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FOUR CLAS­SIC CHANGES OF THE GUARD

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Black Sab­bath

HEAVEN AND HELL – 1980

It’s ridicu­lous to con­tem­plate now, but Sab­bath weren’t guar­an­teed con­tin­ued suc­cess when they re­placed Ozzy in 1979. Luck­ily, their new singer was ron­nie James Dio and Heaven And Hell is an im­mor­tal clas­sic. So that worked out then.

Iron Maiden

THE NUM­BER OF THE BEAST – 1982

Maiden were tee­ter­ing on the cusp of huge­ness when Paul Di’Anno made way for a young Bruce Dick­in­son for the band’s third al­bum. It turned out to be a mas­ter­piece and Bruce swiftly es­tab­lished him­self as the Maiden front­man. They’ve done al­right since, to be fair.

Ju­das Priest

JUGULATOR – 1997

Priest with­out rob hal­ford was un­think­able for many fans, but the band’s first al­bum with Tim ‘rip­per’ Owens was so vi­cious and heavy that many cyn­ics munched cheer­fully on hum­ble pie. Worth check­ing out for the epic Cathe­dral Spires alone.

The Haunted

THE HAUNTED MADE ME DO IT – 2000

Af­ter re­vi­tal­is­ing thrash with their 1998 de­but, The haunted lost their front­man Peter Dolv­ing and re­cruited Marco Aro in his place. Much to our de­light, the sec­ond al­bum raged even harder than the first. The two singers have been tak­ing turns ever since.

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