Vladdy's 'Top 10 Metal Albums'

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  1. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath: No surprise there right? This album was the 'True' creator of metal. At the time, it was dark and panned by critics and artists alike. Most notably, Rolling Stone at first called Black Sabbath "Just Like Cream, but Worse", but now they call it one of the Greatest Albums of All Time... Anyways, this is the Holy Grail for metal music alike.
  2. Sepultura - Roots: I took serious consideration for this album, and I think it deserves it's place here. Up to this point, Sepultura was becoming one of the 4 most important metal bands of the 90's (the others being Pantera, Machine Head, and Korn) and with this album, they truly sealed the deal for that title. This album utilized they're native country of Brazil's music and fused it with their distinct Groove Metal style. What results is an album that takes metal into a new, distinctive direction.
  3. Venom - Welcome To Hell: This 1981 gem by Venom would set the course on what extreme metal would become in the 80's, most notably Thrash and Death metal. Songs such as "In League With Satan", "Sons of Satan", and "Witching Hour" are most definitely the highlights on the album.
  4. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden: This album showed how Punk music and Progressive Rock could be fused with Heavy Metal instead of utilizing the blues as Black Sabbth had been doing to this point. It would go on to influence metal bands from 1980 and on and still does to this very day.
  5. Metallica - Master Of Puppets: Possibly the staple of Thrash Metal itself. This masterpiece was able to go Gold without any airplay and little promotion. It's been called one of the greatest albums of the 80's, and I can see why.
  6. Machine Head - Unto The Locust: Machine Head created The Blackening back in 2007 and it was dubbed their greatest achievment. Most fans, myself included, never thought they could out-do that album.....they did, big time. Unto The Locust shows just how great Robb Flynn's ideas are and how far Phil Demmel's riffs can be streched. It may only be the beginning of the 2010's, but this album already belongs in the top Metal albums of all time. I hope Machine Head continue to out-do their work.
  7. Black Sabbath - Paranoid: I'm always reluctat putting the same band in a "Top 10" list, but this album deserves big-time praise. After Sabbath's debut was highly panned by critics, Paranoid seemed to change their minds on what Sabbath really was, though it was still panned by a good handfull. It's now seen today as probably Sabbath's greatest creation (though I believe their debut deserves that title), and with songs like "Iron Man", "Paranoid", "Hand of Doom", and "Planet Caravan", you might think the same as well.
  8. Slayer - Reign In Blood: Venom may have set the blueprints for the Death and Black metal scene, but this album truly finalizd it. Tom Araya's vocals are a call from hell, Dave Lombardo demonstrates why he deserves to be in the league with the best drummers of all time, and Jeff Hanneman's and Kerry King's terrifying guitar riffs reign supreme. It is, without a doubt, Slayer's greatest achievment and continues to be hailed to this very day.
  9. Obituary - Slowly We Rot: This album IS DEATH METAL. It's use of growling vocals and doom filled guitar riffs shows extreme metal on a new trail that would continue into the 90's with bands such as Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel, and Suffocation.
  10. Ozzy - Randy Rhodes Tribute: I'm surprised that there aren't many Live Albums of Ozzy with Randy Rhodes, possibly one of the greatest guitarists of all time, plenty of bootlegs though. Tribute is a good live album that showcases Randy's greatest performances. The highlights are "I Don't Know", "Crazy Train", and "Paranoid".
Author Comments: 

Sorry, I don't consider Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple as "Metal" bands. Also, I'm pretty sure this wont satisfy a mass majority...at all, but it's what I believe are the best metal albums, so have fun and rant if you wish :P.