Best Metal Albums Since 2000

So I tried to make my most honest list of the top metal albums since 2000. The problem is that there are so many and I feel really bad for leaving some out. People will ask, "but where's slayer? metallica? slipknot? disturbed? tool? etc." I absolutely love slayer, metallica, pantera, judas priest and the whole lot. Obviously, lots of people are going to disagree with the list, but this is my most honest list of who I think should be recognized for having the strongest material over the past 12 years; the stuff that really made me love the genre. Enjoy :)

The Top Ten

1 Crack the Skye - Mastodon

Speaking of masterful songwriting, this album might be the best reflection of thought provoking music. Granted some people may consider the album to be more rock then metal, but there are some parts that are undeniably heavy! It might be slow and atmospheric, but my god it crushes! Along with classics like "Leviathan" and even their newest release "The Hunter", this band is showing us all the meaning of diversity in heavy music. Brent, Brann, Troy, and Bill are on a streak of some kind of genius right now. - ThePassing

Should be number 1 mastodon sound like a sludgy progressive mix of Pink Floyd, Rush, and Metallica

This album should be number 1 mastodon sound like a mix of Pink Floyd, rush, and Metallica

2 Unto the Locust - Machine Head

Again, what an album! I was born and raised on Metallica's S&M album, so the symphony coupled with insane riffs/melodies made me instantly fall in love with this album. When you have a track like "I Am Hell" open the CD and then have " Darkness Within" on it as well, that shows diversity! Some of the best song writing I've ever heard. - ThePassing

3 Blackwater Park - Opeth

I prefer Iron Maiden's brave new world. But this should definitely be in the top 4, absolutely incredible album. How Lamb of god is even on this list, let alone 4th is beyond me...

4 Brave New World - Iron Maiden

Being a massive Maiden fan, I could not leave this album out of the list. This is the album (along with Rock in Rio) that introduced me to the world of Maiden. Needless to say I haven't looked back. Songs like "Blood Brothers" and "The Wickerman" should be considered to be Maiden classics for years to come. Recent tours have seen these songs make appearances in the set list and have gone over very well. Right up there with Number of the Beast, Powerslave, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in my opinion. - ThePassing

Simple its Iron Maiden that's why it should be #1

This is best metal album. ever.

5 The Animation of Entomology - Blotted Science
6 Death Magnetic - Metallica

This should be #1, in this Album Metallica goes back to its Thrash-Metal roots mixed in with some groovy heavy metal. It also has very good sound quality. All of the songs are good, there isn't one song that I would not listen to that is in this album. This album is definitely the best album since... And Justice For All. I would even go as far as that it's better than... And Justice For all because it has better bass quality and the lyrics are more meaningful and less angry. And James Hetfield's voice sounds much better than in the 80's and 90's. He doesn't sound like a whiny punk kid or like a redneck cowboy, now he finally sounds like a man. James rhythm guitar in this album is better than ever, Robert trujillo is a bass god, he really showed off his skills in All Nightmare long and Suicide & Redemption. Lars Drums got significantly better at drums, he started using the Double bass pedal again. And Kirk hammett showed off his lead guitar skills, and made an incredible solo in the ...more

Should be #1
A great album from the greatest metal band ever

Should be the number 1
This album is like a riturn to the origins for metallica
I bellive that robert Trujillo has a big impact on the music in death mgnetic and spetially in all nightmare long and suicide and redemption
The only boring song in this album is broken beat and scared and I think the four last minuts are verry cool
Just listen to it you will understand me

7 Lateralus - Tool

Easily the best album of the 2000s. Period.

Only Tool can make a 79 minute album that doesn't feel repetitive. From The Grudge all the way to Faaip de Oiad there isn't a single song that is bad on here. This, without a doubt, deserves the #1 spot.

8 Carriers of Dust - Mirrorthrone
9 A Night of the Opera - Blind Guardian
10 Sacrament - Lamb of God

Probably the cleanest production of any Lamb of God record. I don't really know what to say about this album accept that it absolutely rips the whole way through. I didn't know whether to pick Ashes of the Wake or Sacrament because they are equally as good in my eyes, but for the sake of diversity in the set list, I will keep it to Sacrament. My favorite band to come emerge in the 2000's, songs are so strong! Simply the best! - ThePassing

The Contenders

11 Death Came Through a Phantom Ship - Carach Angren
12 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold

Say what you will about this band, I absolutely love their ability to bring "opraic metal" tot he masses. This album is what really got me into them back in high school. It takes you for a ride that is pleasurable to say the least. Again, couldn't decide between Nightmare and Waking the Fallen, but I had to go with what got me into the band in the first place. Very dark, very catchy, heavy, and was the album that showed the underground (at the time) of what kind of potential that had...

13 Sagas - Equilibrium
14 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian

Did I seriously had to add this masterpiece - christangrant

15 Horror Show - Iced Earth
16 Endgame - Megadeth

Not a complete thrash album but pretty good I rate this 7/10 which is amazing - Sabbath

17 Crisis In Utopia - Holy Grail
18 The Blackening - Machine Head

This album just has all the right notes. Powerful and strong vocals, heavy hitting guitars that have those rhythmic tones, drums and bass guitars that suit their moments perfectly, and some of the heaviest hitting lyrical content that blends together for a true experience of an album that you would be an absolute FOOL to not have in your metal collection. - BloodyThunderX

Ill Admit "Unto the Locust" Is one of the reasons I enjoy living on this planet, The Blackening although slightly oh so slightly less Epic and masterful this is just a insult at number 12.

19 Animals as Leaders - Animals as Leaders
20 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

Might be one of the best stoner albums of all time. Heavy, loud, atmospheric and badass. Funeralopolis is one of the best doom metal songs I ever heard. - cjWriter1997

21 Ensiferum - Ensiferum
22 Colors - Between the Buried and Me
23 Swamplord - Kalmah
24 With Oden on Our Side - Amon Amarth
25 War Party - Gwar
26 From Mars to Sirius - Gojira

One of my top five albums of all time.

Every song on this is so heavy with so much groove and style. Probably one of my favorite albums ever

27 The Cult Is Alive - Darkthrone
28 Toxicity - System of a Down

Common! It is one the best albums ever! Toxicity, chop suey!, ATWA guys please!

29 Slaughtercult - Exhumed
30 Uroboros - Dir En Grey

Dir en grey have progressed a lot over the years and this is arguably their biggest jump. With Uroboros they explored a darker and more progressive sound whilst incorporating elements of Death metal (along with other).

31 Twilight of the Thunder God - Amon Amarth
32 God Hates Us All - Slayer
33 Wishmaster - Nightwish
34 Dreams of Endless War - Norther
35 The Electric Age - Overkill
36 Beyond the Permafrost - Skeletonwitch
37 Circle the Wagons - Darkthrone
38 Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence - Dream Theater
39 Blood Mountain - Mastodon
40 Painkiller - Judas Priest

1990 laugh out loud

41 13 - Black Sabbath
42 Follow the Reaper - Children of Bodom

Follow The Reaper got me into Children of Bodom. every time I die, Mask of Sanity, Bodom After Midnight, and Children of Decadence are some of Bodom's best songs ever produced.

43 Descend Into Depravity - Dying Fetus
44 Ghost Reveries - Opeth
45 Voimasta Ja Kunniasta - Moonsorrow
46 The System Has Failed - Megadeth
47 Inferno - Motorhead
48 The Art of Partying - Municipal Waste
49 The Mantle - Agalloch
50 Silence - Sonata Arctica
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1. The Animation of Entomology - Blotted Science
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