5 Favorite Albums of all Time (According to People That Actually Matter)

Everyone loves lists right? Well, rather than the usual blog where some internet hack, wanna be journalist tries to come up with a list of 10 metal related things or rants about retarded people and tries to make it funny, we here at Teethofthedivine.com thought we would try something different.

Why not put together a list complied from the people actually responsible for bringing the music to us? We scoured our email address books, Myspace pages and little black books for various Metal luminaries including band members, record label staff, media and PR staff, producers and the guy that mops the stage after concerts to get their 5 favorite albums of all time.

Here is the highly collaborative, incredibly comprehensive, exhaustive and informative end result (as usual, feel free to comment, add your own list or simply sell us viagra):

(Thanks to those folks that supplied their lists and the teethofthedivine staff that harassed them)

by Staff

Proscriptor – (Absu)
1. Sodom Persecution Mania
2. Slayer Reign In Blood
3. Kreator Pleasure To Kill
4. Judas Priest Sad Wings of Destiny
5. Styx The Grand Illusion / Kiss Hotter Than Hell

Danny Lilker (Brutal Truth/Nuclear Assault)

Black Sabbath- Paranoid
Judas Priest- Hell Bent For Leather
Iron Maiden- Killers
Slayer- Reign In Blood
Darkthrone- A Blaze In The Northern Sky

Martin Walkyier (Sabbat)
1. Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding.
2. Jethro Tull – Songs From The Wood.
3. New Model Army – Thunder And Consolation.
4. Kate Bush – Never For Ever.
5. Dave Matthews Band – Before These Crowded Streets.

Mike Williams(Eyehategod/Outlaw Order/Arson Anthem)

1. Destruction – Infernal Overkill
2. Venom –Black Metal
3. Carnivore – Retaliation
4. DRI – Dealing With It
5. Slayer – Hell Awaits

Paulo Paguntalan – (Copremesis)

1 iniQuity – Serenadium
2 Human Remains – Using Sickness as Hero
3 Metallica – Ride the Lightning
4 Malignancy – Inhuman Grotesqueries
5 Disincarnate – Dreams of the Carrion Kind

Joe Fogarazzo(Rigor Sardonicous)

[in no order]

Bathory – “Under The Sign Of The Black Mark
Death – “Scream Bloody Gore
Slayer – “Hell Awaits”
Skepticism – “Aether
Mercyful Fate – “Melissa

Josh Ebel (Serious Grind)

Black Sabbath- vol. 4
Iron Maiden- self titled
Sepultura- Beneath the Remains
Death- Human
Rwake- Absence Due to Projection

Steve Smyth(Nevermore, Testament)
AC/DC – Back In Black
Aerosmith – Rocks
Ozzy Osbourne – Diary of a Madman
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Loudness – Disillusion

Matt Rudzinski(Killwhitneydead, owner – Tribunal Records/Divebomb Records)
DREAM THEATER – When Dream & Day Unite
METALLICA – Master Of Puppets
ENTOMBED – Wolverine Blues

Lance Harrison – (Hirax)
1. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
2. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz
3. Metallica – Kill em All
4. Slayer – Reign in Blood
5. Exodus – Bonded by Blood

Glenn Rogers- (Hirax)
1. The Beatles , The White Album
2. Iron Maiden , The Number Of The Beast
3. UFO , Strangers In The Night
4. Queen , A Night At The Opera
5. Led Zeppelin , Led Zeppelin II

Butch Balich – (ARGUS, fomerly of PENANCE)
1. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
2. Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
3. The Beatles – Revolver
4. Angel – Angel
5. KISS – Destroyer

Paul Speckman – (Master)

1 Rainbow Rising
2 Angel Witch Angel Witch
3 Motorhead No Sleep Til Hammersmith
4 Deep Purple Purpendicular
5 Judas Priest Sin After Sin

Geoff Summers – (Batillus/The End Records/Crustcake.com/Noisecreep.com)

Converge – You Fail Me
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
Isis – Oceanic
Mastodon – Remission
Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom)
1. Slayer “Reign in Blood”
2. Metallica “Master of Puppets”
3. Metallica “Ride the Lightning”
4. Pestilence “Consuming Impulse”
5. My Dying Bride “Turn Loose the Swans”

Larry Roberts – (Novembers Doom)

Celtic Frost- Into The Pandemonium

Judas Priest- Unleashed In The Easy

Voivod- Dimension Hatross

Slayer- Reign In Blood

Metallica- Master Of Puppet

Lars Chriss – (Lions Share)

1. Black Sabbath “Mob Rules”

2. Def Leppard “Pyromania

3. MSG “MSG” (1981)

4. Judas Priest “British Steel”

5. KISS “Alive”

Graham Landers – (Deepsend Records)

1. Integrity – For Those Who Fear Tomorrow

2. My Dying Bride – The Dreadful Hours

3. Type O Negative – World Coming Down

4. At The Gates – Slaughter of the Soul

5. Gorgots – Obscura

Vic Szalaj – (Cable/The End Records)

1. Black Sabbath – We Sold Our Souls For Rock n’ Roll
2. Iron Maiden – Number Of The Beast
3. Judas Priest – British Steel
4. Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
5. KISS – Destroyer

Kelli Malella – (Publicity-Metal Blade Records)

Acid Bath – When the Kite String Pops/Pagan Terrorist Tactics

Soilent Green – Sewn Mouth Secrets/Pussysoul

The Black Dahlia Murder – Unhallowed

Down – NOLA

Pantera – Far Beyond Driven/Great Southern Trendkill

Berkan Basoglu (Carnophage)
1) Suffocation – Pierced From Within
2) Slayer – Reign in Blood
3) At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul
4) Death – Human
5) Morbid Angel – Domination

Daniel Ekeroth (Tyrant/ Author of “Swedish Death Metal”)

1. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
2. Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
3. Motörhead – Overkill
4. Thin Lizzy – Bad Reputation
5. AC/DC – Let there be rock

John McEntee (Incantation/ Ibex Moon Records)
Black Sabbath – “Born Again
Black Sabbath – “Live Evil
Possessed – “Seven Churches”
Autopsy – “Mental Funeral”
Exodus – “Bonded by Blood”

1. IRON MAIDEN “Powerslave”
2. VENOM “Black Metal”
3. JUDAS PRIEST “Defenders of the faith”
4. SLAYER “Reign in blood”
5. CIRITH UNGOL “One foot in hel”

Trevor Peres – (Obituary)

1. Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
2. Slayer – Hell Awaits
3. Possessed – Seven Churches
4. Venom – Black Metal
5. It’s a toss up between… Metallica – Kill ‘Em All and Exodus – Bonded By Blood

Andrew Hock – (Castevet)

Ulver: Bergtatt

Celtic Frost: To Mega Therion

Demilich: Nespithe

Mercyful Fate: Melissa

Enslaved: Mardraum: Beyond The Within

Frank Watkins – (Obituary / Gorgoroth)

1) Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
2) Death – Scream Bloody Gore
3) Hell Awaits – Slayer
4) Napalm Death – From Enslavement to Obliteration
5) Don’t Break The Oath – Mercyful Fate

Steven Rathbone – (Lair of the Minotaur)






Glann Hampton – (Rigor Sardonicous)

#1 Slayer Hell Awaits.

#2 Trouble Psalm 9.

#3 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast.

#4 Black Sabbath Master of Reality.

#5 KISS Destroyer.

Infestvvs – (Glorior Belli / Obscurus Advocam)

1. PANTERA: The Great Southern Trendkill


3. DISSECTION: Reinkaos

4. AT THE DRIVE-IN: Relationship Of Command

5. MASTODON: Crack The Skye

Alastor – (Glorior Belli)

1. MACHINE HEAD – Burn My Eyes
2. GUNS N ROSES – Apettite For Destruction
3. SEPULTURA – Arise
4. BRUTAL TRUTH – Sounds Of The Animal Kingdom
5. DISSECTION – Storm Of The Light’s Bane

Ripper Owens – (Beyond Fear, Ex Judas Priest)

1 Judas Priest...Screaming for Vengeance

2 Anthrax..Among the living

3 Sabbath…Heaven and Hell

4 Queensryche..Operation mind crime

5 Soundgarden…Badmotorfinger

Archaon (1349)

1: CARCASS Necrotisicm- Descanting the insalubrious
2: EMPEROR- Anthems to the welkin at dusk
3: PINK FLOYD- The division bell
4: TOOL- 10 000 days
5: NILE- Black seeds of vengeance

Mayheimc Destructor (Endstille):
1. Voivod – Dimension Hatröss
2. Gorgoroth – Under the sign of hell
3. Skitsystem – Graa värld/svarta tankar
4. Sodom – Agent Orange
5. Repulsion – Horrified

Dan Lorenzo (Hades)

1 AC/DC Highway To Hell
2 Kiss Alive!
3 Plasmatics Coup De Etat
4 Aerosmith Rocks
5 Clutch Clutch

Chris Bruni (Profound Lore Records Owner)
1) MERCYFUL FATE – Don’t Break The Oath
2) DIO – The Last In Line
3) MERCYFUL FATE – Melissa
4) CELTIC FROST – To Mega Therion
5) MORBID ANGEL – Altars Of Madness

Ben Hogg – (Beaten Back to Pure/ Birds of Prey)
1.Slayer-Reign in Blood
2.Sabbath-Masters of Reality
3.Celtic Frost-To Mega Therion
4.Mercyful Fate-Don’t Break the Oath
5.Accept-Restless and Wild

Roy Yeo – (Pulverised Records)
1. Entombed “Left Hand Path”
2. Morbid Angel “Altars Of Madness”
3. At The Gates “Slaughter Of The Soul”
4. Edge Of Sanity “Crimson”
5. Dissection “Storm Of A Light’s Bane”

Colin Davis – (Vile)

1. Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind
2. Morbid Angel – Blessed are the Sick
3. Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
4. Yngwie Malmsteen – Rising Force
5. Death – Human

Gus G – (Firewind, Nightrage)

1. Iron Maiden – Piece Of Mind
2. Metallica – Metallica
3. Scorpions – Taken By Force
4. Black Sabbath – Tyr
5. Firewind – The Premonition

Alan McFarland – (Man Must Die)
1. Carcass – Heartwork
2. Megadeth – Rust in peace
3. Anthrax – Persistance of time
4. Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
5. Armageddon – three

Charles Elliot – (Nuclear Blast Records)
Carcass – Heartwork
Death – Human
At the gates – Slaughter of the soul
Suffocation – Pierced from within
Dissection – Storm of the lights bane

Andre Hartoonian –(Hexen)
1. Death – Symbolic

2. Megadeth – Rust in Peace

3. Dream Theater – Images and Words

4. Coroner – No More Color

5. Metallica – …And Justice for All

Corey Bing – (Fistula)
Slayer – Reign In Blood
Nuclear Assault – Game Over
Obituary – Slowly We Rot
Metallica- Ride the Lightning
Brutal Truth – Need to Control

Chris Grigg (Woe)
Assuck – “Misery Index
Dawn – “Slaughtersun (Crown of the Triarchy)
Ulver – “Nattens Madrigal
Emperor – “In the Nightside Eclipse
Enslaved – “Isa

Jamie King (Producer)
Metallica-And Justice for All
Megadeth-Rust in Peace
Meshuggah-Destroy Erase Improve
Turmoil-Process Of

Yan Leviathan – (Avian)
1) Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
2) Dream Theater – Scenes From A Memory
3) Helloween – The Time of the Oath
4) Freedom Call – Crystal Empire
5) Rhapsody of FIre – Rain of a Thousand Flames

Karl Sanders – (Nile)

Blessed are the Sick – Morbid Angel
Virgin Killer – Scorpions
Screaming for Vengeance – Judas Priest
Long Live Rock and Roll – Rainbow
Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath

Steve Merry – (Be’lakor)
Opeth – Morningrise
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Dimmu Borgir – Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia
Immortal – Sons of Northern Darkness
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

Curby – (Obscene Productions)
1. NASUM – Inhale/Exhale
2. BRUTAL TRUTH – Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
4. CARCASS – Swansongs
5. VENOMOUS CONCEPT – Poisoned Apple

Chris Black – (Superchrist)
Motorhead – No Sleep til Hammersmith
Slayer – Show No Mercy
Iron Maiden – Somewhere in Time
Bathory – Twilight of the Gods
Sentenced – Amok

Kevin Hufnagel – (Dysrhythmia)
Voivod – Dimension Hatross
Anacrusis – Manic Impressions
Fates Warning – Awaken the Guardian
King Diamond – Abigail
Iron Maiden – Killers

Mike Hill – (Tombs)
1. Slayer – Reign in Blood
2. Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
3. At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
4. Neurosis – Through Silver in Blood
5. Metallica – And Justice For All

Matt Moore – (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder)
Emperor – “In the Nightside Eclipse
Dissection – “Storm of the Lights Bane
Sepultura – “Chaos AD
God Dethroned – “Bloody Blasphemy
King Diamond – “Fatal Portrait”

Mike Dafferner – (Car Bomb)
1. Metallica – Kill Em All
2. Slayer – South o Heaven
3. Iron Maiden – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
4. Detones – White Pony
5. Tool- Undertow

Jon Modell – (Car Bomb)
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Metallica – Master of Puppets
SOD – Speak English or Die
Pantera – Far Beyond Driven
Death – Human

CT – (Rwake)
Kiss – Destroyer
Metallica- and Justice for All
Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
Black Sabbath – Master of Reality
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast

Ryan Lipynsky –(Unearthly Trance)
1. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
2. Slayer – Show No Mercy
3. Metallica – Kill Em All
4. Celtic Frost – Morbid Tales
5. Darkthrone – A Blaze in the Northern Sky

Josh Silbernagel – (Hands)
1. Whitecross – Hammer and Nail
2. Stryper – Soldiers Under Command
3. Stryper – To Hell With The Devil
4. Holy Soldier – Holy Soldier
5. Guardian – Miracle Mile

Brook Reeves (Impending Doom)
Pantera- The Great Southern Trendkill
Slipknot- Iowa
Hank williams jr- Greatest Hits
Metallica- Black Album
Deftones- White Pony

David Sitting – (Impending Doom)
1. Chaosphere – Meshuggah
2. Ride The Lightning – Metallica
3. Iowa – Slipknot
4. Issues – Korn
5. 10,000 Days – Tool

Matt Ellis – (A Hope For Home)
1. Metallica- …And Justice For All
2. Botch- We Are The Romans
3. Isis- Panopticon
4. Norma Jean- O God, The Aftermath
5. Coalesce- 0:12 Revolution In Just Listening

Shannon Quiggle – (Facedown Records)
(no particular order)
Life of Agony – River Runs Red
Sepultura – Chaos A.D.
Led Zeppelin – IV
Tool – Undertow
xDisciplex – Imitation of Love

Brian Funck – (Thou)
Catharsis – Samsara
Born Against – Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure
Earth Crisis – 1993 demo
Culture – Heteronome
Disembodied – If God Only Knew the Rest Were Dead

Sherwood Webber (ex Skinless, Enemy Reign)
Resurrection – Embalmed Existence
Starkweather – Into The Wire
Suffocation – Despise The Sun
Pungent Stench – Club Mondo Bizarre, For Members Only
Sick Of It All – Scratch The Surface

Lord K Phillipson – (The Project Hate, God Among Insects)
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Vanessa Carlton – Any album fits here
Agony – The First Defiance
Seance – Saltrubbed eyes
Dark Funeral – Diabolis interium

Antony Guzzardo – (Earache Records)
1. Dream Theater – Metropolis pt. II: Scenes From a Memory
2. Metallica – …And Justice For All
3. Iced Earth – Alive In Athens
4. Pain of Salvation – Remedy Lane
5. Fates Warning – Parallels

Attila Csihar – (sunn 0))), Mayhem, etc).
Deep Purple “In Rock”
Judae Priest “Screaming for Vengence”
Slayer “Hell Awaits”
Voivod “Dimension Hatross”
Celtic Frost “To Mega Therion”

Ian Jacyszyn – (Castevet)
Motorhead – Overkill
Extreme Noise Terror – Phonophobia
Voivod – Nothingface
Master’s Hammer – Ritual
Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness

Frank Harthoorn – (Gorefest)
1 Carcass – Symphonies of Sickness
2 Judas Priest – Unleashed In The East
3 Metallica – Ride The Lightning
4 Strapping Young Lad – City
5 Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

Mike Scalzi – (Slough Feg)
1. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality
2. Iron Maiden: Number of the Beast
3. Saint Vitus: Saint Vitus
4. Solstice: New Dark Age
5. Judas Priest: Hell Bent for Leather

Bård g. Eithun – (Blood Tsunami, ex-Emperor)
Mayem – Dee Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
Tormentor – Anno Domini
Poison Idea – Feel the Darkness
Slayer – Reing in Blood
Bathory – Blood Fire Death

Khorus – (Khors)
1.W.A.S.P. – Crimson Idol
2.The Cure – Wish
3.Celtic Frost – Into The Pandemonium
4.Type’O’Negative – October Rust
5.Arcturus – The Sham Mirrors

Ralph Santolla – (Obituary / Deicide)
Ozzy – Diary of a Madman
Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance
Carcass – Heartwork

Seraphackh – (Anael)
Bathory – Blood, Fire, Death
Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
Iron Maiden – Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Venom – At War With Satan
Slayer – Hell Awaits

Donald Tardy – (Obituary)
1. Mercyful Fate-Don’t Break the Oath
2. Metallica-Kill em’ All
3. Slayer- Reign In Blood
4. Celtic Frost- To Mega Therion
5.Pantera-Vulgar Display of Power

Assaulter; S. (Berserker)
Metallica – ‘Ride the Lightning’
Mercyful Fate – ‘Don’t Break the Oath’
Kreator – ‘Pleasure to Kill’
Sodom – ‘Agent Orange’
Judas Priest – ‘Painkiller’

Richard Cabeza, (Unanimated, ex- Dismember)
1. Mercyful Fate- Don’t Break the Oath
2. Bathory- Bathory
3. Autospy- Mental Funeral
4. Sarcofago – Inri
5. Bathory – Hammerheart

Aydan – (Elvenking)
HELLOWEEN – Keeper of the 7 keys pt 2
IRON MAIDEN – Seventh son of a seventh son
SKYCLAD – A Burnt offering for the bone idol
CANDLEMASS – Nightfall
MERCYFUL FATE – In the shadows

Gerre – (Tankard)

1. Exciter: Heavy Metal Maniac
2. Exodus: Bonded by Blood
3. Omen: Battle Cry
4. Riot: Fire Down Under
5. Anvil: Metal on Metal

M. Svensson – (Vanmakt)
1 – Dissection – Storm Of The Light´s Bane
2 – Dark Funeral – Attera Totus Sanctus
3 – Opeth – Orchid
4 – Behemoth – Demigod
5 – Entombed – Left Hand Path

Damna – (Elvenking)
IRON MAIDEN Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
KISS Revenge
GUNS N ROSES “Use Your Illusion I & II”
MOTLEY CRUE Dr. Feelgood

Leon Macey (Mithras/The Senseless/Galactic Records)
Bal Sagoth – Battle Magic
Morbid Angel – Covenant
Rush – Power Windows
Dreamtribe – Mother Earth
Metallica – Master Of Puppets

Nathan Ellis (Daylight Dies)
1. Metallica – Master of Puppets
2. Metallica – …And Justice For All
3. Opeth – My Arms Your Hearse
4. Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime
5. Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power

Andy Nelson – (Wrench In The Works)
Black Sabbath “Black Sabbath”
Metallica “Ride The Lightning”
Carcass “Heartwork
Pantera “Vulgar Display of Power”
Life of Agony “River Runs Red”

Andy Atkins – (A Plea For Purging)
1. Reign In Blood – Slayer
2. Catch 33 – Meshuggah
3. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
4. Master of Puppets – Metallica
5. Cowboys From Hell – Pantera

Andrew Wallin – (Battlefields)
Morbid Angel “Domination
Neurosis “Times of Grace
Godflesh “Streetcleaner
Metallica “and Justice for All
At the Gates “Slaughter of the Soul”

Pete Ponitkoff – (Agenda Of Swine)
1.) Slayer” Show no mercy”
2.) Posssesed “7 Churches”
3.) Slayer“Hell Awaits”/ Reign in Blood
4.) Venom” Welcome to Hell”
5.) Exodus”Bonded by Blood”

Bill Davidson – (Sathanas)
1. Venom-Welcome to Hell
2. BATHYM-all
3. Acheron-Rites of the Black Mass
4. Kreator- Terrible Certainty
5. Nun Slaughter-Hell’s unholy fire

Jared Brewer (Terra Caput Mundi)
Slayer – Show No Mercy
Running Wild – Gates to Purgatory
Iron Maiden – Powerslave
Manilla Road – Mystification
Living Death – Vengeance of Hell

Patrik Lindgren – (Thyrfing)
Bathory “Hammerheart
Metallica “Ride The Lightning
Dissection “Storm of The Light’s Bane”
Morbid Angel “Altars of Madness”
Judas Priest “Sad Wings of Destiny

Erik Trammell – (Black Elk)
1. Godflesh-Streetcleaner
2. Neurosis-Times of Grace
3. Celtic Frost-Monotheist
4. Slayer-South of Heaven
5. Pig Destroyer-Phantom Limb

Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records)
1. Iron Maiden “The Number Of The Beast
2. Iron Maiden “Killers”
3. Rainbow “Rising”
4. Black Sabbath “Sabotage”
5. Thin Lizzy “Johnny The Fox”

Robert Falzano –(Shatter Messiah)
Metallica – Master of Puppets/Ride the Lightning
Danzig – Danzig II
Anthrax – Among the Living
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses

Mika André – (Eryn Non Dae)
Nevermore – Dead Heart in A Dead World
Khoma- The Second Wave
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Emperor – Prometheus, The Discipline of Fire and Demise
Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time

Jeffrey Kusbel – (Autopsy Kitchen Records)
Iron Maiden – Piece Of Mind
Type O Negative – October Rust
Motorhead – Overkill
Ildjarn – Strength And Anger
Sinister – Hate

Nick Emde – (The Destro)
1. Fear Factory- Demanufacture
2. Crowbar- Time Heals Nothing
3. Pantera- Far Beyond Driven
4. Napalm Death- Words from the Exit wound
5. Cannibal Corpse- Bloodthirst

Chris Brock-(Early Graves)
1. Slayer “Show No Mercy
2. Slayer “Haunting The Chapel
3. Slayer “Hell Awaits
4. Slayer “Reign In Blood
5. Slayer “South of Heaven

Tobias Buck – (Neaera)

Stefan Keller (Neaera)
1. Gojira – The Way of all Flesh
2. Efterklang – Parades
3. The Acacia Strain – Continent
4. Rammstein – Reise, Reise
5. Calexico – Carried to Dust

Gary Mader – (Eyehategod/Outlaw Order)
Slayer-Reign in Blood
Righteous pigs-Stress Related
Melvins-Gluey Porch Treatments
Celtic Frost-Morbid Tales

Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse)
1. Slayer “Reign In Blood
2. Metallica “Master of Puppets
3. Accept “Restless and Wild
4. Iron Maiden “Powerslave”
5. Morbid Angel “Altars of Madness”

Matthias Vogels (Murmur)
Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
Iron Maiden – Powerslave
Witchfinder General – Death Penalty
Morbid Angel – Altars of Madness
Bathory – Blood Fire Death

Derek Bean (Devastator)
1. Metallica- Master of Puppets
2. Megadeth- Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying
3. Iron Maiden- Powerslave
4. Judas Priest- Defenders of the Faith
5. Slayer- Reign in Blood

Jost Kleinert (Lay Down Rotten)
1. Edge of Sanity – Crimson
2. Edge of Sanity – Spectral Sorrows
3. Katatonia – Brave Murder Day
4. Opeth – Black Water Park
5. Emperor – Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk

Kreishloff – (Lecherous Nocturne)
Immolation, Here and After
Angelcorpse, The Inexorable
Megadeth, Rust in Peace
Marduk, Panzer Division Marduk
Gorguts, Obscura

Trevor Phipps – (Unearth)
1. Pantera “Vulgar Display of Power”
2. Metallica “Master of Puppets”
3. Sepultura “Arise”
4. Anthrax “Among the Living”
5. Megadeth “Peace Sells…But who’s buying”

Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory/Arkaea)
Metallica: Master of Puppets
Slayer: Reign in Blood
Sodom: Persecution Mania
Napalm Death: Utopia Banished
Death: Leprosy


Gary Vosganian (Maelstrom)
1. Sabbat – Dreamweaver (reflections of our yesterdays)
2. Slayer – Reign in Blood
3. Death – Human
4. Kreator – Extreme Aggression
5. Iron Maiden – Powerslave

Nathan T Birk – (Zero Tolerance Magazine)
1) godflesh – streetcleaner
2) darkthrone – transylvanian hunger
3) mayhem – de mysteriis dom sathanas
4) motorhead – another perfect day
5) beherit – drawing down the moon

Simon (War From A Harlots Mouth)
Meshuggah – Catch 33
Crowbar – Sonic Excess in its Purest Form
Type o negative – October Rust
At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
Behemoth – Demigod

Barret (Sevared Records)
Metallica- Master Of Puppets
Broken Hope- Repulsive Conception
Morbid Angel- Covenant
Grave- Into The Grave
Deranged- Rated X

Max Doyle (GRAYCEON):
1. Ruins of Beverast “Rain Upon the Impure”
2. Metallica “Master of Puppets”
3. Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac “Then Play On”
4. Asunder “A Clarion Call”
5. Agalloch “The Mantle”

Jackie Perez Gratz (GRAYCEON):
1. Guns-n-Roses / Appetite for Destruction
2. Judas Priest / Sad Wings of Destiny
3. Iron Maiden / Killers
4. Metallica / Master of Puppets
5. Black Sabbath / Parnoid

Zack Farwell (GRAYCEON)
1.Metallica’s-Master of Puppets
3.Pantera-Far Beyond Driven
4.High on Fire-Death is This Communion
5.Opeth-Still Life

Calvin Chaing (Pulverised Records)
1) Morbid Angel – Altars Of Madness
2) Carcass – Heartwork
3) At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul
3) Napalm Death – Utopia Banished
4) Death – The Sound Of Perseverance

Perttu Vänskä – (Fist in Fetus)
1. Symphony X – The Divine Wings of Tragedy
2. Dream Theater – Scenes from a Memory
3. Metallica – …And Justice for All
4. Megadeth – Countdown to Extinction
5. Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder



  1. Commented by: slimylimey

    Wow! That is an awesome list and very interesting too, definitely some surprises. Pleased to see Rainbow getting a lot of love – I remember when I found my Dad’s copy of Long Live Rock n’ Roll, and thus another metalhead was born.

  2. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    any doubt that Slayers Reign in Blood is the best metal album of all time? (closely followed by Master of Puppets)

  3. Commented by: slimylimey

    That certainly seems to be the concensus, although Death’s Human got a lot of votes too. Strangely only one for Dave Matthew’s Band though – can’t think why.

  4. Commented by: Jodi

    Damn, that’s quite the list!

  5. Commented by: Staylow

    Helluva list there! Several bands with many votes, but alot of interesting surprises too. Good job dudes!

  6. Commented by: Shawn Pelata

    Interesting to see Vanessa Carlton picked amongst all the Metal…Viva Variety!!!

  7. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Yeah- I think ol’ Lord K was having some fun

  8. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    I guess i need to check out Pantera’s Far Beyond Driven- I always thought Vulgar was thier best, but I see Driven on here quite a bit

  9. Commented by: mars

    I think it somewhat proves that the records listened to in the formative years, when first discovering certain music on one’s own are the albums that will make these lists. It has as much to do with human development as it does the strength of the material. Whether it was Judas Priest or Korn “issues”

  10. Commented by: Staylow

    That is so true. Nearly all of my all time faves are from my teen years, when I was just beginning to truly discover music. Those initial discoveries are always the longest lasting.

  11. Commented by: Juan Manuel Pinto

    Nice to see such a list, even though there are submissions by people that actually don’t matter, but it was really good to see Brian Slagel’s top five. I was surprised I didn’t see more nods towards Morbid Angel, whose first four albums are all top notch and “Altars Of Madness” is an undisputed classic of Metal. For my two cents on Morbid Angel, check:


  12. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Thats a good article Juan- but no “God of Emptiness”? shame on you.

  13. Commented by: Juan Manuel Pinto

    Give me a break Erik! I had to narrow it down to 10… It was really difficult, why do you think I used the trick of only choosing from their first four albums? “God Of Emptiness” would have been the 11th song, but it was only a top ten…

  14. Commented by: Hevy Blevy

    Great piece, although I did not see these three in anyone’s list so I have to add them: 1) SYL-City 2) Emperor-Emperor/Wrath of the Tyrant 3) Weakling-Dead as Dreams…Thanks for a great site

  15. Commented by: Chris S

    I like that Gus G. voted a Firewind album in his top 5, lol, funny shit. Is that against the rules?

  16. Commented by: Stacy B.

    Erik, or any other staffers for that matter, you should totally compile a list of most top mentioned albums by all of these artists/musicians so we can see which albums were mentioned the most.

    PLEASE?!?!? :)

    Cheers all!

  17. Commented by: Redstar

    I would have thought to see more Megadeth “Rust in Peace” nods on there.

  18. Commented by: Staylow

    You asked, you got it. (I was curious myself, and a little bored). so here ya go.


    01. Slayer – Reign in Blood….22

    02. Metallica – Master of Puppets…19

    03. Slayer – Hell Awaits…9
    03. (tie) Metallica – Ride the Lightning…9

    05. (tie) Metallica – And Justice For All…8
    05. (tie) Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast…8
    05. (tie) At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul…8

    08. (tie) Metallica – Kill ’em All…6
    08. (tie) Mercyful Fate – Don’t Break the Oath…6
    08. (tie) Dissection – Storm of the Lights Bane…6
    08. (tie) Death – Human…6
    08. (tie) Carcass – Heartwork…6

    13. (tie) Slayer – Show No Mercy…5
    13. (tie) Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power…5
    13. (tie) Morbid Angel – Alters of Madness…5
    13. (tie) Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance…5
    13. (tie) Exodus – Bonded by Blood…5
    13. (tie) Celtic Frost – To Mega Therion…5
    13. (tie) Black Sabbath – Master of Reality…5


    Iron Maiden – 28
    Black Sabbath…24
    Judas Priest – 20
    Celtic Frost…12
    Morbid Angel…11
    Mercyful Fate…10
    At the Gates…8

    The Maiden, Priest and Sabbath votes were really spread out. I guess everybody has a different fave from them. And of all the Slayer votes, I was surprised to see none for Seasons in the Abyss.

  19. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    nice work larry!

  20. Commented by: Juan Manuel Pinto

    Cannibal Corpse appears only once? Even though Alex Webster gets to list his favorite albums? (By the way his top two albums match the overall Top Two) …But Vanessa Carlton is there? And Kate Bush? And The Cure? And Hank Williams Jr.? Whoever was responsible for this shoul be Stripped, Raped and Strangled, then Fucked With A Knife, then Split Wide Open, then Gutted and left Covered With Sores until they Vomit The Soul and their Innards Decay and finally, their Rotting Head should be Buried In The Backyard until only A Skull Full Of Maggots remain.

  21. Commented by: Marcin

    Juan Manuel Pinto:

    “Whoever was responsible for this shoul be Stripped, Raped and Strangled, then Fucked With A Knife, then Split Wide Open, then Gutted and left Covered With Sores until they Vomit The Soul and their Innards Decay and finally, their Rotting Head should be Buried In The Backyard until only A Skull Full Of Maggots remain”.


    Too bad that once they’re strangled, they can’t vomit shit…cause they’re fuckin’ dead!

  22. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    Juan- is that last sentence the title of the next Cannibal Corpse album?

  23. Commented by: Juan Manuel Pinto

    Erik: They’re just song titles…

  24. Commented by: Yeah

    Modest Mouse: Lonesome Crowded West
    Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction
    Rites of Spring: End on End
    Slayer: Reign in Blood
    Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat

  25. Commented by: C

    wtf is jared brewer doing on this list at all, let alone ahead of slagel and webster, among others? fucking crazy. invalidates the list.

  26. Commented by: Dan Nagorski

    1. cradle of filth – damnation and a day

    2. dimmu borgir – death cult armogeddon

    3. satyricon – the age of nero

    4. metallica – and justice for all

    5. bathory – nordland 1

  27. Commented by: Erik Thomas

    C- the list isn’t in any order of importance of folks- i added to the list as and when I got them back. and if someone got back to me with a list- i added regardless of who they were

  28. Commented by: Silver_Lamp

    5 Favorite Albums of all Time (According to People That Actually Matter)

    I laughed none of those people matter at all so many shitty bands on those lists.

  29. Commented by: Anderson Carvalho

    1º Epicus, doomicus, metallicus – Candlemass;
    2º …And justice for all – Metallica;
    3º Heartwork – Carcass;
    4º Damnation – opeth;
    5º Hemispheres – Rush;

  30. Commented by: BKaz

    In my opinion personally:

    1. Maudlin of the Well – Part The Second
    2. Opeth – Still Life
    3. Isis – Panopticon
    4. Porcupine Tree – Fear of a Blank Planet
    5. Edge of Sanity – Crimson II

    note: this is without album repeats from the same band… in which case, top 4 spaces would immediately be filled with every maudlin of the well album =) then opeth would be next in line… and, I don’t care about history or prestige… these albums are clearly better than anything Slayer or Metallica has put out… There, I said it!!

  31. Commented by: jo

    Wow, Im surprised by how often Carcass “Heartwork” appears on these lists. I remember it being panned when it first came out.

  32. Commented by: Facial La Fleur

    Very nice list of lists here and a cool take on the whole thing. I love lists.

    Here are my top 5

    1. METALLICA – …And Justice For All
    2. MEGADETH – Rust In Peace
    3. DEATH – Symbolic
    4. SLAYER – South Of Heaven
    5. IRON MAIDEN – Iron Maiden

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