Top 200 Metal Masterpieces of All Time


RANKING CRITERIA :

1. Originality [ 35% of the rating ]

2. Songwriting [ 35% of the rating ]

3. Performance [ 20% of the rating ]

4. Historical value [ 10% of the rating ]

Created by: Vasil de Shumen | 10.03.2012



1. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
2. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
4. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971
5. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
1983
6. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984
7. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
1993
8. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
9. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
10. Manowar - Hail To England
1984
11. Rainbow - Rising
1976
12. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Australia)
1977
13. Van Halen - Van Halen
1978
14. Deep Purple - In Rock
1970
15. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
16. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986
17. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
18. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983
19. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
20. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
1980
21. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
22. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
23. Coroner - Grin
1993
24. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
25. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
26. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
27. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
28. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
1992
29. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
30. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
31. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
32. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
33. Wrathchild America - 3-D
1991
34. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
35. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
36. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
37. Cynic - Focus
1993
38. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
39. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
40. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
41. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
42. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
43. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
44. Death - Symbolic
1995
45. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
46. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
47. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993
48. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
49. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
1989
50. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
51. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
52. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
53. Opeth - Still Life
1999
54. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
55. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
56. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
57. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
58. Death - Human
1991
59. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
60. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
61. Depressive Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
62. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
63. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
64. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
65. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
66. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
67. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
68. Toxik - World Circus
1987
69. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
70. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
71. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
72. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
73. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
74. Savatage - Sirens
1983
75. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
76. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
77. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
78. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
79. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
80. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
81. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
82. Venom - Black Metal
1982
83. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
84. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
85. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
86. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
87. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981
88. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
89. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
90. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
91. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
92. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
93. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
94. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
1986
95. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
96. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
1984
97. Coroner - No More Color
1989
98. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
99. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
100. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
101. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
102. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
103. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
104. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
105. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
106. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
107. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
1988
108. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
1985
109. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
110. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978
111. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
112. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
113. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
114. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
115. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
116. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
117. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
118. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
119. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
120. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
121. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
122. Hammers Of Misfortune - The August Engine
2003
123. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
124. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
125. Holocaust - Covenant
1997
126. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
127. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
128. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
129. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
130. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
131. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
132. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
133. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
134. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
135. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
136. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
137. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
138. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
139. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
140. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
141. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
142. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
143. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
144. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
145. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
146. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
147. Death - Leprosy
1988
148. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
149. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
150. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
151. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
152. Toxik - Think This
1989
153. Testament - The New Order
1988
154. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
155. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
156. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
157. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994
158. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
159. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
160. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
161. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
162. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
163. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
164. Bitches Sin - Invaders
1986
165. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
166. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
167. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
168. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
169. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
170. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
171. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
172. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
173. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
174. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
175. Mastodon - Remission
2002
176. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005
177. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982
178. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
179. Realm - Endless War
1988
180. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Locust Years
2006
181. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000
182. Manilla Road - The Deluge
1986
183. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
184. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
185. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
186. Edge Of Sanity - Unorthodox
1992
187. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
188. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003
189. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
190. Voivod - Killing Technology
1987
191. Testament - The Legacy
1987
192. Opeth - Orchid
1995
193. Ritual - Widow
1983
194. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988
195. Chastain - Ruler Of The Wasteland
1986
196. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996
197. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986
198. Razor - Violent Restitution
1988
199. Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
1989
200. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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22.03.2014 - 16:35
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 22.03.2014 at 16:25
The best course of action when dealing with someone who thinks Bloodbath are an experimental death metal band.

Same guy? Could have saved me from responding in the first place had I known that.
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I have no memory of this place.
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22.03.2014 - 21:02
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 22.03.2014 at 08:20


... Black Sabbath songs' composition are too simple. Today we can name it - "commercial"



Simplicity is not always a disadvantage In the case of early Black Sabbath the simplicity is a sign of genius ...
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23.03.2014 - 06:19
Dr. Strawberry
Written by Guest on 22.03.2014 at 16:25

Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.03.2014 at 16:12

I think it's probably safer if we just agree to disagree.

The best course of action when dealing with someone who thinks Bloodbath are an experimental death metal band.

Canadian Alliance (Red-Hair Punk Kid + Home Alone Caveman) showed their close cooperation !
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23.03.2014 - 12:18
!J.O.O.E.!
Account deleted
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 23.03.2014 at 06:19

Canadian Alliance (Red-Hair Punk Kid + Home Alone Caveman) showed their close cooperation !

Yes, we're called the common-sense brigade.
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23.03.2014 - 19:54
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
If you want to post comments, you can discuss the selection or the ranking.

I don't want petty bickering. Please ...
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30.04.2014 - 20:56
Dr. Strawberry
Can we call Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and Van Halen - Metal ?
Could it be better to categorise this way :
Ozzy Osbourne - Heavy Hard Rock
AC/DC - Heavy Blues Rock
Van Halen - Hard Rock
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30.04.2014 - 22:01
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 30.04.2014 at 20:56

Can we call Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and Van Halen - Metal ?
Could it be better to categorise this way :
Ozzy Osbourne - Heavy Hard Rock
AC/DC - Heavy Blues Rock
Van Halen - Hard Rock


My personal understanding about Metal isn't limited to the burden and aggression of the sound. Metal has specific Spirit. I recognize that Spirit in each of these three albums.
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11.07.2015 - 01:10
indexqwest
Nice list!
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11.07.2015 - 08:52
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by indexqwest on 11.07.2015 at 01:10

Nice list!


thanks I'm glad you approve my selection ...
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26.02.2016 - 02:05
Tomas Piller
Very sympathetic list! If I got such one then about 30%+ albums will be the same.
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26.02.2016 - 09:18
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Tomas Piller on 26.02.2016 at 02:05

Very sympathetic list! If I got such one then about 30%+ albums will be the same.


Thanks man For many people this selection seems too retro ...

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?
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26.02.2016 - 18:13
Tomas Piller
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 26.02.2016 at 09:18

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?

Checked it out and the intersection is quite smaller there, say 10%, for two reasons i guess
- for some reason I don't dig and never have Opeth, Nevermore and Mastodon which are apparently some of your staples (and many other people's)
- I don't know a LOT of albums there yet, like more than half

That being said there are still entries I really love, mainly albums from Vektor, Slough Feg, Green Carnation, Rigor Mortis, The Crown, Angra.

Btw: you can check what are the pinnacles for me from the new milenium from the first 15 entries of my annual list here
http://metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=4480
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26.02.2016 - 20:06
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Tomas Piller on 26.02.2016 at 18:13

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 26.02.2016 at 09:18

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?

Checked it out and the intersection is quite smaller there, say 10%, for two reasons i guess
- for some reason I don't dig and never have Opeth, Nevermore and Mastodon which are apparently some of your staples (and many other people's)
- I don't know a LOT of albums there yet, like more than half

That being said there are still entries I really love, mainly albums from Vektor, Slough Feg, Green Carnation, Rigor Mortis, The Crown, Angra.

Btw: you can check what are the pinnacles for me from the new milenium from the first 15 entries of my annual list here
http://metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=4480


Slough Feg became one of my favorite bands in recent years. They carry the spirit of early Iron Maiden.

Your list is interesting despite our difference in the selection criteria ...
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09.06.2016 - 01:07
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Guest on 08.06.2016 at 22:10

Vital remains? all of their albus are master pieces! (except for the debut and maybe the second one)


Good death metal but many cliches...
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10.06.2016 - 17:20
LuciferOfGayness
Account deleted
Another metal fan that didnt make it to the 21st century
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