Best Traditional Heavy Metal Albums


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21 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate

One of the best.

22 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Black Sabbath
23 The Premonition - Firewind
24 Balls to the Wall - Accept

I've always been curious about the sexuality of this one. It's very Halford-esque - who is openly gay - and with classics like Balls to the Wall, London Leatherboys, Head Over Heels, Love Child, Turn Me On...hey, great album and band, either way, so don't get me wrong.

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25 King of the Dead - Cirith Ungol
26 Lightning to the Nations - Diamond Head
27 The Fall of Ideals - All That Remains

Of course. Monstrous riffs, classical solos, and catchy as the flu. One of the greatest modern metal albums made on the last 10-years.

28 Somewhere in Time - Iron Maiden

Quite a personal, introspective and progressive album from Maiden. There's a bit of fantasy thrown in there, but Wasted Years, Heaven Can Wait, Sea of Madness and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner were all quite personal songs. That aside, Stranger in a Strange Land is classic Maiden. Underrated, like Piece of Mind, it's as good as anything they've written.

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29 Fear of the Dark - Iron Maiden
30 Inhuman Rampage - Dragonforce

Played like an inhuman rampage, too.

31 Kings of Metal - Manowar
32 Wheels of Steel - Saxon

Yes. The only album I own of theirs, and I loved it all those years ago.

33 Death Magnetic - Metallica
34 Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest
35 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

This is thrash metal and not traditional metal. - Metal_Treasure

Damn! I can't escape this album. Put up Peace Sells...and I'll vote for that.

36 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Sorry, but this is one of Metallica's most recognised albums and is often preferred over Master of Puppets itself. Where do you think For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fight Fire with Fire and Fade to Black came from? Also, this album is a technical beast.

Not the most recognized albums but it was the time where the band was just becoming popular and they started making more technical songs. That eventually stopped forever in the Black Album.

This is thrash metal and not traditional metal. - Metal_Treasure

37 Ten Thousand Fists - Disturbed
38 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

A classic. We Are The Road Crew is fantastic.

39 Metallica - Metallica

How many immense hits can a thrash band achieve commercially? This album is remarkable, no matter what the critics say.

40 Restless and Wild - Accept
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