1337_Dude wrote: The Artful Dodger wrote:
1337_Dude wrote:Metallica: Master of Puppets, ...and Justice for All, Metallica (The black album)
Pantera: Cowboys from Hell, Far Beyond Driven
After taking notice of your list, I can't help but notice you forgot Kill 'Em All and Ride The Lightning for Metallica. Add Vulgar Display Of Power for Pantera. This was arguably their most popular album even though I believe FBD was Pantera in its prime. The Great Southern Trendkill is also good, but sounds odd at first, although you'll get used to the harsh grooviness of it all. Reinventing the Steel isn't bad either, but Cowboys and FBD are more important than that album.
My plan wasn't to list all of the albums, but to give him the albums that I thought represented the bands the best. Master of Puppets and Justice are my personal favorite "old" Metallica albums, while the Black Album is probably their most user friendly album. As for the Pantera albums those are just my personal favorites. I figure if he likes either of those then he'll look into the other ones.
Ah, I see where you're going.
For Metallica, I would start with The Black Album, which is somewhat of Metallica 101, but this was the start of them turning rockabilly and leaning dramatically away from thrash (some thrash scholars don't even recognize Metallica as a pure thrash band anyway). After that, Master of Puppets is probably the gateway into getting into thrash metal and it's their most recognizable metal album to any metal-loving fan. Then, take a listen to ...AJFA, which was post-Cliff Burton Metallica. After that, get into Ride The Lightning, which some folks prefer over Master Of Puppets as Metallica's best ever album, but I find myself skipping over the titled track and Escape anyway. Then, get into their earliest album: Kill 'Em All, which is my sentimental favorite. This was back when Metallica had that raw, thrashy sound and their lyrics were nothing else but a complement, but otherwise, nothing extremely special.
For Pantera, I'd start with Vulgar Display Of Power, which proceeded the thrashier Cowboys From Hell and a couple of years before the harder for hard music's sakes Far Beyond Driven was released. I think "Walk" and "Mouth For War" are the two of the most layman-accessible songs when it comes to listening to Pantera...and they come off of VDOP. Then, after that, you should step backwards into Cowboys From Hell and that should cement your sound for Pantera before heading into the more abrasive Far Beyond Driven.