Pantera – ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’
A countdown of the top 20 metal albums, as voted for by users of NME.COM. 20. Pantera – ‘Vulgar Display Of Power’ (1992) The title of their sixth album comes from a line in the 1973 film The Exorcist. In America, the album was a slow burner, charting at No. 44, but ultimately going multi-platinum.
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Battle Of Los Angeles’
19. Rage Against The Machine – ‘Battle Of Los Angeles’ (1999). Their third album, and something of an under-rated masterpiece, featuring the jaw-dropping likes of ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’. The album art featured an image created by the “LA Street Phantom”.
Pantera – ‘Cowboys From Hell’
18. Pantera – ‘Cowboys From Hell’ (1990) Pantera’s fifth album, and their first released through Atco Records (after being turned down by 28 other labels). To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of its release, a reissue was released featuring all manner of bonus tracks and demo versions.
Slayer – ‘Reign In Blood’
17. Slayer – ‘Reign In Blood’ (1986) Slayer’s third studio
album marked their first time working with record producer Rick Rubin. It
peaked at No. 47 in the UK, despite being surrounded by controversy – the
initial release was delayed due to concerns of pro-Nazi content (which the
Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction’
13. Guns N’ Roses – ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (1987) It was a
successful debut album – in fact, the best-selling debut album of all time
(selling more than 33 million copies). The original album artwork was based
on a painting by Robert Williams, but was banned from some shops – so the
artwork was moved to the inside.
Slipknot – ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’
10. Slipknot – ‘Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)’ (2004) The band’s third album cover features a “maggot mask”, which can be seen in the video for the album’s second single ‘Vermilion’. This album peaked at No. 5 in the UK and received platinum certification in the US.
Rage Against The Machine – ‘Rage Against The Machine’
9. Rage Against The Machine – ‘Rage Against The Machine’ (1992) Rage’s debut album peaked at No. 17 in the UK chart, but the band have since sold more than 16 million copies of their albums worldwide. The cover artwork features an image from 1963 of a protesting Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death.
System Of A Down – ‘Toxicity’
6. System Of A Down – ‘Toxicity’ (2001) Although it only
reached No. 13 in the UK charts, the album achieved No. 1 in both the US and
Canada and sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. This was the band’s
only album that didn’t feature a Parental Advisory label (despite containing
quite a few profanities).
Slipknot – ‘Slipknot’
4. Slipknot – ‘Slipknot’ (1999) Slipknot’s debut album, it was
certified Platium in 2008 by the British Phonographic Industry. In 2009, the
band released a special edition version to commemorate its tenth anniversary
– releasing it on 09/09/09 to honour the nine members of the band.
Metallica – ‘Master Of Puppets’
3. Metallica – ‘Master Of Puppets’ (1986) This was Metallica’s third offering, and marked their first gold record. Selling more than six million copies in the US alone, it continues to be praised as one of the best albums of all time. This was also the band’s last album with bassist Cliff Burton.
Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Suicide Season’
1. Bring Me The Horizon – ‘Suicide Season’ (2008). The BMTH online fan army was out in force, ensuring a somewhat, er, unexpected all time number one spot for the band’s second studio album, recorded at producer Fredrik Nordström’s studio in Sweden. What can we say? The people have spoken. For daily rock news head to NME.COM/metal.