Greatest Metal Albums
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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
Yeah definitely this is the best of all but I think the list should be like this
1. Master of puppets-Metallica
2. Number of the beast-iron maiden
3. Paranoid-Black Sabbath
4. Rust in peace-megadeth
5. Screaming for vengeance -judas priest
6. Blizzard of ozz-Ozzy osbourne
7. Heaven and hell-Black Sabbath
8. Appetite for destruction-Guns n' roses
9. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory-Dream theater
10. Reign in blood-slayer - amitcornelius1
The best metal album of all time.V19 Comments
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
It makes me sad seeing Linkin Park on this list, never mind that people have voted it above Peace Sells... The Top 10's pretty good though.
For me, Rust in Peace just edges out the rest. Mustaine and Friedman were a match made in heaven, the songs are relentless throughout, with no gimmicks. Fantastic riffs and mind blowing solos, everything metal should be.
Why is Rust In Peace here? If you want to compete with Metallica, then at least bring their best album Peace Sells...to the table. Talk about digging your own grave.V27 Comments
owns master of puppets
2.children of the damned-10/10
4.22 acacia avenue-9/10
5.number of the beast-10/10
6.run to the hills-10/10
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
If it owns Master of Puppets, why are you rating like a patchy album? Master of Puppets in it's entirety is 10/10. You get what you deserve.V19 Comments
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 ...more
Your right. Megadeth never did and never will beat the old school Metallica. - Sabbath
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
Definitely the best of Metallica, except of Master of Puppets which is greatest album of all time. I mean, these songs are the fastest (Fight Fire With Fire, Creeping Death... Except of maybe few songs like Battery, Damage Inc. ,Whiplash and Metal Militia), solos are greatest (Creeping Death, Ride The Lightning, Fade To Black...)...
Ride The Lightning, And Justice For All...Master of Puppets, Metallica, Kill 'em All - they all Kill 'em All.V16 Comments
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!
Lol! Don't re-write history. Germany's The Scorpions beat Sabbath to the punch, and Sabbath had zero influence on thrash. They also sacked their main man, Ozzy, which may well have been justified, but when Ozzy left, so did Sabbath's claim as the greatest metal band ever. Imagine Metallica without Hetfield? Or Megadeth without Mustaine?
After creating metal with their self titled album, they revolutionised it with this one - gemclobenV5 Comments
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.
this definitely should be #1 because this album symbolises the birth of Metal music! - OzzyVanHalen
Why isn't master of reality on this list?V3 Comments
Do you want to know what it feels like to have your ears bleed and be shredded to pieces? If you answered yes to this question then listen to Reign In Blood. It is easily one of the most intense metal albums of all time. It absolutely mutilates you in under 30 minutes. It all happens so fast that you won't even be able to make sense of what you just heard. Violent, frenetic, and brilliant.
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
Kreator's Pleasure To Kill is just as brutal, and beat Slayer to the Death Metal punch. Reign In Blood is great Slayer, but so is South of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss. They hung their hat too much on Reign in Blood - as great as it is.
The best thrash album ever.V11 Comments
What? Metallica's MOP is the 1st? What the hell is doing Paranoid or The Number Of The Beast here? Have you even listened to something different than Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath guys? Painkiller would destroy your ears and kill your brains and after that he would rip out your hearts!
Can't stop the Painkiller!
Priest classic heavy, aggressive release with grinding heavy riffs, Scott Travis brilliant drums, and of course the master of metal HALFORD whose voice no one can touch! Metal gods forever
Notice how this album is #6 in best metal albums but 4 in worst metal albums? But yeah, great album! Listen to the sing Painkiller. BADASS - Jetticus12
Painkiller not in top 5?...,this should be at least #5! - ToucanV7 Comments
I understand albums like The number of the beast, Master of puppets and Rust in peace being the top 3, but this really should be in the top 5. Every song is a masterpiece and when combined make the greatest heavy metal album ever.
It is definitely a vulgar display of power, but after that that the inspiration went downhill. Not drastically, because Far Beyond Driven is also very good, but many lost interest after that. Sorry, but that's the case.
I can't believe this isn't in the top 5. I love Metallica and megadeth and priest and all the other bands whose albums are on the list, but this one is a masterpiece. Not a single bad song on the disc
Should be 1 its heavy and badass and toughV5 Comments
Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one. - metalmaiden
No, actually there's not. Many imitators of Metallica didn't know what to do with themselves when Metallica decided to blindside the scene with Load, so metal itself is to blame for its reliance on Metallica to carry them.
3 Metallica albums in a best heavy metal album list? I'm sure there much other better albums out there...V1 Comment
This one and The Dark are incredible Metal Church. David Wayne is one of best vocalists I've heard, and I think The Dark is superior because of its production. These are the only two albums of theirs I own, because although there were quality albums after it, David Wayne's departure was a void that couldn't be filled.
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
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!
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.
This album should be in the top 5, a real sweet album.V7 Comments
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 definitely one of the greatest music masterpieces in world history. This is also probably the only album of metal (Guns n Roses Use Your Illusion II is hard rock) that I am literally crazy for every song. Younger Ozzy with the guitar legend Randy Rhoads is nothing less than perfect. - benhos
This is one of the greatest guitarists ever's masterpiece!V2 Comments
Priests biggest seller filled with awesome riffs from the classic hellion intro taking you to a future not so unlike our own until you soar through the heavens riding like the wind... honestly I think defenders of the faith is even better don't get me wrong though, I put screaming for vengeance, defenders of the faith and painkiller in top 20 metal albums of all time - hagabeast
The greatest metal album start to finish ever made. Definition of metal.V2 Comments
As a fan of Metallica outside of the US, I think it's important to look at the Top Ten metal album list on the opinion polls, because they cover the opinions of Metallica's albums globally. This album is now regarded as better than Ride The Lightning. The world is finally starting to understand how great it always was. The so-called sell out album is now gaining the reputation it recognition it deserves.
Rolling Stone Magazine opinion polls cover global opinions of metal albums. The Black Album is now ahead of Ride The Lightning. I don't usually give much credence to opinion polls, but outside of the US this is one of greatest albums ever made. It always was, but people are starting to understand it now.
It's all academic. Metallica's first 5 albums are already the greatest in metal history. It is simply a matter of waking up, scratching your private parts, and deciding which of their albums you want to listen to.
Rolling Stone Magazine. Sorry.V8 Comments
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
This is really a return on the right way to Metallica. Thrash is what they are, first four albums are the best moments in the metal history. After that, they had maybe two good albums, if happened that you like Black Album. The second good album after "... And Justice For All" was this album. It's such a great thing, real comeback. I mean, St. Anger wasn't that bad, but Load and ReLoad were awful :O Just listen to That Was Just Your Life and you will know what I'm talking about.
I agree. It's not the progressive thrash we were hoping for, and we won't see it again. It's a good album, has lyrical substance, but they're past their prime.V7 Comments
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!
I agree. Just as an album, it's superior to Death Magnetic, and for it's influence and legacy definitely deserves to be higher.
The best album ever! Death magnetic above this? - gemcloben
Of course it's a thrash masterpiece. Don't argue with idiots because they'll beat you with experience. A Lesson In Violence, Piranha, Strike of the Beast - you name it - are great.
Lol at the guy saying this is power metal. This is pure thrash metal at its finest. Only flaw is that it's the only good Exodus album.
I think it's kool this old power metal album is 18 but it doesn't quite belong there musically. I could put it there for nostalgia's sake though. kirk hammett left this band to join Metallica after dave mustaine was fired. it's a raw power metal album with paul baloff, who had a punk influence, on vocals. the rhythms are decent and and the lyric content that of an angry young man like I was. pleasures of the flesh and fabulous disaster are both much higher quality musically. - hagabeast
Raw hard and fast... a very good sophomore release after regrouping from being fired from san fran ciscos new thrash band Metallica. when mustaine sings killing is his business and business is good I believe him the riffs and rhythms seem designed to shred your brain into a juicy pulp from the compulsive headbanging and thrashing that occurs - hagabeast
Great album with a production well ahead of its time, because it's worse than St. Anger's.
I love all of opeth's albums, even the much softer ones. my favorite is probably one of the first 3 (Orchid, Morningrise, My Arms, Your Hearse) and my favorite songs are In The Mist She Was Standing (Orchid) And April Ethreal (My Arms, Your Hearse). I think this or My Arms, Your Hearse should be number still though. great underrated band. Very underrated
Progressive metal that goes straight into the soul. Wow, this is the best real metalalbum ever!V2 Comments
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