Best Metal Albums Since 2000
ThePassingSo 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
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!
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!
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.
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
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
And the rest I mentioned in the descriptions
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.
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!
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