Greatest Metal Albums

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21 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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22 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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23 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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24 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

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.

This should be in the top ten instead of RiB.

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25 Metallica - Death Magnetic

I forgave Metallica for st anger when I heard this - Trivium

The production on this albums is dreadful and the guitar tone is pretty bad also. I do think it's the best Metallica album since justice but I can't stand listening to this horribly produced mess. Though I do love the way all nightmare long and some other sounds sound live I can't say this album is good.

It completely slaughters all other albums... why isn't rust in peace on the list, what about the divine reign in blood, the Metallica album surely deserves to be there more than ride the lightning

Metallica is the best Of all time. They made this after their prime and made this great album

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26 Black Sabbath - Master of Reality

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

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27 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

It's already at number 2

How is it not in the top 15?

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

28 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.

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29 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.

You wouldn't even have Among The Living without the creators of the Black album.

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30 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

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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 Annihilator - Alice in Hell

This is a masterpiece (technical thrash). Riffs and solos are fast, technical and elegant. - Metal_Treasure

That's because it's Jeff Waters. Enough said.

33 Death - Symbolic
34 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

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

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

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35 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.

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.

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36 Death - Human

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.

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

The most Technical album in this list. - GREYBOYY

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37 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.

The best metal album of all time... - MetalEncyclopedia

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38 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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39 Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
40 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

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.

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

Would? Enough said

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