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1980 : Greatest Year for Heavy Metal

Ten Albums of 1980 that put Metal on Top of the World Again

In October 1979, US rock magazine Creem ran a cover feature asking the provocative question ‘Is Heavy Metal Dead?’ Perhaps the magazine’s editorial team saw KISS doing disco (with I Was Made For Lovin’ You) and Zeppelin embracing synths (on In Through The Out Door), guitarist Joe Perry walking out of Aerosmith and Black Sabbath firing frontman Ozzy Osbourne and concluded that the writing was on the wall for the genre. They couldn’t have been more wrong. In the 12 months that followed, bolstered by the emergence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, metal was re-born, with the release of a clutch of albums that would come to be viewed as all-time classics...

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Controversial Album Art : 1980s

List of Controversial Album Art : 1980s

The following is a list of notable albums with Controversial Album Art 1980s (based on nudity and sexuality / religion / copyright / violence & others), especially where the controversy resulted in the album being banned, censored or sold in packaging other than the original one.


Whitesnake – Come an’ Get It (1981)

Controversial Album Art 1980s

The cover features a coiled snake inside a glass apple, with its open mouth closely resembling a vagina. Many subsequent releases of the album have had the snake’s mouth airbrushed over with a solid red.


Metallica – Kill ‘Em All (1983)

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Metallica was going to call the album ‘Metal Up Your Ass’, with the cover featuring a toilet bowl with a hand clutching a dagger emerging from it...

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Glam / Pop Metal

GLAM / POP METAL (1978-present)

Glam Metal (also known as Hair Metal, Sleaze Metal and often used synonymously with Pop Metal) is a sub-genre of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. It combines elements of those genres with Punk Rock and Pop Music, adding catchy hooks and guitar riffs, while borrowing from the fashion of 1970s Glam Rock.

Pop MetalThe style can be traced back to acts like Aerosmith, the Alice Cooper group, Boston, Cheap Trick, KISS, The New York Dolls and Van Halen. It arose in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the United States, particularly on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip music scene, pioneered by bands such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, Ratt and the New Jersey band Bon Jovi...

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Early / Classic Metal

EARLY / CLASSIC METAL (1966-1971)

Traditional Heavy Metal, also known as Classic Metal, or simply Heavy Metal, is the seminal genre of Heavy Metal music before the genre “evolved and splintered into many different styles and sub-genres.” It is characterized by mid-to-fast-tempo riffs, by thumping basslines, crunchy riffs, extended lead guitar solos, and clean, often high-pitched vocals and anthemic choruses. It is not generally categorized as a sub-genre of Metal, but the main genre of it.

Terminology

Classic MetalThe short, original, and proper term for this genre is “Heavy Metal”, but as Michka Assayas notes in his Dictionary of Rock, the term “Heavy Metal” may sometimes be used in different senses...

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