Top 10 Great Follow-Ups to Bad or Disappointing Metal Albums

The times where metal bands released duds, and followed them up with actual good albums.

The Top Ten

1 Death Magnetic - Metallica Death Magnetic - Metallica

I love Death Magnetic. The Day That Never Comes is just amazing! I never listened to St. Anger though. - PhoenixAura81

Follow-up to St. Anger. Great album that really nailed the balance between their thrash metal and hard rock sounds. - MetalFoREVer1228

Definitely a big improvement over St. Anger. - truckturner

2 Brave New World - Iron Maiden

That cover looks AWESOME though. - PhoenixAura81

After the forgettable Blaze Bayley era of Maiden, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith came back to the band and helped produce a classic. - MetalFoREVer1228

3 Kingdoms Disdained - Morbid Angel

It goes without saying that Illud Divinum Insanus was a bad album. Thankfully, Trey Azagthoth was able to round up a new crew and drop a Morbid Angel album that actually sounds like Morbid Angel. - MetalFoREVer1228

4 Dystopia - Megadeth

Compared to Super Collider, Dystopia was a masterpiece. The best song on Super Collider was a Thin Lizzy cover... - Metal_Treasure

Megadeth's whole career has been full of ups and downs. Super Collider was one of those downs. The addition of Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler, though, breathed new life into Megadeth, and it really shows in this album. - MetalFoREVer1228

5 Through the Ashes of Empires - Machine Head

Supercharger was a low point for the band, and thankfully, they found their sound again with this album. - MetalFoREVer1228

6 Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath

It came after Never Say Die, a very dissapointing album - christangrant

Absolutely. - Ananya

7 The Sin And The Sentence - Trivium

Vengeance Falls was not good. Silence in the Snow was ok. This album was absolutely incredible. It can't be overstated how much of a relief it was to hear this album after two (technically four) years of disappointment from an otherwise great band. - MetalFoREVer1228

Vengeance Falls wasn't bad, is just hated by how overproduced it was, Silence in the Snow was way more boring and dull - Pato_cargo

8 The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold

Huge respect for Avenged Sevenfold for putting out album of this sort despite the risk of losing a huge chunk of fan base. Look at other mainstream bands, they just find ways to earn easy money by recycling the same stuffs over and over again. But, a7x chooses to experiment (as always) and brought the best out of their talent and resources. Idiotic elitists will still diss this band and say that the album is not metal or original. I'm an extreme metal fan and I still love this band for helping me get into Metal and making my childhood memorable.

Hail to the King was not a bad album at all, but it could've been better. It felt very much like a tribute album, and in some cases it was very easy to tell the inspiration for some of the songs. They must've realized this, because this album is infinitely more original, and really showcases how much A7X have matured as a band. Gotta love those progressive, thrash, and even black metal (yes, I said black metal) influences. - MetalFoREVer1228

9 Cryptopsy - Cryptopsy

The follow-up to the Unspoken King, which was an album that suffered a bit of an identity crisis. They resolved the, though, and returned to for with this album. - MetalFoREVer1228

10 The Gathering - Testament

A much more focused and aggressive album than the failed "death metal" experiment that was Demonic. - MetalFoREVer1228

The Contenders

11 Christ Illusion - Slayer

Slayer's years without Dave Lombardo produced some strange music, that almost sounded like they were playing with nu-metal, Then, after he came back to the band, they made an album that felt like an actual Slayer album. - MetalFoREVer1228

12 Arctic Thunder - Darkthrone
13 Blood on Ice - Bathory

The next Bathory album came after really bad Requiem and Octagon, was quite good. - Merkwurdigliebe

14 Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da - Rammstein

Was considered a comeback for Rammstein after Rosenrot was considered a minor disappointment

15 The System Has Failed - Megadeth
16 Post Traumatic - Mike Shinoda
17 Where Owls Know My Name - Rivers of Nihil
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Dystopia - Megadeth
2. The Gathering - Testament
3. Death Magnetic - Metallica
1. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
2. Dystopia - Megadeth
3. Death Magnetic - Metallica
1. Brave New World - Iron Maiden
2. Heaven and Hell - Black Sabbath
3. Dystopia - Megadeth

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