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|Most Influential Metal Albums|
Not a best-of, favorites type of list. I tried to
list the albums that were truly influential in
the making of Heavy Metal history. The albums had
to fulfill these criterias:
- They pushed the envelope, explored new grounds,
or mastered their respective style
compared to the scene in which they evolved at
- They substantially influenced followers,
spawning new subgenres, or helping (re)define
They are listed in chronological order, NOT in
importance, which is pretty much an
impossible task (or a highly subjective one to say
You can't really argue with the bands on this list
(although you will). You may disagree
with the choice of album (I voluntarily limited
the list to one album per artist), some
selections were particularly painful and could've
gone another way. What you can (and
should) argue about is the bands NOT on this list.
That's part of the point of this list, to
discuss the importance of this or that band /
I may even go as far as edit the list - not in a
strict sense, since you can't add entries
once its done, but I'll post a comment saying this
or that album should be added.
1970 - The official birth of Heavy Metal. This album, and "Paranoid", also
released in 1970, defined the
aesthetics of the genre. The lyrical content, the visual styles, and more
importantly, the sound, that scary,
1980 - The album that brought metal to the masses. One could pick "Sad Wings of
(1976) or "Screaming For Vengeance" (1982) as better Priest' albums, but this
spawned legions of minions for the Metal Gods.
Ace Of Spades
1980 - Adding punk attitude and energy to the mix, these legends were the
forefathers of thrash
and speed metal. In the late seventies to the early eighties, they released
great record after great
record. This one has their flagship song on it, and a bunch of other essentials.
Check out "Overkill"
(1979) and "Bomber" (1979) too.
1982 - These guys pushed the limits of satanic imagery and lyrics farther than
anyone else at that time, and
paved the way for Slayer, for Thrash in general, and eventually, for Black
Metal. "Welcome to Hell" (1981) is also
a big contender, but "Black Metal" gets the nod for giving its name - years
later, and many evolutive cycles later
- to the genre.
The Number of the Beast
1982 - A masterpiece of metal by one of its most influential band, Iron Maiden's
galloping riffs, powerful
vocals (with new singer Bruce Dickinson), melodic, harmonized solos, and killer
rhythm section have been
influential to just about every other metal band. This album brought them the
recognition they deserved,
and with their incredible album covers and music videos, they raised a new
generation of headbangers.
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Don't Break The Oath
1984 - Once again upping the ante on the satanic themes, adding theatrical
visuals and the high-pitched,
falsetto voice of King Diamond, this album is a more direct ancestor than
Venom's "Black Metal" to the
infamous genre that would soon emerge from the dark forests of Norway.
To Mega Therion
1985 - Celtic Frost is one of the bands that had the most influence on Black
Metal, and this album is their
masterpiece, although "Morbid Tales" (1984) and "Into the Pandemonium" (1987)
were also critically acclaimed.
1985 - Probably the most extreme metal album at that time, Possessed are often
regarded as the pioneers
of the death growl that has become the trademark singing of Death Metal. This
album in particular is
sometimes cited as the first Death Metal album, although it is more an evolution
of thrash towards death.
Master of Puppets
1986 - In 1986, there was no shame in loving Metallica. This is the album that
made the legend. Each
and every metal fan heard this album, for this is more often than not where you
start in metal. This is to
metal what "Sergent Peppers" is to pop music.
Reign In Blood
1986 - This album made the whole death metal subgenre possible. It brought crazy
speed, incredibly tight
double bass drumming, riffs that shred through your ears, and breakdowns that
made you run into stone walls.
It was a speed metal masterpiece, but it opened the doors to much more than
Keeper of the Seven Keys pt. 1
1987 - Itself a Maidenesque beast, this band mixed speed with traditional metal,
and put Power
Metal on the map.
1987 - The energy and sheer violence of hardcore and the heaviness of metal
welded together into a
1.316 second burst of noise. Grindcore was born. This classic, raw recording
defined this genre and
Napalm evolved into a 20-year and counting, still relevant metal monster
(although much more refined
1988 - Growing as musicians, writing more complex music than on their punk-
this album leans towards progressive metal. All weird metal bands (you know who
you are) owe
something to Voivod and their dissonant harmonies. Heavier than "Nothingface"
intricate than their previous records, this is Voivod at their best.
Blood Fire Death
1988 - Pioneers of both Black Metal and Viking Metal, Bathory (the one-man band,
released, with this album, a blend of both genres, a transitional album, that is
often cited as their
best, although "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" (1987) is also an important
influence to the 2nd
wave of Black Metal, as "Hammerheart" (1990) is to Viking Metal.
Altars of Madness
1989 - One of the very first true Death Metal albums, with the whole package -
the Dan Seagrave cover,
the guttural growls, the blast beats, the heavy, crazy riffs of axe-master Trey
Azagthoth, etc. Where
Death's "Scream Bloody Gore" (1987) was mostly thrash with a death growl, like
other notable Death
Metal bands' first release, this album oozes Death Metal. It helped define the
sound of the genre.
Left Hand Path
1990 - Fresh out of Nihilist, swedish band Entombed released what may be the
first official scandinavian
Death Metal album, and one that kickstarted a whole Swedish Death Metal scene
(along with Unleashed and
Dismember), before the birth of Gothenburg melodeath. That trademark "buzzsaw"
guitar sound is still going
strong today, and can be heard on Dismember's eponymous release (2008).
1991 - One of the greatest technical / progressive death metal albums of all
time, by one of the
genre's best guitarist. A landmark album that showed the world (well, the small
part that was aware,
anyway) that musicianship and extreme metal can go hand in hand.
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
1991 - Probably the first official Black Metal release of the second wave, the
Norwegian Black Metal of the early
nineties. A grim black and white cover, raw production, misanthropic themes, the
now tongue-in-cheek label of
"troo kult" was born. Both successors are also considered classics in the genre,
"Under a Funeral Moon" (1993)
and "Transilvanian Hunger" (1994).
1993 - Anything from "Symphonies of Sickness" (1989) to "Necroticism" (1991) to
this one are landmark albums of
their respective genres. While the first is more grindcore and the second is
more traditional death metal,
"Heartwork" makes the list for its notable influence in the melodic death metal
subgenre that would soon explode
from Gothenburg, Sweden. Blame this album, which still stands among the best.
1993 - Although Sepultura was already a big name in the thrash metal scene,
thanks to "Beneath The Remains"
(1989) and "Arise" (1991), with Chaos A.D. they departed from their traditional
thrash sound and moved towards a
groovy, experimental, almost tribal kind of metal, along with hardcore
influence. This album, along with "Roots"
(1996), influenced the whole groove- and nu- metal scenes.
|Impressive... looks like it took a long time to make this list.|
|Roots may have been more influential than Chaos A.D. for nu-metal|
|Good list, except you totally skipped modern metal, like alternative metal (Helmet, Deftones) and metalcore.|
|It did take a bit of time and research, yes... I agree about modern metal, I stopped in the mid 90s, I think the "influential" albums have to stand the test of time, although I could've stopped in the early 2000s. But it's a fact that I'm not too much into the "-core" subgenres (except grindcore) and alt-metal. Feel free to throw in some suggestions (the defining albums of these genres). I'm pretty sure there should be some landmark doom album in there too.|
|This list is epic. And awesome. Bravo dude. For landmark doom it would have to be something from Nuerosis. Others I would consider:|
Rap Metal - Rage Against the Machine (self-titled)
Nu Metal - Deftones (Adrenaline)
Alt Metal - Deftones (White Pony)
1st wave Metalcore - Botch (We Are the Romans)
2nd wave - Killswitch Engage (Alive or Just Breathing)
|Good call on Roots Somberlain, but I also think that Chaos was pretty|
massive at the time as well. I read a retrospective on Sep, apparently
they were one of the heaviest bands getting mainstream air and
videoplay, that can be classed as influential in terms of how that affected
other band's at the time
Plus Sep's and Exhorder practically invented Groove Metal
|I would say Korn's debut for nu-etal|
|Pretty solid list man.|
You might want to include the Gothenburg scene/it's generally pretty influential in a lot of the more melodic metal/'metalcore' then you should probably include At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul...
However it fits in, it's probably one of the more influential metal albums.
|Cliche as it is to say here on Sputnik, I would throw 'Focus' on here.|
|@ deviant I think chaos was bigger and much better but Roots was more influential for nu-metal along with Korn|
|True as well. I love how Korn's self titled is one of the pillars for all|
things nu metal when the whole album is completely awash in
|tiamat - wildhoney?|
|Excellent list. plenty of good albums here|
|More modern stuff:|
Isis - Oceanic
Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
Helmet - Meantime
Korn - Korn
Kyuss - Welcome to Sky Valley
Converge - Jane Doe
At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
|Yeah, I guess Cynic is important, but Death made Human 2 years before Focus, I'm not sure both albums should be on that list, even though Focus goes farther into prog. And then what about Atheist? Tough list, really, but I believe Death has made more of an impact than both these bands.|
|As for At The Gates, I think you're right, it should be in there. I wasn't about Slaughter or In Flames' Jester Race, I think Slaughter is a better album, and it did come out before Jester...|
|scream bloody gore|
|and soul of a new machine|
|A respectable list actually, I was expecting a lot worse. Good work.|
|Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metalicus|
Started Doom Metal and fits into this time period :P
|I guess nice, I don't know all of them but I like what I know though and agree.|
but no doom? something like Pentagram or Candlemass should probably be on here.
|Candlemass. Yes, don't know why I missed that one, it surely fits that list, thanks Scream.|
|botch - we are the romans|
|good list, but Scream Bloody Gore and Dark Recollections should definitley be on here, and Under The Sign Of The Black Mark and Hammerheart were more influential than Blood Fire Death|
|This is a very good list.|
|I do mention Scream Bloody Gore, Under the Sign Of the Black Mark and Hammerheart in my descriptions, but I limited the list to one album per band. I think Human was much more important than SBG (for reasons detailed in the list), and for Blood Fire Death, honestly it could've gone either way. As for Carnage, I believe Entombed' Left Hand Path made more of an impact. But obviously, all these guys knew each other (from Nihilist and Carnage) and probably influenced each other quite a bit.|
|Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metalicus