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.


2Crack 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

3Brave 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

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

8Carriers of Dust - Mirrorthrone

9Death 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

10Shogun - Trivium

The Contenders

11Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren

12The 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.

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.

14The Glorious Burden - Iced Earth

15Toxicity - System of a Down

16Endgame - Megadeth
Not a complete thrash album but pretty good I rate this 7/10 which is amazing


17A Night of the Opera - Blind Guardian

18The Funeral Album - Sentenced

19Dance of Death - Iron Maiden

20Ensiferum - Ensiferum

21Mesmerize - System of a Down

22With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth

23City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

24Uroboros - Dir En Grey

25Animals as Leaders - Animals as Leaders

26Sagas - Equilibrium

27Crisis In Utopia - Holy Grail

28Swamplord - Kalmah

29The System Has Failed - Megadeth

30Vol. 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.

31The Cult Is Alive - Darkthrone

32Imaginaerum - Nightwish

33Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

34War Party - Gwar

35Slaughtercult - Exhumed

36Wishmaster - Nightwish

37Dreams of Endless War - Norther

38The Electric Age - Overkill

39God Hates Us All - Slayer

40The Unforgiving - Within Temptation

41Beyond the Permafrost - Skeletonwitch

42Blood Mountain - Mastodon

4313 - Black Sabbath

44Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom

45Circle the Wagons - Darkthrone

46Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater

47Voimasta Ja Kunniasta - Moonsorrow

48Worship Music - Anthrax

49Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

50Descend Into Depravity - Dying Fetus

51Inferno - Motorhead

52The Art of Partying - Municipal Waste

53Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God

54United Abominations - Megadeth

55This Godless Endeavor - Nevermore

56White Pony - Deftones

57Ascendancy - Trivium
100 times better than waking the fallen and death magnetic combined

58Silence - Sonata Arctica

59Advance and Vanquish - Three Inches of Blood

60Ironbound - Overkill

61Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
Spectacular. Mike Portnoy filled in for the Rev splendidly. Best band of the 21st century.

62Follow 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.

63Iowa - Slipknot

64Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

65Goremageddon: 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.


66Black 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.

67Watershed - Opeth

68Witchcult Today - Electric Wizard

69The End of Heartache - Killswitch Engage

70Unleashed Memories - Lacuna Coil

71Until 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!

72Indestructible - Disturbed

73Above the Weeping World - Insomnium

74Fiction - Dark Tranquillity

75Leviathan - Mastodon

76Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest

77War is the Answer - Five Finger Death Punch

78Clayman - In Flames

79To the Grave - Iron Fire

80Dark Ages - Soulfly

81Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth

82Awakened - As I Lay Dying

83The Great Mass - Septicflesh

84Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

85St. Anger - Metallica

86Beyond Magnetic EP - Metallica

87The Hunter - Mastodon

88Remission - Mastodon

89Lifesblood - Mastodon

90Oceanic - 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.

91Century Child - Nightwish

92Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine

93Lulu - Metallica

94Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest

95Seven Seals - Primal Fear

96Halo of Blood - Children of Bodom

97The Sickness - Disturbed

98The Devil You Know - Heaven & Hell
Ronnie James Dio's swan song was a truly fitting finale. The album is cut after cut of the heaviest riffs and power vocals you'll ever hear. Tony's ability to keep writing classics is unparallelled. Along with Geezer and Vinnie, the combined effort of these four musicians is special, and worthy of serious comparison to the classic line up. I love original Sabbath. I also love this line up equally. God rest Ronnie James Dio. His last hurrah was perfection.

99Sound Awake - Karnivool

100Last Fair Deal Gone Down - Katatonia

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