Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century

The Top Ten

Toxicity - System of a Down Toxicity - System of a Down Product Image

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.

The best, this album has no bad songs, along with other System of a Down songs not in this album

Worship Music - Anthrax Worship Music - Anthrax Product Image

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

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

Ghost Reveries - Opeth Ghost Reveries - Opeth Product Image

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

Iowa - Slipknot Iowa - Slipknot Product Image

The best, heaviest, most amazing metal album of all time.

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

Endgame - Megadeth Endgame - Megadeth Product Image
At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian Product Image
Death Magnetic - Metallica Death Magnetic - Metallica Product Image

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.

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.

This is where Metallica came back.

Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold Product Image

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

Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile Product Image
Prophecy - Soulfly Prophecy - Soulfly Product Image

The Contenders

Sacrament - Lamb of God Sacrament - Lamb of God Product Image
Akróasis - Obscura
God Hates Us All - Slayer God Hates Us All - Slayer Product Image
Dark Ages - Soulfly Dark Ages - Soulfly Product Image
Pandemonium - Cavalera Conspiracy Pandemonium - Cavalera Conspiracy Product Image
Blackbird - Alter Bridge Blackbird - Alter Bridge Product Image

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.

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

Horror Show - Iced Earth Horror Show - Iced Earth Product Image
Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park Product Image

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.

The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine Product Image

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

Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold - Avenged Sevenfold Product Image

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!

Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse Product Image
Shogun - Trivium Shogun - Trivium Product Image
Lateralus - Tool Lateralus - Tool Product Image

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.

The Blackening - Machine Head The Blackening - Machine Head Product Image

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

In Waves - Trivium In Waves - Trivium Product Image

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.

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