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!


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.

Megadeth is much better than Metallica - Fahrezi

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2 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel

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

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

Kill a cop, kill a cop, you mad bro? - GREYBOYY

The drums are horrible on most songs.

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3 St. Anger - Metallica

I love st. Anger - lilrocketman

The only exception to this is some kind of monster. that track is so slow and so heavy, it's almost scary

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! - IronSabbathPriest

Lulu isn't really an official Metallica album. It's a collaboration. This album, on the other hand, is an official Metallica album, and is horrible. Has some pretty cool riffs, but outside of that, this album is awful. - Metarock

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4 Amerikkkant - Ministry

Waste of space, Ministry should have never existed.

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

Worst metal band that ever existed!

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

The name says it all.

Limp Bizkit, AKA the worst band on the planet

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6 Under Cover - Ozzy Osbourne
7 The Unspoken King - Cryptopsy
8 Catharsis - Machine Head

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

9 Graveyard Classics IV: The Number of the Priest - Six Feet Under
10 Slipknot - Slipknot

This is the only root album from Slipknot and it's here?
Who would be a disgrace to put this here? - Soader36

This is such a good album. Especially the songs wait and bleed, spit it out, and sic.

I actually kinda like Slipknot. And at the same time I like Iron Maiden. You can't explain that

This has to be a joke. Who would put this on here?

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The Contenders

11 Risk - Megadeth

This album should be on the list "Worst Albums by Metal Bands" - Alkadikce

Oh COME ON! Crush 'Em was awesome! - PhoenixAura81

St. Anger of Megadeth

Only in terms of being the worst album. There are no similarities between the two. - Alkadikce

Crush em sucks

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12 Significant Other - Limp Bizkit

All their albums suck, disgrace to metal music.

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.

What the what? This album great. - 05yusuf09

This is the only good Limp Bizkit Album - christangrant

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13 Prototype - Celtic Frost

This would be my number 1 on this list if it wasn't a demo because what the hell were Celtic Frost thinking making this crap? This is them trying to sellout again and this time try Industrial and Mallcore (Nu Metal) and it's awful and sounds nothing like any of Celtic Frost's other albums even Cold Lake had at least some elements of Celtic Frost's old sound and it's a far superior album to this, thank god this was only a demo because this album could have singlehandly destroyed Celtic Frost's reputation which was already damaged a little bit from Cold Lake. - christangrant

14 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. - Simba_Lennon

15 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 - MattIsANerd

Get this trash to number 1 please this is worse than all the albums in the top 10 combined - christangrant

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.

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16 Recharged - Linkin Park
17 Smells Like Children - Marilyn Manson

Alice Cooper wanna be about 30 years to late.

18 About that Life - Attila

Oh god this sucks.Why is Hybrid Theory higher than this,that album was amazing.This one sucks massive elephant crap.-DarkBoi-X

19 Slave to the Game - Emmure
20 Grand Declaration of War - Mayhem
21 Dedicated to Chaos - Queensr├┐che

American soldier is even worse - Caleb9000

Oh this is really bad - christangrant

22 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.

23 Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence


24 Freedumb - Suicidal Tendencies

Being punk is not a reason for you to bash this album.

This is more like a Punk Album.. Not At all Metal... So there's no reason why this should't be at the top of this list

25 Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park

Now I don't think Linkin Park is the best band in the world (there are loads better) but I don't think they are the worst either

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.

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 - Th3Zm0nst3r

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26 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.

Marilyn manson sucks period

This isn't metal.

Why's this on here?

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27 Hold Your Fire - Rush

Rush is the best band ever why is this on the list?!?!

Rush is progressive rock

Metal? - AdamDestructorJr.

This isn't metal. It sounds almost poppy. But I like it. - IronSabbathPriest

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28 The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 2 - Five Finger Death Punch

This album was atrocious. When Battle Born is the single, you know you have a problem.


29 Supercharger - Machine Head
30 Torment - Six Feet Under
31 Super Collider - Megadeth

This is NOT Megadeth. The Megadeth I know released the masterpiece we call 'Rust in Piece', or 'Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? '. This is just a lame excuse of music. - Zysoth

This is too low on the list

32 Re-Load - Metallica

I actually really like this album. - PhoenixAura81

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.

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

Damn this album is worse than load
The only good song is Fuel - Idiot244

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33 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit
34 Promise - Massacre

Just listen to it and you will see what I mean. An abomination to both man and beast and anything that can hear.

35 The Galactic Rock 'n' Roll Empire - Vondur
36 Nation - Sepultura
37 It Just Gets Worse - Anal C***

To be honest they're not too bad

The absolute worst metal album of all time. Intentionally so.

With a band title like that you know their whole career sucks

This should be number one.

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38 Metal Jukebox - Helloween
39 A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden

No way this is one of the 50 all-time worst metal albums. There is only one bad song (These Colours Don't Run). Lyrically there are no bad songs. And it's not boring to any degree like some fans say: even the long songs are full of different riffs, solos and excitement. Just because something is slower it does not mean it's more boring.

The Final Frontier on the other hand is very boring and could easily be on this place instead of this album. - Alkadikce

Why is this here? Sure, it's not their best album and is certainly overrated by fans for being the "progressive masterpiece" it really isn't, but it is nowhere NEAR being the worst metal album. Not even close.

I think Virtual XI is the worst album by Iron Maiden - Fahrezi

No. The songs on this album are fantastic. - IronSabbathPriest

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40 Demonic - Testament
41 Diabolus in Musica - Slayer
42 And Justice for None - Five Finger Death Punch
43 Stridsyfirlysing - Vondur

I can't believe that someone know that band

44 One More Light - Linkin Park

Let's be honest. It has nothing to do with Linkin Park anymore. It might be a new trial but ended in another trendy commercial sell out.

45 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

Only a7x bad album why sounding of the seventh trumpet on this list same with slipknot self titled

It's definitely a slower Album, but I can't agree that this is a bad album. But I see why it's disliked. - Zysoth

This is good band yes

I hate this band

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46 God Hates Us All - Slayer

This album is wicked!

It may not be the best Slayer album but this album shouldn't be up here.

Strats off really promisingly with Disciple (easily one of their best songs). Them immediately delves into the pits of awfullness with half-arsed thrash riffs and groove metal chugging galore. Makes Christ Illusion look like a masterpiece.


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47 Belus - Burzum
48 Follow the Leader - Korn
49 Cold Lake - Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost seriously went glam metal?

50 Karmacode - Lacuna Coil

Everybody looks at the singer in sytead of listenng to the music, where christina looks fine, the music sucks

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Top Remixes (9)

1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. St. Anger - Metallica
3. Metal Jukebox - Helloween
1. Amerikkkant - Ministry
2. Under Cover - Ozzy Osbourne
3. The Unspoken King - Cryptopsy
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Freedumb - Suicidal Tendencies
3. Hold Your Fire - Rush

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