Best Metal Albums Since 2000


So I tried to make my most honest list of the top metal albums since 2000. The problem is that there are so many and I feel really bad for leaving some out. People will ask, "but where's slayer? metallica? slipknot? disturbed? tool? etc." I absolutely love slayer, metallica, pantera, judas priest and the whole lot. Obviously, lots of people are going to disagree with the list, but this is my most honest list of who I think should be recognized for having the strongest material over the past 12 years; the stuff that really made me love the genre. Enjoy :) 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

Unto the Locust - Machine Head

Again, what an album! I was born and raised on Metallica's S&M album, so the symphony coupled with insane riffs/melodies made me instantly fall in love with this album. When you have a track like "I Am Hell" open the CD and then have " Darkness Within" on it as well, that shows diversity! Some of the best song writing I've ever heard.


2Brave New World - Iron Maiden

Being a massive Maiden fan, I could not leave this album out of the list. This is the album (along with Rock in Rio) that introduced me to the world of Maiden. Needless to say I haven't looked back. Songs like "Blood Brothers" and "The Wickerman" should be considered to be Maiden classics for years to come. Recent tours have seen these songs make appearances in the set list and have gone over very well. Right up there with Number of the Beast, Powerslave, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in my opinion.


3Crack the Skye - Mastodon

Speaking of masterful songwriting, this album might be the best reflection of thought provoking music. Granted some people may consider the album to be more rock then metal, but there are some parts that are undeniably heavy! It might be slow and atmospheric, but my god it crushes! Along with classics like "Leviathan" and even their newest release "The Hunter", this band is showing us all the meaning of diversity in heavy music. Brent, Brann, Troy, and Bill are on a streak of some kind of genius right now.


4Sacrament - Lamb of God

Probably the cleanest production of any Lamb of God record. I don't really know what to say about this album accept that it absolutely rips the whole way through. I didn't know whether to pick Ashes of the Wake or Sacrament because they are equally as good in my eyes, but for the sake of diversity in the set list, I will keep it to Sacrament. My favorite band to come emerge in the 2000's, songs are so strong! Simply the best!


5Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
Say what you will about this band, I absolutely love their ability to bring "opraic metal" tot he masses. This album is what really got me into them back in high school. It takes you for a ride that is pleasurable to say the least. Again, couldn't decide between Nightmare and Waking the Fallen, but I had to go with what got me into the band in the first place. Very dark, very catchy, heavy, and was the album that showed the underground (at the time) of what kind of potential that had...

6Blackwater Park - Opeth
I prefer Iron Maiden's brave new world. But this should definitely be in the top 4, absolutely incredible album. How Lamb of god is even on this list, let alone 4th is beyond me...

7Death Magnetic - Metallica
This should be #1, in this Album Metallica goes back to its Thrash-Metal roots mixed in with some groovy heavy metal. It also has very good sound quality. All of the songs are good, there isn't one song that I would not listen to that is in this album. This album is definitely the best album since... And Justice For All. I would even go as far as that it's better than... And Justice For all because it has better bass quality and the lyrics are more meaningful and less angry. And James Hetfield's voice sounds much better than in the 80's and 90's. He doesn't sound like a whiny punk kid or like a redneck cowboy, now he finally sounds like a man. James rhythm guitar in this album is better than ever, Robert trujillo is a bass god, he really showed off his skills in All Nightmare long and Suicide & Redemption. Lars Drums got significantly better at drums, he started using the Double bass pedal again. And Kirk hammett showed off his lead guitar skills, and made an incredible solo in the The Unforgiven I, my favorite solo. I think that this album is highly underrated, I think it should be #1. If it wasn't for Mustaine's voice I would probably say Endgame would be a tie.
Should be #1
A great album from the greatest metal band ever
Should be the number 1
This album is like a riturn to the origins for metallica
I bellive that robert Trujillo has a big impact on the music in death mgnetic and spetially in all nightmare long and suicide and redemption
The only boring song in this album is broken beat and scared and I think the four last minuts are verry cool
Just listen to it you will understand me

8The Animation of Entomology - Blotted Science

9Lateralus - Tool
Only Tool can make a 79 minute album that doesn't feel repetitive. From The Grudge all the way to Faaip de Oiad there isn't a single song that is bad on here. This, without a doubt, deserves the #1 spot.
Easily the best album of the 2000s. Period.

10The Blackening - Machine Head

Ill Admit "Unto the Locust" Is one of the reasons I enjoy living on this planet, The Blackening although slightly oh so slightly less Epic and masterful this is just a insult at number 12.

The Contenders

11Carriers of Dust - Mirrorthrone

12Shogun - Trivium

13Toxicity - System of a Down

14Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren

15The Glorious Burden - Iced Earth

16A Night of the Opera - Blind Guardian

17The Funeral Album - Sentenced

18Ensiferum - Ensiferum

Maybe an odd choice considering the rest of the list is compiled of more popular bands. It's honestly one of my favorites in the past decade! The melodies are almost too catchy hahah. Songs like "Windrider", "Token of Time", "Battle Song" are all very very strong. Huge respect for Finish metal scene (especially Wintersun who needs to figure things out and put out "Time" already! ). I love folk music and I obviously love metal, so a great mix!


19Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

20With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth

Huge Swedish death metal fan! These guys consistently put out great material, making it a hard choice between Twilight of the Thunder God and Surtur Rising. Simply amazing melodies and crushing tone!


21Mesmerize - System of a Down

22Crisis In Utopia - Holy Grail

23Uroboros - Dir En Grey

2413 - Black Sabbath

25City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

26Animals as Leaders - Animals as Leaders

27Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses - Slipknot

Yeah, I know a lot of people hate em. But this album is by far their best, it's unlike any metal album out there.

28Sagas - Equilibrium

29Swamplord - Kalmah

30Endgame - Megadeth

31The Cult Is Alive - Darkthrone

32The System Has Failed - Megadeth

When I first heard "Blackmail the Universe", I needed more more more! The sound production of the album is the best I've heard on any Megadeth album. I can honestly say that this album is harshly overlooked. A lot of people would prefer Endgame or maybe Th1rt3n, but I still think this album is better. Great diversity in the songs and Dave sounds extremely good on vocals. Up there with Peace Sells and Rust in Peace


33Imaginaerum - Nightwish

34Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

35God Hates Us All - Slayer

36Wishmaster - Nightwish

37Dreams of Endless War - Norther

38The Unforgiving - Within Temptation

3910,000 Days - Tool

40Circle the Wagons - Darkthrone

41Voimasta Ja Kunniasta - Moonsorrow

42Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom

Amazing musicianship from top to bottom on this one. Absolutely stellar songs from "Needled 24/7" to "You're Better Off Dead" to the title track, it simply is party rocking great metal. Again very difficult to decide betwene Follow the Reaper, Hatebreeder, and Hate Crew Deathroll. For me this one takes the cake. Alexi and the gang (along with Nightwish) brought Finish Metal to more mainstream audiences. Huge respect and love for this band!

Now... Albums I left out but get the honourable mention:
Revolver- The Haunted
Formation of Damnation- Testament
Wages of Sin- Arch Enemy
Doomsday Machine- Arch Enemy
End of Heartache- Killswitch Engage
Death Magnetic- Metallica
World Painted Blood- Slayer
Iron- Ensiferum
Wintersun- Wintersun

And the rest I mentioned in the descriptions


43Blood Mountain - Mastodon

44The Electric Age - Overkill

45Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God

46This Godless Endeavor - Nevermore

47White Pony - Deftones

48Ascendancy - Trivium
100 times better than waking the fallen and death magnetic combined

49Worship Music - Anthrax

50Inferno - Motorhead

51Silence - Sonata Arctica

52Advance and Vanquish - Three Inches of Blood

53Dethalbum III - Dethklok

54Ironbound - Overkill

55Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
Spectacular. Mike Portnoy filled in for the Rev splendidly. Best band of the 21st century.

56Iowa - Slipknot

57Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

58Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

59Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done - Aborted

Brutal, vile, sick... These are a few ways to describe Aborted's music with this gem of deathgrind. This is wildly considered to be Aborted's best and for very good reason with them creating the perfect soundtrack to the deepest and wretched thoughts of the human mind. With some of the best death metal vocals around, outstanding drumming and the best songwriting Aborted has ever done, it's easy to see why this album is so special in the death metal world. If anything especially makes this shine it's the production. The production on the album could be the best production I've heard on an album ever, enhancing the mood of the album greatly making this album among the best with perfectly clean yet gritty sound, no high-pitched distortions and stunning mixing. Even though the album doesn't scream variety and the rest of the album is not as good as its completely jaw dropping opener ""Meticulous Invagination", this album is perfect for any fan of death metal or genres of that variety.


60Black Clouds and Silver Linings - Dream Theater

61Watershed - Opeth

62The Golden Age of Grotesque - Marilyn Manson

63Witchcult Today - Electric Wizard

64Unleashed Memories - Lacuna Coil

65Until We Have Faces - Red

Just awesome, no way they should be at the bottom of this list. Christian metal has all the sound without the depression.

Just incredible, great album. Christian metal brings all of the power without the depressing. Long live Red!

66Indestructible - Disturbed

67Above the Weeping World - Insomnium

68Leviathan - Mastodon

69Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest

70Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom

71War is the Answer - Five Finger Death Punch

72Clayman - In Flames

73To the Grave - Iron Fire

74Dark Ages - Soulfly

75Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

76Awakened - As I Lay Dying

77The Great Mass - Septicflesh

78St. Anger - Metallica

79Beyond Magnetic EP - Metallica

80The Hunter - Mastodon

81Remission - Mastodon

82Lifesblood - Mastodon

83Oceanic - Isis
Isis have created four incredible albums from oceanic right through to wavering radiant, but Oceanic remains the best. It's the kind of masterpiece that doesn't come along every day.

84Century Child - Nightwish

85Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Katatonia

86In the Arms of God - Corrosion of Conformity

87Fiction - Dark Tranquillity

88United Abominations - Megadeth

89Wolfmother - Wolfmother

90Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

91Painkiller - Judas Priest

92Horror Show - Iced Earth

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