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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. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
21. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
22. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
23. Coroner - Grin
1993
24. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
25. Death - Symbolic
1995
26. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
27. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
28. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
29. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
30. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
1992
31. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
32. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
33. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
34. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
35. Cynic - Focus
1993
36. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
37. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
38. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
39. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
40. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
41. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
42. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
43. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
44. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
45. Wrathchild America - 3-D
1991
46. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
47. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
48. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993
49. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
1989
50. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
51. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
52. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
53. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
54. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
55. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
56. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
57. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
58. Death - Human
1991
59. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
60. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
61. Depressive Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
62. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
63. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
64. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
65. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
66. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
67. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
68. Toxik - World Circus
1987
69. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
70. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
71. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
72. Opeth - Still Life
1999
73. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
74. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
75. Savatage - Sirens
1983
76. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
77. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
78. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
79. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
80. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
81. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
82. Venom - Black Metal
1982
83. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
84. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
85. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
86. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
87. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981
88. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
89. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
90. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
91. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
92. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
93. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
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. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
99. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
100. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
101. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
102. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
103. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
104. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
1988
105. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
1985
106. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
107. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978
108. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
109. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
110. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
111. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
112. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
113. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
114. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
115. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
116. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
117. Hammers Of Misfortune - The August Engine
2003
118. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
119. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
120. Holocaust - Covenant
1997
121. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
122. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
123. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
124. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
125. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
126. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
127. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
128. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
129. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
130. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
131. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
132. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
133. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
134. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
135. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
136. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
137. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
138. Death - Leprosy
1988
139. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
140. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
141. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
142. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
143. Toxik - Think This
1989
144. Testament - The New Order
1988
145. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
146. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
147. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
148. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
149. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
150. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
151. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
152. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
153. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
154. Bitches Sin - Invaders
1986
155. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
156. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
157. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
158. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
159. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
160. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
161. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
162. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
163. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
164. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
165. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
166. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
167. Mastodon - Remission
2002
168. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005
169. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982
170. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
171. Realm - Endless War
1988
172. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Locust Years
2006
173. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000
174. Manilla Road - The Deluge
1986
175. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
176. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
177. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
178. Edge Of Sanity - Unorthodox
1992
179. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
180. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
181. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003
182. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
183. Voivod - Killing Technology
1987
184. Testament - The Legacy
1987
185. Opeth - Orchid
1995
186. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
187. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
188. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988
189. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986
190. Phlebotomized - Immense Intense Suspense
1994
191. Razor - Violent Restitution
1988
192. Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
1989
193. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989
194. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
195. Full Moon (USA) - Full Moon
1980
196. Dark Quarterer - Dark Quarterer
1987
197. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
198. Chastain - Ruler Of The Wasteland
1986
199. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996
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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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
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Another metal fan that didnt make it to the 21st century
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07.07.2021 - 14:25
F3ynman2000

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 75 - 80 of the albums. The other albums have a controversial status (according to music journalists) and many don't recognize them as masterpieces. In addition, Lazarus Sin, Fatal Opera and Bitches Sin are unknown to 99% of metal fans. The same can be said for Ophthalamia, Legend (JE), Chastain and Hammers Of Misfortune.
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