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‘The 100 greatest metal albums of all time’ revealed

Critics at Rolling Stone have unveiled what they believe are the 100 greatest metal records ever.

Fittingly, heavy metal godfathers Black Sabbath top the extensive list with their 1970 masterpiece ‘Paranoid’, while the Birmingham band’s self-titled debut is close behind in fifth spot.

Heaping praise on Sabbath’s second record, which spawned colossal anthems ‘War Pigs’, ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Paranoid’, the US magazine justified its lofty no.1 spot by writing:

“Paranoid was the sound of Black Sabbath's reality, a plea for understanding that would resonate with millions of people feeling the same disaffection, many of whom would form groups like Metallica, Pantera and Slipknot – groups that would change the face of metal, as well as the world.”


Black Sabbath in the early 1970s © PA Images

In second place on the countdown is Metallica’s thrash metal opus ‘Master of Puppets’, with Judas Priest’s tour-de-force ‘British Steel’ in third place and Iron Maiden’s influential third LP ‘Number of the Beast’ in fourth.

Completing the Top 10 are Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’, Motörhead’s ‘No Remorse’, Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’, Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Blizzard of Oz’ and Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’.

The full top 100 is as follows:

100. Avenged Sevenfold – ‘City Of Evil’
99. Evanescence – ‘Fallen’
98. Sunn O))) – ‘Monoliths & Dimensions’
97. Gojira – ‘From Mars To Sirius’
96. Kvelertak – ‘Meir’
95. Dream Theater – ‘Images And Words’
94. Deafheaven – ‘Sunbather’
93. White Zombie – ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One’
92. Eyehategod – ‘Take As Needed For Pain’
91. Naked City – ‘Torture Garden’
90. Body Count – ‘Body Count’
89. Nightwish – ‘Once’
88. Pig Destroyer – ‘Terrifyer’
87. Manowar – ‘Hail To England’
86. Lamb Of God – ‘As The Palaces Burn’
85. Darkthrone – ‘Transilvanian Hunger’
84. High On Fire – ‘Blessed Black Wings’
83. Baroness – ‘The Red Album’
82. Entombed – ‘The Left Hand Path’
81. Bathory – ‘Under The Sign Of The Black Mark’
80. Ministry – ‘Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs’
79. At The Gates – ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’
78. Voivod – ‘Dimension Hatröss’
77. Meshuggah – ‘Destroy Erase Improve’
76. Twisted Sister – ‘Stay Hungry’
75. Morbid Angel – ‘Covenant’
74. Venom – ‘Welcome To Hell’
73. Scorpions – ‘Blackout’
72. Isis – ‘Oceanic’
71. Living Colour – ‘Vivid’
70. Death – ‘Human’
69. Soundgarden – ‘Louder Than Love’
68. Marilyn Manson – ‘Portrait Of Am American Family’
67. Queensrÿche – ‘Operation: Mindcrime’
66. Deftones – ‘White Pony’
65. Faith No More – ‘Angel Dust’
64. Godflesh – ‘Streetcleaner’
63. Sodom – ‘Agent Orange’
62. Sleep – ‘Jerusalem’
61. Converge – ‘Jane Doe’
60. Melvins – ‘Bullhead’
59. Napalm Death – ‘From Enslavement To Obliteration’
58. Life Of Agony – ‘River Runs Red’
57. Emperor – ‘Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk’
56. The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘Calculating Infinity’
55. Opeth – ‘Blackwater Park’
54. Helmet – ‘Meantime’
53. Type O Negative – ‘Bloody Kisses’
52. Def Leppard’ – ‘Pyromania’
51. Carcass – ‘Heartwork’
50. Slipknot – ‘Iowa’
49. Neurosis – ‘Through Silver In Blood’
48. Rainbow – ‘Rising’
47. Slayer – ‘South Of Heaven’
46. Mastodon – ‘Leviathan’
45. Exodus – ‘Bonded By Blood’
44. Mötley Crüe – ‘Shout At The Devil’
43. Judas Priest – ‘Stained Class’
42. Diamond Head – ‘Lightning To The Nations’
41. Kyuss – ‘Blues For The Red Sun’
40. Mayhem – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’
39. Pantera – ‘Far Beyond Driven’
38. Iron Maiden – ‘Powerslave’
37. Black Sabbath – ‘Heaven And Hell’
36. Van Halen – ‘Women And Children First’
35. Metallica – ‘Kill ‘Em All’
34. Black Sabbath – ‘Master Of Reality’
33. Megadeth – ‘Countdown To Extinction’
32. Black Sabbath – ‘Sabotage’
31. Slayer – ‘Seasons In The Abyss’
30. Korn – ‘Korn’
29. Sepultura – ‘Chaos A.D.’
28. Celtic Frost – ‘Morbid Tales’
27. System Of A Down – ‘Toxicity’
26. Alice In Chains – ‘Dirt’
25. Metallica – ‘Metallica’
24. Rage Against The Machine – ‘Rage Against The Machine’
23. Danzig – ‘Danzig’
22. Mötley Crüe – ‘Too Fast For Love’
21. Metallica – ‘…And Justice For All’
20. Anthrax – ‘Among The Living’
19. Megadeth – ‘Rust In Peace’
18. Tool – ‘Ænima’
17. Mercyful Fate – ‘Melissa’
16. Dio – ‘Holy Diver’
15. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Diary Of A Madman’
14. Black Sabbath – ‘Vol. 4’
13. Iron Maiden – ‘Iron Maiden’
12. Judas Priest – ‘Screaming For Vengeance’
11. Metallica – ‘Ride The Lightning’
10. Pantera – ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’
9. Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Blizzard Of Ozz’
8. Megadeth – ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’
7. Motörhead – ‘No Remorse’
6. Slayer – ‘Reign In Blood’
5. Black Sabbath – ‘Black Sabbath’
4. Iron Maiden – ‘The Number Of The Beast’
3. Judas Priest – ‘British Steel’
2. Metallica – ‘Master Of Puppets’
1. Black Sabbath – ‘Paranoid’

 

 

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