Greatest Metal Albums
The Top Ten
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!
Finally. Yes it is!
Masterpiece... This album is destruction109 Comments
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.
The greatest metal album ever made
This is one of the greatest albums of all time and the best heavy metal album ever it should be number one
Master of puppets comes 2nd to none, period. Yes,not even ride the lightening! These 2 albums are pinnacle of metal. Rust in peace and The number of the beast follows them.60 Comments
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.
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.
Should be ranked 2 just after to rust on peace
Gotta vote a Maiden album to number one45 Comments
This and "Rust in Peace" are my top picks but if I had to only one it's RTL! - Razeriouz
I'm listening to some metal right now as I'm typing this lol
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. - Sabbath43 Comments
Black Sabbath is not the greatest heavy metal band of all times, but the greatest band regardless genre of all times...
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
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
Decent List... Except this is number 1 hands down! Also NOTB is trash compared to Powerslave. And since when is Dio not top 10! - gameofIceandFire19 Comments
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.
This album goes so quickly and don't figure when it started and when it ends. This album should be way higher. Why is paranoid above this. This makes my ears bleed and shreds them into nothingness. So fast. So intense. It kills you with thrash metal. Just Listen to eat people. Not much better.23 Comments
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.
Every damn song
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!
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!
Hammer of justice crushes you, all the power!
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!
Behind AJFA, Painkiller? I could understand some of the others, but heck no! This should be Number 1!
I love Pantera they were one of the bands that opened up more metal opportunities and influenced a new type of sound... Groove Metal!
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!18 Comments
Best album ever
Best album ever!
So much better than the stupidly overrated Number Of The Beast.
Classics like Aces High, 2 minutes to midnight, Powerslave, and Rime of the ancient Mariner all in one. - metalmaiden12 Comments
Bolt thrower rules - buntersnason
Very important metal album and band - buntersnason
The first metal album - Mnsdjjfijf
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! - OzzyVanHalen13 Comments
Just a great band, combining progressive metal with death metal! 10/10
Dark, brutal, and intricate.
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.
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 Maiden6 Comments
Masterpiece. Best Maiden Album. And best album of all time.
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
6. Seventh Son of A Seventh Son
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. - rportah9 Comments
Number 1, easily. I haven't come across a more complete, influential, well-written and overall perfect record
why just why that's it
i lost faith in this moment - deathmetachuck
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
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!3 Comments
Best metal 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.16 Comments
A blues-based hard rock album, not metal at all - Joeljohns249
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. - metalmaiden2 Comments
Better than MoP overall and Ride the Lightning; they are all awesome though
The one. The only. Some day you will understand.
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!
Amazing Sound, pure Speed Metal, best Metallica Album in my opinion!6 Comments
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.
All songs of this album is a hit. Simple perfect 25 years after too.
Is this cover a shaving kit promotion?1 Comment
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.
Simply calling this metal is an insult to it. Hell, even calling it just music isn’t apt. This is just art. - FromScytheToSceptre
I like your emotive touch.
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
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
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.5 Comments
Awesome hard to believe its over 30 years old
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.
A brilliant album2 Comments
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
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
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.13 Comments
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.4 Comments
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.
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.6 Comments
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
This album is an Alternative Metal Masterpiece. - Soulstealer
Simply the best
why so low
43! Come on this is amazing!
Was going to vote for Rust in Peace, but then I saw this at 44. This masterpiece should be more recognized.8 Comments
THE best heavy metal LP ever
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 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.
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
Dead Skin Mask
This album is the most rounded, complete SLAYER album. And they are "arguably the most metal band of all time" (Brian Poseins "Fart and Weiner Jokes" - hilarious bit of stand up, download it now).
Oh man, just every track takes over your mind. Reign/Rain in Blood has the 2 best Slayer tracks, but SITA is the greatest album of all time.
Shut Up! This album should be much higher! You are not a true Tool fan!
Best album ever created
Schism is my favourite song by Tool. - IronSabbathPriest3 Comments
Best death album
Top metal album of all time:
Death - Human, Symbolic, The Sound of Perseverance
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends, Time Does Not Heal
Testament - First Strike Still Deadly (re-recorded best of Legacy & New Order)
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind.
Honorable mentions: Powerslave, Master of Puppets, The Gathering.
The most Technical album in this list. - GREYBOYY2 Comments
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?
How in the world is this album so far down
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
Best metal album ever, best album ever!
Been listening to this since 1990 greatest album ever
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.6 Comments
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?3 Comments
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
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
Pantera are awesome! - ViciousCanine
I thought this was more popular than #51... - JoLeKosovo
Should be way higher1 Comment
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.2 Comments
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