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301 Them - King Diamond

I have a man crush on Andy La Roche's sublime classical solos and beautiful riffs. If he had breasts, I'd do him.

302 Live Undead - Slayer
303 Flag of Hate - Kreator

3-track bulldozer that contains the amazing Awakening of the Gods.

304 Fever - Bullet for My Valentine

Because, if you have a good stereo, the opening 3 tracks of this album are Bullet For My Valentine at their very best. The rest is a little hit and miss, but you will forgive it all just because of the opening 3. Grab the lyric sheet, too. Spectacular.

305 Attack of the Killer B's - Anthrax

A 12-track ep from their best line-up, which contains Bring The Noise, Startin' Up A Posse, and a fair few oddities and rarities. For the fans only...

306 Return to the Apocalyptic City - Testament

Just for Chuck Billy's rendition of Reign of Terror. Steve Souza's version owns it, but, for the collectors, an ep worth owning...

307 I'm the Man - Anthrax

Just for the title track, plus a killer rendition of Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Short but sweet...

308 From Death to Destiny - Asking Alexandria

A post-hardcore metal act on their earlier releases, this album is their most mature, and the last to feature Worsnop on vocals. Self-described as Slipknot meets Motley Crüe, this is more like heavy Stone Sour. There are a number of excellent, insightful tracks on this one which include Don't Pray For Me, Killing You, The Death of Me, Creature along with a few others. Give it a spin and see what you think, because this album is a very different beast than their earlier material. Classy metal.

309 House of Gold and Bones - Stone Sour

It's not balls out thrash, but these guys rightly ignore 7-string guitars, and despite some rock and lighter moments, there's a fair bit of stand and deliver metal on this one - and no stupid bloody masks either.

310 The Great Southern Trendkill - Pantera

Not their best - perhaps their worst (if you ignore their horrendous 80's material) - the title track and Floods are quality, plus a couple of decent mid-tempi tracks offer something at-least. I think Dimebag had run out of riffs, basically. Still, it's decent.

311 Churn - Shihad

New Zealand band Shihad (named Pascifier overseas) alternative rockers actually started life as a metal band, and if memory serves me correct, they actually won a number of awards for this top metal album. Weird.

312 Elite - Within the Ruins

My personal favourite from these technical deathcore maestros. Check out the ease at which the guitarist effortlessly prances around the fretboard on his YouTube channel. Very talented band.

313 We Are One - The Bloodline

A great combination of melodic Bullet For My Valentine and the no-nonsense stand and deliver of a heavy Stone Sour. There's no reason to not own this album. It is all class.

Pretty aggressive metal from the former Divine Heresy frontman.

314 Dead Heart In a Dead World - Nevermore

They're heavy, progressive, but they just lack the hooks a super heavy Queensryche should. Still quality metal, though.

315 The New Black - Strapping Young Lad
316 Inhuman Rampage - Dragonforce

Yes, technically it's power metal, but this album is so fast, so technical, that it deserves as wide an audience as possible.

317 Point Blank - Nailbomb

When Cavalera could play quality thrash. A one-off supergroup.

318 Soul Sphere - Born of Osiris

Brutal, progressive deathcore from a band on the rise. It's technical, heavy as hell, and has a touch of class that many of the older bands lack. They're musicianship is pure showmanship, and puts most musicians out to pasture. The future of metal is bright on many fronts, and these guys are right up there.

319 Ascendancy by TRIVIUM
320 Sacrament
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