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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
96.524713
2Painkiller
September 3, 1990
Heavy Metal
96.922215
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
95.31648
4Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.619011
5Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.219414
6Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
93.41617
7Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
94.71177
8Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.21609
9Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.812610
10Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.9965
11Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.91146
12Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.31227
13The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.3958
14Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.61026
15Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.31383
16Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.11139
17Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.1847
18Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94.2804
19Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
94.1809
20New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
91.41426
21De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.210910
22Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.4987
23The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.49810
24Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
93.3774
25Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
91.611310
26Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.7696
27Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93.6705
28Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.7835
29None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
92.6834
30A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.7815
31Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
92.9777
32Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.5666
33Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
91.61029
34Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
90.91209
35Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94.4532
36Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.5808
37Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
91.9915
38Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
95.5382
39Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
93.6583
40Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.8864
41Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.5926
42Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.4938
43Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
92.3755
44The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
99.2150
45Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
92.5705
46Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.3738
47Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
92.4717
48In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
91.4893
49Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
91.3908
50Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
94.1453
51Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
87.620217
52Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.3545
53Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.9373
54Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
95362
55Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.1684
56Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
93.4505
57The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91.2837
58Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.2394
59The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
93.7432
60Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
95.4290
61Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.3749
62Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.5563
6312 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.4722
64V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
94.1373
65Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
90.9779
66Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.41099
67II : Remember
November 1987
Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Heavy Metal
93.6414
68Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
92.7501
69Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.3536
70Ascendancy
March 15, 2005
Melodic Metalcore
91.6624
71A Sombre Dance
July 31, 1999
Doom Metal, Symphonic Metal
90.4818
72The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
92564
73Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92.2534
74Firepower
March 9, 2018
Heavy Metal
90.9711
75Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
90878
76Aathma
February 24, 2017
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
93.8361
77Eternal Devastation
July 12, 1986
Thrash Metal
93.9352
787 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.1842
79Transilvanian Hunger
February 17, 1994
Black Metal
90.7724
80Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
91.4616
81Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
90.8706
82Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
April 11, 1988
Heavy Metal
92.9434
83Holy Diver
May 23, 1983
Heavy Metal
91.1658
84Souvenirs d'un autre monde
August 3, 2007
Shoegaze, Blackgaze, Post-Rock
89.8875
85Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
91.7564
86당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
92.9424
87Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
90.7686
88Kill 'Em All
July 25, 1983
Thrash Metal
88.21216
89Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
89.29613
90...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
87.813012
91Hate Crew Deathroll
January 7, 2003
Melodic Death Metal, Power Metal
89.8823
92Arcane Rain Fell
January 24, 2005
Gothic Metal, Doom Metal
93.6343
93A Flame to the Ground Beneath
February 10, 2003
Power Metal, Progressive Metal
90.2745
94Land of the Free
May 29, 1995
Power Metal
91.3575
95Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
90.6674
96Still Life
October 18, 1999
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
91616
97Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
89.6848
98Infinite
February 28, 2000
Power Metal
90.9627
99Resurrection
June 23, 2010
Power Metal, Progressive Metal
89.8809
100Blue Blood
April 21, 1989
Heavy Metal, Visual kei
90.2725
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 34,745
Reviews : 8,066
Albums : 124,350
Lyrics : 158,859