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Top 25 Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums of All Time, according to IGN Music:

01. METALLICA - Master of Puppets (Elektra Records, 1986)
02. BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid (Warner Bros., 1971)
03. IRON MAIDEN - Number of the Beast (Capitol Records, 1982)
04. MEGADETH - Rust in Peace (Capitol Records, 1990)
05. METALLICA - Ride the Lightning (Elektra Records, 1984)
06. OZZY OSBOURNE - Blizzard of Ozz (Jet Records, 1980)
07. SLAYER - Reign in Blood (American Records, 1986)
08. DIO - Holy Diver (Reprise Records, 1983)
09. METALLICA - ...And Justice for All (Elektra Records, 1988)
10. MOTÖRHEAD - Ace of Spades (Castle Music, 1980)
11. PANTERA - Vulgar Display of Power (East/West, 1992)
12. ANTHRAX - Among the Living (Megaforce, 1987)
13. BLACK SABBATH - Black Sabbath (Warner Bros., 1970)
14. FATES WARNING - No Exit (Metal Blade, 1988)
15. JUDAS PRIEST - Screaming for Vengeance (Columbia Records, 1982)
16. MÖTLEY CRÜE - Shout at the Devil (Elektra Records, 1983
17. MASTODON - Blood Mountain (Reprise Records, 2006)
18. OPETH - Blackwater Park (Koch, 2001)
19. PANTERA - Cowboys from Hell (Atlantic Records, 1990)
20. DEEP PURPLE - Machine Head (Warner Bros., 1972)
21. IRON MAIDEN - Piece of Mind (Capitol Records, 1983)
22. OZZY OSBOURNE - Diary of a Madman (Jet Records, 1981)
23. SEPULTURA - Roots (Roadrunner Records, 1996)
24. QUEENSRŸCHE - Operation: Mindcrime (EMI, 1988)
25. SCORPIONS - Lovedrive (Mercury Records, 1979)

I think this is a joke, Vulgar Display of Power is more influential than Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath or Deep Purple - Machine Head? I don't think so.

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That's fucking awful. Then again I wouldn't expect anything better from sites likes that. I wouldn't trust any list like that if it wasn't made from votes of people who know what they are talking about. Like the users from this site/forum. We could make a pretty definitive list me thinks.

PS: Where the fuck is Walls of Jericho or any Helloween for that matter? No Exciter either!? Shit list!
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These lists will always be from one point of view, and they'll never get it right. Why did they completely ignore extreme metal? Venom, Possessed, Napalm Death, Bathory etc.

I'd put Slayer in the top 4 and pop Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny in somewhere near the top for a start.
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When was the last time any major name site ever made a top (insert number here) list that wasn't just "big name cash cows with some 'old favourites' to make us seem simultaneously contemporary yet respectful of the old classics"?
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Dumb List Made by Worthless People at IGN Music

I Love Judas Priest, Ozzy & Motorhead Even Some Metaliica But Where in the Hell is Kill 'em All and Ride the Lightning for Godsakes

and Judas Priest's British Steel, Defenders of the Faith & Painkiller or Slayer's Hell Awaits

Motorhead's Overkill Hell There is Even No Anvil & Metal Church Anywhere in This Pile of Garbage

Throwbacks: MASTODON - Blood Mountain (Reprise Records, 2006) (Realy!!!!, are You Kidding Me) & Pantera - Vulger Display of Power (Wrong!!!!!!!)

It Should Have Been Instead Pantera - Power Metal (Exelent US Power Metal from Start to Finish)

This List Makes Me Sick >( (facepalm)
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When i read the tittle i said to my self "this can't be good". Well, you can't spell ignorance without IGN. I think it is more than obvious that this is not an analysis by a metal knower or a metal scholar that could be respected or taken any serious, it's supposed to be the most influential albums in metal history, and this is it's just some shitty top 25 by some NOOB metallica fan deep within the webzine's redaction center.

Here's my list:

1- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath - the one that opened the curtain
2 - Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny- A both musical and lyrical blue print to all things heavy metal
3 - Motorhead - Motorhead - Speed Metal Creator
4 - Venom - Black Metal - created a whole fucking genre
5 - Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell - The DIO era brought us the devil horns
6 - Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden - Official birth of the NWOBHM as a genre and not just as a term used for new british bands
7 - Metallica - Kill 'em All - the aftermath a Venom/Motorhead/Hardcore Punk heavy shelled mind, Thrash fucking metal
8 - Stormwitch - Walpurgis Nights/ Helloween - Walls of Jericho - Shaped that highly melodic european power metal that took off so powerful in the 90's
9 - Possessed - Death Metal demo/Seven Churches/Slayer -Reign In Blood - both key in the creation of death metal
10 - Sodom - In The Sign Of Evil EP - musically speaking the first black metal album without even trying it
11 - Bathory - Bathory - Spearhead of the scandinavian black metal invasion
12 - Death - Leprosy - First death metal as we know it album
13 - Bathory - Hammerheart - Let there be viking metal
14 - Therion - Lepaca Kliffoth - Metal meets opera at the fullest for the very first time
15 - Fates Warning - The Spectre Within/ Queensryche - Warning - Highly important for progressive heavy metal
16 - At The Gates - Slaughter of The Soul - Melodic death metal/Melodeath defined and done better than pretty much everybody else
17 - Behemoth - Thelema 6 - official breakout of blackened death metal
18 - Metallica - Black Album - Like it or not, the first grove metal album

Every and each one of us should make our own list, is our only way of remedying IGN's mockery.

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Good Point Wich i Thaught of That Before Since IGN is Full of Idiots So Here is Mine Since i Hate IGN's Stupid List

1 - Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (1970) - Like Usual
2 - Judas Priest - Sin After Sin (1977) - The First to Ever Bring in the Full Throttle Metal Attack
3 - Motorhead - Overkill (1978) - Where Both Hard Rock'n'Roll & Heavy Metal Came Together
4 - Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations (1980) - The First Real NWOBHM Record
5 - Anvil - Metal on Metal (1982) - The Greatest Heavy Metal Record of All Time
6 - Exciter - Heavy Metal Maniac (1983) - Where Real Speed/Thrash Metal Came Together
7 - Slayer - Hell Awaits (1985) - This is Where Death Metal Got all of It's Rootes from & Would Then Spawn Classics Like Dark Angel's Darkness Descends and etc...
8 - Repulsion - Horrified (1986 NOT 1989!!) - Where Grindcore Was Created, Not By Napalm Death
9 - Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty (1986) - Considered to Be the Most Influential Black Metal Album of All Time
10 - D.R.I. - Crossover (1987) - Wich Crowned the Genre Known as Crossover
11 - Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom (1990) - Wich Would Reinvent the Genre by Mixing Both Death Metal and Black Metal Together
12 - Exhorder - Slaughter in the Vatican (1990) - The First Actual Brutal Thrash Metal Album

List from Year by Year

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3 albums of Metallica? there is no other bands in the world? this list is a joke
What happened with albums like...

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Crystal Logic
Metal On Metal
Bathory
Melissa
To Mega Therion
Seven Churches
Angel Witch
Into Glory Ride
Rising Force
Crimson Glory
Helloween EP / Walls Of Jericho
Black Metal
Battle Cry

Even the fact that I love No Exit, I think that Awaken The Guardian is more influential
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Here's my list:

1- Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (it needs no explanation)
2- Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny (please!, Deciever, Tyrant, The Ripper!, heavy metal in it's finest)
3- Motörhead - Overkill (The first "Metalpunk" record, influential in speed, thrash, black, also hardcore punk!)
4- Venom - Welcome to Hell (Blackened Sound, "Satanic" lyrics)
5- Mercyful Fate - Melissa (satanic thematics, one of the major influences in many heavy, black and thrash metal bands)
6- Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden (Like Hellraiser212 said, the birth of NWOBHM)
7- Slayer - Show No Mercy (Highly influential in ALL the subsequent thrash bands, and in the death metal genre)
8- Bathory - Bathory (it took the influences of Venom and Motorhead and took it to another level, more obscure)
9- Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids (Pioneer of extreme metal, black metal in particular)
10- Sodom - In the Sign of Evil (The first black metal record, the inspiration of thrash and black metal)
11- Kreator - Endless Pain (influential in black and thrash metal, one of the pillars of thrash)
11- Sarcófago - I.N.R.I. (Influential in the black and death metal bands)
12- Death - Scream Bloody Gore (death metal perfected)
13- Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metalicus (the inspiration of all epic doom metal bands)
14- Sepultura - Morbid Visions (influential in thrash, black/thrash and death/thrash, it was really EVIL metal)
15- Repulsion - Horrified (invention the sound of grindcore, but they still death metal)
16- Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness (faster death metal)
17- Blasphemy - Fallen Angel of Doom (Took the sound of Sarcofago and "blackened" it)
18- Saxon - Wheels of Steel (this record is one of the pillars of heavy metal)
19- Tank - Filth Hounds of Hades (Influential in speed metal along with Warfare and Motorhead)
20- D.R.I. - Crossover (the invention of crossover thrash)
21- Omen - Battle Cry (The major influence of epic heavy metal and power metal bands)
22- Pentagram - Relentless (Doom Metal was perfected)
23- Raven - Rock Until you Drop (Influential in Speed/Thrash bands and in german bands like Kreator, Wardance, etc.)
24- Onslaught - Power From Hell (Real obscure and "ambient" thrash)
25- Bathory - Hammerheart (The first Viking Metal record)
26- Carcass - Reek of Putrefaction (ALL THE GRINDCORE, GOREGRIND, PORNGRIND, SHITGRIND, ETC. RIPOFFS SONGS OF THIS RECORD!, and obviously, it introducted the explicit gore thematics in metal)

Hellraiser212 wrote:18 - Metallica - Black Album - Like it or not, the first grove metal album


Actually, the first groove metal album was Exhorder's Slaughter in the Vatican I think.

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The IGN list is pretty standard,just take well known records and we have a top 25.If they played it fair they would take one record by one band and not like Metallica,3 albums.Although,most albums in that list doesn't belong there anyway.

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WOW!!
I've been listening to Thrash and Heavy Metal for over 25 years now and i've never even heard numbers 11,14,17-19,& 23.

Exciter
Celtic Frost
Raven
Tank
Savatage
Judas priest
Venom

these are the bands that have influenced me.
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Now that's what I call IGNorance.

Oh well, I wasn't expecting anything better from them.

Their video game reviews are shite too and there's also serious bribery going on mainstream video game journalism, which itself is a big joke already for the most parts.

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Nobody here thinks that early LPs of Manowar were influential??????
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