Dr Mats Eriksson picks his favourite metal albums! Yes…contains lots of King Diamond

By on 20 September 2012

Following the recent news that Dr Mats Eriksson recently named a 420-million-year-old fossil he discovered after King Diamond, we approached the associate professor, metal head and Terrorizer reader for his definitive top ten metal albums. We think we can all agree that the doc is spot on.

MOTÖRHEAD

‘ACE OF SPADES’ (BRONZE 1980)

“Needs little introduction. Fantastic dirty rock ‘n’ roll with one of the coolest looking album covers ever! Lemmy rules!”

MERCYFUL FATE

‘MERCYFUL FATE’ (RAVE-ON 1982)
“I just love the raw, crude and intense sound of this EP. It also shows what was yet to come from this ground-breaking band. A big plus for the cover art 🙂 Moreover, the first vinyl pressing is a real collectible.”

MERCYFUL FATE

‘DON’T BREAK THE OATH’ (ROADRUNNER 1984)
“One of the best heavy metal albums of all time, possibly rivalled by ‘Melissa’…To me it really is a dead heat between these two albums. Both of them also have amazing and classic album covers which fit well with the music. Just check out the originally suggested cover for Melissa, now used as a cover for the bootleg ‘Mercyful Fate Live’. Now, that would not have had the same impact…”

TESTAMENT

‘THE GATHERING’ (SPITFIRE 1999)
“Perhaps slightly atypical for the band, this album really made me start listen to Testament. I still think this ‘all-star’ line up released the strongest album of the band. The opening track ‘D.N.R.’ is a thrash whirlwind.”

METALLICA

‘KILL ‘EM ALL’ (MEGAFORCE 1983)

“This debut album just blew me away when it came out, like it did to so many others. It has an amazing list of songs that were indeed ground-breaking back in the day. The record gets a plus in my book for the fact that when I hear “(Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth” it brings me back to my teenage days and my mother who thought that my stereo had broken down…As with Mercyful Fate I am however having a difficult time choosing between ‘Kill ´em All’ and ‘Ride the Lightning’.”

KING DIAMOND

‘GIVE ME YOUR SOUL…PLEASE’ (METAL BLADE 2007)

“I love this record and I think it is amazing that their (still) latest release is one of their strongest after all those years and great albums.”

MORBID ANGEL

‘ALTARS OF MADNESS’ (EARACHE 1989)
“Full blown classic (or I guess now ‘old school’) death metal. The best death metal album ever in my mind and the one that really got me into the genre.”

WATAIN

‘SWORN TO THE DARK’ (SEASON OF MIST 2007)
This is how black metal should sound like. These Swedish heroes resurrected the genre.”

IRON MAIDEN

‘THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST’ (EMI 1982)
“Well, it is just a wonderful album and another one of those that changed my life. The band was the hottest shit out there during the time of this release and they still kick serious butt live!”

DEEP PURPLE

‘MADE IN JAPAN’ (PURPLE 1972)
The first concert I ever saw was the reunion of the Mark II line-up of Deep Purple at their Perfect Strangers tour. An amazing gig that changed me forever (and it still is the best concert I have ever seen, partly I guess because it was my first). ‘Made in Japan’ is just a fantastic live album that I keep returning to and it kind of brings me back to that Perfect Strangers concert. Perhaps not metal per se, but still amazing music!”

 

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