Top ten albums of 1988 and other awards
I didn't get around to doing my normal top ten list of twenty years ago last month. So here is an abbreviated version
Obscure Pittsburgh thrash band with a frantic sound.
9-Blind Illusion-Sane Asylum
Long running Bay area band finally release their one and only album
8-David Lee Roth-Skyscraper
A lot more of Steve Vai's style this time around and that was fine by me.
The story drags more than usual, but another fine effort for the King.
6-Flotsam and Jetsam-No place for disgrace
The second and last really good album from these guys.
5-Slayer-South of heaven
It took me a while to get over the fact that this wasn't as good as Reign in blood. Eventually I realized how good it really is.
4-Helloween-Keeper of the seven keys pt.2
One of the two best albums in this band's long career.
The second best band on the German thrash scene stepped up and knocked one out.
2-Cinderella-Long cold winter
Cinderella brought in their blues hard rock sound and improved greatly from their debut
1-Iron Maiden-Seventh son of a seventh son
It took me a while to warm up to this one, but eventually I realized it's greatness.
Oh and here are some other awards for 1988.
Best album cover-The one at the top of this post.
Most improved band-The nominess for this would be Sodom, Cinderella, Sacred Reich, David Lee Roth, Cinderella and Nuclear Assault. I'll go with Cinderella for their huge turnaround.
Golden Turd-Celtic Frost-Cold Lake
It had to be bad to beat out AC/DC's worst album and Van Halen's OU812. However this was a huge letdown and very bad musical direction for one of the best underground metal bands of the 1980's. It took me years to get over this and it damaged the band as well. They did bounce back with another good album a few years later, but some damage was definitely done.
There you go. At some point this year I'll do a list of my top 10 albums of 1989 and a list of 10 things I think about metal/hard rock in 1989.