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1001 Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

An ongoing list for personal use as well as for reference for beginners (& veterans alike). This is solely my personal opinion and taste (Death & Prog mostly but do give every genre a try). Basically will include albums I've rated 8 & above. Sorted by year since I'll need a Venn diagram to sort by genre (seriously MS please make it happen if possible). Will feature multiple releases per year (obviously) and per band (since if a band is putting out better albums it deserves more recognition). Keeping the metal faith alive from India

1. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
2. King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
3. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
4. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
5. Uriah Heep - Look At Yourself

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Created by metalriff on 05.02.2021


1. Queensrÿche - Rage For Order
2. Queensrÿche - Operation: Mindcrime
3. Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
4. Crimson Glory - Transcendence
5. Running Wild - Port Royal

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Created by FELIX42 on 11.06.2020

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Best Album Of Each Year

Fifty years of metal, 50 best albums of the year. Note that in order to diversify the list I limited it to one album per band, otherwise there would have been too much Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
3. Deep Purple - Machine Head
4. Budgie - Never Turn Your Back on a Friend
5. Queen - Queen II

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Created by Ganondox on 17.10.2019

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I Like Big Hits And I Can Not Lie (Part I: 20th Century)

Stuff that got me hooked in the course of the years, from my very first blurred memories as a toddler to the present day.
Lots of catchy tunes, some cheese, very few flowers.
Songs that had a big impact on me and influenced my taste in music.
Stuff to let it all hang out, songs for campfire sing-alongs and soundtracks to slit your wrists to.

1. Queen - Jazz
2. Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
3. Dio - Holy Diver
4. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
5. Einstürzende Neubauten - Halber Mensch

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Created by Starvynth on 10.05.2019

Saturday Night Party List

Party albums!!

1. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
2. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
3. Judas Priest - Defenders Of The Faith
4. Anthrax - Persistence Of Time

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Created by Haarr on 15.02.2019

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My Favourite Albums of All Time

I've been listening to Metal since 2005 and it has become my biggest passion in life.

Rarely a day goes by where I don't listen to it in one form or another. The bands I listened to in my teens inspired me to pick up the guitar (and later drums) and start making music of my own.

Metal means everything to me and I would be lost without it. So here are the albums that have stood out and made the largest impact on me:

1. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
2. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
3. Opeth - Blackwater Park
4. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
5. Opeth - Still Life

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Created by nonZero on 06.10.2018

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Best Album From Different Genres

My favorite albums from various genres

1. Slipknot - Iowa
2. Nirvana - Nevermind
3. Summoning - Stronghold
4. Septicflesh - Communion
5. Anathema - Judgement

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Created by Anghellic67 on 02.02.2018

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Best Metal Albums Ever (IMO)

Metal albums that blow me away every time I hear them. Loosely ordered... list gets less organized as it goes on. My favorite song from each album is included.

1. Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
2. Faith No More - Angel Dust
3. Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
4. Tool - Ænima
5. Metallica - ...And Justice for All

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Created by matthewdurham on 09.05.2017

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Favorite Mike Patton Vocal Performances

The man, the legend, the god.

1. Faith No More - The Real Thing
2. Tomahawk - Tomahawk
3. Faith No More - Angel Dust
4. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Irony Is A Dead Scene
5. Faith No More - Angel Dust

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Created by flightoficarus on 11.06.2015

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The "Must Have" And The "Could Have" Metal Albums Of The 80's

These are the 211 essential hard rock/metal albums of the 80's, as were selected by the Greek Magazine "Metal Hammer". (August 2001)

The albums followed by a star are the "must have", whereas the rest albums are the "could have".

1. Angel Witch - Angel Witch
2. AC/DC - Back In Black
3. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
4. Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
5. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden

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Created by Tzo87 on 25.08.2013

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Faith No More - Best To Worst

Faith No More are one of those bands that were true innovators. There are plenty of compilations out there that cover the singles and popular songs, but the albums are so varied it's worth digging a bit deeper than the "hits". For each album I've highlighted the best non-singles.

1. Faith No More - King For A Day... Fool For A Lifetime
2. Faith No More - Angel Dust
3. Faith No More - The Real Thing
4. Faith No More - Album Of The Year
5. Faith No More - Introduce Yourself

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Created by MichaelCook on 04.08.2013

My Favorite Song(s) From (almost) Every album I Own

This is unfinished

1. Alestorm - Captain Morgan's Revenge
2. Alestorm - Black Sails At Midnight
3. Alestorm - Back Through Time
4. Almôra - Gates Of Time
5. Ancient Rites - Dim Carcosa

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Created by metalwolf666 on 03.04.2013

The First Album Of Each Genre I Owned

1. AC/DC - Back In Black
2. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
3. Korn - Follow The Leader
4. Evanescance - Fallen
5. Morbid Angel - Covenant

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Created by metalwolf666 on 01.03.2013

My Top Alternative Metal/Nu Metal Albums

in no particular order, I want to highlight metal's least popular genre(s).

1. Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber
2. Coal Chamber - Dark Days
3. Ill Niño - Revolution Revolución
4. Korn - Follow The Leader
5. Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone

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Created by metalwolf666 on 21.02.2013

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Ace Frawley's Desert Island Discs

Based on the original BBC radio program from 1942 that asked "if you were to be cast away alone on a desert island, which eight gramophone records would you choose to have with you, assuming of course, that you had a gramophone and an inexhaustible supply of needles".

Pretty f&rkin' hard to choose just eight albums but I've given it a go. Hope it never happens because I'd probably get sick of these awesome albums after just a few weeks - then what!?

1. Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
2. Faith No More - The Real Thing
3. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
4. Alice in Chains - Dirt
5. In Flames - The Jester Race

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Created by Ace Frawley on 24.11.2012