Best Debut Albums From Heavy Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Kill Em All - Metallica

Just the best debut album ever! Even better than Appetite for Destruction

No compiteter can't even stand against this album.. They just kill em all man...

Metallica please! - EliHbk

It's all mustaine.

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2 Holy Diver - Dio

Okay first the sickness is defiantly number one why it's not I don't know. Kill em all isn't even that great, just because it's Metallica doesn't mean it needs to be number one people.

My first heavy metal album... DIO NEEDS TO BE NUMBER 1! - LadyBanshee

The first Metallica album isn't even that great, yet this album had me addicted to Dio and I now love the whole band - metalwillneverdie

You've been down too long in the midnight sea
Oh what's becoming of me?
Ride the tiger
You can see his stripes but you know he's clean
Oh don't you see what I mean?

3 Bonded by Blood - Exodus

Definitely the best debut album, came at a time (1985) when the "Big 4" were all making their mark with their debuts (1983-1985), and while the Big 4 have carved out more deserving careers, this kicks all of their asses!

Kill em all is not a touch on this album. Overall I like Metallica better but this debut is miles better. Metallica fans I challenge you to listen to Exodus

This debut absolutely slaughters every other thrash metal debut out there. Tight riffing, fast solos, and chaotic vocals. This album is a classic. It's a shame the band never matched this album in quality.

Kill em all is nothing compared to this album. Bonded by Blood is the second best thrash metal album ever realesd and the best metal debut ever. - Grouse

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4 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

The first heavy metal album.

The one who started it all

... And so heavy metal was born

And so it was born - Rambles

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5 Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

C'mom! This album sounds fresh and it is very eclectic! Phantom of the opera looks like a Queen song, Prowler has (to my ears) A. Very punkish riff, Runnin' Free is Hard Rock, Remember Tomorrow is a ballad... And I could go on...

Not to tall the songs are great. ¿Who can resist Prowler or Phantom of the Opera?
And I think it's different to everything Iron Maiden was going to do. With Dickinson, the band was epic and with lots of progressive influences. But here, even when they still got prog influences here and there, the songs are very raw. That should make it a gem on its own!

Well, I think it's enough. Listen to this album today. You won't be disappointed.

While it's not as popular as their later album, it still rocks.

Gotta love Phantom of the Opera.
That solo... M/

Yes I hate diano but this album is really good

6 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
7 Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

Randy Rhoads played on this Album! End of Story... - Nirmal1991USA

Metallica is so overrated. Obvious Ozzy should win this battle, we're talking about classic-ass metal here!

Awesome album has 2 songs that are treated as some of the greatest metal songs ever and the solos are played by the god Randy Rhoads R.I.P Randy Rhoads

8 Alice In Hell - Annihilator

Brilliant start to finish. A surprisingly mature album from young thrashers. It's heavy and intelligent at the same time - technical thrash at its best. Extremely fast technical riffs and solos, remarkable bass lines, meaningful lyrics. A true metal masterpiece.
'Alison Hell' is the most popular song from this album but 'Human Insecticide' and 'Schizos Are Never Alone' (both parts) are masterpieces, too. Do yourself a favor and check out at least those 3 songs. - Metal_Treasure

Canadian thrashers Annihilator debut with a fantastic late-game thrash metal album. Honestly contains some of the best guitar work in all of music. The riffs and solos are mind-blowing. Check out Ligeia, Human Insecticide, and Schizos for some examples of thrash metal mastery.

First alice is wonderland, then she's in chains, now she's in hell? Where's Alice! Make up your mind!

1. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne
2. Kill 'em All - Metallica
3. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
4. Alice In Hell - Annihilator
5. Holy Diver - Dio
6. Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - Megadeth
7. Fallen - Evanescence
8. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
9. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
10. Show No Mercy - Slayer

9 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

This record it's amazing, yes it's 87 but this record define the death metal, not as ghastly as 7 Churches of Possessed in the 85, not as brutal as Torment in fire of Sacrifice in 85 or the raw of Hellhammer in eraly 80's but the sound and the quality of the songs it's for to be in the first place!

And thus Death Metal became official. Built on the harsh thrashing of Possessed's debut Seven Churches.

To whose wrote the first thing atop the commentary:

Sacrifice is thrash metal�"NOT death metal

10 The Legacy - Testament

Their best album. One of the best of all thrash.

The Contenders

11 Slipknot

They changed the whole metal scene back to a more metal based sound at a time when metal was being represented by bands like Korn and Limp Bizkit which are more rap then metal. They opened the door for almost every band since '99

Listen to it come back vote for slipknot


Actually, Mate.Feed.Kill.Repeat and Crows are both just demos, and the former was recorded without corey.

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12 Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good - Megadeth

Why is it that linkin park is higher than this. I like linkin park but they are not even heavy metal

The heavier more technical Metallica, without sellouts, with Dave on the guitar and vocals nothing can go wrong with this album, thrash at its finest

Killing is my business is thrash at its finest

The Real Top 5
5 Sounding The Seventh Trumpet :Avenged Sevenfold
4 Show No Mercy :Slayer
3 Kill Em All :Metallica
2 Bonded by Blood :Exodus


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13 Melissa - Mercyful Fate

This is best metal album category material.

Best metal album of all time.

14 Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost


15 Show No Mercy - Slayer

Seriously. Disturbed is above slayer. Get your facts straight, people.

Better than Kill 'Em All...

Meh, this album is ok. I think the songs on this album range from being good to being forgettable but not terrible. About as good as Metallica's debut album. in my opinion there isn't a lot of good debut albums that are in the thrash genre. - Metalfan2112

16 Remission - Mastodon

This album should be at least in the top 10, the first time I heard it I wasn't expecting a masterpiece, but it really blew me away, it is a masterpiece. Amazing debut.

17 Orchid - Opeth
18 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

This album or any other by Linkin was NOT HEAVY METAL. Drill that into your heads!

Was good tell they gave Chester more singing parts... Really do not like his voice but really like mike :3

It's not heavy metal, it's alt/nu metal - CabadePartyhunter

Not metal but a beast album

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19 Slowly We Rot - Obituary
20 Korn - Korn

Brilliant album a real pioneer of the nu-metal genre

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Top Remixes (15)

1. Holy Diver - Dio
2. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
3. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
1. Alice In Hell - Annihilator
2. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
3. The Legacy - Testament
1. Orchid - Opeth
2. Bonded by Blood - Exodus
3. Blizzard of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne

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