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2001 (An Exploration)

Yet another one of my lists for no reason other than I feel like it

1. Tool - Lateralus
2. Moonsorrow - Voimasta Ja Kunniasta
3. Iced Earth - Horror Show
4. Opeth - Blackwater Park
5. Amorphis - Am Universum

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Created by Artorix Carlsson on 06.08.2022


Welcome to what I consider the "Metal Bible" or in other words, a list of records of various genres in the arrays of Metal and Hard Rock that I deem essential or at least very recommended to listeners of hard and heavy music. This may be a very overwhelming list but I essentially try to collect all albums in the History of Metal that strike me as worthwhile. May this be a guideline for people that seek for an entrance to a particular genre or certain bands. In no means I am saying, that this list is indisputable by any means. I consider these my personal picks for albums that should be listened to by die-hard metal fans at least once. Hopefully you can discover some new music or relate with my picks. If I missed something that you would include in such a list, please tell me in the form of a comment. Enjoy! \,,/

1. High Tide - Sea Shanties
2. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
4. Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
5. Josefus - Dead Man

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Created by pandrstudios on 31.05.2022

Ranking Power Metal Albums As I Listen To Them

just rating albums as I listen to them, work in progress

1. blind guardian - imaginations from the other side
2. helloween - keeper of the seven keys part II
3. wintersun - wintersun
4. symphony x - the divine wings of tragedy
5. ANGRA - Temple of shadows

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Created by EFDoug on 25.03.2022

All Time Favourite Albums

1. Dream Theater - Images and Words
2. Mastodon - Crack the Skye
3. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
4. Kamelot - Karma
5. Sonata Arctica - Silence

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Created by AdamL on 04.01.2022

Top 20 Of 2001

Must Listen: The First 9

1. System Of A Down - Toxicity
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Ark - Burn The Sun
4. Evergrey - In Search Of Truth
5. Angra - Rebirth

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Created by Alex Avagianos on 01.02.2021

My Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time

Still in development

1. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
2. Sonata Arctica - Silence
3. Wintersun - Time I
4. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
5. Angra - Temple Of Shadows

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Created by mazinkaiser1059 on 08.12.2019

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Now That's What I Call Range: Highest Highs And Lowest Lows

A list of bands ordered by the biggest difference between their highest rated album on MS and their lowest rated album on MS. Finally my Excel skills paid off. Some ratings may be a bit outdated. Open to suggestions because I barely scratched the surface.

1. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
2. Metallica - Lulu [Collaboration]
3. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
4. Celtic Frost - Cold Lake
5. Machine Head - The Blackening

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Created by RaduP on 14.11.2019

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Top 100 (+5) Of 2000-2004

2005-2009 list:
2010-2014 list:
2015-2019 list:

I sure do love this site and it's rating system, it makes finding great music so easy and, even more importantly, when an album is overlooked for a while but starts getting a buzz a few months later, boom, there it appears in the top 20.

1. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2. Agalloch - The Mantle
3. Tool - Lateralus
4. Wintersun - Wintersun
5. Nevermore - Dead Heart In A Dead World

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Created by Crys1s on 26.09.2019

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Empowering Albums For Powerless Losers

This is a list of all the power metal albums I have listened to that are worth remembering. Like my other genre lists, this is not meant to be a definitive guide to power metal or a binding judgment on what power metal is or is not. The list exists purely for my own organizational purposes and may contain bands or albums that are not strictly True Knights of the Eternal Thundersword.

1. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth
2. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
3. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
4. Jag Panzer - Thane To The Throne
5. X Japan - Art Of Life

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Created by ScreamingSteelUS on 19.09.2019

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Top 400+ Albums of All Time

I've been listening to Metal since 2005 and it has become my biggest passion in life.

Rarely a day goes by where I don't listen to it in one form or another. The bands I listened to in my teens inspired me to pick up the guitar (and later drums) and start making music of my own.

So here are the albums that have stood out and made the largest impact on me.

1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
4. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
5. Opeth - Still Life

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Created by nonZero on 06.10.2018

My Top 10 Power Metal Albums

It's all about emotions, it's all about memories it's all about meaning. This is it for me.

1. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
2. Stratovarius - Visions
3. Kamelot - The Black Halo
4. Sonata Arctica - Silence
5. Blind Guardian - Nightfall In Middle-Earth

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Created by JeuronymouS on 16.01.2018

365 Albums

1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. AC/DC - High Voltage
3. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
4. Accept - Blood of the Nations
5. Allen/Lande - The Showdown

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Created by The Norseman on 30.01.2016

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M0rkeleb's Overall Favorites

Simple ranking of all my favorite albums. Favorite song from the album in the notes. Sure to change/expand as I learn and explore more within metal.

1. Madder Mortem - Eight Ways
2. Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
3. Ayreon - 01011001
4. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
5. Metallica - Ride The Lightning

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Created by M0rkeleb on 16.10.2015

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Albums That Made Me What I Am

This is not a list over my favourite albums, although some of them on the list of course are. These are albums that formed me, had a huge impact on me and defined my musical taste. Without some of these releases I probably wouldn't even be the person that I am today.

1. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
2. Iron Maiden - Rock In Rio
3. Iron Maiden - Dance Of Death
4. Iron Maiden - Killers
5. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time

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Created by Warman on 09.08.2015

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The Ultimate Metal Albums

My personal favorites. These albums are as perfect as an album can get, they always bring up the adrenaline and have in many ways changed the way I perceive music, expanding the horizons of metal in various ways. Most important of all they never get old or boring and therefore should be given a chance.

1. Angra - Temple Of Shadows
2. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
3. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
4. Adagio - Underworld
5. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith

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Created by Mountain King on 06.05.2015