Released in 1986 by Profile Records
Best Songs: We Gotta Know, Street Justice
Interesting Facts: The video for ‘We Gotta Know’ received airplay on MTV at the time and was one of the first-ever clips on MTV to feature slam dancing and crowd surfing. The image on the album cover is a photograph taken during a nuclear test. Before this album, the idea of combining heavy metal and hardcore together was unheard of. But with the release of ‘The Age of Quarrel’, hardcore-metal was born, and in its wake came a legion of similarly styled offspring (Biohazard, Hatebreed, etc.)

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Released in 1994 by Roadrunner Records
Best Songs: It’s Time, C.T.Y.C. (R.I.P.)
Interesting Facts: Madball was founded in 1988 as a side project of Agnostic Front and featured most of Agnostic Front’s members (Agnostic Front have the #13 album on this list). As a matter of fact, Madball’s first few performances consisted of previously unused Agnostic Front songs! The band developed after Agnostic Front’s frontman Roger Miret, would let his younger half-brother, Freddy Cricien take the microphone and perform lead vocals during Agnostic Front shows.

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Released in 1983 by Frontier Records
Best Songs: Institutionalized, Subliminal
Interesting Facts: The song ‘Institutionalized’ is considered by Metalised to be the best hardcore punk song ever! This is the band’s début album and it became one of the best-selling punk albums at the time and launched the band into its future success. ‘Suicidal Tendencies’ has been regarded by critics as one of the most influential rock albums of all time, and has inspired a number of bands such as Anthrax and Slayer!

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Released in 1984 by Rat Cage Records
Best Songs: Remind Them, Your Mistake
Interesting Facts: Agnostic Front was a band that featured skinheads as part of their line-up!! Their début album ‘Victim in Pain’ is regarded as a seminal New York Hardcore release. The singer, Roger Miret, asserts that all the songs on the album “are totally inspired by the streets of New York and my life and what was going on with my friends. It was dangerous. We did what we had to do to survive by any means necessary. It was like a war or a battlefield, and we stood our ground”.

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Released in 1981 through SST Records
Best Songs: TV Party, Six Pack 
Interesting Facts: During the album’s recording, drummer Robo was wearing bracelets on his left wrist that rattled when he played; the rattling, whenever he would hit his snare drum, especially when he hit downbeats on it, became part of the sound! The cover art, taken by punk photographer Ed Colver, features singer Henry Rollins putting his fist through a mirror. The effect was made by cracking the mirror with a hammer, while the “blood” on Rollins’ wrist is a mixture of red ink and coffee!

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Released in 1994 by Eastwest Records
Best Songs: Scratch the Surface, Step Down 
Interesting Facts: Scratch the Surface is Sick of It All’s most successful release, and it produced two singles Scratch the Surface and Step Down. The video of Step Down was also featured in the Beavis and Butt-head episode “Premature Evacuation”.

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“Placing this album number 1 on this list was one of the easiest decisions I have made in my whole life! Rust in Peace not only set a new standard for Thrash music but is also probably the most impressive and breath-taking work of art ever made in the history of humanity!” ~Mr. Metalised
Released in 1990 by Capitol Records
Best Songs: Holy Wars…The Punishment Due, Tornado of Souls, Hangar 18

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