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281 Souls of Black - Testament

Quality Testsment - again. The only album I'm not that fond of is Demonic, but apart from that little experiment these guys have always been good.

282 Aenima - Tool

It's not thrash, but it is the greatest and heaviest progressive rock/metal album ever made. It stands out from their other releases because it's so heavy. Too many highlights to mention.

Ok, it's here. It was regarded as the best metal album of 1996, if memory serves me correct, but it's not really metal. That said, 'Stinkfist', 'Forty Six and Two', 'Hooker With A Penis', 'Jimmy', 'My Third Eye' and the rest are heavier than most bands can dream of, and is probably the most intelligent album ever made. This band and release are the closest someone has come to toppling Metallica and 'Master of Puppets'.

283 The Ritual - Testament

Often referred to as their 'Black Album' there is some quality mid-tempo tracks that are still classy and heavy, but have a lot of melody. I'll have to get back to you on what the standout tracks are, as I'll have to dust it off...

284 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs - Ministry

Al Jourgensen always was a great guitarist, and on this, the heaviest and best of Ministry's albums, he is on fire. It's been a while, but 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' and the title track were immense. They used a lot of sampling and industrial aspects, but that only complemented this album's heaviness.

285 At War With Satan - Venom
286 Double Brutal - Austrian Death Machine

As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis pulling off the most hilarious Arnie impersonation you can think of, and despite the hilarity, it is very heavy.

287 Still Cyco After All These Years - Suicidal Tendencies

I own this, but haven't researched it enough to know whether it is remake 'Best Of' or a remake from their debut. Either way, it is a quality remake from their best line-up with Institutionalised, War Inside My Head (must be a best of, as this was on Join The Army) and Memories of Tomorrow all given a polish. To hear Institutionalised played in this heavy a fashion is quality listening.

288 Infected Nations - Evile

This was my second Evile record, and I think it's their second album. It's not as tight as Five Serpents Teeth, but you get a feel for their evolution on this. It's a step up in quality from their debut, but my advice to newcomers is to start with Skull and work your way back. 7/10.

289 Understanding What We've Grown to Be - We Came As Romans

This could be taken as a joke, but it's not. Yes, they are sickeningly positive about life. Yes, they are a sickening boy band of the metalcore scene, and yes, I hate myself for it. But put this disc in the tray and all that dissipates when you find out how brutal and heavy and technical and catchy they are. There is filler on this one, but for the 5 or 6 tracks they get right, they are memorable. Sad but true.

290 Awaken - The Empire Shall Fall

Jesse Leech sings on this curious, but very heavy, djent-based metal release. It takes a while to get your head round it, but if you do then it's good. If not, you'll put it down like an old dog.

291 Resolution - Lamb of God

I can't claim to be their biggest fan, but I do own this one and it's pretty good for what it is. Others will appreciate it a lot more than I will.

292 One - Tesseract

Yes, a djent band. But unlike Altered State', this contains their original vocalist and is extremely heavy and melodic, that it almost resembles Meshuggah at times. An excellent progressive metal album, and a great journey to be taken on.

293 arc'tan'gent - Earthtone9

Deftones were heavily influenced by these British giants, and this album is their best. Probably a progressive metalcore release, but it contains a lot of ambience and subtlety to their heavy outbursts. This is their best album.

294 Solitude Dominance Tragedy - Evergrey

Classy sophomore release from the Swedish greats, tracks like Solitude Within, Nosferstu, She Speaks To The Dead, Words Mean Nothing etc. Are all excellent, and I think the great Andy La Roche produced their first few albums.

295 The Great Misdirect - Between the Buried and Me

It is smooth, jazzy, psychedelic, and brutal death/thrash metal from these freaks of nature. Insane!

296 The Great Cold Distance - Katatonia

These guys started life as a death metal band, I think, then developed into a progressive metal/rock band. I know Tool were instrumental in their change, but these guys don't really sound much like them. This is a fantastic heavy, moody album that features Leaders, Soil's Song, My Twin, Increase, and the epic July. 9/10.

297 Fear of Tomorrow - Artillery

Their debut is not my favourite - in fact I don't like it - but many regard it as one of the top 100 thrash albums ever. I may have to give it another spin.

298 The Beginning - Mercyful Fate

Perhaps one of the greatest ep's ever made - and under common vernacular goes by the 'Nuns Have No Fun' ep - this remarkable version I own has 9 tracks, so it's almost an album. Anyway, Doomed By The Living Dead, A Corpse Without Soul, Nuns Have No Fun, Devil Eyes, and Black Masses are every bit as good as Melissa and Don't Break The Oath and is blasphemous as all get up.

299 Around the Fur - Deftones

This, along with their debut Adrenaline, were excellent metal releases. There's barely a hint of metalcore (was there ever? ) and standouts are the aggressive album opener My Own Summer, Ihabia, Msscara, Be Quiet And metal album.

300 Return of the Vampire - Mercyful Fate
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