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The Greatest Heavy Metal Albums Of All Time

List Criteria: Music Albums

Metal fans are a very passionate bunch. They're also very opinionated, expect a big debate about the very definition of "heavy metal." This list represent the best and most influential "heavy metal" albums of all time.

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    Black Sabbath Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is the fifth studio album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in December 1973.

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    Metallica Master of Puppets is the third studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on February 24, 1986, and was the band's last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in

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    Iron Maiden Powerslave is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 3 September 1984 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US. It was re-released by

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    Iron Maiden Piece of Mind is the fourth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, originally released in 1983 by EMI, and by Capitol in the US, where it was reissued later by Sanctuary/Columbia

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    Black Sabbath Paranoid is the second studio album by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Released in September 1970, it was the band's only album to top the UK Albums Chart until the release of 13 in 2013.

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    Metallica ...And Justice for All is the fourth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on August 25, 1988, by Elektra Records. It was their first album to feature bassist Jason Newsted,

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    Metallica Ride the Lightning is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. The album was released on July 27, 1984, through the independent record label Megaforce Records. It was certified

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    Dio Holy Diver is the 1983 single album by Dio.

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    Iron Maiden Iron Maiden, released on 14 April 1980, is the debut album by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released by EMI in the UK, and a few months later in the US, originally on

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    Megadeth Countdown to Extinction is the fifth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released on July 6, 1992 through Capitol Records. It was the group's second studio release to feature the

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    Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz is the debut solo album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released on 20 September 1980 in the UK and on 27 March 1981 in the US. The album was Osbourne's first release

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    Black Sabbath Master of Reality is the third album by the British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in July 1971. It is noted as laying the foundations of doom, stoner, and sludge metal. Master of Reality

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    Megadeth Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? is the second studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released in October 1986. The project was originally handled by Combat Records, resulting in the

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    Ozzy Osbourne Diary of a Madman is the second solo studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 7 November 1981, and re-issued on CD on 22 August 1995. An altered version appeared

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    Judas Priest Painkiller is the twelfth studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest.

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    Black Sabbath Vol. 4 is the fourth studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in September 1972. It was the first album by Black Sabbath not produced by Rodger Bain; guitarist Tony Iommi assumed

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    Megadeth Rust in Peace is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released on September 24, 1990 by Capitol Records. The album was produced by Mike Clink. Rust in Peace is the

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    Slayer Reign in Blood is the third studio album and major label debut by American thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on October 7, 1986 on Def Jam Recordings. The album was the band's first

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    Slayer South of Heaven is the fourth studio album by American thrash metal band Slayer. Released on July 5, 1988, the album was the band's second collaboration with record producer Rick Rubin, whose

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    Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time is the sixth studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, released on 29 September 1986 on EMI in Europe and its sister label Capitol Records in the US.. The studio

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    Pantera Cowboys from Hell is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on July 24, 1990 through Atco Records. It was the band's first commercially successful album, exposing their

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    Megadeth So Far, So Good... So What! is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. It was released in January 1988 through Capitol Records; a remixed and remastered edition including

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    Pantera Far Beyond Driven is the seventh studio album by American heavy metal band Pantera, released on March 22, 1994 by EastWest Records. Upon its release, it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making

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    Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International is the debut solo album by the former White Zombie singer Rob Zombie. Hellbilly Deluxe was released on August 25,

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    Megadeth Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! is the debut studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth, released in June 1985 through Combat Records. At the beginning of 1985, the band was

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    Skid Row Slave to the Grind is Skid Row's second album, released on June 11, 1991. Slave to the Grind is notable for being the first heavy metal album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 during the SoundScan

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    Alice in Chains Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains and was released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records. Peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, the album was

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    Live Shit: Binge & Purge

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    Slayer Seasons in the Abyss is the fifth studio album by the thrash metal band Slayer. It was released on October 9, 1990 through Def American Records, and later through American Recordings after the company

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    Anthrax Sound of White Noise is the sixth studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax, released in May 1993 on Elektra Records. It is the band's first album to feature vocalist John Bush, who replaced

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    White Zombie La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One is the third album by metal band White Zombie, released on March 17, 1992 through Geffen Records. It's the last album to feature drummer Ivan de Prume.

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    Slayer Show No Mercy is the debut album by American thrash metal band Slayer, released in December 1983 through Metal Blade Records. Brian Slagel signed the band to Metal Blade after watching the band

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    Judas Priest Stained Class is the fourth album by British heavy metal group Judas Priest, released in February 1978.

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    Anthrax Among the Living is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Anthrax. It was released in March 1987 by Megaforce Worldwide/Island, and was certified gold by the RIAA on July 31, 1990. The

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    Sebastian Bach Bach 2: Basics is the second solo release by Sebastian Bach former front man of Skid Row. The album was released in 2001. It consists mainly of covers from previously released tribute albums. Original

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    Use Your Illusion I

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    The Best of Alice Cooper

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    Fear Factory Demanufacture is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory, released on June 13, 1995 by Roadrunner Records. This is the band's first album with their classic line-up adding

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    Deftones Around the Fur is the second studio album by alternative metal band Deftones, released in 1997. The songs "My Own Summer" and "Be Quiet and Drive" were both released as singles

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    Black Label Society 1919 Eternal is the third album by the heavy metal band Black Label Society. It was released on March 5, 2002 and was written for Zakk Wylde's father.

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    HammerFall Legacy of Kings is the second album by the Swedish metal band HammerFall. It was released September 28, 1998, on Nuclear Blast Records. The enhanced CD release included the music video for the track

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    Nothingface Violence is the third album by the Washington-based alternative metal band Nothingface. The album was released on September 5, 2000, via TVT Records.

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    One Crimson Night

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    Mercyful Fate Melissa is the debut studio album by the Danish heavy metal band Mercyful Fate, released in 1983. It was the first album released by Roadrunner Records. In 2005 Roadrunner Records re-released this

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    Voivod Negatron was the eighth album released by Canadian heavy metal band Voivod. It was released in 1995 on Hypnotic Records. It is also the first album to feature Eric Forrest on bass and vocals.

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    Sepultura Chaos A.D. is the fifth studio album by Brazilian heavy metal band Sepultura, released on September 2, 1993 by Roadrunner Records. The album was recorded between 1992 and 1993 in the United Kingdom

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    Megadeth Cryptic Writings is the seventh studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. Released on June 17, 1997 through Capitol Records, it was the band's last studio album to feature drummer Nick

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    Manowar Louder Than Hell is the eighth album by heavy metal band Manowar, released in 1996. It is the first album to feature guitarist Karl Logan, as well as the return of drummer Scott Columbus. Cover art

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