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Uriah Heep, Live (3.83): If there's any one argument for including Uriah Heep on this list of the 101 best metal albums of the 70s, then this is it. The band travels through their catalog in sublime fashion, bringing the heavy at each step, and it comes off quite well. Except for the ending medley, which I just find to be boring and unnecessary. I've said it before, but if you close a show with something other than your own stuff... then maybe you don't belong on stage to begin with. 9/26/16

Uriah Heep, Live (3.83): If there's any one argument for including Uriah Heep on this list of the 101 best metal albums of the 70s, then this is it. The band travels through their catalog in sublime fashion, bringing the heavy at each step, and it comes off quite well. Except for the ending medley, which I just find to be boring and unnecessary. I've said it before, but if you close a show with something other than your own stuff... then maybe you don't belong on stage to begin with. 9/26/16

Quartz, Quartz (3.78): I read somewhere that this just might be the very first NWOBHM album which is possible; and if so, it got the era off to a rousing start. Personally, I think Motorhead's first effort might take that honor, but it really matters not either way. Ultimately, this does set a standard for many of the other NWOBHM bands to follow and it well worth being in my top 101 of 70s metal. 9/22/16

Quartz, Quartz (3.78): I read somewhere that this just might be the very first NWOBHM album which is possible; and if so, it got the era off to a rousing start. Personally, I think Motorhead's first effort might take that honor, but it really matters not either way. Ultimately, this does set a standard for many of the other NWOBHM bands to follow and it well worth being in my top 101 of 70s metal. 9/22/16

Manilla Road, Invasion (4.17): On this, their debut album, Manilla Road brings together their hard rock, prog rock, and even 60s psychedelic influences to bear into a heavy metal stew that is at one forward looking while firmly rooted in the past. In other words, it manages to sound current and nostalgic all at the same time, allowing it to transcend beyond its own time. Cool album. 9/16/16

Manilla Road, Invasion (4.17): On this, their debut album, Manilla Road brings together their hard rock, prog rock, and even 60s psychedelic influences to bear into a heavy metal stew that is at one forward looking while firmly rooted in the past. In other words, it manages to sound current and nostalgic all at the same time, allowing it to transcend beyond its own time. Cool album. 9/16/16

UFO, Phenomenon (4.00): This is about as close as the band gets to being a true heavy metal tour de force as it contains some of Michael Schenker's most dynamic and electric guitar work, and it ranges across the entire metal spectrum in its approach to the music. On a side note, It's interesting to listen to these bands backwards as they get heavier and heavier as you get earlier  in the band's career. Cool. 9/25/16

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18. Riot, Rock City (4.00): It's no secret how important British bands were to the formation and influence on heavy metal as a genre. I'm definitely not certain of this, but Riot may just be the first true American metal band, and as such, deserves some credit in the formation of the genre as well. Anyway, This is one of the best sung albums of the whole lot as Guy Speranza could definitely sing his ass off. Too bad he left at the top of his game. 9/22/16

18. Riot, Rock City (4.00): It's no secret how important British bands were to the formation and influence on heavy metal as a genre. I'm definitely not certain of this, but Riot may just be the first true American metal band, and as such, deserves some credit in the formation of the genre as well. Anyway, This is one of the best sung albums of the whole lot as Guy Speranza could definitely sing his ass off. Too bad he left at the top of his game. 9/22/16

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