Ten Metal Albums to Hear Before You Die

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5. Pantera
Vulgar Display of Power (1992)

Before Pantera recorded their second major label record, Vulgar Display of Power, the band heard Metallica's "Black Album" and were disappointed by its lack of speed and ferocity. At the same time, they viewed the commercial effort as an opportunity to claw their way into the top tier of thrash. In the years that followed, internal and external forces set the band members against one another, but Vulgar Display is the sound of a unified groove-inflected thrash band with energy and anger to burn. The late Dimebag Darrell plays an unforgettable assortment of passages --the primal, simple main riff of "Walk," the bluesy, ZZ-Top influenced power-groove of "Regular People," the ominous and melancholy acoustic arpeggios of "This Love" --each of which creates a crushing foundation. The rhythm section of bassist Rex Brown and drummer Vinnie Paul anchor Dime's playing with precision and power, but it's vocalist Philip Anselmo that makes the album impact with such vital force, whether he's screaming in a hardcore-influenced voice in the aptly-titled "Fucking Hostile" or crooning about childhood trauma and present-day beefs in "Hollow." -- JW


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RonnieHeaven
RonnieHeaven

No Megadeth or Anthrax? This must be a sick, twisted joke. We've all said it, and allow me to reiterate: Guns N Roses, while an incredible band, is not Metal. It's called Rock n Roll. Ditto for Motorhead. And I love the Crue with a passion, but putting them in over motherfuckin MEGADETH is inexcusable. Yes...I get really worked up over "Best of" Metal lists. But thanks for Pantera. Still, epic fail.

azazel.acheron
azazel.acheron

No "Altars of Madness", "Amongst the Catacombs of Nephrem Ka", "Legion", "A Blaze in the Northern Sky", The Berzerker", "Harmony Corruption", Realm of Chaos", etc?  Instead, MOTLEY SPEW, and GUNS 'N' Hoses?  Those two are NOT metal!

Burzum
Burzum

No Philosofem by Burzum...that's just sad!

Steve Kalan
Steve Kalan

Metal rules screw the hip hop nation gang bangers

mh.warren
mh.warren

Putting Motley Crue on this list automatically makes it a joke.

Marcia Wood
Marcia Wood

I don't and I have been a metalhead almost from birth.lol You have Master of Puppets by Metallica-most true metalheads would be scratching their heads and saying where is Megadeth?

Marcia Wood
Marcia Wood

What is this ? Skool for the mettally challenged? lol You should replace Mayhem with Megadeth -Peace Sell but Who's Buying? before old school metalheads start wanting to thrash you.lol

Agbrigg
Agbrigg

This whole list is so middle of the road and predictable that some bozo who has never listened to metal in his life could have put it together exactly as is. "Some bozo who has never listened to metal in his life" probably wouldn't have sounded as good as "experts", though. Acquire a Flames Of Hell LP (even a bootleg) first, then you can start talking.

rsds129
rsds129

I would replace Crue and GNR with Megadeth's Rust in Peace and Sepultura's Arise. 

Dead_seeds
Dead_seeds

Vulgar display of power is the only album that belongs on here, the rest are by no means a must hear.


gibbut
gibbut

i would put far beyond driven in the list instead of vulgar display, ill also throw a totally under rated albumn in there..... metal church, hanging in the balance. Its an amazing cd. Also there should be the first WASP albumn or at least the headless children on the list.

pikachu666chaos
pikachu666chaos

De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas was released in 94 not 84!!

boofwash
boofwash

Could this list be any MORE predictable and mainstream?

dvion22
dvion22

Guns N Roses and Motley Crue were both GLAM ROCK, neither were METAL.....FYI. It's kinda like lumping Zeppelin with Cannibal Corpse, sure they are both forms of ROCK, but they are not the same genre.

liveitup
liveitup

Where is At the Gates - Salughter of the Soul????

devilkatt
devilkatt

you GO, adrianagarzon! as a coauthor of the list (and book), yes, there is subjectivity, and yes, decisions to be made.  I love Sepultura, but not room on a 10 best, methinks. Don't feel that Purple and Zeppelin are "metal," (tho hugely influential ON metal). Back in Black... yes, maybe an omission. Though again, they don't really consider themselves "metal.." In any finite list, worthy albums DO get left out...  Keep the metal and the discussion going!!!

edionat
edionat

I heard them all. Where is  Impaled Nazarene ...

adrianaagarzon
adrianaagarzon

We should have a list of 1,000 best hard rock & heavy metal albums to satisfy everyone (and maybe not even then....). All artistic creations are very difficult to measure: who's best?, which's the best album?, who plays better..... (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?, who's the best singer/growler?. It's impossible! As with "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", music is in the ear of the listener! I don't agree with some of these albums in the top ten (Meyhem; Black Sabbath; Vulgar; Shout at the Devil), but that's simply because I have other favourites (ranging from Sepultura's "Arise" to Tesla's "Psychotic Supper" and through Quëensrÿche's "Operation: Mindcrime" or Iron Maiden's "Powerslave", among others...). What I can't accept is some bozo telling us "chicks" that we can't rate Metal Albums because we're, well, chicks! That's stupid, I'm 42 years old and have been listening and even playing, metal and hard rock since I was 6! That's 36 years, Juan.... I played in 3 heavy metal bands (1 of them thrash metal, the other 2 classic metal), and I played guitar, not keyboards or vocals, so there you go... As a metal fan, I embrace everything from "hair-metal" to "death-metal", from "classic-metal" to "grindcore-metal": if it has a riffing-guitar on it, I like it!. And so should all of you, because metal, as a whole, is the most diverse, intense and exciting music of all genres. I'm a "chick", yeah, but I know my metal! 

Evil-Larry
Evil-Larry

Okay who the fuck is mayhem?  British Steele should have been replaced with Screaming For Vengeance.  Number of The Beast, while it's an awesome, should have been their first album.  I love the raw attitude of that album.  Pantera would be off the list Diary or Blizzard by Ozzy should be on there.  The first W.A.S.P. album would replace GNR due to the pure aggression of it.  Plus Blackie's voice is unmatched.  that whole album is just fucking awesome.  I also saw someone mention Piece Of Mind.  I can tell you why it will never be considered as a great album.  While it had great tunes like "The Trooper" and "Revelations", the sound quality sucks goat ass.  They should with that album what Ozzy did with Blizzard, re record a bunch of that, if not all of it. 

mhugyecz
mhugyecz

YES BLACK SABBATH , BUT WHERE THE FUCK IS DEEP PURPLE AND LED ZEPPELIN ??? !!!

eprossor2
eprossor2

Yes, someone has mentioned Back in Black. I agree, this is one of the best albums of all time, every single song is a classic. I agree if GNR is in there, Back in black was a better album. Would have liked to see a bit of Ministry in there too. But, this is why i would never post anything like this, there is just way to many opinions to get it right, and there is no "right" with this discussion. As i always say, opinions are like assholes, everyones got one! 

devilkatt
devilkatt

Yay, I've been called "chickie,"! I've probably seen more Slayer shows than you have brain cells, Juan! (Dozen or so?) Gracias, Electric Funeral!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Mayhem, G-N-R, & the Crue have no business on this list .

How many chicks did you know growing up who listened to MotorHead or Slayer ???

It would be like a guy giving a 'Top 10' tampon list .....!

Stick to 'hair metal' where you belong, Chickie ........

azazel.acheron
azazel.acheron

Megadeth?  Dave should've succeeded shooting dope.  Megadeth was a one trick pony...

munt
munt

@Dead_seeds I don't really agree with much of the tastes of the authors' top ten, but Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets and Black Sabbath don't belong?! Wha?!

munt
munt

@Dead_seeds Hmmm.. Reign in Blood, Master of Puppets and Black Sabbath don't belong?! Wha?


gibbut
gibbut

@dvion22 glam rock = hair metal. ill isten to anything from crue through to thrash gods like kreator and exodus

fbljr1
fbljr1

@devilkatt 

Glad to see you admit that BACK IN BLACK was an omission!

It's o.k., everyone makes a mistake sometime in their life.....;-)

azazel.acheron
azazel.acheron

@Evil-Larry Google them.  They put Norway on the map musically.  I guess you only listen to corporate, mainstream tripe, who sell platinum records.  Fuck off, cunt!


fbljr1
fbljr1

@eprossor2

Thank you for agreeing that BACK IN BLACK should be on this list!

And of course there is no "right" list, it's ALL just an OPINION!

Except for BACK IN BLACK which HAS to be on this list! ;-) 

azazel.acheron
azazel.acheron

@Juan_Leg I guess you hate women, as "chicks" can only like cheesy, shit music.  Listen to The Great Kat, before crawling out of the Pleistocene.  I had an ex-girlfriend who listened to Anal Cunt.  Do the world a favor and kill yourself.  In case you lack the testicular fortitude for that, castrate yourself with a rusty razor blade, asshole...

adrianaagarzon
adrianaagarzon

@Juan_Leg By the way, I was already 13 when the first thrash albums became available here in Argentina, and I bought every-one of them. In case you wonder: my very first album, aged 6, was Black Sabbath's "Paranoid", a gift from my uncle..... 

adrianaagarzon
adrianaagarzon

@Juan_Leg I went to see Slayer three times, and that's because I live in Argentina and Slayer came here...er, three times! I went to see Sepultura, Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death, Exodus, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and, well, every heavy metal and hard rock band that came to my country. And that's not to mention all the domestic bands..... Darn it, I PLAYED more than 400 gigs with my three bands! A chick, yes, but not a softie...........

sandradbeachbum
sandradbeachbum

@Juan_Leg  Um, I have been listening to Motorhead and Slayer since I was about 12. I hate hair metal and I found this list lacking a lot. No Sepultura Beneath the Remains? No Exodus, Bonded by Blood? Come on, they were some of the defining metal albums. Just because u have a penis doesn't mean you know shit about metal.

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

@Juan_Leg Are you serious w/ that nonsense? Get a life.

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