OK, let me try.

Author:Thy Sentinel
Date:2020-04-04 03:19:29
In Reply To:Let's do a couple of lists... by Pirage
For the love of it, I don't understand, why Running Wild makes your lists but Maiden and Priest don't. But, OK, as you wish.

Honorable mention: Stratovarius "Visions", Iron Savior “Unification”, Marshall Law “Marshall Law”, Tarot "Suffer Our Pleasures"

20.Astral Doors "New Revelation." Same here. I pick this one. Just because.
19.Sabaton “Art of War”. Again, you can pick one of 2 or 3 Sabaton albums, and you can't go wrong.
18.Brainstorm "Metus Mortis." My album of the year in the very busy 2001.
17.Iced Earth "Horror Show." IE has about four albums of equal quality, but this one felt a little more dear to the writer's (Jon's) heart.
16.Royal Hunt "The Mission." Based on Bradbury. Fabulous work.
15.Sinner "Nature of Evil." Fabulous.
14.Kamelot "The Black Halo." The best of Khanelot and Khanception.
13.Falconer s/t. Exploded on the scene like a bomb. Safe to say, nobody has ever heard anybody sing like Blad before Blad.
12.Grand Magus “Iron Will”. A perfect blend of Manowar and Sabbath. This is what guitar should sound like.
11.Tad Morose “Matters Of The Dark”. The best NWOEPM album of the new millennium.
10.Rage “Black In Mind”. Power thrash perfection.
9.Scanner “Hypertrace”. Insanely good. I wish it didn't go to shit right after.
8.Nocturnal Rites "Tales Of Mystery And Imagination". A close call between this one and Talisman. This one wins by a hair.
7.Riot “Thundersteel”. I feel like this has to belong. After all, it's practically Heavens Gate before Heavens Gate. Just relistened to it last week. Stellar.
6.Gamma Ray “Land of the Free”. The shining example of NWOEPM.
5.Hammerfall "Glory To The Brave". I take it over Legacy easily. It has three of my favorite HF songs, but also the only good ballad they ever wrote (the title track). They are just a terrible ballad band.
4.Nightwish “Wishmaster”. "Oceanborn" has better highlights, but W is truly consistent. Not one filler / throwaway here.
3.Blind Guardian "Somewhere Far Beyond". A perfect album before they became too proggy for my taste.
2.Helloween "Keeper of the Seven Keys II". The blueprint. Every PM band fashioned itself after this.
1.Running Wild "Black Hand Inn". One of my favorite albums of all time. I love it to death (except for the shitty epic).

That's all.

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