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Most Influential Heavy Metal Records

In my opinion these records were extreme influential.
1Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin


Their first 6 records were extreme influential. I pick the first for obvious reasons
2Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath


All their records up to Sabotage are Heavy Metal crucial landmarks. I choose also their first because the title track is in my opinion probably the first real Heavy Metal song.
3Deep Purple
Machine Head


The previous is also important however Machine Head is, in my opinion, their best record. Includes 2 amazing and influential songs: Highway Star and Smoke on the Water, with probably the most popular riff in rock.
4 Alice Cooper
School's Out


Alice introduced horror imagery to rock and he?s probably the grandfather of glam (with Kiss and Hanoi Rocks). His early albums influenced hundred of US bands like KISS or W.A.S.P. I choose School?s Out because it?s probably his popular album (with Billion Dollar Babies)
5Kiss
Destroyer


Alice introduce the imagery but Kiss took the concept even higher. Their make-ups, dress code and live performances are legendary and changed the rock scene all over the world. I pick Destroyer because it?s probably their influential record.
6Judas Priest
Stained Class


Black Sabbath created the tune and concept but Priest, in my opinion, shaped the sound. All their records of the first era (except Rocka Rolla) are extreme influential. I pick Stained Class because it?s my favourite record of that era
7Motorhead
Ace of Spades


To be honest I?m not a fan of this band however their speed punk rock fusion influenced bands like Venom, Metallica, Megadeth or Bathory. Ace of Spades is probably their best record
8Van Halen
Van Halen


Eddie and his tapping technique amazed the world. Eruption was an inspiration to hundred of young guitar players. Their sound influenced almost all the Glam&Heavy Metal US bands of the early 80?s. Their first and 1984 are their best albums
9Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden


NWOBHM at its finest. In my opinion this band and this record were a landmark that shaped the 80?s. Even if some don?t admit this album influenced bands like Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Helloween, Savatage,....and the list goes on and on....
10Motley Crue
Too Fast for Love


Never was into Glam but this band and specially their first two records were influential to the LA scene of the mid 80?s.
11Venom
Welcome to Hell


Like Motorhead or Motley Crue I never was a fan of this band, however their first two records were essential to all extreme metal. Their second album named a subgenre but I pick their first for obvious reasons.
12Mercyful Fate
Mercyful Fate


Their first LP is usually considered more influential, but in my opinion their previous EP was an even major influence to the underground scene. Just ask Metallica or Exodus. ?Doomed by the Living Dead? in my opinion had a strong influence on Slayer?s Show No Mercy
13 Metallica
Kill 'Em All


Need to say anything? The first Thrash Metal record ever made (months before Slayer?s debut). Their first 4 record are absolute classics. I pick the first one for obvious reasons
14Slayer
Show No Mercy


Metallica come first but songs like Evil Has No Boundaries, Antichrist, Show No Mercy or Black Magic are Thrash templates. Their first 3 records influenced all the underground scene but their debut definitely deserves to be here.
15Suicidal Tendencies
Suicidal Tendencies


Not 100% Metal I know, but songs like Institutionalized influenced the Hardcore/Crossover Thrash scene.
16Yngwie Malmsteen
Rising Force


His amazing Neo Classical technique influenced thousands of young guitar players like Tony Macalpine, John Norum or Chris Impellitteri. His debut is definitely a masterpiece.
17Bathory
Bathory


Venom created the concept and the imagery but Quorthon invented the Black Metal rough sound. Their third album is probably the most influential but I choose the first one to include here.
18Celtic Frost
To Mega Therion


Death-Metal? Thrash-Metal? Black-Metal? Avant-Garde? Who knows...I never quite liked Celtic Frost but these guys were a huge influence to all extreme underground scene. Just ask Sepultura, Obituary or Napalm Death
19Possessed
Seven Churches


This Bay Area very young band made, in my opinion, the first Death Metal record, so I believe they deserve to be here
20 Megadeth
Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?


Mustaine is already on the list with Kill?Em All but I believe this record also deserve to be mentioned. Mustaine?s unique songs, lyrics and guitar riffs were a huge influence to thousands of bands
21Candlemass
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus


I know Saint Vitus or Trouble were around before but in my opinion Epicus Doomicus Metallicus somehow reinvented the genre (at least in Europe)
22Anthrax
Among the Living


The previous is also an influential Thrash Classic but Among The Living was an inspiration to thousands of bands around the world
23Death
Scream Bloody Gore


Possessed made it first however it was Chuck Schuldiner that shaped the genre (with Morbid Angel)
24Helloween
Keeper of the Seven Keys Pt. 1


This record is probably the first Power Metal album. The Keepers were a strong influence to many bands of the 90?s like Stratovarius or Hammerfall
25Napalm Death
Scum


I?m probably not being fair with Repulsion. But when you thought Extreme or Grind Core in the 80?s you thought Napalm Death, and Scum is probably their classic record
26Sepultura
Beneath the Remains


Arise and Chaos A.D. are probably more influential but Beneath the Remains was their turning point into something new. The only band that everybody thought could face Slayer in the eyes (Somewhere around 90/95). Huge influence to Nu Metal (Machine Head or Korn)
27Morbid Angel
Altars of Madness


Essential and definitely influential album. This record was a template for thousands of Death Metal bands around the world
28Pantera
Cowboys from Hell


Cowboys from Hell practically invented Groove Metal. Influential to all Nu Metal scene of the 90?s
29Paradise Lost
Icon


Influential record for all Gothic bands (specially in Europe)
30Darkthrone
A Blaze in the Northern Sky


Never was a fan of the Scandinavian ?Inner circle? Black Metal bands. But this record was extreme influential to the 2 wave.
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