Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 Toxicity - System of a Down

So much better than worship music or death magnetic, true creativity, while metallica and anthrax just follow the steps of a recipe...

Yeah, but there's a problem - this album isn't metal and shouldn't be on this list at all, let alone at #1. - Metal_Treasure

Decent album but nowehre near Metal. - SomePersonYouHate

2 Worship Music - Anthrax

This is quite possibly the best Anthrax Album. Just because it was made in 2012 does not mean it can't be there best album, and who said that Thrash was dead? Anthrax rules, and as well as this being their best album, it produced maybe their best song, 'In The End', if you haven't heard it, do yourself a favour and look it up - Nightlock

Among the Living is still my pick, but yeah it was an amazing album they've still got it. - 678

3 Endgame - Megadeth
4 Iowa - Slipknot

This Disasterpiece is not on the top 10?! (No pun intended)

This also is NOT metal. - SomePersonYouHate

5 Ghost Reveries - Opeth

Horrible list, this is clearly the best of the rest by a ten thousand million miles. - Vip3r

6 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
7 Death Magnetic - Metallica

I really don't know why so many people hate on this album. They think that Metallica sold out with this album but that doesn't even make sense. Albums are offered to sell out in their early years when they need money, not when they're millionaiers. They tried something new while still giving it that Metallica feeling and it came out just great.

Please don't crucify me for this, but Death Magnetic is one of the best Thrash albums I have ever heard. It took Metallica back to its roots, and produced some amazing songs, such as 'The Day That Never Comes', 'All Nightmare Long' and 'Cyanide', plus a host of other great songs. Including the only instrumental I know that can stand toe to toe with 'Orion', 'Suicide and Redemption', really, really good album. - Nightlock

This is where Metallica came back.

8 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold

While I like their self titled album, I think it at least needs to swap places with waking the fallen as the avenged sevenfold representive in the top 5 of this list. It's more artistic, appeals to screamo fans as well as hard rock fans, and each song is a little longer than average making it a collection of larger, more complex songs. Ideally 1st, but at least top 5 in my opinion

9 Prophecy - Soulfly
10 Horror Show - Iced Earth

The Contenders

11 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
12 Sacrament - Lamb of God
13 God Hates Us All - Slayer
14 Dark Ages - Soulfly
15 Pandemonium - Cavalera Conspiracy
16 Blackbird - Alter Bridge

This song is so incredible, and even if it maybe doesn't fit with some of the other metal albums in this list, it is amazing all the same! Alter Bridge is such an amazing band, possibly the best of the 21st century, and this is arguably their best album. - Nightlock

Mark Tremonti's solo at the end of the song is wonderful!

This is NOT metal. - SomePersonYouHate

17 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
18 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

...Linkin Park isn't metal...Never was and never will be

This album is amazing, the best Linkin Park Album there is. Every song on it is incredible, and even though it may look like a bit of an odd choice, it should be number 1. If you don't think so, or you think that Linkin Park is not true Metal go home listen to 'Given Up' and say that again. From song one to song thirteen, it is amazing...there is no bad song on this album. - Nightlock

My guess is that they stole the name from iron maiden, only taking the ' two ' away.

Excellent album but once again NOT metal... - SomePersonYouHate

19 The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

This is a fantastic album, such great heavy songs. And contains the best modern day metal song 'Tears Don't Fall'. - Nightlock

Lol not Metal at all. - SomePersonYouHate

20 Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold

This is probably A7X's best album (although City of Evil and Nightmare are breathing down its throat). Such a good Album, no bad songs...I don't really like 'Unbound (the Wild Side)', but everything else is amazing! - Nightlock

A7X isn't even close to Metal. - SomePersonYouHate

21 The Blackening - Machine Head

Anthrax at number 1 and Metallica at number 2? Those bands are so overrated. Metallica's music isn't that complex and none of their albums after the Black Album were as good as stuff coming from Opeth or Dream Theater or Machine Head or Tool

22 Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards
23 In Waves - Trivium

This song is maybe the best Trivium Album, although many would say Ascendancy is better, I say In Waves is the best. It is really heavy and powerful, great songs, great album. - Nightlock

24 Shogun - Trivium
25 Beyond the Red Mirror - Blind Guardian
26 Indestructible - Disturbed

This is by far the best Disturbed album, and one of the best albums of the modern metal era. Disturbed really personify everything that modern and Nu Metal is, and this album deserves to be on this list. - Nightlock

27 Lateralus - Tool

This should be #1! Tool create songs like no other, with the title track of the album perhaps being one of the most creative and thought-provoking albums in metal music. LATERALUS is a work of art.

28 Leviathan - Mastodon

Why is this only at #17? Linkin Park isn't even metal.

29 A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden
30 The Satanist - Behemoth
31 Octavarium - Dream Theater
32 Mutter - Rammstein
33 13 - Black Sabbath

How is this awesomeness not higher?!

34 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

First of all its not metal.

I like this album but I wouldn't call it Metal... - SomePersonYouHate

35 Resurrection - Halford

This is a great album, really strong first album for the metal god, Rob Halford! Halford is so good heavier and faster than Judas Priest, but still with great songs, and some great epics. - Nightlock

36 City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold

All songs are good, but these are masterpieces:
"Bat Country"
"Beast and the Harlot"
"Blinded in Chains"

The Rev is incredible on the drums, M.Shadows vocals are perfect and there are couple of insane solos by Synyster Gates ("M.I.A. especially). It's my top 1.

37 Brave New World - Iron Maiden

An outstanding metal album

One of my favourites album but it wasn't realese in 21st century - Michtu

38 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct - Metallica
39 Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

This Nu Metal Album is great, Breaking Benjamin is a great band. And with songs like 'The Diary Of Jane', and 'Breath. It is their greatest album. - Nightlock

40 Blackwater Park - Opeth
41 15 - Buckcherry
42 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
43 Fallen - Evanescence

Calling this Metal is like calling Michael Jackson Rock... - SomePersonYouHate

44 Akróasis - Obscura Akróasis - Obscura
45 The Heart of Everything - Within Temptation
46 Ascendancy - Trivium
47 Angel of Retribution - Judas Priest

This is some real heavy metal! Beats all those other Linkin Park "metal" albums!

This album should be higher... Like... WAY WAY higher!

48 Redeemer of Souls - Judas Priest

An awesome album, should be a lot higher

49 Killing the Dragon - Dio

Funny how one of the best voices in real metal is hardly on the list. Shows how much people nowadays know about metal and other music

50 Dystopia - Megadeth
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Top Remixes (6)

1. At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Horror Show - Iced Earth
3. Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
1. A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden
2. Octavarium - Dream Theater
3. Mutter - Rammstein
1. Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
2. The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine
3. Indestructible - Disturbed

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