Heaviest Metal Albums of the 1980s


The Top Ten

1 Realm of Chaos - Bolt Thrower
2 Slowly We Rot - Obituary
3 Nightfall - Candlemass

This heavy?

4 Severed Survival - Autopsy
5 Consuming Impulse - Pestilence
6 Scream Bloody Gore - Death
7 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

Yes, this is heavy and very good as well. - Metal_Treasure

Blessed are the Sick was a bit heavier, but that didn't make as much of an impact because it wasn't as far ahead of its time as this. Altars of Madness is also just a better album in general. - Caleb9000

8 Darkness Descends - Dark Angel

Yes, this is very heavy thrash metal. And very fast. - Metal_Treasure

9 Reign In Blood - Slayer
10 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator

I voted for because it should be higher - somekindofaguy

The Contenders

11 Leprosy - Death
12 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Candlemass

Disagree, doom metal isn't as heavy as thrash/black or death metal. - somekindofaguy

Depends on what you consider a metal song to be heavy. If it's the more in your face and loud kind of heavy then no. If it is more of an atmospheric heaviness, than Doom Metal is a metal subgenre that does heavy well. - cjWriter1997

Not as fast as some of the others here, but the guitar tone here is gigantic, very bass-driven. - Caleb9000

13 Obsessed by Cruelty - Sodom
14 Lulu - Metallica and Lou Reed

+Metal_Treasure and not heavy LOL - somekindofaguy

Troll item. It's not 80s. - Metal_Treasure

Umm... what? - Caleb9000

15 Beneath the Remains - Sepultura
16 World Downfall - Terrorizer
17 In Battle There is No Law - Bolt Thrower
18 Kill 'Em All - Metallica
19 Hell Awaits - Slayer
20 Spectrum of Death - Morbid Saint
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Top Remixes

1. Realm of Chaos - Bolt Thrower
2. Slowly We Rot - Obituary
3. Nightfall - Candlemass
1. Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
2. Pleasure to Kill - Kreator
3. Leprosy - Death



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