Best Second Albums From Heavy Metal Bands

The Top Ten

1 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

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.

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!

Ride the lightning- 1984
Master of puppets- 1983

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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

True masterpiece.
My top:
1. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
2. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
3. Keeper of the Seven Keys pt.1 - Helloween (I couldn't find this on the list, strange)
4. Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth

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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 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 Killers - Iron Maiden

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

6 Sad Wings of Destiny - Judas Priest
7 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.

8 Rising - Rainbow
9 Hell Awaits - Slayer
10 Morningrise - Opeth

The Contenders

11 Spreading the Disease - Anthrax
12 Diary of a Madman - Ozzy Osbourne
13 Leviathan - Mastodon
14 Leprosy - Death

Amazing album. - Oliwally

15 Demanufacture - Fear Factory
16 Cosmogenesis - Obscura
17 The Last in Line - Dio
18 Iowa - Slipknot
19 Meteora - Linkin Park

Linkin Park is not metal

Numb Rules!

20 Abigail - King Diamond
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 Alive or Just Breathing - Killswitch Engage
24 Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue

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

25 Ascendancy - Trivium
26 Undertow - Tool
27 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
28 7800┬░ Fahrenheit - Bon Jovi
29 Overkill - Motorhead
30 Rage for Order - Queensr├┐che
31 Awake - Godsmack
32 Believe - Disturbed
33 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

Not a metal band.

34 Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson

Not a metal band.

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 The New Order - Testament
41 Sehnsucht - Rammstein
42 Black Sails at Midnight - Alestorm
43 Storm of the Light's Bane - Dissection
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Top Remixes (7)

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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