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!

Yeah... I have no idea what they were thinking when they released this album. - LadyBanshee

Hey, but at least this let us know that James really is The Table..

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.

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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! - IronSabbathPriest

People will understand the album if they listen to it in the right circumstances, this is not something you put on in a calm summer evening... This is what you listen to when you're so pissed off about something you wanna break down a wall. Should've stuck a sticker on the front saying "Best enjoyed when FRANTIC".

Horrible Drumming, Removal of solos, Off-tone Vocals, and conflicting riffs between JAMES AND KIRK repetitive sound, Crappy Screaming, Horrible Lyrics, and don't forget Frantic's CHORUS sounds horrible. Definitely metal at it's WORST! (except for Lulu)

So disappointed about drumming and vocals

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3 Illud Divinum Insanus - Morbid Angel

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.

Hitlers rant on this album says more than I could ever say... just look up hitler reacts to new morbid angel album - wizardlarry

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4 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

The band has talent but the singer is whiny bitch. Whiny crybaby voice. Get a new singer. Whieieieiying

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5 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

6 Slipknot - Slipknot

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?

Eh, Slipknot has worse. - AdamDestructorJr.

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

Limp Bizkit, AKA the worst band on the planet

The name says it all.

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.

Limp Bizkit isn't Metal.

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8 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

The full cash grab.

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9 Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit
10 Prototype - Celtic Frost

The Contenders

11 It Just Gets Worse - Anal C***

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

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

This should be number one.

To be honest they're not too bad

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12 A Matter of Life and Death - Iron Maiden

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.

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

Why is this album here... Not a serious list at all...

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

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13 Dedicated to Chaos - Queensr├┐che

American soldier is even worse - Caleb9000

Oh this is really bad - christangrant

14 Risk - Megadeth

St. Anger of Megadeth

Cryptic Writings is better. - Zysoth

Crush em sucks

They took a risk allright. So did Hitler. Both did equally bad.

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15 About that Life - Attila
16 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.

This really isn't a metal album, but ok. - cjWriter1997

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17 S&M - Metallica

This is outrage! this patetic intention of music should be erased from every record in music!
Who made it? yes... the pouser band of metallica!

18 Roots - Sepultura

Don't know why this is on this list. This is a great album - sextysex

What? I love this album more than Pantera's albums. - GREYBOYY

This album is brutal

From beautiful thrash melody and rhythm to that primitivism. The beginnig of the end of Sepultura

19 Metal Magic - Pantera
20 Slave to the Game - Emmure
21 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

22 Hold Your Fire - Rush

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

Rush is progressive rock

This is definitely metal's nightmare. This band should not have come into existence in the first place let alone bring a new album. Anyone new to come into our metal world will simply walk away if s/he listens to this band. So it should to banned. Sayonara!

Metal? - AdamDestructorJr.

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23 Pink Bubbles Go Ape - Helloween

Not the best helloween album but no where near the worst of all time

24 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.

Marilyn Manson rules

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25 The Path of Totality - Korn

Mtv promoted this bull. These guys always sucked.

26 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.


27 Theater of Pain - Motley Crue
28 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

29 Nation - Sepultura
30 Follow the Leader - Korn
31 The Galactic Rock 'n' Roll Empire - Vondur
32 Metal Jukebox - Helloween
33 Demonic - Testament
34 Belus - Burzum
35 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.

Only two or three good songs. Plus, the album cover looks like a butt, which is fitting because this album is was comes out of butts. - NikBrusk

That's what I thought when I saw the album cover, but it's actually Piss and Blood. - Mumbizz01

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

Load is a great album, and they thought it would get more popular by just releasing Reload. This album is just a mess. - Mumbizz01

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36 Reinventing the Steel - Pantera

This album is great

I never liked this band, the singer was a generic Henry Rollins wannabe.

37 Painkiller - Judas Priest

Who put this masterpiece on the list. This is an amazing album.

Who ever made this this list need to get a life

Just because the soundscape on this album borders on Pantera-lite or whatever was cool and hip at the time doesn't make this a great album. Dig a little deeper and you'll find the songs are basically the same kind of fluff and virtually interchangeable with the crap that populated Turbo, Ram it Down etc..

Add the cliched cartoon lyrics to the mix and this is ridiculously bad album that doesn't deserve the credit it gets. Halford was probably ashamed of this too as he left the sinking ship soon afterwards.

Ouch. - AdamDestructorJr.

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38 Stridsyfirlysing - Vondur

I can't believe that someone know that band

39 Virtual XI - Iron Maiden

How is Painkiller even on this list? It's number 2 on the greatest metal albums of all time and should be number 1 - Sabbath

This is a lot better than No Prayer for the Dying or Fear of the Dark

Blaze Bayle is an awesome singer, his solo albums are proof of that, but he and Iron Maiden don't mix well.

Yeah, this album is pretty weak. Some food tracks, but meh.

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40 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.

U suck d#ck u f#ggot hater, every song on this album has blistering solos killer drums and scary vocals that will blow u away and is as heavy as any thrash metal ever recorded, not to mention it came out on September 11.

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41 Cold Lake - Celtic Frost

Celtic Frost seriously went glam metal?

42 Hail to the King - Avenged Sevenfold

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

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

This is good band yes

I hate this band

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43 Hate - Thy Art Is Murder

Seriously!? This Album is amazing! This doesn't deserve to be here. - Zysoth

44 Undisputed Attitude - Slayer

Slayer is an incredibly terrible band.. I'm not surprised that this album is on this list.

45 Karmacode - Lacuna Coil

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

46 Dream Evil - Dio

Yeah... I'm gonna pretend I didn't see this. - IronSabbathPriest

I will take Dio at his worst over many other bands at their best. If I were going to say any of his albums were my least favorite it would be Angry Machines.

Will somebody put the retard who put this here out of his misery!

Who put this on here? they need to get a life - christangrant

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47 Generation Swine - Motley Crue

Personally I have always been a crue fan but this a transition to fit in a new music era not a good idea,

48 Slaves and Masters - Deep Purple
49 Perverse Recollections of a Necromangler - Waking the Cadaver

There's no way this can't be number one. It's just so incredibly bad...

This album is far worse than anything above it. Its unbearable.

Quality in this Album is like being forced to watch 144p on a 4K T.V.. It just doesn't work. This is why I stay inside instead of being in the woods, because even then. The Rapist wouldn't get in. - Zysoth

50 The Black Album (Metallica) - Metallica

Thrash Metal Gods become Softies, but it's a great album to listen to. - Zysoth

This wasn't that bad, it just sounded mellow.

After in justice this was a disgrace

Metallicas first four albums were awesome but thios album and everything after sucked!

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Top Remixes (8)

1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. St. Anger - Metallica
3. Metal Jukebox - Helloween
1. Results May Vary - Limp Bizkit
2. Sounding the Seventh Trumpet - Avenged Sevenfold
3. It Just Gets Worse - Anal C***
1. Painkiller - Judas Priest
2. Freedumb - Suicidal Tendencies
3. Hold Your Fire - Rush

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