Jun 252013
 

Last week I came across an article on a site called Ryan’s Rock Show! in which the site asked Fuck the Facts founder Topon Das (above) to write about “five albums that changed his life”. His answers read like a sketch of a personal musical journey, one that began with Metallica’s …And Justice For All. As I read through his list, I couldn’t help but start thinking about what albums had a similar impact on my own musical journey. And then I thought, wouldn’t this be a nice subject for an NCS post! Everyone who is serious about metal must have their own personal list of life-changing albums, so why not ask what they are?

Five is an arbitrary number, of course, but it’s a manageable number. In my case, making lists tends to confound me. I think I take list-making too seriously. I usually start thinking too hard about it, partly out of fear that I’ll embarrass myself if I just shoot from the hip and partly because I have difficulty making choices even under the best of circumstances, unless I go with my first impulses. When I think too long and too hard, my brain tends to lock up like an engine that’s been victimized by a gaping oil leak.

So this time I thought for all of about 10 minutes. If I’d thought longer and harder, I have no doubt I would have hit a wall, and there would have been no list. But there’s also something to be said for going with the albums that leap to mind immediately. That means they made a lasting impression, right? You, of course, may choose to be more deliberate in your thinking, but however long it takes, I hope you’ll feel like adding a comment to this post and sharing the five albums that changed your life. But try to focus, as Topon Das did and as I’ve done, on the albums that led you into heavy music (Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony may have also changed your life, but this is a more focused kind of list).

Here’s my impulsive list of five, just to get things going:

 

1.  Led Zeppelin
     Led Zeppelin (1969)

I listened to a lot of other rock music before buying this album, but when I think about what really started me down the road to heavy music, this has to have been close to my own first steps on the path. In addition to being a life-changing revelation for me, it has had staying power — I still listen to songs from this album decades later, and it has been fun to see new generations discovering the band’s music in much more recent years.

 

2.  The Clash
     London Calling (1979)

There was a time when I listened to almost nothing but punk (and later, post-punk) music. I got into it because it quenched a thirst for something more “extreme”, more revolutionary, than what most everyone else was listening to at the time. That same thirst would eventually lead me into metal, but that came later. I had started listening to punk music before finding London Calling, but that album is the one that had the most dramatic impact, the one that pulled me headlong into the scene. It has also had staying power — another album I still listen to.

 

3.  In Flames
     Reroute To Remain (2002)

Once again, I had started listening to more extreme forms of metal before hearing Reroute To Remain, but this was certainly one of the first (if not the first) albums that really clicked. People talk about their personal gateways into extreme music, and this album was one of those for me. Songs like “Trigger” and “Cloud Connected” were so damned infectious, and “accessible” — that’s a bad word, I know, but at the time I first heard the album my tastes were still evolving, and accessibility was what I needed. Certainly not In Flames’ best album, but the right music at the right time for me.

 

4.  Entombed
     Left Hand Path (1990)

In quest of more extreme forms of metal after getting quite comfortable with melodeath, I stated exploring the music of influential early death metal bands. It didn’t take long before I found Left Hand Path, and it was another revelation. Fuck, the guitar tone alone had me in the bag, and I thought the songs were just brilliant. I still do. It proved to be an important branching-off point in my tastes, one that ultimately led to a whole new world of extreme music, and probably the reason why to this day I have such a weak spot for old school Swedish death metal.

 

5. Rotting Christ
    Theogonia (2007)

Black metal has become one of my favorite genres of music, but for me it was definitely an acquired taste rather than something that captured me immediately. When I first started dabbling in the genre, what I heard was just too . . . uncomfortable. But by the time I came to Theogonia, I was ready — or maybe it made me ready. Whatever the explanation, I simply loved everything about it. I still do. As is true of every other album on this short list, it has had staying power for me, in addition to marking a turning point in my tastes that led me down pathways which ultimately branched into new dimensions.

 

I listen to a lot more metal these days that’s far more “extreme” than any of the albums on this list — Fuck the Facts, for example. As I mentioned earlier, I think I’ve always been in search of unconventional, powerful, emotional music — harder and harder drugs, if you will.  But as I look back on my own journey, I see a trajectory, an arrow through time that led me to where I am now, and these five albums were definitely key mileposts along the way. There were certainly others, maybe equally important as these, but these are the ones that sprung to mind in the 10 minutes I gave this exercise.

So now it’s your turn. Please leave a comment and tell us about the five albums that changed your life.

 

 

 

  109 Responses to “FIVE ALBUMS THAT CHANGED YOUR LIFE”

  1. Reroute would probably be in my top ten. That or Clayman. Will have to give some serious thought though to what five albums have really had the most impact on me.

  2. in no particular order, and just off the top of my head:
    def leppard – hysteria
    megadeth – rust in peace
    ministry – psalm 69
    pantera – vulgar display of power
    minor threat – complete discography

  3. Led Zeppelin – IV
    My mom played this on long road trips, and hey so did my Dad! I LOVED the guitar playing and atmosphere (although I didn’t have a word for it then). I was hooked after the first few notes. This album not only got me into heavy music, but it also made me decide to pick up the 6-string guitar!
    Deftones – White Pony
    This album just has so much emotion, and listening to it feels like being up all night on caffeine (which happened a lot when I was that age!). I listened to this one for hours on end, stayed up late reading the lyrics, figured out the guitar parts…
    Meshuggah – Nothing
    This was just the heaviest thing I had ever heard. It started my obsession with strange grooves, but more importantly it just crushed everything I had listened to before. SO OVERBEARINGLY HEAVY.
    Candiria – 300 Percent Density
    This album destroys genre walls and resonates with my personal life. Many sides to the same coin.
    Into Eternity – Buried in Oblivion
    This album simply shreds, and sparked my interest in blast-beats and otherwise fast music. You could say this was my gateway to death and black metal (despite being only marginally related to either sub-genre).

    I guess this list is more chronological and concerns my path to heavier/more “extreme” territory.

  4. 1. Led Zeppelin IV- I can remember being 14 or 15 years old (maybe the summer of ’85) and being out in a car load of buddies cruising around (because there was nothing to else to do) blasting this album. This is what sparked my interested in heavy music, but at that time my interested stayed with more classic rock/prog rock from the ’60s and ’70s.

    2. Bob Dylan “Blood on the Tracks”- This was introduced to me in college when I (surprise) broke up with a serious girl friend. While Bob always denied this was a confessional album, it seemed undeniably clear to me that there was some serious introspection going on in it, and at the time I really appreciated it.

    3. Iron Maiden “Piece of Mind”- I had to be coerced into listening to this by a buddy of mine. I had grown up with the religious propaganda that Iron Maiden and most other heavy metal bands were servants of the Devil. Luckily I was able to undo that mental programming and fell in love with Iron Maiden, but unfortunately I pretty much saw them as an anomaly in the metal scene. At the time, hair metal was king and although thrash had a strong underground movement, it never appealed to me. My exposure to any other type of metal was very limited.

    4. Helmet “Meantime”- This created a major attitude adjustment for me towards metal. Here was a bunch of guys in shorts, polo shirts, and short hair creating just different and crushing music, when everyone else was still trying to cling to long hair, make-up, and power ballads. Helmet sent me in the direction of alternative and post-hardcore metal for years and years to come.

    5. Agalloch “Marrow of the Spirit”- This album (and then journeying into their back catalog) opened my mind up to styles I had largely ignored previously: black metal, neofolk, post-rock/post-metal. Ever since I have been searching with great exuberance for similar artists, which is why I lurk here.

  5. Top 5 Albums that changed the face of music for me…..

    1 – The Clash – London Calling
    2 – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    3 – Tool – Undertow
    4 – L7 – Hungry for Stink
    5 – Dying Fetus – Killing on Adrenaline

  6. 1. Def Leppard – High N Dry 1981. I’d listened to AC/DC and Kiss in the past but mostly interspersed with rock and pop etc. This album was the start of the path into a heavier focus.

    2. Metallica – Master of Puppets 1986. When I first heard this I was blown away, no going back from here.

    3. Slayer – Reign in Blood 1986. I’d never heard anything so frantic before and the break neck speed of this release was amazing. Still listen to it a lot even today.

    4. Entombed – Left Hand Path 1990 – When I saw the music video for Left Hand Path on late night tv I was hooked. The guitar tone of the early Swedish death metal bands like Entombed, Dismember and Unleashed was so unlike anything else out there.

    5. At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul – 1996 – I think this one is pretty self explanatory.

  7. Krokus – Headhunter. This was the first metal album I ever heard, and it served as my gateway drug to all things metal. I lost interest in Krokus after a while, and moved on to other bands, but this is where it all started for me.

    Slayer – Hell Awaits. I think I listened to this all day every day for almost a month when I first got it. It redefined what heavy metal could be for me, and introduced me to musical extremes.

    Slayer – Reign in Blood. This became the standard by which I judged all other speedy music; most didn’t measure up.

    Candlemass – NIghtfall. Doom’s Reign in Blood. This introduced me to slower epic music like no other band before or since.

    Cradle of Filth – Lovecraft and Witchhearts. / Behemoth – As Above, So Below. These two fueled my renewed interest in extreme metal after a lull in the 90s.

  8. Hmmmm…

    Off the top of my head (because I too freeze up, overthink these things, and second-guess myself to death unless I just go off the top of my head) and in no special order:

    1. Metallica – …And Justice For All
    2. Alice In Chains – Dirt
    3. Pink Floyd – The Wall
    4. Ian Moore – Modernday Folklore
    5. Frank Zappa – Joe’s Garage

  9. Guns N Roses- appetite for destruction. The first hard rock album I ever bought. As soon as I heard ‘it’s so easy’ I knew that this music would become my life. Marilyn Manson- Antichrist superstar. It was the single ‘get your Gunn’ from the first album that started my love for alternitve music, but This was the most violent and extreme album I’d heard, and I loved it! Cradle Of filth- cruelty and the beast. I was looking for a gateway for more extreme music. I watched the sleeping with the enemy documenty on bbc ( if you haven’t seen it, YouTube that shit!) and I was blown away. Years later when I discovered Darkthrone and Immortal, I was like ‘ this isn’t black metal! Where are the female vocals and keyboards!?’. Deicide- once apon the cross- my first death metal album. I’ve never heard a dm album since that can match it’s groove. Kiss- alive. You wanted the best! You got the best! Need I say more…

  10. Metallica – Master of Puppets: It was the 90s, I was in 7th grade, and no one cared about metal. I just thought the cover was cool. It took 3 or 4 listens, but then the music clicked and I was begging for more.

    Snapcase – Designs for Automotion: Growing up in upstate NY in the 90s meant heavy hardcore was everywhere, and these Buffalonians were the kingpins. Smart as hell and brutally heavy, I still have a big soft-spot for the metallic side of hardcore.

    Opeth – Blackwater Park: I wanted something heavier, but that fit with my sensibilities as a classically trained musician. The epic scope of this album, the tone painting and beauty of the songs was eye-opening.

    Blind Guardian – A Night at the Opera: I know I’m one of the most power metal friendly regulars on this site, and you can place the blame here! I grew up with a father who loved epic hard rock, and BG’s open love of Queen, Zeppelin and iron Maiden sucked me right in.

    Woods of Ypres – Pursuit of the Sun and Allure of the Earth: Confessional black metal? The first black metal album I truly enjoyed, and my introduction to a personal musical touchstone.

  11. The Tea Party – The Edges of Twilight
    First album that got me into music full stop (about 10 or 11), and directed me to eastern, folk, rock and metal.

    The Haunted – One Kill Wonder/The Dead Eye
    First albums I got into with unclean vocals, a friend sent them to me when The Dead Eye was first released in 2006 (I was 13) – took me a while to really appreciate it, but I was thrilled by the concept and the illicit nature of the music. A conscious decision, and a revelation that I loved this kind of “music”.

    Lamb of God – As the Palaces Burn/Ashes of the Wake
    I discovered these on youtube when I was 14, and were the first two metal albums I went out and bought with my own cash. Before then I’d got most of my music off friends, but my hard rock/nu-metal mates hated these songs (they’re just noise,!). So not only the first albums I bought, but the first I found and enjoyed on my own.

    Karl Sanders – Saurian Meditation
    So after LoG and The Haunted, I made the obvious guitarist’s progression searching for technical songs that still grooved, into melodic DM (old in flames/cob) and newer prog stuff (Protest the Hero, Veil of Maya etc), then tech death (Necrophagist, Nile etc), with a few other bands like Opeth who I didn’t really appreciate at the time. I found out about Karl Sanders’ solo project through Nile, but it was nothing like I was expecting. I listened to this for weeks non-stop, and it showed me that there IS more to music than metal. Also helped shape my love for folk and ambient, which has strongly influenced my taste in metal since then.

    Lantlos – .neon
    I’d dabbled in bands like Burzum and Inferi for a while, but besides being a novelty black metal wasn’t really my thing. I found Neige’s projects just before I started Uni two years ago now, and for some reason it just clicked with how I was feeling. It crept into my AOTY of 2011, along with a few bands with post-rock influences like *shels and Uneven Structure, and not only got me into black metal but also got me out of the juvenile mindset that it’s only how fast you can play that matters.

    Now I’m into metal bands like Opeth, Agalloch, Krallice, Amenra and Maudlin of the Well (and still have an unfortunate soft spot for BTBAM and Meshuggah!)… and listen loads of folk such as Birch Book and :Of the Wand and the Moon:, as well as ambient/drone like Stag Hare, Alio Die, and GY!BE. Also a soft spot for Atom Heart Mother/Ummaguma era Pink Floyd, as well as the mandatory stand-outs like Karnivool and Gaza.

  12. 1. Metallica — And Justice For All
    My first exposure to metal, thanks to my older cousin who was blasting this in his Mustang on the day it came out. He turned me onto a lot of good bands: Priest, Sabbath, AC/DC, G’N’R. I owe him a huge debt.
    2. Bad Religion — Suffer
    My first exposure to hardcore punk rock and I loved it. Smart, fast, and addictive to this day.
    3.. Helmet — Meantime
    The heaviest thing I’d ever heard at the time. Something about those lock-step riffs just stuck with me.
    4. Slayer — Reign In Blood
    I came to Slayer way late but they were the tipping point into extreme metal for me
    5. Sepultura — Chaos A.D.
    A political awakening for me, marrying the politics and anger of crust to the riff-first mentality of metal.
    5.

  13. Not good enough in english and to lazy to comment all but here are mine:
    1 – Iron Maiden- 666 number of the Beast
    2 – Slayer – Reign in blood
    3 – Ramones – ST
    4 – Bad Brains – rock for light
    5 – Isis – Oceanic

  14. Iron Maiden – Fear of the Dark
    Metallica – The Black Album
    Agalloch – Marrow of the Spirit
    Shining – V Halmstad
    and a local band’s album… Pledge Defiance – Painometer

  15. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
    Uriah Heap – …Very ‘Eavy…Very ‘Umble..
    Deep Purple – Machine Head
    Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin III
    Alice Cooper – Killer

    ….nuff said

  16. 1. Motley Crue-Shout At The Devil
    Just as much for the videos as the album itself. This is the album that got me into metal.
    2. Satyricon-Volcano
    I was always an old school, 80’s metalhead, but thought all of my favorite bands had broken up or just became crap. I never thought to look underground until a friend of mine introduced me to black metal through this. The floodgates were opened.
    3. Nuclear Assault-Survive
    This was just the most badass album I knew of in High School. Brainwashed was a revelation.
    4. Primus-Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
    Not technically metal, but often got lumped in with metal bands back in the day. Responsible for giving me a taste for the more offbeat side of music.
    5. Opeth-Blackwater Park
    Another album that opened my eyes to the kind of metal that was out there waiting for me. I really had never heard music structured like this before. I missed the boat on so many bands in the 90’s to early 00’s just because I didn’t think to look.

  17. Inspiring read. Here’s my list, in no particular order:
    The Sisters of Mercy – Floodland (and almost all of their other stuff)
    Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables
    Death – Human (still No. 1 on my alltime list after all these years)
    Joy Division – Closer
    NoMeansNo – Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed

  18. Metallica – Master of Puppets
    Iron Maiden – Powerslave
    Sublime – 40 oz to Freedom
    BLS – Sonic Brew
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid

    All stuff I was into early on, the love grew from that, with metal and ska being my favorite genres.

    • Damn, when I was writing that there was a time I listened to nothing but punk and post-punk, I should have written “punk, post punk, and SKA!” (or at least ska punk). The Specials and Madness were the bands that opened that door for me.

      • I have a huge soft spot for Less Than Jake and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Both bands hit a certain emotional resonance for me, especially Less Than Jake, which may one of the most vitriolic bands I’ve ever heard. Their anthems about getting out of their shitty home town got me through some annoying high school days. That said, I can’t listen to it all the time, I have to be in a certain mood. Usually not a good one, strange as that seem.

  19. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry (I discovered this vinyl album in my fathers collection and was immediately blown away by the cover. With “Burn In Hell” it contains a really “evergreen”)

    Metallica – … And Justice For All (to me this is the pinnacle of their career. I was really impressed by the songwriting and the overall anger on this album)

    Slayer – Reign In Blood (do I have to say something more?)

    Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness (my gateway album into Death Metal with some of the best vocals ever)

    Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk (great musicians, great songs)

  20. My path into music in general started with the heavier end of the spectrum:

    Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Soul For Rock and Roll.
    My first hard rock/metal album, one of my first albums ever. Double album, heavy as shit!!! You open it up and there is some goth looking chick in a coffin holding a cross and I was like, this is too cool! I was hooked and would never look back.

    UFO – Strangers in the Night.
    I had heard some of the songs that are on this album prior like doctor doctor and lights out, but the studio recordings did not hit as hard as the live stuff. such a huge sound and the jams on lights out, and rock bottom and the cool intros they would stick on the beginning of some of the tunes were bad ass. Schenker’s tone is just sick!!! I was fortunate enough to catch their reunion some years back and they just CRUSHED!

    AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
    Nasty, filthy rock n roll. Nuff said.

    Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables.
    “I don’t need your way of life, I can’t stand your attitude I can do without your strife, I don’t need this fucking world!”
    fast, loud kick ass lyrics, I just loved this album and it got me into the speedier side of music that would be the natural progression to what I like today. On a side note, I have always thought that System of a Down owe a lot to DK, just sayin.

    Slayer – Haunting the Chapel.
    what more can I say? the speed and aggression was over the top and I fell hard for this stuff. It was like the flood gates opened and Exodus, Metallica, Anthrax, megadeth came rushing out. the first albums by the a fore mentioned bands hold such a prominent place in the formation of my musical tastes. I feel lucky to have been there when these bands were starting out and all the discoveries from tape trading and record stores , fanzines etc. I would scour and dig for anything I could find about this music after that. Tower Records had a METAL SECTION!!! I lost my shit every time I went in there, I’m gettin all misty eyed, think I’ll go throw on some Bonded By Blood.

    Sorry about the long winded tirade but I cannot seem to be short and sweet when it comes to all things metal.

    Thanks to NCS and all the scribes that share my love and endless appetite for this music. I visit this site at least twice a day, and until a couple days ago I never heard of a band that had current and former members of suffocation, dying fetus and misery index called Criminal Element!!!!! fuck yea you guys are the shit keep it up!

    Ok, I’m done

  21. The Who- Live at Leeds
    The Ramones- It’s Alive
    Bad Brains – Bad Brains
    Iron Maiden – Killers
    Motorhead – No Remorse.

    At this moment…. this is the list.

  22. In order of listening:
    1. Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” – got me into heavy music
    2. Fantomas’ “The Director’s Cut” – got me to also listen to the underground kind of music
    3. Strapping Young Lad’s “Alien” – got me onto extreme metal, and off nu metal
    4. Cynic’s “Traced in Air” – got me onto progressive metal, off speedy-for-the-sake-of-speed extreme metal, got me listening more closely to bass parts in all music, and led me to purchase my bass
    5. Ulver’s “Perdition City” – let me start enjoying genres of music other than metal again, especially hip-hoy for some reason

  23. Hah, Love this article and love your choices, Islander. Zeppelind efinitely made a big splash on me and so did LONDON CALLING. Love that album. The “London Calling” bassline, along with “N.I.B.” got me into the instrument itself.

    so my 5.

    1-Metallica: Master of Puppets
    The ultimate gateway drug. STILL the best metal album ever released in my opinion.

    2-Mastodon: Leviathan
    the record that, on a whim, got me into metal that was released during my lifetime. I still know every note of this fucker. And i still call it a must-have classic. Every song is brilliant.

    3-Opeth: Ghost Reveries
    The beginning of a love affair with atmosphere. Everything, the production, the art, the lyrics, just took me someplace ELSE. Someplace, like star wars, long ago and far away. Opened my eyes to the possibility of metal as art.

    4-Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake
    Got me into harsh singing. For that alone i will love it. But I just thought the riffs and the political lyrics were so PRESENT. so RIGHT IN THE SHIT WITH ME. It didn’t leave my car stereo for like, a year.

    5-Watain: Sworn to the Dark
    I was not down with black metal, or Satan, nor did I have any interest, until I heard this record. From here came Emperor, Dissection, Mayhem, and later more important bands for me like Wolves in the Throne Room and fucking Cobalt, which NEARLY edged out Sworn to the Dark.

  24. in no particular order, and they’re all pretty standard but with good reason! :

    Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath: the first few times I heard this I was like, wtf is this falsetto shit? It was just too weird and I didn’t understand it. One day though, this album just clicked with me and I fully understood how badass it was. In The Shadows is also a favourite, I love the theme structure and the focus on melody as well as riffing, but that magical moment when the organ on “The Oath” starts….ohh it’s pure evil! Nowadays, my love for Mercyful Fate is pretty hard to beat.

    Darkthrone: A Blaze in the Northern Sky: is it weird to say that black metal was my first true metal “love”? i was into standard NWOBHM and big 4 stuff, and then one day I heard burzum and it was all downhill (uphill?) from there. Hvis Lyset Tar Oss was incredible, and Mayhem’s Deathcrush gets close to the highest rotation on my turntable of all the records I own….but for me there’s something about Darkthrone that I just love too much to leave off this list. While I love all their records (really!), and their current speed-metal direction was close to edging out ABITNS for this list, this record is just too epically black to ignore. The second I hear those demonic croaks that start “Kathaarian Life Code”, I’m lost in a world of frozen evil–and that’s how I like it!

    Iron Maiden – Powerslave: one of the first vinyl records I “owned” — I dug it out of my mom’s basement when I was probably 15 or 16? Now, Number of the Beast was definitely the first Maiden record I loved (how can you not), but Powerslave riffed harder, told weirder stories, and to this day is guaranteed to get me out of my chair. Couldn’t come close to counting the numer of times I’ve listened to this record, but every time it’s like reading a favourite story. I have nothing but happy memories attached to hearing it, and to this day it’s an absolute pleasure to spin.

    Slayer – Reign in Blood: another obvious one, but it came with one of those incredible moments-of-clarity that are always worth mentioning. I loved Slayer for being so fast and heavy, but never saw it as anything other than angry-time-music; we used to call it “slayer o’clock” when work was over and we were all on a rage-bender, and we’d blast this album. But one day, not that long ago actually, I ended up putting it on in my headphones when my husband was driving, and kind of slipped in and out of dreaming. I was totally isolated except for the music blaring into my ears, and for the first time I realized how much more than just “angry music” it was. The incredible production (or total lack of production?) on this album leaves you with nothing but cold, hard, pure intensity, save for the masterful touch of a little rainfall. If you listen carefully, you can hear Jeff’s fingers sliding on the strings in the quiet moments before his takes. It sounds like it was recorded in a cold dark basement, and to me that’s what makes it such an unbelievably perfect album. I woke up fully after it was over, and I knew then clearly and fully that I would never hear anything as heavy ever again.

    Rainbow – Rising: now I’m only 24, and I’ve had a TV and access to VH1 specials most of my life. That means I’ve heard Rainbow in clips and bits and pieces since before I can remember, so for my memory there’s no definitive moment of the “first time” I heard this album…but I wish so badly there was! The first time I heard it on vinyl was as close as I’ll ever get, and I’ve pined for that first time ever since. Plugged in headphones and listened to it front-to-back. It is such a euphoric climb to the end, by the time I hit that crescendo of Stargazer and then A Light in the Black, I thought my heart would burst…that combination of Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio will always shake me to the core. Ever since, even hearing strains of this album in the distance will bring a tear to my eye (no shame!). Another one of those incredible moments of perfect beauty, trapped forever on wax.

    well this all ended up coming off a little bit sappy, but hey what can I say, I’m an emotional lady haha. Music is powerful stuff! Looking forward to reading more lists!

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