The Best Metal Albums* From A to # (A)


This list is meant to be an extensive, but by no means exhaustive, collection of the greatest (modern) metal albums and eps. Running the gamut from avant-garde to trve norweigan black metal. *As someone who is young in age, my tastes tend to revolve around the period of the 80s to the present.* Although certain metal albums from before will certainly be featured, the period of the 60s-70s will be under-represented. I refer you to this excellent list to gain a better appreciation for some of the best metal from that period: https://rateyourmusic.com/list/freis/martin_popoffs_the_top_500_heavy_metal_albums_of_all_time/

All bands will be limited to one album unless they had a significant change in style (e.g. Amorphis and Katatonia). It goes without saying that as this is my personal list the genres that are included more than others expresses my bias and I am open to listening to any suggestions on additional albums to add. This list will be separated by letters as including them all in one list would make it overly long. Just to give you an idea: my personal collection is over 10,000 songs, most of them in the metal genre.

Most of the bands featured here have other great albums so if you like the album featured here be sure to peruse their other works. Artists whose names start with 'The' or A/An' will be included in whatever letter follows, e.g. ' A Forest of Stars' will be included in F. This list(s) contains the most well-known bands e.g. Opeth, to the most obscure e.g. Vanguard x Mortem.

The list(s) will be updated periodically. If you have trouble locating an album on this list or think I missed a particular album feel free to contact me, and share this list far and wide so that more people can benefit from the incredible array of musical experience metal has to offer.

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Created by: Uxküll | 06.10.2020



1. Aara - En Ergô Einai
2. Aarni - Bathos
3. Aaskereia - Dort, Wo Das Alte Böse Ruht
4. Abandon - The Dead End
5. Abazagorath - The Satanic Verses
6. Abigail Williams - Walk Beyond the Dark
7. Abigor - Nachthymnen (From the Twilight Kingdom)
8. Abkehr - In Feuer
https://abkehr.bandcamp.com/album/in-feuer
9. Ablaze in Hatred - The Quietude Plains
10. Abnormal Thought Patterns - Manipulation Under Anesthesia
11. Abnormality - Contaminating The Hive Mind
12. Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin
13. Aboriorth - Far Away From Hateful Mankind Plague
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIGmttDgKwY
14. Aborted - Global Flatline
15. Aborym - With No Human Intervention
16. The Absence - Riders Of The Plague
17. Absolutus - Pugnare In Iis Quae Obtinere Non Possis
https://absolutus.bandcamp.com/album/pugnare-in-iis-quae-obtinere-non-possis
18. An Abstract Illusion - Atonement Is Nigh
19. Abstract Spirit - Liquid Dimensions Change
20. Abstracter - Cinereous Incarnate
21. Absu - Tara
22. Absurd - Totenlieder
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF9yb-7-z04
23. Abusiveness - Hybris
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sROrTIWK3Y
24. Abydos - The Little Boy's Heavy Mental Shadow Opera About The Inhabitants Of His Diary
25. Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of Existence
26. Abysmal Grief - Feretri
27. Abyssal - Antikatastaseis
28. Abyssmal Sorrow - Lament
29. Acathexis - Acathexis
30. Accept - Blood Of The Nations
31. Acephalix - Decreation
32. Acherontas - Vamachara
33. Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops
34. Acid King - III
35. Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations
36. Acrania - An Uncertain Collision
37. Acrassicauda - Only The Dead See The End Of The War
38. Acrimonious - Sunyata
39. Acyl - Algebra
40. Ad Nauseam - Nihil Quam Vacuitas Ordinatum Est
41. Adaestuo - Krew Za Krew
https://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/album/krew-za-krew
42. Adagio - Underworld
43. Adai - Felo De Se
https://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3096773
44. Addaura - Burning For The Ancient
45. Adorned Brood - Erdenkraft
46. Adramelch - Irae Melanox
47. Adrift - Pure
48. The Advent Equation - Limitless Life Reflections
49. Advent Sorrow - Kali Yuga Crown
50. Adversarial - Death, Endless Nothing And The Black Knife Of Nihilism
51. Aenaon - Hypnosophy
52. Aeon Zen - The Face Of The Unknown
53. Aephanemer - Prokopton
54. Aeternam - Al Qassam
55. Aeternus - ...And So The Night Became
56. Aether - In Embers
57. Æther Realm - Tarot
58. Aetherian - The Untamed Wilderness
59. Ævangelist - De Masticatione Mortuorum In Tumulis
60. Aeveron - The Ancient Realm
61. AFSKY - Ofte Jeg Drømmer Mig Død
62. After Forever - Decipher
63. Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh
64. Agalloch - The Mantle
65. Agathodaimon - In Darkness
66. Age of Silence - Acceleration
67. Age of Taurus - Desperate Souls of Tortured Times
68. Agent Fresco - A Long Time Listening
69. Aghora - Aghora
70. Aglarond - Embraced By Darkness
71. The Agonist - Lullabies For The Dormant Mind
72. Agora - Regresa Al Vértigo
73. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Frozen Corpse Stuffed With Dope
74. Agrimonia - Rites Of Separation
75. Agruss - Morok
76. Agrypnie - 16[485]
77. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
78. Ahamkara - The Embers Of The Stars
79. AION - Verses Of Perdition
80. Ajattara - Kuolema
81. Akelei - De Zwaarte Van Het Doorstane
82. Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
83. Akhlys - The Dreaming I
84. Akitsa - Credo
85. Akphaezya - Anthology IV: The Tragedy Of Nerak
86. Akrotheism - Law Of Seven Deaths
87. Alarum - Natural Causes
88. Alaskan - Adversity; Woe
89. Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
90. Alchemist - Austral Alien
91. Alda - :Tahoma:
92. Aldaaron - Nous reviendrons immortels
https://aldaaron.bandcamp.com/album/nous-reviendrons-immortels
93. Aleph - Seven Steps Of Stone
94. Alestorm - Sunset On The Golden Age
95. Alghazanth - The Three-Faced Pilgrim
96. Alice in Chains - Dirt
97. Alkaloid - The Malkuth Grimoire
98. Alkerdeel - Morinde
99. All Shall Perish - The Price Of Existence
100. Allegaeon - Proponent For Sentience
101. Allen/Lande - The Revenge
102. Allfather - And All Will Be Desolation
103. Almah - Fragile Equality
104. Almyrkvi - Umbra
105. Alpine Fault - Iraena's Ashes
106. Alrakis - Alpha Eri
107. Alraune - The Process of Self-Immolation
https://alraune.bandcamp.com/track/the-process-of-self-immolation
108. Altar of Betelgeuze - Among The Ruins
109. Altar of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
110. Altarage - Endinghent
111. Altars Of Grief - Iris
112. Alterbeast - Immortal
113. Altesia - Paragon Circus
114. Aluk Todolo - Occult Rock
115. Alunah - White Hoarhound
116. Alustrium - A Tunnel To Eden
117. Amaseffer - Slaves For Life
118. Ambeon - Fate Of A Dreamer
119. Amber Tears - Revelations Of Renounced
120. Amederia - Sometimes We Have Wings
121. Amenra - Mass III
122. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
123. Amestigon - Sun Of All Suns
124. Amia Venera Landscape - The Long Procession
125. Amiensus - Ascension
126. Amnis Nihili - Christological Escalation
127. Amnutseba - Emanatism
128. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side
129. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
130. Amorphis - Queen Of Time
131. An Isolated Mind - I'm Losing Myself
132. Anaal Nathrakh - Endarkenment
133. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
134. Anagnorisis - Beyond All Light
135. Anata - The Conductor's Departure
136. Anathema - Alternative 4
137. Ancestors - In Dreams And Time
138. Ancient Bards - The Alliance Of The Kings - The Black Crystal Sword Saga Part 1
139. Ancient Moon - Benedictus Diabolica, Gloria Patri
140. Ancient Rites - Dim Carcosa
141. Anciients - Voice Of The Void
142. Ancst - Ghosts Of The Timeless Void
143. ...And Oceans - Cosmic World Mother
144. Andavald - Undir Skyggðarhaldi
145. Andromeda - Chimera
146. Angantyr - Hævn
147. Angel Vivaldi - Universal Language
148. The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
149. Angellore - La Litanie Des Cendres
150. Angizia - Das Schachbrett Des Trommelbuben Zacharias
151. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
152. Angst Skvadron - Flukt
153. Angtoria - God Has A Plan For Us All
154. Anhedonist - Netherwards
155. Anicon - Entropy Mantra
https://anicon.bandcamp.com/album/entropy-mantra
156. Animals As Leaders - The Joy Of Motion
157. Animations - Animations
158. Animus Mortis - Testimonia
159. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
160. Anomalie - Refugium
161. Anopheli - The Ache Of Want
162. Anorexia Nervosa - Redemption Process
163. Ansur - Warring Factions
164. Antaeus - De Principii Evangelikum
165. Antarktis - Ildlaante
https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/ildlaante
166. Antediluvian - Through The Cervix Of Hawaah
167. Anthrax - Among The Living
168. Anthriel - The Pathway
169. Anti - The Insignificance Of Life
170. Antichrisis - A Legacy Of Love - Mark II
171. Antichrist - Forbidden World
172. Antigama - Zeroland
173. Antigone's Fate - Zum Horizont​.​.​.
https://antigonesfate.bandcamp.com/album/zum-horizont
174. Antimatter - Leaving Eden
175. Antinomian - Nihilum Infandum
https://antinomian.bandcamp.com/album/nihilum-infandum
176. Antipope - 3 Eyes Of Time
177. Antiquus Scriptum - Ars Longa, Vita Brevis...
178. Antiverse - Under the Regolith
https://antiverse.bandcamp.com/album/under-the-regolith
179. Antlers - A Gaze Into The Abyss
180. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
181. Anuryzm - Worm's Eye View
182. Aoratos - Gods Without Name
183. Aorlhac - La cité des vents
184. Aosoth - III: Violence & Variations
185. Apati - Eufori
186. Apocalyptica - Reflections
187. Apocynthion - Sidereus Nuncius
188. Appalachian Winter - I Become The Frozen Land
189. Apparatus - Apparatus
190. Appearance Of Nothing - All Gods Are Gone
191. Aptorian Demon - Libertus
https://aptoriandemon.bandcamp.com/album/libertus
192. Aquilus - Griseus
193. Arcana Coelestia - Le Mirage De L'Idéal
194. Arcane - Known​/​Learned
195. The Arcane Order - In The Wake Of Collisions
196. Arcania - Dreams Are Dead
https://rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5101690
197. Arch Enemy - Wages Of Sin
198. Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal
199. Archgoat - The Apocalyptic Triumphator
200. Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
201. Archivist - Triumvirate
202. Archons - The Consequences Of Silence
203. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
204. Arckanum - ÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞÞ
205. Arctos - Beyond The Grasp Of Mortal Hands
206. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
207. Arena - Contagion
208. Ares Kingdom - Incendiary
209. Argus - Boldly Stride The Doomed
210. Argus Megere - A Treia Cale
211. Aria - Герой Асфальта
212. Arizmenda - Stillbirth In The Temple Of Venus
213. Ark - Burn The Sun
214. Arkaik - Metamorphignition
215. Arkan - Salam
216. Arkhon Infaustus - Orthodoxyn
217. The Arkitecht - Hyperstructure
218. Arkona - Гой, Роде, Гой!
219. Arktika - At Zero
220. Armagedda - Only True Believers
221. Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation
222. Ars Magna Umbrae - Lunar Ascension
223. Arsis - A Celebration Of Guilt
224. Árstíðir Lífsins - Saga Á Tveim Tungum II: Eigi Fjǫll Né Firðir
225. Artificial Brain - Labyrinth Constellation
226. Artificial Language - The Observer
227. Artillery - By Inheritance
228. Artrosis - Hidden Dimension
229. As Autumn Calls - Cold, Black & Everlasting
230. As Light Dies - The Love Album - Volume I
https://aslightdies.bandcamp.com/album/tla-vol-1
231. Asagraum - Dawn Of Infinite Fire
232. Ascension - Consolamentum
233. Ascian - Elysion
https://asciandoom.bandcamp.com/album/elysion
234. Aseitas - False Peace
235. Asenblut - Die Wilde Jagd
236. Asgaard - Ex Oriente Lux
237. Ash Borer - The Irrepassable Gate
238. Ashbringer - Absolution
239. Ashen Horde - Nine Plagues
240. Ashenspire - Speak Not Of The Laudanum Quandary
241. Ashent - Flaws of Elation
242. Ashes You Leave - Songs Of The Lost
243. Ásmegin - Hin Vordende Sod & Sø
244. Asmodée - Chlorosis
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ICGLRfPD_k
245. Asmodeus (AUT) - Imperium Damnatum
246. Aspherium - The Fall Of Therenia
247. Asphodèle - Jours pâles
https://ladlo.bandcamp.com/album/jours-p-les
248. Asphyx - Death... The Brutal Way
249. Aspid - Кровоизлияние
250. Assück - Misery Index
251. Assumption - The Three Appearances
252. Astral Sleep - Visions
253. Astriaal - Renascent Misanthropy
254. Astronoid - Air
255. Asunder - A Clarion Call
256. At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul
257. At The Soundawn - Shifting
258. Ataraxie - Slow Transcending Agony
259. Atavist - III: Absolution
260. Atavistia - The Winter Way
261. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
262. Atlantean Kodex - The Course Of Empire
263. The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance
264. Atoma - Skylight
265. Atramentus - Stygian
266. Atriarch - An Unending Pathway
267. Atrophia Red Sun - Twisted Logic
268. Atrorum - Structurae
269. Atrox - Terrestrials
270. Au Champ Des Morts - Dans la joie
https://auchampdesmorts.bandcamp.com/album/dans-la-joie
271. Au-Dessus - Au-Dessus
272. Auðn - Farvegir Fyrndar
273. Augury - Concealed
274. August Burns Red - Constellations
275. Aura Noir - Deep Tracts Of Hell
276. Auras - Crestfallen
https://auras.bandcamp.com/album/crestfallen
277. Aureole - Aurora Borealis
278. Auriga - VII - Dimensions Of Asymmetry
279. The Aurora Project - Selling The Aggression
280. Aurvandil - Thrones
https://aurvandil.bandcamp.com/album/thrones
281. Austere - To Lay Like Old Ashes
282. Author & Punisher - Ursus Americanus
283. Autism - Have You Found Peace?
284. Autokrator - Autokrator
285. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
286. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Try Not To Destroy Everything You Love
287. An Axis Of Perdition - The Ichneumon Method (And Less Welcome Techniques)
288. Ava Inferi - Onyx
289. Avandra - Descender
290. Avant Soliloque - Zephyr
291. Avantasia - The Metal Opera Part I
292. Avatarium - The Fire I Long For
293. Averse Sefira - Advent Parallax
294. Aversio Humanitatis - Behold The Silent Dwellers
295. Aversions Crown - Xenocide
296. Avichi - The Devil's Fractal
297. Avrigus - The Secret Kingdom
298. Avulsed - Gorespattered Suicide
299. Awe - Providentia
https://aweprovidentia.bandcamp.com/album/providentia-2
300. Axial Lead - Of Infamous Creditentials
301. Ayreon - The Human Equation
302. Azaghal - Luciferin Valo
303. Azarath - Blasphemers' Maledictions
304. Azziard - Liber Primus - Métempsychose



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07.10.2020 - 23:13
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
What exactly do you define as "modern"? I def don't see that Artillery album as modern.
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07.10.2020 - 23:32
Uxküll
Written by RaduP on 07.10.2020 at 23:13

What exactly do you define as "modern"? I def don't see that Artillery album as modern.


80s to the present, idk what else to call it bc it does exclude a lot of metal from 60s-70s but does include a few of my favorites from that era.
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08.10.2020 - 01:58
JoHn DoE
264 artists that start with the later 'A"!
wow
I just counted how many artists with letter 'A" I have in my computer right now and its only 30, any genre that is.
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08.10.2020 - 06:52
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Found a few worthy of a list such as this, assuming you don't already know of them and decided against adding them:

Aborted - Global Flatline (melodic/brutal death)
Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin (slam/brutal death)
Abyssmal Sorrow - Lament (funeral doom)
Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops (sludge)
Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations (psychedelic death doom)
Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh (technical/brutal death)
Akitsa - Credo (lo-fi black)
Atramentus - Stygian (funeral doom)
Autopsy - Mental Funeral (death)
Avulsed - Gorespattered Suicide (death)

Noticing a trend in the genre tags (hint: it's death).

Also you listed two Amorphis albums.
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08.10.2020 - 17:42
Uxküll
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.10.2020 at 06:52

Found a few worthy of a list such as this, assuming you don't already know of them and decided against adding them:

Aborted - Global Flatline (melodic/brutal death)
Abominable Putridity - The Anomalies of Artificial Origin (slam/brutal death)
Abyssmal Sorrow - Lament (funeral doom)
Acid Bath - When the Kite String Pops (sludge)
Acid Witch - Witchtanic Hellucinations (psychedelic death doom)
Afterbirth - Four Dimensional Flesh (technical/brutal death)
Akitsa - Credo (lo-fi black)
Atramentus - Stygian (funeral doom)
Autopsy - Mental Funeral (death)
Avulsed - Gorespattered Suicide (death)

Noticing a trend in the genre tags (hint: it's death).

Also you listed two Amorphis albums.


Thank you, yes, I noted in the description that bands that changed their style significantly like Amorphis would have two albums. Weird that I didn't add Acid Bath, they should be in my library but seem to have disappeared. Same for Atramentus. There seem to me to be more black metal and progressive than death, but maybe that shows the variety well.
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08.10.2020 - 23:23
Uxküll
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.10.2020 at 06:52

Found a few worthy of a list such as this, assuming you don't already know of them and decided against adding them:

Aborted - Global Flatline (melodic/brutal death)
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All added, as well as a couple more like Anagnorisis which I discovered yesterday and highly recommend. I was just about to post part 2 (B), but there seems to be a limit of one list a week. Is there any way to by-pass this? I wanted to post the rest of the lists here instead of RYM but this limitation will make it take forever to complete the series here.
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