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Metal Academy

Two long time fans chronologically explore the most important albums in the 50 year history of metal music. We focus on each album's influences, importance and quality, while inserting our personal memories from decades past and arguing the way only brothers can.
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Jun 8, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 3rd of 4 episodes to cover the year 1983.

Join them as they dissect three feature albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene at the time of their release.

Feature albums: Queensrÿche's self-titled EP, Heavy Load's Stronger Than Evil and Mercyful Fate's Melissa.

Other bands discussed: Witchfynde, Raven, Black Sabbath, Virgin Steele, Twisted Sister, Manowar, 220 Volt, Oz and Hellhammer.

May 5, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 2nd of 4 episodes to cover the year 1983.

Join them as they dissect three feature albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene at the time of their release.

Feature albums: Satan's Court in the Act, Dio's Holy Diver and Metallica's Kill 'em All.

Other bands discussed: Battleaxe, Tank, Chateaux, Witchfinder General, Motorhead, Ozzy Osbourne, Steeler, Jag Panzer and Hellhammer.

Mar 20, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 1st of 4 episodes to cover the year 1983.

Join them as they dissect three feature albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene at the time of their release.

Feature albums: Sortilege's self-titled EP, Warlord's Deliver Us EP and Iron Maiden's Piece of Mind.

Other bands discussed: Loudness, Europe, Baron Rojo, Blaspheme, Acid, Exciter, Anvil, Rock Goddess, Jaguar and Saxon.

Feb 18, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 3rd and final episode covering the year 1982.

Join them as they dissect three feature albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene around the time of their releases.

Feature albums: Mercyful Fate's self-titled EP, Venom's Black Metal and Pagan Altar's demo.

Other bands discussed: Warning, Picture, Plasmatics, The Rods, Virgin Steele, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Samson and Satan.

Jan 15, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 2nd of 3 episodes to cover the year 1982.

Join them as they dissect these albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene around the time of their releases.

Feature albums: Manowar's Battle Hymns, Witchfinder General's Death Penalty and Accept's Restless and Wild.

Other bands discussed: Metallica, Manilla Road, Twisted Sister, Loudness, Tank, Venom, Heavy Load, Warning and Sodom.

Dec 17, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 1st of 3 episodes to cover the year 1982.

Join them as they dissect these albums, and talk about what else was happening in the metal scene around the time of their releases.

Feature albums: Iron Maiden's The Number of the Beast, Motörhead's Iron Fist and Judas Priest's Screaming for Vengeance.

Other bands discussed: Baron Rojo, Anvil, Riot, Tank, Diamond Head, Saxon, Witchfinder General, Legend and Raven.

Nov 15, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the second and final episode covering the year 1981.

Join the brothers as they dissect these important albums, and talk in depth about what else was happening in the metal scene around the time of their releases.

Feature albums: Ozzy Osbourne's Diary of a Madman, Black Sabbath's Mob Rules and Venom's Welcome to Hell.

Other bands discussed: Anvil, Loudness, Motörhead, Tygers of Pan Tang, Holocaust, Legend, Samson and Iron Maiden.

Oct 15, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the first of two episodes covering the year 1981.

Join the metal brothers as they dissect these important albums, and talk in depth about what else was happening in the scene around the time of their releases.

Feature albums: Riot's Fire Down Under, Iron Maiden's Killers, and Saxon's Denim and Leather.

Other bands discussed: Accept, The Rods, Cirith Ungol, Girlschool, Judas Priest, Raven, Blitzkrieg and More.

Sep 15, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, covering the final months of the year that was 1980. Find out what the brothers' top 5 albums of the year are!

Feature albums: Diamond Head's Lightning to the Nation, Ozzy Osbourne's The Blizzard of Ozz, and Motörhead's Ace of Spades.

Other bands discussed: Sarcofagus, Crucifixion, Witchfynde, Iron Maiden, Fist and Blitzkrieg.

Aug 15, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music with the second of three episodes covering 1980. Black Sabbath make a huge heavy metal comeback after an awkward period, and Saxon release two quality albums within just a few months.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Black Sabbath's Heaven and Hell, Saxon's Wheels of Steel, and Saxon's Strong Arm of the Law.

Other bands discussed in this episode are Accept, Iron Maiden, Paralex, Quartz, Samson, Holocaust, Black Axe and Tygers of Pan Tang.

Jul 16, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music with the first of three episodes covering 1980. Judas Priest and newcomers Iron Maiden release two classic albums on the one day, while Angel Witch produce possibly the most metal sounding album to date.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Judas Priest's British Steel, and Iron Maiden & Angel Witch's self-titled debuts.

Other bands discussed in this episode are Killer, Sarcofagus, Witchfynde, Bleak House, Venom, Hollow Ground, Sorcery, Manilla Road and Motörhead.

Jun 16, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music by covering the the second half of 1978 and the entirety of 1979. While Judas Priest continue their push towards a more accessible form of metal, Motörhead arrive with a ferocity yet unheard.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Judas Priest's Killing Machine and Motörhead's Overkill and Bomber albums.

Other bands discussed in this episode are Black Sabbath, Heavy Load, Accept, Scorpions, Saxon, Samson, Iron Maiden, Riot and Legend.

May 12, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music by covering the the years 1976 to 1978. As Black Sabbath's run of classics finally comes to an end, a challenger from Britain stands up and makes their presence felt.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Judas Priest's 2nd to 4th albums: Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin and Stained Class.

May 12, 2017

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music by covering the the years 1972 to 1975. That means more Black Sabbath, which is never a bad thing. Well...not at this point anyway.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Black Sabbath's fourth to sixth albums: Vol. 4, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage.

Other bands discussed on this episode are Sir Lord Baltimore, Budgie, Bang, Scorpions, Judas Priest and Rainbow.

May 12, 2017

Daniel and Ben begin their chronological journey through the history of metal music by covering the origin of the genre. After discussing the bands that introduced the elements that would eventually form the traditional heavy metal sound, the brothers turn their attention to the first true metal band... Black Sabbath.

This episode's three feature album reviews are Black Sabbath's first three albums: Black Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality.

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