Top Tens: Metal Albums

So after last week’s Rap Music Albums I’m going to do another Top Tens post now, OK? Another one of the extreme music styles or is it not so anymore? I’m going in chronological order because I really can’t rated them any other way and it just makes the most sense too. Once again these are just my most fave ten albums of metal music, no one else just me and my option but off course I will love to hear what your faves are too, you know?

Please leave a reply if you like to, thank you! Also once again all these albums have been added to my now very, very long list of Classic Albums pages, of great albums I need to write more about. Which I might just have to get on with a bit more more because I can’t keep adding all these albums and only post one a month or so but this month has been a bit better with a few so far but I might have to do a few more before the end of the month. I wonder how much, if I only focus on them I could do before then? Would like see you/anyone look/like at or read four or five Classic Albums posts/pages in a week or two? I might see from now until the end of the month how much I can write under that title: Classic Albums and what you guys read, look at, like or whatever you call it, OK?


Slayer – Reign In Blood (1986) is where it all begins for me, maybe I should have some or one of the earlier heavy metal bands but here’s where it all come together to make one of the greatest albums of all-time. I guess it’s Trash Metal but this is covers all and every sub-style of metal, it was really hard to just pick just ten. The at the time rap producer Rick Rubin did the album which was a brave move for a metal band but now he’s most famous doing the last Johnny Cash albums. It’s the third album for them and in my option the best of the big four mid-80’s albums. Ten days ago it turned 30 years old too, amazing!


Napalm Death ‎– Scum (1987) is the only debut album here which does surprise me a bit even if I’m writing it. I guess this band was fully formed on this album. Two different line-ups are on the two sides of the album which how does that even happen? And can you even named other record so great like that? I was talking to a younger metalhead the other day and he’s never heard of them but sorry but how can you say like metal and not heard this album, not that I said that at the time but just told him you got to have a listen to it and I could say it could be number one overall but it’s to difficult to call that one.


Metallica ‎– …And Justice For All (1988) is my fave album by the biggest metal band of all-time. Mostly credited as the stop gap in between those early Cliff Burton trilogy of albums and the total mainstream cross over with the dark cover. To me it’s the greatest by them, everyone goes on about the sound but yes it does sounds like them recorded the whole thing inside a trash can or something but I love that so much and the bass player/new guy totally mixed off the record but to me why did they ever bother re-placing Cliff? It’s like metal-lick-a as a three piece and why not?


Megadeth ‎– Rust In Peace (1990) is only album here that I’ve already have write a whole Classic Album post about it so please have a look here if like to know more about it by me. So that’s three from the 80’s and next is four 90’s albums then two in the 2000’s and one in the decade we are living in right now.


Carcass ‎– Necroticism – Descanting The Insalubrious (1991) is just another of the greatest album ever and most likely the most extreme of these albums. Taking all the blueprints made over all the year to the conclusion and I suppose Death Metal is just that. It really should be this album remember as the best metal album of all-time from this year not some other pile of shit or should I say the other album with a snake on the cover that looks like/sounds like a pile of shit.


Sepultura ‎– Chaos A.D. (1993) would just have to be my overall fave metal band from early to mid 90’s and this was the album they first tour Australia but more about that later in an future post, OK? The boys from Brazil recorded this one in the UK just before going home on the next album, the much bigger Roots album and off course Max Cavalera last album with the band and the next time he does an Aussie tour is with Soulfly, his then new band.


Faith No More ‎– King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime (1994) just has to be included because in the 90’s they were total coincided a metal band but now they’re labelled in or filed under a few more styles of music which is totally great because of all of Mike Patton’s projects since then. This just has to be my fave most album of there back catalog, losing that guitar player was the best move ever for them and this album goes off in all different directions because of it but it was the beginning of the end too, well until the reunion.


Slipknot ‎– Iowa (2001) is the only Nu-Metal album here but I think I cover alot of different styles of metal but I do totally love this album. It’s my most least liked sub-style of metal not that I’ve really keep up with all of it now, you know metal now but if I do hear something that’s great so it has to be doing something a bit different within the very limited constraint of metal, I don’t see the point of doing the same old thing and releasing album after album of that. Slipknot were head and shoulders above doing that for a while anyway.


The Fall Of Troy ‎– Doppelgänger (2005) is the least known album here but it’s really what I’m talking about pulling and pushing this style of music to it’s limited. This band/album  is labeled under god knows what all these sub-styles are but I see/hear it as Metal with a capital M, the screaming vocals, the guitar solos, the subject matter in the songs, the power-chords etc are all so a part of this music and this band and on this album here is taking in to it most interesting and radical, to use the word again: extreme!


Mastodon ‎– The Hunter (2011) is once again another band taking metal and ripping it apart and putting back a bit different. Maybe I should have included an earlier album them because it’s tough picking this over those early album but I guess it’s, this album proves the point of a metal band not getting stuck doing the same old thing and not moving forward, some or alot bands just move backwards sometime because the fans don’t let them or don’t like them changing it up or doing something radical again.

BTW I’ve only got one track under each as an intro/sample or something but if you what more I think you can find it yourselves, right? The main image here is mid-80’s Megadeth and Slayer together photo by Kevin Hodapp.


So come-on everyone what’s your fave metal albums of all-time? You got ten or more or less? Go on, tell me what they’re now! How about if you name them I’ll listen to them, is that’s a good deal?


  1. I just reviewed those top two! ‘Terria’ by Devin Townsend is my favourite album ever, so that’s my vote for best metal album. ‘Iowa’ I think is only half good, but that first half is blinding.

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  2. Some absolute crackers there, William. Big ups to Reign in Blood, Scum, Rust in Peace, and I really dig the spacey, almost psych-pop vibe of The Hunter, probably a tie with Crack the Skye for my favourite Mastodon.
    My personal FNM pick would be Angel Dust, my Metallica pick would be Ride the Lightning, and for Sepultura it would be Arise. That’s not say the albums you picked aren’t awesome in their own right. My fave Carcass so far is Heartwork, but am listening to Necroticism for the first time now and enjoying it immensely – seems like a bridge between the grindcore and straight-up death metal of their earlier stuff and their later melodic death metal.
    And I know it’s not cool to say so, but I dig a bit of so-called nu-metal too, including Deftones’ White Pony and System of a Down’s Toxicity. Have never really taken the time to listen to Slipknot, so will give Iowa a go.
    I got into metal late, and my metal listening habits are a bit spotty and all over the place, but some other personal faves (in alpha order) include:
    1. Bathory – Under the Sign of the Black Mark
    2. Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
    3. Burzum – Det Som Engang Var
    4. Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion
    5. Converge – You Fail Me
    6. Danzig – Danzig II: Lucifuge
    7. Darkthrone – Transilvanian Hunger
    8. Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity
    9. Electric Wizard – Come My Fanatics
    10. Godflesh – Streetcleaner
    11. Gojira – From Mars to Sirius
    12. Gorguts – Colored Sands
    13. High on Fire – Blessed Black Wings
    14. Iron Maiden – Powerslave
    15. Isis – Panopticon
    16. Jesu – Jesu
    17. Judas Priest – Painkiller
    18. Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley
    19. Mayhem – De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
    20. Melvins – Bullhead
    21. Morbid Angel – Blessed Are the Sick
    22. Meshuggah – Catch Thirty-Three
    23. Motorhead – Overkill
    24. Neurosis – Souls at Zero
    25. Paradise Lost – Gothic
    26. Sleep – Dopesmoker
    27. Sunn O))) – Monoliths & Dimensions
    28. Devin Townsend – Terria
    29. Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses
    30. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats – Mind Control
    Sorry if I went overboard – don’t feel you have to listen to everything here, lol. I’m not really covering metal specifically on my site, so enjoyed the opportunity to geek out over here.

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