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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. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
2. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
3. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982
4. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971
5. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
6. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
7. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
1983
8. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984
9. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Australia)
1977
10. Manowar - Hail To England
1984
11. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
12. Rainbow - Rising
1976
13. Van Halen - Van Halen
1978
14. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
1993
15. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
16. Deep Purple - In Rock
1970
17. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
18. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983
19. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
20. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
21. Coroner - Grin
1993
22. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
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. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
28. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
29. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
30. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
31. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986
32. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
33. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
34. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
35. Souls At Zero - 3-D
1991, actually by Wrathchild America
36. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
37. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
38. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
39. Cynic - Focus
1993
40. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
41. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
42. Savatage - Sirens
1983
43. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
44. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
45. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
46. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
47. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
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. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
1986
53. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
54. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
55. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
56. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
57. Opeth - Still Life
1999
58. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
59. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
60. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
61. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
62. Death - Human
1991
63. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
64. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
65. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
66. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
67. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
68. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
69. D-Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
70. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
71. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
72. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
73. Toxik - World Circus
1987
74. Death - Symbolic
1995
75. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
76. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
77. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
78. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
79. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
80. Venom - Black Metal
1982
81. Testament - The Legacy
1987
82. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
83. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
84. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
85. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981
86. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
87. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
88. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
89. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
90. Opeth - Orchid
1995
91. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
92. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
93. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
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. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
99. Death - Leprosy
1988
100. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
101. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
102. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
103. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
104. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
105. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
106. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
107. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
108. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
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. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982
114. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
115. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
116. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
117. Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
118. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
119. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
120. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
121. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
122. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
123. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
124. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
125. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
126. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
127. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
128. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
1992
129. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
130. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
131. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
132. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
133. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
134. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
135. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
136. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
137. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
138. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
139. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
140. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
141. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
142. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
143. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
144. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
145. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
146. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
147. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
148. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
149. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
150. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
1984
151. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
152. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
153. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
154. Toxik - Think This
1989
155. Testament - The New Order
1988
156. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
157. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
158. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994
159. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
160. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
161. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
162. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
163. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
164. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
165. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
166. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
167. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
168. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
169. Coroner - R.I.P.
1987
170. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
171. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
172. Savatage - Handful Of Rain
1994
173. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
174. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
1995
175. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
176. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
177. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
178. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
179. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
180. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
181. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
1992
182. Realm - Endless War
1988
183. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986
184. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
1995
185. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
186. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
187. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
188. Doctor Butcher - Doctor Butcher
1994
189. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
1984
190. Mastodon - Remission
2002
191. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003
192. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
193. Heavy Load - Full Speed At High Level
1978
194. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
195. Chastain - Ruler Of The Wasteland
1986
196. Bathory - Twilight Of The Gods
1991
197. Détente - Recognize No Authority
1986
198. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996
199. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989
200. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988



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Vasil de Shumen - 01.05.2012 at 10:05  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 07:59

The problem is that this list is very common and boring.


If I wanted to be interesting, the list would have include many new and underground bands. But my purpose is to point the most valuable in the metal history - the Masterpieces. Therefore, the presence of classical groups is necessary and justified. Also - the old band's music is known art, but of such a kind that it cannot be surpassed by any later metal pieces, precisely because it is not form but SPIRIT. As we find it hard to part from the first spring days and pass into the season of full unfolding and ripening, so we tear ourselves almost regretfully away from this known and "boring" art, with its buds full of the coming wealth of IDEAS and forms, in order to see what ultimately became of it. In metal music, as in everything else, is not all unfolding and ripening a kind of withering, since in the full bloom we no longer have truth and reality appealing to us with that mysterious directness that is more magically eloquent than even perfection itself ?

And again - my list contains and several almost unknown bands
Cynic Metalhead - 01.05.2012 at 11:04  
Masterpieces aren't the only stuffs which have evolved way back and having a consequences on the new bands. What Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Sabbath, Maiden, DT, Ozzy, Opeth, DT and many more classical metal bands did have a impact on new generation of Metal bands but classifying only them and saying " precisely because it is not form but SPIRIT" is utter biased. There are loads of masterpieces new generations( including underground) bands existing and will exist that will have their own influential way of defining history. 80's scene came and went drastically so do the 90's and 00's but this is 2012 and will follow up till the World ends, bands will come and gone by leaving their precious history with the fans all over the world. Like yesterday? Motorhead and Big 4 Tomorrow? Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.
Vasil de Shumen - 01.05.2012 at 13:42  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 11:04

... There are loads of masterpieces new generations( including underground) bands existing and will exist that will have their own influential way of defining history ... this is 2012 and will follow up till the World ends, bands will come and gone by leaving their precious history with the fans all over the world ... Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.



Time will sort finest albums. Today is always biased
Cynic Metalhead - 01.05.2012 at 15:27  
We are in today era so we have to deal with that only.
Vasil de Shumen - 21.06.2012 at 19:53  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 15:27

We are in today era so we have to deal with that only.


We must not forget that albums from the 80s and 90s are the foundations of modern metal music - the rhythmical schemes, vocal lines, the riffs of main styles, lyrical themes, image of the musicians ... Many young fans have heard only names of the albums, but they haven't listened to these records.

If you want a good assessment of The Present, you must listen the masterpieces of The Past
God Buster 鬼 - 22.03.2014 at 07:48  
It's a waste of my time to browse this list.
Certainly it's a Black Sabbath fan boy's list.
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 07:53  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 22.03.2014 at 07:48
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !

You might not like their sound but you can't deny the influence they've had on the metal scene even now.
God Buster 鬼 - 22.03.2014 at 08:20  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.03.2014 at 07:53

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 22.03.2014 at 07:48
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !

You might not like their sound but you can't deny the influence they've had on the metal scene even now.

Ozzy's vocals sound unique, no one can copy that.
A lot of people though he could not sing, it's actually a biggest overlooked, his vocals are flawless but Black Sabbath songs' composition are too simple. Today we can name it - "commercial" (which did not widely be used in the 70's - 80's).

Even nowadays none of any Judas Priest's album gives me that "cheesy feelings", so Black Sabbath can be regarded as today's Bon Jovi in the 70's and Judas Priest is still immortal.

As for the influence...they are only a copy cat, a rip-off of Coven, almost 85% similar !
Their fame came from the supports from the label - Advertisement & Publicity.
I mean They "Buy" Their Fans !
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 16:12  
I think it's probably safer if we just agree to disagree.
!J.O.O.E.! - 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.
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 16:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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.
Vasil de Shumen - 22.03.2014 at 21:02  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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 ...
God Buster 鬼 - 23.03.2014 at 06:19  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! 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 !
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 12:18  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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.
Vasil de Shumen - 23.03.2014 at 19:54  
If you want to post comments, you can discuss the selection or the ranking.

I don't want petty bickering. Please ...
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 07:19  
I like this list!

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 11:04

Tomorrow? Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.



Probably not.

Today thanks to the Internet and development of a lot more genres the scene is far more fragmented.

It was a lot easier to have classics when everyone was listening to roughly the same thing. Now the music is too diverse to develop consensus.
God Buster 鬼 - 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
Vasil de Shumen - 30.04.2014 at 22:01  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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.
indexqwest - 11.07.2015 at 01:10  
Nice list!
Vasil de Shumen - 11.07.2015 at 08:52  
Written by indexqwest on 11.07.2015 at 01:10

Nice list!


thanks I'm glad you approve my selection ...

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