Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1983

1983 was a very good year for heavy metal. It saw the debut album of Metallica, who would change the face of the genre. New Wave Of British Heavy Metal bands were still making an impact, and 1983 was the year that Def Leppard would skyrocket in popularity. Old standbys like Ozzy and Iron Maiden also made the list. Here are the 10 Best Heavy Metal Albums Of 1983.

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Metallica - Kill 'Em All

Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Metallica - Kill 'Em All.

Metallica didn't invent thrash, but they certainly brought it to the masses, and this album is the one that started it all. Their debut album Kill 'Em All was groundbreaking, packed with raw power and blazing fast riffs that they would polish and perfect over the years.

Dave Mustaine co-wrote several songs on this album, although he was no longer a member of the band by this time. Highlights include "Whiplash," "No Remorse" and "Seek and Destroy."

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Dio - Holy Diver

Dio - Holy Diver
Dio - Holy Diver.

After fronting Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio formed his own group. He did a great job selecting his bandmates. Vivian Campbell is an outstanding guitarist and Vinny Appice a rock solid drummer. Their debut album Holy Diver is a heavy metal classic.

Dio had one of the best voices in metal, and some put him at the top. All 9 songs on the album are excellent, including the hits "Rainbow In The Dark" and the title track. "Stand Up And Shout" is also a very memorable song.

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Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind

Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind.

Iron Maiden continued their spectacular run in the '80s with another outstanding album in Piece Of Mind. They had another lineup change, adding drummer Nicko McBrain to the group.

It's a really diverse album, and a little less cohesive than Number Of The Beast. The lyrics are also diverse, taking elements from several different books and films. "Flight Of Icarus" is the highlight of this album.

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Slayer - Show No Mercy

Slayer - Show No Mercy
Slayer - Show No Mercy.

Two of metal's "Big 4" of thrash debuted in 1983. Slayer would prove to be a groundbreaking band, brutal and menacing. They would peak a few years later with one of the all time great metal albums, but their debut Show No Mercy showed Slayer's vast potential.

They hadn't quite defined their sound yet, and the lyrics are somewhat cheesy, but there's no disputing the great guitar work and distinctive vocals. This album set the stage for a long and successful career for Slayer.

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Mercyful Fate - Melissa

Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Mercyful Fate - Melissa.

Mercyful Fate were King Diamond's band. They released a couple of outstanding albums and then broke up for a decade. Melissa was their debut, and was very important in the black metal genre.

It had evil lyrics, dual guitars and elements of goth and progressive metal. King Diamond's vocals are really diverse, going from guttural growls to operatic singing.

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Accept - Balls To The Wall

Accept - Balls To The Wall
Accept - Balls To The Wall.

The album's title track was a big hit and brought Accept some short-lived U.S. popularity. Balls To The Wall was melodic, but still packed plenty of punch. It had a great balance of simple riffs and more complex solos along with many different tempos.

The lyrics were a bit cheesy, but English wasn't the German band's first language. Top to bottom this was probably Accept's best album. In addition to the title track that became an MTV staples, other highlights of the record include "London Leatherboys" and "Head Over Heels."

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Def Leppard - Pyromania

Def Leppard - Pyromania
Def Leppard - Pyromania.

Def Leppard's third album was their masterpiece. Not only was it a monstrous commercial success, it also received a lot of critical praise.

Pyromania was the album where everything came together, a combination of catchy rock anthems and massive MTV and radio exposure that pushed sales into the millions. Pyromania was filled with hits, including "Rock Of Ages," "Photograph" and "Foolin'."

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Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil

Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil
Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil.

The Crue's second album saw them refining their sleazy Sunset Strip glam metal, although the sound was still pretty raw. "Looks That Kill," "Too Young To Fall In Love" and the title track were successful singles, and they also did a cover version of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter."

Commercially Shout At The Devil also did rather well, peaking at number 17 on the album chart. It symbolized the sex, drugs and rock 'n roll vibe that the '80s were all about.

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Ozzy Osbourne - Bark At The Moon

Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon.

On Ozzy Osbourne's fourth solo album he brought in guitarist Jake E. Lee to replace the late Randy Rhoads. Lee brought a different sound, one that was more traditional and a little harder than Rhoads.

The title track was an MTV favorite with Ozzy dressed as a werewolf. Bark At The Moon is a very solid album, and although Rhoads was irreplaceable, Lee did an excellent job of bringing his own style and meshing it with Ozzy's voice.

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Raven - All For One

Raven - All For One
Raven - All For One.

This is Raven's third appearance in the top 10 in three years, but also their last. Their third album was outstanding, but after that their popularity and music quality slipped.

All For One finds John Gallagher's high pitched vocals and his brother Mark's guitar in perfect form. The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was fading, but in 1983 Raven were at their peak.