Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century


The Top Ten

1 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

2 Prophecy - Soulfly
3 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.

4 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...

5 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

6 Iowa - Slipknot

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

7 Endgame - Megadeth
8 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
9 Ghost Reveries - Opeth
10 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

The Newcomers

? Crack the Skye - Mastodon
? Urn - Ne Obliviscaris

The Contenders

11 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!

12 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

13 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

14 Dark Ages - Soulfly
15 Pandemonium - Cavalera Conspiracy
16 Horror Show - Iced Earth
17 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
18 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

19 Sacrament - Lamb of God
20 God Hates Us All - Slayer
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Top Remixes (4)

1. At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Horror Show - Iced Earth
3. Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
1. Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
2. The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine
3. Indestructible - Disturbed
1. Endgame - Megadeth
2. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Sacrament - Lamb of God

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