Top 10 Most Important Albums in Extreme Metal History

1) albums that contained foundations of new extreme metal subgenres
2) albums that perfected new extreme metal subgenres
3) albums that popularized new extreme metal subgenres.

The Top Ten

1 Welcome to Hell - Venom

It's prominently described as speed metal, but it effected thrash more with more emergence of death metal as well.. I really love this album, I think every person who has listened to this album would say that it's made way too rough...lemme say - it was recorded in only three a debut..It's awesome, I have this album, and of course who can forget Witching hour? - Ananya

1981 - an album with speed metal and thrash metal songs. - Metal_Treasure

2 Kill 'em All - Metallica

This was Metallica's most important album ever - Lucretia

Not exactly extreme metal.

Thrash metal is considered extreme metal subgenre. It has "sonic, verbal and visual transgression", which somewhat defines "extreme" in metal. - Metal_Treasure

1983 - the album that popularized thrash metal. - Metal_Treasure

The rest are garbage screamers

3 Black Metal - Venom

One of the most amazing albums of all time!
People still debate if it's thrash or black, while most of the music in it influenced thrash, death and black metal...The lyrics influenced black metal...don't debate on it fellas... - Ananya

This was the best albums from venom I playing al days when I was a young man my parents get mad about the so loud music. and when we play that record a trange thing happening in my house when I was alone a home with my girlfriend the devil came in my house. I was laughing but not my girlfriend. I was fan from that group I seen them the first live but now is not the same. sorry when the spelling our somme word is not koret

1982 - thrash metal and black metal.
Oddly enough, the title track (Black Metal) is a thrash song and not a black metal song. - Metal_Treasure

4 Bathory - Bathory

@Ananya - I agree there are thrash elements and I wouldn't debate on this (thrash or speed) because the difference between thrash and speed metal was even smaller back then - thrash was a development of speed metal. Whatever it was, this album was very important, mostly for the black metal ideas in it. - Metal_Treasure

MT, It's basically a black metal album, with some elements of thrash, NOT speed metal. - Ananya

1984 - album with speed metal and black metal. - Metal_Treasure

5 Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost

1984 - the album contained black metal and thrash metal.
"The thrash metal intensity of Morbid Tales had a major influence on the then-developing death metal and black metal genres. It included elements that were adopted by the pioneers of both styles. The band's bleak and dead serious fashion style was also influential, including their corpse paint face makeup." (wiki) - Metal_Treasure

6 Seven Churches - Possessed

1985 - the official birth of death metal but Possessed had a demo released earlier: in 1984. - Metal_Treasure

All hail Becerra, Torraro, Lalonde and Sus for their original legacy!

7 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

1987 - perfected death metal and made it more popular. - Metal_Treasure

8 Reign in Blood - Slayer
9 At War with Satan - Venom

1984 - an album with thrash metal and black metal. - Metal_Treasure

10 Skydancer - Dark Tranquillity

1993 - pioneered melodic death metal.
Carcass and In Flames released albums in the same year but several months later. I don't think they influenced each other's albums so all these 3 bands count. Also, a 4th band (At The Gates) released an album with melodic death metal in 1994.
There are still some discussions about who was the first so I mentioned all 4 bands. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 None So Vile - Cryptopsy

Cryptopsy is one my favorite bands and this album is just great to get into it ( I have this one ) - Ananya

Flo Mounier turned the drums into a whole nother instrument. The way he plays is like no ever album I've ever heard.

Flo Mounier... yeah, this machine. I was like, what kind of weapons he used instead of drums? - Metal_Treasure

1996 - this album did not create technical death metal but it fully demonstrated the brutality of technical death metal and produced one of the heaviest and most brutal sounds in metal. Even now, 20+ years later, this album still sounds damn heavy and brutal.
None So Vile came out before Nile and Necrophagist debut albums. - Metal_Treasure

12 Symbolic - Death

This should be at #1 spot, we are talking about the most inportant albums...

@visitor RE "This should be at #1 spot, we are talking about the most inportant albums..."
Exactly - we are talking about the most important albums and NOT about the best albums. This album is great but even Scream Bloody Gore was more important. - Metal_Treasure

13 Rust in Peace - Megadeth

This is a great album but it invented what? Umm, nothing. Just implemented more technical guitar playing being influenced by Annihilator's guitar work on Alice in Hell. - Metal_Treasure

Not exactly an extreme metal album.

14 Deathcrush - Mayhem
15 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
16 Ace of Spades - Motorhead

Absolutely disgusted that this album is so low. Without Motorhead, Metallica (who is one of the biggest bands in metal history) most likely never existed.

Very overrated.I think there is only 2 good songs - pruvet

There's a big misconception related to Motorhead (and this album, respectively). Lemmy himself (R.I.P.) said many times they were not a metal band and explained why. Here's a quote about the speed metal bands people believe Motörhead have inspired: "They've just got the wrong bit. They think that being fast and loud is the whole thing and it isn't."
There are more details on my list Top 10 Surprising Lemmy Quotes About Metal and Motorhead - Metal_Treasure

17 Master of Puppets - Metallica
18 I.N.R.I. - Sarcofago
19 Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia - Dimmu Borgir
20 A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone
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1. Welcome to Hell - Venom
2. Black Metal - Venom
3. Bathory - Bathory
1. Welcome to Hell - Venom
2. Black Metal - Venom
3. Kill 'em All - Metallica
1. Welcome to Hell - Venom
2. Black Metal - Venom
3. Morbid Tales - Celtic Frost



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