Category 1980 : Greatest Year for Heavy Metal

1980 : Greatest Year for Heavy Metal

Ten Albums of 1980 that put Metal on Top of the World Again

In October 1979, US rock magazine Creem ran a cover feature asking the provocative question ‘Is Heavy Metal Dead?’ Perhaps the magazine’s editorial team saw KISS doing disco (with I Was Made For Lovin’ You) and Zeppelin embracing synths (on In Through The Out Door), guitarist Joe Perry walking out of Aerosmith and Black Sabbath firing frontman Ozzy Osbourne and concluded that the writing was on the wall for the genre. They couldn’t have been more wrong. In the 12 months that followed, bolstered by the emergence of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, metal was re-born, with the release of a clutch of albums that would come to be viewed as all-time classics...

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