Metal Storm logo
Top lists

Order by:  Date | Popularity | Show all

Thumbs up: +1

Welcome to what I consider the "1980s 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. In this second part we conquer the mighty decade that many deem as the classic decade of Metal. This and the other parts of this journey through the decades may be a very overwhelming list. 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. Tygers Of Pan Tang - Wild Cat
2. Krokus - Metal Rendez-Vous
3. Cirith Ungol - Frost And Fire
4. Witchfynde - Give 'Em Hell
5. Angel Witch - Angel Witch

      View entire list ››
Created by pandrstudios on 02.06.2023

Favorite Album In Each Genre

1. Three Days Grace - One-X
2. Celtic Frost - Monotheist
3. Darkthrone - A Blaze In The Northern Sky
4. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
5. Suicide Silence - The Cleansing

      View entire list ››
Created by me<3mertl on 05.05.2023

Thumbs up: +7
Making My Way Through The MS Top 200

The MS top 200 is supposed to represent the absolute peak of metal music, the timeless classics. I have been listening to metal for about 6 years now and would consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the genre. Yet, I have barely heard half of what the top 200 has to offer. I am now on a quest to listen to it all and give an honest opinion on what I thought of it.
This list will show every album of the top 200 and if I've listened to it whether it's an all-time favourite of mine (+++), I really like it (++), I like it (+), it’s good (*), it’s not great (-), I really dislike it (--) or I hate it from the bottom of my heart (---). The same symbols will be used to characterize what I think my opinion of the albums I haven't heard yet will be, based on my knowledge of the bands and of the genre they play. (?) signifies that I have no idea of whether I'll enjoy it or not and (/) means that my opinion of the album is probably obsolete, and I need to listen to it again. A ★ means the album is in my own top 200.
Edit: The bottom of the top 200 has been changing a lot, with some stuff formerly in the list now closer to 240th, so this is now a top 250. I’m not sure I want to expand the list further down, but I’ll see whenever it’s completed if I feel like going for a top 300 or something like that.
Best discoveries so far: Wildhoney, Nightfall, Out Of Myself, Portal Of I, Autumn Aurora, Nemesis Divina, Abigail, V: Hävitetty, Sounds Of Pain.

1. Albums I am yet to hear:
2. -----------------------------
3. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
4. Saturnus - Veronika Decides To Die
5. Ensiferum - Ensiferum

      View entire list ››
Created by doez on 13.04.2023

Thumbs up: +2
Great Album Covers 👍👍👍

A list of my favorite album covers

1. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
2. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
3. Slayer - Reign In Blood
4. Motörhead - Motörhead
5. Iron Maiden - Powerslave

      View entire list ››
Created by Blackcrowe on 31.03.2023

My Top 50 Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time

Limiting my picks to one album per band (otherwise it would have been a much larger list), here are my top 50 favorite metal albums of all time including my favorite track for each album:

1. Stratovarius - Episode
2. Angra - Angels Cry
3. Helloween - Better Than Raw
4. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
5. Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark

      View entire list ››
Created by stratogustav on 18.03.2023

My Favorite Death Metal Albums

i like it

1. Bolt Thrower - The IVth Crusade
2. Bolt Thrower - ...For Victory
3. Bolt Thrower - Warmaster
4. Bolt Thrower - Realm Of Chaos
5. Bolt Thrower - Mercenary

      View entire list ››
Created by Freddyboi on 13.03.2023

Thumbs up: +7
Metal Songs And Albums That Inspired The Names Of Other Bands

This is an alphabetical list of metal songs and albums that inspired the names of other artists.

Please feel free to suggest more examples.

1. Amebix - No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings
2. Anathema - Alternative 4
3. Arch Enemy - Black Earth
4. Architects - Ruin
5. Bathory - Under The Sign Of The Black Mark

      View entire list ››
Created by Plattner on 10.03.2023

Thumbs up: +1
Best Debuts Of All Time

The best debut records of all time by year…

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. KISS - Kiss
3. Rush - Rush
4. AC/DC - High Voltage
5. Motörhead - Motörhead

      View entire list ››
Created by Blackcrowe on 10.03.2023

Thumbs up: +3

A collection of totally family-friendly jams fitting the spooky season. One song per band!

1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2. Slayer - South of Heaven
3. Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
4. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
5. King Diamond - Abigail

      View entire list ››
Created by Qualeen on 31.10.2022


1. Malevolent Creation - The Ten Commandments
2. Malevolent Creation - Retribution
3. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
4. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
5. Death - Leprosy

      View entire list ››
Created by andytepedino on 14.10.2022

1989 (An Exploration)

1. King Diamond - Conspiracy
2. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
3. Blind Guardian - Follow The Blind
4. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
5. Savatage - Gutter Ballet

      View entire list ››
Created by Artorix Carlsson on 25.09.2022

Thumbs up: +2
Top Metal Albums Of All Time

I started listening to metal music when I was a teenager, somewhere around the end of the 90's. After all these years, I thought it was high time to compose my personal top list of metal albums. What you see here is the absolute best of the best ... according to my taste.

To compile this list I have put all albums that I have given a 10/10 here on MS. Then I have put all these albums in a Ranking Engine ( where they were put head to head and I had to choose which I liked more. The list below is what came out of this exercise.

1. Opeth - Deliverance
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
4. Edge Of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
5. Cobalt - Eater of Birds

      View entire list ››
Created by Miohn on 18.09.2022

Thumbs up: +4
Top 25 Classic Death Metal Debuts

3 caveats
1. Death metal album (not just debut from band that became death metal, like Carcass)
2. Released calendar year 1999 or earlier
3. By a band with more than 1 album (1-album wonder list is elsewhere)

Yes, there are a few bands conspicuous in their absence. For whatever reason, I just never really got into them.
I don't dislike them, but I don't regard them as highly as most folks do

EDIT - I stayed away from death/thrash combo albums, more for convenience's sake. So Malleus Maleficarum, Illusions, Seven Churches, Serpent Temptation, etc are not on this list, but they'll be on the next list I make (top 25 Brutal thrash/death-thrash albums)

1. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
2. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence
3. Nocturnus - The Key
4. Sinister - Cross The Styx
5. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes

      View entire list ››
Created by sgtrobo on 30.07.2022

Thumbs up: +3
Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time

1 album per band per subgenre
work in progress, updating as I go through the song-by-song ratings on
I will typically update my black metal faves -
and my death metal faves -
prior to updating this one

1. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
2. King Diamond - Abigail
3. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
4. Mastodon - Crack The Skye
5. Lykathea Aflame - Elvenefris

      View entire list ››
Created by sgtrobo on 14.07.2022

Thumbs up: +3
Top Metal Albums Each Year I Have Been Alive, 1989

A little list series where I list my top 20 favorite metal albums every year starting from the year I was born in.

1989 was another great year for metal, I tried to add more obscure and overlooked albums on this list

My favorite non heavy metal albums of 1989

1. Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814

1. Running Wild - Death Or Glory
2. Coroner - No More Color
3. Faith No More - The Real Thing
4. Alice Cooper - Trash
5. Titan Force - Titan Force

      View entire list ››
Created by Handala on 12.06.2022