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Top Favourite Heavy Metal Albums


Created by: blackwreath13 | 06.03.2021



1. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990 Painkiller, All Guns Blazing, Between the Hammer and the Anvil
2. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970 Hand of Doom, Paranoid, Iron Man
3. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984 Powerslave, Aces High, Rime of the Ancient Mariner
4. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984 The Sentinel, Eat Me Alive, Jawbreaker
5. Motörhead - Inferno
2004 In the Name of Tragedy, Suicide, In the Year of the Wolf
6. Judas Priest - Firepower
2018 Traitors Gate, Necromancer, Lightning Strike
7. Iron Maiden - Brave New World
2000 The Wicker Man, The Nomad, The Mercenary
8. Saxon - Lionheart
2004 To Live By the Sword, Witchfinder General, English Man O' War
9. Heaven And Hell - The Devil You Know
2009 Follow the Tears, Bible Black, The Turn of the Screw
10. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987 Hall of the Mountain King, Prelude to Madness, Beyond the Doors of the Dark
11. Grim Reaper - See You In Hell
1984 See You in Hell, Wrath of the Ripper, Run For Your Life
12. Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
1981 The Sign of the Southern Cross, The Mob Rules, Falling Off the Edge of the World
13. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982 Screaming For Vengeance, Bloodstone, The Hellion
14. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
1980 Heaven and Hell, Die Young, Children of the Sea
15. Angel Witch - Frontal Assault
1986 Frontal Assault, Take to the Wings, Straight From Hell
16. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980 Ace of Spades, The Chase Was Better Than the Catch, Love Me Like a Reptile
17. Dio - Holy Diver
1983 Holy Diver, Straight Through the Heart, Shame on the Night
18. Black Sabbath - Sabotage
1975 Symptom of the Universe, Symptom of the Universe, Symptom of the Universe
19. Accept - Balls To The Wall
1983 Fight It Back, Balls to the Wall, Guardian of the Night
20. Saxon - The Inner Sanctum
2007 Attila the Hun, Let Me Feel Your Power, Ashes to Ashes
21. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971 Children of the Grave, Sweet Leaf, Into the Void
22. Dio - The Last In Line
1984 We Rock, The Last In Line, Evil Eyes
23. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986 Alexander The Great, Stranger In A Strange Land, Sea Of Madness
24. Black Sabbath - Headless Cross
1989 Devil And Daughter, Headless Cross, Black Moon
25. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984 Desecration of Souls, A Dangerous Meeting, Gypsy
26. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981 Killers, Purgatory, Genghis Khan
27. Halford - Resurrection
2000 Made in Hell, Silent Screams, Cyberworld
28. Smoulder - Times Of Obscene Evil And Wild Daring
2019 Ilian Of Garathorm, Voyage of the Sunchaser, Bastard Steel
29. Motörhead - Sacrifice
1995 Dog Faced Boy, Sacrifice, Over Your Shoulder
30. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
1983 The Trooper, Where Eagles Dare, To Tame a Land
31. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman
1981 Believer, Over The Mountain, Diary Of A Madman
32. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982 Fast as a Shark, Princess of the Night, Restless and Wild
33. Motörhead - We Are Motörhead
2000 See Me Burning, Stagefright/Crash And Burn, Wake The Dead
34. W.A.S.P. - Dying For The World
2002 Shadow Man, Revengeance, My Wicked Heart
35. Dio - Dream Evil
1987 Night People, Sunset Superman, All The Fools Sailed Away
36. Metallica - Metallica
1991 Of Wolf and Man, Sad But True, The Unforgiven
37. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984 Metal Church, Beyond The Black, Battalions
38. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972 Cornucopia, Supernaut, Laguna Sunrise
39. Judas Priest - Nostradamus
2008 War, Prophecy, Revelations
40. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988 Moonchild, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, The Evil That Men Do
41. Motörhead - Orgasmatron
1986 Orgasmatron, Deaf Forever, Doctor Rock
42. Accept - Breaker
1981 Son Of A Bitch, Starlight, Run If You Can
43. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978 Exciter, Beyond the Realms of Death, Stained Class
44. Warlock - Triumph And Agony
1987 I Rule The Ruins, All We Are, Kiss Of Death
45. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982 Hallowed Be Thy Name, Run to the Hills, The Number of the Beast
46. Girlschool - Hit And Run
1981 The Hunter, Future Flash, C'mon Let's Go
47. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
1992 Chainsaw Charlie (Murders In The New Morgue), Invisible Boy, Arena Of Pleasure
48. Grave Digger - Excalibur
1999 Avalon, Morgane Le Fay, Pendragon
49. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
1970 Black Sabbath, N.I.B, The Wizard
50. Judas Priest - Ram It Down
1988 Blood Red Skies, Hard As Iron, Ram It Down
51. Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin
1986 The Ultimate Sin, Fool Like You, Secret Loser
52. Saxon - Power And The Glory
1983 Power And The Glory, Midas Touch, The Eagle Has Landed
53. Savatage - Sirens
1983 Sirens, On The Run, Holocaust
54. Black Sabbath - The Eternal Idol
1987 Ancient Warrior, The Eternal Idol, The Shining
55. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
1986 Haunted, The Portrait, Charon
56. Saxon - Killing Ground
2001 Killing Ground, Dragons Lair, Deeds Of Glory
57. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992 Symphony of Destruction, Architecture of Aggression, This Was My Life
58. Grim Reaper - Fear No Evil
1985 Fear No Evil, Lord Of Darkness (Your Living Hell), Lay It On The Line
59. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991 Slave To The Grind, Mud Kicker, Psycho Love
60. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980 Am I Evil, Helpless, Sucking My Love
61. Iron Maiden - The Book Of Souls
2015 The Red and the Black, Shadows of the Valley, The Book of Souls
62. Saxon - Unleash The Beast
1997 Bloodletter, All Hell Breaking Loose, Cut Out The Disease
63. Satan - Court In The Act
1983 No Turning Back, Broken Treaties, The Ritual
64. Eternal Champion - Ravening Iron
2020 A Face in the Glare, Ravening Iron, Skullseeker
65. Motörhead - Iron Fist
1982 Iron Fist, Sex And Outrage, Loser
66. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983 Black Funeral, Curse Of The Pharaohs, Satan's Fall
67. Saxon - Denim And Leather
1981 Never Surrender, And the Bands Played On, Fire In The Sky
68. Anvil - Metal On Metal
1982 Metal On Metal, 666, March Of The Crabs
69. Judas Priest - Redeemer Of Souls
2014 Sword of Damocles, Cold Blooded, Halls of Valhalla
70. Iron Maiden - A Matter Of Life And Death
2006 The Longest Day, Brighter Than a Thousand Sins, These Colours Don't Run
71. Holocaust - The Nightcomers
1981 Death Or Glory, Mavrock, The Nightcomers
72. Girlschool - Screaming Blue Murder
1982 Screaming Blue Murder, When Your Blood Runs Cold, Hell Razor
73. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Spellbound
1981 Gangland, Tyger Bay, Don't Stop By
74. Tank - Filth Hounds Of Hades
1982 Heavy Artillery, Run Like Hell, Filth Hounds Of Hades
75. Riot - Fire Down Under
1981 Swords And Tequila, Fire Down Under, Run For Your Life
76. Dokken - Under Lock And of Key
1985 Unchain the Night, Lightnin' Strikes Again, The Hunter
77. Black Sabbath - Born Again
1983 Stone Henge/Disturbing the Priest, Keep it Warm, The Dark/Zero the Hero
78. Heavy Load - Death Or Glory
1982 Heavy Metal Angels (In Metal And Leather), Might For Right, Trespasser
79. Witchfynde - Give 'em Hell
1980 Unto The Ages Of The Ages, Give 'em Hell, Pay Now Love Later
80. Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier
2010 When the Wild Wind Blows, Isle of Avalon, Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
81. Judas Priest - Point Of Entry
1981 Desert Plains, Solar Angels, Hot Rockin'
82. Skid Row - Skid Row
1989 Youth Gone Wild, Midnight Tornado, 18 and Life



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03.04.2021 - 22:02
JoHn DoE

Nice list, a lot of great albums in there.
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04.04.2021 - 10:46
blackwreath13

Written by JoHn DoE on 03.04.2021 at 22:02

Nice list, a lot of great albums in there.

Thank you I appreciate that, it's still a work in progress tbh.
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28.04.2021 - 01:35
AndyMetalFreak
A Nice Guy
Impressive list, alot of my favourites albums are listed here.🖒
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29.04.2021 - 01:27
blackwreath13

Written by AndyMetalFreak on 28.04.2021 at 01:35

Impressive list, alot of my favourites albums are listed here.🖒

Thank you, seeing how long I can make it.
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22.06.2021 - 14:32
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Great list! We share a lot of favorites (see my all-time favorites: http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=6697&page=&message_id=)
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25.06.2021 - 11:57
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 22.06.2021 at 14:32

Great list! We share a lot of favorites (see my all-time favorites: http://www.metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=6697&page=&message_id=)

Cheers I appreciate that, that is a great list too replace the Megadeth albums with Slayer ones and it could be my own
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25.06.2021 - 14:34
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 25.06.2021 at 11:57

replace the Megadeth albums with Slayer ones and it could be my own

Haha - in that regard we are quite different! I take Megadeth over Slayer any day
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26.06.2021 - 09:42
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 25.06.2021 at 14:34

Written by blackwreath13 on 25.06.2021 at 11:57

replace the Megadeth albums with Slayer ones and it could be my own

Haha - in that regard we are quite different! I take Megadeth over Slayer any day

Heresy!
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27.06.2021 - 00:27
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 26.06.2021 at 09:42

Written by F3ynman2000 on 25.06.2021 at 14:34

Written by blackwreath13 on 25.06.2021 at 11:57

replace the Megadeth albums with Slayer ones and it could be my own

Haha - in that regard we are quite different! I take Megadeth over Slayer any day

Heresy!

Everyone has a different opinion and I respect that. I just find Megadeth more nuanced and diverse than Slayer. The guitar solos are more interesting and can be very melodic. Also, Slayer is constantly fast while Megadeth is more unpredictable. At least that's my impression
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28.06.2021 - 13:35
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 27.06.2021 at 00:27

Written by blackwreath13 on 26.06.2021 at 09:42

Written by F3ynman2000 on 25.06.2021 at 14:34

Written by blackwreath13 on 25.06.2021 at 11:57

replace the Megadeth albums with Slayer ones and it could be my own

Haha - in that regard we are quite different! I take Megadeth over Slayer any day

Heresy!

Everyone has a different opinion and I respect that. I just find Megadeth more nuanced and diverse than Slayer. The guitar solos are more interesting and can be very melodic. Also, Slayer is constantly fast while Megadeth is more unpredictable. At least that's my impression

It's less the speed of Slayer and more the tone, I love Slayer for the same reasons I love Black Metal and Doom Metal - I love evil or dark riffs and Megadeth sometimes give me that like in Devil's Island but then the mood suddenly lightens. With Slayer I never need to worry about the mood lightening.
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28.06.2021 - 14:32
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 28.06.2021 at 13:35

It's less the speed of Slayer and more the tone, I love Slayer for the same reasons I love Black Metal and Doom Metal - I love evil or dark riffs and Megadeth sometimes give me that like in Devil's Island but then the mood suddenly lightens. With Slayer I never need to worry about the mood lightening.

Yeah that is cool. From a positive perspective they're consistent. From a negative perspective you could say they're static.
Maybe I'll check them out again. Any songs you especially suggest?
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28.06.2021 - 16:23
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 28.06.2021 at 14:32

Written by blackwreath13 on 28.06.2021 at 13:35

It's less the speed of Slayer and more the tone, I love Slayer for the same reasons I love Black Metal and Doom Metal - I love evil or dark riffs and Megadeth sometimes give me that like in Devil's Island but then the mood suddenly lightens. With Slayer I never need to worry about the mood lightening.

Yeah that is cool. From a positive perspective they're consistent. From a negative perspective you could say they're static.
Maybe I'll check them out again. Any songs you especially suggest?

If you're not into their fast aggressive stuff the more creepy moody tracks I recommend would are:
Seasons in the Abyss
South of Heaven
213
Dead Skin Mask
Eyes of the Insane
God Send Death
Spill the Blood
Deviance
Final Six
Ghosts of War (much of it is fast but the slower mid section is imo the best example of what the King/Hannemann team did better than anybody, it always gives me chills)

But then this type of atmosphere has always appealed to me most whether it's in Thrash, Doom, Industrial, Goth Rock, Horror movie soundtracks or whatever.
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28.06.2021 - 17:10
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 28.06.2021 at 16:23

If you're not into their fast aggressive stuff the more creepy moody tracks I recommend would are:
Seasons in the Abyss
South of Heaven
213
Dead Skin Mask
Eyes of the Insane
God Send Death
Spill the Blood
Deviance
Final Six
Ghosts of War (much of it is fast but the slower mid section is imo the best example of what the King/Hannemann team did better than anybody, it always gives me chills)

But then this type of atmosphere has always appealed to me most whether it's in Thrash, Doom, Industrial, Goth Rock, Horror movie soundtracks or whatever.

Thanks! That's really nice of you to filter those out for me. I'll definitely check them out...
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16.09.2021 - 00:11
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 28.06.2021 at 13:35

It's less the speed of Slayer and more the tone, I love Slayer for the same reasons I love Black Metal and Doom Metal - I love evil or dark riffs and Megadeth sometimes give me that like in Devil's Island but then the mood suddenly lightens. With Slayer I never need to worry about the mood lightening.

Ok Slayer have grown on me. I agree with what you said about the reliable dark atmosphere and great riffs - that's indeed their strong suit. My favorite Slayer albums are now Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss.
I think I was mainly initially put off by the wailing guitar solos on Reign in Blood. I prefer, like you, the slower doom-y songs on Seasons or Hell Awaits and the great melodies on Show No Mercy. I guess (other than Reign) I've been converted
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18.09.2021 - 14:11
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 16.09.2021 at 00:11

Written by blackwreath13 on 28.06.2021 at 13:35

It's less the speed of Slayer and more the tone, I love Slayer for the same reasons I love Black Metal and Doom Metal - I love evil or dark riffs and Megadeth sometimes give me that like in Devil's Island but then the mood suddenly lightens. With Slayer I never need to worry about the mood lightening.

Ok Slayer have grown on me. I agree with what you said about the reliable dark atmosphere and great riffs - that's indeed their strong suit. My favorite Slayer albums are now Show No Mercy and Seasons in the Abyss.
I think I was mainly initially put off by the wailing guitar solos on Reign in Blood. I prefer, like you, the slower doom-y songs on Seasons or Hell Awaits and the great melodies on Show No Mercy. I guess (other than Reign) I've been converted

It’s a miracle!
Just curious, have you delved into the divisive post-Seasons era?

(Although I do still feel the urge to stick up for Reign’s atmosphere on the second half of the album particularly Post Mortem.)
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18.09.2021 - 17:59
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by blackwreath13 on 18.09.2021 at 14:11

Just curious, have you delved into the divisive post-Seasons era?

No I haven't. Where do you recommend to start?
Written by blackwreath13 on 18.09.2021 at 14:11

(Although I do still feel the urge to stick up for Reign’s atmosphere on the second half of the album particularly Post Mortem.)

Yeah the riff of postmortem is good and I like the transition from postmortem to Raining Blood. The second half of the album, you say? Hmm. I'll have to look at it again.
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24.09.2021 - 16:11
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.09.2021 at 17:59

Written by blackwreath13 on 18.09.2021 at 14:11

Just curious, have you delved into the divisive post-Seasons era?

No I haven't. Where do you recommend to start?
Written by blackwreath13 on 18.09.2021 at 14:11

(Although I do still feel the urge to stick up for Reign’s atmosphere on the second half of the album particularly Post Mortem.)

Yeah the riff of postmortem is good and I like the transition from postmortem to Raining Blood. The second half of the album, you say? Hmm. I'll have to look at it again.


Post-80’s Slayer is tricky, they still deliver awesome songs but the whole albums are definitely in the shadow of the classic era. I would say Christ Illusion and Divine Intervention are the best of the bunch, I have a soft spot for God Hates Us All though even though it’s half great and half filler and as far as Diabolus is concerned, I’ll die on hill defending Stain Of Mind.

I never listened to Repentless though, didn’t feel right to me. Some band members aren’t replaceable.
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