Top Ten Heaviest Non-Extreme Metal Albums

Heaviest non-extreme metal albums are usually speed metal albums and heavier traditional heavy metal albums.

The Top Ten

Iowa - Slipknot Iowa - Slipknot Product Image

Not a favorite album of mine, neither the band itself, but I can't deny this album is very heavy. Not the heaviest ever as some people think though...

Painkiller - Judas Priest Painkiller - Judas Priest Product Image

As Marty from Back To The Future would say "This is heavy". - Metal_Treasure

Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth Product Image

Dante's Inferno is amazing. - PhoenixAura81

Agree - it's suppossed to be heavy metal but goes pretty thrashy. Jon Schaffer usually plays thrash riffs and plays them great - a solid rhythm guitarist I like very much. - Metal_Treasure

Battalions of Fear - Blind Guardian Battalions of Fear - Blind Guardian Product Image

Yes, Blind Guardian are the heaviest power/speed metal band. This album is speed-to-thrash metal and sounds quite brutal compared to the other albums in power/speed metal subgenres. Also, some of the lyrics are violent which isn't typical for power metal bands. - Metal_Treasure

Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian Imaginations from the Other Side - Blind Guardian Product Image

Their 1995 album was, again, heavier than the average in power metal. It's very thrashy and sounds like a Slayer version of power metal. Atmosphere of this album is darker than their Battalions of Fear. This album is not faster but in some sense it's heavier than Battalions of Fear.
In 2005, Imaginations from the Other Side was ranked number 373 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
Some of the songs are: Another Holy War, The Script for My Requiem, Bright Eyes, I'm Alive. - Metal_Treasure

Follow the Blind - Blind Guardian Follow the Blind - Blind Guardian Product Image
Heavy Metal Maniac - Exciter Heavy Metal Maniac - Exciter Product Image
Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray Somewhere Out in Space - Gamma Ray Product Image
Walls of Jericho - Helloween Walls of Jericho - Helloween Product Image
Slipknot - Slipknot Slipknot - Slipknot Product Image

The Contenders

The Art of War - Sabaton The Art of War - Sabaton Product Image
Heavy Metal Breakdown - Grave Digger Heavy Metal Breakdown - Grave Digger Product Image
Vain Glory Opera - Edguy Vain Glory Opera - Edguy Product Image
Command & Conquer - Silent Knight Command & Conquer - Silent Knight Product Image
Cada Vez Mas Pelotudos - Asspera
Darkness Descends - Dark Angel Darkness Descends - Dark Angel Product Image
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