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COUNTDOWN: The Top 10 Debut Albums in Metal – The Entire Countdown In One Playlist

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Based on a reader poll, Metal Injection has compiled the 10 Best Debut Albums In Heavy Metal as voted on by you, the Metal Injection junkie! Join us on Tuesday September 13th, as we count down a new pick each week with our panel of talking heads from Nuclear Blast Records, Metal Blade Records, The Black Dahlia Murder, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Metal Injection, MetalSucks, Earache Records, and others, discussing why each album deserves a spot on the list.

Here is the Top 10 Debut Albums In Metal Countdown:
#9 GHOST Opus Eponymous
#8 MACHINE HEAD Burn My Eyes
#7 MASTODON Remission
#6 THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Calculating Infinity
#5 TOOL Undertow
#4 DIO Holy Diver
#3 Slipknot Slipknot
#2 Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction
#1 METALLICA Kill 'Em All

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– 10 Most Influential Heavy Metal Albums

Posted by on November 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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  • Rattlhed

    I would have to replace Machine Head with The Sword's epic masterpiece "Age of Winters". This album is far and beyond one of the best metal albums ever. Still their best work in my opinion and one of the best debuts in metal history.

  • M David Smith

    Where is Blizzard of Ozz?!

  • Rick C.

    Just off the top of my head here are some that are waaaaaaaay more deserving than about half of the list.
    Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
    Ozzy: Blizzard Of Ozz
    Alice in Chains: Facelift
    Napalm Death: Scum
    Cannibal Corpse: Eaten Back To Life
    Entombed: Left Hand Path
    Megadeth: Killing is My Buisness
    Down: Down
    Type O Negative: Slow Deep And Hard
    Slayer: Show No Mercy
    Iron Maiden: Killers
    Mercyful Fate: Melissa
    Celtic Frost: To Mega Theron
    Venom: Welcome To Hell
    Plus many more that I could probably list if I gave some time to it.

    • Matt M.

      Add Death's Scream Bloody Gore and you got a fine list.

      • Rick C.


  • Rick C.

    The only one on there that is unquestionable is Metallica (possibly GNR).