Metal at the start of 1987
The year 1986 saw some big changes for hard rock and metal. The big one was probably speed metal such as bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and others emerged from the underground. These bands found new fans and their popularity grew. Young commercial hard rock bands were becoming popular as well because Bon Jovi, Poison and Cinderella were all finding success in 1986. The veterans were having success too as Van Halen and Ozzy moved up higher on the billboard charts than ever before. So at the start of 1987 I think it was anticipated that metal just going to get bigger and bigger. More hard rock and metal bands were being signed to major labels. I also think that more sub-genres of hard rock and metal would emerge in 1987. It wasn't just simple hard rock and metal any more as other sub-genres were popping up. This year would see more glam bands as well as the beginnings of doom, black and death metal. I don't want to get too far ahead of myself because it won't be until December of this year that I unveil my top ten of 1987. I will also be talking about specific albums from 1987 throughout this year. However, I would say it was a very strong year for hard rock and metal. Maybe not as many great albums as 1986, but maybe there were more good albums in 1987.