13 Great Metal Albums Turning 30 This Year

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Maria Vassett
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When there were all those rumors about AC/DC retiring/breaking up a few weeks ago, a lot of people were panicking. Everyone from industry pros to famous musicians wondered if AC/DC was actually going to continue on without guitarist/founder Malcolm Young, or if they should just hang up their hats after almost 40 years of rocking out.

And even though the story is that the legendary rock group is not retiring, but that Young's serious health issues are causing him to take a break from the band, it still made me pull out my AC/DC records and take them all for a spin. As I listened to '74 Jailbreak, I realized that the five-track EP is turning 30-years-old this year.

Turning 30 is a pretty big deal, no matter if you're a human or a kick-ass record. In fact, it made me think about my own 30th birthday, since I'm in the midst of planning a vacation to Peru and Macchu Picchu for the occasion. It's great knowing that there was a ton of great heavy metal music put out around the time I was born. There are actually a lot of records hitting their 30-year milestone this year, and I intend to celebrate them.

IN 1984, glam metal was drawing attention to the genre, acts such as Iron Maiden and Dio were extremely popular, Deep Purple reunited, and a ton of new bands were formed, including Celtic Frost, Death, Sepultura, Primus, and -- who could forget -- the metal virtuoso with a taste for Beethoven, Yngwie Malmsteen.

So here's a celebration of some landmark and favorite heavy metal albums that turn 30 this year.

Iron Maiden - Powerslave

One of my favorite albums ever, this is Iron Maiden's fifth album and also contains the band's longest song to date, "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," which is about 13 minutes long.

Slayer - Haunting the Chapel EP

This EP was a great follow up to Slayer's debut album Show No Mercy. It displays a clear evolution in the legendary thrash act's sound and established their signature style.

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Carrie Davis
Carrie Davis

Lisa Tharp Cassandra Davis Annie Lutkins Ivy Rinehart Minetta Minnick Deb Beaudry Cheryl Smith hahahaha wow !!!

Christa Miller
Christa Miller

Van Halen's 1984..Metal??? Seriously. It was a great album but hardly belongs on this list, lmao.

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