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1001 Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die


An ongoing list for personal use as well as for reference for beginners (& veterans alike). This is solely my personal opinion and taste (Death & Prog mostly but do give every genre a try). Basically will include albums I've rated 8 & above. Sorted by year since I'll need a Venn diagram to sort by genre (seriously MS please make it happen if possible). Will feature multiple releases per year (obviously) and per band (since if a band is putting out better albums it deserves more recognition). Keeping the metal faith alive from India

Created by: metalriff | 05.02.2021



1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
1969
2. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
1969
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
1970
4. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
5. Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself
1971
6. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
1971
7. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971
8. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
1973
9. King Crimson - Red
1974
10. Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
1975
11. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
1975
12. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
1976
13. Rush - 2112
1976
14. Rainbow - Rising
1976
15. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
16. Van Halen - Van Halen
1978
17. Rush - Hemispheres
1978
18. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
19. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
20. Rush - Permanent Waves
1980
21. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
22. AC/DC - Back In Black
1980
23. Rush - Moving Pictures
1981
24. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982
25. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983
26. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
27. Accept - Balls To The Wall
1983
28. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
29. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
30. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
31. Possessed - Seven Churches
1985
32. Marillion - Misplaced Childhood
1985
33. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
34. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
35. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
36. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
37. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
38. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
39. Whitesnake - Whitesnake
1987
40. Testament - The Legacy
1987
41. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
42. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
43. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
44. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
1987
45. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
46. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
47. Vio-lence - Eternal Nightmare
1988
48. Testament - The New Order
1988
49. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
50. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
51. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
52. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
53. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
54. Forbidden - Forbidden Evil
1988
55. Death - Leprosy
1988
56. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
57. Terrorizer - World Downfall
1989
58. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
59. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989
60. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
61. Obituary - Slowly We Rot
1989
62. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
63. Kreator - Extreme Aggression
1989
64. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
65. Faith No More - The Real Thing
1989
66. Coroner - No More Color
1989
67. Autopsy - Severed Survival
1989
68. Atheist - Piece Of Time
1989
69. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
70. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
71. Primus - Frizzle Fry
1990
72. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
73. Nocturnus - The Key
1990
74. Napalm Death - Harmony Corruption
1990
75. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
76. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
77. Artillery - By Inheritance
1990
78. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
79. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
1991
80. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
81. Sepultura - Arise
1991
82. Sarcófago - The Laws Of Scourge
1991
83. Pestilence - Testimony Of The Ancients
1991
84. Overkill - Horrorscope
1991
85. Entombed - Clandestine
1991
86. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream
1991
87. Death - Human
1991
88. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
89. Carcass - Necroticism: Descanting The Insalubrious
1991
90. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
91. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
1992
92. Solitude Aeturnus - Beyond The Crimson Horizon
1992
93. Sinister - Cross The Styx
1992
94. Sadus - A Vision Of Misery
1992
95. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
1992
96. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
97. Malevolent Creation - Retribution
1992
98. Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider
1992
99. Faith No More - Angel Dust
1992
100. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
101. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic Of Violence
1992
102. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
1992
103. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
104. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
105. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
1993
106. Morbid Angel - Covenant
1993
107. Demilich - Nespithe
1993
108. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
109. Cynic - Focus
1993
110. Carcass - Heartwork
1993
111. Soundgarden - Superunknown
1994
112. Samael - Ceremony Of Opposites
1994
113. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
1994
114. Machine Head - Burn My Eyes
1994
115. Kyuss - Kyuss
1994
116. Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
1994
117. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops
1994
118. Vader - De Profundis
1995
119. Suffocation - Pierced From Within
1995
120. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
121. Fear Factory - Demanufacture
1995
122. Down - Nola
1995
123. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
124. Death - Symbolic
1995
125. Therion - Theli
1996
126. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina
1996
127. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
128. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
129. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
1996
130. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
131. October Tide - Rain Without End
1997
132. In Flames - Whoracle
1997
133. Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine: Biomech
1997
134. Therion - Vovin
1998
135. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
136. Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment
1998
137. Gorguts - Obscura
1998
138. Diabolical Masquerade - Nightwork
1998
139. Dawn (SWE) - Slaughtersun (Crown Of The Triarchy)
1998
140. Taake - Nattestid...
1999
141. Opeth - Still Life
1999
142. Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
1999
143. Necrophagist - Onset Of Putrefaction
1999
144. Mr. Bungle - California
1999
145. Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 2
1999
146. Lacrimas Profundere - Memorandum
1999
147. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter
1999
148. Graveworm - As The Angels Reach The Beauty
1999
149. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
150. Anathema - Judgement
1999
151. The Crown - Deathrace King
2000
152. Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite
2000
153. Saturnus - Martyre
2000
154. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night
2000
155. Martyr - Warp Zone
2000
156. Immolation - Close To A World Below
2000
157. Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
2000
158. Decapitated - Winds Of Creation
2000
159. Windir - 1184
2001
160. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever
2001
161. Tool - Lateralus
2001
162. Threshold - Hypothetical
2001
163. Thorns - Thorns
2001
164. System Of A Down - Toxicity
2001
165. Sodom - M-16
2001
166. Sigh - Imaginary Sonicscape
2001
167. Shape Of Despair - Angels Of Distress
2001
168. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
169. Novembre - Novembrine Waltz
2001
170. My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours
2001
171. Kreator - Violent Revolution
2001
172. Katatonia - Last Fair Deal Gone Down
2001
173. Evergrey - In Search Of Truth
2001
174. Eternal Tears Of Sorrow - A Virgin And A Whore
2001
175. Dimmu Borgir - Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
2001
176. Ark - Burn The Sun
2001
177. Symphony X - The Odyssey
2002
178. Star One - Space Metal
2002
179. Soilwork - Natural Born Chaos
2002
180. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
2002
181. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
2002
182. Pain Of Salvation - Remedy Lane
2002
183. Opeth - Deliverance
2002
184. Nile - In Their Darkened Shrines
2002
185. Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
2002
186. Kalmah - They Will Return
2002
187. Isis - Oceanic
2002
188. Immortal - Sons Of Northern Darkness
2002
189. Decapitated - Nihility
2002
190. Arcturus - The Sham Mirrors
2002
191. Amon Amarth - Versus The World
2002
192. Windir - Likferd
2003
193. The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium
2003
194. Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
2003
195. Riverside - Out Of Myself
2003
196. Psycroptic - The Scepter Of The Ancients
2003
197. OSI - Office Of Strategic Influence
2003
198. Lost Horizon - A Flame To The Ground Beneath
2003
199. Katatonia - Viva Emptiness
2003
200. Kamelot - Epica
2003
201. Enslaved - Below The Lights
2003
202. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson II
2003
203. Dream Theater - Train Of Thought
2003
204. Thurisaz - Scent Of A Dream
2004
205. Slumber - Fallout
2004
206. Quo Vadis - Defiant Imagination
2004
207. Necrophagist - Epitaph
2004
208. My Dying Bride - Songs Of Darkness, Words Of Light
2004
209. Motörhead - Inferno
2004
210. Mercenary - 11 Dreams
2004
211. Mastodon - Leviathan
2004
212. Lamb Of God - Ashes Of The Wake
2004
213. Isis - Panopticon
2004
214. Hibria - Defying The Rules
2004
215. Exodus - Tempo Of The Damned
2004
216. Enslaved - Isa
2004
217. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004
218. Bloodbath - Nightmares Made Flesh
2004
219. Behemoth - Demigod
2004
220. Augury - Concealed
2004
221. Arsis - A Celebration Of Guilt
2004
222. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
2004
223. Uaral - Sounds Of Pain
2005
224. Taake - ...Doedskvad
2005
225. Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars
2005
226. Riverside - Second Life Syndrome
2005
227. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing
2005
228. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005
229. Noumena - Absence
2005
230. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005
231. Nevermore - This Godless Endeavor
2005
232. Mors Principium Est - The Unborn
2005
233. Kreator - Enemy Of God
2005
234. Kamelot - The Black Halo
2005
235. Hypocrisy - Virus
2005
236. Gojira - From Mars To Sirius
2005
237. Galneryus - Advance To The Fall
2005
238. Dark Tranquillity - Character
2005
239. Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal
2005
240. Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
2005
241. Tool - 10,000 Days
2006
242. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die
2006
243. Persefone - Core
2006
244. Melechesh - Emissaries
2006
245. Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
2006
246. Insomnium - Above The Weeping World
2006
247. Gorod - Leading Vision
2006
248. Drudkh - Кров У Наших Криницn
2006
249. Diablo Swing Orchestra - The Butcher's Ballroom
2006
250. Benighted - Identisick
2006
251. Amon Amarth - With Oden On Our Side
2006
252. Ahab - The Call Of The Wretched Sea
2006
253. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
2006
254. The Foreshadowing - Days Of Nothing
2007
255. Symphony X - Paradise Lost
2007
256. Swallow The Sun - Hope
2007
257. Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost
2007
258. Shining - V - Halmstad
2007
259. Sear Bliss - The Arcane Odyssey
2007
260. Rotting Christ - Theogonia
2007
261. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet
2007
262. Municipal Waste - The Art Of Partying
2007
263. Machine Head - The Blackening
2007
264. Lazarus A.D. - The Onslaught
2007
265. In Vain - The Latter Rain
2007
266. Gris - Il Était Une Forêt...
2007
267. Cobalt - Eater Of Birds
2007
268. Circus Maximus - Isolate
2007
269. Blotted Science - The Machinations Of Dementia
2007
270. Between The Buried And Me - Colors
2007
271. Antimatter - Leaving Eden
2007
272. Anaal Nathrakh - Hell Is Empty, And All The Devils Are Here
2007
273. Alter Bridge - Blackbird
2007
274. Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
2007
275. The Monolith Deathcult - Trivmvirate
2008
276. The Faceless - Planetary Duality
2008
277. Textures - Silhouettes
2008
278. Sylosis - Conclusion Of An Age
2008
279. Septicflesh - Communion
2008
280. Scar Symmetry - Holographic Universe
2008
281. Russian Circles - Station
2008
282. Origin - Antithesis
2008
283. Opeth - Watershed
2008
284. Meshuggah - ObZen
2008
285. In Mourning - Shrouded Divine
2008
286. Gojira - The Way Of All Flesh
2008
287. Esoteric - The Maniacal Vale
2008
288. Equilibrium - Sagas
2008
289. Dead Congregation - Graves Of The Archangels
2008
290. Darkspace - Dark Space III
2008
291. Cynic - Traced In Air
2008
292. Wine From Tears - Through The Eyes Of A Mad
2009
293. Vektor - Black Future
2009
294. Ulcerate - Everything Is Fire
2009
295. Swallow The Sun - New Moon
2009
296. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition
2009
297. Redemption - Snowfall On Judgment Day
2009
298. Obscura - Cosmogenesis
2009
299. Nile - Those Whom The Gods Detest
2009
300. Mistur - Attende
2009
301. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
2009
302. Long Distance Calling - Avoid The Light
2009
303. Leprous - Tall Poppy Syndrome
2009
304. Karnivool - Sound Awake
2009
305. Dragged Into Sunlight - Hatred For Mankind
2009
306. Between The Buried And Me - The Great Misdirect
2009
307. Animals As Leaders - Animals As Leaders
2009
308. Overkill - Ironbound
2010
309. Ihsahn - After
2010
310. Enslaved - Axioma Ethica Odini
2010
311. Blindead - Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
2010
312. Accept - Blood Of The Nations
2010
313. Vektor - Outer Isolation
2011
314. The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
2011
315. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2011
316. Obscura - Omnivium
2011
317. Leprous - Bilateral
2011
318. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
2011
319. Elder - Dead Roots Stirring
2011
320. Beyond Creation - The Aura
2011
321. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
2012
322. Mgła - With Hearts Toward None
2012
323. Hypno5e - Acid Mist Tomorrow
2012
324. Cattle Decapitation - Monolith Of Inhumanity
2012
325. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
2012
326. The Ocean - Pelagial
2013
327. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories)
2013
328. Shade Empire - Omega Arcane
2013
329. Persefone - Spiritual Migration
2013
330. Enshine - Origin
2013
331. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
2014
332. Ne Obliviscaris - Citadel
2014
333. Mgła - Exercises In Futility
2015
334. Kauan - Sorni Nai
2015
335. Batushka - Litourgiya
2015
336. Amorphis - Under The Red Cloud
2015
337. Witherscape - The Northern Sanctuary
2016
338. Vektor - Terminal Redux
2016
339. Be'lakor - Vessels
2016
340. Allegaeon - Proponent For Sentience
2016
341. Caligula's Horse - In Contact
2017
342. Archspire - Relentless Mutation
2017
343. Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology
2018
344. Riverside - Wasteland
2018
345. Amorphis - Queen Of Time
2018
346. Wilderun - Veil Of Imagination
2019
347. Soen - Lotus
2019
348. Borknagar - True North
2019



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Comments: 7   Visited by: 15 users
28.09.2021 - 12:19
F3ynman2000

Wow - cool list!
I've seriously need to check out the early 2000's
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28.09.2021 - 14:17
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Missing 723.
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Rose is red, violet is blue. Flag is win, Baba is you.
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30.09.2021 - 16:38
metalriff

Written by Karlabos on 28.09.2021 at 14:17

Missing 723.
I didn't quite get you
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30.09.2021 - 17:59
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
I agree with all the one's on this list I've listened too, so judging by your music taste, I will check out the rest of the albums on this list at some point
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30.09.2021 - 18:27
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by metalriff on 30.09.2021 at 16:38

Written by Karlabos on 28.09.2021 at 14:17

Missing 723.
I didn't quite get you

a little hint: 278 + 723 = 1001
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signatures = SPAM
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07.10.2021 - 11:00
metalriff

Written by Starvynth on 30.09.2021 at 18:27

Written by metalriff on 30.09.2021 at 16:38

Written by Karlabos on 28.09.2021 at 14:17

Missing 723.
I didn't quite get you

a little hint: 278 + 723 = 1001

Sheesh I'm bad at math. Reminds me yet again that I'm a doctor
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07.10.2021 - 11:01
metalriff

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 30.09.2021 at 17:59

I agree with all the one's on this list I've listened too, so judging by your music taste, I will check out the rest of the albums on this list at some point

Yayy
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