Heaviest Metal Albums


The Top Ten

1 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

This album will tear your eardrums off in under a minute. probably my favourite death metal album

I'm really not sure why I should choose any album other than this. It's CRYPTOPSY. Come ON. Listen to these songs! Each track, from Crown Of Horns to Orgiastic Disembowelment goes so hard. Talk about a mosh inducing fleshfest. And they aren't just fast, they're all really heavy and groovy. Top notch album, probably the heaviest I've ever heard.

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

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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 Iowa - Slipknot

Melodic, brutal, heavy, amazing.

Is it a joke? - Diplomate

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

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4 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse

Heavy but later albums of this band are heavier.

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

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

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

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5 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

6 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

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

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7 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile

If you listen to this album and then immediately listen to nearly any other album that you thought was heavy, this album will reveal that the latter was not nearly as heavy as you had thought...a true death metal masterpiece from start to finish. One of the best extreme metal albums period!

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

Unadulterated aggression and insanity - kempokid

Anyone who actually bothers to listen will agree

The Contenders

11 The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator
12 Reign Supreme - Dying Fetus
13 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

Far Beyond Driven is heavier

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.

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14 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.

15 Butcher the Weak - Devourment
16 Antithesis - Origin
17 The Apostasy - Behemoth
18 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"##

19 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.

20 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard

We hate you is my #1 heaviest song, I think that's enough to warrant this album at least top 10

A seed of hate from the day I was born...

Of the heaviest.

48? what the hell

21 Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass
22 Scum - Napalm Death
23 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.

24 The Cleansing - Suicide Silence

Pure. Brutal. Deathcore.

25 Master of Puppets - Metallica

Should be replaced by Kill 'em All!


26 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

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

27 Those Whom the Gods Detest - Nile
28 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
29 Chaosphere - Meshuggah

The heaviest album of the band.

30 The Bleeding - Cannibal Corpse
31 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...

32 All Shall Fall - Immortal

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

33 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.

34 Obzen - Meshuggah
35 Welcome to the Morbid Reich - Vader
36 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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37 Remission - Mastodon

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

38 Through Silver In Blood - Neurosis
39 Black One - Sunn O)))

Extremely heavy.

40 From Mars to Sirius - Gojira

Literally every death metal styled riff on this album is absolutely skullcrushing.

41 Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done - Aborted
42 Gore Metal - Exhumed

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

43 Jane Doe - Converge

Very heavy.

44 Leprosy - Death
45 Antichrist - Gorgoroth
46 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...

47 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

48 The Stench of Redemption - Deicide
49 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?!

50 ...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! -

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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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