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



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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"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
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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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07.07.2021 - 14:25
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Great collection! (Although I don't completely agree with the order) - but these are all undeniably classics!
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08.07.2021 - 08:02
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by F3ynman2000 on 07.07.2021 at 14:25

Great collection! (Although I don't completely agree with the order) - but these are all undeniably classics!


In fact, the undeniably classics are about 65-70 of the albums. The other albums have a controversial status (according to music journalists) and many don't recognize them as masterpieces. In addition, Full Moon (USA), Lazarus Sin, Fatal Opera and Bitches Sin are unknown to 99,8% of metal fans. Almost the same can be said for Ophthalamia, Legend (JE), Chastain and Hammers Of Misfortune.
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