ABC/Randy HolmesAfter getting input from Lars Ulrich and Rob Halford, Rolling Stone has turned to Ozzy Osbourne, the Prince of Darkness himself, to share his personal 10 favorite metal albums. His picks include Alice in Chains‘ Facelift, Motorhead‘s Ace of Spades, and Megadeth‘s Rust in Peace.
Writing about Facelift, Osbourne calls the album an “amazing debut.” “‘Man in the Box’ is a classic,” says Ozzy. “Layne Staley was a lovely guy. It’s such a shame that he couldn’t overcome his demons.”
As for Ace of Spades, Ozzy says the title track is to Motorhead what “Paranoid” was to Black Sabbath. “It’s one of the great metal anthems,” he writes. “To me, a band hasn’t made it until they have their own anthem. This is theirs.”
Rust in Peace, meanwhile, was the album that made Megadeth click with Osbourne. “I never realized how good this band was until I heard this album,” says Ozzy.
Last week, Rolling Stone shared its list of “The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time.” The magazine named Sabbath’s Paranoid as number one.
Here are Ozzy Osbourne’s 10 favorite metal albums, in alphabetical order:
AC/DC — Highway to Hell
Alice in Chains — Facelift
Guns N’ Roses — Appetite for Destruction
Judas Priest — British Steel
Led Zeppelin — Led Zeppelin IV
Megadeth — Rust in Peace
Metallica — Master of Puppets
Motorhead — Ace of Spades
Pantera — Cowboys from Hell
Rob Zombie — Hellbilly Deluxe
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