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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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Aug 21, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 1st of 5 episodes to cover the year 1984.

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:
Dio - The Last in Line
W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
Cirith Ungol - King of the Dead

Also discussed:
Stormwitch
Warlock
Grave Digger
Running Wild
Spinal Tap
Wendy Williams
Dokken
Twisted Sister
Medieval Steel

Jul 14, 2018

Daniel and Ben continue their chronological journey through the history of metal music, with the 4th and final episode 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:
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
Accept - Balls to the Wall
Slayer - Show No Mercy

Other bands discussed:
Ritual
Tokyo Blade
Grim Reaper
Savage
Riot
Savatage
Torch
Acid
Hellhammer

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 - Queensrÿche
Heavy Load - Stronger Than Evil
Mercyful Fate - Melissa

Other bands discussed:
Witchfynde
Raven
Black Sabbath
Virgin Steele
Twisted Sister
Manowar
220 Volt
Oz
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 - Court in the Act
Dio - Holy Diver
Metallica - Kill 'em All

Other bands discussed:
Battleaxe
Tank
Chateaux
Witchfinder General
Motorhead
Ozzy Osbourne
Steeler
Jag Panzer
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 - Sortilege
Warlord - Deliver Us
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind

Other bands discussed:
Loudness
Europe
Baron Rojo
Blaspheme
Acid
Exciter
Anvil
Rock Goddess
Jaguar
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 - Mercyful Fate
Venom - Black Metal
Pagan Altar - Pagan Altar

Other bands discussed:
Warning
Picture
Plasmatics
The Rods
Virgin Steele
Ozzy Osbourne
Black Sabbath
Samson
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 - Battle Hymns
Witchfinder General - Death Penalty
Accept - Restless and Wild

Other bands discussed:
Metallica
Manilla Road
Twisted Sister
Loudness
Tank
Venom
Heavy Load
Warning
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 - The Number of the Beast
Motörhead - Iron Fist
Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

Other bands discussed:
Baron Rojo
Anvil
Riot
Tank
Diamond Head
Saxon
Witchfinder General
Legend
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 - Diary of a Madman
Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
Venom - Welcome to Hell

Other bands discussed:
Anvil
Loudness
Motörhead
Tygers of Pan Tang
Holocaust
Legend
Samson
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 - Fire Down Under
Iron Maiden - Killers
Saxon - Denim and Leather

Other bands discussed:
Accept
The Rods
Cirith Ungol
Girlschool
Judas Priest
Raven
Blitzkrieg

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 - Lightning to the Nation
Ozzy Osbourne - The Blizzard of Ozz
Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Other bands discussed:
Sarcofagus
Crucifixion
Witchfynde
Iron Maiden
Fist
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.

Feature albums:
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Saxon - Wheels of Steel
Saxon - Strong Arm of the Law

Other bands discussed:
Accept
Iron Maiden
Paralex
Quartz
Samson
Holocaust
Black Axe
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.

Feature albums:
Judas Priest - British Steel
Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
Angel Witch - Angel Witch

Other bands discussed:
Killer
Sarcofagus
Witchfynde
Bleak House
Venom
Hollow Ground
Sorcery
Manilla Road
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.

Feature albums:
Judas Priest - Killing Machine
Motörhead - Overkill
Motörhead - Bomber

Other bands discussed:
Black Sabbath
Heavy Load
Accept
Scorpions
Saxon
Samson
Iron Maiden
Riot
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.

Feature albums:
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Judas Priest - 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.

Feature albums:
Black Sabbath - Vol. 4
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Sabotage

Other bands discussed:
Sir Lord Baltimore
Budgie
Bang
Scorpions
Judas Priest
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.

Feature albums:
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

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