Greatest Metal Album Ever

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The Top Ten

1
Metallica - Master of Puppets
I just love this amazing masterpiece. This is the album for me that made me realize Metallica was more than just ordinary (before this I only had And Justice for All and Black). Battery is my all time favorite Metallica song, every time I listen to this I always have a heck of a fun time listening to it. This album is so cool they should have had all songs on Guitar Hero Metallica (only 2 songs weren't: Leper Messiah and Damage Inc. ). This album is definitely the Master of Puppets.

Z-Rocker

Master of Puppets, Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Damage. inc, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, The Thing That Should Not Be, Orion, All classic songs!

LeperMessiah

I personaly prefer rust in peace, but this albums the best. I laugh at saint anger being ahead of reign in blood and all the other awesome bands beneath it.

lezakattack

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2Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
owns master of puppets
1.invaders-7/10
2.children of the damned-10/10
3.the prisoner-10/10
4.22 acacia avenue-9/10
5.number of the beast-10/10
6.run to the hills-10/10
7.gangland-5/10
8.total eclipse-7/10
9.hallowed be thy name-100/10

wolphert

This should really be number 1. I mean, Hallowed Be Thy Name is like Bohemian Rhapsody of heavy metal, The Number of the Beast is a killer song, The Prisoner, Run to the Hills, Invaders, 22 Acacia Avenue. Not a bad song on this album.
its not just hallowed be thy name run to the hills and tnotb it also has children of the damned 22 acacia avenue and the prisoner

diego14344

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3Metallica - Ride the Lightning
This album is perfect. Every track track is great (even Escape). For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, the title track and The Call of Ktulu are what make this album the greatest metal album ever, on par with MoP. On an unrelated note, I love it how every person on this website who votes for anything related to Megadeth can't restrain themselves from saying that Metallica is the worst band ever and Megadeth is awesome and its a proven fact that Megadeth is better and blah blah blah. Grow up, Megafans. Quit trying to rewrite history. Metallica has always been the biggest, most influential, and best known metal band ever. If Megadeth is so much better, than why do a vast majority of people prefer Metallica. Because Metallica has better songs that more people like. Megafans always say "all true metal fans listen to Megadeth. " What do you mean, "true metal fans? " Is someone better because they listen to "better" music than someone else? Seriously Megafans, shut up and let people listen to what they want.
Metallica in their prime. Songs like 'Fight Fire with Fire', 'Ride the Lightning'... And pretty much the rest of the album will entertain you with every listen. The tone of the sound in the production of this album is one of Metallica's most fierce and menacing compare to most of their productions... In a positive way. The sound fits all the music on Ride the Lightning nicely and perfectly.

Z-Rocker

man this is the greatest metallica album ever
the songs like FADE TO BLACK, RIDE THE LIGTHNING, FIGHT FIRE
FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS are the great work by them
also the instrumental THE CALL OF KTULU is best
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4Megadeth - Rust in Peace
We most certainly had to have this one in the list. Certainly Megadeth's most intense 90s album. I like both the original and remixed/remastered versions equally... Actually, I like the original slightly more. I feel the re-recorded vocals on the remastered are underrated, they're kind of unique to listen to especially if you have the original one to compare with. 5 Magics, Take No Prisoners, Lucretia, and Rust in Peace... Polaris are the songs that have different vocal tracks from one edition to the other (just letting you know). I just love singing along with either version of 5 Magics every time. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due was so amazing too, I got to see that song live and that was their closure. Rock on!

Z-Rocker

Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Hanger 18, Take No Prisoners, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Lucretia, Tornado Of Souls, Rust in Peace... Polaris, Dawn Patrol, My Creation... I bet no other metal albums got the songs like this..

deadlydawn

This is most technically-and 100 percent instrument precision metal album that inspired and inspiring even this generation. RUST IN PEACE is so damn perfect and never Thrash Metal album has so much Tight Playing, mindblowing songwriting and this much Raw Production.

StandOut Tracks:
HolyWars, Tornado of souls, Hanger 18, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Take No prisoners. Woot woot that covers almost all the songs, such a landmark thrash metal album.
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5Painkiller - Judas Priest
Simply one of the best metal album ever.
Great! And Screaming for Vengeance #3
Pain Pain Killer Killer!
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6Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one.

metalmaiden


7Metallica - ...And Justice for All
Metallica's finest hour without Cliff Burton (rest in peace, buddy). The volume of the bass in this is not as horrible as most think. I feel the bass is just perfectly audible with the guitars ripping through the air and the drums smacking like there isn't a tomorrow. Eye of the Beholder is one of the most wicked songs along with Blackened and the title song. Dyer's Eve is one of the most incredible closures of any Metallica album. One was really great, too. Frayed Ends of Sanity will drive you positively insane in a positively positive way. What are the other two songs? If you're a huge metal fan, you know what they are. ;) I'll give you a hint, The Shortest -----, and Harvester of ------. And there is also an instrumental linked to Dyer's Eve.

Z-Rocker

Best metal album ever released due to it's complexity and ridiculously heavy rhythm riffs and intricate solos. The bass is inaudible, but with the bass in there it makes it sound even more godly. Metallica is the greatest metal band in history, and one of the most influential, along with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. This album is surely the greatest metal album ever released. Master of Puppets is up there, though.
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is metallica's greatest album
this album has no beat, though the base is slightly inaudible but other than that this album leaves great impact on everyone
The moto of the album is to show that how currupted this world is for money and justice is selled at the price of nothing
Have you ever listened to ONE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, BLACKENED, TO LIVE IS TO DIE!
man u'll get to know what is GIFT OF GOD!
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8Metallica - Death Magnetic
it completely slaughters all other albums... why isn't rust in peace on the list, what about the divine reign in blood, the metallica album surely deserves to be there more than ride the lightning
I forgave Metallica for st anger when I heard this

Trivium

I want Death Magnetic for christmas

MegaToolica

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9Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

The 4th best metal band must be here.

metalmaiden


10Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
A master piece in metal. This will always be entertaining even after the end of time. Mr. Crowley and Crazy Train first appeared in this album I believe. And this album is extremely heavy especially if you listen to the copies with the original bass and drum tracks.

Z-Rocker

The late great Randy Rhoads. One of the greatest guitarists in metal history...

ch153

This is one of the greatest guitarists ever's masterpiece!
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The Contenders

11Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
This is #1 heavy metal album of all time. Deal with it. Iron Maiden and metallica are better than Sabbath NOW, but Black Sabbath just invented metal.
Megadeth isn't overrated. This album kills any thrash album or any genre. I'm sick of thrash fans acting like they rule the world

Sabbath

this definitely should be #1 because this album symbolises the birth of Metal music!

OzzyVanHalen


12Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)
Um laugh out loud?
Why this is so down low? This Album is definitely one of the best I've ever heard. There's no question about it. Don't Understand it Through.
Can somebody explain to me why the greatest Metal band ever's best album ever is not number one on this list?

aman28


13Nightwish - Oceanborn
Great album from the amazing Finnish band. A mixture of opera and metal. This is one of the best of their creations!
Best songs: Stargazers - the most difficult vocal part, Gethsemane, Swann heart, We walking in the air.
What a masterpiece. Tarja is truly one of the best female vocalists in this genre. I don't care what other people say, Tarja's voice DOES belong in this genre. Their Once and Imaginaerum albums are also amazing, but this was the first I saw.
This album - a masterpiece! Combining operatic vocals, symphonic power metal, it became a cult classic and always will.
It's a real beautiful music!
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14Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Although there is albums more commercially successful than this one in the massive metal genre it should be number one because it's the most important metal album, whether you think this is black sabbaths best album or not it got metal on the map with classics such as: war pigs, paranoid and iron man. There are other awesome tracks on this album that get over looked such as planet caravan, electric funeral, and hand of doom. Without this album metal most likely would not be prevalent and a formidable force in music or even a genre really. This album is responsible for inspiring many people to pick up the guitar and go for that metal sound. If there was no paranoid or Sabbath, there would be none of the bands we enjoy such as Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Judas priest, Metallica, slayer, megadeth, anthrax, overkill, opeth etc. Think of all these artists are remember that if it wasn't for sabbath they would not be around and than you will vote for them to be #1
What!? Number 14!? This is the best album in the world! Without this album, there wouldn't be any Metallica, Megadeth, Nightwish, Judas Priest, or anything. This album is just legendary, just listen to it! Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots and so on... And Death Magnetic is higher? Yes it is the best Metallica album for last 15 years but there isn't any song, which could become a metal legend if recorded in the 70's. Black Sabbath is also the best band, not because they make the best music, but they invented whole heavy metal. Without bands like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath, there wouldn't be metal!

I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T READ IT BECAUSE IT'S TO LONG!
Just the best. Iron Man, War Pigs
Paranoid?

UFasten8Me

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15Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
Not better than the ultimate classics but it is the only REAL metal album of 2005 on, Avenged Sevenfold are also the only REAL HEAVY METAL band in the last 15 years
Really this is not in the top ten. A7X really went nuts on this album especially the Rev and Synester Gates. Hello Bat Country, MIA, Beast and the Harlot. A7X is keeping metal alive.
Best album, metallica master of pupets is lose

16Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
Its a shame that this album is so low on the list. Easily the greatest metal album of all time and in my opinion the greatest album of all time, AND WHY THE HELL IS ANY LINKOLN PARK ALBUM AHEAD OF THIS THEY aren't EVEN METAL
More Power to this Great album..

17Slayer - Reign in Blood
Are ya crazy greatest metal album is 4 sure Slayer's reign in blood. I mean In Every Metal Magazine this LP is Nr 1, This Album set new rules for metal. Is The New World Order in Metal History

copkiller

How is this place 103?
It should at least be in top 15 with songs like raining blood and angel of death
Greatest thrash album it's so raw and hardcore so METAL Thanks to Araya, King, Hanneman ( RIP) and Dave Lombardo
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18Tool - Aenima
I think this is one of the best progressive metal albums

19Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

Where to start? Looking Down the Cross is so epic! Rattle Head is so rushing. Last Rites/Loved to Deth is spontanious with that piano intro and then coming in with these shredding guitars. I love the whole album.

The first version of this album is completely underrated... The most underrated piece of music ever created. When I got this album (in its first press), I listened to it beginning to end so much I don't recall how much. Laugh out loud. But let's just say I listened to it at least 3-4 times in a row when I first got it. 'These Boots' was a very good cover and it's too bad the remixed/remastered version is all full of beeps. I highly recommend the 1st press of KIMB... ABIG to anyone who wants to listen to music in its historical context and dislikes censorship.

Z-Rocker


20Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

Here is, yet, another underrated album. And once again, I'm favoring the orignal print of the album. The whole concept of this album is amazing, from beginning to end! I love the reverb on the original version because it made it sound twice as heavy and then some. However, I admit I liked the remixed/remastered of So Far, So Good... So What more than Killing is my Business remixed/remastered. But nothing beats the original. :)

Z-Rocker


21After Forever - After Forever

Best album from the best metal band with female vocals. Everybody listen to After Forever, led by a remarkable Floor Jansen!
Best songs - Energize Me, Dreamflight, Discord, Empty Memories
They are the most emotional and best!

This self-titled album, I think the best not only in their work, but generally in female fronted metal. Power! Energy! Drive! And of course a stunning voice to the soul Floor Jansen. This masterpiece, which is 10 out of 10 points worth.

A great strong powerful album!
Voice of the beautiful Floor Jansen is amazing and hearing. Of course, the best album of their career and iodine of the best in metal in general.

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22Dream Theater - Images and Words
Was my path to the huge Field of Progressive Metal und Rock in General... But still one of the best Albums ever!
Much better than say, Dr. Feelgood which isn't even metal, or SoaD
Should be 3, after Master Of Puppets and Rust In Peace.

23Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Classic! Although I would say it's more hard rock than metal...
Great sound, powerful songs, the two guitars harmonize beautifully and slash's solos on this album are legendary!
Too many great songs to make a toplist on this one

24System of a Down - Toxicity

25Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
How does this not get into the top 15 at least? This was one of the first albums to bring attention to groove metal and a lot of the bands you listen to today are influenced by this band. From Cemetary Gates to Domination, this album is just amazing!

26Manowar - Kings of Metal

LOVE this album, they ARE the TRUE KINGS OF METAL. HAIL TO YA!

This is real heavy metal! The heavist and the most powerful in this world! In my opinion this albom better than Master Of Puppets, no? Yeah! Listen this albom! Vote!


27Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time

28Tool - Lateralus

29Kalmah - Swamplord
Probably the best melodies on the planet.

30All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot
All songs is awesome

31Linkin Park - Living Things
NO. LINKIN PARK IS NOT METAL. STAHP.

32Machine Head - Unto the Locust

33Korn - Follow the Leader
Better then a lot of that crap up there"
This is the epitome of 90's metal.

Zahveed


34Iced Earth - Horror Show

35Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?
The great Peace Sells. You won't regret listening to this. I love how the drums are on this album (loud and heavy). It's a great piece of history no doubt. Good Mourning/Black Friday is amazing regardless of the sinister lyrics in it. Peace Sells is one of the most well-known songs of metal to date. The Conjuring is mysterious and crazy. Overall, I recommend this to anyone, especially Megadeth fans. Oh, the remixed/remasterd edition is not bad at all (I love the intense bass), but be sure that you don't miss out on the original press (the drums on the original are way more booming).

Z-Rocker

It's Thrash Blues.

Who else can do that?

This album has been woefully ignored. It smokes everything by every other thrash metal band. It makes Metallica look wooden, Slayer look messy, and Anthrax look like chumps.

As for these other bands listed:
Some, like Maiden, Sabbath, Priest and Pantera deserve honorable mention, but ultimately do not belong above Peace Sells.
Other bands like Likin Puke and Korny do not even deserve may scathing insults.
162? Whats wrong with you people?

36Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Ist just so epic listen to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Infinte Dreams, Can I Play with Madness, or The Evil That men do

This is my Top Ten :
1. Master Of Puppets
2. Ride The Lightning
3. The Number Of The Beast
4. Rust In Peace
5. Painkiller
6. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
7. Powerslave
8. Reign In Blood
9. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying
10. Screaming For Vengeance

All mega-classic Albums that are just Awesome
Today is born the seventh one
Born of woman the seventh son
And he in turn of a seventh son
He has the power to heal
He has the gift of the second sight
He is the chosen one
So it shall be writtne
So it shall be done!

37Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn

38Hypnotize - System of a Down
I <3 this album so much System of a Down forever :D
Nothing can beat System of a Down EVER
#1~! And its gonna stay

Uvilla123


39Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Master of puppets over master of reality? I think not. Not even close.

40Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2

41Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight

42No Time to Bleed - Suicide Silence

43City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

44Byzantine - And They Shall Take Up Serpents

45Judas Priest - British Steel

46Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes

47Dio - Holy Diver

What the - is this doing down here? Metallica is way overrated, this should be 2nd, Number of the beast should be 1st! This is so underrated!


48Black Sabbath - We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll

49Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

50Machine Head - The Blackening

51Slayer - South of Heaven

52Slipknot - Iowa

53Byzantine - Fundamental Component

54Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta

55Linkin Park - Meteora

56Doomsday Machine - Arch Enemy

57Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt 1

58Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine

59Mastodon - Blood Mountain

60Therion - Lemuria / Sirius B
This is the only good album from this pile of crap list

61Iron Maiden - Matter of Life and Death

62Motorhead - Ace of Spades

63Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

64D'erlanger - Lazzaro

65Metallica - Kill 'Em All
What in the world how are is Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning so high up and this is at 59. This shot be in the top 3 with them, this album was so influential to thrash and is one of the most celebrated metal albums to ever be released. This album is legendary!

66Dirt - Alice in Chains
Falls under the radar but this album is absolutely spectacular, there is not one track on here that I skip, always here this all the way through absolutely fantastic, if you don't have the time to throw on the track rooster and if you have already heard it throw on sick man, kinda what the overall feel of the album, very dark and mercy and downright depressing. But there are moments that just send chills down your spine.

superluke10000


67Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
The best megadeth alblum and also the one you should get if youdont have any other alblums also it comtans their biggest song synfyny of distruction
I can't understand why this album is on 47th place it is simply the best megadeth album of all time

68Norther - Dreams of Endless War

69Therion - Theli

70Nightwish - Wishmaster
The pinnacle of music.

71Lamb of God - Sacrament

72Death - Human

73Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
I hate people who say "Master Of Puppets", yea it's a decent/good album, but its overrated. This Is a Masterpiece. Not a single song I consider filler. This is 100% masterpiece
Come on! It's A7X's most well-received album! It was #1 on Billboard! Come on!

Top10s


74One X - Three Days Grace

75Brave New World
What an awesome comeback album. I love the new style of Maiden post-90s, more melodic and progressive! This album should be at least in the top 15 or 20

76Iced Earth - Night of the Stormrider

77Anthrax - Among the Living

78Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
It is the greatest progressive metal album in all of history. Great lyrics, storyline, and obviously instrumental by the gods dream theater. Listen to it, and you'll forget any other band exists :P. Truly deserves a top 10 spot.
MASTERPIECE! Nicholas, Victoria And The Hypnotherapist, Such A Great Story
Page 2? Seriously? Do You Even Listen?
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79Sonata Arctica - Ecliptica

80See You On the Other Side - Korn
Best Korn album ever :D

81Black Sabbath - 13

82Bullet for My Valentine - Poison

I like the newer album Fever better but I voted for this so Bullet For My Valentine could get a little higher up there so they could be seen. Bullet is pure metal and is amazing.

I like the newer album Fever better but I voted for this so BFMV could get a little higher up there so they could be seen. Bullet is pure metal and is amazing.


83Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God

Brutal in every form. I would list some song names but they all kick major ass in their own way.


84Volbeat - The Strength/The Sound/The Songs

This should be number 1 because Volbeat is one of the best heavy metal bands there ever is with the songs A Warriors Call and Still Counting And River Queen.


85Def Leppard - Hysteria
20 million people who bought this can't be wrong

Joyrider


86Manowar - Battle Hymns

87Hellbilly Deluxe - Rob Zombie

88Cult of Static - Static-x

89Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil

90Metallica - St. Anger

91Opeth - Blackwater Park

92Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

With classics like Afterlife and A Little Piece of Heaven, this album defines modern metal! A7X for #1!

Top10s


93Slayer - World Painted Blood

94Mudvayne - L.D. 50

95Motley Crue - Dr.Feelgood

96Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond

this should be in the top ten this was a major influence in power metal.

darknesswolf4736


97Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

98Kreator - Pleasure to Kill

99Mastodon - Leviathan
This album is considered a heavy metal classic; James from Metallica told Troy and Brent at a support gig that they're handing over the metal torch to Mastodon.

100Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake

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