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07.29.19 The late-80s heavy rock renaissance

The late-80s heavy rock renaissance

Yes, it was a long time ago. But something extraordinary was in the air from 1988-1990...like a new treasure every couple of weeks - new sounds and fresh takes on established styles. These aren't really in any specific order, well...some are.
20Sanctuary
Refuge Denied


Warrel Dane's sinus-clearing wails still gets the blood pumping. Die for me!
19Raging Slab
raging slab


Arse-puckering southern rock from...NYC?
18The Cult
Sonic Temple


Astbury and crew set their sights on American airplay (American Horse, New York City). Hey, aren't these guys from England?
17Iron Maiden
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


Harris and Co. show their proggy chops. "Infinite Dreams" is fantastic.
16Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation


"Rain King" is worth the price of admission alone. Moore's drones and skronks straddle endless hooks.
15The Accused
Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told


Their patchwork assortment of caustic thrash, molestation of 70s covers, and other assorted weirdness ("The Hearse") comes into sharp focus.
14Primus
Suck on This


The live version of "Tommy the Cat" causes 20% of the world's bass players to call it quits.
13Trouble
Trouble


Rubin retools an already devastating band.

Rest.
In.
Peace.
12Bathory
Blood Fire Death


Thrashy black metal or blackened thrash? Filthy and relentless - Quorthon's finest moment?
11Public Enemy
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back


Hip hop's revolution begins in earnest. How great is "Night of the Living Baseheads?"
10Pestilence
Consuming Impulse


“Process”, “Out of the Body”, “Chronic Infection” - my fave from the Dutch deathies.
9Faith No More
The Real Thing


Funk metal's finest hour? Mike Patton becomes a household name.
8Megadeth
Rust in Peace


Mustaine rises like a phoenix with their most impressive lineup to date and "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due"
7Danzig
Danzig


The combination of Rick Rubin and Glen Danzig results in evilbluesdeathrock bliss. "Evil Thing" is so freakin' cool.
6Voivod
Dimension Hatröss


Voivod's thorny-yet-satisfying space jam
5Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


The band hits pay dirt with political corruption, mind-controlling drugs, murder and prostitutes-turned clergy. Speak!
4Ministry
The Land of Rape and Honey


Punk becomes cyberpunk in an industrial rock masterpiece. Are there ever more than four degrees of separation from any band and Al Jourgensen?
3Last Crack
Sinister Funkhouse #17


Volcanoes erupt! Gutiars buck and wail in a funk frenzy. A barenaked man rants and raves endlessly...
2Pixies
Doolittle


Child-like simplicity, feverish guitar squalls, sawed-off rhythms and Eraserhead-like weirdness culminate in indie rock's finest moment.
1King's X
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska


This band seemed to come out of nowhere and had it all - exceptional groove, vocal harmonies, weighty heaviness. Still a mindblowing record...
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