Even with it selling well around the world, metal still feels like a niche genre to some people. As much as there are people willing to headbang for any group that will supply the music, there are still fans that are not willing to get down with songs about darkness and crazy detuned guitars. In the case of these albums though, it really is their loss.
Compared to the normal stuff that you would find out of classic rock or even some of the harsher stuff, these are the brutal albums that make you want to play them over and over again. Although there are definitely some brighter spots than others, you'd be hardpressed to find any other albums who have as much cohesion in the metal genre. While every album has its peaks and valleys from time to time, there's never a drab track in sight on these outings, each having the power to make you bang your head in equal measure.
Though some of them might be a little more user-friendly than others, you're not going to be shortchanged when it comes to pulverizing metal music for hours on end here. Rock may have had its time...but metal isn't going to be going anywhere anytime soon.
10. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
A lot of people forget just how much Ozzy Osbourne was looked at as a joke in the early '80s. Considering that Black Sabbath had found new life with Dio behind the wheel, this was the guy who drank his way out of the greatest metal band on Earth and wasn't going to do anything worthwhile in years. Then he discovered his magic with Randy Rhoads and everything changed.
That's not to say that Randy alone made Blizzard of Ozz special, but it certainly helped. Having a new guitar player to work off of, Ozzy never sounded more invigorated than he did on his solo debut, proving to the world why he was worth keeping around for years to come. Aside from the actual songs like Crazy Train and Mr. Crowley, Randy Rhoads was also a name worth paying attention to, crafting classical style solos and tapping licks that were enough to make someone like Eddie Van Halen scared back in the day.
How amazing were these licks you may ask? There's a completely filler acoustic guitar track called Dee on here, and it still kicks ass with Randy just flexing his chops behind the unplugged material. Even if Ozzy could have easily just faded into obscurity, the Prince of Darkness wasn't quite finished menacing the metal world just yet.