Best Second Albums From Heavy Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

My favourite Metallica album, though I'll admit it's based on a handful of truly amazing tracks. - truckturner

Listen Linkin Park is not metal. I like rock music more but I mean Linkin Park songs sound the same. Especially their 1st two albums. They had much better albums since Minutes to Midnight. Listen I'm just saying Linkin Park does not categorize as metal and therefore should not be here.

Oh man. Really wanna give Peace Sells a vote too!

During fade to black you really can fly away

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2 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Best album in general. No beating this piece of art.

Ride the Lightening is my favourite Metallica album but it should not top this list. Paranoid is best most defining and inspirational metal masterpiece ever deserves the top spot. Mercyful Fate Don't Break the Oath is a close second in my opinion.

How Metallica continues to top these lists I'll never know. Metallica is pretty great, but they're extremely overrated and things like Paranoid and Sad Wings of Destiny get overlooked because of it.

Paranoid literally defined metal. Number 2 does this no justice, and Ride the Lightning was good but not that great. Sad Wings of Destiny should also be higher. - dubsinthetubs

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3 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth

You, you, next victim, you next to die
You, you, next victim, you, your turn to die

One of my favourite albums of all time, Dave Mustaine is a genius

Clearly up there with ride the lightning and paranoid

4 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest
5 Images and Words - Dream Theater

I feel bad for not voting for this, I had to give that to Ride the Lightning. Even if RtL is better, this is also an insane album. Metropolis, Pull Me Under, Another Day, you name it. They're all fantastic. - Songsta41

6 Killers - Iron Maiden

This is a fantastic album Paul Di Anno's best album he has ever sang UP THE IRONS from Scotland

7 Hell Awaits - Slayer
8 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
9 Rising - Rainbow
10 Don't Break the Oath - Mercy Fate

This album is so so so perfect if you haven't heard it do yourself a favour and give it a listen.

The Contenders

11 Iowa - Slipknot
12 Spreading the Disease - Anthrax
13 Morningrise - Opeth
14 The Last in Line - Dio
15 Meteora - Linkin Park

Not a metal album. - Userguy44

Linkin Park is not metal

Numb Rules!

16 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold

Half scream half sing... Completely awesome muff said

One of the best albums ever, screaming and singing in one song is amazing

Metal is not emo though

Best a7x album others are good but this is amazing

17 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue

Best hair metal album ever motley crue's greatest album..!

18 Leprosy - Death

Amazing album. - Oliwally

19 Leviathan - Mastodon
20 Demanufacture - Fear Factory
21 Cosmogenesis - Obscura
22 Abigail - King Diamond
23 Brave Murder Day - Katatonia
24 Rage for Order - Queensr├┐che
25 Alive or Just Breathing - Killswitch Engage
26 Ascendancy - Trivium
27 The New Order - Testament
28 Undertow - Tool
29 7800┬░ Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi
30 Overkill - Motorhead
31 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
32 Awake - Godsmack
33 Believe - Disturbed
34 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

Not a metal band.

35 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

Not a metal band.

36 Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine
37 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
38 Oceanborn - Nightwish
39 City - Strapping Young Lad
40 Black Metal - Venom
41 Sehnsucht - Rammstein
42 Black Sails at Midnight - Alestorm
43 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth
1. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2. Cosmogenesis - Obscura
3. Rising - Rainbow
1. Images and Words - Dream Theater
2. Abigail - King Diamond
3. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth

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