Heaviest Metal Albums


The Top Ten

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 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

3 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

4 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 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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5 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

Seriously the best sophomore album I have ever heard. I mean damn. Normally bands second release goes more commercial and all that but Slipknot decided to go even darker and heavier than ever before. With songs that will creep you out like (515), Skin ticket and of course the 15 minute closing track Iowa. And also the 80 tonne heavy songs that give the album its significance above even some extreme metal bands like People = S**t, Disasterpiece, Heretic anthem, The shape, I am hated and of course, Metabolic. They also didn't forget to add in some melodic tracks like Left behind, My plague and Gently. Definitely one of the best metal albums of all time.

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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 City - Strapping Young Lad

Anyone who actually bothers to listen will agree

Unadulterated aggression and insanity - kempokid

8 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
9 The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
10 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

The Contenders

11 You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails
12 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.

13 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Should be replaced by Kill 'em All! - somekindofaguy


14 Reign Supreme - Dying Fetus
15 Butcher the Weak - Devourment
16 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"##

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

Pure. Brutal. Deathcore.

20 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
21 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation
22 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

23 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel
24 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... - somekindofaguy

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

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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25 All Shall Fall - Immortal
26 Remission - Mastodon
27 Chaosphere - Meshuggah
28 Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation
29 Obzen - Meshuggah
30 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! - somekindofaguy

Should be in the top 10.

31 Onset of Putrefaction - Necrophagist
32 ...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! -

33 From Mars to Sirius - Gojira
34 Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done - Aborted
35 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...

36 The Sickness - Disturbed

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

37 Gore Metal - Exhumed

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

38 Antichrist - Gorgoroth
39 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

40 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... - somekindofaguy

41 British Steel - Judas Priest

Probably the second SOFTEST Priest album, after Point of Entry. Painkiller, Stained Class, or Defenders of the Faith would be more worthy.

Painkiller is 10.000 times heavier than this! Just because this is their best album not their heaviest! - somekindofaguy

42 Jane Doe - Converge
43 Mutter - Rammstein
44 Leprosy - Death
45 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

48? what the hell

46 Through Silver In Blood - Neurosis
47 Alaska - Between the Buried and Me
48 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
49 Slipknot - Slipknot

Now this album, not as heavy as Iowa, still deserves to be at the Top Ten. This album is so full of raw emotion. From aggressive songs such as Surfacing and Eeyore. Amazing anthems such as Wait and Bleed and Me Inside, all the way to breakdowns and creepy songs such as Prosthetics, Diluted, and Scissors. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

Not as heavy as Iowa but it is amazing

50 Far Beyond Driven - Pantera

Definitely the heaviest of Pantera

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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. Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
2. Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass
3. Scum - Napalm Death

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