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Initial post: May 24, 2012 9:21:35 AM PDT
Ash Krueger says:
I was listening to "Thunder and Lightning" by Thin Lizzy again today and it got me thinking about this. That album was Thin Lizzy's last studio hurrah, certainly with Phil Lynott, and it went out with a bang IMO. It's in the running for my favorite Lizzy album ever but could never be less than my #2. John Skyes brought a new heavy guitar sound and Phil's lyrics were some of his best ever. Listening to "Heart Attack" gives me chills. What are some other great ending/final/last albums that knocked it out of the park? Mind you, a band member dying doesn't have to be the reason for a final album. Could have been just a break up, retirement, or need to do something else.

Thin Lizzy- Thunder and Lightning (death)
Queen- Innuendo (Not the last album but last before Freddie died)
Heaven and Hell- The Devil You Know (death)
White Zombie- Astro Creep 2000 (breakup)
Reverend Bizarre- III: So Long Suckers (ceased project)
Celtic Frost- Monotheist (retired Frost name)

Posted on May 24, 2012 9:25:08 AM PDT
One answer: Dissection - 'Reinkaos'.........wait for it.......

Posted on May 24, 2012 9:26:23 AM PDT
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Posted on May 24, 2012 9:29:32 AM PDT
Death - The Sound of Perseverance
Bathory - Nordland I and II

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 9:29:51 AM PDT

Posted on May 24, 2012 9:38:53 AM PDT
Emperor - Prometheus
Zyklon - Disintegrate

Posted on May 24, 2012 10:57:34 AM PDT
Here's a few classic swan songs and the principle members who contributed so highly, that their removal altered (or ended) the band:

'Taken by Force' (Uli Roth)
'Highway to Hell' (Bon Scott)
'LA Woman' (Jim Morrison)
'Diary of a Madman' (Randy Rhoads)
'Electric Ladyland' (Jimi Hendrix)
'Master of Puppets' (Cliff Burton)

Posted on May 24, 2012 12:16:36 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
Type O Negative - Dead Again

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2012 1:41:31 PM PDT
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Ash Krueger says:
Can't believe I left off "Sound of Perseverance."

and Ghost of Doctor Metal:

Good one on the "Highway to Hell."

Posted on May 24, 2012 5:15:23 PM PDT
Eric Wyatt says:
"Time Does Not Heal" - Dark Angel

Posted on May 24, 2012 7:45:12 PM PDT
wippernaut says:
Discordance Axis: The Inalienable Dreamless
Celtic Frost: Monotheist
Death: Sound of Perseverance
Nasum: Shift
Mr. Bungle: California
Sleep: Dopesmoker
Karp: Karp
Lykathea Aflame: Elvenefris (This is the only album this band released, but my god I love this album)

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:45:07 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 9:47:28 AM PDT
Bobage says:
Aerosmith - Rock In A Hard Place
Metallica - ...And Justice For All
Genesis - Wind & Wuthering
Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Megadeth - So Far, So Good...So What!
Yes - Drama
Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
Motley Crue - Shout At The Devil
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
Burzum - Filosofem
Autopsy - Acts Of The Unspeakable
Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
Opeth - Ghost Reveries
Sepultura - Arise
Psychopathic Terror - 230204
Motorhead - Iron Fist
Suffocation - Pierced From Within
Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
In Flames - Whoracle (even this is pushing it)
Alice Cooper - Welcome To My Nightmare
Asphyx - Last One On Earth
Entombed - Clandestine
Angelcorpse - The Inexorable

I'm so glad that none of these bands overstayed their welcome and went on to soil their legacies with subsequent flops. They all went out on top with these amazing final releases! Ok, just having a bit of fun and I don't really think that all of these bands went on to do such horrible things, but these albums mark the cutoff point at which I would be satisfied never hearing anything else from them. They range anywhere from complete heartbreak (Genesis, Opeth, Metallica, Priest) to just losing interest as they weren't doing anything new or intriguing (for me) anymore (Asphyx, Katatonia, Autopsy, Motorhead, Maiden, Suffocation)

Posted on May 25, 2012 9:48:58 AM PDT
mitch says:
LOL, great stuff Bobage, the only one I have to do a double take at is Motorhead- Ironfist, as I find Orgasmatron and 1916 to be sufficiently better than Ironfist.

Posted on May 25, 2012 10:00:03 AM PDT
Now that the 80's are done and gone, I can live with Motley Crue through 'Dr. Feelgood'. Yes, that genre sucked so bad beyond 1985 that it was a nightmare to live through - but now that decade is starting to appear golden compared to these times. Getting nostalgic.

Posted on May 25, 2012 10:33:23 AM PDT
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Assuck- Blindspot (exit of vocalist Paul Pavlovich)
Atheist- Piece of Time (death of bassist Roger Patterson)
Exodus- Bonded by Blood (exit of Paul Baloff)
Mercyful Fate- Don't Break the Oath (the twin guitar attack, break up )
Spirit Caravan- Elusive Truth (break up)
Saint Vitus- Die Healing (exit of vocalist Scott Reagers)
Napalm Death- Mentally Murdered (exit of Lee and Bill)
Nuclear Death- For Our Dead (exit of guitarist and founding member Phil Hampson)
Terrorizer- World Downfall (break up, exit of vocalist Oscar Garcia)
Kataklysm- Temple of Knowledge (exit of vocalist Sylvain, drummer Nick Miller)
Goatsnake- Trampled Under Hoof (break up)
Pink Floyd- The Final Cut (exit of Roger Waters)
His Hero is Gone- The Plot Sickens (break up)
Adnauseam- Lives of Lies, Despise and Demise (break up)
Fates Warning- Awaken the Guardian (exit of vocalist John Arch)
Acid Bath- Paegan Terrorism Tactics (break up and death of bassist Audie)
Agents of Oblivion- S/T (break up)
Exit 13- E13/Hemdale split (break up)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 10:49:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2012 11:01:45 AM PDT
Bobage says:
Haha, I swear I thought of you when making that particular choice Mitch. I figured the most controversial would be Suffocation, Megadeth, Asphyx, Maiden, & Motorhead.

@ Doc - Time has done nothing to cause me to enjoy anything besides the first two albums, which I can throw on anytime and enjoy the hell out of. I never got into Dr. Feelgood back in the day and still don't like it. There are a few tracks from Girls Girls Girls that I can dig but as an album, it's weaksauce. Only a few 80's hairbands still stand up for me these days and even them, only very occasionally.

Posted on May 25, 2012 11:40:17 AM PDT
mitch says:
i agree with you on suff, megadeth, asphyx, Maiden - I like 7th son and Motorhead- the 2 albums I mentioned I like quite a bit I can see your stance on megadeth being very arguable but I like the pre-rust stuff better too.

Posted on May 25, 2012 11:48:08 AM PDT
Disagree with Asphyx and Autopsy...Youre right that theyre not doing anything new, but both Death..the Brutal Way and Macabre Eternal were strong albums. They didnt embarrass themselves at all with those releases

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 12:19:12 PM PDT
mitch says:
"Mercyful Fate- Don't Break the Oath (the twin guitar attack )"

The next album "In the Shadows" had the twin guitar attack of Sherman and Denner still in place. But I guess you can say Don't Break the Oath was MF mk1 because they did break up after it for a while.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 5:02:30 PM PDT
L. Bazan says:
That is a hell of an album Mitch. Mercyful Fate rocks!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2012 5:32:59 PM PDT
Epsilon 947 says:
Hell. Yes. You, my good Matthew Smith, have good taste in music

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2012 6:21:15 PM PDT
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Ash Krueger says:
Woah, yeah I disagree very strongly with a few of those. I'm a huge Alice Cooper fan so it may seemed biased but "From the Inside," "Dada," "Raise Your Fist and Yell," and "Brutal Planet" are amazing. "From the Inside" has great poppy tunes with Alice's classic scence of humor and terrific lyrics. "Dada," while very 80s in sound is a dark, heavy, macabre masterpiece in terms of lyrics, theme, and story. "Raise Your Fist" is just great 80s guitar-driven hard rock with classic tunes like Freedom, Time to Kill, Prince of Darkness, Chop chop chop, Gail, and Roses on White Lace. "Brutal Planet" is a dark industrial themed metal record. Alice's heaviest and only beaten by "Love it to Death," "Killer," "Billion Dollar Babies," and "Nightmare."

Motorhead, well I think "Orgasmatron" and "1916" are leagues ahead of "Iron Fist" both in terms of songs and musicianship. Motorhead's one of those "you can count on us" bands that never fails to deliver some quality metal. Even since 1916, they've delivered the goods many times.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2012 11:52:23 PM PDT
Hell. No.

...taken on its own that album is okay...after putting out the Somberlain and Storm of The Lights Bane...its nothing but a total let down

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 11:58:06 PM PDT
Slugathor - Echoes From Beneath
Dawn - Slaughtersun

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 8:49:52 AM PDT
jgamerfl says:
Queensryche- Here In The Now Frontier
After Chris DeGarmo left the band their songwriting is much weaker. The newest albums are mostly written by their producer. While the new albums are decent they don't match up to the early albums like Empire.

Rhapsody of Fire- From Chaos To Eternity
After this album the band split and Luca Turilli made his own band. Turilli's new album is good, but very different musically, heading even further towards symphonic metal. It is unlikely that either Turilli, or Staropoli and company will be able to top this album.

Deep Purple- Perfect Strangers
The last Deep Purple album with Ritchie Blackmore. Many of the songs like the title track are top notch songs. After this album the band heads more into progressive rock eventually making completely different music from their hard rock roots.

Rainbow- Stranger In Us All
Last Rainbow album before Blackmore founds Blackmore's Night. The music here is great and returns to the basic hard rock sound, where as the last few albums had been more commercialized/ pop style rock.
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