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My Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time


These albums are my favorites - they are the reason why I love metal!
Here are albums that I classify as perfect, or almost perfect - meaning every song (or almost every song) on each album is amazing.
In addition, there are albums that I don't think are perfect, but I still love them Enjoy!
Format: Band | Album | What I like about the album; Favorite songs

Created by: F3ynman2000 | 09.06.2021



1. Perfect and Almost Perfect Albums: 10/10 - 9.5/10
2. Judas Priest - Painkiller
Heavy metal in its purest form! Insane riffs, beautiful guitar solos, powerful drums, and Rob Halford at his peak vocal performance! ; Favorite songs: Painkiller, A Touch of Evil, Nightcrawler, One Shot at Glory, Hell Patrol, Leather Rebel;
3. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
Epic and perfect in every way: black metal vocals and atmosphere in a wintry landscape with heavy death metal riffs and emotional solos! ; Night's Blood, Soulreaper, Thorns of Crimson Death, Where Dead Angels Lie, Unhallowed, Retribution;
4. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
Thrash Metal perfection: Mustaine's fast riffs contrasting with Marty's beautiful solos - the guitar playing is otherworldly, unique, and simply divine! ; Rust in Peace... Polaris, Tornado of Souls, Hangar 18, Lucretia, Five Magics, Holy Wars;
5. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Metallica's perfectly paced balance between energetic thrash and melodic epicness ; Creeping Death, The Call of Ktulu, Trapped Under Ice, Fade to Black, Ride the Lightning;
6. Death - Symbolic
It's intense, fast, sad, aggresive, and beautiful. A perfect mix of all emotions. A true masterpiece. ; Without Judgement, Symbolic, Zero Tolerance, 1000 Eyes, Misanthrope;
7. Iron Maiden - Somewhere in Time
The fantastic guitar synths create a beautiful and haunting atmosphere. Bruce's singing sends you on an epic journey through space and time! ; Alexander the Great, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner, Stranger in a Strange Land, Deja Vu, Caught Somewhere in Time;
8. Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Thrash and jazz! Super fun and catchy songs with Chris Poland's unique style and Mustaine's best guitar playing! ; Wake Up Dead, Devil's Island, Good Mourning/Black Friday, Bad Omen, The Conjuring;
9. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Dark, fast, yet with a lot of groove and some of Priest's best guitar solos! ; The Sentinel, Rock Hard Ride Free, Love Bites, Jawbreaker, Night Comes Down;
10. Vektor - Terminal Redux
Philosophical lyrics about mortality and order in a chaotic universe. A fantastic intergalactic journey rising to an emotional climax and an incredibly epic finish! ; Recharging the Void, Cygnus Terminal, Collapse, Pillars of Sand, Charging the Void, LCD;
11. Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
Wonderfully dark atmosphere with powerful drumming and fantastic riffs! ; Dead Skin Mask, War Ensemble, Seasons in the Abyss, Spirit in Black, Skeletons of Society, Blood Red, Temptation
12. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
An Epic journey: a mix of melodic and heavy elements, evil guest vocals contrasting with beautiful clean vocals, and elegant recurring catchy and haunting riffs!
13. Immortal - At the Heart of Winter
An absolute riff-fest with chilling vocals! A bitter cold masterpiece! ; Tragedies Blows At Horizon, Where Light And Dark Don't Differ, Withstand The Fall Of Time, Solarfall
14. Slayer - Show No Mercy
Super fast, heavy, evil, and super fun! Fantastic screams, creative melodies, and the guitar-work is simply amazing - at high-speed yet nuanced...very much like Painkiller! ; Metal Storm/Face the Slayer, Die by the Sword, Tormentor, Final Command, The Antichrist, Fight Till Death, Black Magic
15. Death - Spiritual Healing
A damning critique of society and imagery of a dystopian future with insanely good guitar-work and expressive vocals ("LLLIIIIIEEESSS!" ;)) ; Spiritual Healing, Within The Mind, Altering The Future, Low Life
16. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Very unique doom metal: biblical and fantasy themes presented with heavy riffs and operatic vocals! ; Solitude, Sorceror's Pledge, Demon's Gate, Black Stone Wielders
17. Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Black Sabbath's heaviest album with great doom-riffs and thought-provoking lyrics; Children of the Grave, Into the Void, Lord of this World, Sweet Leaf
18. Excellent Albums: 9.5/10 - 8.5/10
19. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Iron Maiden's most epic songwriting, featuring metal's most damning anti-war song (2 Minutes to Midnight), the greatest ballad of all time (Rime of the Ancient Mariner) and the most beautiful guitar solos (Powerslave, The Duellists)
20. Judas Priest - Screaming for Vengeance
My introduction to heavy metal! Classic Judas Priest with catchy riffs and Halford's epic voice; The Hellion/Electric Eye, Riding on the Wind, Fever, Devil's Child, (Take These) Chains
21. Hazzerd - Misleading Evil
Fresh, fast, and ultra fun thrash metal perfection from unbelievably talented musicians - the drummer has a superb vocal performance and the guitar solos are magnificent! An overlooked masterpiece! ; Absolute Destruction, The Fallen, The Tendencies of a Madman, Road to Nowhere, Misleading Evil
22. Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Dio brings fresh energy to the founders of metal with a stellar vocal performance! ; Heaven and Hell, Lady Evil, Neon Nights, Children of the Sea
23. Testament - The Legacy
Raw thrash energy mixed with elegant guitar playing and badass vocals! ; Burnt Offerings, Over The Wall, Alone In The Dark, Do Or Die, Apocalyptic City
24. Death - Leprosy
Great menacing vocals and intricate guitar playing make for a classic death album! ; Pull the Plug, Born Dead, Forgotten Past, Left to Die
25. Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
Heavier than an aircraft carrier and full of awesome riffs! ; ...For Victory, War, Remembrance, Lest We Forget, Silent Demise
26. Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal
Fantastic crushing riffs - Bolt Thrower at their best! ; At First Light, The Killchain, When Cannons Fade, Anti-Tank
27. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
Super heavy and badass war anthems! This band comes rolling in like a tank! ; Where Next To Conquer, The IVth Crusade, This Time It's War
28. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
An album of pure evil with demonic vocals and melodic guitar-work! ; Awakening, Nocturnal Silence, The Ancients Gate, Before the Dawn
29. Metallica - ...And Justice for All
Metallica returning to their thrash side. Super heavy riffs, complex lyrics, and Hetfield's angry voice make up for lack of bass! ; One, Harvester of Sorrow, Blackened, To Live is To Die, Dyers Eve
30. Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
Incredibly epic descent into Hell with amazingly expressive operatic vocals and doom riffs! ; Dante's Inferno, Diary, Burnt Offerings, Pierced Spirit, Last December, Creator Failure
31. Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
Impressive high-pitched vocals and epic guitar solos ; Hall Of The Mountain King, Legions, Price You Pay, Beyond the Doors of the Dark
32. Rainbow - Rising
Dio's incredible voice and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solos make this album a timeless classic ; Stargazer, A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Run with the Wolf
33. Death - Human
Death metal at its finest with hints of the band's future melodic elements ; Secret Face, Lack of Comprehension, Together as One, Cosmic Sea
34. Quo Vadis - Day Into Night
A beautiful battle of brutal and melodic death metal! ; On the Shores of Ithaka, Absolution, Let It Burn, I Believe, Dream
35. Death - The Sound of Perseverance
A unique approach for Death with some of their best riffs, solos, and emotions! ; Spirit Crusher, Voice of The Soul, Story to Tell, Bite the Pain
36. Dio - Holy Diver
Great guitar solos, and Dio's voice is majestic as always! ; Holy Diver, Don't Talk To Strangers, Rainbow In The Dark, Shame on the Night
37. Lord Belial - Enter The Moonlight Gate
All the instruments, a superb demonic voice, and haunting female vocals create a captivating atmosphere as one follows a dark crusade of pure evil from a wintry landscape, through Hell, and to the Gates of Heaven. ; Enter the Moonlight Gate, Realm of a Thousand Burning Souls, Forlorn in Silence, Path with Endless Horizons, Lamia
38. Dan Swanö - Moontower
All of Dan Swanö's genius musicianship on display! Beautiful melodies, mesmerizing atmosphere, and poetic lyrics create a one-of-a-kind experience in metal history! ; Sun of the Night, Add Reality, Uncreation, Patchwork
39. Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
Enchanted, epic anthems of Middle-Earth with lyrical themes of the Hobbit and eerie voice samples from Lord of the Rings! ; In Hollow Halls Beneatg the Fells, A New Power is Rising, South Away, Our Foes Shall Fail, Farewell
40. Lucifer's Fall - III - From the Deep
Excellent dark Lovecraft-themed lyrics and super heavy riffs! ; The Cave, Across the Void, Trident Steel, From the Deep, Man of God
41. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
A great concept album with both catchy songs and epic ballads! ; Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son, The Clairvoyant, Infinite Dreams, Moonchild
42. Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Genre-defining album with epic screams and groovy dual guitar riffs ; Dreamer Deceiver, Victim of Changes, The Ripper
43. Edge of Sanity - Crimson II
Great sequel! I love it when the catchy and haunting riffs of the first Crimson album make a reappearance. ; Passage of Time, Incantation, Face to Face
44. Memoriam - Requiem for Mankind
Absolutely brutal and badass - aggressive vocals, crushing riffs, and eternal war! ; Undefeated, Never The Victim, The Veteran, Austerity Kills
45. Obituary - Cause of Death
Mesmerizing death metal riffs, entertaining guitar solos, and unique brutal vocals! ; Body Bag, Infected, Cause of Death, Dying, Turned Inside Out
46. Wintersun - Wintersun
Magnificient wintry musicianship from Finland with elegant, catchy melodies and chilling vocals! ; Winter Madness, Death and the Healing, Starchild, Sleeping Stars, Battle Against Time
47. Dissection - The Somberlain
Magnificent melodic and dark songs - one of the best debut albums! ; The Somberlain, Black Horizons, A Land Forlorn, The Grief Prophecy
48. Judas Priest - Firepower
Priest's most ferocious album since Painkiller! ; Rising From Ruins, Traitors Gate, Spectre, Never The Heroes, Lone Wolf
49. Shylmagoghnar - Emergence
Incredibly epic and mesmerizing atmospheric, melodic black metal masterpiece! ; I am the Abyss, Eternal Forest, Eden in Ashes, A New Dawn
50. Sinira - The Everlorn
An absolutely beautiful one-man show of mesmerizing riffs and wintry atmosphere! A new masterpiece of black metal - soaring harmonies, emotional melodies, elegant instrumentals, somber vocals - this album has it all! ; Where Starlight Does Not Shine, The Everlorn, Year Laden Skies, Gardens of Pestilence, Our Final Nightfall
51. Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram
Haunting cover art and a beautifully dark ode to evil! ; Tsar Bomba, From the Great Above to the Great Below, Requiem for a Dying Sun, Pesta
52. Summoning - Oath Bound
Majestic wintry Middle-Earth atmosphere; Across the Streaming Tide, Land if the Dead, Menegroth, Beleriand
53. Metallica - Master of Puppets
Metallica shows more of its melodic side, with a highlight being the slow guitar solo in the title track. This is the master of transitions with the sudden shifts between memorable, badass riffs. ; Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Master of Puppets, Disposable Heroes, Leper Messiah, Orion
54. Opeth - Blackwater Park
Phenomenal masterpiece of melody with groovy riffs, elegant guitar-work, and crushing vocals! ; Leper Affinity, Blackwater Park, Harvester, Bleak, Patterns in the Ivy
55. Great Albums: < 8.5/10
56. Slayer - Hell Awaits
A ferocious album straight from the fiery pits of Hell! ; At Dawn They Sleep, Hell Awaits, Kill Again, Crypts of Eternity, Praise of Death
57. Summoning - Minas Morgul
Great atmosphere and a unique interpretation of Middle-Earth ; Orthanc, Soul Wandering, The Passing Of The Grey Company, Morthond, Lugburz
58. Asphyx - Last One on Earth
Powerful, world-crushing anthems of battle and the apocalypse with vocals reminiscent of those on Scream Bloody Gore ; Last One on Earth, Asphyx (Forgotten War), M.S. Bismarck
59. Metal Church - Metal Church
An amazing debut album! A superb vocal performance with awesome riffs, solos, and lyrics ; Beyond the Black, Metal Church, Gods of Wrath, Merciless Onslaught, In the Blood
60. Necrophobic - Hrimthursum
Fast and melodic riffs, bitter cold atmosphere, demonic vocals backed with angelic choirs - fantastic blackened death metal! ; I Strike With Wrath, The Crossing, Eternal Winter, Blinded by Light
61. Edge of Sanity - The Spectral Sorrows
A wide variety of genres mixed into one album, all accompanied by a thunderous guitar tone and Dan Swanö's inexhaustible genius! ; The Masque, Darkday, The Spectral Sorrows, Sacrificed
62. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
Pure death metal with sickened, extreme vocals and masterful riffs in a cavernous atmosphere of eviiiil dead! ; Zombie Ritual, Evil Dead, Scream Bloody Gore, Regurgitation of Guts, Infernal Death
63. Artillery - By Inheritance
Super fun and catchy thrash with exotic guitar sound! ; Bombfood, By Inheritance, Khomaniac
64. Autopsy - Severed Survival
A ferocious combination of heavy doom riffs and insane trashy death metal - all accompanied by crushing bass! ; Severed Survival, Ridden with Disease, Service for a Vacant Coffin, Pagan Saviour, Critical Madness
65. In Flames - The Jester Race
Very melodic with a beautiful guitar sound! ; The Jester's Dance, Moonshield, Lord Hypnos
66. Vektor - Black Future
Insanely technical guitar-work with piercing vocals and badass sci-fi lyrics! ; Destroying the Cosmos, Forests of Legend, Oblivion, Black Future
67. Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
The Silmarillion as a musical! ' Nuff said! ; Into The Storm, Nightfall, Blood Tears, Noldor, Curse of Feanor
68. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Fun thrash experimentation from a great band on the rise! ; Seek and Destroy, The Four Horsemen, Hit the Lights, Whiplash
69. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
Another masterpiece by Chuck Schuldiner with his signature intense, technical, and emotional musicianship! ; The Philosopher, Overactive Imagination, Destiny, Jealousy
70. Rotting Christ - Thy Mighty Contract
Eerie, mesmerizing, satanic black metal from Greece! ; 4th Knight of Revelation, Transform All Suffering into Plagues, Fgementh Thy Gift
71. Bütcher - 666 Goats Carry My Chariot
Absolutely insane speed metal, full with piercing screams and plenty of Steele! ; Iron Bitch, Metal Storm/Face the Bütcher,
72. Kreator - Coma of Souls
Entertaining German thrash with melodic parts as well! ; Terror Zone, When the Sun Burns Red, Coma of Souls
73. Children of Bodom - Follow the Reaper
A super fun mix of power metal and death metal with incredible melodious blending of guitar and keyboards! ; Follow the Reaper, Bodom After Midnight, Children of Decadence, Kissing the Shadows
74. Sepultura - Beneath the Remains
Great thrash with also melodic elements; Beneath The Remains, Stronger Than Hate, Inner Self
75. Sepultura - Arise
Amazing riffs and creepy cover art! ; Desperate Cry, Arise, Dead Embryonic Cells
76. Kreator - Pleasure To Kill
Gory mix of thrash and death metal. ... pleasure to listen! ; Ripping Corpse, Carrion, Pleasure to Kill
77. Megadeth - Dystopia
Kiko Loureiro's solos are unbelievably epic! ; Dystopia, Conquer Or Die, Fatal Illusion, Death From Within
78. Testament - First Strike Still Deadly
Fantastic re-recordings that make the classic thrash songs sound more brutal than ever! ; Disciples of the Watch, Burnt Offerings, Alone in the Dark, Into the Pit, Trial By Fire
79. Opeth - Still Life
A mesmerizing tale of forbidden love, madness, darkness, and death with melancholy clean vocals and a flood of riffs! ; Face of Melinda, Serenity Painted Death, The Moor, White Clusters
80. Testament - The Gathering
A great mix of thrash and death metal! Chuck's singing is fantastically brutal and Lombardo's drumming is insane! ; True Believer, Legions of the Dead, Riding the Snake
81. Immolation - Close to a World Below
Powerful Death metal! An unrelenting assault of riffs from Hell! ; Close to a World Below, Father you're not a father
82. Edge of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
Interesting mix of dark, groovy, and melodic elements ; Of Darksome Origin, Twilight, Black Tears
83. Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls
One of Priest's darkest and heaviest creations... and Halford's epic scream on Halls of Valhalla is perfection! ; Halls of Valhalla, Sword of Damocles, Cold Blooded, March of the Damned
84. Entombed - Left Hand Path
Classic evil death metal with awesome buzzsaw-guitar tone! ; Left Hand Path, Supposed to Rot, When Life Has Ceased
85. Megadeth - Youthanasia
Very catchy melodies and Mustaine's most emotional voice! ; Train Of Consequences, Addicted To Chaos, The Killing Road, A Tout Le Monde



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19.09.2021 - 20:38
F3ynman2000

Written by MadeleineGlover on 19.09.2021 at 15:23

Awesome list!

Thanks!
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26.09.2021 - 23:14
JavierPaper

Very good list, in some time i will listen to lord belial
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17.10.2021 - 22:20
F3ynman2000

Written by JavierPaper on 26.09.2021 at 23:14

Very good list, in some time i will listen to lord belial

Listen to Sinira's The Everlorn while you're at it
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18.10.2021 - 13:16
blackwreath13

Wow Slayer not only made it onto the list but up to 11, congrats your soul has been saved
Really great list all round though, I appreciate ones that offer a variety!
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18.10.2021 - 14:09
F3ynman2000

Written by blackwreath13 on 18.10.2021 at 13:16

Wow Slayer not only made it onto the list but up to 11, congrats your soul has been saved
Really great list all round though, I appreciate ones that offer a variety!

Thanks for your comment!
And by the way, if you look closer, Slayer is in the top ten
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18.10.2021 - 14:15
blackwreath13

Written by F3ynman2000 on 18.10.2021 at 14:09

Written by blackwreath13 on 18.10.2021 at 13:16

Wow Slayer not only made it onto the list but up to 11, congrats your soul has been saved
Really great list all round though, I appreciate ones that offer a variety!

Thanks for your comment!
And by the way, if you look closer, Slayer is in the top ten

Ah right, my mistake. Even better!
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21.10.2021 - 15:11
AndyMetalFreak
Mr Nice Guy
I recommend Unanimated - Ancient God Of Evil, it's melodic black metal, and sounds very similar too [band]Dissection[b/band] and Necrophobic.
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22.10.2021 - 00:01
aeeon
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Well, I listened this Sinira album, only one time, well, it's quite good, but lacks originality, many ideas directly from Dissection "Storm..", even outro. So it's quite good Dissection worship, but still worship, not something purely creative. I heard similar band before Thulcandra. Still, I think that Dawn "Slaughtersun" has more their own personality, so I would rate it higher. I'll check also Lord Belial, maybe tomorrow.
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28.10.2021 - 16:35
F3ynman2000

Written by Guest on 22.10.2021 at 00:01

Well, I listened this Sinira album, only one time, well, it's quite good, but lacks originality, many ideas directly from Dissection "Storm..", even outro. So it's quite good Dissection worship, but still worship, not something purely creative. I heard similar band before Thulcandra. Still, I think that Dawn "Slaughtersun" has more their own personality, so I would rate it higher. I'll check also Lord Belial, maybe tomorrow.

I found Sinira impressive that it's just one guy playing all the instruments. While it has inspiration from Dissection, I think it's more unique than Thulcandra
Yeah, check out Enter the Moonlight Gate if you haven't already... I always get the first couple of lyrics stuck in my head: "I'm bewitched by the pale silver moooon in the black and ancient skyyyy!"
I'll check out Dawn. Vinterland is also similar and is on my to-do list
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28.10.2021 - 16:41
F3ynman2000

I've changed my ratings and the ordering of the albums. Now I've given 10s only to my "elite", ultimate favorites. 9s are for albums that are among the best ever. 8s are for albums that I really enjoy, even though they have some flaws. 7s are good/decent.
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28.10.2021 - 21:33
aeeon
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Written by F3ynman2000 on 28.10.2021 at 16:35

Yeah, check out Enter the Moonlight Gate if you haven't already...

Well, I listened it, but only once. It creates some kind of landsape in my mind I would say.. So here is the difference, it's very atmospheric. Musically it's good, quite original, at last I don't remember band sounding like that. Well, lyrics could be better, they are black metal clichés, in that aspect I would prefer something different. (but perhaps in that aspect, I would complain about most BM bands)
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15.11.2021 - 21:07
F3ynman2000

Written by MadeleineGlover on 19.09.2021 at 15:23

I love listening to older rock songs. I think that the music of the 70s and 80s will never be forgotten because it's the best. Music bands like the Doors are my favorite, and I adore their songs.
Still, I like exploring new music too. There are a few gems from time to time. I am not sure what would be the best album of 2021 for me because nothing has caught my attention yet. I hope I find something interesting to listen to.
Btw, what streaming services do you guys use? I use the show4me app, and I love it because there are many unknown artists I can explore. It's also free, which is a big plus.

To discover new bands I usually use YouTube and Bandcamp. I'm not familiar with the show4me app. Maybe I'll check that out
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