Heaviest Metal Albums

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1 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse

Sure Reign in Blood is a landmark album (and it's amazing), and Master of Puppets is a masterpiece (lol), you really can't get much heavier than Corpse. 'enough said. - Brobusky

Heavy but later albums of this band are heavier.

Not really the heaviest, it's just as overrated as Reign in Blood is. - somekindofaguy

This and scream bloody gore are brutal. its easily heavier than reign in blood.

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2 Reign in Blood - Slayer

Definitely this but what about seasons in the abyss that's heavier than Iowa. The only good slipknot album is all hope is gone and that album is actually insanely good and brutal I think. and black sabbath is like light metal seasons in the abyss and ride the lightening should definitely be on here in top 5

Reign in Blood and Pleasure To Kill are the heaviest thrash albums. But they are not the heaviest metal albums. Significantly heavier than thrash are brutal technical death metal and brutal black metal (Infernal War). - Metal_Treasure

This, is probably one of the heaviest albums I ever heard. When I first heard the songs, my mind was blown away. This album is pretty heavy. But I would also recommend Slayer's Hell Awaits album. That was pretty heavy especially with gems like At Dawn They Sleep and Kill Again. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

This came out in 1986, and was faster, heavier, and more brutal than anything else ever recorded. Nothing could match it. And people still struggle to beat it out. Sure, there's songs that are heavier than all of these songs, but a full album? Nope.

I also personally find the Slayer vocal style to be heavier than Canibal Corpse's style. Maybe it's just my high voice (yes, your vocal pitch actually scientifically can affect your music tastes), but I find the higher pitched vocals to have more of a dominating power to it. I think Slayer and Ozzy/Black Sabbath have the heaviest vocals out there. It also makes it easier to hear the words that add to the heaviness.

Maybe I'm biased because of my love of thrash metal, but I personally find the standard tuning to D standard range to be the perfect heaviness factor, and the vocals are great. Growls aren't that heavy, in my opinion.

All of these things together make this the heaviest album in my book.

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3 Iowa - Slipknot

Many people are like "What? How is Slipknot over Metallica?! " Well this album is why. This album is very brutal but not as brutal as Slayer's Reign in Blood. I love all songs on this album. It straight up attacks you with brutal songs such as Disasterpiece and People = S***. But this song also attacks your nerves and calmness. With songs like (515) and Iowa, you will get so creeped out and scared. Also here's some advice, don't listen to Iowa and (515) backwards, if you do, then you have found the sound of Hell - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Really reign in blood doesn't compare to this people = sh*t and disasterpiece are one of the heaviest songs ever and plus coreys screams

I love all bands on this list but I think this album is the heaviest with all that screaming and heavy drumming. - magnegrobiz

Iowa?! HAHA, I'm crying out of laughting

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4 Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment

This album makes thrash and nu metal albums sound like children songs. - Metal_Treasure

Only slam metal,brutal death metal bands should be on this list not band like Metallica, slipknot or even slayer

5 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

Are you kidding me? Slipknot and Metallica heavier than this? Obviously voters never heard of some really heavy stuff. What's next? Nirvana #1? - Metal_Treasure

This album itself is heavier than all the ones above it. How tf is Metallica and Slipknot even ahead of this? - ViitalShadow

6 Redesekration: The Gospel of Hatred and Apotheosis of Genocide - Infernal War

THIS is heavy - brutal black metal from Poland (try the song "Spill the Dirty Blood of Jesus"). - Metal_Treasure

7 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Should be replaced by Kill 'em All! - somekindofaguy

Metallica ISN'T THE HAVIEST BAND! BUT THIS ÁLBUM IS SO HEAVY, AWELSOME SONGS, SLAYER IS AWELSOME, BUT NOW Metallica IS THE WINNER.

8 The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
9 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

Black Sabbath is one thing, and heavy is another thing

Actually, if you talking' but the album I agree, but the Master of Reality is a very heavy album for 1971... - somekindofaguy

Breakdown at the end of Domination. 'enough said - KMalik993

Not fast, not loud, just straight-up heavy.

Pantera Themselfs Says That This Is The Heaviest Metal Album Of All Time - christangrant

10 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

The Contenders

11 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

I can underestand Reign in blood,but there's no way that Master of puppets could be heavier than this. - GREYBOYY

Infernal death has to be their fastest songs

This and Iowa are brutal but in a badass way

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12 Butcher the Weak - Devourment
13 Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God

This souls be ranked ad number 1 best album ever. Has all of the classic songs on there like Hourglass Now You've Got Something to Die For and Laid to Rest and the most awesome one is Omerta##"Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward. Whoever can not take care of themself without that law is both. For a wounded man shall say to his asalante, if I die you are forgiven, if I live, I WILL KILL YOU! SUCH AS THE RULE OF HONOR"##

14 City - Strapping Young Lad

Anyone who actually bothers to listen will agree

15 Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass
16 The Cleansing - Suicide Silence
17 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
18 Scum - Napalm Death
19 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation
20 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

Why the self-titled album everywhere? Master of Reality is 100x heavier than this...
Children of the Grave, Into the Void, Lord of This World, After Forever, Sweet Leaf... this songs could be racing if we talking 'bout heavy, but Black Sabbath don't really... - somekindofaguy

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1. Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment
2. The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
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3. Scum - Napalm Death
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