Best European Metal Albums of All Time

No Black Sabbath on this list folks. These are the best extreme metal albums ever to cross the pond.
The Top Ten
1 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast Product Image

How can this masterpiece be 4th? What is wrong with the world today? Bullet for my valentine is crap, Opeth is good, In flames and children of bodom are great, but they are a shadow of Iron Maiden! Up the irons!

Halloweed be Thy Name is best heavy song of all time. Death Metal is good but In Flames isn't good to deserve top 10, also CoB. Accept's Balls to The Walls in 39 and it deserves top 5. Iron Ma─▒den is the best heavy metal band of all time and you don't understand it.

Number of the Beast below Opeth and BFMV? Come on people, do you even know what metal is?

Come on this shaped metal.

2 Judas Priest - Painkiller Judas Priest - Painkiller Product Image

This album is really good, and one of my favorite metal albums of all time, but the other comment is wrong, this album was made in 1990 I believe, so it was not really one of the first metal albums of all time. But anyway its genius and I wish Judas Priest would have made more albums like this. Especially the solo's and vocals on this album is insane

Hah! What a joke, Children of Bodom and In Flames are ahead of the 'Metal Gods'! Get a life idiots. This is the albums which defined the Heavy Metal genre along with Black Sabbath's Paranoid.

Exactly, why are all modern bands above all the classic bands from the classic era 70's - 80's in these top tens.

Best heavy metal album all time

3 Iron Maiden - Powerslave Iron Maiden - Powerslave Product Image

Such a classic album. Maiden at their finest. "Aces High" and "2 Minutes to Midnight" are the songs that really got me into Maiden. These songs never get old. Great album art, too.

My history teacher in 1987 used to play alexander the great and take a break in his office for 10 minutes and called this a lesson. Classic album

last of their immortalizing thrilogy and, in my humble opinion, the best of their works, hands down!

4 Rainbow - Rising Rainbow - Rising Product Image

Brilliant and influential album - helped to define and strengthen this baby genre (metal) in the mid 70s.
Metal epicness was introduced with all its aspects - epic songs (credits to Ritchie Blackmore) and epic vocal performances (credits to Dio): ex. "Stargazer".

Another metal feature was also showcased here: Epic, fast and technical instrumental sections (ex. "A Light In The Black" with its awesome 4 minute long instrumental section in the middle - overall, impressive musicianship).
"Tarot Woman" is another great piece.

I'm SHOCK! This is the first power metal album ever is should be in the first places remove iron maiden brave new world and replace it with rainbow rising!

5 Black Sabbath - Paranoid Black Sabbath - Paranoid Product Image

Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) cannot be touched when it comes to Heavy Metal. The legendary riffs, the spot on lyrics, the unique vocals... They define Metal and are still selling out venues to this day.

Greatest album ever, across all genres, from all over the world

And "The Number Of The Beast" Is Literally NOTHING Compared To Paranoid. And Yet This Is 2 And That Piece Of Garbage Is 1?

6 Opeth - Morningrise Opeth - Morningrise Product Image

Not really my favorite album but there's no other opeth album on this list.. the night and the silent water is amazing.. but my favt opeth songs are the apostle in triumph, the moor and the entire blackwater park album.. OPETH RULES (not just Europe laugh out loud)

The world's best band and their best album. From soft sentimental voicings and aweinspiring acoustic guitar passages to raw death metal, this band has it all. Simply the best.

the greatest death metal band there is, Akerfeldt is a genius

MOZART of METAL... nuff said..

7 Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell Product Image

Definitely their best and also most metal sounding album - almost all blues, psychedelic, jazz and funk elements found in their previous albums were successfully removed.
And yes, Dio's impeccable vocals gave this album a perfect finish.

Best vocalist of all time in the best metal band of all time, then, best metal album ever!

8 Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle Earth Product Image

Now this is an unique band, it's hard even trying to place them into an specific metal genre. Their concerts are like a comunion with the fans, if you've ever been to one of their shows you know what I'm talking about. You might not jump as hard but you'll definitely sing one and every single chorus at least.

Mirror Mirror on the wall, Who's the best metal band?
That's the Blind Guardian!
From the Third Album to this album is best of best of them!

9 In Flames - The Jester Race In Flames - The Jester Race Product Image

This band spearheaded the Melodic Death Metal invasion and it can all be drawn back to this album. The definition of Swedish Death Metal is "The Jester Race"!

10 Black Sabbath - Master of Reality Black Sabbath - Master of Reality Product Image

My favorite is the frosties tune -they're gonna taste great

The second best black sabbath

Much better than Paranoid

The Contenders
11 Deep Purple - Machine Head Deep Purple - Machine Head Product Image

"Highway Star" alone should win a spot in the top 10 - not only because it's an awesome track but because it's a metal definition: an entirely non-bluesy song based on Bach-like chord sequences.

Later this non-bluesy sound became the most important feature of metal music - Rainbow, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden made it more evident. Metal in general became a genre based on classical music - behind the riffs of Holy Wars and Master of Puppets you can hear classical music. Ritchie Blackmore is a pure genius.

"Highway Star" is widely considered as 'early speed metal'. Add to this it's memorable riff, breathtaking technical solo and Gillan's great vocals.
The legendary "Smoke On The Water" is on this album, too.

the very best album by one of the very few heavy metal groups of all time. and, yes, they are British. also, they freaking rock.

12 Hatebreeder - Children of Bodom

Some of the finest guitar (and keyboard) work ever. This is balls to the wall, relentless, melt you're face off stuff. Very well written, a true wall of sound.

13 King Diamond - Abigail King Diamond - Abigail Product Image
14 Sonata Arctica - Silence Sonata Arctica - Silence Product Image

No doubt their best work and one of the best power metal albums ever! The vocals are breath-taking and the instruments are close to perfect! This album has it all from soft ballads like tallulah to power-metal anthems like black sheep. Perfect!

I just love tony kakko...and I love the way jani plays...and the songs are just wonderful. it's something that opened my eyes and made me see that there are different styles of metal not just death I really love power/symphonic..

Greatest Power metal album hands down. and great representation of the European style of metal!

15 Iron Maiden - Brave New World Iron Maiden - Brave New World Cover Art

The Album where Bruce Dickenson came back. This gave the band that euphoric feeling that inspires the greatest music. And the songs "Out of the Silent" "Blood Brothers" and "Thin Line Between Love and Hate" were some of the catchiest songs they've ever made! And of course their lyrics had deep spiritual meaning that gave goose bumps and pricked you to the bone.

16 Akroasis - Obscura Akroasis - Obscura Product Image
17 Children of Bodom - Follow The Reaper

The Best guitar/keyboard solo I think you will ever hear!

I love CoB most among all these selected bands and I think this album is best of CoB not sure about all of other bands Because I have heard a few of them

18 Wishmaster - Nightwish Wishmaster - Nightwish Product Image

Get this band more popular! They deserve it! These guys are extremely talented artists with keyboard and operatic beauty mixed with epic heavy metal riffs! Even withe the new girl the music is still wonderful.

Beautiful album. Strong sensual music. Charming then another voice Tarja Turunen. So maybe she sings forever...

19 Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II Product Image
20 Ace of Spades - Motorhead Ace of Spades - Motorhead Product Image

A legendary album but I'm afraid it's not really metal. Lemmy himself states that they have never been a metal band - just faster / heavier Rock 'N Roll with some punk influence.

21 Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time Product Image

A perfect album, 5/5: Wheel of Time, Sacred Worlds, Ride Into Obsession, Tanelorn, Valkyries, Curse my Name, War Of The Thrones, A Voice in the Dark

22 Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast Cradle of Filth - Cruelty and the Beast Product Image

Get over yourselves, his vocals kick ass. One of the darkest (and greatest) metal albums I've ever heard. A must have for any metal head's collection.

23 Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire Bullet For My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire Product Image

Over the top! Over the top! Right now is killing time! This song is amazing and the list of the songs on the album is amazing.

What the hell Fever Is doing down below... It's the very good album by bullet For My Valentine but fever is their best..

Does anybody else think that this band is a disgrace to metal music and should be kept far from the top 10?

Yeah... Buller RULES...
Is The Best Metal Album For Me...

24 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden Product Image

Are you kidding? The Number of the Beast doesn't even come close to this. Absolutely brilliant album, probably Maiden's best

Best European Metal albums in my opinion (in no particular order):

Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Nightfall in Middle Earth (Blind Guardian)
Keeper of the Seven Keys 1&2 (Helloween)
Painkiller & Screaming for Vengeance (Judas Priest)
Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
The Metal Opera pt. 1 (Avantasia)
Diary of a Madman (Ozzy)

25 Arch Enemy - Wages of Sin Arch Enemy - Wages of Sin Product Image

An album that is the ultimate combination of Swedish Death metal and hardcore. Great songwriting mixed with astonshing angry vocals. I punched a wall when I heard track tweleve...

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