The 10 Heavy Metal Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Blood literally rained from the sky as Kerry King raced through the killer riffs that bleed through this album; of course, the schoolyard bully had hit me three times to make the blood rain, but I'll never forgot the title track thundering across that abandoned parking lot. Reign in Blood is the band's third studio album. Short, intense songs that defy thrash-metal repetitiveness make this one of the most influential metal albums of all time.
3. Dio - Holy Diver
When Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath for a solo career, only one man could attempt to fill his shoes - Ronnie James Dio. As with many metal bands, after a disagreement over song mixing, Ronnie and Vinny Appice left the band and eventually formed Dio in '82. This album not only features the first appearance of Murray, a devil with an agenda, but also inspired legions of fans who would later pay tribute to the album through popular culture: video games, anime and movies. Holy Diver is the band's debut album.
2. Metallica - Master of Puppets
"Master of Puppets is pulling your strings, twisting your mind and slashing your dreams." Every time I hear these words, I want to bang my head and scream, "Master! Master!" But then my daughter looks at me and asks, "Dad, why do you gotta be so weird?" Yet this album has been at the forefront of metal charts for years. Songs like "Battery," "Welcome Home" and "Orion" are the reasons why I picked up a guitar in the first place. And let us not forget Cliff Burton, one of the greatest bass players to ever grace the four string. Master of Puppets is the band's third album.
1. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
It's no surprise that their second LP is known as the Best Heavy Metal Album of All Time. With gems such as "War Pigs," "Fairie Wears Boots" and "Paranoid," this album packs power and riffs that devour. (Not bad for a guitar player who's missing his middle and ring fingertips on his right hand.) It is the most influential metal album of all time. Paranoid is the band's second album.