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The Best Metal Albums Of The Decade: 2000-2009

The 00's were a great decade for metal. The following albums are why.
20 Petra
Jekyll & Hyde

Petra haven't rocked this hard since the eighties. "Jekyll and Hyde" is full of fist- pumping guitar riffs and soaring hooks.
Wavering Radiant

While records like "Oceanic" and "Panopticon" are no doubt hugely important to the post-rock scene, "Wavering Radiant," the band's final record was their shining moment.
18Demon Hunter
The Triptych

Although metalcore is becoming increasingly more bland, this excellent record fortunately managed to come out before the mass of mediocre bands. The album showcases Demon Hunter's skill at bone-crunching riffs ("Not I"), sick breakdowns ("Relentless Intolerance"), and touching ballads (the reflective album closer "The Tide Began to Rise").
17Harvey Milk
Life... The Best Game in Town

Unapologetically intense, Harvey Milk's 2008 album is the band at their sludgiest best. "Death Goes to the Winner" is a masterpiece of sludge metal.

Abrasively heavy (in a good way), "Pink" is the most distortion-heavy record of the decade, a sledgehammer of in-your-face rock. "Just Abandoned My-Self," the megalithic 18-minute album closer, has to be heard to be believed.
15Dream Theater
Train of Thought

While the album does amble at parts, the band's brilliant musicianship is front and center on this intensely heavy record. "Honor thy Father" is the band's most heavy moment, as well as one of their best.
14Dark Tranquillity

A band that never forgets to use melody just as much as they use downtuned riffs, Dark Tranquillity's 2007 album was their best work of the decade. The excellent "Mundane and the Magic" is a testament to the band's use of melody.
13Sunn O))) and Boris

A collaboration that would make most extreme metal fans salivate, Sunn and Boris crafted a record that both harks back to the band's prior works as well as breaks new ground; the album's centerpiece, the morosely beautiful "The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)" waxes shoegaze, and it does it brilliantly.
12Devin Townsend
Ziltoid the Omniscient

Metal's most eccentric frontman since Mike Patton crafts a hilariously ingenius concept record about an alien searching for the meaning of life, as well as the universe's ultimate cup of coffee. Non-stop heaviness and hilarity.
10,000 Days

Tool took plenty of time making music this decade; 2001's "Lateralus" and this LP are the band's sole works in this decade. Both, however, are brilliant, this record only slightly nudging "Lateralus" out for this spot. This album features some of the band's most accessible moments ("The Pot," Justin Chancellor's best bassline yet) as well as their most challenging (the eleven minute alien abduction tale "Rosetta Stoned").
10Project 86
Rival Factions

Project 86's best record of the decade is also their least heavy (which isn't to say it isn't heavy-this album knows how to rock). The 80's influence on tracks like "Molotov" are excellently done; however, the band shines in tracks like "Normandy," a powerfully foreboding album closer.

An oft-overlooked prog supergroup (although, to most people's credit, there are a billion prog supergroups), "Blood" is the band's finest outing, a culmination of the band's heavy progressive metal tendencies as well as the electronic influences that run through all of their albums. "Stockholm," a collaboration with Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, is a sumptuously dark track and perhaps the album's finest moment.
8Pain of Salvation

A highly divisive record, but also highly ambitious. PoS crafted a truly progressive work with this album, touching on their signature syncopated metal ("Nihil Morari") as well as some previously unexplored territory in songs like "Nauticus" (delta blues) and the gorgeous, show-stopping "Iter Impius" (a Broadway-worthy ballad).
7Russian Circles

This was a decade of great post-metal, but this one stands out as my favourite; the Circles fired on all cylinders with this record. It had the band's best heavy moments ("Harper Lewis") as well as their most calm, introspective ones ("Xavii").
6Between the Buried and Me

Technically and musically uncompromising, "Colors" is Between the Buried and Me's shining moment. The random country jam at the end of the thirteen- minute "Ants of the Sky" is a testament to the band's greatness.
The Great Cold Distance

Katatonia perfected their signature sound on this LP, a brilliant mix of alternative metal and doom metal awash with gorgeous melancholy.
4Sunn O)))
Monoliths and Dimensions

Sunn O)))'s piece de resistance is also the most artistically perfect metal record of the decade. "Big Church" might just be the best song the band has ever penned.
3The Dillinger Escape Plan
Ire Works

The most creative and most catchy metal record of the decade, "Ire Works" is a potpourri of math rock, pop, electronic, jazz, ska, and others, crafting a brilliant, challenging piece of metal.
2Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet

One of the best concept albums I've ever heard, "Fear of a Blank Planet" is the band's strongest outing, a blend of heavy prog metal (the band even goes Meshuggah-like insane in the seventeen minute "Anesthetize"), electronic, ambient, and, of course, Robert Fripp.
Blackwater Park

A magnum opus for the band, progressive metal, Swedish metal, and metal overall, "Blackwater Park" is the metal record of the decade. A breathtaking mix of folk, prog, Swedish metal, and progressive metal, Opeth defined themselves with this record.
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