Here's this week's list of what the team over here at Philly Rock Radio is sticking in their ears repeatedly. AND A FIRST -- A unanimous pick for this parody of the Mr. Big tune "Be With You" that is, in the words of Ray Koob, "perfectly cheeky!" -- watch the video to see what he means.
UNANIMOUS GROUP PICK
BRIAN BASHER - HARD ROCK NIGHTS - MON-WED - 9PM-MID
JOHNNY E - PRR LIVE - THU 7PM
RYAN DANIELS - THE ASYLUM - FRI 5PM
PETE FRY - FRYDAY NIGHT WITH FRY - FRI 8PM
RAY KOOB - THE IMBALANCED HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL PODCAST
KEVIN LAW - PRR LIVE - THU 7PM
Written By Jason Voorhees
So the last few weeks have saw us cover a few thrash metal giants. In this week's edition we will take a look back at one of the best hard rock bands of this generation. Truth be told, Aerosmith remains one of the most interesting bands of the era.
From their early days as the sleazy up and comers...to the band that led it's most successful 80's renaissance in comeback fashion. And then of course the in between version that saw a change in lineup transition. No matter what time period peaks your fancy, there is no doubt that their catalog offers a dynamic mixture of hard rock flavor.
Over the years the band has had it's share of ups and downs; while surviving various lineup changes; nonetheless overcoming these challenges with multiple improbable comebacks. Aerosmith's ability to rise above the darkness has ultimately made them one of America's greatest hard rock bands in history.
The band is a true testament of hard work and dedication. Aerosmith's influence is wide ranging as countless bands have idolized their style while attaining their own brand. Bands like Guns N Roses, Van Halen and Bon Jovi among others have idolized Aerosmith's sound and style as musical genres evolved.
So come with us as we take this ride on the time machine in Aerosmith's evolution. As always, we welcome this challenge as we chronicle the best of the best in their catalog. So without further ado...here is Aerosmith's Top Ten Albums from worst to first...
10. 'Night In The Ruts' (1979)
This is an album that probably could have been much better had the band not been so strung out on over-indulgence. Lead guitarist Joe Perry would leave the band halfway through it's recording. The band tried to return to it's roots but they unfortunately fell short. The album was leaner in both style and composition. While there were moments of greatness, the lack of execution was evident as record sales suffered. Tracks like 'No Surprize' and 'Three Mile Smile' were the toast of the town. Ultimately too much filler. Far from a terrible album but certainly not their best by any stretch of the imagination. Time to reset.
9. 'Done With Mirrors' (1985)
In what was billed as the band's great "comeback"...the album sadly fell short of those lofty expectations. While the record served as an anecdote for their chemical and personal dysfunctions, Aerosmith forgot one crucial ingredient...heart and soul. The album was definitely superior to it's most recent predecessors but still lacked the creativity that we have grown accustomed to over the years. The return of Joe Perry was certainly a positive while infusing that forgotten energy we had been missing. Ultimately a better album but not the top level effort that most expected. Its kind of like their meh album...nothing truly stood out...star power deprived.
8. 'Get A Grip' (1993)
'Get A Grip' was the commercial apex for Aerosmith. While the band had been written off by many; Steven Tyler and company dug down deep and the results were fabulous. In a world that was being taken over by grunge, it was these 70's stalwarts that stole the show. The album featured multiple smash hit ballads including "Crazy", "Amazing" and "Cryin" as well as the MTV megahit "Livin On The Edge." The band summoned Alicia Silverstone, an unknown actress at the time to play the lead role in the MTV videos and the album sales blew up. Although the album is driven by these popular hit singles it is also littered with hidden gems throughout. Definitely their most successful record!
7. 'Aerosmith' (1973)
The birthplace for Aerosmith took place within this inauspicious self titled debut. When the record first dropped it was merely window dressing. No one really took notice of the Zeppelin-Stones hybrid band besides the local natives of Boston. However; when the band released the prototype ballad single "Dream On" three years later, the album blew up. The song was written by lead vocalist Steven Tyler years before he even joined the band and became the staple song for the band for ever after. While the super ballad showed the softer side of the band, the track "Mama Kin" personified that raw edgy unfiltered sleaze that defines them. A giant before it was ever recognized as one.
6. 'Get Your Wings' (1974)
This was the debut for producer Jack Douglas and the hire paid instant dividends for the band. The band had matured both musically and lyrically. The album featured a more innate composition and was a vital leap forward. Probably their most consistent record from top to bottom. Standout tracks include "Same Old Song and Dance", "Lord of the Thighs" and "Train Kept A Rollin." Much like it's predecessor, this album was what you would call a "grower" as it became more popular years later. It may not belong atop with the classics but it certainly invoked that classic sound and style. Definitely a must own.
5. 'Permanent Vacation' (1987)
The successor to 'Done With Mirrors' finally gave the band the comeback splash they were looking for. They tapped songwriter Desmond Child and Holly Knight for some fresh ideas and the rest was history. An instant classic in the making, the album hit number #11 on the Billboard Top 200 while becoming a favorite for fans and critics alike. Stellar tracks like "Rag Doll", "Dude Looks Like A Lady" and "Angel" became radio mainstays. MTV also adopted the band into their daily rotation playlist and bam...Aerosmith was back on the map. A comeback for the ages. Very little filler as the record flat out rocked. Definitely one of the greatest comeback records in music history.
4. 'Draw The Line' (1977)
Who would have known that the album would mark the end of the line for the band as we know it. Before the lineup would splinter, they came together one last time in a former church convent to record this raucous rock and roll classic. This was a far cry from sainthood as the band channeled their down and dirty style to produce this raw unfiltered record. While most other bands zig Aerosmith decided to zag on this one as they experimented with mandolins, keyboards, banjos and other instruments with a mixture of jazz and punk. While most of the tracks kick ass, they really hit a grand slam on "Kings and Queens". This draws the line for the original classic lineup.
3. 'Rocks' (1976)
One of the most influential albums for hard rock and heavy metal bands for years to come. As popular as it became though, it surprisingly only yielded two top 40 hits. However; chart placement does not do the album justice its the ear test; which ultimately passes with flying colors. I call this the carbon copy of it's predecessor as you could probably call this Aerosmith's 1A record. Led by tracks like "Back In the Saddle" and "Last Child" the album salutes that classic Aerosmith sound and energy. It was a tad more raw while maintaining their patented attitude. This was the creative peak for the band one they would not recapture for a very long time.
2. 'Toys In The Attic' (1975)
We are going to catch a lot of heat for the albums placement here. There is no doubt that this was the album that truly catapulted Aerosmith to stardom. A masterpiece was created here as the band took their no nonsense live show to the studio for an epic arrival on the mainstream stage. As close to perfection as you can get on a breakthrough album. Multiple mega hits like "Walk This Way" and "Sweet Emotion"; mixed with sleepers like the title track and "Adams Apple" invoke the hallmark epicenter for the band's coup de ta. Some of guitarist Joe Perry's best material is highlighted on this true giant. So close to the top but there's one that just beat it out...certainly a game of inches.
1. 'Pump' (1989)
This is the definitive album for Aerosmith. While 'Toys In The Attic' put them on the map, this one recaptured that magic while providing elite sound production and musical composition. There is little to no filler on this one folks...a return to greatness for the band and the fans couldn't be happier. High level songwriting is present from beginning to end. Although the album closely followed the glam metal formula for most of the record; they were still able to infuse the traditional vintage style that so unabashedly defined them as pioneers. In an almost conceptual kind of way, the record tells a story through songs like "Young Lust" and "What it Takes"...but the real fire was tracks like "Janie's Got A Gun' and 'Love In An Elevator' both which became MTV royalty. To be the best you have to beat the best...and this one does just that!
We certainly hope you enjoyed this week's edition. It's sure to spark some good debate on the show this Thursday. Speaking of which...please join Kevin and Johnny this week from 7PM-9PM as they count down your favorites of past and present!!! Also, we will be dropping a new episode podcast which will feature a courtroom album showdown between Kevin and Johnny...should be must listen radio folks!!!! Stay tuned as we will soon be releasing the show's title. It's gonna be a blast!!! And as we leave you...please enjoy this classic from Aerosmith!
Written By Jason Voorhees
Last week's episode saw us take a deep dive into Megadeth's catalog as we ultimately defined their best works of art.
This week we will take a journey into the chronicles of Metallica. The pioneers of thrash have already solidified their place as one of the greatest in heavy metal history. Over the years, Metallica has continued kicking ass and taking names. However; their career dominance in the music realm has not come without controversy. While there is no denying their legacy as far as entertainers, there discography remains one of the most widely scrutinized in metal.
In fact, whenever Metallica has moved to push the envelop in different musical directions, die hard fans have often cried fowl. During these times the band has been accused of "selling out" or "caving in to mainstream culture." No matter what disagreements may arise though, their discography catalog is superbly diverse and worthy of praise...well that is most of it.
It's certainly safe to say that most will agree that 'LuLu' and 'St. Anger' are low points in Metallica's journey. Furthermore, its regarded that 'S&M' may have been their most creative effort to date. So for purposes of this piece, those albums have been left out of the equation.
Nonetheless, we have focused our attention to Metallica's most relevant features and it should be a fun assignment. Of course as always, top album lists are a matter of opinion. In generating the rankings, we try to take all aspects into account including composition, album flow, album impact and album quality.
There has never been any middle ground with Metallica...you either love them or hate them...it's always black or white. However; when it comes to their catalog, there is always disagreements on which ones remain quintessential. With that being said...it's time to fade to grey...so without further ado...here is Metallica from fringe to Mount Rushmore...
10. 'ReLoad' (1997)
The band virtually took the leftovers from it's previous album and produced a counterpart. Originally planned as a 27 track album, it was instead released in two parts. The results were another mixed bag of confusion. Although there were finite traces of thrash in play, the record for the most part bears the hard rock mainstream epitaph of it's predecessor. Not a bad album by any stretch of the imagination. However; incessantly mediocre by standards of Metallica measurements. A few standout tracks to note like "Fuel", "The Memory Remains" and "The Unforgiven II." Too much filler and not enough thriller in the end. Certainly not the band's low point but far from greatness.
9. 'Load' (1996)
This was a come to Jesus moment for most die-hard Metallica fans. In fact, many would say that its trendy to have this album so low on the list. Those people argue that 'Load' is still a classic metal album and due some praise. These arguments are fair and for the most part the album shows flashes of brilliance and moments of clarity. However; musically and stylistically the record is lacking one of the essential elements that had made Metallica so great throughout the years. And that element is thrash. Dumbing down a records' sound and style does not make an album bad. Nonetheless, this was not what the fans wanted and ultimately the record suffered. Good but unfortunately not great.
8. 'Death Magnetic' (2008)
After the flop of 'St. Anger' expectations were unusually low when this album was released. Hardcore fans were craving that old school style and sound and Metallica passed the test with flying colors. Suddenly those grim expectations were replaced with a highly successful tour and above average album sales. The record found it's way to the number one spot on the Billboard Top 200. Metallica was back with a vengeance and fans and critics could not be happier. The album is loaded with stalwarts from beginning to end as the band returns to its roots. The only blemish is the compression style recording which taints the musical instrumental balance while deemphasizing its purity.
7. 'Garage, Inc.' (1998)
Some people would say that this record does not belong on a list of greats. However; this was Metallica stripped down to that good old raw and edgy flavor. That's what makes the album extremely underrated and underappreciated. Although most of the tracks are covers or re-recordings, it shows a side of Metallica that many of its most loyal fans had been missing. It once again shows that Metallica is capable of having fun and that was the x-factor. Many die hard fans have said the album sounds like AJFA era but better recording. Metallica once again embraced their roots on tracks like "Helpless", "Mercyful Fate", "Am I Evil", "Breadfan" and many more. It was Metallica on steroids which resulted in a well oiled machine. Definitely their most underrated. Raw and unfiltered, even the covers are ELITE!
6. 'Hardwired...To Self Destruct' (2016)
Metallica returned with a vengeance on this effort. After an eight year hiatus the band decided to once again embrace their thrash roots and bash the sound barrier. Although the record once again suffers from frequent over production and sound dubbing, it was certainly a step forward from 'Death Magnetic' as far as songwriting goes. While the previous record was more straightforward and dull, this one replicated those classic riffs and hooks of old while staying true to the thrash formula. Definitely Metallica's best album in decades and one that solidified their return to the top of the food chain. Multiple mega hits and fan favorites. Welcome back to the Top!!
5. 'Kill 'Em All' (1983)
The birthplace of Metallica. Their debut album helped forge the beginning of the thrash metal explosion. Armed with ferocious guitar riffs and licks and paced by the dynamic double bass drum beats, the band laid the groundwork for all future thrash metal artists. Metallica left San Francisco to team up with Johnny Zazula and MegaForce records in New York. The result was a raw and fast masterpiece filled with that signature thrash energy and sound. Standout tracks include 'Seek and Destroy", "Hit the Lights," "No Remorse" and "Jump in the Fire" among others. Very little filler...just balls to the wall in your face metal. Definitely a defining album and among the band's very best!
4. '...And Justice For All' (1988)
This has long been a personal favorite. A truly angry album that matches the emotions of the band. Long time bassist Cliff Burton had recently died in a tragic bus accident and the band was still fresh off the grieving process. Enter Jason Newsted. Of course the album does get criticized for it's inaudible sound, mainly the lack of aggressive bass prowess. Nonetheless, the album featured a more in depth song progression. The songwriting was more dynamic than previous albums, much longer songs and complex arrangements. Of course, the album also featured the band's first video for the track "One"; which is one of their greatest songs all-time. Although they missed out on a Grammy Award, Metallica hit a slam dunk on this one folks.
3. 'The Black Album' (1991)
It's extremely hard to say that their self titled album is not their very best of all-time. It's one of the highest grossing albums in metal history, their highest charting album, has multiple mega hits as well as sleeper stalwarts from beginning to end. The album features a more streamlined approach while sustaining enough thrash to wet the lips of hard core fans. No matter where you stand on this argument, there is no doubting the importance of 'The Black Album' in Metallica's gaining entrance into mainstream royalty. The album is truly Metallica at its peak as far as songwriting and the band definitely sounds more polished and consistent. Although it's not Metallica's best overall album, it truly remains their most successful hands down.
2. 'Ride The Lightning' (1984)
Metallica tore the cover off of the sophomore slump on this masterpiece. In fact, for any other band this would certainly take the cake for top album. However; this is Metallica. No matter where your loyalty lies, there is no debating the greatness of this one. It has everything that you could ask for in a thrash metal sensation. The band took a huge step in progression as far as songwriting and musicianship with particular focus on lyrical mastery. Tracks like "Fight Fire With Fire", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Ride The Lightning", "Creeping Death", "Trapped Under Ice" and "Fade to Black" are all elite. The album is a heavy metal masterpiece...one that they would surprisingly top!
1. 'Master Of Puppets' (1986)
Simply put...the holy grail for Metallica. Not only is 'Master of Puppets' Metallica's best album, it truly reigns as one of the greatest heavy metal albums in history. A supreme thrash metal masterpiece...as close to perfection that an album can get. Their third album features a more mature approach in both songwriting and composition. However; the band was able to maintain the classic fundamentals of thrash while remaining raw and aggressive with hooks and riffs. 'Master of Puppets' is peak Metallica before their mainstream rise. Everything about the album is gold including the cover art that defines it. Heavy metal royalty at its finest and Metallica's grand slam home run of albums.
Well, we hope that you enjoyed this week's edition. Metallica always gets the juices flowing and they are one of the most interesting bands to debate. So where do you have these albums ranked? What's your pick for number one?
We certainly would love to get more audience participation with this segment moving forward. Let us know what bands you would like us to cover!! Looking for feedback as this could make it more interesting for our loyal fans...Anyways, hopefully you all are staying safe and sound in quarantine. Well...if your bored you can always check out Kevin and Johnny on Thursday evenings 7PM-9PM, as they cover all of your favorites from past and present! Who knows...maybe you will even hear some Metallica this week...can't wait to find out. As we leave you...please enjoy this timeless classic from the 'Master of Puppets' masterpiece...
Written By Jason Voorhees
April 11th marked the 37th anniversary of Dave Mustaine's highly publicized ousting from Metallica.
The band was in New York City on that ill fated morning as they gave him an unceremonious kick to the curb. The rest is history as this would become one of heavy metal's most defining moments. Metallica would go on to become one of the most successful metal bands in the world. However; that day set Mustaine on a path of revenge; one that would ultimately drive his own band's monumental achievements.
That band is of course Megadeth, who along with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer are apart of the Big 4 of thrash metal. Although Megadeth has always seemed to travel in the footsteps of Metallica, many people would argue that they are actually the better band. Of course, we can leave that argument for another post.
Truth being told, Megadeth has always been faster and heavier than Metallica. In retrospect though, they retained their heaviness over the years while adopting a more mature lyrical approach throughout their evolution. Megadeth has provided an amazing model of consistency in thrash metal; in a world where most of those bands have had miniscule shelf lives. I guess you could say that they hold the ultimate consolation prize in that respect.
Nonetheless, Megadeth has carved out quite a musical catalog over the years. Fueled by a mission statement to become the loudest, hardest, fastest metal band on the planet, the band has had many ups and downs, while enduring multiple lineup changes over the years. In fact the era's can easily be defined by which lead guitarist is in cue. However; the one constant has always been Dave Mustaine and his endless passion to create great metal music.
There is no secret that Megadeth has always been one of my favorite bands and undertaking this project is a huge honor for me. There are so many great albums to review and this will be quite a challenge to undertake. Nonetheless, we will use the same guidelines when ranking the records. All dimensions are taken in to account including main riffs, music composition, music flow, and the overall impact.
So please come along and join us as we take a walk down memory lane in Megadeth's discography...
15. 'Super Colider' (2013)
This was supposed to be the album that would catapult Megadeth back into superstardom. Instead it would ultimately become a bona fide super clunker. A truly disappointing album that even the most die hard Deth fans would have difficulty stomaching. Firstly, the record lacks that creativity that we've all grown accustomed to with Dave. The song writing seems lazy and basic. Tons of filler and not much thriller. Hands down the worst effort that Megadeth has ever wrote. The opening track "Kingmaker" provides the only semblance of a hit track. Other songs like "Off The Edge" and "Dance in the Rain" are just ok. In fact, the high point may just be their cover of "Cold Sweat." This was another misguided attempt to attract mainstream love, hopefully one that Megadeth never tries again. Move along.
14. 'Risk' (1999)
Just like the title laments, this album was a shot in the dark and the results were unflattering. However; contrary to popular belief, the record is actually not as bad as one might think. In fact, it's actually a pretty decent album, just not for Megadeth. Having one of thrash metals icons take a stab at pop music was a huge mistake, but hey...let's give them credit for taking that risk. Although it did not pay off at the box office as well as alienating most die hard fans, the album is far from poor. It's just not Megadeth. There was some stellar songwriting and a few standout tracks that keep this one off of the bad list. Songs like "Prince of Darkness" and "Time: The End" had some classic thrashy riffs and "Breadline" was an above average anthem. Not one of their better albums but certainly not the worst.
13. 'Thirteen' (2011)
This is the next tier of Megadeth albums as 'Thirteen' comes in at 13. Chris Broderick's sophomore effort on lead guitars certainly paid off. It also marked the return of David Ellefson (Jr.) on bass guitar. The only complaint about the album is it's overuse of recycled material from years past. All in all a solid metal record that brings that classic Megadeth thrash attitude front and center. "Public Enemy No.1" was a stone cold smash hit while tracks like "Sudden Death" and "Fast Lane" scream thrash metal democracy. Broderick and Mustaine flex their chops throughout the album as Megadeth once again proves that they have cornered the thrash metal market. The album closes out with a stellar ballad that eerily paints Mustaine's life in words for the whole world to see. Hidden Treasures Part 2.
12. 'The World Needs A Hero' (2001)
Undoubtedly Megadeth's most underrated album, this one gets widely overlooked. After totally missing the mark on 'Risk', the band decided to go back to its heavier roots and the results were generally positive. Long time axe man Marty Friedman had decided to call it quits so Dave sacked former Savatage guitarist Al Pitrelli for the job. There is plenty of substance with dynamic songwriting and directional lyrics. "Dread and The Fugitive Mind" and "Disconnect" were standout tracks. However; it was sleeper hidden gems like "1000x Goodbye", "Burning Bridges" and "Recipe For Hate...Warhorse" that really shouted the albums staying power. This may not have been the top of the mountain; however it was Megadeth embracing their thrash history as they pressed reset.
11. 'United Abominations' (2007)
One thing about Megadeth is that when the chips are down they have always seemed to hit the right notes. And that's exactly what this thrash metal masterpiece did upon release. The band returned to form with an all out assault on the senses. With the Drover brothers in toe, Dave was on a mission and the goal was kicking ass and taking names. The songwriting was stellar and on point and the lyrical content was Dave at his peak. The first two tracks provided the best opening one-two punch on a Megadeth album the likes we have not saw since 'Countdown.' "Sleepwalker" and "Washington is Next" are two high energy stalwarts that rival some of the bands very known classics. There are many other underrated tracks throughout the record. Welcome back to the top boys!
10. 'The System Has Failed' (2004)
This was supposed to be a solo album for Dave after disbanding the group only two years prior due to a serious arm injury. Instead he would just round out a lineup and continue under the brand. The record marked the return of Chris Poland the bands first lead guitarist and the reunion hit the spot. Despite the lack of cohesive band members, the album features a strong mixture of styles that expands the entire discography gamut. The result was an awesome heavy metal record that everyone would appreciate. Solid tracks up and down the lineup with very few duds. Standout tunes include "Die Dead Enough", "The Scorpion", "Tears In A Vial" and "Kick the Chair." Another almost forgotten effort that rarely receives the praise it deserves. One of my all-time favorites no doubt.
9. 'EndGame' (2009)
'Endgame' is virtually a mixture of the two previous records doused with speed. The first album of the Chris Broderick era was an instant favorite with fans and critics alike. It was a return to the bands thrash metal roots as they tried to mirror the 'Rust in Peace' style of speed with a continued mixture of melodic elements. An old school vibe with a new age attitude and flavor. The album is littered with pinpoint guitar solos galore as well as those thumping hard hitting bass lines which bring you back to the eighties. Tracks like "This Day We Fight", "44 Minutes" and "Head Crusher" harken back to classic style Megadeth. While "The Hardest Part of Letting Go" showed off Dave's elite songwriting techniques. If your a die hard Deth fan then this one surely will feed your fancy!
8. Cryptic Writings (1997)
Coming off two of their most successful albums to date, the proposition of topping those efforts would prove to be fleeting. However; 'Cryptic Writings' was still a very strong album in the scheme of things. After embracing more mainstream rock elements during it's predecessors the band tried to push the envelope even further. The results were a mixed bag as many fans and critics were truly disappointed. Nonetheless, the album still incorporates precision songwriting with pinpoint lyrics; the mainstay formula that has garnered the band much success. Tracks like "Trust", "Use the Man", and "Almost Honest" became radio classics. However; the crème of the crop has to be "She Wolf" which has some of the best guitar solos ever assembled. There's quite a few sleepers as well. The last of the classics.
7. 'Dystopia' (2016)
Change has always been good for Megadeth and the same holds true for this album. Mustaine recruited lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro (Angra) and drummer Chris Adler (Lamb of God) as part of a new and improved lineup. The results were stunning. An extremely impressive metal record that combines the old school thrash playbook with an advanced modern style of metal. Adler's dynamic drumming style brings back shades of Nick Menza while Kiko's neo classical style of axesmith shouts Marty Freidman. A solid metal album that checks off every box on the musical spectrum. As always Mustaine is at the top of his game both musically and lyrically. Some people may complain that there are too many solos but that's what die hard droogies truly live for! Just pimp "Poisonous Shadows" if you disagree.
6. 'Killing Is My Business...And Business is Good!' (1985)
Dave Mustaine has always been a brilliant songwriter as evidenced right away on this debut release. Low budget mockery aside, this was an excellent metal record. It was the first of it's kind at the time, something that had never been heard. The shock value alone was worth its weight in gold as Mustaine announced Megadeth's arrival on the map. Despite poor production, the album provided the archetypal template for all future thrash metal bands to come. The unquestionable kingpin had already written a lot of Metallica's early material and now he had his own brand in the cross hairs. It was a pissed off ferocious assault that was only fueled by the revenge he was seeking. A true thrash classic that would definitely be much higher if only for its low budget flavor.
5. So Far, So Good...So What! (1988)
The Jeff Young era would ultimately be short lived. That's not to say that he did not make any impact on the band. In fact, this album always gets lost in the shuffle when discussing Megadeth classics but certainly deserves its weight in praise. While most of the band members were chemically strung out during most of the recording process; it makes the final product that much more impressive. Tracks like "Into the Lungs of Hell" and "Set the World Afire" (originally titled megadeth) provide that old school thrash. While "Mary Jane" and "502" embellish a more dynamic attitude. And who can forget "In My Darkest Hour" which is a heavy metal eulogy to Metallica's Cliff Burton. However; the icing on the cake is surely "Hook in Mouth" which belongs in Megadeth's top 5 of all-time. This one's full of heavy hitters.
4. 'Youthanasia' (1994)
We have certainly reached the top tier now. The only thing holding this album back from being higher on the list is that there are three albums that are better. Don't kid yourselves though, 'Youthanasia' is absolutely killer. The last album to be recorded as an entire band unit, this one truly captured all of the technical precision in the quartet's mastery. A heavy metal masterpiece that is littered with harmonic and melodic elements throughout. Some of the most melodic metal that Mustaine has ever produced. Many top of the line hits as well as a hidden gem delight. The album flow is almost true perfection. There is no secret why this was their second highest grossing record. The results are self explanatory. This is plug and play at its finest.
3. 'Peace Sells...But Who's Buying' (1986)
Some people will scream blasphemy with the position of this one but hear me out. While there is no doubting that this was a career defining moment for the band as far as albums go, you have to look at the total picture. It definitely demolished the sophomore slump theory. It also captured the dynamic abilities of Mr. Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland, the likes that we may never see again. Of course the title track would give the band the mainstream breakthrough that it was desperately seeking. While the rest of the album proved that Megadeth was at the top of the thrash metal podium. The bulk of the tracks are marvelous. Definitely top of the line worthy but not when you stack it up to against the final two. Nonetheless, one of the classic thrash metal albums of this generation.
2. 'Countdown To Extinction' (1992)
'Peace Sells' and 'Countdown' are virtually interchangeable unless you are counting album sales. Now I realize album sales does not define a record but when comparing the two, 'Countdown' reigns supreme. This was Megadeth's answer to Metallica's 'Black' album and the results were out of this world. The band's highest charting record all-time was polished and pure. Definitely the best produced album as far as sound and some of the best flowing tracks ever assembled. Of course it contains multiple mega hits along with criminally underrated efforts galore. Totally killer and zero filler is an excellent recipe for a mega hit record and 'Countdown' definitely takes the cake. Maybe I am biased but this is definitely my go to whenever I need my Deth fix. A heavy metal masterpiece.
1. 'Rust In Peace' (1990)
This is Megadeth's Mount Rushmore...the crème de le crème. In fact, this is the state of the art thrash metal album...one that definitely belongs in the halls of the all-time greats. The first two tracks alone provide one of the seminal one-two punches in heavy metal album history. "Holy Wars" and "Hangar 18" remain synonymous in any conversation that may discuss metal track greatness. While "Tornado of Souls" garners noise for being in best all-time solo conversation when it comes to heavy metal guitar mastery. In fact, the entire album features Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman at their absolute peaks. From beginning to end this is a timeless classic that never gets old. I still get chills the moment I push play and the energy that is generated is endless. Megadeth's version of Van Goh's "The Starry Night!"
Well we sure hope that you enjoyed this version of top album lists! It was definitely extra fun getting to cover one of my all-time favorite bands. With that being said, we always ask for audience participation!! What were your picks? And do you have any bands that you would like us to cover in future segments. We challenge you all to get involved!
Well, we certainly hope that you are staying safe during these trying times. And as always...Don't forget to check out Kevin Law and Johnny E on Thursday evenings from 7PM-9PM as they run the gamut of all your favorite heavy metal classics...old and new! I am sure Kevin has a great show lined up for this week and am looking forward for any and all surprises!!! As we leave you...please enjoy this Megadeth classic...
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