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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
97.123715
2Rust in Peace
August 21, 1990
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
96.625513
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
95.81809
4Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.420615
5Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.420312
6Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.516710
7Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
93.41718
8Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.913211
9Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
93.91237
10The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.51059
11Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.41287
12Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.6975
13Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.5937
14Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.41176
15Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.41159
16Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.31444
17Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.21118
18Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94.1885
19New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
91.61466
20The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.910312
21De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.411410
22Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
93.6869
23Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.51027
24Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
93.4804
25Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.9716
26Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
92.31016
27None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
92.9854
28A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.8865
29Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
93827
30Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
91.71099
31Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.7865
32Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
91.411610
33Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.7688
34Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
93.9633
35Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93.3725
36Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.4878
37Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94.2562
38Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
92.5825
39Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
90.71239
40Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.7978
41In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
91.6953
42The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
98.8180
43Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.8904
44Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
94.7462
45Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
8821419
46Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
94535
47Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
92.6735
48Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.5936
49Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.3779
50Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
92.4737
51Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.4714
52Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
95393
53Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.4565
54Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
July 5, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
95.6323
55Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.5414
56Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
91918
57Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
95362
58Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
93.4515
59The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
94442
60Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
95.8280
61Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.47710
62The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91847
63V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
94.2403
6412 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.6722
65Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
92.8522
66Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.4573
67Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
91.8648
68Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.41119
69Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
91.3717
70당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
93485
71Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
90.2918
72Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
91.2715
73A Sombre Dance
July 31, 1999
Doom Metal, Symphonic Metal
90.5838
74The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
92584
75Heartwork
October 18, 1993
Melodic Death Metal
90.5816
76Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
90.7779
77Hvis lyset tar oss
May 15, 1994
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
91.5640
78Effigy of the Forgotten
October 22, 1991
Brutal Death Metal
93.3421
79Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
90.9736
80Moonglow
February 15, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.8479
81Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.1556
82Master of Reality
July 21, 1971
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.6494
83Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
91.9574
84II : Remember
November 1987
Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Heavy Metal
93.2424
857 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.1862
86Souvenirs d'un autre monde
August 3, 2007
Shoegaze, Blackgaze, Post-Rock
89.9906
87Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92554
88Legion
June 9, 1992
Death Metal
92.2522
89Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
89.49814
90Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
89.8899
91...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
87.814112
92Ascendancy
March 15, 2005
Melodic Metalcore
91.2644
93The Sound of Perseverance
August 31, 1998
Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
90.8707
94Antichrist
June 3, 1996
Black Metal
93.9342
95Aathma
February 24, 2017
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
93.4381
96Still Life
October 18, 1999
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
91.2636
97Hate Crew Deathroll
January 7, 2003
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
89.8873
98Transilvanian Hunger
February 17, 1994
Black Metal
90.6724
99Blue Blood
April 21, 1989
Heavy Metal, Visual kei
90.4755
100Infinite
February 28, 2000
Power Metal
91657
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 36,358
Reviews : 8,703
Albums : 130,624
Lyrics : 171,193