “Vol 4” 
Iron Maiden – “Number of the Beast”
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”

All members (Cataract)

1. Slayer – “Reign In Blood”
2. Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
3. Iron Maiden – “Number of the Beast”
4. AC/DC – “Back in Black”
5. Metallica – “Masters of Puppets”

Isamu Sato (YOB)

1. Black Sabbath – “Master of Reality”
2. Slayer – “Hell Awaits”
3. Iron Maiden – “Number of the Beast”
4. Metallica – “Ride the Lightning”
5. Celtic Frost – “Morbid Tales”

Diego Grom Meraviglia (Ancient)

1. Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”
2. Ark – “Burn The Sun”
3. Dream Theatre – “Awake”
4. Tool – “Aenima”
5. Tool – “Lateralus”

Andy B. Franck (Brainstorm, Symphorce)

1. Kiss - Alive II
2. Megadeth - Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying
3. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
4. MSG - Live at Budokan
5. Def Leopard - Pyromania

Gaz (Sloth)

1. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
3. St. Vitus – Born too Late
4. Free – Heartbreaker
5. Sleep – Sleep’s Holy Mountain

Roland (Sloth)

1. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2. Rainbow – Rising
3. Led Zeppelin – III
4. St. Vitus – Mournful Cries
5. Angelwitch – Angelwitch

Ryan Sorensen (Engorged)
In no particular order

S.O.D. – Speak English or Die
Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
Voivod – Dimension Hatross
Rigor Mortis – Rigor Mortis

Alan Davey (Hawkwind)

1. Black Sabbath - Sabotage
2. Motorhead – Ace of Spades
3. Deep Purple – Made in Japan
4. Metallica – Master of Puppets
5. Motorhead - Overkill

Corbin King (Vainglory, Kinrick, solo artist)
In no particular order

Yngwie Malsteen – Rising Force
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Megadeth – Rust in Peace
Zakk Wylde – Book of Shadows
Testament – Practice what you Preach

Sean Peck (Cage)

1. Judas Priest - Painkiller
2. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
3. Crimson Glory – Transcendence
4. Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
5. WASP – WASP

Mark Briody (Jag Panzer)

1. Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
2. Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
3. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
4. Iron Maiden – Killers
5. Angelwitch – Angelwitch

Sir Barry Hannibal (ANTiSEEN)

“Naming a top five is impossible for me; it changes all the time. Slayer’s Reign in Blood and The Beatles’ Abbey Road would have been on my list a month ago. Beastie Boys’ Check your Head and Johnny Cash at San Quentin a month before, but here are five that have never been out of rotation for me (unranked).

AC/DC – Back in Black
Kiss – Alive
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks
AC/DC – Highway to Hell
Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil

Matt Moore (XXX Maniak, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Red Candle Records)

1. Emperor – In the Nightside Eclipse “This is the perfect black metal album. Nothing has every surpassed it in coldness and darkness” 
2. N.W.A. – Straight outta Compton “What!? A rap CD you ask? Answer: These guys and their buddies have probably killed more people than the whole country of Norway. Also, they create better music than 95 percent of metal bands and 100 percent of hardcore bands” 
3. Slayer – South of Heaven “It seems to me like Slayer was trying to write a whole album’s worth of “Raining Blood” 
4. King Diamond – Fatal Portrait “I honestly believe that anyone in metal who doesn’t like King Diamond is a poseur” 
5. Sepultura – Chaos AD “The perfect marriage of thrashing and moshing. None of these so-called metalcore bands can do it like these skilled Brazilians” 
Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden, Paul Di’Anno’s Battlezone, Killers, solo artist)

1.Ramones "Anthology Hey Ho Let's Go! 1999"
2.AC/DC "If You Want Blood You've Got It"
3.Cat Stevens "Matthew & Son"
4.Judas Priest " British Steel"
5.Small Faces "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake" 

Jackie Chambers (Girlschool)

“Wow, this is hard, I love so many albums...”

1. Alice Cooper – From the Inside (every album ever)
2. Skunk Anansie – Paranoid and Sunburnt
3. Rammstein - Mutter
4. Foo Fighters – One by One (Love everything by them) 
5. Linkin Park – Meteora
Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ)

1. Possessed – Seven Churches
2. Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark
3. Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
4. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
5. Black Sabbath – Any album with Ozzy

Tim Call (Splatterhouse, Aldebaran, Okha)
In no particular order

Eyehategod – In the Name of Suffering
Autopsy – Mental Funeral
Grief – Come to Grief
Carcass – Nectroticism
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath

 

Adam S. Heinzmann (Internal Void, Pentagram)
In no particular order

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Live Rust
The Beatles - Revolver
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Stray - Saturday Morning Pictures
Kiss – Alive

JD Williams (Internal Void, War Injun)
In no particular order

Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Jethro Tull - Benefit
The Obsessed - The Obsessed (Purple album)
Pentagram - Pentagram (Relentless)

Kelly Carmichael (Internal Void, Pentagram)
In no particular order

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Jethro Tull - Stand Up
The Beatles - Revolver
Stray - Saturday Morning Pictures
Bloodwyn Pig - A Head Rings Out

Tommy Southard (Solace)

1. Black Sabbath – The first six albums
2. Alice Cooper – Killer
3. Black Flag – Everything went Black
4. Kiss – Alive
5. Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down, Valume Nob)

1. Motorhead – No Sleep ‘til Hammersmith
2. UFO – Strangers in the Night
3. Kiss – Alive
4. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
5. Accept – Balls to the Wall

Tchort (Blood Red Throne, Carpathian Forest, Green Carnation)
In no particular order

Sepultura – Beneath the Remains
WASP – The Last Command
Kiss – Killers (European Kiss Compilation)
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Crimson Glory – Transcendence

Enrico Leccese (Cruz Del Sur Music)

1. Iron Maiden - Killers
2. Queensryche - The Warning
3. Manilla Road - The Deluge
4. Diamond Head - Living on...borrowed times
5. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction

K.S. Kuciemba (Drawn and Quartered)

1. Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
2. Incantation – Onward to Golgotha
3. Immolation – Dawn of Possession
4. Venom – Black Metal
5. Slayer – Show No Mercy

Mike Smail (Internal Void, Pentagram, Penance)
In no particular order

Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Hard Stuff - Bulletproof
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys
UFO - Force It

Ola Lindgren (Grave)
In no particular order

Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
Voivod – Dimension Hateross
Prong – Cleansing
Slayer – South of Heaven
Kreator – Pleasure to Kill
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