Former Dream Theatre drummer, backing vocalist, and co-founder Mike Portnoy shared a post on his official Facebook page revealing the new list of his ‘Year In Music’ series. This time, the musician shared the top 20 metal albums of 1988, including Megadeth‘s ‘So Far, So Good… So What’ and Metallica‘s ‘…And Justice For All.’

As some of you might know, Mike Portnoy previously started a series on his official YouTube channel named MP Vinyl that lasted for eight episodes. During the episodes, the musician introduced his extensive vinyl collection that featured some unique pieces. The rocker decided to present his collection to his fans, especially during the Covid-19 lockdowns, and the series was a success as they all received more than 80k views.

After he completed his series with the final episode three months ago, the drummer started to share his favorite list of metal albums from every year for a while now. The musician gives specific details about the music created that year and names the top 20 metal albums based on his opinion.

Recently, Mike Portnoy shared the 1988 edition of his ‘Year In Music’ series on his Facebook account. He listed the masterpieces created that year by revealing that metal music started to evolve in different subgenres after 1988. Before naming his top 20 metal records of the year, the rocker said that each of these albums sounds incredible.

The Dream Theatre icon revealed his list, which included brilliant metal bands such as Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, and many more. While listing numerous records, including ‘So Far, So Good… So What,’ ‘South of Heaven,’ ‘State of Euphoria,’ and ‘…And Justice For All,’ Portnoy revealed that all of these albums highly inspired his band’s 1989 debut studio album, ‘When Dream and Day Unite.’

In the Facebook post, Portnoy shared:

“Continuing with ‘MPYearInMusic’ 1988. Another great year for Metal, which is starting to evolve into many different subgenres at this point. Most of these albums sounded VERY IMPRESSIVE to me at this point, especially masterpieces from Queensryche, King Diamond, and Helloween, as well as new albums from all of Big 4’s 4’s, 2 groundbreaking albums from Public Enemy and Living Color, NWA, Brilliant studio debut from King’s X and Jane’s Addiction.

On a personal note, DT recorded our album in the summer of ’88… so this time it gave some perspective on what I was listening to…

‘MPYearInMusic’ 1988 Top 20 (in chronological order of release):

* Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What (January 19)
* Fate Warning – No Exit (March 23)
* King’s X – Out of the Quiet Planet (March 28)
* Violence – Eternal Nightmare (April)
* Queensryche – Operation: Crime of the Mind (May 3)
* Vivid Color – Vivid (May 3)
* Testament – New Order (May 5)
* Crumbsuckers – The Beast On My Back (June 15)
* Public Enemy – It Takes Millions of Nations to Take Us Back (June 28)
* Voi Vod – Dimension Hatross (June 29)
* Slayer – South of Heaven (July 5)
* Overkill – Under the Effect (July 5)
* NWA – Straight out of Compton (August 8)
* Jane’s Addiction – Nothing Surprises (August 23)
* Helloween – Seven Keys Pt 2 (28 August)
* Metallica -… And Justice For All (September 6)
* King Diamond – They (September 16)
* Fish Bone – Truth and Spirit (September 16)
* Anthrax – State of Euphoria (September 19)
* U2 – Rattle and Hum (10 October)”

Thanks to Mike Portnoy’s post, fans realized what an amazing year 1988 was for metal music since the best representatives of the genre released their records that year. From Overkill to Jane’s Addiction, numerous bands put out incredible albums throughout the whole year which must be the reason why Portnoy decided to take a closer look into that year’s top metal records.