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Metal Time Machine: 25 Years in Reverse To The Year 1987! (Also, RYM.com’s Top 100 Metal Albums Of ’87)
What do Dokken’s “Back For The Attack” and Napalm Death’s “Scum” have in common? Well… very little admittedly, but they both came out the same year. That year was 1987. One of the more underrated years in the history of metal, it was clearly one of the most important. No releases from Metallica or Iron Maiden, yet perhaps it was the birth year for a bunch of bands that spawned from thrash metal’s patriarch bands, and some of the earliest death metal albums as well. Metal in general started to be more about execution and a little less about eloquence. Sure, there was some great traditional metal to see the light of day from bands like Helloween, Trouble, and King Diamond, but we also got out and out nastiness from bands like Sarcofago. Unlike any year before, perhaps Overkill, Sodom, Tankard, Destruction, Sacred Reich and others assured that thrash was the new king of the metal subgenres.
Here is rateyourmusic.com’s Top 100 Metal Albums Of 1987. This should lead to debate and whatnot, but album placement notwithstanding, we can’t argue that the year was not important in the development of the art of heavy metal!
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