Worst Metal Albums

The Top Ten
1 Lulu - Metallica and Lou Reed

Definitely, this is the worst "metal" album ever made. Lou Reed sounds like a living death (well, technically, he is), James' and Kirk's riffs are repetitive, motoric and simply boring, Lars' drums are simple (not as bad as on St Anger, but close enough) and you basically don't hear a lot of Rob's bass lines.
Don't get me wrong - I like Metallica (I even used to love them for some time), but this is literally a crap. You can listen to St Anger without hitting a wall with your head. Here, you cannot.
This piece of just should be banned and forgotten, FOREVER!

I listened to parts of The View. It was NOT good. It was REALLY bad. This... this is NOT Metallica! This is Lou Reed (bad vocals) and Metallica was just a featured artist (probably not true, this is just me cringing). AH
Update: I found out that Metallica's role for this album was only with music composition. The lyrics as well as compositions were done by Lou Reed. No wonder the song titles don't sound like like Metallica songs.

Could not agree more. It's just a strange album but it was meant as a joke. Despite this I think it never should have seen the light of day.

Honestly, This album isn't too bad. But There are some missteps that do make it a bit more of a negative album than usual.

2 St. Anger - Metallica

I'm sorry, but this album is just plain bad. The songs are way to long and repetitive, and the vocals are done very poorly. I don't know what James was thinking when this album was made, because apparently Bob Rock had nothing to do with it.

Not to mention the drums. Lars literally sounds like he walked into the kitchen and started bashing on random pots and pans like a bloody two year old. Sorry Lars, but in the year 2003, you should have just stuck to playing tennis!

I only like two songs, which are Frantic and St Anger, Invisible Kid And others are the worst, well I don't know. But your right, LuLu is the worst album, I get it, it's a little to bland, but think the trash can snare is a clever idea, because it reminds me that red drums snare from my grandparents house. And Frantic's riff sounds more like a distorted synthesizer, no wonder it's Nu Metal.

It's not the worst metal album at all. Yes it's not amazing but the only reason people hate it is because it's Metallica and they expected something better. It's really not that bad in my opinion.
There is much worse albums out there and all of you know it.

No leads, clattery drumming, repetitive lyrics, light performance from James Hetfield, and the drums cover up the guitar (which the guitar itself isn't even that good). This album is more of a groove metal mess than an album, let alone an album by Metallica.

3 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water - Limp Bizkit

Limp Bizkit is a stain on metal as a genre. All their albums and songs suck, but this has to be the worst thing that has every been put out in music history. I would literally take any album in any genre of music (yes that includes the Lou Reed album Lulu, which isn't a Metallica album by the way, Midnight Memories by One Direction and probably the worst of them all, Epic by BOTDF) over this disgrace. Hell, I'd take any album on Earth over ANY of LB's albums. Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water has ONE thing going for it, and that is the meme that is Rollin. and I don't mean the song, I mean the part where he says Rollin. The song is garbage, maybe the worst on the album. I don't think any song will ever top Break Stuff on a list of worst songs of all time though, except maybe Gucci Gang by Lil Pump, as that is... no... just no... Oh, and I like how LB's most popular albums are the worst and are all in the top 20's on this list.

I can't believe that AmeriKKKant by Ministry is on this list and it's higher than Limp Bizkit. This is just so wrong.

Sigh, Limp Bizkit. You never seem to amaze me. I don't want your cookie. Go away, please.

Worst metal band that ever existed!

4 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel

The fact that Painkiller is on this list but not Illud Divinum Insanus proves that there is no god.

My version of metal hell would be listening to this and St. Anger back to back, for all eternity.

Biggest slap in the face in death metal. This album is beyond horrible.

My review for this "thing" translates in the 4 last words of its title.

5 Smells Like Children - Marilyn Manson
6 Significant Other - Limp Bizkit

How are Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park metal in any way? These albums belong on the worst ROCK albums list. To call them metal is an insult.

All their albums suck, disgrace to metal music.

The full cash grab.

7 Slipknot - Slipknot

If you don't like Slipknot it's your problem, I wonder why there's a lot of people hating them? I bet they've never heard a single song. Maybe they've just heard Psychosocial and say they're possers. I used to say that when I first heard this band and before I begin to know their history, but then I heard them more and more and I liked them, they're a great band and this was such a great debut album for them. Lulu is a thousand times worse than this.

Slipknot is the band that I currently listens to the most, yes SLIPKNOT's tracks were harder than Vol. 3 for example.. Iowa is waay more hardcore than SLIPKNOT, so if you Think SLIPKNOT is bad purely bevise of Corey Taylors vocal performance being diffrent or harsh, you haven't heard a single Iowa track

Great album, but Eyeless, Get This and Surfacing are the worst songs because they are very heavy and Corey's voice is like a little girl. Not to mention, Slipknot is a douchebag.

This album is brilliant. It's hardcore, fast, powerful, (sic), dark, and overall heavy. I'm not sure how this can be called the worst metal album ever.
I can't believe I had to vote just to comment a complaint. :(

8 Risk - Megadeth

Worse than Lulu. At least Lulu didn't have pop beats.

Just plain weird. It's worse than St Anger.

Cryptic Writings is better.

Crush em sucks

9 Amerikkkant - Ministry

Waste of space, Ministry should have never existed.

10 Eat Me, Drink Me - Marilyn Manson

Not his best album by any means, but it's definitely not worthy of being labeled worst metal album. Some songs are okay on here, whereas other albums on this list have no redeemable qualities.

This isn't metal.

The Contenders
11 Under Cover - Ozzy Osbourne

To be honest ozzy is a good musician. Sadly though he hasnt aged very well

12 The Unspoken King - Cryptopsy
13 Recharged - Linkin Park

What the hell, I get this album is literal garbage but it in no way on earth is metal.

14 Metal Magic - Pantera

The quality was the worst of all pantera albums in glam metal era. nobody loved terry glaze ere since phil put pantera on the groove

Well we know it has the worst.

15 Catharsis - Machine Head

Freeze, by the name of the law of music, this album is under arrest.

16 Forbidden - Black Sabbath

I don't think this deserves to be here. I could see why a number of fans wouldn't like it, but to consider it one of the worst metal albums of all time? That's overdoing it. Sick and Tired, the title track, Rusty Angels, Shaking Off the Chains, and Loser Gets it All are all classics to me. I Won't Cry For You is pretty weak, I'll admit, but the rest of the songs on Forbidden are all great. I'd even go as far as to say it's one of my personal favorite Black Sabbath albums out of them all.

17 Prototype - Celtic Frost
18 Re-Load - Metallica

Metallica peaked in the 1980's and while they were always heading downhill they went in to hyper speed straight to suck on this one. Cutting their hair was irrelevant, but smearing on make up and whining like a bunch of queens ruined this band for me. My first impression when I meat a Metallica fan is that they don't know very much about music.

Load is a great album, and they thought it would get more popular by just releasing Reload. This album is just a mess.

When your one of the biggest thrash band then turn around and release dad rock be ready for a riot.

As everything released after the black album this sucks as hell!

19 About that Life - Attila
20 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

How can anybody think this album is BAD? The member of a7x were like 18 when they came out with this album and they had NO good producers and barely any money to higher one. Still a great album that has no reason at all to be on this awful list. By the way slipknot at #2? You've got to be kidding me...

Honestly This is My Second Favorite A7X Album Next to Waking the Fallen, This Album Gets So Much Hate Because It Doesn't Sound Right, I Think It Sounds Awesome, Its Raw and Powerful. When I First Heard This Album I Wasn't Sure If I Was Gonna Like It But I Listened to It Again and I Fell In Love With This Album. The Drums and The Riffs are Awesome! I'm Probably the 5% That Loves This Album, If You Don't Like this Album and You're an A7X Fan, Your Not a Hardcore A7X Fan This Album is a Masterpiece

I actually love the low production on this album. Sevenfolds first two albums are the only metalcore I like and I feel the production value makes it sound so much more raw and real.

I haven't listened to it, but based on the songs I have heard by this awful poser band it must be terrible

21 Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest - Six Feet Under
22 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit

How is SLIPKNOT (of all bands) ahead of THIS?! Better yet, how is THIS album behind Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish (which were also not that good; at least they were much better than this, though)? This album is quite possibly the bottom of the barrel for music in general, and that's saying a lot, especially given how most tracks aren't even bottom of the barrel - they're the grime under it. Disgraceful.

23 Dedicated to Chaos - Queensrÿche

Oh this is really bad

24 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Dear Christ I hate this band so much, I didn't enjoy them in the first place, but when I started going on this site and see them in every music list, it just gets worse and worse. If enjoy them, I respect your opinion, but god I hate them.

This album is so stupid, their fans call this metal but it's simple nonsense. Brad Delson is the worst guitarist ever and they think they're so original. I don't see why slipknot are at the top but that album is freaky.

Why do many people think linking park is the best band in the world? They're just a bunch of posers trying to be good.

If people think linkin park is not metal then why are there heavy guitar rifts and screaming. also listen to the song "given up" it's their most heaviest song yet

25 Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence
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