Top 200 Metal Masterpieces of All Time


RANKING CRITERIA :

1. Originality [ 35% of the rating ]

2. Songwriting [ 35% of the rating ]

3. Performance [ 20% of the rating ]

4. Historical value [ 10% of the rating ]

Created by: Vasil de Shumen | 10.03.2012



1. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
2. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982
3. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
4. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971
5. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
1983
6. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984
7. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
1993
8. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
9. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
10. Manowar - Hail To England
1984
11. Rainbow - Rising
1976
12. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Australia)
1977
13. Van Halen - Van Halen
1978
14. Deep Purple - In Rock
1970
15. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
16. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986
17. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
18. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983
19. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
20. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
21. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
22. Coroner - Grin
1993
23. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
1980
24. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
25. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
26. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
27. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
28. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
29. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
30. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
31. Souls At Zero - 3-D
1991, actually by Wrathchild America
32. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
33. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
34. At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
1992
35. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
36. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
37. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
38. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
39. Cynic - Focus
1993
40. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
41. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
42. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
43. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
44. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
45. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
46. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
47. Opeth - Still Life
1999
48. Death - Symbolic
1995
49. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993
50. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
51. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
1989
52. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
53. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
54. Death - Human
1991
55. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
56. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
57. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
58. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
59. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
60. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
61. D-Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
62. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
63. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
64. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
65. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
66. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
67. Toxik - World Circus
1987
68. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
69. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
70. Opeth - Orchid
1995
71. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
72. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
73. Savatage - Sirens
1983
74. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
75. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
76. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
77. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
78. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
79. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
80. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
81. Venom - Black Metal
1982
82. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
83. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
84. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
85. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
86. Legend (JE) - Legend
1981
87. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
88. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
89. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
90. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
91. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
92. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
93. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
94. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
1986
95. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
96. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
1984
97. Coroner - No More Color
1989
98. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
99. Testament - The Legacy
1987
100. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
101. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
102. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
103. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
104. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
105. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
106. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
107. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
108. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
1988
109. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
1985
110. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
111. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978
112. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
113. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
114. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
115. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
116. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
117. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
118. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
119. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
120. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
121. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
122. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
123. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
124. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
125. Holocaust - Covenant
1997
126. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
127. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
128. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
129. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
130. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
131. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
132. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
133. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
134. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
135. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
136. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
137. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
138. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
139. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
140. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
141. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
142. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
143. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
144. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
145. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
146. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
147. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
148. Death - Leprosy
1988
149. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
150. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
151. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
152. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
153. Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen
2003
154. Toxik - Think This
1989
155. Testament - The New Order
1988
156. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
157. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
158. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
159. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994
160. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
161. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
162. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
163. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
164. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
165. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
166. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
167. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
168. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
169. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
170. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
1986
171. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
172. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
173. Savatage - Handful Of Rain
1994
174. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
1995
175. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
176. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
177. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
178. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
179. Mastodon - Remission
2002
180. Opeth - Ghost Reveries
2005
181. Legend (JE) - Death In The Nursery
1982
182. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
183. Realm - Endless War
1988
184. Hammers Of Misfortune - The Locust Years
2006
185. The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Down Among The Deadmen
2000
186. Flotsam And Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
187. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
188. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
189. Edge Of Sanity - Unorthodox
1992
190. Overkill - The Years Of Decay
1989
191. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
1984
192. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
193. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988
194. Chastain - Ruler Of The Wasteland
1986
195. Détente - Recognize No Authority
1986
196. Cradle Of Filth - Dusk... And Her Embrace
1996
197. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986
198. Razor - Violent Restitution
1988
199. Carcass - Symphonies Of Sickness
1989
200. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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22.03.2014 - 16:35
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.03.2014 at 16:25
The best course of action when dealing with someone who thinks Bloodbath are an experimental death metal band.

Same guy? Could have saved me from responding in the first place had I known that.
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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22.03.2014 - 21:02
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 22.03.2014 at 08:20


... Black Sabbath songs' composition are too simple. Today we can name it - "commercial"



Simplicity is not always a disadvantage In the case of early Black Sabbath the simplicity is a sign of genius ...
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23.03.2014 - 06:19
Dr. Strawberry
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 22.03.2014 at 16:25

Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.03.2014 at 16:12

I think it's probably safer if we just agree to disagree.

The best course of action when dealing with someone who thinks Bloodbath are an experimental death metal band.

Canadian Alliance (Red-Hair Punk Kid + Home Alone Caveman) showed their close cooperation !
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23.03.2014 - 12:18
!J.O.O.E.!
Defunct
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 23.03.2014 at 06:19

Canadian Alliance (Red-Hair Punk Kid + Home Alone Caveman) showed their close cooperation !

Yes, we're called the common-sense brigade.
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23.03.2014 - 19:54
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
If you want to post comments, you can discuss the selection or the ranking.

I don't want petty bickering. Please ...
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30.04.2014 - 20:56
Dr. Strawberry
Can we call Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and Van Halen - Metal ?
Could it be better to categorise this way :
Ozzy Osbourne - Heavy Hard Rock
AC/DC - Heavy Blues Rock
Van Halen - Hard Rock
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30.04.2014 - 22:01
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Dr. Strawberry on 30.04.2014 at 20:56

Can we call Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC and Van Halen - Metal ?
Could it be better to categorise this way :
Ozzy Osbourne - Heavy Hard Rock
AC/DC - Heavy Blues Rock
Van Halen - Hard Rock


My personal understanding about Metal isn't limited to the burden and aggression of the sound. Metal has specific Spirit. I recognize that Spirit in each of these three albums.
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11.07.2015 - 01:10
indexqwest
Nice list!
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11.07.2015 - 08:52
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by indexqwest on 11.07.2015 at 01:10

Nice list!


thanks I'm glad you approve my selection ...
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26.02.2016 - 02:05
Tomas Piller
Very sympathetic list! If I got such one then about 30%+ albums will be the same.
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26.02.2016 - 09:18
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Tomas Piller on 26.02.2016 at 02:05

Very sympathetic list! If I got such one then about 30%+ albums will be the same.


Thanks man For many people this selection seems too retro ...

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?
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26.02.2016 - 18:13
Tomas Piller
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 26.02.2016 at 09:18

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?

Checked it out and the intersection is quite smaller there, say 10%, for two reasons i guess
- for some reason I don't dig and never have Opeth, Nevermore and Mastodon which are apparently some of your staples (and many other people's)
- I don't know a LOT of albums there yet, like more than half

That being said there are still entries I really love, mainly albums from Vektor, Slough Feg, Green Carnation, Rigor Mortis, The Crown, Angra.

Btw: you can check what are the pinnacles for me from the new milenium from the first 15 entries of my annual list here
http://metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=4480
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26.02.2016 - 20:06
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by Tomas Piller on 26.02.2016 at 18:13

Written by Vasil de Shumen on 26.02.2016 at 09:18

What is your opinion about my list Best Albums of the New Millennium ?

Checked it out and the intersection is quite smaller there, say 10%, for two reasons i guess
- for some reason I don't dig and never have Opeth, Nevermore and Mastodon which are apparently some of your staples (and many other people's)
- I don't know a LOT of albums there yet, like more than half

That being said there are still entries I really love, mainly albums from Vektor, Slough Feg, Green Carnation, Rigor Mortis, The Crown, Angra.

Btw: you can check what are the pinnacles for me from the new milenium from the first 15 entries of my annual list here
http://metalstorm.net/users/list.php?list_id=4480


Slough Feg became one of my favorite bands in recent years. They carry the spirit of early Iron Maiden.

Your list is interesting despite our difference in the selection criteria ...
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08.06.2016 - 22:10
VIG
Vital remains? all of their albus are master pieces! (except for the debut and maybe the second one)
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09.06.2016 - 01:07
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
Written by VIG on 08.06.2016 at 22:10

Vital remains? all of their albus are master pieces! (except for the debut and maybe the second one)


Good death metal but many cliches...
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09.06.2016 - 14:02
VIG
Written by Vasil de Shumen on 09.06.2016 at 01:07

Written by VIG on 08.06.2016 at 22:10

Vital remains? all of their albus are master pieces! (except for the debut and maybe the second one)


Good death metal but many cliches...

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10.06.2016 - 17:20
LuciferOfGayness
Account deleted
Another metal fan that didnt make it to the 21st century
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