Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1982

1982 was a pretty good year for heavy metal. It saw the release of Iron Maiden's best album and one of Judas Priest's best. There were also strong efforts from Motorhead and Scorpions. A lot of metal fans aren't familiar with Tank and Raven, who made the year's Top 10, but it's worth your while to go back and check them out. In the larger scheme of things

1982 was a stronger year than 1981, but not as good as 1983, which would see some incredible albums released.

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Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast

Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast
Iron Maiden - Number Of The Beast.

After losing their lead singer, Iron Maiden found Bruce Dickinson and rebounded with their best album and one that is a true heavy metal classic. "Run To The Hills" and the title track are among the best singles you'll ever hear, and there is not a bit of filler on this album.

It features spectacular and diverse songwriting, great vocals from Dickinson, excellent guitar work from Dave Murray and Adrian Smith and is one of the best metal albums ever.

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Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance

Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance.

After having my number 2 album of 1980, Judas Priest claims the same spot for 1982. The best known song from this album is "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," but there are several other great songs including the title track, "Electric Eye" and "Bloodstone."

When it comes to dual guitars, few did it better than Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing. Frontman Rob Halford sounds great as usual, and this is Priest's second best album of the 1980s.

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Venom - Black Metal

Venom - Black Metal
Venom - Black Metal.

The previous year, Venom's debut album was a groundbreaking one for extreme metal. Their second album named an entire subgenre of heavy metal, which should tell you how influential it was.

Black Metal saw an improvement in Venom's musical ability and songwriting technique. Highlights include "To Hell And Back," the title track and "Countess Bathory." It was still raw and imperfect, but that's what extreme music is all about.

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Scorpions - Blackout

Scorpions - Blackout
Scorpions - Blackout.

The Scorpions have released some great albums over the years, but I think this one was their best. It didn't have the monster hit single like "Rock You Like A Hurricane," but in terms of Klaus Meine's vocals and the number of superb songs, this was their strongest complete album.

The guitar performance from Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs is outstanding, and Herman Rarebell is a first-class drummer. Highlights of Blackout include "No One Like You," "Can't Live Without You" and the title track.

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Motorhead - Iron Fist

Motorhead - Iron Fist
Motorhead - Iron Fist.

Motorhead had a great run in the late '70s and early '80s with a ton of quality albums. That run would continue for a few more years, but this was the last album with guitarist Fast Eddie Clark, who would leave to form Fastway.

The songs on Iron Fist are a little slower tempo than some of their previous albums, but the intensity and trademark Motorhead sound are still there. Some of the more memorable tracks on the album include "I'm The Doctor," "Speedfreak" and the title track.

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Anvil - Metal On Metal

Anvil - Metal On Metal
Anvil - Metal On Metal.

Anvil were a Canadian band that mixed speed metal and power metal. It was a great mix of speed and technical wizardry. They were huge in their native country, but never gained a lot of popularity elsewhere. The 2008 documentary Anvil! The Story Of Anvil brought their interesting story to the mainstream.

The title track of this album is a great metal anthem and probably their best known song. They are another band that is still around today, touring and making music.

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Twisted Sister - Under The Blade

Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
Twisted Sister - Under The Blade.

Before the over the top antics of "We're Not Gonna Take It" a few years later, Twisted Sister was a band that clawed their way out of the New York club scene with great musical chops. By the time their debut album was released the band had been together for a decade, and this album is packed with great songs.

The title track is still a staple, but a lot of the other songs like "What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)" and "Bad Boys Of Rock 'n Roll" have been overlooked in the light of their more commercial tracks, and this album top to bottom is their best.

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Raven - Wiped Out

Raven - Wiped Out
Raven - Wiped Out.

This was the second of three outstanding albums released in three years between 1981 and 1983. This album is the sound of a band in their prime.

The songs combine NWOBHM with thrash/speed metal, which was a genre that would really take off the next few years. It's a powerful album and one that stands up well to the test of time.

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Tank - Filth Hounds Of Hades

Tank - Filth Hounds Of Hades
Tank - Filth Hounds Of Hades.

Tank are a UK band, and Filth Hounds Of Hades was their debut album. It was produced by Eddie Clarke from Motorhead, and there are definite similarities in sound.

The band's sound is raw with a lot of punk influences. Vocalist/bassist Algy Ward was a former member of The Damned, so that influence makes sense. Tank released a few other albums over the years, including one in 2002.

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Manowar - Battle Hymns

Manowar - Battle Hymns
Manowar - Battle Hymns.

Manowar never got a whole lot of love from the critics, and their "Death To False Metal" credo and over the top image made it difficult for some to take them seriously. Their debut album included narration by noted actor Orson Welles along with some really good songs.

Eric Adams is an excellent vocalist, and the band's musicianship is underrated. The fact that they have an extremely loyal fan base and are still around 35 plus years after they started means they must be doing something right.

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