Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music.
1978's HEAVY HORSES, as many fans will agree, was the last truly great album from Ian Anderson and company, and remains one that I play more often than many other Tull efforts. Track for track, like the massive equines of its title, HEAVY HORSES stands head and shoulders above its lesser brethren that followed. To further extend the metaphor, some of the later entries may well run faster, but they just can't match the pull and staying power of this very strong – but often gentle – and beautiful beast of noble lineage.
Heavy Petting, the follow-up to their first album 'Kip of the Serenes', is a little more electric but almost equally eccentric in the best possible way. Songs full of profundities and meaning that then tell you that if you found a meaning you were wrong, songs about people turning into wasps, songs that take you to places no-one else goes….
Completely wonderful…and an astonishing four+ minute guitar break by Gary Moore that fits perfectly. Amazon
TRIVIUM blasts back onto the scene with a third effort that is one of the best metal releases of 2006 and quite possibly the heavy music album of the year. "The Crusade" sounds like the record that METALLICA could have made during the height of its early years, and while some may be uncomfortable with frontman Matt Heafy's occasionally too-dead-on James Hetfield impersonation, his sheer energy, bravado and fire, coupled with the band's relentless onslaught of blistering leads, amazingly technical yet memorable riffing, and dizzying rhythms captures not just the best of METALLICA, but MEGADETH, TESTAMENT and a number of other bands from the glory days of speed and thrash.