Greatest Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Megadeth - Rust in Peace

Holy Wars... The Punishment Due, Hanger 18, Take No Prisoners, Five Magics, Poison Was the Cure, Lucretia, Tornado Of Souls, Rust in Peace... Polaris, Dawn Patrol, My Creation... I bet no other metal albums got the songs like this.. - deadlydawn

Sheer technicality and badass drumming. Nothing beats this. Dave you rock!

We most certainly had to have this one in the list. Certainly Megadeth's most intense 90s album. I like both the original and remixed/remastered versions equally... Actually, I like the original slightly more. I feel the re-recorded vocals on the remastered are underrated, they're kind of unique to listen to especially if you have the original one to compare with. 5 Magics, Take No Prisoners, Lucretia, and Rust in Peace... Polaris are the songs that have different vocal tracks from one edition to the other (just letting you know). I just love singing along with either version of 5 Magics every time. Holy Wars... The Punishment Due was so amazing too, I got to see that song live and that was their closure. Rock on! - Z-Rocker

Best guitarwork of all time. It's only very fast and complex when it adds to the songs, which is, basically, all the time. THE Metal Masterpiece.

2 Metallica - Master of Puppets

If I think about Ride the Lightning, MoP and Rust in Peace it is really difficult
to make a decision for me.
But there is something inside of this album which gets me more then anytging else, I mean every time again disposable heroes and orion and maybe some of the others take me with them like it was the first time...

This is easily one of their best albums. The power from Battery, the artistic lyrics of Disposable Heroes, the grittiness of Damage, Inc., and the amazing solos and riffs of Master Of Puppets. This Metallica album had the whole package in it! I'm flabbergasted this isn't number one.

I just love this amazing masterpiece. This is the album for me that made me realize Metallica was more than just ordinary (before this I only had And Justice for All and Black). Battery is my all time favorite Metallica song, every time I listen to this I always have a heck of a fun time listening to it. This album is so cool they should have had all songs on Guitar Hero Metallica (only 2 songs weren't: Leper Messiah and Damage Inc. ). This album is definitely the Master of Puppets. - Z-Rocker

This is one of the greatest albums of all time and the best heavy metal album ever it should be number one

3 Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

This should really be number 1. I mean, Hallowed Be Thy Name is like Bohemian Rhapsody of heavy metal, The Number of the Beast is a killer song, The Prisoner, Run to the Hills, Invaders, 22 Acacia Avenue. Not a bad song on this album.

One of the most important albums in the metal history and Hallowed Be Thy Name is one of the best songs ever, not just in metal, it is one of the best songs ever made.

owns master of puppets
1.invaders-7/10
2.children of the damned-10/10
3.the prisoner-10/10
4.22 acacia avenue-9/10
5.number of the beast-10/10
6.run to the hills-10/10
7.gangland-5/10
8.total eclipse-7/10
9.hallowed be thy name-100/10 - wolphert

Does not own Master of Puppets. Listen to Orion once and there goes your mind. - lilrocketman

A true disappointment, really that this album is not number one.

Invaders is that mad, yet brilliant album to start it all off.

Children Of The Damned is a great song with a powerful chorus.

The Prisoner has some epic vocals and a great chorus.

22 Acacia Avenue stepped a little too far and the content is suggestable.

The Number Of The Beast has such a great opening, along with the best scream in metal history. Such a misunderstood gem, alas.

Run To The Hills has one of the greatest riffs of all time with an addictive chorus.

Gangland is full of awesome screams.

Total Eclipse has some hard vocals for Maiden.

Hallowed Be Thy Name is the greatest of all. Like 4 or 5 great riffs in there, amazing opening, stunning wordplay and the best 7:14 you will ever spend in your life.

4 Metallica - Ride the Lightning

This album is perfect. Every track track is great (even Escape). For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, the title track and The Call of Ktulu are what make this album the greatest metal album ever, on par with MoP. On an unrelated note, I love it how every person on this website who votes for anything related to Megadeth can't restrain themselves from saying that Metallica is the worst band ever and Megadeth is awesome and its a proven fact that Megadeth is better and blah blah blah. Grow up, Megafans. Quit trying to rewrite history. Metallica has always been the biggest, most influential, and best known metal band ever. If Megadeth is so much better, than why do a vast majority of people prefer Metallica. Because Metallica has better songs that more people like. Megafans always say "all true metal fans listen to Megadeth. " What do you mean, "true metal fans? " Is someone better because they listen to "better" music than someone else? Seriously Megafans, shut up and let people ...more

Your right. Megadeth never did and never will beat the old school Metallica. - Sabbath

This and "Rust in Peace" are my top picks but if I had to only one it's RTL! - Razeriouz

Metallica in their prime. Songs like 'Fight Fire with Fire', 'Ride the Lightning'... And pretty much the rest of the album will entertain you with every listen. The tone of the sound in the production of this album is one of Metallica's most fierce and menacing compare to most of their productions... In a positive way. The sound fits all the music on Ride the Lightning nicely and perfectly. - Z-Rocker

This album is amazing. When you look at thrash metal albums this is the best hands down because of efforts like Ride The Lightning and Creeping Death. The just as legendary For Whom The Bell Tolls shows off just how good Cliff Burton was on bass. The greatest instrumental of all time is the Call Of Ktulu which installs a creepy atmosphere that words can't even describe. Escape and Trapped Under Ice which are the weaker songs on the album are still master pieces. Then you add a dose of the insanly fast Fight Fire With Fire and the ultimate power ballad (Besides One) Fade To Black which makes this album the best metal album of all time.

5 Black Sabbath - Paranoid

Although there is albums more commercially successful than this one in the massive metal genre it should be number one because it's the most important metal album, whether you think this is black sabbaths best album or not it got metal on the map with classics such as: war pigs, paranoid and iron man. There are other awesome tracks on this album that get over looked such as planet caravan, electric funeral, and hand of doom. Without this album metal most likely would not be prevalent and a formidable force in music or even a genre really. This album is responsible for inspiring many people to pick up the guitar and go for that metal sound. If there was no paranoid or Sabbath, there would be none of the bands we enjoy such as Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Judas priest, Metallica, slayer, megadeth, anthrax, overkill, opeth etc. Think of all these artists are remember that if it wasn't for sabbath they would not be around and than you will vote for them to be #1

What!? Number 14!? This is the best album in the world! Without this album, there wouldn't be any Metallica, Megadeth, Nightwish, Judas Priest, or anything. This album is just legendary, just listen to it! Iron Man, Paranoid, War Pigs, Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots and so on... And Death Magnetic is higher? Yes it is the best Metallica album for last 15 years but there isn't any song, which could become a metal legend if recorded in the 70's. Black Sabbath is also the best band, not because they make the best music, but they invented whole heavy metal. Without bands like Deep Purple or Black Sabbath, there wouldn't be metal!

I KNOW YOU HAVEN'T READ IT BECAUSE IT'S TO LONG!

Black Sabbath is not the greatest heavy metal band of all times, but the greatest band regardless genre of all times...

Notice how four of the top 5 albums have 8 tracks? Except Rust In Peace, with 9 tracks.
Weird characteristic of most metak albums. - JoLeKosovo

6 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Amazing a band from the 70s would put this immense work of metal out 20 years into their career

This album along with Rust in peace are the greatest metal albums ever. But as usual Overrated Metallica and Maiden fanboys are everywhere. This album is epitome of heavy metal.

Priest classic heavy, aggressive release with grinding heavy riffs, Scott Travis brilliant drums, and of course the master of metal HALFORD whose voice no one can touch! Metal gods forever

What? Metallica's MOP is the 1st? What the hell is doing Paranoid or The Number Of The Beast here? Have you even listened to something different than Metallica, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath guys? Painkiller would destroy your ears and kill your brains and after that he would rip out your hearts!

Can't stop the Painkiller!

7 Metallica - ...And Justice for All

Metallica's finest hour without Cliff Burton (rest in peace, buddy). The volume of the bass in this is not as horrible as most think. I feel the bass is just perfectly audible with the guitars ripping through the air and the drums smacking like there isn't a tomorrow. Eye of the Beholder is one of the most wicked songs along with Blackened and the title song. Dyer's Eve is one of the most incredible closures of any Metallica album. One was really great, too. Frayed Ends of Sanity will drive you positively insane in a positively positive way. What are the other two songs? If you're a huge metal fan, you know what they are. ;) I'll give you a hint, The Shortest -----, and Harvester of ------. And there is also an instrumental linked to Dyer's Eve. - Z-Rocker

This really deserves to be #1! not a single bad song on this album!

AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is metallica's greatest album
this album has no beat, though the base is slightly inaudible but other than that this album leaves great impact on everyone
The moto of the album is to show that how currupted this world is for money and justice is selled at the price of nothing
Have you ever listened to ONE, AND JUSTICE FOR ALL, BLACKENED, TO LIVE IS TO DIE!
man u'll get to know what is GIFT OF GOD!

Best metal album ever released due to it's complexity and ridiculously heavy rhythm riffs and intricate solos. The bass is inaudible, but with the bass in there it makes it sound even more godly. Metallica is the greatest metal band in history, and one of the most influential, along with Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. This album is surely the greatest metal album ever released. Master of Puppets is up there, though.

8 Slayer - Reign in Blood

Do you want to know what it feels like to have your ears bleed and be shredded to pieces? If you answered yes to this question then listen to Reign In Blood. It is easily one of the most intense metal albums of all time. It absolutely mutilates you in under 30 minutes. It all happens so fast that you won't even be able to make sense of what you just heard. Violent, frenetic, and brilliant.

And that's the only thing what it is for. Making your ears bleed and shred you to pieces. But metal isn't only about heaviness - Alkadikce

Are ya crazy greatest metal album is 4 sure Slayer's reign in blood. I mean In Every Metal Magazine this LP is Nr 1, This Album set new rules for metal. Is The New World Order in Metal History - copkiller

And why should I think the same as metal magazines? I can't a compare songs like Jesus Saves and Reborn to the weaker songs on the albums below. - Alkadikce

Kreator's Pleasure To Kill is just as brutal, and beat Slayer to the Death Metal punch. Reign In Blood is great Slayer, but so is South of Heaven, Hell Awaits, Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss. They hung their hat too much on Reign in Blood - as great as it is.

It is their gold standard, no question, but their other 4 classics receive almost no recognition. South of Heaven has all that is great about fast Slayer, but also what is great about mid-tempo Slayer. Their skill-set on that album is tremendous.

9 Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one. - metalmaiden

No, actually there's not. Many imitators of Metallica didn't know what to do with themselves when Metallica decided to blindside the scene with Load, so metal itself is to blame for its reliance on Metallica to carry them.

So much better than the stupidly overrated Number Of The Beast.

3 Metallica albums in a best heavy metal album list? I'm sure there much other better albums out there...

10 Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

I love Pantera they were one of the bands that opened up more metal opportunities and influenced a new type of sound... Groove Metal!

Behind AJFA, Painkiller? I could understand some of the others, but heck no! This should be Number 1!

Cowboys from Hell is much better but this is still pretty good - VincenzoAureo

When we're talking the best *album*, Vulgar Display of Power takes the title. Master of Puppets had epic songs front to back, but Pantera put together a listening experience that flowed like none of these other entries. It hits hard and takes you for a vicious ride, but it does it with style... angry, angry style. You can't listen to This Love without expecting to hear Rise blast in right after! And Hollow leads back into Mouth for War so seamlessly you never thought the album ended!

The Newcomers

? August Burns Red - Constellations
? The Black Dahlia Murder - Nocturnal

The Contenders

11 Dio - Holy Diver

Dio did heavy metal genre a favour! What an epic singer / composer and an astonishing band of his - the evolution of his back catalogue is phenomenal RIP

What the - is this doing down here? Metallica is way overrated, this should be 2nd, Number of the beast should be 1st! This is so underrated!

I love Maiden, Metallica, Motorhead, Priest, Testament, and Anvil. Dio nailed something here. It should have it's own category! Holy Diver is special. No disrespect to the other artists or voters. This album is important.

Best album of all time. Every song is a five star masterpiece. Get this to number one instead of voting for the overrated Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden

12 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

This album is Bible of Metal, the ten commandments of metal, the darkness. It's the album that gave birth to all other great Metal recordings, father of Metal.

This is #1 heavy metal album of all time. Deal with it. Iron Maiden and Metallica are better than Sabbath NOW, but Black Sabbath just invented metal.

this definitely should be #1 because this album symbolises the birth of Metal music! - OzzyVanHalen

It all starts here: the attitude, the visual, the mood and the METAL!

13 Opeth - Blackwater Park

So glad this is so high up! I have never heard an album that's so harsh yet beautiful at the same time! It has a perfect atmosphere and its all done with guitars and Steven Wilson's amazing production. Albums like this never stay on my rotation for very long, but Blackwater is different. It keeps me interested and I keep getting something new out of it every time I hear it! - slipperyjack30

Just a great band, combining progressive metal with death metal! 10/10

Bleak has a mid-eastern rhythm and it is so good to use in metal

I'm shocked to see this album so high, I thought Opeth was much more underground!
For a relatively underground band, having an album so high means A LOT.
My #1 before Rust In Peace.

14 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

As an album rating every song this is by far their best. Guitar work on infinite dreams intro is fantastic

It seems that this masterpiece is really underrated.
It has by far the most melodic and epic songs of the whole series of Maiden albums.
Seventh Son of a seventh Son looks like the update of Somewhere in Time to me and I like it much better.
And finally, there is no really bad song on this album.
Right now, Seventh Son of a Seventh son is my favourite Maiden album ever,
Even better than the almost unbeatable 'Powerslave"

Ist just so epic listen to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Infinte Dreams, Can I Play with Madness, or The Evil That men do

This is my Top Ten :
1. Master Of Puppets
2. Ride The Lightning
3. The Number Of The Beast
4. Rust In Peace
5. Painkiller
6. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
7. Powerslave
8. Reign In Blood
9. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying
10. Screaming For Vengeance

All mega-classic Albums that are just Awesome

Come on, you Metallica is not that good, yes those albums are awesome but Rust In Peace is the most perfect metal album, please listen to it again. - rportah

I am so disappointed in all the metalheads who chose other albums over this. This is Iron Maiden's best album so far. Even the worst song in it the prophecy is still amazing, and compared to number of the beasts gangland, it is vastly superior. This is Maiden's brightest hour

15 Symbolic - Death

1. rust in peace
2. ride the lightning
3. number of the beast
4. powerslave
5. SYMBOLIC - unknown-soldier

This is on par with Master Of Puppets in terms of catchy riffs, Rust In Piece in terms of technicality, AND The Number Of The Beast in terms of pure epicness. This album is really should be in the top 5. I think the only reason it's not is because many people haven't heard it before and think just because it's genre is "death" metal it will sound like cannibal corpse - but it doesn't. If anything, it's more like progressive thrash metal. It really is sort of like a mix between the three albums I stated above, with VERY LITTLE actual death metal in it. At least that's my opinion.

If anyone here is new to Death and this album, you should listen to Crystal Mountain, Empty Words, and Without Judgement first, as those are (in my opinion) the best songs on the album. But they are all great.

R.I.P Chuck Schuldiner

Number 1, easily. I haven't come across a more complete, influential, well-written and overall perfect record

I own it and like it. But Death are a Death Metal band and would never have toured the world, rocking it in front of 50,000 fans every night. Some regard their output superior to Metallica's on a musical scale, but you cannot deny the amount of people Metallica touch. They are not the Justin Bieber of metal. They are quite simply the most gutsy band of all time. No disrespect to anyone else.

16 Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz

A master piece in metal. This will always be entertaining even after the end of time. Mr. Crowley and Crazy Train first appeared in this album I believe. And this album is extremely heavy especially if you listen to the copies with the original bass and drum tracks. - Z-Rocker

The late great Randy Rhoads. One of the greatest guitarists in metal history... - ch153

This is definitely one of the greatest music masterpieces in world history. This is also probably the only album of metal (Guns n Roses Use Your Illusion II is hard rock) that I am literally crazy for every song. Younger Ozzy with the guitar legend Randy Rhoads is nothing less than perfect. - benhos

This is one of the greatest guitarists ever's masterpiece!

17 Megadeth - Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?

The great Peace Sells. You won't regret listening to this. I love how the drums are on this album (loud and heavy). It's a great piece of history no doubt. Good Mourning/Black Friday is amazing regardless of the sinister lyrics in it. Peace Sells is one of the most well-known songs of metal to date. The Conjuring is mysterious and crazy. Overall, I recommend this to anyone, especially Megadeth fans. Oh, the remixed/remasterd edition is not bad at all (I love the intense bass), but be sure that you don't miss out on the original press (the drums on the original are way more booming). - Z-Rocker

Megadeth's second best work, and it deserves a spot in the top 10. At the very least, I think it's better than Killing Is My Business. I liked Killing Is My Business, in particular Mechanix and the title track, but it's not as good as Peace Sells. Peace Sells is much more consistent. Only Megadeth album it loses to is Rust in Peace in my opinion. - Metarock

Lol. Like Metallica's sophomore effort, this album is Megadeth's gold standard and is now officially inside the top 5 Thrash albums of all time. Where we are, we didn't pick sides and bought absolutely everything great - and some duds.

It is definitively Megadeth's best album, officially Megadeth's album, but Mustaine didn't market it well. He actually refuses to play some of it because of the subject matter on it. And that is one of the best tracks on it.

18 Metallica - Metallica (The Black Album)

As a fan of Metallica outside of the US, I think it's important to look at the Top Ten metal album list on the opinion polls, because they cover the opinions of Metallica's albums globally. This album is now regarded as better than Ride The Lightning. The world is finally starting to understand how great it always was. The so-called sell out album is now gaining the reputation it recognition it deserves.

It's all academic. Metallica's first 5 albums are already the greatest in metal history. It is simply a matter of waking up, scratching your private parts, and deciding which of their albums you want to listen to.

Rolling Stone Magazine opinion polls cover global opinions of metal albums. The Black Album is now ahead of Ride The Lightning. I don't usually give much credence to opinion polls, but outside of the US this is one of greatest albums ever made. It always was, but people are starting to understand it now.

This album bores me. I'm a huge fan of the first 4 albums and I can't listen to this one. It's so much more simplistic and weaker. I don't like the guitar tone and I find This album thematically less interesting than their previous work. This to me was the death of Metallicas greatness. But I do get why people like it, this album simply isn't for me.

19 Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance

Priests biggest seller filled with awesome riffs from the classic hellion intro taking you to a future not so unlike our own until you soar through the heavens riding like the wind... honestly I think defenders of the faith is even better don't get me wrong though, I put screaming for vengeance, defenders of the faith and painkiller in top 20 metal albums of all time - hagabeast

Not too crazy, not too mellow, amazing intro song "The Hellion", and all of the songs on here are a masterpiece. the best heavy metal album ever because it's music is suitable for anyone to love it.

The 4th best metal band must be here. - metalmaiden

The greatest metal album start to finish ever made. Definition of metal.

20 Metallica - Kill 'Em All

Better than MoP overall and Ride the Lightning; they are all awesome though

What in the world how are is Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning so high up and this is at 59. This shot be in the top 3 with them, this album was so influential to thrash and is one of the most celebrated metal albums to ever be released. This album is legendary!

I love Death Magnetic, but why is this below that? This is classic thrash at its best! Great album by the four horsemen!

I agree. Just as an album, it's superior to Death Magnetic, and for it's influence and legacy definitely deserves to be higher.

21 Anthrax - Among the Living

Should be much higher!

It's great, but it's humorous. Is that a good thing? Actually, yes, perhaps it is. Perhaps we all take metal too seriously.

My top ten. 1/...And Justice For All 2/ MoP 3/ Number...4/Deception Ignored 5/ Black Album 6/ Masters of Reality 7/ Vulgar... 8/ Spreading 9/ Ride... 10/ Piece of Mind

I have both the Black album and Among The Living. I often listen to both at the exact same time.

22 The Mantle - Agalloch

Makes metal transcend into something else. Something beautiful.

Absolutely stunning. Just listen to "In The Shadow Of Out Pale Companion." It destroys every other song ever made.

I like your emotive touch.

Classic...

23 Exodus - Bonded by Blood

Of course it's a thrash masterpiece. Don't argue with idiots because they'll beat you with experience. A Lesson In Violence, Piranha, Strike of the Beast - you name it - are great.

Lol at the guy saying this is power metal. This is pure thrash metal at its finest. Only flaw is that it's the only good Exodus album.

Yes, Pleasures of the Flesh, Fabulous Disaster and Impact Is Imminent are all excellent. Zero was rocking his excellent Bon Scott-esque vocals big time! And let's not forget the unforgettable Tempo Of The Damned.

I think it's kool this old power metal album is 18 but it doesn't quite belong there musically. I could put it there for nostalgia's sake though. kirk hammett left this band to join Metallica after dave mustaine was fired. it's a raw power metal album with paul baloff, who had a punk influence, on vocals. the rhythms are decent and and the lyric content that of an angry young man like I was. pleasures of the flesh and fabulous disaster are both much higher quality musically. - hagabeast

24 Blind Guardian - At the Edge of Time

Every song in this album is great in my opinion, especially sacred worlds

Wow I didn't expect to see this album so high on the list it deserves the top 10 at least - christangrant

25 Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!

Raw hard and fast... a very good sophomore release after regrouping from being fired from san fran ciscos new thrash band Metallica. when mustaine sings killing is his business and business is good I believe him the riffs and rhythms seem designed to shred your brain into a juicy pulp from the compulsive headbanging and thrashing that occurs - hagabeast

It deserves a top 10 spot. Just listen to this album and them I'm sure you'll agree with me. Just speed and speed. I loved it.

How is this album just 22? And moreover it's below the black album and and justice for all. It is the fastest thrash metal album on Earth.

I can't stand the way the vocals sound on this album and I think the production is dreadful. I do like some of megadeths other stuff particularly rust in peace but I personally never got why they're considered so great. Peace sells, so far so good so what and countdown to extinction I like Better than this.

26 Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What!

Critics Very underrate this albums but this is very good - pruvet

The production on this one is a little thin on the ground, but it's still quality.

Awesome hard to believe its over 30 years old

A brilliant album

27 Judas Priest - British Steel

This album may have been popular but it's more hard rock than it is metal. If anything, Painkiller of Defenders of the Faith should be considered Judas Priest's highlights over this. - KeyboardHero

You know it is good when several sources call it one of the best metal albums of all time, and why shouldn't it be, every single song was a hit, and it officially put Judas Priest on the map.

"several sources" called Black Sabbath's debut a generic Cream ripoff back in 1970. Were they right? - Alkadikce

All songs of this album is a hit. Simple perfect 25 years after too.

Is this cover a shaving kit promotion?

28 Rising - Rainbow

I wouldn't call this entirely metal, but the true epicness of it is just amazing. One of my all-time favorites

Classic Blackmore with 'Stargazer' and 'A Light in the Black' opening up new genres of rock and fret work. A genius

Such an amazing album, Dio sings fantastic and Blackmore shows once more what a great guitarist he is. Stargazer, A light in the black, Starstruck and Tarot woman are the best songs - DarkSideOfDragons

Classic Dio and Blackmore.

29 Dirt - Alice in Chains

Great Album but not really a Metal Album more like a Alternative/Grunge/Hard Rock Album. - Soulstealer

Even though AIC is widely considered as grunge..this album technically comprises doom/heavy/sludge and alt metal

Falls under the radar but this album is absolutely spectacular, there is not one track on here that I skip, always here this all the way through absolutely fantastic, if you don't have the time to throw on the track rooster and if you have already heard it throw on sick man, kinda what the overall feel of the album, very dark and mercy and downright depressing. But there are moments that just send chills down your spine. - superluke10000

If it's not metal, then why does Phil Anselmo state that Pantera fought off grunge metal? Them Bones is definitely metal, as are Soundgarden. They were just ahead of their time. Lemmy didn't think Motirhead were metal, but they were. Disturbed think they're a hard rock band, and Bullet For My Valentine think they're a hard rock band with metal influences.

30 Opeth - Still Life

I don't see how you can listen and NOT think it's the best metal album ever. Excuse me while I take a trip across the moor to pick up a sorceress from some BP elitists and have it stolen and broken later by the same BP guys. I will need revenge...


Sorry that was pretty cheesy

Just listen and it will take you to another world

31 White Pony - Deftones

Perfect bridge between heavy and ethereal, same with around the fur although that's a but more abrasive

This album is an Alternative Metal Masterpiece. - Soulstealer

32 Tool - Lateralus

Shut Up! This album should be much higher! You are not a true Tool fan!

Schism is my favourite song by Tool. - IronSabbathPriest

This honestly deserves to be higher.

Best album ever created

33 Nespithe - Demilich
34 Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings

The title track is pure awesomeness. Dantes Inferno is their best song. Love this album. - IronSabbathPriest

This makes no sense. This album should be in the top 20 greatest metal albums - Sabbath

I have this on cd/replica mini vinyl and it reminds me of Sepultura's Arise production with Kisser-esque solos.

35 Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

This is perfect should be number 1

I'm baffled at the fact that this masterpiece isn't at least in the top 20s...

THE best heavy metal LP ever

36 Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

If you're looking for power and intensity (which is what you're looking for in metal, right? ), then you have here the best album ever. Precise and mindblowing, perfection exists.

Where do I begin... The best Slayer album is so down. Alone with "And Justice for All", "Rust in Peace", "Paranoid", "Reign in Blood", "Tomb of the Mutilated" and "British Steel", this is the best metal album of all time. Or at least for me.

I agree. Too much Reign in Blood and not enough of this.

Should be way higher top 30

37 In Mourning - Shrouded Divine
38 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

With classics like Afterlife and A Little Piece of Heaven, this album defines modern metal! A7X for #1! - Top10s

Second favorite album of all time. A7X are AMAZING with their experimentation and this perfectly defines their ever-original style

39 Dream Theater - Images and Words

Was my path to the huge Field of Progressive Metal und Rock in General... But still one of the best Albums ever!

I would have to say that operation mindcrime by queensryche was my first album introducing me to a progressive style. that being said this album images and words would be my 2nd. a very solid work by all musicians involved. I first became intrigued hearing what I would later discover to be a hacked up radio version of pull me under. Ha d to have the album so I immediately went and bought the cd images and words. fan ever since amazingly taleted musicians I'm sure all would agree. their next album was even better - hagabeast

Much better than say, Dr. Feelgood which isn't even metal, or SoaD

Should be 3, after Master Of Puppets and Rust In Peace.

40 Death - Human

The most Technical album in this list. - GREYBOYY

I like symbolic better but this is still a great album.

The best death album in my opinion

Best death album

41 Slipknot - Slipknot

A masterpiece

This album had few good songs - Disturbedpotato

This should be nearer the top of the list. Why is all hope is gone ahead of this?

First half never gets old

42 Mudvayne - L.D. 50
43 Motorhead - Overkill

I'm sure all the albums above this and every other Motorhead album are quite good. Having said that they all needed a foundation to build on. Motorhead started plowing the landscape for countless bands to follow and grow their music. Lemmy was a genius. He touched on metal and punk and stayed rock 'n' roll throughout. My nod goes to Motorhead and all its line ups. They all nailed it. Thank you Motorhead!

Umm this is a classic and is the best motorhead album

Great album but bad production

How in the world is this album so far down

44 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

Anyone who hasn't voted for this gogly creation obviously never heard it... I'm a die hard megadeth fan... But this is beyond imagination

Number 48? Meaning there are 47 other albums greater than this one? Ummm. I checked again and I still don’t get it. How are there 47 above this again please someone explain this to me? Its not like they were pioneers in anything...this is sad. Should be easy too ten.

I checked the top 10 several times to come to the conclusion that this album really isn't in there. Which is hard to believe. Like Metallica, lately they have made fools of themselves. In my opinion, this is the best album ever made.

Rage For Order is more experimental, more rewarding, and Queensryche did wear spandex and make-up.

45 Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell

The best heavy metal album of all time, other than Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Ronnie James Dio is my favorite metal vocalist, and this is his best album. The best song is Lonely is the Word, followed by the title track. Metallica is overrated and long live Dio!

I have the answers to the two persons who are surprised of the position of this album:it was in position 101 a year ago and higher than Mob Rules. But this album was selected by a magic wand and dropped...

Just a very good album

Why is this 442 and below mob rules?

46 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer

This is an absolute masterpiece from slayer slowed down like south of heaven.

A masterpiece. Enough said

47 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

Should be way higher

I thought this was more popular than #51... - JoLeKosovo

Pantera are awesome! - ViciousCanine

Enough already. Lol!

48 Lamb of God - Sacrament

Best lamb of God album and should be higher on the list

Ok this needs to be a LOT higher... Not saying Top 5 but Top 15 at least!

Vote it up, NOW! - gemcloben

49 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

Best a7x album

My hand is on the trigger, I'm ready to ignite, tommorrow might not make it, but everything's all right! That was my favorite lyric from both bat country and on the whole album! It's so dark, but in a way I like! And no, I'm not suicidle!

Good album. - Metarock

50 Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
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