The ten best debut metal albums

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You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and these bands sure made the most of their opportunity. Some of these inaugural releases launched new subgenres, while others have yet to be matched in more than two decades. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best debut metal albums.

See also:
- The ten geekiest metal bands
- The ten best faceless metal bands
- The ten most disappointing metal albums

10. System of a Down - System of a Down
System of a Down is the first band to add a wallop of weird, a sugary Hawaiian Punch of pep and a shitball of silliness to metal -- morphing the Melvins' stoner nuttiness into a high-flying centipede on crack. Metal was so damn serious before then, when it should have been associated with fun rebelliousness, like shooting watermelons with a machine gun. As political as Rage Against the Machine and as boisterous as an ADD kid, when the band's video for "Sugar" smacked you in the face, there was no turning back.

9. Korn - Korn
Korn is a groundbreaking album even though it ultimately inspired the despised nu-metal genre. The combination of roller-coaster raw emotions, heavy breathing vocals and bass slapping funk tore metal fans in half. Though distant and spacey at times, Korn is just as heavy and full of fucking foul language as standard metal.

8. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine isn't strictly metal, but it is strictly badass, anti-establishment and anti-rich fucks who profit from war. Fuck you, they won't do what you tell them. Rage Against the Machine , the envelope-pushing album released in 1992, has yet to be matched twenty years later -- though many have tried.

7. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity
Hearing Dillinger for the first time sounds like someone is cutting their hand off with a bandsaw in a shop class full of buzzing woodworking machinery. With Calculating Infinity, The Dillinger Escape Plan created insanely complex and mesmerizing metal that was at once boldly experimental and viciously chaotic with second-to-second instrumental shifts.


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24 comments
Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Queensryche? Iron Maiden? Pantera? Megadeth? Hell I'd even go with Stainds Dysfunction over most this list...

pkohlwey
pkohlwey

I mean Tool is not exact;y true metal, but I still think Undertow should be on this list.

Josh Nadler
Josh Nadler

If you're going to stretch the definition of metal with Rage you could get rid of some of the crap on here and add Tool's "Undertow"

Derek Zipperlen
Derek Zipperlen

This would be good if there were more than 3 metal bands on here

André O. Hoilette
André O. Hoilette

So Korn and RATM are metal now?Motörhead? Where is Motörhead on the list.

Chris Tree Williams
Chris Tree Williams

Iron maiden iron maiden, Megadeath killing is my business Yngwie Malmsteen rising force

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

now Morbid Angel and Slayer...now we're talking

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

and fuck Korn and Slipknot..fucking mainstream bullshit.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

hahahahaha Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down are not metal.

Abe Moger
Abe Moger

Cowboys from hell, portraits of an american family. Replace korn and dillinger with those two and you nailed it.

Kari Morgan
Kari Morgan

Where is Look What The Cat Dragged In? (YES of course I'm joking)

Tony Sorensen
Tony Sorensen

wtf? System of a down SUCKS. Rage against the machine SUCKS..... and Iron Maiden doesn't even make that list? are you serious?

Jen Avalos
Jen Avalos

Yay! Adam Steininger wrote this!

Robert Brehm
Robert Brehm

Ok seriously .... ranking Dillinger Escape Suck over Rage Against the Machine? You should quit your job. Disgusting.

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