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I'd have to say the Best Heavy Metal Album.. Ever. How about you?
and arguably still their best.
But it is their best one. I don't think I'd put it near the top of any lists, except maybe "Least Awful Nu Metal albums."
Korn > Follow The Leader > Life Is Peachy > Issues > Untouchables > all the ones I haven't listened to
but pretty much that.
just listen to a bit of riot ffs
nice to know that a self-proclaimed fan of a rebellious genre can be so absurdly conformist to ideals that smelt old twenty years ago
It's Master Of Puppets...
Master of Puppets/Ride The Lightning
Reign In Blood
This Godless Endeavor
my favourite might be Vulgar Display of Power.
Certainly the best metal album cover
all the best.
If only Can I Play With Madness were a little less cheesy. I think it could probably have ended on The Clairvoyant too
The problem with metal is that it was invented on those records and they have still never been bettered.
as great as they are / were is they never fully realised a 'classic' album like they really should / could have? Amazing artwork too. If only the first 5 albums (only 3 years apart, which is faster than bands release 2 albums these days) had been realised as one or two albums you'd have an epic album? Their best album ironically is the NEMS Best of (the one with the skeletal war scene sleeve?
Is a 'classic album' if I've ever heard one. It's brilliant from start to finish and over the course of half an hour sets out the groundwork for about 80% of metal that followed. I love every minute of it.
I'm not much of a metal expert, but if there is a better album than Master of Reality I'd love to hear it.
but in reality it's Vulgar Display of Power.
It's Reign In Blood, right. Right?
Don't even like Slayer.
28 minutes of pure, brilliant Thrash magic.
They don't strike me as a very Spotify band.
ahead of Leviathan personally. Both great though.
it's also imo one of the finest concept albums ever recorded.
Either White Pony, Diamond Eyes or Koi No Yokan.
Makes all other metal albums look 2D and poptacular.
I have a immense love for Panopticon.
it IS Reign In Blood. It's a flawless album once you tune your ears to it. Metal built up to this album from the Sludge Blues of Sabbath through the NWOBHM boom (all before are flawed). Slayer took all from the past and then added dynamite speed and venom. You cannot go faster than Reign In Blood and hold a tune (Napalm Death et al). It's almost a classical album - it's that intricate. It'll never be bettered in this genre and others too. Definitely in my Top 3 albums of all-time. Never heard it? - you're in for a treat...
South Of Heaven is close but its the sound of Slayer easing off the pedal slightly. Hell Awaits is strong but has weak production. Reign In Blood cannot be improved upon.
and has THAT production, but doesn't come near Reign In Blood?
For me : Reign In Blood > Hell Awaits (fantastic album, poor production) > South Of Heaven > Seasons In The Abyss > Show No Mercy > all the albums you need to hear...
you *don't need to hear.
Crest of Knave by Jethro Tull
But that’s not my fave, I have a few which hold up as master pieces;
Sepultura- Beneath the Remains – My fave thrash album
Suicidal Tendencies- Lights Camera Revolution
Sabbath- Master of Reality
Slayer- South of Heaven – Their best record.
Thumbs up for Lights Camera Revolution. So underrated
Sabbath, Slayer and Metallica for sure, anyway it's British Steel by Priest obviously.
The Number Of The Beast is a brilliant album.
TNOTB was pretty good too. By the time they reached 'the seventh son' though they'd entered real life spinal tap mode, dreadful.
... JUDAS PRIEST ffs? Spinal Tap is pretty much based on them for crying out loud
Asking what is the best metal album is like asking what is the best dance music album. There are so many subgenres that can not be compared. For instance when it came to conventional metal I wouldn't even consider grunge, post-metal etc
Also it's never possible to pick one 'best' album. Fun to try though.
whilst it's labelled as a progressive death metal record it brings together so much of what makes metal awesome to listen to.
Opeth diehards are all about Still Life though.
by High on Fire obviously.
and im about to break
or SOAD's eponymous one
Lateralus by Tool or AEnima by Tool would be there for me.
also, not sure if it is really "metal" per say but The Downward Spiral by NIN.
Difficult to look past Sabbath on a best of all time list.
I struggle to decide between Puppets or Lightening for best Metallica album, but both a good shout.
Lots of shout outs for Vulgar Display which was a favourite in my teen years along with Chaos AD by Sepultura- 20 years on Chaos AD has aged better to these ears but neither contenders for BOAT.
I'm not filing Soundgarden under metal, but if we are, are we also saying RATM are metal? If so RATM should be up there.
As The Flower Withers
i'm going with Master of Puppets.
Destroy Erase Improve
Annihilation of the Wicked
The Destroyers of All
FORGET ABOUT THAT
I totally understand why 15-year-old me wouldn't have been interested in Neurosis though.
Pretty much the best albums from any genre ever. Exceptional and unequalled. Bit of a shame the synth stuff is so thin and drippy, but it works well enough in context....at least, I forgive it.
Or, right at this present moment - Black Monolith - Passenger. Has the best bits from all the next albums in this thread and then some. Deadly serious. An album released this year could be one of the best ever.
The first two plus Aske are better.
The god machine: scenes from the second storey. Beautiful Heavy music, beautiful heavy lyrics, if they hadn't split after their second album because of the death of the bassist (?) they'd've been huge.
Or 7th Son of a 7th Son
black metal: Transylvanian hunger
death metal: Blessed are the sick
thrash metal: Reign in blood
those are the big 3 I guess
folk metal: Windir - Arntor
nu metal: oh god too many drinking classics to pick
power metal: keeper of the 7 keys
deathcore: see nu metal
nsbm: burzum - aske
my knowledge on the rest of the sub genres isn't so hot
black metal: Nemesis Divina
death metal: Slaughter Of The Soul
thrash metal: South of Heaven
folk metal: Midnattens Widunder
nu metal: S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
power metal: Century Child
strongly dispute the power metal one though
Are Nightwish even power metal? Probably not. Black Metal was the hardest one, there's so many classics from the early/mid nineties.
darn tootin'. Top 5?
(not including first wave)
1. Transilvanian hunger
2. Nattens madrigal
3. Burzum (can I have the reissue that includes aske pls)
4. De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
5. Purity (hate forest)
for me. Closely followed by Celtic Frost Into the Pandemonium.
first wave: hellhammer - demon entrails (I know it's a comp but it counts alright)