Just to reiterate, this list isn't hierarchical. These are simply 10 metal and hard rock records I dig at the moment and have returned to again and again over the years, in no particular order. There are a gazillion other artists and metal sub-genres myself and co-host Tanner Ellison plan on cuing up on Seek and Destroy; there's plenty of time, folks.
I knew I wanted to toss up something local this today, and while Helms Alee, Mico de Noche, Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Madraso and the Melvins were collectively slam-dancing in my head (as the often are), I decided this was the logical point to give props to the boys of Akimbo. 2008's Jersey Shores is a beautiful behemoth of a record, loosely themed around a series of shark attacks off of the Garden State shore in 1916. Founding member Nat Damm is quite likely the best drummer (and one of the nicest fellows) in Seattle, and musically, Akimbo is nothing but a force for good. Live video of the album's centerpiece song, "Great White Bull", is after the jump.