Best Fifth Albums From Heavy Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

Classic. Several masterpieces on this album, none better than the epic Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Seasons of the Abyss a close second and then Countdown to Extinction.

This is the best fifth album from a metal band easily. - Rambles

This album is a masterpiece. - Metarock

Rime Of The Ancient Marriner... Enough said

2 Metallica - Metallica

The point when the hair came off and the heaviness that they were known for was gone until st anger came out like ten years later.

This album was a turning point for Metallica. What an album!

Definitely best!

3 Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth

Skin o my teeth, symphony of destruction, forclosure of a dream are some of the best songs to meet the light of day, while Metallica sold out to rock for the money, Megadeth created their second best album, (1st rust in peace of course) long live megadeth

4 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer

Get the ringtone

I've waited for you to come, I've been here all alone
Now that you've arrived please stay a while
I promise I wont keep you long, I'll keep you forever

5 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater

One of the best albums of all-time

A masterpiece! Beyond words as well.

6 Blackwater Park - Opeth
7 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

Yes, that is Pantera fifth album. After four glam-metal releases, finally they gave us that masterpiece. Way better than "Black Album" and "Countdown to Extinction", in my opinion even better than "Powerslave". Deserves top 1.

This is a great album! The begining of pantera's metal side.

No, this is a debut.

1. Cowboys from Hell - Pantera
2. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
3. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
4. Metallica - Metallica
5. Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
6. Countdown to Extinction - Megadeth
7. Seasons in the Abyss - Slayer
8. Killing Machine - Judas Priest
9. Asylum - Disturbed
10. Persistence of Time - Anthrax

8 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
9 Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi

A few songs on it.
I believe
Keep the faith
Bed of Roses
Dry county ( Listen To The Solo )
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Blame it on the love of rock and roll

( not all of the ones...just the ones I can remember! ) - DaringXx

10 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

What! I can't go with this list... Nightmare is one of the notable album of heavy metal history. Every songs of this album is great and unique. Every one should listen up this band and this album.

Its 11th because its not heavy metal, its hard rock. But still the 2nd best album of 2000s behind waking the fallen.
And in which universe does liveng things has meaningful lyrics? How is LP heavy metal?

8? Seriously? This should at least be within top 5!

The Contenders

11 Balls to the Wall - Accept
12 The Chemical Wedding - Bruce Dickinson
13 Killing Machine - Judas Priest

To he who said that The Black Album was a turning point for Metallica: you aren't wrong, but they definitely weren't going uphill. Killing Machine (or Hell Bent for Leather as Americans know it as) was close to perfection, and this is one of the best metal albums of all time.
Also how the hell does Bon Jovi keep getting near the top of these lists?

14 Persistence of Time - Anthrax
15 Empire - Queensryche
16 Through Silver in Blood - Neurosis
17 Figure Number Five - Soilwork
18 Asylum - Disturbed
19 10,000 Days - Tool
20 Once - Nightwish
21 Coma of Souls - Kreator
22 Dr. Feelgood - Motley Crue
23 Individual Thought Patterns - Death
24 Sunset on the Golden Age - Alestorm
25 Through the Ashes of Empires - Machine Head
26 Iron Fist - Motorhead
27 Archetype - Fear Factory
28 Highway to Hell - AC/DC

Not a metal band.

29 Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs - Ministry

Ministry is awesome

30 Living Things - Linkin Park

Incredible album! IT is a must to listen to this album! Awesome vocals, meaningful lyrics, loud screams, and enjoyable songs!

31 Cannibal - Static-X
32 The Golden Age of Grotesque - Marilyn Manson

Not a metal band. Though this album has some metal in it.

33 Angel of Babylon - Avantasia
34 Saturday Night Wrist - Deftones
35 Rosenrot - Rammstein
36 Promised Land - Queensrÿche
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1. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
2. Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer
3. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
1. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
2. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Powerslave - Iron Maiden
1. Blackwater Park - Opeth
2. Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
3. Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer

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