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Albums That Shaped Metal: 1970-2002

This list is meant to replace my old "People Who Helped to Shape Metal". I made a list of CDs instead because it's easier. I believe it still has plenty of gaps but it must be much better now.
1Black Sabbath


Introduced more progressive elements. 40 years later...

Influent album in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Mot?rhead went on to become a force to be reckoned with in metal.
4Judas Priest
British Steel

See above.
Welcome to Hell

Started black metal and influenced some 234599533893573 bands.
6Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast

One of the responsible causes for the increasing popularity of metal in the 1980s. Called in many people for this genre.
Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing

Started D-beat and shaped both thrash metal and grindcore.
8 Metallica
Kill 'Em All

Did it start thrash metal? Maybe not, but it did make it popular in the underground.
9Celtic Frost
Morbid Tales

Paved the way for death metal (and to some extent modern black metal) and made Tom G. Warrior a legend.
Killing Is My Business...

Other important landmark in 1980s thrash metal.
Reign in Blood

The most influential metal album of all time, maybe alongside with Vulgar Display of Power. Started death metal and set new standards in terms of brutality. It is also one of the most controversial albums of all time, especially due to supposedly neo-Nazi lyrics in the song "Angel of Death".
Age of Quarrel

One of the most influential crossover albums of all time.
Pleasure to Kill

THE landmark of German thrash, highly influential among the death metal scene.

Started modern black metal, opened the career of one of the most controversial metal bands of all time.
Scream Bloody Gore

Well, pretty obvious choice, in fact...
The Land of Rape and Honey

Helped the spread of industrial metal that would be verified by the 1990s.
17Napalm Death
From Enslavement to Obliteration

Not the first grindcore record, but it's the one that define the genre.
Those Who Fear Tomorrow

Influenced metallic hardcore, this contributing to blur the barrier between metal and hardcore.
Effigy of the Forgotten

May have pioneered brutal death metal. Also influenced the later New Wave of American Heavy Metal.
Vulgar Display of Power

One of the most influential metal albums of all time (side-by-side with Reign in Blood), it was the main reason for the spread of groove thrash in the 90s.
21Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine

Could have set new stages of experimentation and old-school influences. Instead it inspired sucky music. Important nonetheless.
Urban Discipline

Highly responsible for the blurring of the distinction between metal and hardcore in the 90s.
Destroy Erase Improve

Inspired these newer "djent" (WTF?) bands. I call it experimental thrash.
24In Flames
The Jester Race

Put melodeath in the map.
25At the Gates
Slaughter of the Soul

Highly influential in the US melodic death metal wave of 1997-1999 and thus the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.
26Fear Factory

Burton C. Bell's vocals became one of the biggest influences for 2000s metal, alongside with Phil Anselmo. Its drumming also influenced many drummers of the same era.

Kick-started the New Wave of American Heavy Metal, decimated n?-metal, and opened many people's eyes to extreme metal. Possibly the album that took underground extreme metal to the mainstream.
28Lamb of God
New American Gospel

Set the standards for deathcore.
Blackwater Park

Highly responsible for the (annoying) popularity of progressive metal ten years later.
30Killswitch Engage
Alive or Just Breathing

Popularized melodic metalcore in the 2000s.
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