Metal Storm Stats

I'm bored very easily, and that's why I decided to do some stats about metal storm's top 20 of each year and the top 200. I don't know why I did that, but if you love stats like I do it might interest you. All of the data I collected is from November the 7th 2020.

Created by: doez | 08.11.2020

1. First off, which bands got the most albums in the top 200:
2. Opeth - With a total of 6 albums in the top 200, they take the first place, which is not very surprising considering they're the second most popular band on the website, second to...
3. Iron Maiden - That's right, Iron Maiden came in second place, with a grand total of 5 albums in the top, all of which were released between 1982 and 1988, which is again not very surprising.
4. Black Sabbath - Tied with Iron Maiden are Black Sabbath, with 5 albums in the top. Again, this one isn't very surprising considering that they are some of the biggest metal legends to ever live.
5. Judas Priest - At 4th place is another expected contender, Judas Priest, who rightfully claim their rank with 4 albums in the top 200. Again, they are some of the biggest and most respected bands out there.
6. Led Zeppelin - Ex aequo to Judas Priest comes Led Zeppelin, one of the biggest inspiration for the metal genre, sit there with 4 albums in the top.
7. Rush - Major band of prog rock in the 70's, their best rated album and most recent one in the top 200 is Moving Pictures, from 1981. With 4 albums as well, they deserve their place as legends of rock.
8. Death - And the last band with 4 albums in the top is Death. Arguably creators of the genre they play, they knew how to evolve their sound with their time and come rightfully claim their tied 4th place.
9. Metallica - First of the bands with 3 albums in the top is of course Metallica. One of the biggest band in all of metal, who inspired hundreds, maybe thousands of bands, it's quite clear why they're so highly ranked.
10. Slayer - Other member of the big 4 of thrash is slayer. Acclaimed most notably for their 1986 album "Reign In Blood", Slayer also inspired hundreds of bands and rightfully take that spot with 3 albums in the top.
11. Blind Guardian - Only power metal band that has 3 albums in the top, Blind Guardian gifted us with classics like "Nightfall In Middle Earth". I didn't really expect them this high, but they take that tied 8th place.
12. Porcupine Tree - Talking about unexpected bands, I didn't know Porcupine Tree were so popular. They also have 3 albums in the top and are tied with some of the biggest metal legends, which will probably please their fans.
13. Moonsorrow - Another one I didn't really expect this high. I never listened to them, so I can't really comment, but they seem to be very popular and thus have 3 albums in the top 200.
14. My Dying Bride - Last but not least comes My Dying Bride. With, again, 3 albums in the top, they seem to be very popular, and besides Black Sabbath the most popular doom metal band.
15. Now there are a big total of 36 bands with 2 albums in the top, the most notable ones being Megadeth, Dream Theater, Emperor, Tool or Pantera, as well as other metal giants like Motorhead ans Symphony X. There are also 77 bands with only one album in the top, such as Anthrax, Deep Purple, Ayreon, Gojira, Bolt thrower or Carcass, and other legends like Van Halen, Dissection or Cynic, Atheist and Nocturnus.
16. Now some stats on the top 20. I have calculated the average grade of albums in the top 20 for every year since 1968, though there's a lack of stats between 1968 and 1979, so keep in mind the fact the data is only accurate starting from 1980. I'll put the best rated album of the year and next to it the average grade of the year and a global comment about the year.
17. 60's
18. Deep Purple - The Book Of Taliesyn
7.33 Only 2 releases from this year are featured on metal storm, and both of them are from Deep Purple. Not much more to say let's keep going.
19. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
8.032 5 releases for 1969, 3 of which are in the top 200, that's quite an impressive record for a year when metal didn't even exist. The average rating is destroyed by Alice Cooper's "Pretties For You", which is ranked at an abysmal 5.8. Let's move on.
20. 70's
21. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
8.059 First big year for metal, 1970 saw the release of the first 2 black sabbath albums, as well as Led Zeppelin III and Deep Purple's In Rock. The top is once again brought down by Alice Cooper, who seems to not have gotten the brightest start to his carrier. 2 albums of this year are featured in the top 200.
22. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
8.216364 1971 saw the release of the legendary 4th Led Zeppelin album as well as Black Sabbath's Master Of Reality. With another 2 albums in the top 200, it's quite an improvement over 1970, especially for Alice Cooper who finally got a nice grade of 8.5.
23. Deep Purple - Machine Head
7.962 Deep Purple got their first and last album in the top 200 in 1972 with the amazing Machine Head, which is also the only album of this year featured in the top 200, as well as Uriah Heep's Demons and wizards, which is awfully close to breaking through the top 200 with 199 votes at the moment of writing this, followed by Black Sabbath's Volume 4. The overall rating is brought down by Scorpions and Thin Lizzy.
24. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
8.12 Black Sabbath got their 4th album in the top 200, the only top 200 of this year. Alice Cooper got another big hit, followed by Led Zeppelin, Budgie, King Crimson among others, overall it's quite a nice year that one of 1973.
25. King Crimson - Red
7.996667 King Crimson take the top spot here and the only album of 1974 in the top 200. Some big bands released albums this year, the usual Deep Purple, Budgie, as well as Rush's first album.
26. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
8.094 Another massive year : Led zeppelin, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Rush, Deep Purple... Only one top 200 album, as usual since 1972, but still a very nice year that one of 1975.
27. Rainbow - Rising
8.008889 Rainbow, Rush, Judas Priest, Thin lizzy, the year 1976 was surely a massive one, with 3 albums in the top 200, the best since 1969.
28. Rush - A Farewell To Kings
7.99 Quite a nice year, with Rush, UFO, Scorpions and Thin Lizzy, although Alice Cooper brings the rating down just llke in the 60's.
29. Rush - Hemispheres
7.6035 One of the best years so far, with another 3 albums in the top 200 and some legendary releases from Rush, Rainbow, Van Halen, Judas Priest... But the overall rating is annihilated by the disaster produced by Kiss : Peter Criss, Paul Stanley and Gene Simons are all disastrous releases. Black Sabbath also helps bringing that rating down with Never Say Die. It's also the first time there are actually 20 albums with more than 20 votes, so you can trust the stats here.
30. Motörhead - Overkill
7.858667 The 70's came to an end with a very nice year, with 2 albums in the top 200. Major releases this year are from motorhead, ac dc, scorpions, thin lizzy...
31. 80's
32. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
8.364 Highest ranked year so far, and finally one with more than 20 albums ! The major releases of 1980 were Black Sabbath, with their 5th and last entry in the top 200, as well as AC DC and motorhead, which brings the total of albums in the top 200 for this year up to 3. Along these ones are Rush, Ozzy, Diamond Head, the very first Iron Maiden album, saxon, judas priest, angel witch... Pretty much half of the top 20 are classics. Overall, a great start to a new decade.
33. Rush - Moving Pictures
8.283 Somewhat lower ranked than 1980, 1981 still delivers well, with the highly acclaimed "Moving Pictures" by Rush, which is the only entry that made it to the top 200 this year. Other releases from major bands like Black Sabbath, Riot, Ozzy, King Crimson, Iron Maiden... A very nice year.
34. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
8.359 1982 Saw the arrival of Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden, which definitely worked wonders for them, as the album rating shows. The only other entry that made it into the top 200 is Judas Priest's Screaming For Vengeance. Along these were released albums by Accept, Scorpions, Anvil, Rush, and Venom's highly influential Black Metal album. It's also the first year where every album in the top 20 got more than an 8/10 on average.
35. Dio - Holy Diver
8.4555 The most well ranked year so far, and one with 3 top 200 releases. It saw albums from legendary bands like Dio, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate, Accept, and the very first Metallica and Slayer albums.
36. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
8.6235 Another record year, breaking the new high score for most top 200 albums with 4 in 1984 and the highest average grade so far. Very famous classics like "Ride The Lightning", "Powerslave", "Don't Brake The Oath", "Defenders Of The Faith" or "The Last In Line" were all released this yea, along with albums from Yngwie Malmsteem, Van Halen, Deep Purple and Sortilège.
37. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
8.5085 A bit of a calmer year after the exciting 1984, 1985 still delivers some nice classics, most notbaly Bonded By Blood, as well as Possessed and Helloween's debut, Anthrax 's Spreading The Disease, Celtic Frost, SOD, Overkill, Slayer... A great year for thrash, only with one top 200 release though, but a great one nonetheless.
38. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
8.634 New record, this time with 6 albums in the top 200, saw the release of all time classics like Master Of Puppets, Reign In Blood, Somewhere In Time, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Peace Sells, Pleasure To Kill, Orgasmatron... So many classics that the lowest grade is 8.42.
39. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
8.6725 Records keep getting broken, this time with 7 albums in the top 200. Albums released by Helloween, King Diamond, Guns N Roses, Testament, Savatage, Candlemass, Anthrax, Joe Satriani, Sodom, Toxic, Bathory, Voivod... The lowest ranked album is here 8.48, and 1987 was overall a brilliant year.
40. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
8.7745 Record breaking I said ? Well 1988 made the average grade jump by an entire .1, which is quite huge. With 7 albums in the top 200 and a minimum of 8.6, it's truly a groundbreaking year with lots of classics like "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son", "Operation Mindcrime", "Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II", "And Justice For All", "Blood Fire Death", "South Of Heaven"... It will go down in history as one of the greatest years for metal as a whole.
41. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
8.737 A little bit lower ranked album BUT it has 8 albums in the top 200 this time. Many bands released amazing albums this year, as usual, like Sepultura, Sodom, Overkill, Annihilator, Coroner, Voivod or Kreator. A great closer for the decade, and one in which thrash was still alive and well.
42. 90's
43. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
8.758 Record breaking you said ? 9 albums in the top 200 , including the current number one which is Rust In Peace, as well as timeless classics like Mekong Delta's Dances Of Death, Suicidal Tendencies' Lights Camera Revolution, Annihilator's Never, Neverland and Cowboys From Hell. It was a prime year for thrash metal, but also for death metal with Nocturnus, Obituary, Deicide and Entombed. Definitely a fntastic start for the new decade.
44. Death - Human
8.6975 First non record year since 1985, but doesn't mean it's bad by any means. It's got 6 albums in the top 200 and major death metal releases from Death, Atheist, Dismember, Carcass, Pestilence, Suffocation, and the surprise contender Wrathchild America which showed thrash still had it, alongside Sepultura, Coroner and Overkill.
45. Dream Theater - Images And Words
8.675 Another great year for metal saw the rise of Dream Theater, which makes me quite happy. Images And Words is one of the 5 albums from 1982 that made it into the top 200. Some other great releases from this year are Pantera's VDOP, Rage Against The Machine's self titled, Bolt Thrower's IVth Crusade and mekong delta's kaleidoscope, asa well as the very first breakthrough of second wave black metal with Darkthrone's Blaze In The Northern Sky.
46. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
8.66 1993 Was definitely another great year, for it ws a year with a new Death album. It also saw Dissection's very first album, as well as Cynic's Focus and Angra Angels Cry among others like Morbid Angel or My Dying Bride. Wasn't really any record year, with only 4 albums in the top 200, but a great one nonetheless.
47. Tiamat - Wildhoney
8.68 1994 was a very big year for black metal, seeing the 4 biggest bands release some of the most influential albums of all of black metal, which are Emperor's "In The Nightside Eclipse", Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas", Burzum's "Hvis Lyset Tar Oss" and Darkthrone's "Transilvanian Hunger". In addition to those were Dream Theater's Awake, Kyuss' self titled, Bolt Thrower's For Victory or Soundgarden's Superunknown. It's a nice comeback from 1993, with this time 6 albums in the top 200.
48. Death - Symbolic
8.783 1994 was just an early vision as to what monster of a year 1995 would be. Not less than 10 albums, half of the top 20, are in the top 200. With fantastic releases from Death, Dissection, Blind Guardian, Suffocation, Ved Buens Ende, Ulver, My Dying Bride, Dark Tranquility or At The Gates, it's also the year with the biggest average so far. With so many classics, it went down as one of the biggest years in metal history.
49. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
8.7265 1996 was quite a great year as well. It got 6 albums in the top 200, and a ton of classics. Edge Of Sanity, Tool, In Flames, Katatonia, and for the first, but definitely not last time in the list, Opeth. Other great releases were from Cryptopsy, Satyricon, Burzum, Empyrium or Estatic Fear.
50. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
8.6865 And for the very first time, a black metal album is number one on the list, and it's definitely not alone here, with dimmu borgir, In The Woods, Limbonic Art and for the first time as well Summoning, 1997 was quite a huge year for black metal. Some other major releases were by Symphony X, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Stratovarius and Saturnus. 5 of these releases made an entry in the top 200.
51. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
8.743 And for the 4th and last time, Death take the first spot. 1998 was another amazing year, with albums from Anathema, Blind Guardian, Opeth, Gates Of Ishtar, Ayreon or Liquid Tension Experiment. 9 of the albums there made it into the top 200, which is quite massive.
52. Opeth - Still Life
8.7975 This is it. This is THE record year. Best average ranking to date, 10 albums in the top 200, some of my favorite records of all time and Opeth at first place for the first time ever, it definitely was one hell of a closer for the decade. My personal favorites in the list are Opeth, Dream Theater, Summoning, Control Denied ( which was Chuck Schuldiner's very last album) and Windir. It's an almost perfect year and for the first time in a while thrash was represented with Testament's The Gathering. Absolutely massive year that will go down in history.
53. 00's
54. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World
8.683 After the massive year that was 1999, the new millmenium started more calmly, with only 3 albums in the top 200. Nevermore, Pain Of Salvation, Saturnus, Symphony X, Children Of Bodom, and Electric Wizard released classic albums this year, but the most notable thing is Iron Maiden getting back in the top 20 for the first time since 1988. Otherwise, quite a chill year.
55. Opeth - Blackwater Park
8.774 But after the calm comes the storm, the metal storm if you will, and just like 1999 it's led by Opeth. 9 albums here are in the top 200, notably Tool's Lateralus, Green Carnation's hour long song, Ensiferum's self titled, Windir's 1184 and Summoning's "Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame". This year also saw major releases from the now giant band Rammstein, as well as Sigh or Sonata Arctica. Another massice year, and definitely not the last one.
56. Agalloch - The Mantle
8.7235 Still under the influence of 2001, 2002 has 8 albums in the top 200, and a lot of prog ones as well. Porcupine Tree, Pain Of Salvation, Symphony X and the band that's the most subscribed to the tops, Opeth, all released a big album this year, as well as Arcturus, whose album is the only avantgarde one in the top 200. In addition to that are Nocte Obducta, Isis, Nile and Immortal.
57. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
8.705 A less busy year, but quite a nice one nonetheless. A great one for prog, with Riverside, Edge Of Sanity and for the third year in a row Opeth, as well as for black with Windir's very last album and Falkenbach. It's only got 6 albums in the top 200, which is an honorbale number.
58. Wintersun - Wintersun
8.739 2004 was quite a step up from 2003, with Wintersun, Ayreon, Ensiferum, Isis, Slumber, Necrophagist, Enslaved, Mastodon and Exodus' great return, it has a big total of 8 top 200 albums and definitely makred the 2000's.
59. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
8.782 but after 2004, 2005 just stepped the game up with another Opeth album, their 7th in a top 20 and 3rd at first place. And for the 3rd and last time ever, 10 albums here are featured in the top 200. The most important releases this year were Nevermore, Gojira, John Petrucci, Riverside, Sieges Even, Bolt Thrower's very last album, Nile, Primordial, Nocte Obducta who somehow make it for the second time in the top 20, and Kreator. It's another of these massive years, and the last one we've had so far.
60. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
8.723 Finally, after 2 intense years, metal takes some rest with only 4 albums in the top 200 this time. Saturnus, Amon Amarth, Insomnium, Katatonia, Forteresse, Unexpect, Summoning who pay their 4th visit into the top or Negura Bunget released great albums this year.
61. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
8.7405 Porcupine Tree's first and last time at first place was in a quite more busy year than 2006. 2007 saw bands like Primordial, Shining, Machine Head, Gris, Symphony X, Warning, Between The Buried And Me, Deathspell Omega, Cobalt, Circus Maximus and Devin Townsend. It has 6 albums in the top 200, which is quite a lot, but definitely not as much as the first half of the decade has used us to.
62. Septicflesh - Communion
8.6635 After the slight back to form that was 2007, 2008 hit one of the lowest point in a long time with only 3 albums in the top 200. Great albums were released this year though, like Darkspace III, Ayreon, Gojira, Amon Amarth, Seventh Wonder, Protest the hero, and for the 8th and last time, Opeth. It was the lowest point of the decade, but still a very good year.
63. Be'lakor - Stone's Reach
8.693 The last year of the decade was quite a transitional one. The top spots are occupied by fairly new bands, like Vektor, Be'lakor, Leprous, Thy Catafalque, Kalisia, Obscura and Animals as Leaders. 4 of them got a spot in the top 200 and that showed that a new era was coming. Now, let's get onto the 2010's.
64. 10's
65. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
8.5925 And as the new decade begins, the average rating drops to its lowest since 1985, and just like 1985 it's only got 1 album in the top 200. A big year for France for some reason, as Alcest, Deathspell Omeg and Les Discrets released albums that got into the top 20 this year. Seventh wonder, Kvelertak and Shattered Hope got one of their first albums in the top, which once again shows that new bands were taking over, although Overkill and Accept still managed to end in the top.
66. Aquilus - Griseus
8.5955 A slightly better rating, not by much, for another disappointing year with only 1 album in the top 200, though amazing releases from leprous, beyond creation and vektor came out this year. The only really old band in there is Riot, who left with a bang before disbanding. Nice year overall.
67. Elderwind - The Magic Of Nature
8.5615 And finally, for the first time since 1968, no album from this year is featured in the top 200, which is quite surprising considering the great releases from mgla, Be'lakor, Ne Obliviscaris, Cattle Decapitation, Saturnus or Hypno5e.
68. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle
8.554 one album in the top 200 this time, which is yet again surprising considering the releases, The Ocean, Katatonia, Persefone, Steven Wilson, Gris, Haken, Summoning and Leprous.
69. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
8.408 No album in the top 200 and the worst rating since 1982, 2014 does not sound good. However, as is the trend since the start of the decade, some great albums were released this year, Insomnium, Ne Obliviscaris, Behemoth, Saor, Thank You Scientist, Solstafir and Vader were all present wice very good releases.
70. Mgła - Exercises In Futility
8.5375 Quite a nice year that is, with 2 albums in the top 200 for the first time since 2009. Big entries from Swallow The Sun, Amorphis, Batushka, Cattle Decap, Draconian, Leprous and Steven Wilson were published this year.
71. Insomnium - Winter's Gate
8.525 Just like 2015, this one has 2 albums in the top 200, and some very strong releases, this time from Insomnium, Eternal Chanmpion, Vektor, Be'lakor, Alcest, Forteresse, Thy Catafalque and Fates Warning.
72. Septicflesh - Codex Omega
8.398 And yet again with 0 albums in the top 200, 2017 does not deliver as well as the precedent 2 years, although it has albums from Ne Obliviscaris, Archspire, Soen, Kreator, Persefone, Bell Witch and Der Weg Einer Freiheit.
73. Amorphis - Queen Of Time
8.4055 Still with no album in the top 200, 2018 was a pretty good year nonetheless, notably from Judas Priest who came back with a very apprciated album, Rivers Of Nihil, Slugdge, The Ocean, Necrophobic, Obscura, Alkaloid, Zeal & Ardor...
74. Wilderun - Veil Of Imagination
8.363 And another great year with no albums in the top 200, although Wilderun clearly deserve it. Soen, Mgla, Alcest, Blood Incantation, Schammasch, Cattle Decapitation, Shadow Of Intent and Blut Aus Nord released great albums this year.
75. 20's

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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14.11.2020 - 14:33
i c deaf people
As long as they are spiced up with a personal touch or additional content, I'm a sucker for statistics, therefore this was quite an interesting read for me.
I can only imagine how much time you've put into this...
signatures = SPAM
14.11.2020 - 15:23
Troy Killjoy
You should reformat this and submit it as an article.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
14.11.2020 - 22:54
Written by Starvynth on 14.11.2020 at 14:33

As long as they are spiced up with a personal touch or additional content, I'm a sucker for statistics, therefore this was quite an interesting read for me.
I can only imagine how much time you've put into this...

Haha I spent a lot of time on this, glad you enjoyed it ! I tried to stay somewhat neutral but still bring my opinion in there, hope it worked out well !
14.11.2020 - 22:55
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.11.2020 at 15:23

You should reformat this and submit it as an article.

I'm still discovering all of the site's features, I don't know how to do articles yet hahaha
14.11.2020 - 23:48
Troy Killjoy
Written by doez on 14.11.2020 at 22:55

I'm still discovering all of the site's features, I don't know how to do articles yet hahaha

Well, for future reference, you can submit articles here (and check others that have been published) if you're interested. What you've created in this list here would like really nice fleshed out in a proper article with images. And I think it might get more attention that way too.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
15.11.2020 - 00:17
Written by Troy Killjoy on 14.11.2020 at 23:48

Written by doez on 14.11.2020 at 22:55

I'm still discovering all of the site's features, I don't know how to do articles yet hahaha

Well, for future reference, you can submit articles here (and check others that have been published) if you're interested. What you've created in this list here would like really nice fleshed out in a proper article with images. And I think it might get more attention that way too.

I'll try to do that then ! Thanks for the idea !
16.11.2020 - 07:02
This was fantastic
Jusqu'ici, tout va bien...

2021 goodies
16.11.2020 - 10:41
Yeah, well done!
16.11.2020 - 19:22
Cynic Metalhead
Nasha Vich Paisa
Great work, Mr Excel.
16.11.2020 - 22:19
Written by RaduP on 16.11.2020 at 07:02

This was fantastic

Written by nikarg on 16.11.2020 at 10:41

Yeah, well done!

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 16.11.2020 at 19:22

Great work, Mr Excel.

Looks like I got the whole team cheering me up, thank you all so much! I'm trying to flesh it out as an article, with even more stats because I definitely have a lot of time to spend, but I'm kinda struggling with how to shape it correctly. Anyways thanks everyone! I'm glad you all enjoyed it!
16.11.2020 - 23:54
Great stuff!
17.11.2020 - 05:44
Please do more stats. The ratings looks like it follows normal distribution with a slightly long left tail. But that was probably because metal wasn't well developed in the 60s and 70s and also the sample space was too little.
18.01.2021 - 00:04
Great stats!
"Whoever fights mosters,should see to it that
In the process he does not become a monster
And when you look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."

-Frederik Wilhelm Nietzche

Open your eyes, metalstormer
18.01.2021 - 22:39
Written by JavierPaper on 18.01.2021 at 00:04

Great stats!

I made an article on it if you wanna see some more!

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