Best Metal Albums Of All Time
Heavy Metal originated from blues and psychedelic rock, and burst into the music scene and made its presence known – loudly. Characterized by its sharp, masculine and massive sounds, its sheer power and intensity has won over countless fans and spurred the growth of many successful bands including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and countless others. Here we have curated the greatest, loudest, most musical albums metal-heads have ever had the pleasure of rocking out. Rest assured that every single title here will have you headbanging for hours on end. Enjoy, and rock to your heart’s content.
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
The seventh studio album by Iron Maiden, this album released in 1988 by EMI is the first album to feature keyboards. It sounds incredible epic and fast paced.
Bonded by Blood
The debut album from Exodus was released under Combat Records. It was delayed to a 1985 release due to red tape. It marks the grand entry of thrash legend Exodus onto the world stage and packed full of raw power and masculinity.
Incredibly imaginative, emotionally intense album was released in 2001, manages to feature numerous well-polished songs.
Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
This album was made available in 2004, and it boasts a unconventionally high standard of production while staying true to Norwegian Black Metal.
Rust in Peace
Released in 1990 by Capitol Records, this classic is an all-time favorite, the state of the art in its time.
With its release in 1980 by Columbia Records, this is an unmistakable classic.
Making its grand entrance in 1984, backed by EMI Records, this album brims with immediacy and euphoria.
Released relatively recently in 2008 by Peaceville, this album never fails to delight with its melodic riffs and diverse yet seamless musical flow.
Released in 1995 by Roadrunner Records, this album packs unbelievably good solos.
Images and Words
Released in 1992 by Atco Records, this album perfectly fuses lyrics and melody into an unconventional, yet cohesive whole.
Seasons in the Abyss
Under label Def American, this album released in 1992, awed countless metal fans.
Among the Living
Released in 1987 by Metal Records, this album is filled with raw emotions, honesty, and throbbing energy.
And Justice for All
Fourth studio album by Metallica released 1988 under Elektra Records, this album carries a meaningful message and marks the entry of bassist Jason Newsted.
Blizzard of Ozz
Released 1980, this was Osbourne’s first title following his departure from Black Sabbath. Excellent guitar work combines with Osbourne’s original style makes this a must-listen.
One of the earlier albums, this title released under Polydor in 1976 was a huge influence on the Metal Industry, and would then go on to inspire countless new styles.
Released in 2001 by Volcano Records, this album plays with dynamic and tension to great success, making its long wait more than worth it.
Sad Wings of Destiny
Released by Gull Records in 1976, the dramatic shifts in texture, tempo and mood make this a masterful composition.
Released in 1970, this is a true metal classic. Not only did it inspire many others to pick up their guitars, but its originality and flow also makes this an all time favorite.
Reign in Blood
Released 1986 under Def American, is is arguably one of the trashiest, loudest and metal-like album ever created.
Ride The Lightning
Released 1984 under label Elektra, this album will appeal to many for its overall musicality and polish.
The Number of the Beast
Incredibly melodic, yet staying true to the metal genre, this album released 1982 under label EMI is controversial, yet successful.
Vulgar Display of Power
Released by Eastwest in 1992, everything about this album screams metal, from its title to the powerful, pulverizing rhythms.
Master of Puppets
Released under Elektra records in 1986, this album houses some of the most influential and amazing pieces ever heard.
Ace of Spades
The birthplace of heavy metal, this album released in 1970 is an absolute classic and must hear for metal lovers.