Greatest Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Metallica - Master of Puppets

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

To be honest, this was a hard one. All of the albums on this list are amazing in different ways. Master of Puppets basically Frankensteined all the albums on this list. You've got Disposable Heroes, Damage Inc., and Battery as your dose of pure shredding. Then you've got Orion, which has many parts to the song from James' rhythm guitar to Cliff's amazing bass solos. Then there is The Thing that Should Not Be and Leper Messiah. These two songs have amazing rhythm sections. Then, we've got Master of Puppets. This song is basically the definition of metal. From that amazing opening riff to head bang to the harmonic section with James' solo. This song is the best metal song ever created. Master of Puppets is hands down the best metal album ever created.

Master of Puppets, Battery, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Damage. inc, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, The Thing That Should Not Be, Orion, All classic songs! - LeperMessiah

How doesn't master make it to the top its what defined thrash and heavy metal

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2 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

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

Rust In Peace is a hard-to-find, one-of-a-kind album and I don't think that any album can come so near perfection as Rust In Peace. All songs even the short 6th song Poison was the cure is magnificent. I'm not a big Megadeth fan lemme assure you that. I praise this album because I haven't seen a perfect album in my lifetime not even LZ IV. The song starts off with one of the greatest masterpieces (which I consider my favorite song) - Holy Wars followed by a no less legendary Hangar 18. Then comes the criminally underrated equally good and badass Take No Prisoners and the amusing, terrific Lucretia. Then we have a magical, raging Five Magics followed by Posion Was The Cure - slow but great song. And then comes the most terrific solo in the history of thrash metal with such badassery and such awesomeness - Tornado of Souls. Soon following is Nick Menza's best - Rust In Peace... Polaris and then the slow but psychedelic kinda Dawn Patrol. The album sadly ends with My Creation... I said ...more - SytachiRed

Great album

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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.

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

its not just hallowed be thy name run to the hills and tnotb it also has children of the damned 22 acacia avenue and the prisoner - diego14344

Most overrated maiden album - Disturbedpotato

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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 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.

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 is far better than any other metal album. Every Song on this album is a masterpiece. Best song from the album is Call of ktulu
1 Ride The Lightning
2 Roots
3 Paranoid
4 Master of puppets
5 Rust In Peace - Disturbedpotato

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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!

I love Black Sabbath, I love their influence and legacy, so I mean no disrespect when I say this: but don't you think that a climate would have appeared anyway, at some point, to create a heavy metal band? What inspired Metallica to make progressive Tech Thrash? It was the zeitgeist of the times. Like all the greats, there's only one of them.

Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu. Cet album est le feu originel

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6 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.

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

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.

If an alien from outer space asks,"What is metal? " You have to play this.

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7 Painkiller - Judas Priest

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!

Master Of Puppets, Number Of The Beast or Rust In Peace are great, but Painkiller is the quintessence of Heavy Metal. The most powerful album of all time. Pure perfection!

In 1990 those grunge kids were trying to take the throne, but Uncle Rob made the Painkiller album and put them back into their place. - SoldierOfFortune

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8 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.

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

What is this masterpiece doing at number 9? It should be higher. - Metarock

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9 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!

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10 Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power

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!

I understand albums like The number of the beast, Master of puppets and Rust in peace being the top 3, but this really should be in the top 5. Every song is a masterpiece and when combined make the greatest heavy metal album ever.

It is definitely a vulgar display of power, but after that that the inspiration went downhill. Not drastically, because Far Beyond Driven is also very good, but many lost interest after that. Sorry, but that's the case.

This album is why Metallica quit playing metal for a decade.

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The Newcomers

? Motorhead - No Remorse

This should be in the top ten - batman23

? Awake - Skillet

The Contenders

11 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

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.

Best metal album and best album ever! This is the only album in history where I thought every song was perfect! One is my favorite song of all time! But let me just add people overlook a lot of songs on this album, for example, Eye of the beholder, the frayed ends of sanity, to live is to die, and dyers eve! All songs that deserve more credit. Just listen to them closely and you will see what I mean.

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12 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

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.

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!

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

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13 Opeth - Blackwater Park

Okay, I don't think this is #1, but I think it should be in at least the top 10 spot, which is why I voted for it.

We have entered winter once again

I love all of opeth's albums, even the much softer ones. my favorite is probably one of the first 3 (Orchid, Morningrise, My Arms, Your Hearse) and my favorite songs are In The Mist She Was Standing (Orchid) And April Ethreal (My Arms, Your Hearse). I think this or My Arms, Your Hearse should be number still though. great underrated band. Very underrated

This Album is an experience.

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14 Judas Priest - British Steel

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.

It's okay. - Zysoth

15 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

16 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 is not metal. - rizzo824

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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.

Number one. Good Mourning/Black Friday is the best metal song.

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18 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son

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

How can it be below death magnetic or any metallica or sabbath album

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19 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

Randy rhoads the greatest ever and ozzy too! Should be in the top ten

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20 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

It's already at number 2

Why is this here twice?

How is it not in the top 15?

Lol. It's at number 2 - though it is a bit overrated.

21 Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

I thought this was widely considered to be the greatest metal album? What is wrong with the voters here? How is it not even in the top 20?

Master of puppets over master of reality? I think not. Not even close.

4 stars for the play on words. I'd give you 5 but then you'd be overrated.

22 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

23 Symbolic - Death

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

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.

Underrated? They've been voted at # 13 on the all time greatest list, # 1 on other lists, # 1 on the best Death Metal bands list. I thought Death Metal fans would have thicker skins than they do. Wait till Between the Buried and Me tear up the rule book - forever.

Definite along with Scream Bloody Gore

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24 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.

Sophomore effort? Love it.

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25 Metallica - Kill 'Em All

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.

How is the Black Album above this masterpiece - Rambles

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26 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...

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

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

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

A brilliant album

Excellent and dark.if you love thrash and some old school punk you will like this.Especially if you like dark garage sounding albums.Whether this is one or not.

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28 Rising - Rainbow

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 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

This is on the list already! It came in at number 4!

This one is better than master of puppets.

So Good It's On Here Twice.

Ride the lightning is better then M.O.P.

30 Anthrax - Among the Living

Should be much higher!

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

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

This is a thrash metal classic. In my opinion, it should be at the top 10.

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31 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.

32 Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss

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
War Ensemble
Blood Red
Seasons
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.

33 Slipknot - Iowa

Linkin Park is above this Disasterpiece! (Pun intended)

One of the bests actually!

We got it.

Best album

34 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

It should be higher on this list.

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35 Stained Class - Judas Priest

In my opinion a defining album in the development of heavy metal. Black Sabbath is openly agreed upon as being the grandfathers of heavy metal and laid the groundwork for later bands, but this album by Judas Priest defined heavy metal and in my opinion is the GENESIS of modern day heavy metal. Listen to the whole album and keep in mind that this came out in 1978.

36 Motorhead - Overkill
37 Dirt - Alice in Chains

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

Alice in Chains are grunge which isn't a metal subgenre. Alice in Chains themselves don't see their songs as metal. - Metal_Treasure

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.

Would? Enough said

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38 Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
39 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

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.

One of the best albums ever. - ActOfGenesis

The best album ever made.

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40 Iron Maiden - Matter of Life and Death

Masterpiece album,and great piece of art,for that reason should be rated much higher.

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41 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

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!

Best a7x album

Good album. - Metarock

42 All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot

All Hope Is Gone is amazing, it has a heavy and intense sound reminiscent of their previous albums, but is more mature and appeals to more people. Most albums on this list are from older bands, they may be more influential, but newer bands are just as good.

Do you realise that many of Slipknot's band members are in their 40's? They've been going for over 20-years themselves.

All songs is awesome

43 Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory

It is the greatest progressive metal album in all of history. Great lyrics, storyline, and obviously instrumental by the gods dream theater. Listen to it, and you'll forget any other band exists :P. Truly deserves a top 10 spot.

MASTERPIECE! Nicholas, Victoria And The Hypnotherapist, Such A Great Story

Before you vote. Make sure you listen to this album as well. - IronSabbathPriest

Is it better than Evergrey's Inner Circle? My curiosity is piqued, so I may check it out. I've heard nothing but good reports. Question: does Part 1 suck?

Part 1 is a song from Dream Theater's "Images and Words," titled "Metropolis Pt. 1: The Miracle and the Sleeper." The 2nd part is this entire album. - naFrovivuS

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44 Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness

Pete Sandoval was not human way back when.

45 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

I do think is really really really really amsomme

46 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

47 Kalmah - Swamplord

I listened to some of it. There is just such a staggering array of bands to choose from now.

Probably the best melodies on the planet.

To be hornest I have nevered heardt for Kalmah till today-you must listen to this album-I have directly ordered it.

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48 Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare

I hate people who say "Master Of Puppets", yea it's a decent/good album, but its overrated. This Is a Masterpiece. Not a single song I consider filler. This is 100% masterpiece

Master of Puppets was not commercially well received. The Black album was. It doesn't mean the latter is better though. Screw popularity. Bring it hard or go home.

Master of Puppets is in first place in Rolling Stone Magazine's global metal album's opinion poll. It has not budged for decades. There's also 3 other Metallica albums in the top ten also that have not budged. Case closed.

#1 this is the best

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49 Slipknot - Slipknot

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

This album had few good songs - Disturbedpotato

A masterpiece

50 King Diamond - Abigail

This should be higher!

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