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 - 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.


4Opeth - 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..


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.

6Rainbow - 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.


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.


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 by adding some fresh air. Songs are perfectly written and performed - memorable riffs, choruses, solos. Awesome twin lead guitars, harmonies. All band members show 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.


10Hatebreeder - 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.

The Contenders

11Bullet 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..

12Iron 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!

13Deep 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.


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.


14Ace 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.


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 i really love power/symphonic..
Greatest Power metal album hands down. and great representation of the European style of metal!

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...

17Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

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.

19Gamma Ray - Land of the Free

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!

21Helloween - 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!

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.

23Coroner - Mental Vortex
This is the most technical album on this list - considered as one of the most technical and proficient albums of thrash metal. There were not many thrash bands in Europe in the 80s and early 90s.
This album is so good that should be in the top 10 (for its high level of complexity and musicianship).
Coroner is not among the most popular European bands but is among the best.

They are a thrash/technical thrash band from Switzerland, active from 1983-1996, 2010-present.


24Iron 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.

25Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

26Arch 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...

27Iron Maiden - Killers

28HammerFall - Chapter V: Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken

29Judas Priest - British Steel

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

32Scorpions - Blackout

33Mayhem De Mysteriis - Dom Sathanas

34Necrophagist - 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.

35Kalmah - 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!

36Immortal - 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.

37Bullet For My Valentine - Fever

38Accept - Balls to the Wall
This was the album so good, that after it a band had to spend touring for two years.

39Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark

40In Flames - Whoracle
A standout among standouts. One of many brilliant releases by In Flames. Not just good musicianship but very original writing and composition

41Sodom - Agent Orange

42Rammstein - Mutter

43Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension

44Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

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

48Emperor - Prometheus
Black Metal's greatest accomplishment. Old school Black Metal mixed with mind-bending musical composition. Norwegian Black Metal at it's finest.

49Celtic Frost - Morbid Tales

50Dimmu Borgir - Abrahadabra

51Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman

52Bathory - Hammerheart

53Epica - The Divine Conspiracy

54Meshuggah - Catch 33

55Black Sabbath - Sabotage
A battle of the inner soul and the bringing of enlightenment!

56Dark Passion Play - Nightwish

57Meir - Kvelertak

58Def Leppard - Hysteria

59Grief of Emerald - Christian Termination

60Kreator - Enemy of God

61Venom - Welcome to Hell

62Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

63Coroner - R.I.P.

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

72By Inheritance - Artillery

73Burzum - Det Som Engang Var

74Seventh 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)

75Dimmu Borgir - Death Cult Armageddon

76Sagas - Equilibrium

77Power Plant - Gamma Ray

78Blind Guardian - Imaginations from the Other Side

79The X Factor - Iron Maiden
Don't worry people it's not about the T.V. show.

80Primal Fear - Delivering the Black

81Kamelot - Karma
Since when Tampa (Florida) has been located in Europe?
They're an American band.


82Dio - Holy Diver
Dio was an American band.


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