Most Overrated Metal Albums

The Top Ten

1 Paranoid - Black Sabbath

What? This is an amazing album. From start to finish easily one of the best of all time. The individual song "Paranoid" is overrated, definitely not the album. Just look through the track listing:
1) War Pigs (Arguably one of the greatest songs of all time, both complicated and simple sections that give such a groove and incredible feel).
2) Paranoid (Amazing riff, lyrics, overrated, yeah, but certainly not bad.)
3) Planet Caravan (The more psychedelic yet super intriguing song on the album. Very underrated).
4) Iron Man (One of the most famous riffs ever, but in my opinion, it's the lyrics and the solos that make this one of the most iconic songs in metal).
5) Electric Funeral (In my opinion, the worst song on the album, but the unique riffs and incredible solo section show that it's still a solid song.)
6) Hand Of Doom (One of the most complex Black Sabbath songs. Just all around amazing work; clenching vocals from Ozzy, incredible groovy bass and drum work from ...more

Great album, but it's not the best Black Sabbath album. It's their fifth best in my opinion. Sabotage, Heaven and Hell, Master of Reality and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath are better. - Caleb9000

Its even overrated compared to the other albums by Ozzy - christangrant

The best is The Ultimate Collection hur - SoldierOfFortune

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2 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
3 Meliora - Ghost
4 Reign In Blood - Slayer

This isn't even the best Slayer album. Hell Awaits is way better. This album didn't do much that Hell Awaits didn't already do. Most of these songs are great, but everything in between Jesus Saves and Raining Blood are filler tracks (especially Epidemic and Postmortem). - Caleb9000

People say this is the heaviest metal album of all time but have clearly never listened to Pleasure to Kill by Kreator.

The only two really good songs on the album are Raining Blood and Angel Of Death (especially Angel Of Death), so, it’s not worthy of being called one of the best metal albums of all time if there’s only two really good tracks.

5 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Ugh. Get it to number 1. I know it's not a metal album but still.

6 Venom - Bullet for My Valentine
7 Master of Puppets - Metallica

This was a great album, but not quite a masterpiece. Ride The Lightning is far better, and sometimes this album gets a bit too repetitive and overlong. The title track is one of the best metal songs ever, but the rest doesn't quite live up to it. - Caleb9000

It's amazing just not number 1

Metallica is great, but this should be number 1.

8 Metallica - Metallica

Why is Operation Mindcrime at the top of this list?

9 British Steel - Judas Priest

Easily the most overrated metal album of all time. I would argue that this is one of Priest's weaker albums. Too predictable and humoginized. Breaking the Law is a great song though. - Caleb9000

Painkiller is better.

Painkiller is more overrated than this masterpiece. - IronSabbathPriest

I exaggerated a lot when I called this album a masterpiece. I don't think it is. But honestly and truthfully, I enjoy more tracks from this album. Only track on Painkiller I go back to regularly is the title track - IronSabbathPriest

10 Iowa - Slipknot

The Contenders

11 The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden

This album is almost perfect, but Gangland is a bit too repetitive. Amazing masterpiece, but not quite perfect. - Caleb9000

12 Follow the Leader - Korn
13 Slipknot - Slipknot
14 Blizzard of Oz - Ozzy Osbourne

NO IT'S NOT! #RIPRandy - sweetbeef

15 Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche

It's not overrated.

16 Korn - Korn
17 God Hates Us All - Slayer
18 Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? - Megadeth
19 Killers - Iron Maiden

This album is UNDERRATED. - Caleb9000

20 Rust in Peace - Megadeth

Not overrated. Underrated. This is my favorite thrash album, better than Master of Puppets by a long shot. - Caleb9000

"Underrated". Not saying this album is overrated, but every metal publication has put this very high in their "best albums" lists. - Mumbizz01

This album isn’t even top 10 metal albums in my opinion, yet it is ranked number 1 on the best metal albums list. - Spyrofan35

21 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

This is always above much better albums and this album is absolute trash from start to finish - christangrant

22 Images & Words - Dream Theater
23 Defenders of the Faith - Judas Priest
24 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
25 Scream Bloody Gore - Death

People say this is the first death metal album but I disagree. Possessed's Seven Churches is the first death metal album in my opinion.

26 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Sorry but no. This is one of the best metal albums of all time. This album defines heavy metal more than any other album ever released and every song is a masterpiece. - Caleb9000

27 Leviathan - Mastodon
28 Blood Mountain - Mastodon
29 Powerslave - Iron Maiden
30 Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory - Dream Theater
31 Cowboys from Hell - Pantera

This album is fantastic. Easily the best Pantera album. - Caleb9000

32 Black Sabbath Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath

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33 Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera

This is highly overrated. Basically a dumbed-down, more repetitive and more gineric version of Cowboys From Hell. - Caleb9000

34 Tomb of the Mutilated - Cannibal Corpse
35 The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden
36 ...And Justice for All - Metallica
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Top Remixes

1. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Meliora - Ghost
1. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
2. Meliora - Ghost
3. Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
1. God Hates Us All - Slayer
2. Operation: Mindcrime - Queensryche
3. Reign In Blood - Slayer


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