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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
1Rust in Peace
August 21, 1990
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
96.630413
2Painkiller
September 3, 1990
Heavy Metal
96.826918
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
95.920312
4Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.622317
5Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.521912
6Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
942069
7Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.918313
8Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
94.41407
9The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.812711
10Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.81165
11Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.714412
12Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.71087
13Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.21429
14Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.51309
15Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.61276
16Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.41299
17Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.41595
18Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94.1997
19Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
941004
20New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
91.81576
21De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.313811
22The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.911712
23Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
93.6967
24Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.81156
25Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
89.424919
26Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
92.312611
27None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
931014
28Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
94776
29Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
94774
30Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
93.1948
31A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.61056
32Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
92.51066
33Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
93.4855
34Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.71005
35Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
92.61029
36Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.7778
37Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.51018
38In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
921094
39Hybrid Theory
October 24, 2000
Nu Metal, Rap Rock
94.4623
40Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
93.7725
41Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.91098
42Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.8824
43Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
911239
44Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
93.6676
45Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93776
46Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94613
47Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.9986
48Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
90.81269
49Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.5858
50Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
94.2575
51Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.71006
52Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
91.61005
53The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91.9937
54Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.6625
55Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
95.6390
56Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.9716
57V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
94.6473
58Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
92858
59Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
92.1827
60Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
93.8554
61Black Sabbath
February 13, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.5745
62Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11, 1988
Heavy Metal
93.2635
63Master of Reality
July 21, 1971
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
93.1644
64The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
94.3482
65Leprosy
November 16, 1988
Death Metal
94.1503
66Moonglow
February 15, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
93639
67Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
90.511114
68Holy Diver
May 23, 1983
Heavy Metal
91.7849
69Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.7414
70Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
94.8402
71Eternal Devastation
July 12, 1986
Thrash Metal
93.8503
72Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.8633
73...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
88.616314
74Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.68110
75The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
95.6311
76Legion
June 9, 1992
Death Metal
92.7602
777 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.6953
78Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92.3644
79Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
92.3645
80II Pornograffitti
July 19, 1990
Hard Rock, Funk Metal
92.5615
81Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
93.6473
82Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
90.5968
83The Return of N.EX.T Part 1 - The Being
May 1994
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.5603
8412 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.4772
85Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
90.11038
86Ænima
October 1, 1996
Alternative Metal, Progressive Metal
93.5474
87Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
92.1648
88Hvis lyset tar oss
May 15, 1994
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
91.7701
89The Divine Wings of Tragedy
March 24, 1997
Progressive Metal, Neoclassical Metal
93.3485
90Lateralus
May 15, 2001
Alternative Metal, Progressive Rock
94.2393
91Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.51159
92Deicide
June 25, 1990
Death Metal
91.9664
93당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
93.1506
94Vulgar Display of Power
February 25, 1992
Groove Metal
90.5915
95The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
92645
96Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
90.2969
97Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
90.9816
98Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
July 5, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
94.1384
99Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
90.9799
100Hate Crew Deathroll
January 7, 2003
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
90975
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 42,618
Reviews : 9,978
Albums : 153,333
Lyrics : 198,799