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All Metal Of All Time Top 300: Albums


An entirely subjective list of my all-time favourite metal albums, well lets better say albums/genres featured on MS, since not all here is precisely metal.
Objective quality is not a criteria here, just how much I like the album. Ordered by preference, top down.

Created by: Redel | 01.03.2014



1. Anathema - The Silent Enigma
2. Opeth - Morningrise
3. Estatic Fear - Somnium Obmutum
4. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
5. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
6. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
7. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
8. Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider
9. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
10. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
11. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
12. Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
13. Opeth - Still Life
14. Death - Symbolic
15. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
16. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
17. Primordial - To The Nameless Dead
18. Slayer - South Of Heaven
19. Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
20. Agalloch - The Mantle
21. Bathory - Hammerheart
22. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
23. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
24. Tiamat - Clouds
25. Opeth - Orchid
26. My Dying Bride - Like Gods Of The Sun
27. Sepultura - Arise
28. Moonspell - Wolfheart
29. Opeth - Blackwater Park
30. Cemetary - Godless Beauty
31. Haggard - Eppur Si Muove
32. Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
33. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
34. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
35. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
36. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
37. Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done
38. Slayer - Reign In Blood
39. In Flames - The Jester Race
40. Be'lakor - Stone's Reach
41. Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
42. Slayer - Show No Mercy
43. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
44. Dio - Holy Diver
45. In Flames - Clayman
46. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
47. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
48. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
49. Theatre Of Tragedy - Theatre Of Tragedy
50. Bolt Thrower - Warmaster
51. The Elysian Fields - We...The Enlightened
52. Judas Priest - Painkiller
53. Tiamat - Wildhoney
54. Samael - Ceremony Of Opposites
55. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die
56. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
57. Unanimated - Ancient God Of Evil
58. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
59. Sodom - Agent Orange
60. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
61. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
62. My Dying Bride - The Light At The End Of The World
63. The Gathering - Mandylion
64. Anathema - Eternity
65. Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
66. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World
67. Mourning Beloveth - Dust
68. My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours
69. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
70. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
71. Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
72. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
73. Savatage - Handful Of Rain
74. Bathory - Twilight Of The Gods
75. Summoning - Stronghold
76. Katatonia - Dance Of December Souls
77. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
78. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic Of Violence
79. Coroner - No More Color
80. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
81. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
82. Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free
83. Iced Earth - Iced Earth
84. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
85. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
86. Death - Human
87. Obituary - Cause Of Death
88. Judas Priest - Stained Class
89. Rush - Moving Pictures
90. Cynic - Focus
91. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
92. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
93. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
94. Wintersun - Wintersun
95. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
96. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
97. Rainbow - Rising
98. Rush - Hemispheres
99. Anathema - Alternative 4
100. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
101. Dream Theater - Images And Words
102. Warning - Watching From A Distance
103. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
104. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
105. Ensiferum - Ensiferum
106. Devastation - Idolatry
107. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
108. Entombed - Left Hand Path
109. Entombed - Clandestine
110. Carcass - Heartwork
111. Autopsy - Severed Survival
112. Primordial - The Gathering Wilderness
113. Paradise Lost - Icon
114. Empyrium - Songs Of Moors And Misty Fields
115. Morgion - Among Majestic Ruin
116. Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
117. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
118. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
119. Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal
120. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
121. Green Carnation - Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
122. Bathory - Blood On Ice
123. Beyond Belief - Rave The Abyss
124. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
125. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
126. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
127. October Tide - Rain Without End
128. Warlord - And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun...
129. Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
130. My Dying Bride - For Lies I Sire
131. Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World
132. Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
133. Num Skull - Ritually Abused
134. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
135. Slayer - Hell Awaits
136. Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
137. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
138. Dimmu Borgir - Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
139. Gates Of Ishtar - A Bloodred Path
140. Testament - The Legacy
141. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
142. Blind Guardian - Battalions Of Fear
143. Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
144. Blind Guardian - Follow The Blind
145. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
146. Alice In Chains - Dirt
147. Anthrax - Among The Living
148. The Elysian Fields - 12abLAZe
149. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
150. Falconer - Falconer
151. Dissection - The Somberlain
152. Deep Purple - In Rock
153. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
154. Saturnus - Martyre
155. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
156. The Elysian Fields - Adelain
157. Danzig - Danzig III - How The Gods Kill
158. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
159. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
160. Ashbury - Endless Skies
161. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
162. Holy Moses - Queen Of Siam
163. Znowhite - Act Of God
164. Vendetta (GER) - Brain Damage
165. Nocturnus - The Key
166. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World
167. Gates Of Ishtar - At Dusk And Forever
168. Runemagick - The Supreme Force Of Eternity
169. Cirith Ungol - King Of The Dead
170. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
171. Process Of Guilt - Erosion
172. Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
173. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
174. Magnum - Kingdom Of Madness
175. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
176. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
177. Suicidal Tendencies - How Will I Laugh Tomorrow... When I Can't Even Smile Today
178. In Flames - Colony
179. Tiamat - The Astral Sleep
180. The Drowning - This Bleak Descent
181. Anathema - Serenades
182. Kreator - Pleasure To Kill
183. Tristania - Widow's Weeds
184. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
185. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
186. Omen - Battle Cry
187. Rage - The Missing Link
188. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
189. Amorphis - Elegy
190. The 3rd And The Mortal - Tears Laid In Earth
191. Lake Of Tears - Headstones
192. Anathema - Judgement
193. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
194. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
195. Night In Gales - Towards The Twilight
196. Morgion - Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth
197. Flotsam And Jetsam - No Place For Disgrace
198. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
199. Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
200. Razor - Violent Restitution
201. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
202. Before The Rain - ...One Day Less
203. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
204. Virgin Black - Requiem - Mezzo Forte
205. Before The Rain - Frail
206. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
207. Running Wild - Black Hand Inn
208. Moonspell - Irreligious
209. Dark Quarterer - Dark Quarterer
210. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
211. Running Wild - Death Or Glory
212. Hate - Daemon Qui Fecit Terram
213. Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
214. Skyclad - The Silent Whales Of Lunar Sea
215. Nazareth - Hair of the dog
216. White Lion - Fight To Survive
217. Officium Triste - Mors Viri
218. Haggard - Awaking The Centuries
219. Riot - ThunderSteel
220. Cloven Hoof - A Sultan's Ransom
221. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
222. Galadriel - The Mirror Of Ages
223. Vault - No More Escape
224. Massacre - From Beyond
225. Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark
226. Gamma Ray - Insanity And Genius
227. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
228. Kreator - Extreme Aggression
229. Count Raven - High On Infinity
230. Jethro Tull - Aqualung
231. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
232. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
233. Artillery - By Inheritance
234. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
235. Kreator - Violent Revolution
236. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
237. Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
238. Overthrow - Within Suffering
239. Mourning Beloveth - A Disease For The Ages
240. Desultory - Into Eternity
241. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
242. Lake Of Tears - Greater Art
243. Obituary - Slowly We Rot
244. Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
245. Primordial - Where Greater Men Have Fallen
246. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
247. Rush - 2112
248. Running Wild - Pile Of Skulls
249. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
250. In Flames - Reroute To Remain
251. Dark Tranquillity - Projector
252. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
253. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
254. Metallica - Metallica
255. Forbidden - Forbidden Evil
256. My Dying Bride - Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
257. Death - Spiritual Healing
258. Candlemass - Nightfall
259. In Flames - Whoracle
260. Mistveil - Amnesia
261. Pentagram - Pentagram
262. Deep Purple - Machine Head
263. Sodom - Persecution Mania
264. Skyclad - Prince Of The Poverty Line
265. My Dying Bride - A Line Of Deathless Kings
266. Therion - Theli
267. Morta Skuld - As Humanity Fades
268. Moral Crusade - An Act Of Violence
269. Iced Earth - The Dark Saga
270. Trees Of Eternity - Hour Of The Nightingale
271. Danzig - Danzig
272. Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
273. Vordven - Towards The Frozen Stream
274. Morta Skuld - Dying Remains
275. Atrophy - Violent By Nature
276. Pallbearer - Foundations Of Burden
277. Shattered Hope - Absence
278. Officium Triste - Reason
279. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times
280. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
281. Helstar - Nosferatu
282. Lake Of Tears - Forever Autumn
283. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
284. Uriah Heep - Demons And Wizards
285. Darkseed - Spellcraft
286. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
287. Anathema - Weather Systems
288. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
289. Cemetary - Black Vanity
290. Morgion - Solinari
291. King Diamond - Abigail
292. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
293. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
294. Crematory - ... Just Dreaming
295. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead
296. Destruction - Infernal Overkill
297. Novembre - Classica
298. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
299. Ophis - Stream Of Misery
300. Godgory - Sea Of Dreams



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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29.12.2021 - 22:30
Redel
Moderator
Written by F3ynman on 29.12.2021 at 21:08

I've returned to this list
As an update: I've now listened to about 31% of the albums in your list
I'll continue exploring more

Great, I couldnt think of a better place to return to. Thanks for keeping me updated.
Observing your taste of metal so far I can imagine you will not have as much fun exploring the remaining 69% of my list as you had with the first 31%. There is a bulk of doom, death doom, gothic and even some power metal classics in my list, which might be not your cup of tea. But maybe one or the other of those albums will surprisingly please you. Let me know in case that turns out to be true.
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29.12.2021 - 22:46
F3ynman
Nocturnal Bro
Contributor
Written by Redel on 29.12.2021 at 22:30

There is a bulk of doom, death doom, gothic and even some power metal classics in my list

Yeah I've mainly listened to heavy, thrash, death, and some black.
Doom, gothic, folk, and power are mostly unexplored for me. I'm listening to Moonspell's Wolfheart, which I'm enjoying a lot! Can you recommend anything that sounds similar?
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30.12.2021 - 21:46
Redel
Moderator
Written by F3ynman on 29.12.2021 at 22:46

Can you recommend anything that sounds similar?

Honestly, not really I am afraid. This album has quite a unique sound if you ask me. You though may want to check out their sophomore album, which is also excellent and a bit similar in sound. Plus, 90s Type O Negative maybe... No more from the top of my head.
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31.12.2021 - 00:07
F3ynman
Nocturnal Bro
Contributor
Written by Redel on 30.12.2021 at 21:46

Written by F3ynman on 29.12.2021 at 22:46

Can you recommend anything that sounds similar?

Honestly, not really I am afraid. This album has quite a unique sound if you ask me. You though may want to check out their sophomore album, which is also excellent and a bit similar in sound. Plus, 90s Type O Negative maybe... No more from the top of my head.

Interesting. Good to know, thanks!
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11.03.2023 - 15:22
F3ynman
Nocturnal Bro
Contributor
Written by F3ynman on 29.12.2021 at 21:08

I've returned to this list
As an update: I've now listened to about 31% of the albums in your list
I'll continue exploring more

I've returned to this list again.
As an update: now I've listened to 50% of these albums (your list hasnt grown by any chance, has it?). Still a lot more gothic and power metal to discover for me. Thanks, by the way, for introducing me to these albums thanks to your list:
Estatic Fear | Somnium Obmutum
My Dying Bride | Turn Loose The Swans
Slayer | Seasons in the Abyss
Iced Earth | Burnt Offerings

Always a joy to find new gems. Rock on
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11.03.2023 - 20:56
Redel
Moderator
Written by F3ynman on 11.03.2023 at 15:22

your list hasnt grown by any chance, has it?


Yes, this list grows from time to time. Basically every now and then when I discover a new gem I have overlooked before and like it so much that it reaches a rank within this list, I extend the list instead of kicking another album out. It just feels too harsh to kick out albums I like so much that they entered this list.

If your point of reference is Dec 21 there has been one major extension on top of that. There was a moment last year when I decided it is time to extend the list beyond 250 ranks. So, this one might have messed up your listening tracks severely.

Written by F3ynman on 11.03.2023 at 15:22

Thanks, by the way, for introducing me to these albums thanks to your list:
Estatic Fear | Somnium Obmutum
My Dying Bride | Turn Loose The Swans
Slayer | Seasons in the Abyss
Iced Earth | Burnt Offerings


Wow, if my list has really introduced you to these masterpieces of music I am of course deeply honoured. In this case I can only recomment you to dig some more of the second half of my list, which you have not yet listened to. Have fun at that.
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05.08.2023 - 05:53
Guib
Thrash Talker
Tasty list. Very diverse and so many amazing picks in there and more Thrash Metal than I expected to see.
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- Headbanging with mostly clogged arteries to that stuff -
Guib's List Of Essential Albums
- Also Thrash Paradise
Thrash Here
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05.08.2023 - 08:39
Redel
Moderator
Written by Guib on 05.08.2023 at 05:53

Tasty list. Very diverse and so many amazing picks in there and more Thrash Metal than I expected to see.

Thanks for caring to comment here, dude. Yes, my taste in metal has always been quite diverse, and at the same time pretty selective.
If it is from the old school, thrash metal will always have a place in my heart.
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