Part 7 in a 10-part series, links to previous installments can be found here .

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Perhaps more than any other musical genre, the perception that

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The Heavy 10: Counting Down to Seek and Destroy, Day 7

Part 7 in a 10-part series, links to previous installments can be found here.

DLeppard.jpg

Perhaps more than any other musical genre, the perception that a metal band's earlier material is more vital than its later endeavors is both a jaded reflex and an unfortunate truism. I doubt anyone can convince me that Black Sabbath's 1995 release, Forbidden, exceeds 1970's Paranoid in terms of enduring quality.

This is particularly true in the case of Def Leppard. Before dropping abysmal-sounding--if multi-platinum-yielding--turds like "Pour Some Sugar On Me" and "Love Bites" on their highly receptive, white pump-wearing audience, Def Leppard made a handful of solid records that still sound impressive to this day. Their 1981 sophomore effort, High 'n' Dry, holds up the best, with its blessed absence of cavity-inducing synths and surplus of taut riffs still placing it in my regular rotation. Vintage video for title track is after the jump...

 
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