Worst Albums by Great Metal / Hard Rock Bands

In my opinion most bands have a fluke or have just lost their greatness from the past. These are my least favorite albums by great bands. They are all from subgenres of metal or rock.

The Top Ten

1 Lulu - Metallica

Wow it feels like you're in a block of flats, you hear Lou Reed in the shower talking and singing while next door Metallica are playing next door. That's how bad it is. I don't see how God Hates us All is bad, Disciple is a rocking song. Maybe Diabolus in Musica.

This should be at number one it was awful who hell makes garbage like this I want too sue Lars for this album good Lou reed is dead so a sequel will never be made few I was in fear that that would happen good thing it never did

It sounds like Lou Reed and Metallica were high on crack when they made this. You hear Lou Reed's drunken voice with Metallica playing in the background. Did I forget to mention the lyrics. "I am the tablet"? Seriously!?

In my opinion, I don't find this album that bad. Sure lyrics make no sense but they don't have to. - Mumbizz01

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2 A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park

Disagree completely. It's a very beautiful and artistic electronic album. The only reason it's on this list is because there are too many people who can't grow up and realize that Linkin Park don't need to constantly make Hybrid Theory part 2. - AngryByrd

This is the worst linkin park album, that being said, all linkin park albums are great! Therefor, this is still a good album and should not be on this list

It sounds cool though

Linkin park has not done anything good since meteora. they don't even classify as a rock band even more. and yes, thousand suns is the worst,along with everything 30 seconds to mars have done since beautiful lie

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3 Chinese Democracy - Gun's N' Roses

Please... This album is amazing! Buy some decent system to play it on and play it loud, yes Axl is being a dick but most rock stars are, and this album does have a better guitarist (Buckethead, best guitarist of all time). It would be great if Slash was here too but he's not so get over it and enjoy the music. If this was released under a different band name headed by Axl Rose people would love it.

Some good songs on the record and I love Buckethead but Axl is killing Gun's N' Roses and their legacy.

This album had one catchy song on it to me - Sabbath

4 Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold

Was this album with NO good songs at all not on the list? - christangrant

5 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day

This was not the only bad album by Green Day. A lot of their albums sucked and some are overrated - Sabbath

Only bad Green Day album and it was not good. Few high points on the record.

Two things: 1st: I'm pretty sure Green Day isn't Metal nor Hard Rock, they are simply punk / pop rock. And second, this a fantiastic album. What the hell is this doing here?! - Jetticus12

I would agree except for the fact the green day are not hard rock or metal, they are pop punk (and uno,dos and tre are also much worse than this) - OnlyFoolsAndSlayer

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6 St. Anger - Metallica

What do guys thinking about? Lulu worsen than this, in St. Anger, they have Frantic and St. Anger that I think is really good. But Lulu? No one in that album is good or can I say all of their song is bad and worsen than St. Anger. St. Anger maybe at 2 or 3

As much as people complain about this album, this album allowed Metallica to survive. I liked Frantic, St. Anger, Some Kind of Monster, The Unnamed Feeling, Sweet Amber and All Within My Hands.

Why critics why did you let this peace of junk whin Grammy really how could this peace have in to the world it will kill you metal

This is a Difficult Choice because Every Metallica album is Garbage. Posers.

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7 A Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen

I don't think there is a single song on this album that I could listen to twice. And to answer the previous comment... at least VH III had Fire In the Hole. Not a great song... but better than anything off of this turd.

Why is this here and not Van Halen III? - Nickelstickman

8 Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold

This album is an unique album... Everyone please listen this album... In this album has everything...

Whoever put this album on the list needs to be shot! It has so many genius songs like so far away, buried alive, nightmare, fiction, save me.

What is doing on here!?!?!?

Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold is my favourite album with some of my favourite songs.
Nightmare, Welcome To The Family, Natural Born Killer etc.

Sounding The Seventh Trumpet is WAY worse than Hail To The King or even Waking The Fallen - CptnWolfe

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9 Recharged - Linkin Park
10 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel

The Contenders

11 Super Collider - Megadeth
12 Van Halen III - Van Halen

I can agree that this album is pretty bad, but at least they made a good album after this. - Mumbizz01

13 Lightning Bolt - Pearl Jam

I actually like this album. - Mumbizz01

14 The Spaghetti Incident - Guns N' Roses

How was this also not on the list this album has no good songs at all - christangrant

15 Risk - Megadeth

My favorite band on this list, but Mustaine messed up on this one.

This album made me stop listening to megadeth, the only good song is prince of darkness but that's it

Ok 1. Lulu is not a a Metallica album 2. God hates us all is amazing 3. Megadeth ha many albums that are on the same level as risk. This list is messed up. People... - Sabbath

Why is this on here? This isn’t even rock or metal. This is disco pop! - awesomedp900

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16 Load - Metallica

What new sound Metallica tried to capture on the black album was improved upon on Load. This was much better compared to the black album which was alright, but was unfocused and not as tightly woven as Load.

Laugh out loud top two is Metallica, I bet all the butt-hurt megadeth fans are celebrating (by the way I am in no way insulting megadeth I just love the wy Metallica fans and megadeth fans hate eachothers bands)

This album started the 3 horrid albums by Metallica which is why I think it is the worst album by great bands.

NO - awesomedp900

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17 Beneath the Encasing of Ashes - As I Lay Dying

Only metalcore band I'm into and their first album is their only bad one.

I love this band, but I can't listen to this album at all.

Their vocalist is a hypocrite, singing about Christian values then putting out a hit on his exwife. What a loser, and besides that they blow goat phallus

18 The Path of Totality - Korn
19 Forbidden - Black Sabbath
20 Temper Temper - Bullet for My Valentine

This album turned a really good metal band into radio rock trash.

21 Unmasked - KISS

The title tells you it isn't KISS and it is NOT KISS.

22 Lulu - Lou Reed & Metallica

I'd rather listen to somebody puking

So bad it’s on here twice - awesomedp900

23 God Hates Us All - Slayer

God hates whoever voted this

It's not good. Warzone is good but everything else is very disapointing.

This album sucks I'd threw this if I hear it.

Crap lyrics (ala King) god, war, hate... More war more hate, god blah blah, instantly forgettable riffs but performed well. Christ Illusion was a true return to form. I shudder to think how this next album is gonna shape up 100% king style.

24 Living Things - Linkin Park

The lyrics are pretty damn good but the sound is way too electronic

Hybrid Theory and Meteora were awesome. Minutes to Midnight had some flops, but some of LP's best songs. A Thousand Suns was a cool direction for the band to go in, and it also resulted in several great songs. But this album just sounds like LP ran out of ideas.

A thousand suns a cool way for the band to go? That was their worst selling and lowest rated album bro..

25 Hesitation Marks - Nine Inch Nails

I would'nt say it's the worst but I do miss the heavier albums like TF and TDS

26 Dedicated to Chaos - Queensryche
27 Demolition - Judas Priest

Judas Priest is a great band. This album however is just awful.

What was Ripper Owens thinking?

Notice the title of this list says Great metal bands. Now that's something Priest isn't. But yeah, Demolition is pretty bad, even by Priest's standards.

If judas priest is not a great metal band, there are no great metal bands

28 Th1rt3en - Megadeth

Whatt!? Thirteen was an amazing album! - winner333

What?!.. one of the singles from this album was nominated for grammys...

29 No Prayer for the Dying - Iron Maiden

Worst by Iron Maiden

30 Stomp 442 - Anthrax

This is just the worst. It's bland, uninspired and forgettable. It suffers even more because it followed Sound of White Noise, which was amazing.

There was no Volume 8 on this list so I had to vote for this. This album is retarded, its full of meaningless songs and sounds like pantera rip-off.

Worst album by Anthrax but the record had a few high points.

Why Risk? Why Demolition? Why even Load? This record is much worse.

31 Reload - Metallica

RELOAD IS awesome UNFORGIVING 2 you kidding me you people don't know music

This album is amazing... - awesomedp900

Ugh! Terrible, hate it!

Just as bad as load.

32 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

This band is terrible

Avenged Sevenfold is my favorite band! But let's be honest, this album is a ripoff of Metallica. This means war is the perfect song to describe as a ripoff of Metallicas sad but true.

2 good songs Planets and Doing time oh and I forgot to say 3 haha Acid Rain< is that even on there?

Amazing band but this album sucks lets be honest this band sucks with ot the rev

33 Flick of the Switch - AC/DC

It's not nearly as bad as the other albums on this list

Probably their weakest album

This is an Underrated album - christangrant

34 Siren Charms - In Flames
35 Turbo - Judas Priest
36 The Stage - Avenged Sevenfold

This was disappointing as hell! - EliHbk

37 Death Magnetic - Metallica
38 Music From The Elder - Kiss

This is a great album!

Even worse then unmasked

39 Jugulator - Judas Priest

This album was awesome compared to demolition.

Cathedral Spires from this album is a masterpiece and one of the best metal vocal performances. - Metal_Treasure

Underrated not bad at all - christangrant

40 Master of Puppets - Metallica

You have to be kidding me its Metallica's best album get it off the list.

Master of puppets is like one of the best metal albums! Metallica Rules

Who ever added this must be the dumbest person and that doesn't have the right to call himself a "Rock" Fan - christangrant

41 Rust In Peace - Megadeth

You have got to be kidding me right?

This is like their best album!

If somebody is trolling, great job, buddy, you're so good! If not, then he/she's an ass. - MrCheesesCousin

I hope whoever added this is joking. Rust In Peace is the greatest album of all time! - winner333

Get this off the list

The fact that this is on the list and Soundingthe Seventh Trumpet and The Spaghetti Incident? Wern't just proves how stupid people are - christangrant

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42 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit

A lot of people hate this band. I like them, but this album sucks.

43 Smells Like Children - Marilyn Manson

It's got some interesting ideas, but the execution is just terrible. Most songs on here are just irritating and poorly made. The only good ones on here are Sweet Dreams and Rock N' Roll N*gger.

44 Diabolus in Musica - Slayer
45 The High End of Low - Marilyn Manson
46 Born Villain - Marilyn Manson
47 Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
48 Got Your Six - Five Finger Death Punch

Not a bad album, but it's hard to listen to, because it keeps making you think of what it could've been. It could've topped War is the Answer. Jekyll and Hyde could've had less, "Oh e Oh e Oh's," in it. Boots and Blood could've had more variety, and the chorus could've been written better. The title track could've gotten its message across in a better way. So many things that could've been. It hurts.

49 Waking the Fallen - Avenged Sevenfold
50 One More Light - Linkin Park

The album is not even out yet - christangrant

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List Stats

300 votes
52 listings
6 years, 43 days old

Top Remixes

1. A Different Kind of Truth - Van Halen
2. Super Collider - Megadeth
3. Hesitation Marks - Nine Inch Nails
1. Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
2. A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
3. 21st Century Breakdown - Green Day
1. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold
2. Recharged - Linkin Park
3. Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel


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