As a kid my gateway into music were bands that ruled arena’s in the 70′s Kiss , Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath. Then for a summer I got into Motley Crue before stumbling into real metal…my top ten favorite bands of the 80′s were…double bass roll please.
The H.r Giger artwork on their album covers made other bands look like H.R. Puff n Stuff. Their sound was closer to the doom bands of today but are often credited with being one of the forefathers of Black Metal.
9- Twisted Sister
They were a step harder than hair metal, but go lumped in with that sort of thing, their follow up to “Stay Hungry” took the band further into an Alice Cooper direction, but harder than where bands like Motley Crue headed.
Former Hawkwind bassist Lemmy Kilmister, blazed a furious path of metal that bordered on being punk and paved the way for bands like Metallica.
7- Voi Vod
Canadian thrashers took a futuristic page from their fellow country men in Rush but with their middle fingers raised like punks. The most under rated thrash band of this decade.
Former Black Sabbath and Rainbow front man, had a powerful voice and wove magic around him that power metal bands to come would seek to emulate.
They single handedly created what we think of as extreme music today. Their sound was more evil than Metallica, as they took punk rock and married it to over the top Judas Priest like dynamics and coated it with horror movie style Satanic overtones.
You might wonder why they are ranked this high. Did your favorite metal band write Operation Mindcrime? No? Tell them to go give it a shot and get back to me.
The reason they are not number one is that their best work came out in the 70′s and by the 89′s they were making louder arena rock. But they were still awesome.
This is a tough one as there is a strong argument for these guys not only being the greatest metal band from the 80′s but of all time. However the number one slot dominated my walkman as a kid in the 80′s more often.
How can you argue against a band who has King Diamond as their singer , not to mention “Don’t Break the Oath” is one of the best albums made of any genre or decade.