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Top Metal Albums Each Year I Have Been Alive, 1988

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

Man this list was a rough one, but in a good way 1988 is one of the best years in metal history and a lot of great release came out that year, cutting it down to just 20 was tough and ranking them was even harder.

1. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
2. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
3. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
4. Candlemass - Ancient Dreams
5. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

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Created by Handala on 03.06.2022

Best Of The Best

My all time favorite records

1. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
2. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
3. Megadeth - Youthanasia
4. Arch Enemy - Doomsday Machine
5. Protest The Hero - Fortress

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Created by Coolingsrock on 22.03.2022

Metal At The End Of The 80’s 88-89

The eighties was the most productive decade in metal history, the biggest bands born during this decade Iron Maiden, Dio, Slayer, Death, Metallica… for named a few.
The eighties starts with the NWOBHM invasion and new releases from the classic heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Motörhead, Judas Priest with renewed sound and heaviness.
New genres of metal start’s in the 80’s Speed Metal, Black Metal, Death Metal, Thrash Metal , the rise and fall of the Glam Rock and the first sign in what dominated the nineties alternative and Grunge.
The most representative records in the end of the 80’s

1. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
2. Testament - Practice what you preach
3. King Diamond - Conspiracy
4. Death - Leprosy
5. Voivod - NothingFace

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Created by Blackcrowe on 13.01.2022

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

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Winter/Christmas 2021 Playlist

I like to create playlists for fun when I'm not busy. Usually, though, I abandon them soon after. I want this playlist to be a bit different - perhaps not infinitely useful, but I associate all these songs with the season of winter and the winter holidays, and I'll be listening to all these a lot at least for a while. I thought I'd share the songs I included in my digital playlist, maybe you'll find something you like. Many of these are purposely blasphemous - I live surrounded by fundamentalist Christians and they're gonna spend the holidays singing about the birth of Christ - I need me some counterbalance.

1. Dream Theater - Awake
2. Immolation - Close to a World Below
3. Vader - Impressions in Blood
4. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
5. Emperor - In the Nightside Eclipse

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Created by Qualeen on 14.12.2021

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400 Favorite Songs

1. Dream Theater - Images and Words
2. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
3. Wintersun - Wintersun
4. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
5. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

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Created by Qualeen on 10.10.2021

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200 Favorite Albums

Note: Tool intentionally ommitted because they don't consider themselves metal. Otherwise you'd see their first 4 albums in top 25.

Last updated: 3 June 2022

1. Agalloch - The Mantle
2. Opeth - Blackwater Park
3. Edge of Sanity - Crimson
4. Moonsorrow - Kivenkantaja
5. Lost Horizon - A Flame to the Ground Beneath

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Created by Qualeen on 30.09.2021

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Top 11 Favourite Metal Albums Of 1988

Plus my top three favourite tracks from each release. \m/

Honourable mentions:
Crimson Glory - Transcendence (Power/Prog)
Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What? (Thrash)
Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum (Death/Thrash)
Manowar - Kings Of Metal (Power)
Exodus - Fabulous Disaster (Thrash)
Saint Vitus - Mournful Cries (Doom)

1. Death - Leprosy
2. Slayer - South Of Heaven
3. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
4. Bathory - Blood Fire Death
5. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son

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Created by blackwreath13 on 17.08.2021

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My Favorite Album Openings

These are my favorite opening songs of all time. When I listened to them, I was instantly hooked! Whether it starts with a slow instrumental build-up or an aggressive assault of riffs, these openers set the tone for the rest of their respective albums. Enjoy!

1. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
2. Judas Priest - Painkiller
3. Summoning - Minas Morgul
4. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
5. Testament - The Legacy

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 02.08.2021

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300+ Greatest Metal Songs (max. 2 songs per album)

These are (in my opinion) the best metal songs of all time. I've limited myself to choosing a maximum of TWO SONGS PER ALBUM so that there can be some diversity in the bands that appear.
The genres are mainly heavy, thrash, and death metal - with some black and power metal too.
Format: Band - Album - SONG

1. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
2. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
3. Judas Priest - Painkiller
4. Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
5. Dio - Holy Diver

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 24.06.2021

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Andy's top 50 Thrash metal albums

I've included my top 3 songs from each album. below I have done a list for the bands with the most albums listed:

1. Slayer (U.S) 1, 4, 10, 25, 28.
2. Sepultura (BRA) 15, 17, 47, 50, 51.
3. Metallica (U.S) 3, 14, 20, 44.
4. Megadeth (U.S) 2, 19, 26, 48.
5. Testament (U.S) 5, 8, 36.
6. Sodom (GER) 13, 32, 46.

1. Slayer - Reign In Blood
2. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
3. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
4. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
5. Testament - The Gathering

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Created by AndyMetalFreak on 22.06.2021

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Best Metal Album Artwork

Albums with the most epic cover art!

1. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
2. Rainbow - Rising
3. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
4. Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
5. Necrophobic - Mark of the Necrogram

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 16.06.2021

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My Favorite Metal Albums Of All Time

These are my top 100 favorite albums - they are the reason why I love metal!
Format: Band | Album | (genre, release year, country) What I like about the album; Favorite songs
Death: 28
Black: 20
Thrash: 19
Heavy: 15
Progressive: 9
Power: 4
Doom: 4
Symphonic: 1
Years with most album favorites:

1. Judas Priest - Painkiller
2. Dissection - Storm of the Light's Bane
3. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
4. Metallica - Ride the Lightning
5. Death - Spiritual Healing

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Created by F3ynman2000 on 09.06.2021

Top 20 of 1988

1. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
2. Manowar - Kings Of Metal
3. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
4. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
5. Crimson Glory - Transcendence

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Created by Alex Avagianos on 02.03.2021

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1001 Metal Albums to 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

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
2. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
4. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
5. Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself

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Created by metalriff on 05.02.2021