Top 10 Heaviest Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 None So Vile - Cryptopsy None So Vile - Cryptopsy Product Image

How are so many of these choices so bad? Glad to see the top sport is None So VILE! Definitely the heaviest album I’ve ever heard

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?

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

2 Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment Molesting the Decapitated - Devourment Product Image

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

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

3 Iowa - Slipknot Iowa - Slipknot Product Image

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

I don't know why Metallica and Slayer are ahead on this list. This is the Heaviest metal album, not favorite metal album. I've been listening to Metal my whole life, and this album stands out as the heaviest! No contest!

There's no way how a Nu Metal album could be heavier than a Thrash Metal album...

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

With Iowa at #1, I can't take this list seriously. This list is one of the most misleading metal lists on TheToptens.

4 Reign in Blood - Slayer Reign in Blood - Slayer Product Image

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.

May Slayer reign in blood til this day and forever. They are the big 4. Super overrated but still deserves some respect. If you are reading this go listen to sepultura beneath the remains or arise

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.

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

5 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse Product Image

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.

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

Heavy but later albums of this band are heavier.

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

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").

7 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Product Image

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!

This is what I regard as heavy

8 The Codex Necro - Anaal Nathrakh The Codex Necro - Anaal Nathrakh Product Image

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

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

Underrated in this list, should be higher.

9 You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails You Will Never Be One of Us - Nails Product Image

Heavy assault on the aural senses

10 City - Strapping Young Lad City - Strapping Young Lad Product Image

Anyone who actually bothers to listen will agree

Unadulterated aggression and insanity

The Newcomers

? Serial Urbicide - Extermination Dismemberment Serial Urbicide - Extermination Dismemberment Product Image

The Contenders

11 The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch - Infant Annihilator

It's heavy and over the top
Disgusting Vocals

12 Reign Supreme - Dying Fetus Reign Supreme - Dying Fetus Product Image
13 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera Product Image

First album I ever bought when I was 12. My parents loved it.. Just kidding my mum almost threw it out.

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

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

14 Scream Bloody Gore - Death Scream Bloody Gore - Death Product Image

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.

Infernal death has to be their fastest songs

This and Iowa are brutal but in a badass way

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

15 Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass Reek of Putrefaction - Carcass Product Image
16 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard Dopethrone - Electric Wizard Product Image

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...

Weight: the album

Of the heaviest.

17 The Apostasy - Behemoth The Apostasy - Behemoth Product Image
18 Master of Puppets - Metallica Master of Puppets - Metallica Product Image

Should be replaced by Kill 'em All!


19 Butcher the Weak - Devourment Butcher the Weak - Devourment Product Image
20 Antithesis - Origin Antithesis - Origin Product Image
21 Scum - Napalm Death Scum - Napalm Death Product Image

The original pretty much

22 Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation Monolith of Inhumanity - Cattle Decapitation Product Image

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.

23 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation Product Image

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.

24 Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God Ashes of the Wake - Lamb of God Product Image

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"##

25 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel Product Image

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


That's 19 years

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