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The 500 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

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Rank cover art Artist name / Album title Rating Votes Reviews
1Painkiller
September 3, 1990
Heavy Metal
9723215
2Rust in Peace
August 21, 1990
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
96.525413
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
95.71759
4Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.420215
5Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.519711
6Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
93.41708
7Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.416710
8Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
94.11227
9Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.813011
10Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.51277
11The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.31029
12Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.5965
13Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.61156
14Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.5897
15Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.41434
16Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.21139
17Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.41087
18Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94865
19New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
91.61416
20The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.810212
21Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
93.5858
22De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.311010
23Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.51017
24Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
93.5794
25Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.9706
26Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
91.81099
27Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
91.611410
28Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93.6705
29Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.7688
30Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.8835
31None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
92.8824
32Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
92.9807
33Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
93.9633
34Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
92966
35Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.5848
36A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.5845
37Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.7968
38Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94.1552
39Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
92.5795
40Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
90.51229
41Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.8894
42Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
94.1515
43Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.4759
44Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.5926
45Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
87.921117
46Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.7545
47The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
98.7170
48Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
92.5715
49In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
91.4913
50Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
94.8412
51Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
92.2717
52Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
91.1908
53Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.5414
54Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.3684
55Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.9373
56Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
95362
57Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
93.4505
58Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.5769
59The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91847
6012 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.6722
61The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
93.8422
62Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
95.4290
63V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
94.2383
64Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.4573
65Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
92.8512
66Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
91.8648
67Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
91769
68Hvis lyset tar oss
May 15, 1994
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
92600
69Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.41099
70The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
92.1574
71Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
July 5, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
95.5262
727 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.3862
73A Sombre Dance
July 31, 1999
Doom Metal, Symphonic Metal
90.5828
74Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
90.1898
75Aathma
February 24, 2017
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
93.9371
76Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
91.1707
77Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.3536
78Effigy of the Forgotten
October 22, 1991
Brutal Death Metal
93.4411
79Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92.2534
80II : Remember
November 1987
Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Heavy Metal
93.2424
81Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
90.9716
82Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
89.59814
83Eternal Devastation
July 12, 1986
Thrash Metal
93.8362
84Souvenirs d'un autre monde
August 3, 2007
Shoegaze, Blackgaze, Post-Rock
89.9886
85Moonglow
February 15, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.9449
86Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
91685
87...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
87.913812
88Heartwork
October 18, 1993
Melodic Death Metal
90.4775
89Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
91.7574
90Kill 'Em All
July 25, 1983
Thrash Metal
88.21278
91Antichrist
June 3, 1996
Black Metal
93.9342
92Ascendancy
March 15, 2005
Melodic Metalcore
91.3624
93Still Life
October 18, 1999
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
91.2636
94Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
89.8879
95Transilvanian Hunger
February 17, 1994
Black Metal
90.6724
96Infinite
February 28, 2000
Power Metal
91.1647
97당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
92.9424
98Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11, 1988
Heavy Metal
92.6454
99Firepower
March 9, 2018
Heavy Metal
90.5721
100A Flame to the Ground Beneath
February 10, 2003
Power Metal, Progressive Metal
90.3755
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 35,453
Reviews : 8,499
Albums : 127,260
Lyrics : 163,685