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.

The Top TenXW

1Iron 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?

Laugh out loud, hardly call Iron Maiden extreme metal, whatever.

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2Rainbow - 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!

Brilliant and influential album - helped to define and strengthen this baby genre (metal) in the mid 70s.
Metal epicness was introduced with all its aspects - epic songs (credits to Ritchie Blackmore) and epic vocal performances (credits to Dio): ex. "Stargazer".

Another metal feature was also showcased here: Epic, fast and technical instrumental sections (ex. "A Light In The Black" with its awesome 4 minute long instrumental section in the middle - overall, impressive musicianship).
"Tarot Woman" is another great piece. - Metal_Treasure

3Judas 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

4Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

Best vocalist of all time in the best metal band of all time, then, best metal album ever!

Definitely their best and also most metal sounding album - almost all blues, psychedelic, jazz and funk elements found in their previous albums were successfully removed.
And yes, Dio's impeccable vocals gave this album a perfect finish. - Metal_Treasure

5Black 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.

6Opeth - 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

the greatest death metal band there is, Akerfeldt is a genius - Thurman91

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7Blind 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.

8In Flames - The Jester Race

Glad to see a well balanced Top 10 - classic albums on the top as it should be (The Number of the Beast, Heaven and Hell, Painkiller, Rising); 2 modern extreme metal bands (Opeth and In Flames); 2 modern non-extreme metal bands: Blind Guardian - developing something new and unique, and Primal Fear - keeping traditions alive and updated. Only Deep Purple's Machine Head is missing in the current top 10 in order to say - well done. - Metal_Treasure

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"!

9Primal Fear - Seven Seals

Released in 2005, this has been the most successful attempt to revive traditional metal of Judas Priest type by adding some fresh air. Songs are perfectly written and performed - memorable riffs, choruses, solos. Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. All band members showcase musicianship - remarkable vox, drums, guitars, bass.

There is no bad song on this album but 'All For One' stands out with its riff and even more - with the creative drumming in the middle. 'Diabolus' is flawless, too - epic and beautiful start to finish. 'Evil Spell' is a cool experiment - thrash beats on a non thrash song (I like it) . 'Demons And Angels' is pretty fast and touches on speed metal. - Metal_Treasure

10Ace of Spades - Motorhead

A legendary album but I'm afraid it's not really metal. Lemmy himself states that they have never been a metal band - just faster / heavier Rock 'N Roll with some punk influence. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11Deep Purple - Machine Head

"Highway Star" alone should win a spot in the top 10 - not only because it's an awesome track but because it's a metal definition: an entirely non-bluesy song based on Bach-like chord sequences.

Later this non-bluesy sound became the most important feature of metal music - Rainbow, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden made it more evident. Metal in general became a genre based on classical music - behind the riffs of Holy Wars and Master of Puppets you can hear classical music. Ritchie Blackmore is a pure genius.

"Highway Star" is widely considered as 'early speed metal'. Add to this it's memorable riff, breathtaking technical solo and Gillan's great vocals.
The legendary "Smoke On The Water" is on this album, too. - Metal_Treasure

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. - qaz9999

12Hatebreeder - 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.

13Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
14Sonata 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..

Greatest Power metal album hands down. and great representation of the European style of metal!

15Gamma Ray - Land of the Free
16Wishmaster - 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...

17Iron 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!

18Cradle 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.

19Children 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!

20Bullet 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..

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1. Rainbow - Rising
2. Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
3. Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth
Metal_Treasure
1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Ace of Spades - Motorhead
3. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
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1. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
2. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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