IGN's Most Influential Metal Albums

From: http://music.ign.com/articles/755/755929p1.html

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)

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Instead of mailing them to "slag" them, I would say someone should just start a petition to have it removed because of how dumb many of their choices are. A lot of their "honorable mentions" are even worse:

Angra - Fireworks
The Black Dahlia Murder - Miasma
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Black Sabbath - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Volume 4
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
Blue Oyster Cult - Blue Oyster Cult
Corrosion of Conformity - Deliverance
Death Angel - Act III
Death- Symbolic
Danzig - Danzig
Dream Theater- Images and Words
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Fates Warning- Parallels
Fear Factory - Demanufacture
Flotsam and Jetsam- Quatro
Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part I
Helloween- Better than Raw
Helmet - Meantime
In Flames - Colony.
In Flames - Come Clarity
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Iron Maiden- Somewhere in Time
Isis - Oceanic
Judas Priest - Defenders of the Faith
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Judas Priest - British Steel
Judas Priest - Killing Machine
Killswitch Engage - Alive or Just Breathing
Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun
Lamb of God - Sacrament
Manowar - Kings of Metal
Megadeth - Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Metallica Black album
Morbid Angel - Blessed are the Sick
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
Queensryche- Rage for Order
Queensryche- The Warning
Queensryche- Empire
Rush - Permanent Waves
Savatage- Hall of the Mountain King
Sepultura - Arise
Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
Shadow Gallery- Tyranny
Sir Lord Baltimore - Kingdom Come
Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
Slayer - South of Heaven
Stratovarius- Episode
Stormtroopers Of Death (S.O.D.) - Speak English Or Die
Tenacious D - Tenacious D
Testament - The Ritual
Testament - The Legacy
Vicious Rumors- Welcome to the Ball
voivod - Nothingface
X-Japan - Art of Life

Uhhhhh.... How the fuck did Mastodon and Opeth make it onto that list??
No Bathroy? Ulver? or even Mayhem? Wheres the good stuff!!!!! Why do people even make lists? It
is not like everyone is going to agree. or even care.

Everyone knows, Morningrise > MAYH
Yes, classic indeed. That is, if you are a raging homosexual who thinks that Slayer is a Dungeons and Dragons character. Seriously, fuck off - there are enough my pals in the world without you trying to impersonate the "Dark Ones."

You anus cunts really are trying way too hard to be controversial.
Yes, classic indeed. That is, if you are a raging homosexual who thinks that Slayer is a Dungeons and Dragons character. Seriously, fuck off - there are enough my pals in the world without you trying to impersonate the "Dark Ones."

I've seen some raging homosexuals in my town and believe me you do NOT want to make homosexuals mad. Those guys get crazy when annoyed.
i just emailed them a list of 25 albums that should be on their list... even tho its just some stupid list I felt like doing it, it took only a few minutes to come up with 25. Here is my list

(in no special order)

1.) Venom - Black Metal
2.) Carcass - Necroticism (Descanting the Insalubrious)
3.) Death - Scream Bloody Gore
4.) Atheist - Piece Of Time
5.) Exhorder - Slaughter In The Vatican
6.) Kreator - Pleasure To Kill
7.) Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
8.) In Flames - Lunar Strain
9.) Dark Tranquillity - Skydancer
10.) At The Gates - The Red In The Sky Is Ours
11.) Testament - The New Order
12.) Exodus - Bonded By Blood
13.) Sentinel Beast - Depths Of Death
14.) Dio - Holy Diver
15.) Black Sabbath - Mob Rules
16.) Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side
17.) Slayer - Show No Mercy
18.) Overkill - Feel The Fire
19.) Helloween - Keeper Of The Seven Keys (Pt.1)
20.) Autopsy - Mental Funeral
21.) Black Sabbath - Paranoid
22.) Fates Warning - Awaken The Guardian
23.) Sodom - Agent Orange
24.) Warlock - Triumph And Agony
25.) Queensryche - The Warning
that list is awful

where is reign in blood, hell awaits, master of puppets, kill em all, effigy of the forgotten, seven churches, altars of madness, etc...???

what the fuck is exhorder and autopsy doing on any top 25 list??
its a list of the most infulential albums, and the most influential albums are not always the absolute best ones out there.

Exhorder is on my list because they were the main influence for many bands out there, the most significant one being Pantera... thats pretty influential in my book.

Autopsy made my list for the same reason, lots of bands list them as a big influence, and Mental Funeral is in my opinion their best work.

There is no perfect list, and you can say whatever the hell you want about mine, but its sure as hell better than the shit list that was put up by IGN.
that is true, there are alot of people who are even unaware that exhorder ever existed. That doesnt take away from the fact that there are lots of people who do know of them, and lots of musicians and bands (especially from that early 90's era) were really influenced by them.

2 other "peculiar" picks on my list were Warlock and Sentinel Beast. They made my list because Debbie Gunn and Doro were 2 pioneers for women in metal, and lots of bands who feature women often thank Debbie Gunn, or Doro (depending on their style) as an influence.