Greatest Metal Albums

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1Metallica - 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

It always blows up my mind!

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2Megadeth - 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

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.

The most perfect metal album of all time. Each song is an absolute classic. The lineup for this album is amazing. Every musician brings their A game.

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3Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

owns master of puppets
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 to the hills-10/10
7.gangland-5/10 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

Best album ever hallowed be thy name best metal song ever

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4Metallica - 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.

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...)...

So wicked album! MoP can't compare to this! So many epic songs in just one album! Incredible - CreepingDeath

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5Black 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!


Just the best. Iron Man, War Pigs
Paranoid? - UFasten8Me

After creating metal with their self titled album, they revolutionised it with this one - gemcloben

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6Black 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.

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

2nd best debut album ever - gemcloben

The birth of Heavy Metal!

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7Painkiller - Judas Priest

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

Simply one of the best metal album ever.

Painkiller not in top 5?...,this should be at least #5! - Toucan

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8Slayer - Reign in Blood

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

How is this place 103?
It should at least be in top 15 with songs like raining blood and angel of death

The most intense album if all time. Shreds you to pieces in just under 30 minutes.

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9Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one. - metalmaiden

3 Metallica albums in a best heavy metal album list? I'm sure there much other better albums out there...

10Metallica - ...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

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
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.

A lot of albums contain one or two epic songs at most. This is made 100% of epics (or at least mini-epics).

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11Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

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.

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

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

Should be 1 its heavy and badass and tough

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12Ozzy 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

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

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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13Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

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.

The 4th best metal band must be here. - metalmaiden

14Metallica - 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

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.

Some peoples ears must bleed at night - hagabeast

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15Metallica - 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.

If you grew up in the seventies and eighties you would understand. cliff burton was gone. some people can not so simply be replaced. Metallica had become 75% Metallica on and justice to 50% on the the black album. though it may be may be the biggest selling metal album of all time it will never be considered the best not even top 10. - hagabeast

Can somebody explain to me why the greatest Metal band ever's best album ever is not number one on this list? - aman28

The 2 best ballads ever - gemcloben

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16Metallica - 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!

The best album ever! Death magnetic above this? - gemcloben

17Nightwish - Oceanborn

This album - a masterpiece! Combining operatic vocals, symphonic power metal, it became a cult classic and always will.
It's a real beautiful music!

One of the best albums! My favorite song of this album is definitely Stargazers! The old Nightwish is just amazing! - CenturyChild

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.

Vote for it people! This album is SO good that it definitely deserves to be in the top 10 at least!

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18Exodus - Bonded by Blood

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

19Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

It seems that this masterpiece is really underrated.
It has by far the most melodic and epic songs of the whole series of Maiden albums.
Seventh Son of a seventh Son looks like the update of Somewhere in Time to me and I like it much better.
And finally, there is no really bad song on this album.
Right now, Seventh Son of a Seventh son is my favourite Maiden album ever,
Even better than the almost unbeatable 'Powerslave"

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

20Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

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

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