The Best Heavy / Melodic Metal Album

1.  Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud 534
2.  Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls 295
3.  Motörhead - Bad Magic 101
4.  Vhöl - Deeper Than Sky 34
  Enforcer - From Beyond 34
6.  Satan - Atom By Atom 25
7.  Armored Saint - Win Hands Down 16
8.  Magister Templi - Into Duat 11
9.  Jaded Star - Memories From The Future 8
10.  Trial - Vessel 6
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Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud

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It's been 9 years since the renaissance of Amorphis, and under this line-up, the band has managed to forge a unique identity with a convergence of folk, doom, and death metal surrounding a core of heavy metal. Under The Red Cloud follows the same formula, but with a greater emphasis on infusing the aggression which harkens back to their classic melodic death metal days of yore. Throw in more oriental influences and some notable guest appearances, and the album is high on character and charm, making it on par with their best albums to date, if not better.

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Armored Saint - Win Hands Down

The name Armored Saint carries a lot of weight in the metal community - and so does Win Hands Down. Easily the band's best effort since their flagship release, Symbol Of Salvation, this new album sounds like a swift punch to the face. John Bush still roars like a lion, and this leather-plated juggernaut has come surging back into full force with musclebound riffs and threatening choruses. After some lackluster material and long absences, it's nice to see this war horse steaming back into the fray.

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Enforcer - From Beyond

Enforcer has been making some of the best revival-style heavy, speed metal for a few years now, tunes to ride motorcycles without a helmet to, Dr. Feelgood on cassette maybe, a lady with implants and glitter in the attached carriage thing and the like. They're also one of the few metal bands really embracing sex at the moment, a point worth celebrating them for.

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Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls

After the rather disappointing The Final Frontier back in 2010, Iron Maiden have come back stronger than ever with their first double album, The Book Of Souls. While Disc 1 could maybe stand on its own, with Disc 2 the band showcases their ability to keep the audience on their toes with some old school ear-candy as well as some more progressive sounding songs.

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Jaded Star - Memories From The Future

Experience matters, and Jaded Star is the perfect showcase in terms of writing and performing horn-tossing heavy metal, with Maxi Nil (ex-Visions Of Atlantis) and Raphael Sani (ex-Iced Earth) as the masterminds behind this band. Potent progressions and symphonic parts complement the unrelenting guitar riffs, but it's the ballsy heavy metal vocals that tie everything together in a gripping package that will have everyone stomping mad.

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Magister Templi - Into Duat

Magister Templi, with its second musical offering, Into Duat, really gives Candlemass a run for their money. The band's mixture of doom and heavy metal, if not the most original, is perfectly executed in almost every aspect. Abraxas' high-pitched vocals really stand out, and can embarrass many other singers. A real treat for the fans of traditional sounds.

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Motörhead - Bad Magic

While there are not that many musical surprises, Bad Magic proves once again that one doesn't have to reinvent the wheel to produce an awesome-sounding album. The band's signature sound speaks for itself and in hindsight, Motörhead went out with a bang on this one. RIP Lemmy.

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Satan - Atom By Atom

Satan is older than hell, but they're also better than hell. Their brand of NWOBHM is a treat. If you land in hell ever and the devil tells you to listen to Satan, explaining who Satan are and telling you to listen to their 2015 album, don't fret. It won't actually add to your torture regimen. The devil probably thinks, reasonably, that their 2015 album must suck because of the length of their career and all the many metal bands that haven't aged well, but he's out of touch, hasn't listened to this yet.

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Trial - Vessel

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While the heavy metal world awaits King Diamond's full recovery, Trial's Vessels is certainly an ace of a tribute to old school heavy metal with Mercyful Fate's signature wailing vocals. Two tracks in and it'll be a challenge not to feel the urge to rock like it was in the early '80s. Get your air guitars on standby!

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Vhöl - Deeper Than Sky

Vhöl really know how to push the envelope. Their second album, Deeper Than Sky, is a metal blast sprinkled with galloping speed and wild combinations where there are no genre boundaries. Colourful like the album cover, Deeper Than Sky can be as trippy as it is progressive. If you are looking for energetic/invigorating heavy metal, look no further.

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