Our chronological list of the Top 50 Classic Heavy Metal Albums illustrates just how much the genre has grown.
Bon Jovi’s sophomore album – allegedly titled based on the melting point of rock (don’t ask us what kind of rock) – arrived on March 27, 1985 under immense pressure to perform.
When ’80s glam metal titans Ratt came crawling Out of the Cellar with their debut on March 27, 1984, that title may as well have spoken for an entire generation of brash, ambitious wannabe stars, whose desperate drive for fame and glory had been fomented by years of neglect from the music industry at large.
Not too many bands enjoy the greatest success of their career with their ninth studio album.
In March 1970, a band bearing the curious name of Alice Cooper regaled the world with its second album, Easy Action.
The Faces' debut, 'First Step,' came out of the ashes of the Small Faces in March 1970.
Ronnie James Dio unleashed one of his most ambitious concepts on March 21, 2000 with 'Magica.'
Monster Magnet released 'Dopes to Infinity' on March 21, 1995.
The Wall Street finery sported by Kiss, as they unveiled their third studio album 'Dressed to Kill' on March 19, 1975, was in no way representative of the very modest state of their personal finances.
Like many other metal bands of the 1980s, Twisted Sister experienced a meteoric rise to stardom and subsequent fall from grace.