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

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

During fade to black you really can fly away

My favorite album of all time

2 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

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

A very immortal Album

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 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

5 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest
6 Hell Awaits - Slayer
7 Killers - Iron Maiden

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

8 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
9 Spreading the Disease - Anthrax
10 Rising - Rainbow

The Contenders

11 Morningrise - Opeth
12 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.

13 Leprosy - Death

Amazing album. - Oliwally

14 Leviathan - Mastodon
15 The Last in Line - Dio
16 Iowa - Slipknot
17 Demanufacture - Fear Factory
18 Cosmogenesis - Obscura
19 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue

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

20 Meteora - Linkin Park

Linkin Park is not metal

Not a metal album. - Userguy44

Numb Rules!

21 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

22 Brave Murder Day - Katatonia
23 The New Order - Testament
24 Rage for Order - Queensr├┐che
25 Alive or Just Breathing - Killswitch Engage
26 Abigail - King Diamond
27 Overkill - Motorhead
28 Ascendancy - Trivium
29 Undertow - Tool
30 7800┬░ Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi
31 Believe - Disturbed

Imagine thinking that Disturbed is metal lmao. - BlueTelegraph

32 Awake - Godsmack
33 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
34 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
35 Scream Aim Fire - Bullet for My Valentine
36 The Metal Opera Part II - Avantasia
37 Oceanborn - Nightwish
38 City - Strapping Young Lad
39 Black Metal - Venom
40 Sehnsucht - Rammstein
41 Black Sails at Midnight - Alestorm
42 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
43 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
44 Wake - Rosetta
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