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My Top 10 best of 1996 (in alphabetical order)


Arena - Pride

The Black Crowes - Three Snakes And One Charm

Enchant - Wounded

The Flower Kings - Retropolis

Fu Manchu - In Search Of...

Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Axel Rudi Pell - Black Moon Pyramid

Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

Spock's Beard - Beware Of Darkness

Ten - The Name Of The Rose


Honourable mentions:

Angra - Holy Land

Bonfire - Feels Like Comin' Home

Great White - Let It Rock

Metallica - Load

Scorpions - Pure Instinct



I put an "Honourable Mentions" section here, as there's some albums that I do really like but wouldn't include them amongst the best.

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I Mother Earth - Scenery And Fish

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Accept - Predator

Bai Bang - Riding High

Bush, Stan - The Child Within

C.I.T.A - Heat of Emotion

Gotthard - G

Impellitteri - Screaming Symphony

Johnny Lima - S/T

Manowar - Louder Than Hell

Nasty Idols - Heroes For Sale

Psycho Motel - State of Mind

Renegade - III

Sabu - S/T

Thunder - The Thrill of it All

Tower City - A Little Bit of Fire

Type O Negative - October Rust

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Skipping 1995?

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Really starting to scrape the barrel here. The Wallflowers would be my pick, as that album has been with me since it's release. I still catch myself singing "Josephine" every now and then. Thunder released one of their best this year, and Steelheart's (Or should I say Mike's) album often goes under-appreciated.

 

The Wallflowers - Bringing Down the Horse
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Christmas Eve and Other Stories
Gotthard - G.
Firehouse - Good Acoustics
Pokerface - Life's A Gamble
THD - THD
Thunder - The Thrill of It All
John Schlitt - Unfit for Swine
Steelheart - Wait

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Somebody please release on regular vinyls those Angra(vinyl sells but whose buying) and Rage albums (the picture vinyl one is crap). And I need a Johnny Lima shirt (not t-shirt)... philosophising with a nietzschean hammer...




Angra-Holy Land

Artension-Into The Eye of The Storm

Axel Rudi Pell-Black Moon Pyramid

Court Jester- Forced II Believe

Defyance-Amaranthine

Depressive Age-Electric Scum

Gothic Knights-S/t

Helloween-The Time of The Oath

Human Clay-S/t

Impellitteri-Screaming Symphony

Johnny Lima-S/t

Memento Mori-La Danse Macabre

Michael Harris-Ego Decimation Profile

Power-Justice of Fire

Rage-End of All Days

Rage-Lingua Mortis

Scanner-Ball of The Damned

Seventh Avenue-Tales of Tales

Skyclad-Irrational Anthems

Stratovarius-Episode

Ten-X

Ten-The Name of The Rose

Yngwie- Inspiration




Worth Mentioning


Borislav Mitic-Fantasy

Enola Gay- Pressure

Gotthard-G

Grave Digger-Tunes of War

Harlan Cage-S/t

Joe Stump- Supersonic Shred Machine

Leviathan-Riddles, Questions, Poetry, & Outrage

Mekong Delta-Pictures at an Exhibition

Memory Garden-Tides

Patrick Rondat-Amphibia

Power Crue-The Sign of Rage

Raising Cain-Crusade 96

Rondinelli- Wardance

Scald-Will of The Gods is a Great Power

Skyclad- Oui Avant-Garde á Chance

Soul Cages-Moments

Vinnie Moore-Out of Nowhere

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Probably one of the horrible years in hard rock and AOR and maybe the metal genre will shine, not sure though, maybe IMPELLITTERI and STRATOVARIUS will shine, GOTTHARD and TEN is pretty good as I recall. Still a long way to this year so I'll come back again later :D

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Again, up to K (with a couple of exceptions). A lot of these mid-90's albums aren't as bad as they seem, but 1996 might be one of the weakest;

 

1 . CITA - Heat Of Emotion - 86
2 . Bai Bang - Ridin' High - 81
3 . Jaded Heart - Slaves & Masters - 80
4 . TNT - Firefly - 79
5 . Hollywood Underground - Hollywood Underground - 78
6 . Dante Fox - Under Suspicion - 76
7 . Black Rose - Black Rose - 75
8 . Def Leppard - Slang - 74
9 . Freefall - Rebel Hard - 74
10 . Great White - Let It Rock - 73
11 . Inside Out - Seasons - 72
12 . Journey - Trial By Fire - 70
13 . Bad To The Bone - Itchin' - 69
14 . Bone Machine - Disappearing Inc. - 67
15 . Bonfire - Feels Like Coming Home - 66
16 . EZ Thrill - Rock N' Roll Forever - 66
17 . Human Clay - Human Clay - 65
18 . Gotthard - G - 64
19 . Dirty Looks - Rip It Out! - 63
20 . Dead Bang - I.D.C. - 62
21 . Branded - Grow - 61
22 . Freak Kitchen - Spanking Hour - 61
23 . Daytona - Point Of View - 61
24 . Beyond The Mirror - Beyond The Mirror - 61
25 . Cain & Abel - Cain & Abel - 59
26 . Angel Eazy - Lightning Strikes - 51
27 . Warrant - Belly To Belly - 51
28 . The Light - She's Got It All - 46

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Skipping 1995?

 

Someone started a "1995-Best" thread a few days ago, and didn't follow the same naming convention as the other thread titles, tut tut.

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Pendragon - The Masquerade Overture

Mark Spiro - Now Is Then, Then Is Now

Arena - Pride

Steve Vai - Fire Garden

Kip Winger - Thisconversationfeelslikeadream

Asia - Arena

Cheap Trick - Sex, America, Cheap Trick (Box Set)

Tim Feehan - Pray For Rain

Joseph Williams - I Am Alive

Dalbello - Whore

Enchant - Wounded

Journey - Trial By Fire

Diamond In The Rough - S/T

Doc Holliday - Legacy

Wayne Smart - Just Another Stranger

Jaime Kyle - Back From Hollywood

Harlan Cage - S/T

Last Turion - Seduction Overdose

Molly Hatchet - Devils Canyon

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Probably one of the horrible years in hard rock and AOR and maybe the metal genre will shine, not sure though, maybe IMPELLITTERI and STRATOVARIUS will shine, GOTTHARD and TEN is pretty good as I recall. Still a long way to this year so I'll come back again later :D

 

 

You have at least 3 doubles to drool on (TEN, RAGE, SKYCLAD-not so sure that you like them)

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

 

I'd be offended if you weren't right ;)

 

Like I said in another post, the early/mid 90s were a bit lean for me ... come to think of it, the 90s as a whole were a bit of a non-event, musically ... :(

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

 

I'd be offended if you weren't right ;)

 

Like I said in another post, the early/mid 90s were a bit lean for me ... come to think of it, the 90s as a whole were a bit of a non-event, musically ... :(

 

 

 

Jumping to conclusions here, mate! :lol: Actually, I used to hold the same opinion back then, when I thought I knew everything 'bout heavy metal (I was still a newbie in AOR/Melodic Rock). Not anymore in the digital age! Tones of musical airwaves waiting patiently unearthed to reach these ears! :headbanger:

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

 

I'd be offended if you weren't right ;)

 

Like I said in another post, the early/mid 90s were a bit lean for me ... come to think of it, the 90s as a whole were a bit of a non-event, musically ... :(

 

 

 

Jumping to conclusions here, mate! :lol: Actually, I used to hold the same opinion back then, when I thought I knew everything 'bout heavy metal (I was still a newbie in AOR/Melodic Rock). Not anymore in the digital age! Tones of musical airwaves waiting patiently unearthed to reach these ears! :headbanger:

 

 

Yeah, I know what you mean. There are plenty of albums out there that are on my 'need to hear/get hold of list', since they completely passed me by at the time of release ... God help me, I've even started looking at some of the bands that Geoff has recommended :)

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

 

I'd be offended if you weren't right ;)

 

Like I said in another post, the early/mid 90s were a bit lean for me ... come to think of it, the 90s as a whole were a bit of a non-event, musically ... :(

 

 

 

Jumping to conclusions here, mate! :lol: Actually, I used to hold the same opinion back then, when I thought I knew everything 'bout heavy metal (I was still a newbie in AOR/Melodic Rock). Not anymore in the digital age! Tones of musical airwaves waiting patiently unearthed to reach these ears! :headbanger:

 

 

Yeah, I know what you mean. There are plenty of albums out there that are on my 'need to hear/get hold of list', since they completely passed me by at the time of release ... God help me, I've even started looking at some of the bands that Geoff has recommended :)

 

 

I think I said it in another of these mid 90's threads, and I agree they were lean years, but you guys are kidding yourself if you think there was nothing good still going on in these years. My list above in this thread isn't amazing, but compared to stuff in that list, it's like a lit of gold nuggets.

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

 

I'd be offended if you weren't right ;)

 

Like I said in another post, the early/mid 90s were a bit lean for me ... come to think of it, the 90s as a whole were a bit of a non-event, musically ... :(

 

 

 

Jumping to conclusions here, mate! :lol: Actually, I used to hold the same opinion back then, when I thought I knew everything 'bout heavy metal (I was still a newbie in AOR/Melodic Rock). Not anymore in the digital age! Tones of musical airwaves waiting patiently unearthed to reach these ears! :headbanger:

 

 

Yeah, I know what you mean. There are plenty of albums out there that are on my 'need to hear/get hold of list', since they completely passed me by at the time of release ... God help me, I've even started looking at some of the bands that Geoff has recommended :)

 

 

I think I said it in another of these mid 90's threads, and I agree they were lean years, but you guys are kidding yourself if you think there was nothing good still going on in these years. My list above in this thread isn't amazing, but compared to stuff in that list, it's like a lit of gold nuggets.

 

 

I'm not saying that there wasn't some good music being released in the 90s. Sadly, opportunity and funds were both scarce at the time (not that I'm rolling in cash now, y'understand), so I missed a LOT of albums (some of which now cost a small bloody fortune!) Out of my list, there are probably ten (or even less) albums that get played regularly - the rest are in there to make up the numbers simply because I'm familiar with them.

 

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Well after the list of 1989, that was very hard to do ( I forgotten some masterpieces, there were so many great albums) 1996 is so much easier.

That time I was so dissapointed by hard rock bands who try to sound alternative or heavier (warrant,skid row,pk69,motley).

So I start to listen to power metal band, nowadays this genre now don 't do much for me ( I have not yet listen to the whole new Helloween cd,)

 

1-Helloween -the time of the oath

2-Angra-Holy land

2-Dahmm-tra cielo e terra

3-Jaded heart- slaves and masters

4-Ten -the name of the rose

5-Rage- end of all days

6-Bai bang-ridin' high

7-TNT- Firefly

8-Gotthard-G

9-Ten Ten

10-Stratovarius- episode

11-Harlan cage- s/t

12-Labyrinth- no limit

13Bone Machine-dissapearing inc

14-Tower city- al ittle bit of fire

15-Manowar-louder than hell

16-Cita-Heat of emotion

17-Jaime Kyle- back from hollywood

 

I found very hard to put toghether seventeen titles, The 90s were maybe the best time of my life, but the music was not good at all, especially if compared to the 80s.

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire … Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk … And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

 

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

 

Agree with Geoff

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Helloween - The Time of the Oath

Iced Earth - The Dark Saga

KISS - MTV Unplugged

Manowar - Louder than Hell

Mercyful Fate - Into the Unknown

Motorhead - Overnight Sensation

Overkill - The Killing Kind

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Ayreon: Actual Fantasy

The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon

Catherine Wheel: Like Cats And Dogs

Counting Crows: Recovering The Satellites

Cradle Of Filth: V Empire Or Dark Faerytales In Phallustein

Cradle Of Filth: Dusk And Her Embrace

The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed

Sheryl Crow:Crow, Sheryl

Desperado: Bloodied But Unbowed

Bruce Dickinson: Skunkworks

The Four Horsemen: Getting' Pretty Good At Barely Getting' By

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go

Matchbox 20: Yourself, Or Someone Like You

Porcupine Tree: Signify

The Wallflowers: Bringing Down The Horse

 

Meh ...

Wow, ouch. Wouldn't it have been better to just stop listening to music all together? ;)

Agreed - apart from that Matchbox 20 album which i love

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These lists are inspiring me to try and do videos for each year.

Will be trying NOT to post the same band twice as I go through the years.

Started to try this on youtube a long time back but just too many copyright claims and I gave up.

Maybe this place will work.

https://vid.me/Zc5i

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Ok, so youtube might not block them all.

I'll put the videos on both youtube and vid.me in case youtube blocks or mutes the video.

There is one song that will be different.

On youtube I left a song that came out in 94 instead of 96.

I did not realize there were two versions of Doug Aldrich - Highcentered.

http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/discographie-groupe-Doug_Aldrich-type-Albums-l-en.html

So on vid.me the song was replaced with a song from Jaded Heart.

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Here are my favorite albums from 1996.

  1. Gotthard – G
  2. Ten – The Name of the Rose
  3. Angra – Holy Land
  4. Moon’Doc – Get Mooned
  5. Tower City – A Little Bit of Fire
  6. Jaded Heart – Slaves and Masters
  7. Helloween – The Time of the Oath
  8. Victory – Voiceprint
  9. Ten - S/T
  10. Bone Machine – Disappearing Inc.
  11. Skold – S/T
  12. Steelheart - Wait
  13. Mark Spiro – Now Is Then, Then Is Now
  14. Artension – Into the Eye of the Storm
  15. Dogbone – S/T

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