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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
97.124116
2Rust in Peace
August 21, 1990
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
96.626212
3Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory
October 26, 1999
Progressive Metal
96.118510
4Images and Words
July 7, 1992
Progressive Metal
94.620815
5Reign in Blood
October 7, 1986
Thrash Metal
94.420712
6Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Thrash Metal
93.61808
7Keeper of the Seven Keys Part II
August 1, 1988
Power Metal
93.617111
8Blackwater Park
March 12, 2001
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
93.813411
9The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Heavy Metal, NWOBHM
94.51099
10Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Heavy Metal
94.9995
11Terminal Redux
May 6, 2016
Technical Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal
93.91247
12Awake
October 4, 1994
Progressive Metal
93.41307
13Defenders of the Faith
January 24, 1984
Heavy Metal
93.71186
14Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
July 20, 1986
Thrash Metal, Speed Metal
93.51138
15Paranoid
September 18, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94.3947
16Damage Done
July 22, 2002
Melodic Death Metal
93.21199
17Temple of Shadows
September 6, 2004
Power Metal
92.31444
18New World Shadows
February 4, 2011
Melodic Death Metal
921505
19Operation: Mindcrime
May 3, 1988
Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal
94.1896
20De mysteriis dom Sathanas
May 24, 1994
Black Metal
92.511710
21The Black Halo
March 15, 2005
Power Metal
92.910612
22Heaven and Hell
April 25, 1980
Heavy Metal
93.7854
23Hell Awaits
March 1985
Thrash Metal
93.4889
24Appetite for Destruction
July 21, 1987
Hard Rock, Glam Metal
92.51047
25None So Vile
July 3, 1996
Brutal Death Metal, Technical Death Metal
93914
26Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I
May 23, 1987
Power Metal
91.911410
27Elodia
1999
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.8736
28A Blaze in the Northern Sky
February 26, 1992
Black Metal
92.9905
29Power of the Dragonflame
March 18, 2002
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
93.9718
30Blizzard of Ozz
September 20, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
92.8875
31Symbolic
March 21, 1995
Technical Death Metal
94663
32Visions
April 28, 1997
Power Metal
93837
33Train of Thought
November 11, 2003
Progressive Metal
92.1996
34Burning Bridges
May 21, 1999
Melodic Death Metal
91.211710
35Winter's Gate
September 23, 2016
Melodic Death Metal
94.2582
36Rising Force
March 5, 1984
Neoclassical Metal, Heavy Metal
92.9785
37Master of Puppets
February 21, 1986
Thrash Metal
88.422017
38Oceanborn
October 1, 1998
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
92.4878
39Seasons in the Abyss
October 9, 1990
Thrash Metal
92.5855
40Кровоизлияние
May 1993
Technical Thrash Metal
93.1725
41Rage Against the Machine
November 10, 1992
Rap Metal, Alternative Metal
94.8483
42Fiction
April 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
91.61008
43In the Nightside Eclipse
February 21, 1994
Symphonic Black Metal
91.6983
44Écailles de lune
March 29, 2010
Blackgaze, Atmospheric Black Metal, Post-Rock
92.4819
45Virus
November 13, 2006
Power Metal
91.7956
46Portal of I
May 7, 2012
Progressive Metal
90.61229
47Screaming for Vengeance
July 14, 1982
Heavy Metal
91.8924
48Beneath the Remains
September 5, 1989
Thrash Metal, Death Metal
92.6768
49Altars of Madness
May 12, 1989
Death Metal
93.5604
50Cause of Death
September 19, 1990
Death Metal
92.3774
51Human
October 22, 1991
Technical Death Metal, Death Metal
93.7555
52The Metal Opera
July 10, 2001
Power Metal, Rock Opera
91.7877
53Paradox
September 23, 1997
Progressive Metal
93.8535
54Stille
March 14, 1997
Symphonic Metal, Gothic Metal
93.4575
55The Downward Spiral
March 8, 1994
Industrial Rock, Industrial Metal
97.5220
56Punishment for Decadence
August 1, 1988
Technical Thrash Metal
96310
57Zero Gravity (Rebirth and Evolution)
July 5, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
95.2364
58The Great Escape
December 3, 2010
Progressive Metal
94.2452
59Pentagram
October 12, 1994
Black Metal
94.5414
60V: The New Mythology Suite
October 9, 2000
Progressive Metal
94.2433
61Liquid Tension Experiment 2
June 15, 1999
Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, Jazz Fusion
94.8372
62Moonglow
February 15, 2019
Symphonic Metal, Power Metal
93.1539
63Storm of the Light's Bane
November 17, 1995
Melodic Black Metal
91.6746
64Ghost Reveries
August 29, 2005
Progressive Metal, Progressive Rock
91.47710
65Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
94423
66Cruelty and the Beast
April 27, 1998
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
91.6738
67Drudenhaus
April 1, 2000
Symphonic Black Metal
90.6928
68Sad Legend
December 1998
Melodic Black Metal
92.3613
69Leprosy
November 16, 1988
Death Metal
93.8433
70당신의 환상을 동정하라
February 2010
Doom Metal, Gothic Metal, Ethereal Wave
93.1506
71Pleasure to Kill
November 1, 1986
Thrash Metal
92.4586
7212 Gauge
March 3, 2010
Melodic Death Metal
91.4732
73Rise of the Tyrant
September 24, 2007
Melodic Death Metal
89.61109
74Karma
July 10, 2001
Power Metal
92638
75Ecliptica
September 4, 1999
Power Metal
90.2928
76Dust to Dust
January 12, 2004
Power Metal
91769
77Hvis lyset tar oss
May 15, 1994
Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
91.7640
78Rebirth
November 13, 2001
Power Metal
91746
79Transcendence
November 1, 1988
Heavy Metal
91.9605
80Holy Diver
May 23, 1983
Heavy Metal
91.1729
81Legion
June 9, 1992
Death Metal
92.5522
82Transilvanian Hunger
February 17, 1994
Black Metal
90.9734
83Ascendancy
March 15, 2005
Melodic Metalcore
91.4654
84Souvenirs d'un autre monde
August 3, 2007
Shoegaze, Blackgaze, Post-Rock
89.9926
85The Satanist
February 3, 2014
Black Metal, Blackened Death Metal
91.8595
86Mandrake
September 24, 2001
Power Metal
92564
877 Sinners
October 31, 2010
Power Metal
90.1862
88Symphony of Enchanted Lands
October 5, 1998
Power Metal, Symphonic Metal
89.410114
89...And Justice for All
August 25, 1988
Thrash Metal
87.814513
90Heartwork
October 18, 1993
Melodic Death Metal
90.1856
91Black Sabbath
February 13, 1970
Heavy Metal, Hard Rock
91.6604
92II : Remember
November 1987
Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Heavy Metal
93434
93The Sound of Perseverance
August 31, 1998
Technical Death Metal, Progressive Metal
90.7737
94Kill 'Em All
July 25, 1983
Thrash Metal
88.11338
95Aathma
February 24, 2017
Progressive Metal, Melodic Death Metal
93.2411
96Dusk... and Her Embrace
August 28, 1996
Symphonic Black Metal, Gothic Metal
89.8899
97Infinite
February 28, 2000
Power Metal
91667
98Still Life
October 18, 1999
Progressive Metal, Death Metal
91666
99Land of the Free
May 29, 1995
Power Metal
91.3616
100Firepower
March 9, 2018
Heavy Metal
90.4751
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Info / Statistics
Artists : 38,803
Reviews : 9,053
Albums : 139,526
Lyrics : 185,523