Hard Rock + Heavy Metal Comeback Albums: 5 Hits, 5 Misses + One Lost Classic

When it comes to reviving careers and/or putting even the best to rest, do call it a comeback.

On November 9, 1985, Aerosmith unleashed Done With Mirrors, their first album in years with original guitar aces Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Despite positive reviews, good vibes, and a fertile hard rock marketplace, DWM bombed.

Two years later, Aerosmith reemerged with the more polished, pop-hooked Permanent Vacation and leapt to the very top of the hard rock class both commercially and in the popular consciousness.

The point: there’s no calling any album a comeback, really, until the band actually comes back.

On the occasion of Done With Mirrors’ 30th anniversary, let’s take a look at some milestone hard rock and heavy metal LPs created to bring fading or even broken-up bands back to the forefront. Here are five that hit, five that missed, and a nod to the one we’ve been discussing that remains in a sort of loud, fast limbo.


5. Monotheist – Celtic Frost (2008)

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