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A collection of my favorite NWOBHM, Prog/Avant-Garde, Power and good ol' traditional heavy metal. As a result, this list has a wide variety of sounds but hey, pentagrams only have 5 points so whatevs. One album per band and in no particular order other than alphabetical. List will be updated semi-regularly with new shit so remember to stop by every so often!

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Created by: Fearmeister | 24.08.2013



1. The Short List
2. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980 [UK]
3. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
2004 [Brazil]
4. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
1998 [Germany]
5. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980 [UK]
6. Falconer - Among Beggars And Thieves
2008 [Sweden]
7. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985 [USA]
8. Fifth Angel - Fifth Angel
1986 [USA]
9. Gamma Ray - No World Order
2001 [Germany]
10. Grave Digger - The Grave Digger
2001 [Germany]
11. Hammers Of Misfortune - Fields/Church Of Broken Glass
2008 [USA]
12. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987 [Germany]
13. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986 [UK]
14. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990 [UK]
15. King Diamond - The Eye
1990 [Denmark]
16. Lizzy Borden - Visual Lies
1987 [USA]
17. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984 [Denmark]
18. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980 [UK]
19. Obtest - Gyvybės Medis
2008 [Lithuania]
20. Pagan's Mind - Enigmatic : Calling
2005 [Norway]
21. Pharaoh - Be Gone
2008 [USA]
22. Powerwolf - Lupus Dei
2007 [Germany]
23. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988 [USA]
24. Rage - Perfect Man
1988 [Germany]
25. Running Wild - Port Royal
1988 [Germany]
26. Sanctuary - Refuge Denied
1987 [USA]
27. Saxon - The Inner Sanctum
2007 [UK]
28. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987 [USA]
29. U.D.O. - Mastercutor
2007 [Germany]
30. Vicious Rumors - Vicious Rumors
1990 [USA]
31. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert
2011 [Norway]
32. Zed Yago - Pilgrimage
1989 [Germany]
33. The Long List
34. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982 [Germany]
35. Aleph - Seven Steps Of Stone
2009 [Italy]
36. Alkemyst - Through Painful Lanes
2008 [France]
37. Almah - Fragile Equality
2008 [Brazil]
38. Anciients - Heart Of Oak
2013 [Canada]
39. Angel Dust - Bleed
1999 [Germany]
40. Anthem - Black Empire
2008 [Japan]
41. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
2011 [Denmark]
42. Anvil - Pound For Pound
1988 [Canada]
43. Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
2011 [USA]
44. Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation
1991 [USA]
45. At Vance - Dragonchaser
2001 [Germany]
46. Attacker - Giants Of Canaan
2013 [USA]
47. Attentat Rock - Strike
1985 [France]
48. Avenger - Blood Sports
1984 [UK]
49. Axenstar - Far From Heaven
2003 [Sweden]
50. Axxis - Paradise In Flames
2006 [Germany]
51. Balance Of Power - Perfect Balance
2000 [UK]
52. Beautiful Sin - The Unexpected
2006 [Germany]
53. Benedictum - Seasons Of Tragedy
2008 [USA]
54. Beyond Twilight - Section X
2005 [Denmark]
55. Black Majesty - Silent Company
2005 [Australia]
56. Blaze Bayley - Silicon Messiah
2000 [UK]
57. Blitzkrieg - Unholy Trinity
1995 [UK]
58. Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa
2009 [Sweden]
59. Brainstorm - Soul Temptation
2003 [Germany]
60. Brocas Helm - Black Death
1988 [USA]
61. Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny Of Souls
2005 [UK]
62. Bullet - Storm Of Blades
2014 [Sweden]
63. Burning Black - MechanicHell
2009 [Italy]
64. Burning Starr - No Turning Back
1986 [USA]
65. Cacophony - Go Off!
1988 [USA]
66. Cage - Science Of Annihilation
2009 [USA]
67. Cauldron Born - Born Of The Cauldron
1997 [USA]
68. Chariot - Burning Ambition
1986 [UK]
69. Chastain - For Those Who Dare
1990 [USA]
70. Chroming Rose - Pressure
1992 [Germany]
71. Circus Maximus - Isolate
2007 [Norway]
72. Civilization One - Revolution Rising
2007 [Germany]
73. CJSS - World Gone Mad
1986 [USA]
74. Cloven Hoof - Eye Of The Sun
2006 [UK]
75. Communic - Waves Of Visual Decay
2006 [Norway]
76. Concerto Moon - Angel Of Chaos
2010 [Japan]
77. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988 [USA]
78. Cryonic Temple - In Thy Power
2005 [Sweden]
79. Crystal Eyes - Vengeance Descending
2003 [Sweden]
80. Crystal Viper - The Curse Of Crystal Viper
2007 [Poland]
81. Custard - Kingdoms Of Your Life
1999 [Germany]
82. Dark At Dawn - Of Decay And Desire
2003 [Germany]
83. Dark Empire - Humanity Dethroned
2008 [USA]
84. Dark Forest (UK) - Dark Forest
2009 [UK]
85. Dark Moor - The Gates Of Oblivion
2002 [Spain]
86. Darkology - Altered Reflections
2009 [USA]
87. Darksun - El Legado
2004 [Spain]
88. Dawnbringer - Into The Lair Of The Sun God
2012 [USA]
89. Darkwater - Where Stories End
2010 [Sweden]
90. Deadly Blessing - Ascend From The Cauldron
1988 [USA]
91. Death SS - Heavy Demons
1991 [Italy]
92. Desolation Angels - Desolation Angels
1986 [UK]
93. Dionysus - Anima Mundi
2004 [Sweden]
94. Domain - The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow
2009 [Germany]
95. Double Dealer - Deride At The Top
2001 [Japan]
96. Dragonland - Astronomy
2006 [Sweden]
97. Dream Evil - Dragonslayer
2002 [Sweden]
98. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992 [USA]
99. Dreamaker - Human Device
2004 [Spain]
100. Dungeon - One Step Beyond
2004 [Australia]
101. Edenbridge - Arcana
2001 [Austria]
102. Edguy - Mandrake
2001 [Germany]
103. Eldritch - El Niño
1998 [Italy]
104. Elixir - Lethal Potion
1990 [UK]
105. Enforcer - Diamonds
2010 [Sweden]
106. Evergrey - Torn
2008 [Sweden]
107. Exivious - Liminal
2013 [Netherlands]
108. Fastway - All Fired Up
1984 [UK]
109. Firewind - The Premonition
2008 [Greece]
110. Galneryus - Advance To The Fall
2005 [Japan]
111. Girlschool - Screaming Blue Murder
1982 [UK]
112. Glenn Tipton - Baptizm Of Fire
1996 [UK]
113. Gonin-ish - 内視鏡世界
2005 [Japan]
114. Griffin - The Ultimate Demise
2007 [Norway]
115. Griffin (USA) - Flight Of The Griffin
1985 [USA]
116. Guardians Of Time - Machines Of Mental Design
2004 [Norway]
117. Haken - The Mountain
2013 [UK]
118. Halford - Resurrection
2000 [UK]
119. Halloween - Don't Metal With Evil
1985 [USA]
120. HammerFall - Glory To The Brave
1997 [Sweden]
121. Hangar - The Reason Of Your Conviction
2007 [Brazil]
122. Heavenly - Dust To Dust
2004 [France]
123. Heavens Gate - Livin' In Hysteria
1991 [Germany]
124. Heavy Load - Death Or Glory
1982 [Sweden]
125. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986 [USA]
126. Hellfueled - Memories In Black
2007 [Sweden]
127. Helstar - A Distant Thunder
1988 [USA]
128. Hibria - Defying The Rules
2004 [Brazil]
129. Highland Glory - Forever Endeavour
2005 [Norway]
130. Holocaust - The Courage To Be
2000 [UK]
131. Ilium - Permian Dusk
2005 [Australia]
132. In Solitude - Sister
2013 [Sweden]
133. Insania - Sunrise In Riverland
2001 [Sweden]
134. Intense - Second Sight
2004 [UK]
135. Iron Mask - Hordes Of The Brave
2005
136. Iron Savior - Iron Savior
1997 [Germany]
137. Ironsword - Ironsword
2002 [Portugal]
138. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
1984 [USA]
139. Jon Oliva's Pain - Maniacal Renderings
2006 [USA]
140. Kamelot - The Black Halo
2005 [USA]
141. Kayo Dot - Hubardo
2013 [USA]
142. Kotipelto - Waiting For The Dawn
2002 [Finland]
143. Labyrinth - Return To Heaven Denied
1998 [Italy]
144. Last Tribe - Witch Dance
2002 [Sweden]
145. Leatherwolf - Street Ready
1989 [USA]
146. Lion's Share - Emotional Coma
2007 [Sweden]
147. Lonewolf - The Dark Crusade
2009 [France]
148. Lost Horizon - Awakening The World
2001 [Sweden]
149. Machinae Supremacy - Overworld
2008 [Sweden]
150. Machine Men - Circus Of Fools
2007 [Finland]
151. Magic Kingdom - Metallic Tragedy
2004 [Belgium]
152. Malice - In The Beginning...
1985 [USA]
153. Manilla Road - Open The Gates
1985 [USA]
154. Manitou - No Signs Of Wisdom
2007 [Finland]
155. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984 [USA]
156. Manticora - 8 Deadly Sins
2004 [Denmark]
157. Marseille - Touch The Night
1984 [UK]
158. Marshall Law - Metal Detector
1997 [UK]
159. Masterplan - Masterplan
2003 [Germany]
160. Metalium - State Of Triumph - Chapter II
2000 [Germany]
161. Metalucifer - Heavy Metal Drill
1996 [Japan]
162. Mob Rules - Temple Of Two Suns
2000 [Germany]
163. Moonlight Agony - Echoes Of A Nightmare
2004 [Sweden]
164. More - Warhead
1981 [UK]
165. Morifade - Domi<>nation
2004 [Sweden]
166. Morgana Lefay - Maleficium
1996 [Sweden]
167. Mr. Bungle - Disco Volante
1995 [USA]
168. Myrath - Desert Call
2010 [Tunisia]
169. Mystic Prophecy - Regressus
2003 [Germany]
170. Nightmare - Power Of The Universe
1985 [France]
171. Nocturnal Rites - The Sacred Talisman
1999 [Sweden]
172. Nostradameus - The Prophet Of Evil
2001 [Sweden]
173. Obsession - Methods Of Madness
1987 [USA]
174. Olympos Mons - Conquistador
2004 [Finland]
175. Omen - Warning Of Danger
1985 [USA]
176. Onmyo-Za - 魔王戴天
2007 [Japan]
177. Onward - Evermoving
2001 [USA]
178. Opera Magna - Poe
2010 [Spain]
179. Ostrogoth - Feelings Of Fury
1987 [Belgium]
180. Outworld - Outworld
2006 [USA]
181. Oz - Fire In The Brain
1983 [Finland]
182. Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For The Wicked
1988 [UK]
183. Paragon - Chalice Of Steel
1999 [Germany]
184. Persuader - Evolution Purgatory
2004 [Sweden]
185. Platitude - Secrets Of Life
2003 [Sweden]
186. Pokolgép - Totális Metál
1986 [Hungary]
187. Portrait - Portrait
2008 [Sweden]
188. Praying Mantis - Time Tells No Lies
1981 [UK]
189. Pretty Maids - Future World
1987 [Denmark]
190. Primal Fear - Black Sun
2002 [Germany]
191. The Prowlers - Devil's Bridge
2006 [Italy]
192. Pyramaze - Melancholy Beast
2004 [Denmark]
193. Raven - Wiped Out
1982 [UK]
194. Rebellion - Arise: From Ginnungagap To Ragnarök - The History Of The Vikings Volume III
2009 [Germany]
195. Red Circuit - Homeland
2009 [Germany]
196. Redemption - The Fullness Of Time
2005 [USA]
197. Rhapsody Of Fire - Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
1998 [Italy]
198. The Ring - Tales From Midgard
2004 [Sweden]
199. Rob Rock - Garden Of Chaos
2007 [USA]
200. Ruthless - Discipline Of Steel
1986 [USA]
201. S.A.D.O. - Circle Of Friends
1987 [Germany]
202. Sabaton - Attero Dominatus
2006 [Sweden]
203. Sacred Oath - A Crystal Vision
1987 [USA]
204. The Safety Fire - Mouth Of Swords
2013 [UK]
205. Saint Deamon - In Shadows Lost From The Brave
2008 [Sweden]
206. Samson - Shock Tactics
1981 [UK]
207. Saracen - Heroes, Saints & Fools
1981 [UK]
208. Satan - Life Sentence
2013 [UK]
209. Satan's Host - By The Hands Of The Devil
2011 [USA]
210. Savage - Loose 'N' Lethal
1983 [UK]
211. Savage Circus - Of Doom And Death
2009 [Germany]
212. Savage Grace - After The Fall From Grace
1986 [USA]
213. Sencirow - Perception Of Fear
2006 [Germany]
214. Sex Machineguns - Heavy Metal Thunder
2005 [Japan]
215. Shadowkeep - The Hourglass Effect
2008 [UK]
216. Shaman - Origins
2010 [Brazil]
217. Shok Paris - Steel And Starlight
1987 [USA]
218. Silent Force - Worlds Apart
2004 [Germany]
219. Sinner - The Nature Of Evil
1998 [Germany]
220. Skymning - Stormchoirs
1999 [Sweden]
221. Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000 [USA]
222. Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica
1999 [Finland]
223. Sortilège - Métamorphose
1984 [France]
224. Spitfire - First Attack
1987 [Greece]
225. Squealer - The Prophecy
1999 [Germany]
226. Steel Attack - Fall Into Madness
2001 [Sweden]
227. Steel Prophet - Dark Hallucinations
1999 [USA]
228. Steel Vengeance - Prisoners
1988 [USA]
229. Stormwarrior - Northern Rage
2004 [Germany]
230. Stormwitch - Walpurgis Night
1984 [Germany]
231. The Storyteller - Underworld
2005 [Sweden]
232. Stratovarius - Episode
1996 [Finland]
233. Stravaganzza - Requiem
2007 [Spain]
234. Suspyre - A Great Divide
2007 [USA]
235. Sword - Metalized
1986 [Canada]
236. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
2007 [USA]
237. Tad Morose - Undead
2000 [Sweden]
238. Tank - Filth Hounds Of Hades
1982 [UK]
239. Tarot - Suffer Our Pleasures
2003 [Finland]
240. Thaurorod - Upon Haunted Battlefields
2010 [Finland]
241. Thor - Only The Strong
1985 [Canada]
242. Thunderbolt - Love & Destruction
2006 [Norway]
243. Thunderstone - Dirt Metal
2009 [Finland]
244. Tierra Santa - Indomable
2003 [Spain]
245. Time Requiem - Time Requiem
2002 [Sweden]
246. Timeless Miracle - Into The Enchanted Chamber
2005 [Sweden]
247. Titan Force - Titan Force
1989 [USA]
248. TNT - Knights Of The New Thunder
1984 [Norway]
249. Tokyo Blade - Night Of The Blade
1984 [UK]
250. Triosphere - The Road Less Travelled
2010 [Norway]
251. Twilight Of The Gods - Fire On The Mountain
2013
252. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound
1981 [UK]
253. Tysondog - Beware Of The Dog
1984 [UK]
254. Vainglory - Vainglory
2007 [USA]
255. Vanadium - Born To Fight
1987 [Italy]
256. Vaura - The Missing
2013 [USA]
257. Vhäldemar - Fight To The End
2002 [Spain]
258. Virgin Steele - The House Of Atreus Act I
1999 [USA]
259. Warlock - Triumph And Agony
1987 [Germany]
260. Warlord - ...And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun
1984 [USA]
261. Warrior - Fighting For The Earth
1985 [USA]
262. Winters Bane - Heart Of A Killer
1993 [USA]
263. Witchfynde - Cloak And Dagger
1983 [UK]
264. Wizard - Bound By Metal
1999 [Germany]
265. Wolf - Black Wings
2002 [Sweden]
266. Wuthering Heights - The Shadow Cabinet
2006 [Denmark]
267. X Japan - Dahlia
1996 [Japan]
268. Yurei - Night Vision
2012 [Norway]



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Ozman - 24.08.2013 at 12:22  
Wtf? Anvil - Pound For Pound on there and not the vastly superior Metal On Metal or Forged In Fire, which are both true classics?

And Stay Hard for Raven? ffs their first three piss all over that one.
R'Vannith - 24.08.2013 at 15:52  
Nice list! I would have selected a few different ones for some of the bands I'm familiar with, Morgana Lefay's "Grand Materia" is treasured favourite.
Fearmeister - 24.08.2013 at 17:31  
Written by Ozman on 24.08.2013 at 12:22

Wtf? Anvil - Pound For Pound on there and not the vastly superior Metal On Metal or Forged In Fire, which are both true classics?

And Stay Hard for Raven? ffs their first three piss all over that one.


Okay, I agree with Raven though I think the first 4 records are great, I switched it to Wiped Out cause that might be a better record to start with.

Anvil's Pound for Pound is by far my favorite of what they made though MoM and FiF are also really good albums/
Guib - 01.10.2013 at 00:08  
Damn son O.o !!!
Fearmeister - 27.10.2013 at 03:47  
Added Hammers of Misfortune and Aleph (I don't know how the fuck I forgot about them)
TrollandDie - 17.11.2013 at 01:24  
Just add in Galneryus and it's perfect!
Fearmeister - 18.11.2013 at 01:04  
Written by TrollandDie on 17.11.2013 at 01:24

Just add in Galneryus and it's perfect!



Coulda sworn that I added them...

Oh well, they are added now
Syk - 25.11.2013 at 08:50  
Sabbath?! I'd definitely add Eidolon (#1 on my power list, with Brainstorm's Soul Temptation following not too far behind), and potentially Machine Called Man's only(? ) album 2.004. Surprised not to see Adagio, Avalanch, Killers, Kragens & Lanfear... surprised + pleased to see Obtest & Aleph here! Must also mention Ivory Tower + Meliah Rage's Masquerade (maybe for Point Three), and Black Steel, Voyager, Lord/Dungeon & Vanishing Point (all from Aussie) (edit - Dungeon's there already - cool!)

[not the first] edit - two more favourites I'd stick on a list of this kind: something from To-Mera, and (believe it or not) Def Leppard's debut

yet another edit - can't help noticing omissions of Grand Magus, Spiral Architect, Psychotic Waltz and Wolfsbane (not on MS?!) ... and Mortal Sin (thrashy Aussies... sorry) ...and *cough* Dio & DragonForce, and FireForce/Holy Grail/Striker/Diamond Plate. Not a fan?

also... Vanden Plas? I suppose I really need to stop doing this. Ahem
Fearmeister - 27.12.2013 at 02:52  
Added Zed Yago
Fearmeister - 27.12.2013 at 16:08  
Added Vaura
Fearmeister - 09.01.2014 at 03:27  
Added Exivious, Haken and Anciients
tea[m]ster - 23.01.2014 at 18:21  
#240 is sooo good. Great call. I was gonna say the album isn't power metal at all but your summary states "prog/avant" so it qualifies :0
Fearmeister - 23.01.2014 at 18:48  
Written by tea[m]ster on 23.01.2014 at 18:21

#240 is sooo good. Great call. I was gonna say the album isn't power metal at all but your summary states "prog/avant" so it qualifies :0


Yea, this list is pretty much the dumping ground of all the albums that didn't fit in my other lists
Fearmeister - 28.07.2014 at 15:22  
Added Vainglory

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