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.


Simple its Iron Maiden that's why it should be #1

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.


Should be number 1 mastodon sound like a sludgy progressive mix of Pink Floyd, Rush, and Metallica
This album should be number 1 mastodon sound like a mix of Pink Floyd, rush, and Metallica

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!


5Blackwater 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...

6Waking 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...

7The Animation of Entomology - Blotted Science

8Death 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

9The 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.

10Carriers of Dust - Mirrorthrone

The Contenders

11Shogun - Trivium

12Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren

13Lateralus - 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.

14Toxicity - System of a Down

15The Glorious Burden - Iced Earth

16A Night of the Opera - Blind Guardian

17The Funeral Album - Sentenced

18Ensiferum - Ensiferum

19Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

20Endgame - Megadeth
Not a complete thrash album but pretty good I rate this 7/10 which is amazing


21With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth

22Mesmerize - System of a Down

23Uroboros - Dir En Grey

24City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

25Animals as Leaders - Animals as Leaders

26The System Has Failed - Megadeth

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

29Crisis In Utopia - Holy Grail

30Swamplord - Kalmah

31The Cult Is Alive - Darkthrone

32Imaginaerum - Nightwish

33Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

34An Overdose of Death - Toxic Holocaust

35Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God

36Wishmaster - Nightwish

37Dreams of Endless War - Norther

38God Hates Us All - Slayer

39The Unforgiving - Within Temptation

40Ithyphallic - Nile

41Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom

4213 - Black Sabbath

43Circle the Wagons - Darkthrone

44The War Within - Shadows Fall

45Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

46Voimasta Ja Kunniasta - Moonsorrow

47Worship Music - Anthrax

48Blood Mountain - Mastodon

49As Daylight Dies - Killswitch Engage

50United Abominations - Megadeth

51This Godless Endeavor - Nevermore

52White Pony - Deftones

53Ascendancy - Trivium
100 times better than waking the fallen and death magnetic combined

54The Electric Age - Overkill

55Inferno - Motorhead

56The Art of Partying - Municipal Waste

57Silence - Sonata Arctica

58Advance and Vanquish - Three Inches of Blood

59Ironbound - Overkill

60Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
Spectacular. Mike Portnoy filled in for the Rev splendidly. Best band of the 21st century.

61Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom
Follow The Reaper got me into Children of Bodom. every time I die, Mask of Sanity, Bodom After Midnight, and Children of Decadence are some of Bodom's best songs ever produced.

62Iowa - Slipknot

63Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

64Goremageddon: 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.


65Black Clouds and Silver Linings - Dream Theater
Amazing album, especially at this height in their career. Got two of my favourite DT songs, A Nightmare to Remember and The Count of Tuscanny. The others songs are also very good.

66Watershed - Opeth

67Witchcult Today - Electric Wizard

68Beyond the Permafrost - Skeletonwitch

69Unleashed Memories - Lacuna Coil

70Until 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!

71Indestructible - Disturbed

72Above the Weeping World - Insomnium

73Leviathan - Mastodon

74Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest

75War is the Answer - Five Finger Death Punch

76Clayman - In Flames

77To the Grave - Iron Fire

78Dark Ages - Soulfly

79Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

80Awakened - As I Lay Dying

81The Great Mass - Septicflesh

82Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

83St. Anger - Metallica

84Beyond Magnetic EP - Metallica

85The Hunter - Mastodon

86Remission - Mastodon

87Lifesblood - Mastodon

88Oceanic - 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.

89Century Child - Nightwish

90Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine

91Lulu - Metallica

92Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest

93Seven Seals - Primal Fear

94Halo of Blood - Children of Bodom

95The Sickness - Disturbed

96Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Katatonia

97In the Arms of God - Corrosion of Conformity

98Descend Into Depravity - Dying Fetus

99Fiction - Dark Tranquillity

10010,000 Days - Tool

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