Best heavy-metal albums of all times

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(Thanks to Massimiliano Osini for the numerous suggestions)


(only one album per band, unreliable after the mid 1990s)
  1. Type O Negative: Slow Deep And Hard (Roadrunner, 1991)
  2. Metallica: Master Of Puppets (Elektra, 1986)
  3. Kyuss: Blues For The Red Sun (Dali, 1992)
  4. Guns and Roses: Appetite for Destruction (Geffen 1987)
  5. Jane's Addiction: Nothing's Shocking (WB, 1988)
  6. Napalm Death: From Enslavement to Obliteration (Earache 1988)
  7. Fear Factory: Demanufacture (Roadrunner 1995)
  8. Dream Theater: Images And Words (Atco, 1992)
  9. Sepultura: Roots (Roadrunner, 1996)
  10. Electric Wizard: Come My Fanatics (Rise Above, 1997)
  11. Rage Against the Machine: self-titled (Epic 1992)
  12. Cathedral: Forest of Equilibrium (Earache 1991)
  13. Voivod: Nothingface (Combat, 1989)
  14. My Dying Bride: The Angel & The Dark River (Peaceville, 1995)
  15. Blue Oyster Cult: Secret Treaties (1974)
  16. Megadeth: Peace Sells (Capitol, 1986)
  17. AC/DC: Back In Black (1980)
  18. Korn: self-titled (Epic 1994)
  19. Burzum: Filosofem (1996)
  20. Enslaved: Eld (Osmose, 1997)
  21. Tool: Aenima (Zoo Entertainment 1996)
  22. Pantera: Cowboys From Hell (Atlantic, 1990)
  23. Marlyn Manson: Antichrist Superstar (Nothing 1996)
  24. Queens Of The Stone Age: Songs For The Deaf (Interscope, 2002)
  25. Aerosmith: Toys In The Attic (Columbia, 1975)
  26. Death: Leprosy (Combat, 1988)
  27. Paradise Lost: Gothic (Peaceville 1991)
  28. Helloween: Helloween (Noise 1985)
  29. Anthrax: Among the Living (Island 1987)
  30. White Zombies: La Sexorcisto (Geffen, 1992)
  31. Prong: Beg To Differ (Epic, 1990)
  32. Deicide: Deicide (Roadrunner, 1990)
  33. Deftones: Adrenaline (Maverick 1995)
  34. Judas Priest: Sad Wings Of Destiny (Gull, 1976)
  35. Nuclear Assault: Game Over (Combat 1986)
  36. Cro-Mags: Best Wishes (Profile, 1989)
  37. Slayer: Reign in Blood (Def Jam 1986)
  38. Warrior Soul: Last Decade Dead Century (DGC, 1990)
  39. Danzig: Danzig (Def American, 1988)
  40. Obituary: Slowly We Rot (Roadrunner, 1989)
  41. Van Halen: Van Halen (WB, 1978)
  42. Iron Maiden: Iron Maiden (EMI 1980)
  43. System Of A Down: System of a Down (1998)
  44. Satyricon: Dark Medieval Times (1993)
  45. Opeth Morningrise (1996)
  46. Queensryche: Operation: Mindcrime (EMI 1988)
  47. Slipknot: Slipknot (Roadrunner, 1999)
  48. Discordance Axis: The Inalienable Dreamless (Hydra Head, 2000)
  49. Entombed: Wolverine Blues (Earache, 1993)
  50. Manowar: Battle Hymns (Liberty, 1982)
  51. Motorhead: No Sleep 'til Hammersmith (Bronze 1981)
  52. Def Leppard: Pyromania (Polygram, 1983)
  53. Emperor: In The Nightside Eclipse (Century Black, 1994)
  54. Brujeria: Matando Gueros (Roadrunner 1993)
  55. Brutal Truth: Need to Control (Earache 1994)
  56. Venom: Black Metal (1982)
  57. Cradle Of Filth: Dusk and Her Embrace (Music For Nations, 1997)
  58. Acid Bath: When The Kite String Pops (Rotten, 1994)
  59. Anathema: Serenades (Peaceville, 1993)
  60. We: Dinosaur Futurobic (Black Balloon, 2002)
  61. Eyehategod: In the Name of Suffering (Convulsion, 1990)
  62. Cobalt: Eater of Birds (2007)
  63. Queen: Sheer Heart Attack (Elektra, 1974)
  64. Journey: Look Into The Future (Columbia, 1976)
  65. Joan Jett: I Love Rock And Roll (Boardwalk, 1981)
  66. Heart: Heart (Epic, 1985)
  67. Kiss: Kiss (Casablanca, 1974)
  68. Flotsam & Jetsam: Doomsday For The Receiver (Metal Blade, 1986)
  69. Exciter: Heavy Metal Maniac (1983)
  70. Immortal: Battles In The North (Osmose, 1994)
  71. Rush: Permanent waves (1980)
  72. Bathory: Hammerheart (1990)
  73. Suffocation: Effigy of the Forgotten (1991)
  74. Saint Vitus: Hallow's Victim (1985)
  75. Exodus: Bonded By Blood (1985)
  76. Sadus: Illusions (Sadus, 1988)
  77. Morbid Angel: Altars of Madness (Earache 1989)
  78. Testament: The Legacy (1987)
  79. Vicious Rumour: Soldiers Of The Night (1985)
  80. Sanctuary: Refuge Denied (Epic, 1987)
  81. Montrose: Montrose (Warner, 1973)
  82. Darkthrone: A Blaze In The Northern Sky (Peaceville, 1991)
  83. Funeral Mist: Salvation (2003)
  84. Demilich: Nespithe (Necropolis, 1993)
  85. Pestilence: Consuming Impulse (Roadrunner, 1989)
  86. Moonsorrow: Veris„keet (Spinefarm, 2005)
  87. Windir: Arntor (Head Not Found, 1998)
  88. Motley Crue: Shout At The Devil (Elektra, 1983)
  89. Diamond Head: Lightning to the Nations (D.H. Music 1980)
  90. Saxon: Wheels of Steel (Carrere 1980)
  91. Mercyful Fate: A Corpse without Soul (Rave On 1982)
  92. Accept: Restless and Wild (Brain 1982)
  93. Ronnie James Dio: Holy Diver (Vertigo 1983)
  94. Twisted Sister: Stay Hungry (Atlantic 1984)
  95. Fates Warning: No Exit (1988)
  96. Celtic Frost: Into the Pandemonium (Noise 1987)
  97. Faster Pussycat: Wake Me When It's Over (Elektra, 1989)
  98. Joe Satriani: Surfing with the Alien (Relativity 1987)
  99. Faith No More: Real Thing (Slash 1989)
  100. Terrorizer: World Downfall (Earache 1989)
  101. LA Guns: LA Guns (Polydor, 1988)
  102. Carcass: Symphonies of Sickness (Earache 1989)
  103. Nailbomb: Point Blank (Roadrunner)
  104. Mayhem: De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (DSP 1994)
  105. At the Gates: Slaughter of Soul (Earache 1996)
  106. Samhain: Initium (Plan 9, 1984)
  107. Yngwie J. Malmsteen: Rising Force (Polydor 1984)
  108. Sacred Reich:
  109. Extreme:
  110. Virgin Steele:
  111. Warrant:
  112. Autopsy: Severed Survival (Peaceville, 1989)
  113. Impetigo: Horror of the Zombies (Wild Rags, 1992)
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