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1988 In Heavy Metal Music

All happenings in 1988. Newly formed bands, new albums and events. Here is our selection of some albums released in 1988. Vote for your favorite one.

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Newly formed bands

– Acheron
– Badlands
– The Big F
– Biohazard
– Buckethead
– B’z
– Cadaver
– Cannibal Corpse
– Carnage
– Cryptopsy
– Deftones
– Dismember
– Electric Boys
– Gorefest
– Hermética
– Mr. Big
– Nine Inch Nails
-Paradise Lost
– Saigon Kick
– Soziedad Alkoholika
– The Almighty
– Tiamat
Disbandments

– Warlock
– V8
– Vanilla Fudge (Third hiatus)
Reformed bands

– Riot
Albums

– AC/DC – Blow Up Your Video
– Anthrax – State of Euphoria
– Anvil – Pound for Pound
– Jason Becker – Perpetual Burn
– Blind Guardian – Battalions of Fear
– Blue Öyster Cult – Imaginos
– Bolt Thrower – In Battle There Is No Law
– Bon Jovi – New Jersey
– Cinderella – Long Cold Winter
– David Lee Roth – Skyscraper
– Danzig – Danzig
– Death – Leprosy
– Death Angel – Frolic through the Park
– Dokken – Beast from the East
– Guns N’ Roses – G N’ R Lies
– Gwar – Hell-O
– Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2
– Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
– Judas Priest – Ram It Down
– King Diamond – “Them”
– Kingdom Come – Kingdom Come
– Living Colour – Vivid
– Loudness – Jealously EP
– Magnum – Wings of Heaven
– Yngwie Malmsteen – Odyssey
– Manowar – Kings of Metal
– Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What!
– Metallica – …And Justice for All
– Overkill – Under the Influence
– Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest for the Wicked
– Pantera – Power Metal
– Poison – Open Up and Say… Ahh!
– Prong – Force Fed
– Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime
– Quiet Riot – QR
– Ratt – Reach for the Sky
– Riot – Thundersteel
– Running Wild – Port Royal
– Saxon – Destiny
– Scorpions – Savage Amusement
– Slayer – South of Heaven
– Soundgarden – Ultramega OK
– Suicidal Tendencies – How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can’t Even Smile Today
– Ted Nugent – If You Can’t Lick ‘Em…Lick ‘Em
– Testament – The New Order
– UFO – Ain’t Misbehavin’
– Van Halen – OU812
– Winger – Winger
Live albums

– Motörhead – Nö Sleep at All
Popular songs

– Anthrax – “Antisocial”
– Anthrax – “Be All, End All”
– Anthrax – “Make Me Laugh”
– Helloween – “Eagle Fly Free”
– Helloween – “I Want Out”
– Helloween – “Dr. Stein”
– Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys”
– Iron Maiden – “Can I Play with Madness” UK #3
– Iron Maiden – “The Clairvoyant” UK #6
– Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do” UK #5
– Judas Priest – “Blood Red Skies”
– Judas Priest – “Johnny B. Goode”
– Judas Priest – “Ram It Down”
– Living Colour – “Cult of Personality”
– Megadeth – “In My Darkest Hour”
– Megadeth – “Liar”
– Megadeth – “Mary Jane”
– Metallica – “One”
– Metallica – “Harvester of Sorrow”
– Metallica – “The Shortest Straw”
– Metallica – “Dyers Eve”
– Metallica – “Blackened”
– Slayer – “Dissident Aggressor”
– Slayer – “Mandatory Suicide”
– Slayer – “South of Heaven”
– Suicidal Tendencies – “Pledge Your Allegiance”
– Suicidal Tendencies – “Surf and Slam”
– Suicidal Tendencies – “Trip at the Brain”
– Testament – “Trial by Fire”
Events

Iron Maiden headlines the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington, England to the largest crowd in the venue’s history (107,000), on a bill which includes Kiss, David Lee Roth, Megadeth, Guns n’ Roses and Helloween. Two fans were accidentally crushed to death during Guns N’ Roses performance of “It’s So Easy”.
Metallica’s …And Justice for All receives a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance, but lose to the non-metal act Jethro Tull.

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