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Metallica – Load

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Metallica - Load       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Delivered five years after their eponymous "black" album in 1991, Load captures Metallica settling into an uneasy period of maturation. Under the guidance of producer B...

Metallica – Hardwired To Self Destruct

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Metallica - Hardwired To Self Destruct       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: '... Hardwired...To Self-Destruct does indeed rage, roaring out the gate with a title track where James Hetfield bellows "We're so f***ed/S*** out...

Judas Priest – British Steel

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Judas Priest - British Steel       Steve Huey - Predating Metallica's self-titled blockbuster by 11 years, Judas Priest's British Steel was a similarly pitched landmark boasting many of the same accomplishments. It s...

Jeff Beck – Beck-Ola

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Jeff Beck - Beck-Ola       Jerry McCulley: ' While Truth, the first Jeff Beck Group album, has often been touted as the blueprint for Led Zeppelin and much of the bombastic blues rock that followed, the group's sopho...

Scorpions – Blackout

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Scorpions - Blackout       Barry Weber: 'Blackout was the Scorpions' first majorly successful album, due to its clever balance of pop/rock (the title track), power ballads ("When the Smoke Is Going Down"), and catchy...

Black Stone Cherry – Folklore And Superstition

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Black Stone Cherry - Folklore And Superstition       Eduardo Rivadavia: 'For all its spirited, hard-hitting performances and wide-eyed country boy attitude, Black Stone Cherry's eponymous debut still gave off a faint...

Aerosmith – Rocks

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Aerosmith - Rocks       Greg Prato: 'Few albums have been so appropriately named as Aerosmith's 1976 classic Rocks. Despite hard drug use escalating among bandmembers, Aerosmith produced a superb follow-up to their m...

Joe Satriani – Surfing With The Alien

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Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Surfing with the Alien belongs to its era like Are You Experienced? belongs to its own -- perhaps it doesn't transcend its time the way the Jimi H...

Nazareth – Hair Of The Dog

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Nazareth - Hair Of The Dog       Donald A. Guarisco: 'After slowly but surely building a fanbase around the world with albums like Razamanaz and Loud 'N' Proud, Nazareth finally hit the big time in 1975 with Hair of ...

Guns N’ Roses – Greatest Hits

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      Dan Gennoe: 'If time is the true test, then Guns N' Roses' Greatest Hits confirms that they really were one of the greatest rock & roll bands in the world. While, in retrospect, fellow graduates of the class...

Uriah Heep – Look at yourself

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      Donald A. Guarisco: 'The third time proved to be the charm for Uriah Heep: on Look at Yourself, the group perfects its fusion of heavy metal power and prog rock majesty, and the result is one of the best albums ...

Paladin – Charge !

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Paladin - Charge !       Jo-Ann Greene: 'Having failed to ignite the populace with their eponymous debut, a set brimming with joie de vivre and creative crossovers, Paladin decided the only way to break into the main...

Royal Blood – Royal Blood

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Royal Blood - Royal Blood       Scott Kerr: 'The bludgeoning opener to Royal Blood's self-titled debut, "Out of the Black" is a riff-fueled onslaught that belies their two-piece status; with just a heavily processed ...

Jethro Tull – Aqualung

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung       Rovi Staff : 'The leap from 1970's Benefit to the following year's Aqualung is one of the most astonishing progressions in rock history. In the space of one album, Tull went from relative...

Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

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Stone Temple Pilots - Purple       Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Stone Temple Pilots had hits with Core, but they got no respect. They suffered a barrage of savage criticism and it must have hurt, since their second effo...

Ted Nugent – Ted Nugent

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Ted Nugent - Ted Nugent     Greg Prato: ' After disintegrating the Amboy Dukes in the early '70s, Ted Nugent finally decided to strike out on his own as a solo star. Even without a recording contract, Nugent toured c...

UFO – Strangers In The Night

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UFO - Strangers In The Night       Greg Prato: 'Unfortunately, this concert album is often overlooked when discussions of the great live rock albums of the '70s arise. UFO's Strangers in the Night deserves to be righ...

Coverdale/Page – Coverdale Page

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Coverdale/Page - Coverdale Page     Stephen Thomas Erlewine: 'Everything about Coverdale/Page, right down to the goofy copping of the Presence artwork, is an attempt to recapture the pompous majesty of Led Zeppelin. ...

Deep Purple – Deep Purple III

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Deep Purple - Deep Purple III     Bruce Eder: 'This is a record that even those who aren't Deep Purple fans can listen to two or three times in one sitting -- but then, this wasn't much like any other album that the ...

Alter Bridge – Blackbird

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Alter Bridge - Blackbird Sharon Mawer: After the demise of Creed, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall obviously had unfinished business and hired singer/songwriter Myles Kennedy, who quickly formed a wr...

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