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The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked 

Jovaughn Brown
Updated January 7, 2020 2.3k votes 198 voters 2.1k views 110 items

List Rules Vote up the 2010s metal albums we'll still be headbanging to for years to come .

Here are the best heavy metal albums of the decade, ranked by fans everywhere. Featuring popular music from some of the biggest metal bands today, this list of the top 2010s metal albums includes black metal, thrash metal, metalcore, and other subgenres. From Ghost's 2010 album Opus Enonymous to High on Fire's 2019 Grammy-winning album Electric Messiah, the 2010s decade is filled with so many good metal albums.  

Vote up the best metal albums of the 2010s, and add your favorites if they deserve to be on this list. 

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1
Magma [2016] is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Magma [2016]

"The Shooting Star"

"Silvera"

"Stranded"

2
L'Enfant Sauvage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked

Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Technical death metal, Groove metal, Thrash metal

"L'Enfant Sauvage"

"The Axe"

"Explosia"

3
The Satanist [2014] is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
The Satanist [2014]

"Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel"

"Ora Pro Nobis Lucifer"

"O Father O Satan O Sun!"

4
Firepower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Speed metal

"Firepower"

"Lightning Strike"

"Evil Never Dies"

5
Book of Souls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Tyrant Eyes (1998); Tracks: Timebomb, The Gate & Shadows From Heaven

Producer: Parlaphone

"If Eternity Should Fail"

"Speed of Light"

"The Great Unknown"

6
Fear Inoculum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked

Label: Tool Dissectional, Volcano, RCA

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, progressive metal, alternative metal

"Fear Inoculum"

"Pneuma"

"7empest"

7
Once More 'Round the Sun... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Mastodon (2014); Tracks: Halloween, Once More ’Round the Sun & Asleep in the Deep

Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Sludge metal

"Tread Lightly"

"The Motherload"

"High Road"

8
.5: The Gray Chapter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Slipknot (2014); Tracks: Override, The Negative One & The Devil in I

Genres (Music): Nu metal

"The Devil In I"

"Custer"

"Lech"

9
Dystopia [2016] is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Dystopia [2016]

"The Threat Is Real"

"Dystopia"

"Fetal Illusion"

10
13 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Black Sabbath (2013); Tracks: Damaged Soul, Loner & End of the Beginning

Genres (Music): Heavy metal

"End of the Beginning"

"God Is Dead?"

"Loner"

11
Hardwired... to Self-Des... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct [2016]

"Hardwired"

"Atlas, Rise!"

"Moth Into Flame"

12
Diamond Eyes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Deftones (2010); Tracks: Rocket Skates, Risk & Caress

Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Alternative metal, Nu metal, Post-metal, Experimental rock

"Diamond Eyes"

"Royal"

"You've Seen the Butcher"

13
Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Avenged Sevenfold (2010); Tracks: Danger Line, Natural Born Killer & Nightmare

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Alternative metal

"Nightmare"

"Save Me"

"Welcome to the Family"

14
Koi No Yokan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Deftones (2012); Tracks: Gauze, Leathers & Swerve City

Genres (Music): Alternative metal, Post-metal, Experimental rock, Shoegazing

"Swerve City"

"Romantic Dreams"

"Entombed"

15
Where Owls Know My Name ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Where Owls Know My Name [2018]

"The Silent Life"

"A Home"

"Where Owls Know My Name"

16
Opus Eponymous is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Ghost (2010); Tracks: Death Knell, Ritual & Stand by Him

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Heavy metal, Doom metal

"Ritual"

"Satan Prayer"

"Death Knell"

17
Nightmare Logic [2017] ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Nightmare Logic [2017]

"Nightmare Logic"

"Soul Sacrifice"

"Executioner's Tax"

18
Meliora [2015] is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Meliora [2015]

"Square Hammer"

"Cirice"

"He Is"

19
Heritage is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Opeth (2011); Tracks: Pyre / Face in the Snow, The Devil's Orchard & Famine

Genres (Music): Progressive rock, Progressive metal, Jazz fusion, Neo-progressive rock

"Heritage"

"The Devil's Orchard"

"I Feel the Dark"

20
Distance Over Time [2019... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
Distance Over Time [2019]

"Untethered Angel"

"Paralyzed"

"Room 137"

21
The Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Mastodon (2011); Tracks: Spectrelight, Blasteroid & Octopus Has No Friends

Genres (Music): Progressive metal, Sludge metal, Alternative metal, Stoner rock, Groove metal

"Curl of the Burl"

"Blasteroid"

"Stargasm"

22
The Valley [2019] is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
The Valley [2019]

"When a Demon Defiles a Witch"

"Forgiveness is Weakness"

"Brimstone"

23
Pale Communion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Opeth (2014); Tracks: Goblin, Moon Above & Sun Below

"Eternal Rains Will Come"

"Cusp Of Eternity"

"Moon Above, Sun Below"

24
Worship Music is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
By Anthrax (2011); Tracks: Fight 'em Til You Can't, Earth on Hell & Revolution Screams

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Alternative metal, Groove metal, Thrash metal

"Worship"

"Earth of Hell"

"The Devil You Know"

25
House of Gold & Bone... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Metal Albums Of The 2010s, Ranked
House of Gold & Bones – Part 1 [2012] By Stone Sour (2012); Tracks: Gone Sovereign, Tired & The Travelers

Genres (Music): Heavy metal, Hard rock, Alternative metal, Post-grunge

"Gone Sovereign"

"Absolute Zero"

"Tired"