Top 10 Best Metal Albums of the 21st Century

The 21st century has seen an incredible evolution in the world of metal music. As the genre continues to expand and diversify, a multitude of bands have emerged with innovative sounds, powerful lyrics, and unforgettable performances. In this ever-growing landscape, it can be challenging to keep track of the truly exceptional albums that have left an indelible mark on the metal scene. That's why we've asked for your help in compiling a top ten list of the best metal albums of the 21st century.

These masterpieces have not only captured the hearts and minds of fans but have also stood the test of time, showcasing the incredible talent and artistic vision of their creators. So, get ready to headbang your way through some of the most iconic and groundbreaking metal albums of our time, and discover the sounds that have defined an era.
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

2 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
3 Death Magnetic - Metallica

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.

4 Ghost Reveries - Opeth

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

5 Annihilation of the Wicked - Nile
6 Minutes to Midnight - Linkin Park

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.

7 Akróasis - Obscura
8 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.

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

9 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...

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

10 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'.

The Contenders
11 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.

12 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!

13 Horror Show - Iced Earth
14 Prophecy - Soulfly
15 Agony - Fleshgod Apocalypse
16 Iowa - Slipknot

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

17 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.

18 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.

Wow it wasn't even in the list...

19 Dark Ages - Soulfly
20 Pandemonium - Cavalera Conspiracy
21 Demons and Wizards - Demons and Wizards
22 Blackwater Park - Opeth
23 Octavarium - Dream Theater
24 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Nu Metal is still Metal

25 Shogun - Trivium
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