Shreddit's top metal albums include some of the best and most classic extreme metal albums ever made. For casual fans, some of these album titles might be new, but they're certainly worth checking out. Longtime fans, however, will likely instantly recognize several of these albums, and realize that they are from some of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time. This is where the votes come in: Cast your votes up or down, based on your own personal opinions. You can also add any of your favorites that might not be listed, and of course, you can (and should) re-rank this list of Shreddit's favorite metal albums any way you want. From the doom metal of bands like Sweden's Candlemass to albums by the "stoner" metal band Sleep, the albums listed here reflect the diversity of the metal genre. Again, these are some of the best heavy metal albums you've possibly never heard, but they are all worth your time to track down. Interested in other heavy metal-related lists? Check out and vote on these lists of the best female hard rock/metal guitar shredders, the best screamo bands of all time and the best overall metal guitarists and guitar teams.
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Paranoid By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Paranoid, Iron Man & Rat Salad
Ride the Lightning By Metallica (1984); Tracks: Creeping Death, Escape & For Whom the Bell Tolls
Master of Puppets By Metallica (1986); Tracks: Master of Puppets, Damage & Inc.
Black Sabbath By Black Sabbath (1970); Tracks: Evil Woman, Don't Play Your Games With Me & N.I.B.
The Number of the Beast By Iron Maiden (1982); Tracks: The Number of the Beast, Run to the Hills & Gangland
Rust in Peace By Megadeth (1990); Tracks: Tornado of Souls, Hangar 18 & Lucretia
Kill 'Em All By Metallica (1983); Tracks: Metal Militia, Motorbreath & (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth
Master of Reality By Black Sabbath (1971); Tracks: Embryo, After Forever & Orchid
Powerslave By Iron Maiden (1984); Tracks: Back in the Village, The Duellists & Flash of the Blade
Reign in Blood By Slayer (1986); Tracks: Postmortem, Raining Blood & Reborn
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? By Megadeth (1986); Tracks: Peace Sells, Good Mourning / Black Friday & My Last Words
Cowboys From Hell By Pantera (1990); Tracks: Cemetery Gates, Shattered & Domination
Piece of Mind By Iron Maiden (1983); Tracks: Still Life, Where Eagles Dare & To Tame a Land
Holy Diver By Dio (1983); Tracks: Rainbow in the Dark, Shame on the Night & Don’t Talk to Strangers
Ace of Spades By Motörhead (1980); Tracks: (We Are) The Road Crew, Jailbait & Shoot You in the Back
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath By Black Sabbath (1973); Tracks: Looking for Today, Sabbra Cadabra & Who Are You?
Blizzard of Ozz By Ozzy Osbourne (1980); Tracks: You Lookin' at Me Lookin' at You, You Said It All & Goodbye to Romance
…and Justice for All By Metallica (1988); Tracks: Harvester of Sorrow, Dyers Eve & Blackened
Vulgar Display of Power By Pantera (1992); Tracks: Walk, Regular People (Conceit) & Live in a Hole
Screaming for Vengeance By Judas Priest (1982); Tracks: The Hellion, Electric Eye & Riding on the Wild
Heaven and Hell By Black Sabbath (1980); Tracks: Lonely Is the Word, Walk Away & Die Young
Painkiller By Judas Priest (1990); Tracks: Hell Patrol, Metal Meltdown & All Guns Blazing
British Steel By Judas Priest (1980); Tracks: Living After Midnight, Steeler & Grinder
Highway to Hell By AC/DC (1979); Tracks: If You Want Blood (You've Got It), Get It Hot & Touch Too Much
Iron Maiden By Iron Maiden (1980); Tracks: Prowler, Remember Tomorrow & Strange World