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. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
21. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
22. Coroner - Grin
1993
23. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
1980
24. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
25. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
26. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
27. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
28. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
29. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
30. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
31. Souls At Zero - 3-D
1991, actually by Wrathchild America
32. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
33. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
34. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
1992
35. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
36. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
37. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
38. Cynic - Focus
1993
39. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
40. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
41. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
42. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
43. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
44. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
45. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
46. Opeth - Still Life
1999
47. Death - Symbolic
1995
48. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993
49. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
50. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
1989
51. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
52. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
53. Death - Human
1991
54. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
55. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
56. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
57. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
58. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
59. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
60. D-Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
61. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
62. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
63. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
64. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
65. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
66. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
67. Toxik - World Circus
1987
68. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
69. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
70. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
71. Opeth - Orchid
1995
72. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
73. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
74. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
75. Savatage - Sirens
1983
76. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
77. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
78. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
79. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
80. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
81. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
82. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
83. Venom - Black Metal
1982
84. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
85. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
86. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
87. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
88. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981
89. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
90. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
91. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
92. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
93. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
94. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
95. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
1986
96. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
97. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
1984
98. Coroner - No More Color
1989
99. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
100. Testament - The Legacy
1987
101. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
102. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
103. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
104. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
105. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
106. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
107. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
108. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
109. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
1988
110. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
1985
111. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
112. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978
113. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
114. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
115. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
116. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
117. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
118. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
119. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
120. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
121. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
122. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
123. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
124. Hammers Of Misfortune - The August Engine
2003
125. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
126. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
127. Holocaust - Covenant
1997
128. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
129. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
130. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
131. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
132. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
133. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
134. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
135. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
136. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
137. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
138. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
139. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
140. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
141. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
142. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
143. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
144. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
145. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
146. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
147. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
148. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
149. Death - Leprosy
1988
150. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
151. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
152. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
153. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
154. Toxik - Think This
1989
155. Testament - The New Order
1988
156. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
157. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
158. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
159. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994
160. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
161. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
162. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
163. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
164. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
165. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
166. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
167. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
168. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
169. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
170. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
1986
171. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
172. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
173. Savatage - Handful Of Rain
1994
174. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
1995
175. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
176. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
177. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
178. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
179. Mastodon - Remission
2002
180. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005
181. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982
182. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
183. Realm - Endless War
1988
184. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Locust Years
2006
185. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000
186. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
187. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
188. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
189. Edge Of Sanity - Unorthodox
1992
190. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
191. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003
192. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
193. Voivod - Killing Technology
1987
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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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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08.06.2016 - 22:10
VIG
Starman
Vital remains? all of their albus are master pieces! (except for the debut and maybe the second one)
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09.06.2016 - 01:07
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by VIG 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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09.06.2016 - 14:02
VIG
Starman
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 09.06.2016 at 01:07

Written by VIG 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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"I've got good news. That gum you like is going to come back in style."
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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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