Top 10 Most Important Albums in Extreme Metal History

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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 days...as 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 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

3 Kill 'em All - Metallica

According to Metal Hammer's review of the 80s (issue of 1990-don't know exactly when as I kept only these pages for my small metal archive-the most important albums for extreme metal was (no particular order):
-WELCOME TO HELL (Venom)
-KILL 'EM ALL (Metallica)
-SHOW NO MERCY (Slayer)
I don't know why the third one is generaly underrated (253 in the list with greatest metal albums).

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

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 Reign in Blood - Slayer
8 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

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

9 At War with Satan - Venom

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

10 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

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 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.

13 Deathcrush - Mayhem
14 Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Absolutly masterpiece.Guitar work is amazing. - pruvet

15 Master of Puppets - Metallica
16 Altars of Madness - Morbid Angel

This album was released in 1989 and set a new precedent for heaviness and extremity both musically and lyrically.Definitely one of the most influential metal albums of all times.Between Reign in Blood and this one two albums of Death were released but they didn't manage to be recognized for their importance in extreme metal history at that time.The flames of Slayer and Morbid Angel (and don't forget Metallica) burned a lot.
I'not a fan of Morbid Angel but this album is underrated the last decades.

17 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

18 I.N.R.I. - Sarcofago
19 Outre' - Portal

The astonishing Outré is not only a highly disturbing slice of extreme music, but also an essential one." Metal Injection gave a positive assessment of the album, arguing that the band "challenges the very notion of what is death metal."

20 De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas - Mayhem
21 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 are 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

22 Show No Mercy - Slayer

Very underrated.

23 Transcendence Into the Peripheral - Disembowelment

It's a pity that this was the only album of the band.Its' experimental sound inspired lots of others of different subgenres.

24 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant - Dimmu Borgir
25 Don't Break the Oath - Mercyful Fate

The place of this album in this list will be decided by the voters, not from you metal treasure (if it's a voting list...)

Just to remind you: lyrics are about Satan and the occult which was probably influential towards the lyrical themes of black metal but music of this album isn't extreme - it's rather traditional heavy metal.
I mean, this album deserves to be mentioned on this list but shouldn't be very high. - Metal_Treasure

26 Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia - Dimmu Borgir
27 A Blaze in the Northern Sky - Darkthrone
28 Heartwork - Carcass
29 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Candlemass

Created Epic Doom Metal

30 Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? - Megadeth
31 The Ivth Crusade - Bolt Thrower
32 Apocalyptic Raids - Hellhammer
33 K.A.O.S. - Sadistik Exekution
34 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

Very great and necessary album - Jiorl

No, it's not neccessary, and not even metal.

@Jiorl - I don't say this album isn't great. I only say it's not metal. - Metal_Treasure

For the record, I didn't add this album and I wouldn't - because it's not a metal album. Nine Inch Nails isn't a metal band and it's not only my opinion - metal music experts from E. Metallum think the same and this band wasn't included in the Metal Archives.
This album isn't in the picture. - Metal_Treasure

35 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

There is nothing extreme in this album. Furthermore, the only metal song of the album is Black Sabbath, the rest is heavy and bluesy hard rock... now try to say The Wizard is extreme with harmonica...

I didn't add this album because 1) it's not extreme; 2) the only song that is related to metal is Black Sabbath - a very dark doomy song but again, not extreme. - Metal_Treasure

This album doesn't have a single extreme metal song it in and the only metal song in it isn't extreme metal... - HiBye

36 Under a Funeral Moon - Darkthrone
37 Transylvanian Hunger - Darkthrone
38 Effigy of the Forgotten - Suffocation
39 Covenant - Morbid Angel
40 Wages of Sin - Arch Enemy
41 Lunar Strain - In Flames
42 Terminal Spirit Disease - At the Gates
43 Filosofem - Burzum

Probably the best burzum album and burzum was one of the most influential black metal bands so why is it not here already

44 Unhallowed - The Black Dahlia Murder

This album came out in 2003 and I need to be convinced that is was very important to death metal/melodic death metal (both created much earlier). - Metal_Treasure

This album is what deathcore wanted to be and failed epically.

45 Slaughter of the Soul - At the Gates
46 The Return... - Bathory
47 Dopethrone - Electric Wizard
48 Korn - Korn
49 Damned in Black - Immortal
50 In the Nightside Eclipse - Emperor
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