Top 10 Years in Metal History with Clusters of Great Albums and Songs from the Same Subgenre

I noticed some tendencies in metal music development - in some years the best metal albums / songs are from the same subgenre and these years probably mark the peak of this subgenre.

To every item on this list (year - subgenre) I listed bands, albums and songs. If you look at these albums and songs, grouped by year and subgenre, you will see that there is some logic in the metal music evolution.

The Top Ten

1 1986 - Thrash Metal

1986 was a thrash metal year. I guess this is convincing:
1) Slayer - Reign in Blood (Raining Blood, Angel of Death, Postmortem)
2) Metallica - Master of Puppets (Master of Puppets, Welcome Home, Orion, Battery)
3) Dark Angel - Darkness Descends (Merciless Death, Black Prophecies, Darkness Descends)
4) Kreator - Pleasure to Kill (Pleasure to Kill, Riot of Violence, Ripping Corpse)
5) Destruction - Eternal Devastation
6) Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (Peace Sells, Good Mourning / Black Friday) - Metal_Treasure

2 1994 - Black Metal

1) Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Freezing Moon, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, Funeral Fog)
2) Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse (I Am the Black Wizards, Cosmic Keys to My Creations and Times, Into the Infinity of Thoughts)
3) Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (Transilvanian Hunger)
4) Gorgoroth - Pentagram (Maaneskyggens Slave, Ritual) - Metal_Treasure

3 1983 - Traditional Metal

1) Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (The Trooper, Flight of Icarus, Where Eagles Dare)
2) Dio - Holy Diver (Holy Diver, Rainbow in the Dark, Don't Talk to Strangers)
3) Mercyful Fate - Melissa (Satan's Fall, Evil, Curse of the Pharaohs, Melissa)
4) Accept - Balls to the Wall (Balls to the Wall) - Metal_Treasure

4 1996 - Death Metal

1) Opeth - Morningrise (Black Rose Immortal, To Bid You Farewell, The Night and the Silent Water)
2) Cryptopsy - None So Vile (Phobophile, Crown of Horns, Graves of the Fathers, Slit Your Guts)
3) Hypocrisy - Abducted (Roswell 47, The Arrival of the Demons/Part 2)
4) In Flames - The Jester Race (Artifacts of the Black Rain, Moonshield, The Jester Race)
5) Cannibal Corpse - Vile (song: Devoured by Vermin)

PS. Two death metal albums even have the same word in the title ("vile"). - Metal_Treasure

5 1970 - Metal

Black Sabbath and Deep Purple released the first albums with some proto-metal songs on them.
These 2 albums aren't pure metal but they have some (proto) metal songs.
Both bands were founded in 1968 in the UK, both bands released metal songs in 1970 - this sounds like metal music was meant to be. In 1970.
Two more bands released albums with 1 metal song: Uriah Heep (formed in 1969) and Lucifer's Friend (formed in 1970).

1) Deep Purple - In Rock (Hard Lovin' Man, Speed King, Child In Time, Flight of the Rat, Bloodsucker).
2) Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath, the first doom metal song)
3) Uriah Heep -...Very 'Eavy...Very 'Umble (song: Bird of Prey, on the US version in 1970, on the UK version in 1971)
4) Lucifer's Friend - Lucifer's Friend (song: Ride the Sky) - Metal_Treasure

6 1989 - Technical Thrash Metal

1) Annihilator - Alice in Hell (Alison Hell, Human Insecticide, Schizos Are Never Alone Parts I & II)
2) Coroner - No More Color (Die by My Hand, Tunnel of Pain, D.O.A.)
3) Dead Brain Cells aka D.B.C.- Universe (The Genesis Explosion, Estuary, Exit the Giants)
4) Watchtower - Control and Resistance (this album is a mix of progressive metal, thrash metal and jazz fusion). - Metal_Treasure

7 1998 - Power / Symphonic Metal

1) Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth (Mirror Mirror, Nightfall, Thorn, Into the Storm)
2) Edguy - Vain Glory Opera (Out of Control, Vain Glory Opera, No More Foolin)
3) Nightwish - Oceanborn (The Pharaoh Sails to Orion, Devil and the Deep Dark Ocean) - Metal_Treasure

8 2015 - Progressive Metal

1) Riverside - Love, Fear and the Time Machine
2) Leprous - The Congregation
3) Between the Buried and Me - Coma Ecliptic
4) Symphony X - Underworld
5) TesseracT - Polaris - IronSabbathPriest

9 1999 - Progressive Metal

1) Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory (Home, The Dance of Eternity, Finally Free)
2) Opeth - Still Life (The Moor, Moonlapse Vertigo, Godhead's Lament)
3) Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black (Dreaming Neon Black, No More Will) - Metal_Treasure

10 1993 - Melodic Death Metal

In 1993, 3 bands released 3 pioneering albums with Melodic Death Metal songs. Just a coincidence?
1) Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer (August 1993)
2) Carcass - Heartwork (Oct 1993)
3) In Flames - DEMO '93 - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 1998 - Technical Death Metal

1) Gorguts - Obscura (Obscura, Earthly Love, The Art of Sombre Ecstasy)
2) Nile - Amongst the Catacombs of Nephren-Ka (Smashing the Antiu, Barra Edinazzu)

Honorable mention (because it's not entirely Technical Death Metal but it shows a tendency towards a more technical sound):
3) Death - The Sound of Perseverance (Spirit Crusher, Flesh and the Power It Holds, Voice of the Soul) - Metal_Treasure

12 1984 - Traditional Heavy Metal
13 2002 - Progressive Metal

1) Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, The Glass Prison)
2) Opeth - Deliverance (Deliverance, A Fair Judgement)
3) Symphony X - The Odyssey (The Odyssey, Accolade II)
4) Mastodon - Remission ( Mother Puncher, Crusher Destroyer, March of the Fire Ants, although this song is sludge and not prog metal)

Honorable mention (because it's Progressive Power Metal):
5) Blind Guardian - A Night at the Opera (And Then There Was Silence, Age of False Innocence) - Metal_Treasure

14 2004 - Death Metal

1) Amon Amarth - Fate of Norns
2) Behemoth - Demigod
3) Necrophagist - Epitaph
4) Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
5) Decide - Scars of the Crucifix
6) Obscura - Retribution (their debut album, not their best though) - Metal_Treasure

15 1991 - Death Metal
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