Top Ten Metal Albums of the 20th Century

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The Top Ten

1 Master of Puppets - Metallica
2 The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
3 Rust In Peace - Megadeth
4 Reign in Blood - Slayer
5 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Probably the heaviest traditional heavy metal album! - somekindofaguy

6 Alice in Hell - Annihilator V 1 Comment
7 Rising - Rainbow

This album was very important because in 1976 metal was a fragile baby and this album helped it grow up - with Dio impecable vocals and Ritchie Blackmore epic songwriting and technical guitar playing. After this album Judas Priest and Iron Maiden released albums that made metal a thing. - Metal_Treasure

2 masterpieces over 8 minutes: Stargazer & A Light in the Black - somekindofaguy

8 Nightfall in Middle Earth - Blind Guardian

1998. A concept album that is essential in the power metal subgenre. - Metal_Treasure

9 Holy Diver - Dio
10 Burnt Offerings - Iced Earth

1995. Epic, heavy, melodic. Dante's Inferno alone is a reason to consider this album one of the best. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Black Metal - Venom

Thrash Metal before Metallica! - somekindofaguy

12 Master Of Reality - Black Sabbath

Not a pure metal album, but songs like Children of the Grave, Into the Void and Lord of This World are pretty good metal songs - somekindofaguy

13 City - Strapping Young Lad

Best described by Kerrang! as sounding like "sticking your head into the jet nozzle of a Stealth Bomber."

The album is nothing short of ludicrous, insane, and so many other crazy terms rolled into one, displaying Devin Townsend's HUGE vocal range and Gene Hoglan's "machine-like" drumming ability.

When it came to Extreme, "City" is the definition of extreme. - BloodyThunderX

14 Symbolic - Death

It's a must listen album, an amazing cohesive and well crafted piece of art.

A death metal masterpiece. - Metal_Treasure

15 Fire Down Under - Riot
16 None So Vile - Cryptopsy V 1 Comment
17 Metallica - Metallica
18 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
19 Blood Fire Death - Bathory
20 Images and Words - Dream Theater
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1. The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
2. Master of Puppets - Metallica
3. Rust In Peace - Megadeth
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1. Master of Puppets - Metallica
2. The Number of The Beast - Iron Maiden
3. Reign in Blood - Slayer
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