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80's Metal Bands


These are the album titles from left to right: 1979 Accept, 1980 I'm a Rebel, 1981 Breaker, 1982 Restless & Wild, 1983 Balls to the Wall, 1985 Metal Heart, 1986 Russian Roulette, 1989 Eat the Heat, 1990 Staying A Life, 1992 Objection Overruled, 1994 Death Row, 1996 Predator

This band was from Germany and broke up in 1997. Udo has reformed a band of his own called U.D.O. The last line-up was Udo Dirkschneider, Wolf Hoffman, Peter Baltes, and Michael Cartellone

Agent Steel

These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 Skeptics Apocalypse, 1985 Mad Locust Rising (EP), 1987 Unstoppable Force, 1999 The Omega Conspiracy

Agent Steel was formed in the early 80's in San Francisco at the time of 1985 and 1987. They were one of the best power metal bands around. The band later broke up in 1988 and then reformed ten years later. The current lineup is Bruce Duncan-Vocals, Juan Garcia-Guitars, Bernie Versailles-Guitars, Karl Medina-Bass, Chuck Profus-Drums.

Agnostic Front

These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 United Blood, 1984 Victim In Pain, 1986 Cause For Alarm, 1987 Liberty and Justice For..., 1992 One Voice, 1998 Something's Gotta Give

This is an 80's hard core/metal band. They started out in 1982 by Vinnie Stigma. They released five albums in their time plus their first, which is an EP. The last album, "One Voice", released in 1992, had the best sound. It was also written while the singer, Miret, served a two year sentence. The band's origional line-up in 1983 was Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, Adam Moochie, and Raybeez.

The Trooper's Review:
The "One Voice" album is very good.

"Something's Gotta Give" is my favorite Agnostic Front album and I think Its their best.


These are a list of the album titles from left to right: 1983 No Parole from Rock N Roll, 1984 Live Sentence, 1985 Disturbing the Peace

This band never ammounted to much it did provide training for the two best guitarists of the 80's, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. "Disturbing the Peace" was a Japanese import that had Steve Vai replacing Malmsteen so the album has more of a Vai sound to it. In 1983 the line-up was Graham Bonnet, Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Shea, Jan Uvene, and Jimmy Waldo.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 Suffering Hour (Not Shown), 1989 Reason (Not Shown), 1991 Manic Impressions (Not Shown), 1993 Screams and Whispers

Anacrusis was a progressive thrash metal band from Missouri, USA that had a unique style of music that was very different from bands at that time. The last lineup was Kenn Nardi-Vocals/Guitars, Kevin Heidbreder-Guitars, John Emery-Bass, and Paul Miles-Drums.

Angel Dust

These are the album titles from left to right: 1986 Into the Dark Past, 1988 To Dust You Will Decay, 1998 Border of Reality, 1999 Bleed, 2000 Enlighten the Darkness, 2002 Of Human Bondage

This band was formed in the mid 1980's and are from Germany. They put out two albums and then broke up. Then they reformed in the late 1990's and have now become one of Europe's best power metal bands around. The current lineup are Dirk Thurlsch-Vocals, Ritchie Wilkison-Guitars, Frank Bany-Keyboards, Dirk Assmuth-Drums.

Angel Witch

These are the album titles from left to right: 1980 Angel Witch (Not Shown), 1985 Scremain & Bleedin (Not Shown), 1986 Frontal Assault (Not Shown), 2000 Resurrection (Not Shown)

Angel Witch was from England and one of the first NWOBHM bands. Their first self-titled album is a metal classic to this day. The band later broke up and now has reformed and are making an all new album and going on tour. The current lineup is Kevin Heybourne-Guitars/Vocals, Keith Herzberg-Guitars, Ritchie Wicks-Bass/Vocals, Scott Higham-Drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1989 Alice In Hell, 1990 Never, Neverland, 1993 Set the World on Fire, 1994 King of the Kill, 1996 Refresh the Demon, 1996 Remains, 1999 Criteria for a Black Widow, 2001 Carnival Diablos

Annihilator was formed in the late 80's in Canada and are one of the most well known thrash metal bands from Canada and the US. Their last album "Carnival Diablos" is one, if not their best album to date. The band is still active and the current lineup is Joe Comeau-Vocals, Jeff Waters-Guitars, Dave Scott Davis-Guitars, Russell Bergquist-Bass, Randy Black-Drums.


In 1981 Scot Ian formed Anthrax along with Dan Spitz, Neil Turbin, Dan Lilker, and Charlie Benante. The first album, "Fistful of Metal" was released in 1983. After the first album Neil and Lilker were replaced by Joey Belladonna and Frank Bello. The second album, "Spreading the Disease" came out in 1985 and was their first release on a major label. The third album "Among the Living" came out in 1987. Then a fourth album in 1988 was released called "State of Euphoria". In 1990 "Persistence of Time" was released and afterwards Joey was kicked out of the band and replaced by John Bush. The next album "Sound of White Noise" was released in 1993 with Elektra Records. This album was very different from their usual sound. Dan Spitz left the band and in 1995 "Stomp 442" was released. After this album Elektra Records dropped the band. They are currently looking for a new record label and working on a new album.

The Trooper's Review:
"Spreading the Disease" and "Among the Living" really jam and should be classic metal albums.
The albums, "Sound of White Noise" and "Stomp 442" is also two of their great 90's albums and is heavy and powerful. It's two of the best 90's metal albums.


These are the album titles from left to right: (not shown)1981 Hard N Heavy, (not shown)1982 Metal on Metal, (not shown)1983 Forged in Fire, 1987 Strength of Steel, (not shown)1988 Pound for Pound, 1991 Worth the Weight, (not shown)1996 Plugged In Permanent, 1997 Absolutely No Alternative

A Canadian speed metal band that is currently still together. The current line-up is: Steve Kudlow, Ivan Hurd, Glen Gyorffy, and Robb Reiner.

Armored Saint

These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Armored Saint(the rare EP), 1984 March of the Saint, 1985 Delirious Nomad, 1987 Raising Fear, 1991 Symbol of Salvation, 2000 Revelation

The band formed in 1981 and was really popular in the Los Angeles area. Dave Prickard died of Leukemia before the recording of "Symbol of Salvation". Then Bush left to join Anthrax. The original line-up was Joey Vera, Phil Sandoval, Dave Prickard, John Bush, and GONZO.

The Trooper's Review:
The new album "Revelation" has to be the best album they have ever created. This is a bad-ass metal album and John Bush is at his greatest.

Bad Brains

These are the album titles from left to right: 1982 Bad Brains(not shown), 1986 I Against I, 1990 Quickness, 1991 Rock For Light, 1991 Spirit Electricity, 1993 Rise, 1995 God of Love, 1996 Black Dots

This hardcore band was formed in 1979 by Dr. Know, and disbanded in 1995. After 1990 HR left the band and Chuck Mosely was hired, but he didn't have the sound the band wanted so he was soon replaced by Josef Israel. Then HR returned to the band. The band did well and was doing their first arena show, opening up for Beastie Boys, when HR showed up refusing to go onstage and beat up the manager and his brother Earl. He went to jail but was released that night and then was caught at the Canadian border with a large amount of Marijuana. Afterwards the band forgave him and HR was back again. The album "God of Love" made #20 on the Billboard charts. The line-up was Earl Hudson, HR, Dr. Know, and Darryl Jenifer.
The Trooper's Review:
Four Stars to the album "I Against I". This album is the best they have made, without a doubt. It should be a classic.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1989 Badlands, 1991 Voodoo Highway, Dusk (not shown)

This band was formed by Ozzy's ex-guitarist, Jake E. Lee, and ex-Black Sabbath and Blue Murder vocalist Ray Gillan in 1988. This band was a good band that never lasted very long. They released three albums, "Badlands" and "Voodoo Highway" and "Dusk". The albums have some great guitar work by Lee, who is also one of my favorite guitarists. After the making of Dusk, Ray Gillan passed away, but the album was not released until years later as a tribute to him. The original line-up was Ray Gillen, Jake E Lee, Greg Chaisson, and Eric Singer.
The Trooper's Review:
Four stars to "Voodoo Highway" & "Dusk". These two albums sound great and really jam. Jake E. Lee puts out some of his best guitar work ever on these two albums, and Ray's singing is great! It is too bad Ray passed away and the band broke up. Badlands was an original sounding metal band with a southern touch that had a lot of talent. The Trooper
**The Dusk album is very rare and hard to find. If anyone is interested in a copy of this album then please E-Mail me and I will see what I can do. Metal Rules! The Trooper!


These are the album titles from left to right: 1984 Bathory, 1984 Bathory(the rare Yellow cover), 1985 The Return..., 1987 Under the Sign of the Black Mark, 1988 Blood Fire Death, 1990 Hammerheart, 1991 Twilight of the Gods, 1992 Jubileum Volume I, 1993 Jubileum Volume II, 1994 Requiem, 1995 Octagon, 1996 Blood on Ice, 1998 Jubileum Volume III

This is a black metal band from Sweden. The first few albums were influenced by Venom, with dark lyrics and a black/death metal sound. It is basically a one-man band who goes by the name "Quorthon".


These are the album titles from left to right: 1990 Subconscious Terror, 1991 Grand Leveler, 1993 Transcend the Rubicon, 1995 The Dreams you Dread, 1998 Grind Bastard, 2001 Organised chaos (not shown)

Benediction was formed in 1989 with Barney Greenway (Vocals), who was working in Napalm Death at the same time and had to choose between the two bands, and decided to stay with Napalm Death. Benediction was left with no singer until by a chance meeting in an English pub, Dave Ingram was found which began a whole new start for the group. Benediction is one of the first grindcore bands to come out and they are still grinding away in metal today. The bands current lineup is Dave Hunt -Vocals, Darren Brooks-Guitars, Peter Rew-Guitars, Frank Healy-Bass and Neil Hutton-Drums. The new album "Organized Chaos" will be out in late 2001 so come back and buy it through our CDNOW link.

The Trooper's Review:
"Grind Bastard" is their best album to date and is total grind core metal!

Black Flag

These are the album titles from left to right: 1981 Damaged, 1983 My War(not shown), 1984 Family Man, 1984 Slip It In(not shown), 1985 Loose Nut, 1985 In My Head

This band was formed in 1977 but released their first full-length album in 1981. The origonal line-up was Keith Morris, Greg Ginn, Chuck Dukoweld, and Brian Migdol.

Blind Guardian

These are the album titles from left to right: 1987 Battalions of Fear, 1990 Follow the Blind, 1990 Tales from the Twilight World, 1992 Somewhere Far Beyond, 1995 Imaginations from the Other Side, 1996 The Forgotten Tales, 1998 Nightfall in Middle-Earth

Blind Guardian are from Germany and are a speed/power metal band and are one of the best around today. The band will be releasing a new album in 2002. The current lineup are: Hansi Kursch-vocals & bass, Andre Olbrich-guitars, Marcus Siepen-guitars & Thomen Stauch-drums.

Blind Illusion

These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 The Sane Asylum

Blind Illusion was formed in San Francisco CA and was a legendary San Francisco Bay Area metal band for years. Finally, in 1988 they made their one and only album. Unfortunately, the band did not stay together. Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde soon after went on to form Primus. The bands last lineup was Mark Biedermann-vocals/guitars, Larry Lalonde-guitars, Les Claypool-bass, and Mike Miner-Drums. The band may be releasing an unreleased second album that was made but never released and they may even form another lineup. Just have to wait and see.

The Trooper's Review:
This album was and still is a badass metal album.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 A Time of Changes(not shown), 1995 Unholy Trinity

This band is from England and have had many line-up changes. The last album line-up was Brian Ross, Tony Liddle, Dave Anderson, and Sean Taylor


These are the album titles from left to right: 1986 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, 1987 Nightfall, 1988 Ancient Dreams, 1989 Tales of Creation, 1992 Chapter VI, 1998 Dactylis Glomerata, 1999 From the 13th Sun

Candlemass are one, if not the first Doom metal bands around. The band are from Sweden and were formed in the mid 1980's. The first album, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is a doom metal classic. The band broke up for awhile but reformed in 1997. The current lineup are: Bjorn Flodkvist-vocals, Mats Stahl-guitars, Leif Edling-bass and Jejo Perkovic-drums.

The Trooper's Review:
The first album, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is one of the first doom death albums and one of the best of all time and is a true 100% classic doom!

Cannibal Corpse

These are the album titles from left to right: 1990 Eaten Back to Life, 1991 Butchered at Birth, 1992 Tomb of the Mutilated, 1994 The Bleeding, 1996 Vile, 1998 Gallery of Suicide

This is a gore/death metal band from the USA that formed in 1988. Their first album was a demo released in 1989 (not shown). The lyrics of their songs are gory and violent, and the music is fast and heavy. The current line-up is George Fischer, Pat O'brien, Jack Owen, Alex Webster, and Paul Mazurkiewicz


These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 Reek of Putrefaction, 1989 Symphonies of Sickness, 1991 Necroticism...Descanting the Insalubrious, 1992 Tools of the Trade, 1994 Heartwork, 1996 Swansong

This is an English death metal band that started in 1985. The music is very fast and the lyrics brutal. Oddly, Owen and Walker are vegetarians and Steer is a vegan. The final line-up was Bill Steer, Mike Hickey, Jeff Walker, and Ken Owen.

The Trooper's Review:
"Swan Song" is one great album, and one of the best metal albums of all time. Its a badass album and should be in every metalheads collection. I also give "Heart Work" a 4star rating and is very good.

Celtic Frost

These are the album titles from left to right: 1984 Morbid Tales, 1985 To Mega Therion, 1985 Emperor's Return (EP), 1987 Into the Pandemonium, 1989 Cold Lake, 1990 Vanity Nemesis

This is one of the most heaviest bands of all time. They were origonally called Hellhammer. Their first four albums were, "Morbid Tales", "To Mega Therion", "Emperor's Return", and "Into the Pandemonium". CF were one of the most unique bands of the decade but they disbanded when Tom formed a new band called Apollyon's Sun. They had a Black or Death Metal sound and are still sold in stores.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1987 R.I.P., 1988 Punishment For Decadence, 1989 No More Color, 1991 Mental Vortex, 1993 Grin, 1995 Coroner

Coroner was formed in Switzerland in the mid 1980's and had a sound that was different from other bands. Their sound is mainly thrash or grind. In 1994 the band called it quits. The bands albums are hard to find and the only place I know of is Noise Records.ComThe last lineup included: Ron Broder-vocals/bass, Tommy Vetterli-guitars, Marky Edelmann-drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Eye For an Eye, 1985 Animosity, 1987 Technocracy, 1991 Blind, 1994 Deliverance, 1996 Wiseblood

This is a hardcore/metal band from the USA. Woody Weatherman and Read Mullin met in the 6th grade and formed Corrosion of Conformity in 1982 while in high school. In 97/98 they were nominated at the Grammy's for the song "Drowning in a Daydream", but lost to Tool. The origonal line-up was Pepper Keenan, Woody Weatherman, Mike Dean, and Read Mullin.

The Trooper's Review:
**One of The Trooper's Top Picks**
Five stars for C.O.C. for making such a great sounding album. Their 2000 release "America's Volume Dealer" is one, if not their best album to date. I personally like all the albums, but this one is my favorite. Be sure to crank this Mother Fucker to the maximum volume so it can really kick your ass. *The Trooper*


These are the album titles from left to right: 1986 Age og Quarrel, 1989 Best Wishes, 1992 Alpha-Omega, 1993 Near Death Experience

This is a US hardcore/thrash band that formed in 1984 by the multi-tattooed Harley Flanegan, a follower of the Hare Krishna Doctrine. They were known for their lyrical diversity and invention, and the lyrics represented their spiritual views. They had numerous line-up changes but the origional was Flanegan, John "Bloodclot" Joseph, Parris Mitchell Mayhews, and Mackie Jayson. In 1991 they reformed the band with members Flanegan, Holland, DiSenzo, Joseph and Gabby. This didnt last long and eventually the band split up.

The Cult

These are the album titles from left to right: 1984 Dreamtime, 1985 Love, 1987 Electric, 1989 Sonic Temple, 1991 Ceremony, 1993 Pure Cult, 1994 The Cult

In 1981 Ian Astbury started the band Southern Death Cult with the members Haq Quereshi, David Burrows, and Barry Jepson. Ian grew up in Scotland and Canada and was exposed to the Native American indian culture. The band became popular in the U.K. and released their first debut in 1982. The band then broke up and reformed in 1983 as the Death Cult with members Ray "The Reverend" Mondo, Jamie Stewart, Billy Duffy, and Ian. In 1984 the band changed their name again. This time it was just simply The Cult because Ian felt that Death Cult gave the impression of a Gothic-type act. Over the next few years the band had a few more line-up changes and then in 1988 only Ian, Stewart, and Duffy were left. They made some more albums over the next six years and then Ian formed a new band called Holy Barbarians.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 Danzig, 1990 Danzig II-Lucifuge, 1992 Danzig 3-How the Gods Kill, 1994 Danzig 4P, 1996 Danzig 5-Blackacidevil

In 1977 Glenn Danzig, Jerry Caiafa, and Manny formed the Misfits. After 1983 Glenn left and formed the band Samhain with Eerie Von and Steve Zing. Then in 1987 Glenn reformed again and the band was just called Danzig. The albums have a Gothic Metal sound along with Satannical lyrics. The newest album "Blackacidevil" has an Industrial sound. The last album line-up was Glenn Danzig, Josh Lazie, and Joey Castillo

Dark Angel

These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 We Have Arrived, 1986 Darkness Descends, 1989 Leave Scars (not shown), 1991 Time Does Not Heal (not shown)

Dark Angel was from Los Angeles CA, and were an American thrash band that never really made it big, but had alot of potential. They formed in the mid 1980's and broke up in 1992. The last lineup was Ron Rinehart-vocals, Brett Ericksen-guitars, Eric Meyer-guitars, Mike Gonzalez-bass & Gene Hoglan-drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1987 Scream Bloody Gore, 1988 Leprosy, 1990 Spiritual Healing, 1991 Human, 1993 Individual Thought Patterns, 1995 Symbolic, 1998 Sound of Perseverance

Death was formed in Florida and are one of the first founders of death metal, along with Possessed and a few others. Founder Chuck Schuldiner started changing the sound of the bands music after the third album which sounded more progressive thrash than death metal. In 1996, after the third album Chuck disbanded the group and started a new project called, Control Denied. But first Chuck put it on hold and went and released the last Death album in 1998. After this Control Denied started and released their first album in 1999. The last lineup for Death was: Chuck Schuldiner-guitars/vocals, Shannon Hamm-guitars, Scott Clendenin-bass, Richard Christy-drums.

Death Angel

These are the album titles from left to right: 1987 The Ultra-Violence, 1988 Frolic Through the Park, 1990 Act III

Death Angel was formed in San Francisco CA in the mid 1980's. They were one of the better Bay Area thrash bands at the time but never really made it big. The bands last lineup was: Mark Osegueda-vocals, Rob Cavestany-Guitars, Gus Pepa-guitars, Dennis Pepa-bass & Andy Galeon-drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1990 Deicide, 1992 Legion, 1993 Amon: Feasting the Beast, 1995 Once Upon the Cross, 1997 Serpents of the Light, 2000 Insineratehymn, 2001 In Torment In Hell

Deicide are from Tampa FL and was formed in the late 80's but never released their 1st album till 1990. They were one of the heaviest groups to ever come out. Their sound is brutal death metal, but the lyrics are more like black metal. The band is still active today and still one of the most brutal bands around. The current lineup are Glen Benton-bass/vocals, Eric Hoffman-guitars, Brian Hoffman-guitars, and Steve Asheim-drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: (not shown) 1985 Infernal Overkill, (not shown) 1986 Eternal Devastation, 1988 Release from Agony, 1990 Cracked Brain

This was a German speed metal band that never became very successful, although they did tour with bands like Slayer, Celtic Frost, and Motorhead. After the last album they separated. The last album line-up was Michael Piranio, Mike Sifringer, Thomas Rosenmerkel, Christian Engler, and Oliver Kaiser.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Holy Diver, 1984 The Last In Line, 1985 Sacred Heart, 1987 Dream Evil, 1990 Lock Up the Wolves, 1993 Strange Highways, 1996 Angry Machines

The band Dio started back in 82, although Ronnie James Dio has been playing in bands since 1957! The following is a brief list of the main bands he played in over the years. Some of the bands he has been in and out of at different times: 57-58 The Vegas Kings, 58-61 Ronnie and the Rumbers and Ronnie and the Red Caps, 61-67 Ronnie Dio and the Prophets, 67-69 The Electric Elves, 69-70 The Elves, 70-75 Elf, 75-78 Rainbow, 79-82, 91-92 Black Sabbath, 82-97 Dio. In Italian Dio means "God", although Ronnie chose the name from some floridan mafia guy called Johnny Dio. The origonal line-up was Ronnie James Dio, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, and Jimmy Bain. The current line-up is Dio, Appice, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren, and Tracy Grijalva.

The Trooper's Review
Two of my all time favorite Dio albums are "Holy Diver" and "The Last In Line". They both are great and should be classic metal albums.

Diamond Head

These are the album titles from left to right: 1979 Lightning For the Nations, (not shown)1980 White Label, (not shown)1982 Borrowed Time, (not shown)1984 Canterbury, 1993 Death and Progress

This is a British metal band that started out in 1976 by Harris, Tatler, Scott and Kimberley. In 1982 they received notoriety compared with bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Many of their cover songs were redone by Metallica, such as "Am I Evil?". Lars Ulrich credits Diamond Head for part of his success. In 85 the band broke up and then got back together, but in 93 they disbanded again.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Breaking the Chains, 1984 Tooth and Nail, 1985 Under Lock and Key, 1987 Back For the Attack, 1995 Dysfunctional, 1997 shadowlife

This band was from Los Angeles and started in 1982 by Don Dokken, George Lynch, Mick Brown, and Juan Croucier. In 1988 internal disputes between Lynch and Don caused the band to break up. Then in 1994 the band got back together and settled their disputes.

Dream Theater

These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 When Dream and Day Unite, 1991 Images and Words, 1994 Awake, 1995 A Change of Seasons, 1997 Falling Into Infinity

In 1985 John Petrucci, John Myung, and Mike Portnoy met at Berklee School of Music. They got together with Kevin Moore and Chris Collins and formed Majesty, a progressive metal band. When the band went to sign with a record label they found out that the name Majesty was already taken so they decided to change the name to Dream Theater. In 1988 they released their first album, and began searching for a new singer. This search had gone on for almost two years when finally they found James LaBrie. The second album they released went gold in Japan. After the third album Kevin left the band to explore his own musical creativity and Derek Sherinian joined. Since then the band has released two more albums. The current line-up is James LaBrie, John Petrucci, John Myung, Derek Sherinian, and Mike Portnoy.

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