The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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White Zombie, 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One' (1992)

93. White Zombie, 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One' (1992)

According to legend, Black Sabbath borrowed their name from a horror film that was playing across the street from the band's rehearsal hall. Taking that a few steps further, White Zombie nabbed their aesthetic and even some of their sound from horror movies, sprinkling their songs with choice snippets of dialogue and a few well-chosen screams. But the net effect isn't one of unearthly dread; instead, White Zombie played the gore for giggles, interspersing their riffs with soundbites from sexploitation flicks like Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The band's masterstroke, though, was the music. Instead of pummeling the listener with metallic fury, White Zombie went for the sort of groove that evoked go-go dancers in the disco of the damned. Not only did tracks like "Thunder Kiss '65" or "Spiderbaby (Yeah-Yeah-Yeah)" have a pronounced shimmy, but Rob Zombie's semi-sung vocals put more emphasis on the beat than on anything resembling a melody. You could headbang to it, but somehow your hips kept wanting in on the action. It may not have been standard metal, but it was loud, creepy fun. As Zombie told The Baltimore Sun, "Metal kids will listen to anything as long as they think it’s cool." J.D.C.

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