Greatest Metallica Albums

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1Ride the Lightning

Greatest metal guitar sound ever made! Truly a masterpiece.
Totaly something new and trendsetter back in 1984 for the metal and the whole music like a parthenogenesis!
Of course master, kill, black and justice are equal but I had to choose only one album...

MoP's best songs are better than RtL's best songs, but all the songs in RtL are great...

1-Ride the Lightning, all the songs are great
2-Master of Puppets, best songs
3-Kill'em all, Anesthesia is just kickass
4-METALLICA/The Black Album, good bass
5-...and Justice for All, I'm bassist, maybe that's why I don't like AJFA so much, because of the lack of audible bass
6-Death Magnetic, good songs, it's like a mix of a new Metallica with the old Metallica
7-Load and ReLoad, some good songs
8-St Anger, I like St.Anger, Frantic and Invisible kid, but the rest of the album is ****, in a bad way

Also:
2.5(someplace between 2 and 3)-S&M, I love classical music, and the mix of the classical feeling with metal is great in this album
7.5(someplace between 7 and 8)-Garage stuff, think I don't like what Metallica likes, besides Turn the Page, Whiskey in the Jar and Tuesday's gone, I hate all the other covers...

- doodad

Perfectly summed up, although I'd have Puppets ahead of Lightning- but only just... I'm sure you wrestled with that one too.

I'm kinda sad this get's out-shined by Master of Puppets. I know it's personal preference, but This album, along with Kill em all, are the Metallica albums where I'm able to listen through the entire album. Maybe Escape's not that great, but it's not terrible, and the rest of the album is just incredible. Their greatest album.

1. Ride the Lightning- Besides Escape, the entire album contains masterpieces. Best songs: Like I said, everything I said besides Escape, but I still kinda like that song.

2. Kill em All- a lot like Ride the Lightning, I just prefer that album a little bit more. Best songs: Hit the Lights, Four Horsemen, Anethesia, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, No Remorse, Seek and Destroy, Metal Militia.

3. Master of Puppets- Rip me to shreds if you want, but am I the only one who doesn't like the title track? I just find it to be boring. Rest of the album's great though. Also, probably their best production. (Guitar sound, Bass sound, etc.) Best songs: Battery, ...more

This album rivals Iron Maiden's "Piece of Mind" for the best sound in any album. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

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2Master of Puppets

The best album of the humanity. Just excellent, true masterpiece! Amazing sound and truly an inspiration for all music fans (not only metal)!

Metallica at their very best and where they finally worked together as a rare and unique whole. The pinnacle of songwriting and technique for them. Just look at 'Orion', 'Welcome Home Sanitarium' and the titular track for songwriting. For heaviness, 'The Thing That Should Not Be' and for riffs, the bridge in 'Damage Inc. ' (at 3:14) is arguably their most accomplished riff. Not to mention the groove that follows when the drums come in. And for solos 'Disposable Heroes' is where Hammett took his playing to the next level. The intensity just keeps building and building.

Their greatest album. Period.

Master of Puppets was to 80's metal what Paranoid was to 70's metal. Like that album, every song here has meaning. I like to think the album has a continuing theme of war and its effects. Almost like a full album dedicated to the subjects of For Whom the Bell Tolls on Ride the Lightning or One on And Justice For All. Disposable Heroes is obviously about forgotten soldiers. The title track is about drugs, something in which many a soldier has tried. Sanitarium is obviously about insanity. This could quite obviously refer to PTSD or other mental disorders associated with war. Maybe this isn't the album's intention but for me it makes it more enjoyable. Even if you don't agree with me, we must acknowledge its brilliance. Cliff Burton was never better on bass. I.e. Orion. But as a whole the band works great. After and justice for all the band could never recover what they created.

This needs to be number 1 on any list in any musical category. This is the perfect album of any genre. It's THAT good.

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3...And Justice for All

My favourite Metallica album, because it features Metallica in a time of despair; Cliff has died, their brutality and anger in the form of music presented as this album. James' riffage and songwriting is absolutely brutal and the complexity of their songs is unlike never before. Kirk's solos are even more wild, disregarding most of his previous pentatonic roots and following a more classical approach, and Lars' drumming... Just listen to Dyers Eve.

Blackened is an outright crazy song and absolutely sets the tone for the album; wild, fast and the main riff is an absolute bitch to play. The interlude makes the comeback seem so much more awesome, and Kirk's solo is wild and crazy.

And Justice For All follows Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning; the title track having an awesome solo and an interlude in the middle where everything breaks down. In this song, it's so long that everything is on such a large scale.

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My old comment I put on the black album was before I heard every metallica song, now after listening to each metallica song my studio album listing is:

1.... And Justice for All
2. Load
3. Death Magnetic
4. Master of Puppets
5. Ride the Lighting
6. Metallica (The Black Album)
7. Kill 'Em All
8. St. Anger
9. Re-Load

Reasons:

... And Justice for all has allot my my favs on there how is is 6th, Load is a very good album in my opinion, they are slow and have great meaning, death magnetic is pure awesome bringing back some of thier old sound, master of puppets was an epic, but I never really got into leper massiah and Dissposible hero's, ride the lightning is also an epic and all songs are good, but I never really got into some of the songs on the album, the black album's singles are very good but the rest of the album is boring to me, kill 'em all is brilliant, the opening metallica album, but the sound quality is not that great but otherwise ...more - dragon13304

The last of the classic trilogy and the end of an era for Metallica. Their heaviest album, the first progressive metal album ever made and with the most complex rhythm parts this album is a diamond!

...And Justice for All! This one always stands out to me. Love it.

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4Metallica (Black Album)

Black Album had 5 hit-singles by itself
Enter Sandman
Nothing Else Matters
Unforgiven
Sad But True
Wherever I May Roam - Rigney89

Those 5 hit singles sucked (except for Enter Sandman which was good). - ElectricCorpseSlayer

The Black Album.
The reason that 90% of metalheads from 1991 and beyond starts to listen to metal. This album maybe is not as thrash as their 80s stuff holy mother of god is heavy as hell! What can I say for the production and the songwriting. Black album is one the last great rock n roll in history! A truly classic!

Simply the best Metallica album I've ever heard, the lyrics are great, drums and guitar rhythms so nice. Try to listen the intro of wherever I may roam and listen to the beating of the drums haha so cool.. Master of puppets,... And justice for all and ride the lightning are great albums but the black or I may say the snake album is the greatest Metallica ever...

My 2nd favorite Metallica album after Puppets.

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5Kill 'Em All

Though I like this album, I'm sorry fans of the debut but Ride The Lightning is a COLOSSAL step up. Kill Em All is good, and is possibly the most atmospheric album they've made which I love it for, but it's problem is this: all the songs are tooaalike, they aren't adventurous. It's like Metallica came along and thought "we'll make an album to establish our sound " but not to blow everyone away or experiment. I know they're completely different but just as an example: when Linkin Park made their first studio album, straight away they thought you know what, we're gonna take the world by storm, every song is gonna be unique and blow people away, and they did it and that's why Hybrid Theory is huge. But Kill Em All is the opposite, the songs just aren't standout enough. Don't get me wrong, this album is good, it's dark and really atmospheric, but in terms of skill and bringing the elements together then Ride The Lightning is WAY better. Just compare Fade To Black from Ride The Lightning ...more - EvilAngel

The most metal album metallica ever made and of course the greatest metal album of all metal, period! What a raw and amazing sound!

This list is the worst joke on the internet! Kill 'em All is the greatest thing to be produced by Metallica through their entire career! (2. Ride The Lightning 3. Master of Puppets 4... And Justice for All)
you will get to listen to greatest thrash metal solos on this album, you will find Hetfield doing his best vocal job here and obviously Cliff's greatest bass tracks!

So, why its not no. 1?
I guess you people are voting albums on the basis of their popularity! That's just unfair! Come on, vote KeA up! - BrutalTruth

Simply the best

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6Death Magnetic

This definitely doesn't deserve sixth. This is better than that by far. We call ourselves true Metallica fans and then we just keep listening to their old music. This album should be fourth at least. Yes, master of puppets and black are better, but this album deserves better. In fact, this is one album where the songs are consistently amazing. In ride the lightning, there are some divine ones, but some that are not great. Here, almost every song is divine. I can bet my life, if cyanide, the day that never comes, judas kiss, all nightmare long, suicide and redemption, broken, beat and scarred, unforgiven 3, my apocalypse were in and justice for all, these songs would be worshipped. But no, we have this narrow view that Metallica is no longer the band that used to be. And this is where we fail them as fans.

MOP is better, but dude, Black Album is NOT better than this. This is better.

I never say Death Magnetic should be placed first, but this album can be considered as the return of metallica after their tedious St. Anger...
The solos in judas kiss and the day that never comes are just great... This album cemented metallica's rating as no 1 metal band... - mushthaqshaji

New Metallica is not always bad. If you compare between Enter Sandman and All Nightmare Long. It has same greatness and between The Day That Never Comes and Nothing Else Matters. It just same as great. In this album, they bring Black Album sound, St. Anger power and some of Master Of Puppets sounds. Yeah, just like the Re-Born of Metallica. And why Load is so high? Never listened The House Jack Built and Ronnie? Fuel and Dirty Window are better than that and these album (including DM) deserve higher than Load.

My Top Ten:
1. Ride The Lightning
2. Death Magnetic
3... And Justice For All
4. Master Of Puppets
5. Black
6. St. Anger
7. Reload
8. Load

The end of the line is amazing song

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7Load

The roots of this music. Simple as that. A truly masterpiece, a diamond record. Metallica knows how to be great songwriters there is variety, simplicity, incredible melodies and rhythms. Lyrics full of meaning. A record that you are able to find sabbath - skynyrd - grudge - hendrix and other more. People were unfair to this album. This is not a mop or justice or even a black album. This is sth else and you should estimate it with its own terms. A wonderful example why metallica are huge musicians and not just metallheads, sth that we are able to see also to other musical creation such as lulu snm garage inc and of course reload itself. A BAND WITH BALLS

If any other band had written this album, it would be hailed as one of the greats, but thanks to 'tallicas fantastic catalogue, it seems bleech compared to the rest. Still an awesome album.

I don't think load is anywhere close to the worst Metallica album. But I have to say I can't believe st. Anger has gotten any votes whatsoever. - Chris-1

I hated Metallica when this album came. But, this album proved so much later that Metallica is a truly great band!

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8Reload

ReLoad is my personal favourite. The album has everything except thrash, but that is perfectly fine. There is no song in this album I don't like which is why I think this album is excellent as a whole. I also like Metallica's earlier albums, mainly because they contain my favourite songs by them, but they contain also some songs I dislike. This is the best album as an entity.

What? Load An d st. Anger are aheead of this? With songs like fuel, unforgiven 2, the memory remains and fixer its till on no. 10. Its one of Metallica's best ever albums.
Its first modern rock album. Vote for this people

Dude, this is really their best album. I mean, I have no clue why albums like st. Anger, Load, and others are ahead of this. Some albums like master of puppets and black album may give this one some competition, but 9th? You gotta be kidding

Reload is better than load it should be number 7

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9Garage, Inc.

This is simply the easiest Metallica Album to listen to from start to finish. Every song on the record is awesome!

Another good album, and probably their last good one. Their remake of turn the page needs more recognition. So what is another good song, it's also has probably the most tasteless lyrics, but yeah a good song.

All songs on this album are cover (in case you didn't know) it is still a great album Tuesdays gone whiskey in the jar merciful fate and turn the page are great covers and Metallica made them better so seriously listen to those song this isn't that bad of an album better than st anger load and reload

The second disc is good. - Rambles

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10St. Anger

St. Anger is really underrated... Yeah it's different, but everyone needs to quit the bitching and listen to this album in full. Maybe I like it because I listen to most kinds of music... I don't now. But yeah stop the bitching

Musically this album is very different. Not their best, but it deserves recognition; however, it's horrendously underrated. Songs like Frantic and St. Anger are great. Besides, this record emotionally is really good - the result of years of decay, alcohol, and the bassist leaving the band. It results in lyrics like "if I could have my wasted days back, would I use them to get back on track? " that are good.

This album is full of anger, rage and has a frenetic rhythms, competes with many of the best albums of nu metal.
Unleashes all the rage you have inside.

There is a phrase that describes some of this album "thrash trash" not all the songs are bad, classics like St. Anger and Frantic are very awesome. But a few of the other songs aren't very good. Overall it isn't my favorite but if there was guitar solos it would probably be my 6th favorite - GuyInANateGrinder

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The Newcomers

?Hardwired... To Self-Destruct

Hardwired was better than I thought. Could be their best album in years. - ElectricCorpseSlayer

Best album by Metallica since Black Album in my opinion.

Their new single and title track "Hardwired" is BADASS!

I think its awesome!

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11S&M

The orchestra sound so awesome in the back.
metal and classical together who would've thunk it eh? - rocker1796

This album is so amazing because it has all of their best songs in my opinion AND the orchestra just makes them sound even more badass and incredible

Just think of the awesome sound of Metallica and the epicness of an orchestra...MOTHER OF GOD

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12Beyond Magnetic

Just got this EP... And it's safe to say it's a beast! I can't believe these weren't on death magnetic! My favorites in descending order are as follows:
Hate train
Rebel of babylon
Hell and back
Just a bullet away

This is an awesome album... All songs are brilliant...
Surprised how they were not included in death magnetic.
Just love the solo in "just a bullet away"

This is a good album I like it better than death magnetic they should have recorded two new songs and they could have made it a studio album.

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13Live S***: Binge & Purge

How is this way down here? The Seattle video in paticular is my favorite live album of all time... by anyone! The only complaint I have against it is that the setlists from the 3 concerts are remarkably similar. Could have tried to throw in a few different ones on for each show (Hit the Lights, Fight Fire with Fire, Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc, Phantom Lord, No Remorse-all great songs that don't appear on this album)

Seattle 89' was absolutely amazing. Amazing set, crowd was into it, Tallica at their best.

14Garage Days Re-Revisited
15Through the Never (Music from the Motion Picture)

I think it's great! Many of my favorite songs. And good quality!

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16No Life 'Til Leather
17Cunning Stunts

Come on guys, This is badass! It deserves to be higher on this list

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18Power Metal
19Quebec Magnetic
20Presidio Album

Listened to Temptation, worst song ever. Didn't even make it to St. Anger.

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