The 15 Greatest Metal Albums of all Time

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British Steel
1.  British Steel by Judas Priest
The list author says:
  "This is undeniably, the greatest heavy metal album ever recorded. Sabbath may have unleashed some of the heaviest riffs known to mankind, but no metal band has been as influential as Judas Priest or has any band ever deserved the credentials of the "Metal Gods"."
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Piece of Mind
2.  Piece of Mind by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "This is the greatest Iron Maiden album ever, right up in the same alleyway and reign of power as the masterpiece "Powerslave". The best metal songs are "Sun and Steel", "The Trooper", "Flight of Icarus", and "Die With Your Boots On"."
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Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
3.  Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "My favorite Black Sabbath album. Yes, this was the year Sabbath incorporated their music and made themselves more diverse by adding synthesizers. The critics weren't impressed. But who cares? "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", the self titled song of the album title is probably the greatest metal song I've ever heard in my life."
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Master of Reality
4.  Master of Reality by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "This might even be the heaviest Sabbath album ever. After success with "Paranoid" and their debut album, Tony Iommi decided to tune his SG down 1 1/2 steps to C#, so that the guitar tone would be even crunchier and it would be more doom and gloom than Sabbath had ever revealed. This is among their best work."
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Symphonies of Sickness
5.  Symphonies of Sickness by Carcass
The list author says:
  "I think this is the most extreme grindcore album I've ever heard and Carcass's best work. One of the greatest metal albums ever, it shows vast improvement from their first album and how they incorporated more melodic guitar playing within the extremely grungy distorted guitars."
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Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious (CD/DVD)
6.  Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious (CD/DVD) by Carcass
The list author says:
  "If you don't know what good metal is, Necroticism: Descanting the Insalubrious is the best way to start. The album was much more progressive than "Symphonies", but guitarist Michael Amott joined and helped out with the melodies. Longer song structures and sharply improved lyrics changed. They are as innovative as Priest and Sabbath in a different retrospect, respectively."
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Among the Living
7.  Among the Living by Anthrax
The list author says:
  "Best Anthrax album, and by far the greatest thrash metal album of all time."
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Persistence of Time
8.  Persistence of Time by Anthrax
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Darkness Descends
9.  Darkness Descends by Dark Angel
The list author says:
  "The fastest and heaviest thrash metal album ever. Dark Angel coined the term of "The L.A. Caffeine Machine" because of their over the top extremely fast heavy riffs. Gene Hoglan earned the title of "The Atomic Clock" and is among one of the fastest drummers in the world. Too bad they split up, they are great thrash metal band."
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Reign in Blood
10.  Reign in Blood by Slayer
The list author says:
  "What's a metal list without "Reign in Blood"? Hey, this is by far the most influential thrash metal album ever, I'd cite this and "Darkness Descends" as the two fastest thrash metal albums, but both were released the exact same year in 1986. It's a short album, but it gets the job done."
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Master of Puppets
11.  Master of Puppets by Metallica
The list author says:
  "This is just a great album. Metallica is not the greatest band ever because they sold out, but this is just an awesome heavy metal album. Kirk Hammett does many wild guitar solos and this is probably the most complex album for guitarwork ever."
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...And Justice For All
12.  ...And Justice For All by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Equally as great as "Master of Puppets"."
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Holy Diver
13.  Holy Diver by Dio
The list author says:
  "Holy Diver, you've been down too long in the midnight sea! Ronnie James Dio is the most legendary metal singer ever, and Dio is by far the greatest metal band he ever took part in."
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Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
14.  Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! by Megadeth
The list author says:
  "Metal is about thrashing like a maniac, going into whiplash and just being insane! I'd say this is Megadeth's best album and Mustaine has never written a better song than the supreme "Last Rites/Loved to Deth"! You're a woos, if you don't like this album."
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Burning Bridges
15.  Burning Bridges by Arch Enemy
The list author says:
  "And last, but not least, what's a list without Arch Enemy? If it weren't for the excellent performance of Carcass guitarist Michael Amott, this superior death metal group never would have formed. I think Arch Enemy has written better music than Carcass, but that is my opinion. Other than that, go buy all the Arch Enemy albums, you won't be disappointed."
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Reign in blood has 666 reviews 1 Jun 16, 2014
this album can't be less then 5 stars. it is practically the most ripped off album. everyone after 1986 tried to be slayer. 13 Feb 22, 2014
Who do you like better 70s Judas Priest or 80s Iron Maiden? 3 Oct 21, 2013
Best Quality Version? 6 Sep 28, 2013
exhorder 0 Aug 25, 2013
Where are the live tracks from? 2 Apr 29, 2013
Where are the live tracks from? 2 Apr 23, 2013
1990 back cover 2 Apr 17, 2013
Remastered? 1 Apr 17, 2013
eye of the beholder 6 Feb 6, 2013
Best Metal Album Ever 31 Jan 6, 2013
Reign in blood. 1 May 5, 2012
 
   

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