Ok, question time. That Metal Show used to do top 5 lists, like debut album, drummers, album cover, etc. and I rarely agree with much they say especially Eddie. Don had a lot of good lists though.
Ok, so first question... I'm not very creative so I'm probably going to be stealing list questions from the show.What is your top 5 sophomore albums? Think of it more like what 2nd albums were a huge leap from the artist debut album.5. Tie - Def Leppard High n Dry Motley Crue Shout at the Devil
Yes, I admit I was into some of the would be hair bands as a kid. However, I still think both of these albums are huge improvements from their first albums and I still like both of them even though both bands started putting out turds.4. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
Yeah, yeah, technically it's their 3rd album but Origin of the Feces (hehe) was just a rehashing of the stuff from their first album.3. Tool - Aenima
Yes, Undertow is great (and Opiate is an EP, doesn't count as an album). Aenima is that much better and truly defined who Tool is as a band IMO.2. Dream Theater - Images and Words
This one takes the cake if not for Metallica. Production, song writing, pretty much everything so much better on Images and Words. Still my favorite album of DT's and easily in my top 10 all time.1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
I know some prefer Kill 'em All and I love it too but it does not touch how great Ride the Lightning is. They created something that didn't exist to this point. Thrash metal that truly had GREAT melodies while creating amazing atmosphere moods with their music. I love straight ahead thrashing but when you can combine that with beauty and more complex song structures I'm sold (see Fade to Black and Call of Ktulu) Speaking of Ktulu... a 9 minute metal instrumental? Seriously? Amazing for anytime period but for 1984 this album was beyond ground breaking. Not that radio would touch any of the album for way too many years. Ha, and they were still teenagers when they wrote the album.
Even more amazing... they topped themselves again on their next album - and wrote an even better 9 minute instrumental.
Hmmm I'm surprised no obscure metal made my list, but I couldn't think of anything. My pics were all albums I've liked for many years, I didn't want to pick anything too "new". I love Morningrise but it's very similar (but better than) Orchid. In Flames with The Jester Race should probably be on the list. Iced Earth Night of the Stormrider too (3rd album Burnt Offerings is better).
Ok, rip my list apart and make your own.