Heaviest Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 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

2 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

3 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

4 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.

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

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5 Reign in Blood - Slayer

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.

Reign in Blood and Pleasure To Kill are among 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

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

The heaviest of all! - Ananya

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6 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

Is it a joke? - Diplomate

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7 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
8 The Codex Necro - Anaal Nathrakh

This would be my #1 on this list. Heavy as hell. Slipknot? Slayer?... higher than this? LOL. - Metal_Treasure

Underrated in this list, should be higher.

How was this not on the list? It should be number 1 because it has the heaviest metal song on it (Pandemonic Hyperblast) - christangrant

9 You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails
10 City - Strapping Young Lad

Anyone who actually bothers to listen will agree

Unadulterated aggression and insanity - kempokid

The Newcomers

? The Anomalies of Artificial Origin - Abominable Putridity

The Contenders

11 Reign Supreme - Dying Fetus
12 The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
13 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

Just because reign in blood is the most liked thrash album it doesn't mean it's the heaviest album ever even though its heavier but this should be 1 not because the kickass guitars but because its heavy, reign in blood should be like 5 or 6. this may be my least favorite death album but I still love it.

14 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...

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

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

Far Beyond Driven is heavier

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15 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"##

16 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation

Ok this one should be at least top 5. Ground zero for brutal death metal right here and it’s still one of the heaviest. Yeah, even over Slayer and Cannibal Corpse.

17 Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass
18 Scum - Napalm Death
19 The Cleansing - Suicide Silence

Pure. Brutal. Deathcore.

20 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

The heaviest album of the first 20 years (1970-1989).

21 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Should be replaced by Kill 'em All!


22 Antithesis - Origin
23 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
24 Chaosphere - Meshuggah

The heaviest album of the band.

25 All Shall Fall - Immortal

Even M.Jacksons' fans can understand that Immortal are a lot heavier than Evanescence...

26 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

Of the heaviest.

48? what the hell

27 Butcher the Weak - Devourment
28 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...

29 Demigod - Behemoth

I agree (partially) with the comment. Behemoth is one of the heaviest bands. Albums from Avenged Sevenfold,Disturbed and Evanescence have nothing to do with this list.Of course, this has nothing to do with their quality.

95% of this list are lullabies compared to this monster.

30 Obzen - Meshuggah
31 Remission - Mastodon

According to Terrorizer in the top 20 heaviest metal albums of the first four decades.

32 Fallen - Evanescence

That isn't a heavy album, why this is on here? - 05yusuf09

Because it's good (debatable) and a hard looking woman is the singer...

If an album is good that don't equals with heavy!

Fallen is not so heavy but lyrics and music is very aggressive...

Going Under, Imaginary and Whisper are the most heaviest songs from the album.

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33 Through Silver In Blood - Neurosis
34 Black One - Sunn O)))

Extremely heavy.

35 Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done - Aborted
36 Gore Metal - Exhumed

Kickass screams, listening to "Necromaniac" is enough for this album to be in top ten and even higher. - GREYBOYY

37 Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation

I want to state something:the heaviness of a metal album should be estimated by the time of it's release.Not two decades later(for example).Reign in blood and Tomb of the Mutilated were very heavy at the time of their release.If someone listens them now and compare with other extreme albums,they shouldn't deserve to be not even in the top 50.I can name a lot of albums (how many have listened any of the two albums of Hellfire Deathcult? ).That's why the debut album of Black Sabbath is high and Altar of Madness is underrated (see comment).
Finally, this album is very heavy.

38 From Mars to Sirius - Gojira
39 Jane Doe - Converge

Very heavy.

40 Leprosy - Death
41 Antichrist - Gorgoroth
42 Kill 'Em All - Metallica

This should be replaced by Master of Puppets, this would be the number 4 and Master of Reality the number 19...

43 Reise, Reise - Rammstein

All the Rammstein albums should be #1 to #6 and this is #1, Mutter is #2, LIFAD is #3, Herzeleid is #4, Sehnsucht is #5 and Rosenrot is #6 - leonzillaleon

44 The Sickness - Disturbed

LOL. Disturbed aren't metal. And aren't heavy. - Metal_Treasure

Many Classy songs Like Down with the sickness. The album that went 4X platinum. How can someone not love it?!

45 ...And Justice for All - Metallica

I Think That This Is Metallicas Heaviest Album
The Guitar And Drum sound makes this album sound really thrash and heavy! -

46 Pleasure to Kill - Kreator

Only problem people don't know this album. If they would know, they would realize it's even heavier than Reign in Blood!

Heaviest metal album from German band.
I don't like them but I have to be objective.
The proposed albums of Rammstein have nothing to do with this list.

Should be in the top 10.

Register and open quickly-not to be publicfeet.

47 Metal on Metal - Anvil

This Album was magnificent...
This Band does not get their fame as they deserves it...
This album marks the beginning of Heavy Metal Era...
Longs before The Big 4 might even famous...

48 Seasons In the Abyss - Slayer

Reign in blood is number 1 on this and slayer is the heaviest band ever so don't you think that there album equally as good as reign in blood should be on here. like who is putting all this nu metal on here like slipknot? Avenged seven fold and disturbed ? The only slipknot album that should be on here is all hope is gone. its like there only good album and its one of my favorite metal albums actually that album should be in top 5

49 Mutter - Rammstein
50 Alaska - Between the Buried and Me
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Top Remixes (8)

1. Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment
2. The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
3. Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
1. You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails
2. City - Strapping Young Lad
3. None So Vile - Cryptopsy
1. The Codex Necro - Anaal Nathrakh
2. Redesekration: The Gospel of Hatred and Apotheosis of Genocide - Infernal War
3. Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment

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