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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. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
1970
2. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984
3. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
1982
4. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
1990
5. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
1971
6. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
1986
7. Savatage - Hall Of The Mountain King
1987
8. Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind
1983
9. AC/DC - Let There Be Rock (Australia)
1977
10. Manowar - Hail To England
1984
11. Judas Priest - Painkiller
1990
12. Rainbow - Rising
1976
13. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
1970
14. Van Halen - Van Halen
1978
15. Anacrusis - Screams And Whispers
1993
16. Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
1978
17. King Diamond - Abigail
1987
18. Iron Maiden - Powerslave
1984
19. Deep Purple - In Rock
1970
20. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
1983
21. Coroner - Grin
1993
22. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What?
1988
23. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden
1980
24. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
1990
25. Dream Theater - Images And Words
1992
26. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
1988
27. Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny
1976
28. Manowar - Battle Hymns
1982
29. W.A.S.P. - The Headless Children
1989
30. Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
1986
31. Manowar - Sign Of The Hammer
1984
32. Accept - Restless And Wild
1982
33. Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
1986
34. Anthrax - Among The Living
1987
35. Souls At Zero - 3-D
1991, actually by Wrathchild America
36. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
1988
37. Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
1990
38. Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction
1992
39. Bathory - Hammerheart
1990
40. Cynic - Focus
1993
41. Dio - Holy Diver
1983
42. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
1984
43. Savatage - Sirens
1983
44. Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
1986
45. Slayer - Reign In Blood
1986
46. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986
47. Avenged Sevenfold - City Of Evil
2005
48. Paradise Lost - Gothic
1991
49. Dissection - The Somberlain
1993
50. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993
51. Judas Priest - Screaming For Vengeance
1982
52. Twisted Sister - Stay Hungry
1984
53. Van Halen - Women And Children First
1980
54. Savatage - Gutter Ballet
1989
55. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995
56. Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
1988
57. King Diamond - Fatal Portrait
1986
58. Megadeth - Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
1985
59. Death - Individual Thought Patterns
1993
60. Coroner - Mental Vortex
1991
61. Helloween - Walls Of Jericho
1985
62. Death - Scream Bloody Gore
1987
63. Death - Human
1991
64. Savatage - Edge Of Thorns
1993
65. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992
66. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
1999
67. Dream Theater - Awake
1994
68. Slayer - South Of Heaven
1988
69. Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard Of Ozz
1980
70. Metal Church - Metal Church
1984
71. Opeth - Morningrise
1996
72. D-Age - Symbols For The Blue Times
1994
73. Voivod - Nothingface
1989
74. Annihilator - Alice In Hell
1989
75. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
1990
76. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions
1991
77. Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power
1992
78. Destruction - Eternal Devastation
1986
79. Toxik - Think This
1989
80. Toxik - World Circus
1987
81. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
1984
82. Death - Symbolic
1995
83. Alice In Chains - Dirt
1992
84. Motörhead - Overkill
1979
85. Holy Terror - Mind Wars
1988
86. Arcturus - Aspera Hiems Symfonia
1996
87. Raven - Wiped Out
1982
88. Venom - Black Metal
1982
89. Testament - The Legacy
1987
90. Annihilator - Never, Neverland
1990
91. Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond
1992
92. Legend (UK) - Legend
1981
93. Twisted Sister - Under The Blade
1982
94. Nuclear Assault - Game Over
1986
95. Saxon - Wheels Of Steel
1980
96. Scorpions - In Trance
1975
97. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Vol. 4
1972
98. Sacred Blade - Of The Sun + Moon
1986
99. W.A.S.P. - W.A.S.P.
1984
100. Atheist - Unquestionable Presence
1991
101. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
1987
102. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
1988
103. Coroner - No More Color
1989
104. Fates Warning - The Spectre Within
1985
105. Death - Leprosy
1988
106. Metal Church - Blessing In Disguise
1989
107. Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn
1988
108. Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony
1987
109. Helstar - Nosferatu
1989
110. Motörhead - Ace Of Spades
1980
111. Fatal Opera - The Eleventh Hour
1997
112. King Diamond - Conspiracy
1989
113. Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
1998
114. Coroner - Punishment For Decadence
1988
115. Anthrax - Spreading The Disease
1985
116. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
1980
117. Judas Priest - Stained Class
1978
118. Legend (UK) - Death In The Nursery
1982
119. King Diamond - "Them"
1988
120. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001
121. Flotsam & Jetsam - Doomsday For The Deceiver
1986
122. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
1988
123. Dream Theater - When Dream And Day Unite
1989
124. Candlemass - Nightfall
1987
125. Accept - Metal Heart
1985
126. Overkill - Feel The Fire
1985
127. Queensrÿche - The Warning
1984
128. Sepultura - Beneath The Remains
1989
129. Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
1998
130. Iron Maiden - Killers
1981
131. Mekong Delta - The Music Of Erich Zann
1988
132. Psychotic Waltz - Into The Everflow
1992
133. Manowar - Into Glory Ride
1983
134. Opeth - Still Life
1999
135. Voivod - The Outer Limits
1993
136. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996
137. King Diamond - The Eye
1990
138. Mercyful Fate - Melissa
1983
139. Slayer - Hell Awaits
1985
140. Morbid Angel - Altars Of Madness
1989
141. Death - Spiritual Healing
1990
142. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve
1995
143. Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black
1989
144. Dio - The Last In Line
1984
145. Fear Of God - Within The Veil
1991
146. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary Of A Madman
1981
147. Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
1998
148. Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera
1991
149. Holy Terror - Terror And Submission
1987
150. Sepultura - Schizophrenia
1987
151. Voivod - Dimension Hatröss
1988
152. Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence
1999
153. Heir Apparent - Graceful Inheritance
1986
154. Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
1988
155. Opeth - Orchid
1995
156. Satan - Court In The Act
1983
157. Chastain - The Voice Of The Cult
1988
158. Deep Purple - Perfect Strangers
1984
159. Yngwie Malmsteen - Rising Force
1984
160. Anacrusis - Suffering Hour
1988
161. Testament - The New Order
1988
162. Psychotic Waltz - Bleeding
1996
163. Autopsy - Mental Funeral
1991
164. Symphony X - The Divine Wings Of Tragedy
1997
165. Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden
1992
166. Phlebotomized - Immense, Intense, Suspense
1994
167. Raven - Rock Until You Drop
1981
168. Trouble - Psalm 9
1984
169. Exodus - Bonded By Blood
1985
170. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
1993
171. Sabbat - History Of A Time To Come
1988
172. Détente - Recognize No Authority
1986
173. Kreator - Coma Of Souls
1990
174. Ophthalamia - A Journey In Darkness
1994
175. Skid Row - Slave To The Grind
1991
176. Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence
1987
177. Crimson Glory - Crimson Glory
1986
178. Deathrow - Deception Ignored
1988
179. Coroner - R.I.P.
1987
180. Skyclad - Irrational Anthems
1996
181. Doctor Butcher - Doctor Butcher
1994
182. Paradise Lost - Icon
1993
183. Savatage - Handful Of Rain
1994
184. Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
1984
185. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
1985
186. My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River
1995
187. Emperor - Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1997
188. W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol
1992
189. Realm - Endless War
1988
190. Sodom - Persecution Mania
1987
191. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
1980
192. Entombed - Left Hand Path
1990
193. Disharmonic Orchestra - Pleasuredome
1994
194. Pestilence - Consuming Impulse
1989
195. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
1995
196. Fatal Opera - Fatal Opera
1995
197. Heavy Load - Full Speed At High Level
1978
198. Watchtower - Energetic Disassembly
1985
199. Rigor Mortis - Rigor Mortis
1988
200. Znowhite - Act Of God
1988



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Vasil de Shumen - 01.05.2012 at 10:05  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 07:59

The problem is that this list is very common and boring.


If I wanted to be interesting, the list would have include many new and underground bands. But my purpose is to point the most valuable in the metal history - the Masterpieces. Therefore, the presence of classical groups is necessary and justified. Also - the old band's music is known art, but of such a kind that it cannot be surpassed by any later metal pieces, precisely because it is not form but SPIRIT. As we find it hard to part from the first spring days and pass into the season of full unfolding and ripening, so we tear ourselves almost regretfully away from this known and "boring" art, with its buds full of the coming wealth of IDEAS and forms, in order to see what ultimately became of it. In metal music, as in everything else, is not all unfolding and ripening a kind of withering, since in the full bloom we no longer have truth and reality appealing to us with that mysterious directness that is more magically eloquent than even perfection itself ?

And again - my list contains and several almost unknown bands
Cynic Metalhead - 01.05.2012 at 11:04  
Masterpieces aren't the only stuffs which have evolved way back and having a consequences on the new bands. What Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Sabbath, Maiden, DT, Ozzy, Opeth, DT and many more classical metal bands did have a impact on new generation of Metal bands but classifying only them and saying " precisely because it is not form but SPIRIT" is utter biased. There are loads of masterpieces new generations( including underground) bands existing and will exist that will have their own influential way of defining history. 80's scene came and went drastically so do the 90's and 00's but this is 2012 and will follow up till the World ends, bands will come and gone by leaving their precious history with the fans all over the world. Like yesterday? Motorhead and Big 4 Tomorrow? Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.
Vasil de Shumen - 01.05.2012 at 13:42  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 11:04

... There are loads of masterpieces new generations( including underground) bands existing and will exist that will have their own influential way of defining history ... this is 2012 and will follow up till the World ends, bands will come and gone by leaving their precious history with the fans all over the world ... Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.



Time will sort finest albums. Today is always biased
Cynic Metalhead - 01.05.2012 at 15:27  
We are in today era so we have to deal with that only.
Vasil de Shumen - 21.06.2012 at 19:53  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 15:27

We are in today era so we have to deal with that only.


We must not forget that albums from the 80s and 90s are the foundations of modern metal music - the rhythmical schemes, vocal lines, the riffs of main styles, lyrical themes, image of the musicians ... Many young fans have heard only names of the albums, but they haven't listened to these records.

If you want a good assessment of The Present, you must listen the masterpieces of The Past
God Buster 鬼 - 22.03.2014 at 07:48  
It's a waste of my time to browse this list.
Certainly it's a Black Sabbath fan boy's list.
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 07:53  
Written by God Buster 鬼 on 22.03.2014 at 07:48
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !

You might not like their sound but you can't deny the influence they've had on the metal scene even now.
God Buster 鬼 - 22.03.2014 at 08:20  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 22.03.2014 at 07:53

Written by God Buster 鬼 on 22.03.2014 at 07:48
Yes, Black Sabbath is the most overrated Metal band in the universe !

You might not like their sound but you can't deny the influence they've had on the metal scene even now.

Ozzy's vocals sound unique, no one can copy that.
A lot of people though he could not sing, it's actually a biggest overlooked, his vocals are flawless but Black Sabbath songs' composition are too simple. Today we can name it - "commercial" (which did not widely be used in the 70's - 80's).

Even nowadays none of any Judas Priest's album gives me that "cheesy feelings", so Black Sabbath can be regarded as today's Bon Jovi in the 70's and Judas Priest is still immortal.

As for the influence...they are only a copy cat, a rip-off of Coven, almost 85% similar !
Their fame came from the supports from the label - Advertisement & Publicity.
I mean They "Buy" Their Fans !
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 16:12  
I think it's probably safer if we just agree to disagree.
!J.O.O.E.! - 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.
Troy Killjoy - 22.03.2014 at 16:35  
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.
Vasil de Shumen - 22.03.2014 at 21:02  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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 ...
God Buster 鬼 - 23.03.2014 at 06:19  
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 !
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.03.2014 at 12:18  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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.
Vasil de Shumen - 23.03.2014 at 19:54  
If you want to post comments, you can discuss the selection or the ranking.

I don't want petty bickering. Please ...
deadone - 25.03.2014 at 07:19  
I like this list!

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 01.05.2012 at 11:04

Tomorrow? Ensiferum, Insominium, Ahab and Future? um will wait and lets see.



Probably not.

Today thanks to the Internet and development of a lot more genres the scene is far more fragmented.

It was a lot easier to have classics when everyone was listening to roughly the same thing. Now the music is too diverse to develop consensus.
God Buster 鬼 - 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
Vasil de Shumen - 30.04.2014 at 22:01  
Written by God Buster 鬼 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


Actually your definition about these musicians is right ... but my list includes concrete albums (for me - metal).

The genre categorization is very relative thing. 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 five albums.

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