Influential Metal albums (in chronological order)

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Black Sabbath
1.  Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "The first Black Sabbath album and the birth of the metal genre. Tonny Iommi's riffs gave a new dimension to guitar playing. Ozzy gained his reputation here(Best tracks: Black Sabbath, NIB, The Wizard)"
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Paranoid
2.  Paranoid by Black Sabbath
The list author says:
  "Concidered by many the blue print of the whole metal genre. T.Iommi's guitar riffs have probably influenced all the bands in the genre. (Best tracks: War Pigs, Hand Of Doom, Fairies Wear Boots)"
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Sad Wings of Destiny
3.  Sad Wings of Destiny by Judas Priest
The list author says:
  "Judas Priests landmark release. It laid the foundations for the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal(NWOBHM). RHalfords vocals sound phenomenal here. (Best Tracks: Victim Of Changes, Ripper, Dream Deceiver"
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Rising
4.  Rising by Rainbow
The list author says:
  "Rainbow's strongest album! Simply put, a masterpiece that started the melodic metal subgenre. (Best tracks: Stargazer, Light In The Black, Run With The Wolf )"
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The Number Of The Beast
5.  The Number Of The Beast by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "Iron Maiden's breakthrough album. It perfected Judas Priest's sound. The ultimate NWOBHM album, which influenced a whole generation of bands. (Best Tracks: Run To The Hills,Hallowed Be Thy Name"
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Kill 'Em All
6.  Kill 'Em All by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Arguably the most influential thrash album of all time. (Best tracks: Seek And Destroy, Four Horsemen)"
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Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I
7.  Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I by Helloween
The list author says:
  "The beginning of European power metal and the bands best album to date. Helloween's first album to feature the unique vocals of Michael Kiske. (Best tracks: Halloween, Twilight Of The Gods, I'm Alive)"
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Powerslave
8.  Powerslave by Iron Maiden
The list author says:
  "The album that propelled I.Maiden to international stardom. It enriched and perfected the sound of Number Of The Beast. (Best tracks: Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, Powerslave, Aces High)"
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Reign In Blood
9.  Reign In Blood by Slayer
The list author says:
  "The second most influential thrash metal album together with 'Hell Awaits' by the ultimate thrash metal band. (Best tracks: Angel Of Death, Raining Blood)"
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Ride The Lightning
10.  Ride The Lightning by Metallica
The list author says:
  "Metallica's crowning achievement. Influential to thrash, heavy and even new-metal. (Best tracks: For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black)"
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Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II
11.  Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part II by Helloween
The list author says:
  "Helloween's international breakthrough album. A blueprint of European power metal. Extremely influential. Kiske's vocals are out of this world! (Best tracks: Eagle Fly Free, I Want Out, March Of Time)"
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Holy Diver - Remastered
12.  Holy Diver - Remastered by Dio
The list author says:
  "Another milestone of the melodic metal subgenre, fronted by one of metals best voices ever. (Best tracks: Stand Up And Shout, Don't Talk To Strangers)"
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Scream Bloody Gore
13.  Scream Bloody Gore by Death
The list author says:
  "The blueprint of early death metal, by one of the most talented bands of the genre. (Best tracks: Zombie Ritual, Scream Bloody Gore)"
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Black Metal (Remastered / Expanded)
14.  Black Metal (Remastered / Expanded) by Venom
The list author says:
  "Probably the album that started the Black Metal genre (Best tracks: Countess Bathory, Don't Burn The Witch)"
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Operation: Mindcrime: Remastered
15.  Operation: Mindcrime: Remastered by Queensrÿche
The list author says:
  "Queensryche's breakthrough release! One of the best and most influential concept albums ever (Best tracks: Suite Sister Mary, Eyes Of A Stranger, Mission)"
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The Warning
16.  The Warning by Queensrÿche
The list author says:
  "Queensryche's first full length release and their most influential one to American power/progressive metal -together with ‘Operation Mindcrime’. (Best tracks: Take Hold Of The Flame, Roads To Madness)"
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Cowboys From Hell
17.  Cowboys From Hell by Pantera
The list author says:
  "Amazing down tuned guitar riffs that influenced many guitarists in heavy metal, death metal and new-metal. Also Pantera's second best release (Best tracks: Cowboys from Hell, Cemetery Gates)"
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Rage Against The Machine
18.  Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
The list author says:
  "The best album by this band! It began the whole new-metal idea, which I truly hate, but this album rules. (Best tracks: Bombtrack, Killing In The Name)"
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Individual Thought Patterns
19.  Individual Thought Patterns by Death
The list author says:
  "One of Death's best albums. Influential to many modern death-progressive bands. (Best tracks: Destiny, Out Of Touch)"
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Slaughter Of The Soul
20.  Slaughter Of The Soul by At The Gates
The list author says:
  "This album probably influenced the genre of melodic death metal the most. A masterpiece, although a bit repetitive...(Best tracks: Blinded By Fear, Slaughter Of The Soul)"
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The Gallery
21.  The Gallery by Dark Tranquillity
The list author says:
  "Dark Tranquillity's most famous release. A pinnacle in melodic death metal together with the releases of 'In Flames' and 'At The Gates' (Best tracks: Punish My Heaven, Lethe)"
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Jester Race, the/Black Ash Inheritance
22.  Jester Race, the/Black Ash Inheritance by In Flames
The list author says:
  "see above - (Best tracks: Moonshield, Lord Hypnos)"
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Adrenaline
23.  Adrenaline by Deftones
The list author says:
  "The second most influential album to the ridiculous new-metal genre (Best tracks: Bored, Nosebleed)"
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Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
24.  Enthrone Darkness Triumphant by Dimmu Borgir
The list author says:
  "Dimmu Borgir's breakthrough album and also their best in my opinion. A major influence to modern Black Metal (Best tracks: Mourning Palace, In Death's Embrace)"
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