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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
9725417
2Rust in Peace
August 21, 1990
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
96.428014
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
95.919412
4Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.621517
5Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.321013
6Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
93.91939
7Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.717812
8The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.811911
9Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.91085
10Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.614112
11Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
93.91287
12Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.41358
13Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.81206
14Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.61219
15Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.41524
16Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.31239
17Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94.2947
18Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.1967
19New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
91.71535
20De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.512510
21Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.71107
22Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
93.6894
23Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
92.212210
24The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.611012
25A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.91016
26Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
89.123419
27Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
93.3877
28Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
92.7989
29Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.9746
30None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
92.7964
31Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.8748
32Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.7945
33Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
93.8713
34Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
93.2815
35Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.5958
36Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
92.8888
37Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
92.11036
38In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
92.11023
39Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
94644
40Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
92.4915
41Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94613
42Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.61068
43Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
90.912310
44Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.71006
45Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93745
46Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
90.71249
47Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.8605
48Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.9935
49Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.4839
50Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
93.6626
51Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
94.1534
52Hybrid Theory
October 24, 2000
Nu Metal, Rap Rock
94543
53Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
93.8565
54Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
95.9340
55The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91.7897
56Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.3774
57The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
97.4230
58Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.6696
59The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
94.2472
60Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
91.8808
61Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.88010
62Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
91.9765
63Leprosy
November 16, 1988
Death Metal
93.8473
64Moonglow
February 15, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
93.2549
65Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
94.7382
66Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.5394
677 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.8913
68Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.4623
69Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
90.5958
70Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11, 1988
Heavy Metal
92.7575
7112 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.5752
72V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
93.8443
73Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
93.7453
74Holy Diver
May 23, 1983
Heavy Metal
91.3789
75Hvis lyset tar oss
May 15, 1994
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
92660
76Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
89.810814
77Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
92.2625
78당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
93.1506
79Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.51149
80Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
92638
81...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
88.115414
82Aathma
February 24, 2017
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
93.7421
83The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
92.2595
84Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
91776
85The Return of N.EX.T Part 1 - The Being
May 1994
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.3573
86Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
90.1949
87Legion
June 9, 1992
Death Metal
92.5542
88Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
89.9988
89Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92604
90Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
90.8789
91Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
July 5, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
94374
92Kill 'Em All
July 25, 1983
Thrash Metal
88.21409
93Lateralus
May 15, 2001
Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock
93.9373
94II Pornograffitti
July 19, 1990
Hard Rock, Funk Metal
92575
95The Sound of Perseverance
August 31, 1998
Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
90.8757
96Heartwork
October 18, 1993
Melodic Death Metal
90.2865
97Hate Crew Deathroll
January 7, 2003
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
90904
98Black Sabbath
February 13, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
91.6625
99Ascendancy
March 15, 2005
Melodic Metalcore
91.1695
100Souvenirs d'un autre monde
August 3, 2007
Shoegaze, Blackgaze, Post-Rock
89.8936
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 39,842
Reviews : 9,582
Albums : 144,662
Lyrics : 194,065