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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Black-end-Metal
Black-end-Metal

MAYHEM  are you serious. No way that should be on this list

Randy Kidd
Randy Kidd

Tool - aenima. Though not "metal" per say should be on this "before you die" hard and heavy music list.

Drew Martin
Drew Martin

Ill second Tyranny And Mutation by BOC. Speed Metal was born with Red and Black.

Jim Puzio
Jim Puzio

Tyranny and Mutation...Americas first heavy assault....Blue Oyster Cult

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

Cool piece on Appetite. Except you mention there being Six singles, when there was only 5, which you'd named. And then of course, in typical media fashion, you also chose to insult the current line up - which, judging by your comments, you've never bothered to get off your ass and see the current lineups three hour plus rock n' roll bash that goes on each n' every night.

Guy Atkinson
Guy Atkinson

You'll be needing this now, Chris Smith.

A Distant Object
A Distant Object

Listening to ten metal albums would surely kill me. No thanks.

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 ...

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.....;-)

myles.marrero
myles.marrero

@dannye812 @RonnieHeaven That got me real pissed off as well! Megadeth, Anthrax, Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera are, like, the Unholy Pentagram of metal, right? Why the fuck are two of them not on the list? I grew up listening to fucking Madhouse, not Paradise City! (Plus, Axl Rose is one of the biggest assholes in the business)

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