Best Third Albums From Heavy Metal Bands


The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Wow! There's some awesome albums on this list. Number of the Beast, Among the Living, Reign in Blood, Master of Reality. Had to go with Master of Puppets though but only by skin of its teeth... All those other albums deserve a vote though!

This album is still flawless from start to finish after all of these years. My favorite metal album and one of my top 5 overall favorite albums ever.

The widely accepted greatest thrash album of all time, only number three on a list of THIRD albums?

Just the best album ever! Perfect, and the true masterpiece of heavy metal

2 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

This an obvious first place with epic tracks like Hallowed be thy Name, Run to the Hills, Number, Invaders, Children, 22, and the Prisoner. - Songsta41

How the hell is this not on top? Master of Puppets? Eddie the Head

UP THE IRONS! Screw Metallica!


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3 Reign in Blood - Slayer

Should be number 1. This pure metal start to finish absolutely perfect.

4 Operation Mindcrime - Queensryche
5 Master of Reality - Black Sabbath
6 Among the Living - Anthrax

Come on, should be higher... it's obvious top 3 with "Operation: Mindcrime" and "The Number of the Beast"...

' great album. Anthrax is the most underrated of the big 4.

1. "City of Evil" - Avenged Sevenfold
2. "Ten Thousand Fists" - Disturbed
3. "Among the Living" - Anthrax
4. "Operation: Mindcrime" - Queensryche
5. "The Number of the Beast" - Iron Maiden
6. "Slippery When Wet" - Bon Jovi
7. "Master of Puppets" - Metallica
8. "Bomber" - Motorhead
9. "Inhuman Rampage" - Dragonforce
10. "Vol 3. (The Sublimas Verses)" - Slipknot

7 Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi

The Greatest Bon Jovi Album of All-time!
Wanted Dead or Alive, Livin' on a Prayer, You Give Love a Bad Name, Never Say Goodbye & Let It Rock...
What are you waiting for? Youtube them NOW! - Nirmal1991USA

Jon Bon Jovi's Mesmerizing Voice, David Bryan's Tantalizing Keyboards, Tico Torres's Booming Drums & Richie Sambora's Incredible Guitar Virtuosity! This album is the Greatest Album ever Recorded! PERIOD!

Bon jovi isn't heavy metal, they're heavy boy band

This is not metal; go to the rock lists where this soft crap belongs.

8 Awake - Dream Theater
9 So Far, So Good... So What! - Megadeth
10 Sin After Sin - Judas Priest

From "Sinner" to "Dissident Aggressor," there isn't a single filler or bad song on the album. Everything here is a masterpiece, and it's certainly better than most, if not all, of the items above it (especially So Far So Good So What, Megadeth is great but that album wasn't)

The Contenders

11 Blood Mountain - Mastodon
12 Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God
13 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
14 Dressed to Kill - Kiss
15 The Fragile - Nine Inch Nails

Industrial metal at its best - Sabbath

Not a metal band.

16 My Arms, Your Hearse - Opeth
17 Mutter - Rammstein
18 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
19 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse

The lyrics are brutal as hell but the guitars kicks ass

20 In the Shadows - Mercyful Fate
21 Follow the Leader - Korn
22 Chaosphere - Meshuggah
23 A Predator's Portrait - Soilwork
24 Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister
25 Steal This Album - System of a Down
26 Vol 3. Subliminal Verses - Slipknot

Listen to it
Listen to it again
Again repeat 100

27 Obsolete - Fear Factory
28 Fabulous Disaster - Exodus

Come on! It's Exodus!

29 Pyromania - Def Leppard
30 Mechanical Animals - Marilyn Manson

Not a metal band.

31 Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
32 Lateralus - Tool
33 Theatre of Pain - Motley Crue

I love this album to this day, even if the guys in Motley Crue always talk about how much they hate this album. Over time many people have forgotten how great this album is, there are some really awesome songs on here besides Home Sweet Home.

34 Inhuman Rampage - Dragonforce
35 Aenima - Tool

God, awesome album. Should be at top 3! - BekoT.

36 The Scarecrow - Avantasia
37 White Pony - Deftones
38 M3 - Mushroomhead
39 Wishmaster - Nightwish
40 Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
41 Back Through Time - Alestorm
42 Bomber - Motorhead
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Updated 6 Apr 2018

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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. Reign in Blood - Slayer
3. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Reign in Blood - Slayer
1. Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
2. The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
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