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Top 50 traditional heavy metal albums

including traditional speed metal
50Armored Saint
Symbol of Salvation
49Witchfinder General
Death Penalty

this belongs more to a doom list but has big nwobhm influences
Stronger Than Heaven
Rough Justice

check this hidden gem
Future Wars

venom's cousins
45Pink Cream 69
Pink Cream 69

aside from the terrible name and glam influences, this album is full of great tracks, an awesome vocalist and structured solos
44Raven (ENG)
Rock Until You Drop

hell patrol's 10 seconds scream deserves an honorable mention
43Holy Grail
Crisis In Utopia

the beginner is one of the best modern speed metal songs ever
The Arockalypse

yes, it's cheesy, but the horrorific b movie atmosphere, the backing vocals and the keyboards makes this record fun to listen
Heads Will Roll

japanese themed modern metal
40manilla road
Crystal Logic

while i love the music, the impact on heavy metal and the songwriting, i never got into the vocals
filth hounds of hades

one of the biggest inpirations for sodom
38praying mantis
time tells no lies

classic nwobhm with a softer sound
triumph and agony

one hell of a frontwoman
death by fire

one of the few modern heavy metal bands that knows how to tribute 80s
35 fates warning
awakening the guardian

before they went totally prog they released this greatheavy metal album with prog influences
Forged in Fire

one of the biggest influences for thrash
And the Cannons of Destruction Have Begun...

it gives you war vibes, great atmosphere
32Brocas Helm
Defender of the Crown

that bass sound...
Lights Out

their "most metal" release
30Heavy Load
Death or Glory

Sweden always known how to make great music
Welcome to Hell

raw sond, fast riffs and controversial lyrics influenced subgenres like black and thrash metal
Never Turn Your Back on a Friend

this needs more recognition for having inspired many heavy and prog bands, it even inspired the famous bass riff on iron maiden's phantom of the opera
27Angel Witch
Angel Witch

the title track is one of the best nwobhm anthems

the album that inspired painkiller
Metal Heart

classic songs like wrong is right, bound to fail and midnight mover makes this my favorite accept album
24King Diamond

one of the darkest and spookiest albums in the list
23Axel Rudi Pell
Oceans of Time

such a virtuoso, this album is a journey through epicness
Court in the Act

some of the best melodies in nwobhm
21Van Halen
Van Halen

Van halen's guitar skills influenced thousands metal and hard rock guitarrists
20Bruce Dickinson
The Chemical Wedding

Bruce is not just one of the best vocalists on earth, he's also a great songwriter
19Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz

R.i.p. Randy Rhoads
Soldier of Fortune

maybe the most underrated album on the list, Akira is a master of tapping and Vescera's vocals were top notch
Allied Forces

this canadian band has lots of great album but the originality of this one takes the cake
16Skid Row
Slave to the Grind

even with glam influences this album is still one of the best heavy metal albums ever, Bach is outstanding
Denim and Leather

the perfect example of what nwobhm means

Scorpions managed to create an album with both iconic softer tracks (no one like you) and heavier stuff (dynamite)
Ace of Spades

the creation of speed metal, this album incorporates many genres influences such as punk and blues
Holy Diver

without any doubt one of thebest frontmen in music
11Diamond Head
Lightning to the Nations

while their later albums are bretty average, their debut remains one of the most influetial albums ever
Kings of Metal

the biggest influence for power metal, this album contains the most epic tracks of manowar
Hall of the Mountain King

Oliva brothers were some of the best songwriters ever, an energic effort that came after a bad album, the first of many masterpieces
8Blue Oyster Cult
Fire of Unknown Origin

while secret treaties is still their best fouo is the first boc album considered metal, great combination of psychedelic atmospheres and metal energy
7Mercyful Fate
Don't Break the Oath

goosebumps, diamond's vocals are unimitable
The Crimson Idol

Blacky's band never ceased to evolve, this concept album is outstanding both for the music and the story

no one could ever recreate this majestic sound
4Deep Purple
Machine Head

the foundation of the genre
3Judas Priest

after a 20 years of distinguished career, these masters of music created another masterpiece that incorporate every good thing possible, pure adrenaline
2Black Sabbath

the magnum opus of heavy metal by the creators of the genre
1Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast

the perfect heavy metal album, still sounds fresh today, it's complete, influential, every member shines and has a personal style
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