From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 Comeback Albums

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From Hell’s Heart: Top 5 Comebacks

We placed some constraints on what we deem a “comeback” to be. The band must have been broken-up, or on hiatus/dormant for at least 10 years. The band must of returned with a full-length studio album. Bands that have long periods between albums (i.e. W.A.S.P. Nightwish, Metallica) do not count because they were active touring, recording, putting out live albums etc.

Overall Top 5

From the staff contributions (see page 2) the overall top 5 has been calculated. As with any combined list, the more “popular” bands usually rise the the surface. For some deeper cuts into other comebacks, check out the staff lists.

1. Accept – Blood Of The Nations

Accept - Blood Of The Nations
Accept – Blood Of The Nations

BLOOD OF THE NATIONS is a fantastic album. In the media Andy Sneap said when he worked with the band he made them go back and listen to the 80’s albums, and it worked. Accept delivered the album they needed to make. (Read on…)

2. Carcass – Surgical Steel


With Surgical Steel, England’s Carcass have seemingly done the impossible. Despite a 17-year recording hiatus, they have unleashed an album that not only sounds relevant and fresh, it washes away the disappointment of the band’s disastrous apparent 1996 farewell Swansong, and by happenstance or keen calculation delivers exactly the kind of kick in the ass most Carcass fans were probably hoping it would – but perhaps were afraid it might not. (Read on…)

3. Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died

Sanctuary - The Year The Sun Died
Sanctuary – The Year The Sun Died

It was 24 years since Sanctuary last released a studio album with Into the Mirror Black, after Grunge became the desire of every major recording label which eventually lead to the break up of the original lineup. Yet after announcing their intentions to reform in 2010, Sanctuary could have been forgiven for having a bit of a period of readjusting, a spell where maybe their first release after reforming wasn’t quite as emphatic or even relevant to the current desires of the people. Yet as Sanctuary have shown in their third studio release ‘The year the Sun Died’ there was no chance that this sentiment would have been warranted. (Read on…)

4. Black Sabbath – 13

Black Sabbath - 13
Black Sabbath – 13

Credit must be given to Black Sabbath for getting it together and putting this album out, perhaps the passing of Dio and other metal icons along with Iommi’s cancer providing the impetus needed and realization that there might be no tomorrow. Ultimately, 13 contains many of the trademarks of early Sabbath while coming across as more consistent than say the debut. Perhaps a bit too slow, and lacking any real experimental dash, 13 cannot deliver Sabbath back to the glory days, and really who could expect it, even though it is the first Sabbath album to ever reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts. However, there is no question that this comes very close to the sound of the early 70s with a different and modern production.  (Read on…)

5. At the Gates – At War With Reality

At The Gates – At War With Reality
At The Gates – At War With Reality

Many of us thought that At The Gates were done releasing albums, since it has been over 20 years since they last came out with something. They surprised everyone in 2014 by bringing AT WAR WITH REALITY to life, a new concept album about the nature of darkness, life, and death. This band is great and defined the genre of melodic death metal, but how will it sound after the whole “metalcore” thing besmirched the good name of melodic death metal? (Read on…)

Read our individual staff lists
for more comeback suggestions!