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80's Metal Bands


These are the album titles from left to right: 1982 Battle Hymns, 1983 Into Glory Ride, 1984 Hail to England, 1984 Sign of the Hammer, 1987 Fighting the World, 1988 Kings of Metal, 1992 The Triumph of Metal, 1996 Louder than Hell

Manowar are from New York and formed in the early 80's. The bands sound is pretty original and in the 80's they were one of the most popular metal bands around and are still active today. The current lineup is Eric Adams-vocals, Karl Logan-guitars, Joey Demaio-bass and Scott Columbus-drums.


In 1982 Dave Mustaine started a band called "Fallen Angels". This band didn't work out and in 1983 Dave met Ellefson, and they got together with Kerry King (from Slayer) and a drummer named Lee Rash. This line-up was short lived and Kerry soon went strictly with Slayer and in 1984 Lee also quit. Then Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland joined. This line-up signed with Combat Records and in 1985 "Killing is my business...and business is good" was released. The next album was "Peace sells...but who's buying?" Before the release of this album Megadeth signed with Capitol Records which helped the band sell more copies and become more popular. After this album Chris was out of the band and Gar quit. So the next line-up was Behler and Jeff Young. They went on to make "So Far so What?" in 1988. Before the next album Dave kicked both Jeff and Behler out the band. The next line-up was Nick Menza, Marty Friedman and Ellefson. In 1990 they released "Rust In Peace" which many say is Megadeth's Best accomplishment. In 1992 the band were back in the studio and released "Countdown to Extinction". Then still going strong in 1995 they released "Youthanasia". Then the latest album "Cryptic Writings" was released with all the members still in tact.

The Trooper's Review:
"Rust In Peace" is another one of my all time favorites, and "Youthanasia" is a great album too.

Mercyful Fate

These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Melissa, 1984 Dont Break the Oath, 1987 In the Beginning, 1992 Return of the Vampire, 1993 In the Shadows, 1994 Time, 1996 Into the Unknown, 1998 Dead Again

This black metal band originated in Denmark in 1980 and was formed by King Diamond, Hank Shermann, Kim Ruzz, Timi Grabber Hansen, and Michael Denner. The lyrics were occult-like and King has admitted to being a practicing satanist. After "Dont Break the Oath" the band split up and king formed King Diamond and Shermann formed Fate. In 87 the band got together and produced "In the Beginning" and "Return of the Vampire"(which features Metallica's Lars Ulrich). The band then reunited and went on to produce their more recent albums. King is currently in both MF and King Diamond.

The Trooper's Review:
"Dont Break the Oath" is one of the best metal albums of all time with great guitar work. The song Come To the Sabbath should be a classic.

Metal Church

These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 Metal Church, 1986 The Dark, 1989 Blessing In Disguise, 1991 The Human Factor, 1993 Hanging In the Balance

This metal band formed in 1982 in the USA with the origonal members David Wayne, Kurt Vanderhoof, Craig Wells, Duke Erickson, and Kirt Arrington. The first album was a debut. They had some good success and then the band also had a few lineup changes. As the years went on they failed to keep the success that the first two albums had brought them, and they had numerous problems with the record companies. The last album line-up was Mike Howe, Craig Wells, John Marshall, Duke Erickson, and Kirk Arrington

The Trooper's Review:
"Blessing in Disguise" is my all-time favorite Metal Church album, and "The Dark" their 2nd album good.


In 1981 Lars Ulrich met James Hetfield and together with Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine, Metallica was formed. In 1983 Cliff Burton joined the band and Dave was kicked out, and replaced with Kirk Hammett. This line-up released the band's first album, "Kill em' all". In 1984 Metallica released their second album "Ride the Lightening". Despite the fact that radio stations and mtv did not promote their songs, somehow they managed to get many loyal fans and this album actually went Gold. In 1986 the third album, "Master of Puppets" is released and sells over 1 million copies in the U.S. alone! This album was known for it's "Thrash Metal" sound. During this same year Metallica toured Europe and tragically Cliff Burton, the bassist, was killed as the tour bus skidded off an icy road. Despite this tragedy the band continued and a new bassist named Jason Newsted joined. In 1988, the next album "...and Justice for All" was released and also sold many copies. In 1991 the band released the "Black Album" and the song Enter Sandman became an international hit. In 1996 the band then released "Load", which was followed up by the most recent album, "Reload".

The Trooper's Review:
Metallica's greatest albums of all time were "Ride the Lightening" & "And Justice For All" and are my two personal favorites.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 With Sympathy, 1985 Twitch, 1987 Twelve Inch Singles, 1988 Land of Rape and Honey, 1989 The Mind is a Terrible..., 1992 Psalm 69: The Way..., 1996 Filth Pig

This band was started in 1981 in Boston by Paul Barker and Allen Jourgensen. The music mainly has an industrial sound although their latest album "Filth Pig" has more of a metal sound. The band puts on a great live show and they also are part of the band Revolting Cocks, which is more of a humerous outlet for their talent. They toured with Lollapalooza in 1992 and Psalm 69 was a major success for the band.


These are the album titles from left to right: (not shown)1987 USA For M.O.D., (not shown)1989 Gross Misconduct, 1992 Rhythm of Fear, 1994 Devolution

This band was formed by Billy Milano along with Tim McMurtrie, Ken Ballone, and Keith Davis. The bands lyrics became controversial due to the racist remarks that were being sung. Milano tried to explain that the lyrics are illustrating prejudice by the bigots perspective in the first person. The band then broke up and in 1992 reunited as a trio of Milano, Dave Chavarri, and Tim McMurtrie

Morbid Angel

These are the album titles from left to right: 1989 Altars of Madness, 1991 Blessed are the Sick, 1993 Covenant, 1995 Domination, 1998 Formulas Fatal To the Flesh, 2000 Gateways To Annihilation

Morbid Angel are from Florida and are one of the best and most popular Death Metal bands to ever come around. They were the first Death Metal band to sign with a major record label in 1993. They are a brutal and innovative band that are still around today. The current lineup are Steve Tucker-Vocals & Bass, Trey Azagthoth-Guitars & Keyboards, Erik Rutan-Guitars, & Pete Sandoval-Drums.

Napalm Death

These are the album titles from left to right: 1987 Scum, 1988 From Enslavement To Obliteration, 1990 Harmony Corruption, 1992 Utopia Banished, 1994 Fear Emptiness Despair, 1996 Diatribes, 1997 Inside the Torn Apart

This punk metal band started in 1982 in England with Justin Broadrick, Nicholas J. Bullen, and Michael Harris. They were the first band to coin the term "grindcore",which they helped evolve. Eventually all the origonal members were replaced and they had numerous line-up changes over the years. They did become really popular with the underground community and went on tours all over the world. The current line-up is Mark "Barney" Greenway, Jesse Pintado, Mitch Harris, Shane Embury, and Danny Herrera.

The Trooper's Review:
The "Leaders Not Followers" EP is one if not my favorite EP of all time. It is a fucken badass album and I have listened to it about a hundred times in three months. If you do not have this one then go and buy it and crank it up so it can blow you away and see what I mean!
Four stars also to "Inside the Torn Apart" cuz its a great heavy album and one of my favorites from the 90's, as is their new album, "Enemy of the Music Business". "Harmony Corruption" and "Fear Emptiness and Despair" which are also very good and heavy. Three stars to both of them.

Nuclear Assault

These are the album titles from left to right: 1986 Game Over, (not shown)1988 Survive, 1989 Handle With Care, (not shown)1991 Out Of Order, 1993 Something Wicked

This hardcore thrash band started in 1985 in the USA and was formed by Danny Lilker (previously from Anthrax), Connelly, Evans, and Bramante. In 1993 Lilker quit to concentrate on a band called Brutal Truth, and Bramante was fired. They were replaced with two guys from Prophet named Evans and Metaxas. The bands last album didnt do very well and they disbanded.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1989 Slowly We Rot, 1990 Cause of Death, 1992 The End Complete, 1994 World Demise, 1997 Back From the Dead

This is a death metal band from the USA formed in 1985 and characterized by gurgling vocals, dark lyrics and demonic drumming. The current line-up is John Tardy, Trevor Peres, Allen West, Frank Watkins, and Donald Tardy.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1984 Battle Cry, 1985 Warning of Danger, 1986 The Curse, 1988 Escape to Nowhere (not shown), 1997 Reopening the Gates

This is a metal band from the USA. The first few earlier releases were their best. The music was very medieval, and fantasy-oriented. The current lineup is Greg Powell, Kenny Powell, Andy Haas, and Rick Murray


These are the album titles: 1985 Power from Hell, 1986 The Force, 1989 In Search of Sanity

This is another good Metal band that never made it big. The X-singer from Grim Reaper, Steve Grimmett, played on their third and last album. "In Search of Sanity" is a great album that is hard to find. In 1991 they disbanded.

The Trooper's Review:
Four Stars to "In Search of Sanity", a very rare and hard to find album. If anyone is interested in a copy of this album please email me and I will see what I can do. The Trooper.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 Feel the Fire, 1987 Taking Over, 1988 Under the Influence, 1989 The Years of Decay, 1991 Horrorscope, 1993 I Hear Black, 1994 W.F.O., 1996 Killing Kind, 1997 From the Underground and Below

This thrash metal band is from New York. For over ten years they have been enjoying their success by sticking to 80's style music and not transforming it to fit the radio or MTV. The current line-up are Bobby Ellsworth, Joe Comeau, Sebastian Marino, DD Verni, and Tim Mallare.

Ozzy Osbourne

These are the album titles from left to right: 1980 Blizzard of Oz, 1981 Diary of a Madman, 1982 Speak of the Devil, 1983 Bark at the Moon, 1986 The Ultimate Sin, 1987 Tribute, 1988 No Rest for the Wicked, 1991 No More Tears, 1993 Live and Loud, 1995 Ozzmosis, 1997 Ozzman Cometh

John Michael Osborne was born Dec. 3rd 1948 in England, and today is known as the godfather of Heavy Metal. The name "Ozzy" was given to him by some of his English school friends. In 1962 Ozzy joined a band called the "Black Panthers", then he proceeded thru a series of other small bands before joining "Earth" in 1968. This band consisted of Ozzy, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward, and Geezer Butler. The band found out that there was another band with the same name as "Earth", so they had to change it. They chose "Black Sabbath" after a Boris Karloff movie (1935). Black Sabbath went on to produce 8 albums with Ozzy. During all these years Ozzy rarely showed up for practice and was basically stoned all the time. Drugs were taking over Ozzy's life and causing conflicts with the other members. The band decided to fire Ozzy and in his place, Ronnie James Dio joined. After this Ozzy's friend Sharon suggested he start up his own band, and so with Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslak, the band "Ozzy Osbourne" was formed. In 1982 the band was on their way to a show in Florida and the bus stopped for some repairs. The bus driver had a plane where they had stopped and invited some of them for a ride. The plane landed and then the driver took Randy and Ozzy's seamstress Rachel Youngblood for a ride. The driver was on coke and he drove the plane to the ground purposely trying to hit his ex-wife who was standing outside the bus. The plane crashed and exploded killing both Randy and Rachel. Ozzy and Sharon eventually married in 1982 and Brad Gillis joined the band but only shortly. The next member to join was Jake E. Lee. In 1983 "Bark at the Moon" was released and the band goes thru some member changes. Ozzy and Sharon also have their first child, Aimee Rachel. In 1984 Ozzy is admitted to the Betty Ford clinic for alcohol and drugs and Sharon gives birth to their second child, Kelly, and a year later they have a son named Jack. In 1986 "The Ultimate Sin" is released and Ozzy is sued by the parents of a boy who committed suicide, claiming that he was listening to "Suicide Solution" which they believed had subliminal messages that encouraged suicide. The Supreme court ruled that Ozzy was protected by the first amendment and that no lawsuits could be filed based on these claims. In 1987 "Randy Rhoads Tribute" is released, and "No rest for the Wicked" in 1988. During 1991 "No More Tears" was released and Ozzy wins a grammy award. In 1992 Ozzy announces the retirement tour saying that this would be his last tour. In the same year Black Sabbath is honored with a star at the rock walk in Hollywood. 1994 Ozzy takes home a grammy for "Best Metal Performance". In 1995 after a short retirement Ozzy announces that he's back and "Ozzmosis" is released. In 1996 Ozzy starts up "Ozzfest" and there are some more band changes. In 1997 "Ozzman Cometh" is released, and he teams up with Marilyn Manson on the Ozzfest tour and the N.J. Giants stadium cancels because of Manson. Ozzy takes them to court and wins. That same year Ozzy also reunites for 2 concerts with the origional members of Black Sabbath.

The Trooper's Review:
"Diary of A Madman", "Bark at the Moon" and "The Ultimate Sin" are three of my favorite albums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1985 Seven Churches, 1986 Beyond the Gates

Possessed were one of the first Death Metal bands to come out. They were created in San Francisco in the Mid 80's. Larry LaLonde of Primus was the Guitarist from Possessed. It may be hard to believe but It's a fact I found out around eight years ago when I got into listening to Primus. Possessed never made it big but they were still true pioneers of Death Metal. The bands last lineup was Jeff Cecerra-Vocals & Bass, Larry LaLonde-Guitars, Mike Torrao-Guitars and Mike Sus-Drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Queensryche, 1984 The Warning, 1986 Rage for Order, 1988 Operation Mindcrime, 1990 Empire, 1994 Promised Land, 1997 Here in the Now Frontier

This is a progressive metal band from the USA that made it pretty big, especially with the release of "Operation Mindcrime". The bands lineup has gone unchanged since they started in 1982, until recently in 97 when DeGarmo left the band. The last album lineup was: Geoff Tate, Chris DeGarmo, Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, and Scott Rockenfield.

The Trooper's Review:
The first Queensryche EP and the first three LP's "The Warning", "Rage For Order", & "Operation Mindcrime" were great and four of my favorites, with "Operation Mindcrime" being my all-time favorite album by Queensryche and their best to date. I give 5 stars to Operation Mindcrime and 4 stars to their first EP, The Warning and Rage For Order.

Quiet Riot

These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Metal Health, 1984 Condition Critical, 1986 Quiet Riot III, 1988 Quiet Riot, 1993 The Randy Rhoads Years, (not shown) 1993 Terrified, (not shown) 1995 Down to the Bone

This band formed in 1975 with Kevin DuBrow, Randy Rhoads, Drew Forsyth, and Kelly Garni. This line-up released 2 albums that are now collector's items. In 1979 Rhoads left to join Ozzy Osbourne and Garni left being replaced with Rudy Sarzo. In 1983 they released "Metal Health" which became the first metal album in history to hit #1 on the US charts. This album included the popular song "Cum on Feel the Noize". The band went on to release "Condition Critical" and "Quiet Riot III" before briefly breaking up and regrouping with members DuBrow, Sarzo, Carlos Cavazo, and Frankie Banali. Each album drastically dropped down the charts and in 1988 they produced a self titled album with new singer, Paul Shortino. After this the band disbanded and in 1993 DuBrow formed a new Quiet Riot for a tour and album.


This is a good Metal band that was known for their great guitarist, Paul Gilbert, who is one of the fastest guitarists till this day. They only released two studio albums and two live albums which most music stores still stock.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1986 Reign of Fear, 1987 Execution Guaranteed, 1988 Perfect Man, 1989 Secrets In A Weird World, 1990 Reflections of A Shadow, 1992 Trapped!, 1993 The Missing Link, 1995 Black In Mind, 1997 End of All Days, 1998 XIII, 1999 Ghosts, 2001 Welcome To the Other Side

Rage are from Germany and were formed in the Mid 80's. They are a Power Metal Band that have a large following throughout Europe. The first few albums are heavier then the newer ones. The band is still active today and the current lineup are: Peter Wagner-Vocals & Bass, Victor Smolski-Guitars, & Mike Terrana-Drums.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1983 Ratt, 1984 Out of the Cellar, 1985 Invasion of your Privacy, 1986 Dancing Undercover, 1988 Reach for the Sky, 1990 Detonator, 1991 (8191), and 1997 Collage

This metal band formed in 1983 in the USA with members Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Warren DiMartini, Juan Croucier, and Bobby Blotzer. In the 70's they were called Mickey Ratt and then changed in 83. They released a mini album and had very close ties Motley Crue, which helped them get on with Atlantic Records in 1984. "Out of the Cellar" hit the Billboard top 20 and stayed there for six months. The band had many sell out concerts and received gold discs for their recordings. Crosby left after "Ratt N Roll" and Ratt disbanded in 93 when Pearcy announced a new project called Arcade and then Vertex in 96.

The Trooper's Review:
"Out of the Cellar" is one of the first albums I ever bought and one of my all time favorites. "Invasion of your Privacy" is also a great metal classic.


These are the album titles from left to right: 1981 Rock Until you Drop, 1982 Wiped Out (not shown), 1983 All For One (not shown), 1984 Live at the Inferno (not shown), 1985 Stay Hard (not shown), 1986 The Pack is Back (not shown), 1987 Life's A Bitch (not shown), 1988 Nothing Exceeds like Excess (not shown), 1991 Architect of Fear (not shown), 1993 Heads Up (not shown), 1994 Glow (not shown), and 1997 Everything Louder (not shown)

This English band formed in 1980 with members John & Mark Gallagher, and Rob "Wacko" Hunter. They were one of the first New Wave British Heavy Metal bands. They signed to Neat Records and after 4 albums they relocated to America and signed with Atlantic. In 1988 Wacko was replaced with Joe Hasselvander.

Rollins Band

These are the album titles from left to right: 1988 Lifetime, 1989 Hard Volume, 1990 Turned on, 1992 The End of Silence, 1994 Weight, and 1997 Come in and Burn

This band was formed by ex-Black Flag singer, Henry Rollins, who was an only child in a family where he and his mother was regularly beaten. This led to great resentment for his father. He even changed his last name from Garfield to Rollins to further distance himself from his father. Rollins was taken in by the power and anger of the punk scene and eventually he joined Black Flag in the early eighties. In 86 the band split and Rollins was dismayed, and eventually started his own band called the "Rollins Band" and also known as the spoken word band. They made some good and heavy sounding music coupled with intense and angry vocals.

The Trooper's Review:
"Weight" and "Come In and Burn" are two badass metal albums. The lyrics are very interesting to listen to and the music is heavy. Two great 90's albums.

Running Wild

These are the album titles from left to right: 1984 Gates to Purgatory, 1985 Branded and Exiled, 1987 Under Jolly Roger, 1988 Port Royal, 1989 Death or Glory, 1991 Blazon Stone, 1991 The First Years of Piracy, 1992 Pile of Skulls, 1994 Black Hand Inn, 1995 Masquerade, 1998 The Rivalry

This is a speed metal band from Germany who started out in 1976 with the name Granite Heart and then changed it to Running Wild in 1980. The first couple of albums that the band released sounded more satanic-type but then they switched to lyrics about piracy and the sea. There is some talk of a possible new album release for 1999. Their current lineup consists: Rolf Kasparak, Thilo Hermann, Thomas Smuszynski, and Jorg Michael.

The Trooper's Review:
"Gates To Purgatory" is one of my all time favorite black metal albums, and should be a classic!

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