Ten Metal Albums to Hear Before You Die
When you're talking about something as all-encompassing as heavy metal, you might as well be talking about something as infinitely complicated as the universe. It's that vast, and the amount of territory to cover is seemingly limitless.
From black metal and thrash, death metal to grindcore, there seems to be an eternity of music out there. Which is why compiling this list was not easy, but after hours upon hours of listening, serious contemplation and flipping of a coin, here it is. Although definitely biased toward the more aggressive and extreme forms of metal, it still highlights amazing albums with great songs.
See also: The 20 Greatest Metal Albums in History
10. Mercyful Fate, Melissa (1983)
Let's start with one of the most revered vocalists in the genre, King Diamond. Mercyful Fate's debut album is a classic metal work, and definitely ahead of its time with its evil, theatrical sound. Diamond was the first to use corpse paint on his face as part of his live act, and the songs on Melissa (and later releases) paved the way for black metal, power metal, thrash metal and even major acts such as Metallica, Megadeth, and Slayer. King Diamond's high-pitched operatic voice is very distinct, and classics here include the opening track "Evil," "Into the Coven," "Curse of the Pharaohs," "Black Funeral," and "Satan's Fall." Without this album, modern day bands like Ghost would not exist.