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18 albums for 18 years

Well, damn. I am now (as of yesterday), legally an adult, so I figured I'd celebrate by ranking my 18 favorite albums, a lot has changed since February. Also, no repeat bands. Honorable mentions: The Hunting Party by Linkin Park: RIP Chester, and their best album, also the band that got me into metal. Chuck by Sum41, a heavier version of them, I like this album, a guilty pleasure. With Oden On Our Side by Amon Amarth, I really like their melodic death metal with Viking themed lyrics.
18Rise Against
The Sufferer & the Witness


Man, this is just a great album. Not as heavy as the rest of the list or as technically talented, but they are some great songwriters where the sum of the whole is greater than each part individually.
17Periphery
Juggernaut: Omega


The second half of the double album is definitely better than the first, going for the much heavier, djenty sound they are known for. No complaints about musicianship here and sometimes it is fun to listen to something just over the top, like this album.
16Paul Gilbert
Fuzz Universe


Similar to Suspended Animation, the first two tracks off the album alone are worthy. Paul Gilbert is one of my favorite guitarists and seems to be one of the nicest guys in rock. Just a great album from a guitarist who deserves more attention.
15Gojira
From Mars to Sirius


Heavy, proggy, and just great. Definitely Gojira's best album to date, they rock your head off while giving you a good message about environmental care, a new genre anyone?
14Avenged Sevenfold
The Stage


Taking a more prog-esque approach, The Stage sees A7x returning to hyper-melodic music after the disappointing HTTK and makes a great album out of it. Also, Synester Gates is really cementing his place as a modern guitar legend.
13The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


On my last list of this name, I put Dissociation as my favorite, DEP album, and that album is amazing and holds a solid #2, but man, pure Math-core insanity. Solid greatness.
12Mastodon
Leviathan


What list of metal can't have modern metal giants Mastodon? Crushing riffs, a quartet of vocals, and just an amazing all around experience, I mean, it is Mastodon, what isn't to love?
11John Petrucci
Suspended Animation


I love Dream Theater and Petrucci is a guitar legend. Just listen to Glasgow Kiss and that song alone is worthy of this spot. Then listen to the whole album, just amazing.
10Devin Townsend Project
Deconstruction


Pure prog insanity. Everything's in here, including the cheeseburger, in this masterpiece. When Devin is at his best, he is unstoppable, as this album shows. Tracks such as Juular and Pandemic are intricate and absolutely amazing. Shoutout to Transcendence and most SYL work, big fan.
9Testament
The New Order


Halfway through the list. I really enjoy Testament, they should've been in the Big 4 over both Anthrax and Slayer, and The New Order is the best they have to offer.
8Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


They created Progressive Metal, one of my personal favorite sub-genres of Metal, and this album is just great. All the songs are great, defying the trend of concept albums being terrible, especially Revolution Calling and the anthemic closing Eyes of a Stranger. Big fan of this album.
7Emperor
Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk


How does a band follow up In The Nightside Eclipse, a literal genre-defining album in black metal, and a personal favorite of mine? Well, you release this album, amping everything up from 11 to 12, Anthems is a truly great album from a band that knew when to call quits before they became bad.
6Metallica
Master of Puppets


As panned as they get for being overrated or selling out with/ after the Black Album, depending on your point of view, listening through Kill 'Em All through ...And Justice For All, and even a lot of the Black Album, Metallica really was a great band with great songs. In my opinion, the cake goes to MoP, everything on this album is great, just listen to Battery, the title track, or really any song off the album.
5In Flames
Colony


Heavier than The Jester Race, and, in my opinion, more interesting. Stronger riffs, better solos, vocals, this is one of the quintessential melodic death metal albums from one of the better back catalogs in the genre. If only they were still good...
4Vektor
Terminal Redux


A sweeping album that earns every second in its hour-plus runtime, Vektor proves that they are one of the best bands in the thrash revitalization that has been coming through.
3Iron Maiden
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son


I know my sound off said this was my second favorite Maiden album, but after listening some more, Powerslave just isn't as good as SSoaSS. Absolutely no song feels like filler and has one of their greatest epics in the title track.
2Megadeth
Rust in Peace


Keeping the #2 spot from last time, Rust in Peace is thrash at its absolute finest. The guitar team of Mustaine and Friedman is one of the best of all time. The entire album is legendary and I can not think of any other album from the Big 4 that match this.
1Death
Symbolic


I absolutely adore this album. The riffs are beyond amazing, the solos are fantastic, the vocals are on point, and, contrary to death metal norm, intelligible. The lyrics go beyond the usual violent and into something different, something much, much more enjoyable.
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