Best European Metal Albums of All Time


No Black Sabbath on this list folks. These are the best extreme metal albums ever to cross the pond. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Halloweed be Thy Name is best heavy song of all time. Death Metal is good but In Flames isn't good to deserve top 10, also CoB. Accept's Balls to The Walls in 39 and it deserves top 5. Iron Ma─▒den is the best heavy metal band of all time and you don't understand it.
How can this masterpiece be 4th? WTF is wrong with the world today? Bullet for my valentine is crap, Opeth is good, In flames and children of bodom are great, but they are a shadow of Iron Maiden! Up the irons!
Number of the Beast below Opeth and BFMV? Come on people, do you even know what metal is?
[Newest]Laugh out loud, hardly call Iron Maiden extreme metal, whatever.

2Judas Priest - Painkiller
Hah! What a joke, Children of Bodom and In Flames are ahead of the 'Metal Gods'! Get a life idiots. This is the albums which defined the Heavy Metal genre along with Black Sabbath's Paranoid.
Exactly, why are all modern bands above all the classic bands from the classic era 70's - 80's in these top tens.
Best heavy metal album all time

3Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) cannot be touched when it comes to Heavy Metal. The legendary riffs, the spot on lyrics, the unique vocals... They define Metal and are still selling out venues to this day.

4Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Best vocalist of all time in the best metal band of all time, then, best metal album ever!

5Opeth - Morningrise
opeth is such an amazing band. mikael akerfeldt is an amazing guitarist/singer/lyricist/songwriter. sonata arctica is also amazing. so are arch enemy and cob. and kamelot. however, kamelot is from florida you noobs.


Not really my favorite album but there's no other opeth album on this list.. the night and the silent water is amazing.. but my favt opeth songs are the apostle in triumph, the moor and the entire blackwater park album.. OPETH RULES (not just Europe laugh out loud)


MOZART of METAL... nuff said..


6In Flames - The Jester Race
This band spearheaded the Melodic Death Metal invasion and it can all be drawn back to this album. The definition of Swedish Death Metal is "The Jester Race"!

7Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Such a classic album. Maiden at their finest. "Aces High" and "2 Minutes to Midnight" are the songs that really got me into Maiden. These songs never get old. Great album art, too.
My history teacher in 1987 used to play alexander the great and take a break in his office for 10 minutes and called this a lesson. Classic album
last of their immortalizing thrilogy and, in my humble opinion, the best of their works, hands down!

8Rainbow - Rising
I'm SHOCK! This is the first power metal album ever is should be in the first places remove iron maiden brave new world and replace it with rainbow rising!

9Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom
Some of the finest guitar (and keyboard) work ever. This is balls to the wall, relentless, melt you're face off stuff. Very well written, a true wall of sound.

10Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire
Over the top! Over the top! Right now is killing time! This song is amazing and the list of the songs on the album is amazing.
What the hell Fever Is doing down below... It's the very good album by bullet For My Valentine but fever is their best..
Yeah... Buller RULES...
Is The Best Metal Album For Me...

The Contenders

11Ace of Spades - Motorhead

12Sonata Arctica - Silence
No doubt their best work and one of the best power metal albums ever! The vocals are breath-taking and the instruments are close to perfect! This album has it all from soft ballads like tallulah to power-metal anthems like black sheep. Perfect!
i just love tony kakko....and i love the way jani plays....and the songs are just wonderful. it's something that opened my eyes and made me see that there are different styles of metal not just death i really love power/symphonic..
Greatest Power metal album hands down. and great representation of the European style of metal!

13Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

14Wishmaster - Nightwish
Get this band more popular! They deserve it! These guys are extremely talented artists with keyboard and operatic beauty mixed with epic heavy metal riffs! Even withe the new girl the music is still wonderful.
Beautiful album. Strong sensual music. Charming then another voice Tarja Turunen. So maybe she sings forever...

15Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth
Now this is an unique band, it's hard even trying to place them into an specific metal genre. Their concerts are like a comunion with the fans, if you've ever been to one of their shows you know what I'm talking about. You might not jump as hard but you'll definitely sing one and every single chorus at least.

16Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

17Primal Fear - Seven Seals

18Iron Maiden - Brave New World
The Album where Bruce Dickenson came back. This gave the band that euphoric feeling that inspires the greatest music. And the songs "Out of the Silent" "Blood Brothers" and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" were some of the catchiest songs they've ever made! And of course their lyrics had deep spiritual meaning that gave goose bumps and pricked you to the bone.

19Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast
Get over yourselves, his vocals kick ass. One of the darkest (and greatest) metal albums I've ever heard. A must have for any metal head's collection.

20Children of Bodom - Follow The Reaper
I love CoB most among all these selected bands and I think this album is best of CoB not sure about all of other bands Because I have heard a few of them
The Best guitar/keyboard solo I think you will ever hear!

21Iron Maiden - Killers

22Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Modern Black Metal's leading force. Insane drums, awesome keyboards, original guitar, diabolical vocals... "Triumphant" in every way.
the sound this band produced on this album is unlike anything ever heard.

23Judas Priest - British Steel

24Gamma Ray - Land of the Free

25Arch Enemy - Wages of Sin
An album that is the ultimate combination of Swedish Death metal and hardcore. Great songwriting mixed with astonshing angry vocals. I punched a wall when I heard track tweleve...

26Scorpions - Blackout

27Kamelot - Karma

28Mayhem De Mysteriis - Dom Sathanas

29HammerFall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

30Helloween - Walls of Jericho

31Cradle of Filth - Nymphetamine
This is my favorite gothic metal ever, this album really had that hot topic quality to it and that what I was into back in Jr high so Nyphetamine best album from Europe

32Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys
This is real metal! Real POWER METAL!
Are you understend that? I am in shock!
Helloween must be 1
Iron Maiden - 2
And Judas priest -3!

33Necrophagist - Epitaph
This band is mind-numbing! Never before has there been a band with such finger-twisting guitar and such brutally insane death metal vocals. Simply amazing.

34Accept - Balls to the Wall
This was the album so good, that after it a band had to spend touring for two years.

35Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark

36Kalmah - Swampsong
A band that has found a perfect median between speed and harmony. And because they just keep getting better, this most recent release is their greatest piece of art. Finland's finest!

37Immortal - At the Heart of Winter
Pioneers of Black Metal in the nineties, this band reaches greatness with "At the Heart of Winter". Singer/Songwriter Abbath displays the best black metal vocals ever recorded.

38Bullet For My Valentine - Fever

39Deep Purple - Machine Head
the very best album by one of the very few heavy metal groups of all time. and, yes, they are British. also, they freaking rock.


40Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

41In Flames - Whoracle
A standout among standouts. One of many brilliant releases by In Flames. Not just good musicianship but very original writing and composition

42Sodom - Agent Orange

43Rammstein - Mutter

44Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension

45Craft - Total Soul Rape
Good song structure, excellent percussion, guitar rides from Hell, bone-chilling vocals, and just a tad of Satan thrown in...makes this some good/ metal Craft; as good as Sargeist...and maybe just a bit more....diverse.
Out of this list, this one wins. Very underrated. One of the best black metal bands for sure.

46Kreator - Extreme Aggression

47Iron Fire - To the Grave

48Dio - Holy Diver

49Emperor - Prometheus
Black Metal's greatest accomplishment. Old school Black Metal mixed with mind-bending musical composition. Norwegian Black Metal at it's finest.

50Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

51Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra

52Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

53Bathory - Hammerheart

54Epica - The Divine Conspiracy

55Meshuggah - Catch 33

56Coroner - Mental Vortex

57Black Sabbath - Sabotage
A battle of the inner soul and the bringing of enlightenment!

58Dark Passion Play - Nightwish

59Def Leppard - Hysteria

60Grief of Emerald - Christian Termination

61Kreator - Enemy of God

62Venom - Welcome to Hell

63Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

64Coroner - R.I.P.

65Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

66King Diamond - Them

67Meshuggah - Nothing

68Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

69Meshuggah - Obzen

70Sabbat - Dreamweaver

71Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

72At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul

73Meir - Kvelertak

74By Inheritance - Artillery

75Burzum - Det Som Engang Var

76Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
Are you kidding? The Number of the Beast doesn't even come close to this. Absolutely brilliant album, probably Maiden's best

Best European Metal albums in my opinion (in no particular order):

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Nightfall in Middle Earth (Blind Guardian)
Keeper of the Seven Keys 1&2 (Helloween)
Painkiller & Screaming for Vengeance (Judas Priest)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
The Metal Opera pt. 1 (Avantasia)
Diary of a Madman (Ozzy)

77Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon

78Sagas - Equilibrium

79Power Plant - Gamma Ray

80Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side

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