Whether you're a fan of thrash or death metal, the technical or the melodic, these 25 metal albums—from Pantera, Slayer, Carcass, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Iron Maiden and more—are essential for any complete collection. In shred we trust.
Considered by many to be the blueprint on which the heavy metal sound was built on, Black Sabbath's self-titled debut was released nearly five decades ago. A spellbinding blend of blues and muscular hard rock, tracks like "Behind the Wall of Sleep," "N.I.B." and the spine-chilling title track are what Hammer horror films would sound like if they were transformed into song form. —Carlos Ramirez