Best European Metal Albums of All Time

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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

1
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?
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2Black 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.


3Opeth - 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.

deadgrass27

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)

theapostleintriumph

MOZART of METAL... nuff said..

metaniac

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4Iron 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!

5Judas 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.
Best heavy metal album all time
This album is really good, and one of my favorit metal albums of all time, but the other comment is wrong, this album was made in 1990 I believe, so it was not really one of the first metal albums of all time. But anyway its genius and I wish Judas Priest would have made more albums like this. Ecpecially the solo┬'s and vocals on this album is insane
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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"!

7Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Best vocalist of all time in the best metal band of all time, then, best metal album ever!

8Ace of Spades - Motorhead

9Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

10Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The Contenders

11Hatebreeder - 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.


12Bullet 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...
SCREAM AIM FIRE!...

13Iron 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.
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14Iron Maiden - Killers

15Sonata 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 metal...now i really love power/symphonic..


16Judas Priest - British Steel

17Wishmaster - 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...

18Children 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!

19Dimmu 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.


20Cradle 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.


21Scorpions - Blackout

22Mayhem De Mysteriis - Dom Sathanas

23Arch 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...


24Kamelot - Karma

They are far more better than any power metal band I've ever heard in my life


25HammerFall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

26Cradle 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


27Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark

28Helloween - 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!
haha...

29Necrophagist - 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.


30Kalmah - 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!


31Immortal - 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.


32Bullet For My Valentine - Fever

33Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

34Blind 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.

35In Flames - Whoracle

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


36Sodom - Agent Orange

37Rainbow - 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!

38Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension

39Rammstein - Mutter

40Craft - 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/clean.....black metal fun....by 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.

41Helloween - Walls of Jericho

42Kreator - Extreme Aggression

43Iron Fire - To the Grave

44Emperor - Prometheus

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


45Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

46Deep 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.

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47Gamma Ray - Land of the Free

48Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra

49Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

50Bathory - Hammerheart

51Epica - The Divine Conspiracy

52Meshuggah - Catch 33

53Coroner - Mental Vortex

54Black Sabbath - Sabotage
A battle of the inner soul and the bringing of enlightenment!

55Dio - Holy Diver

56Dark Passion Play - Nightwish

57Def Leppard - Hysteria

58Grief of Emerald - Christian Termination

Simply the most brutal anti-christian "Black/Death" Metal album ever spawned from the depths of hell...and I love every f***ing second of it!!!


59Kreator - Enemy of God

60Venom - Welcome to Hell

61Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

62Coroner - R.I.P.

63Accept - Balls to the Wall

64Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

65King Diamond - Them

66Meshuggah - Nothing

67Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

68Meshuggah - Obzen

69Sabbat - Dreamweaver

70Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

71At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul

72Meir - Kvelertak

73By Inheritance - Artillery

74Burzum - Det Som Engang Var

75Seventh 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)

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