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100 Essential Metal Albums

I've seen a lot of really shitty "essential metal albums" lists so I made one of my own. An attempt to cover all sub-genres thoroughly was made. I've defined essential based on this criteria:
* Effect on forming genre/sub-genre in terms of sound
* Influence on other bands
* Popularity
* Recency is taken into account negatively
* No "proto-metal"
I tried to include no more than 2 albums per band and only more than one if the band had different distinct sounds. Of course Black Sabbath gets a clear pass on this one. Albums start with Black Sabbath at 1970 and end at the year 2000.
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avg. score: 33 of 100 (33%)
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Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
2
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
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Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
4
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Deep Purple - Machine Head
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5
Rainbow - Rising
Rainbow - Rising
6
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
Judas Priest - Sad Wings of Destiny
7
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
Motorhead - Ace of Spades
8
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
Angel Witch - Angel Witch
9
Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
10
Riot - Fire Down Under
Riot - Fire Down Under
11
Manowar - Battle Hymns
Manowar - Battle Hymns
12
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
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13
Witchfinder General- Death Penalty
Witchfinder General- Death Penalty
14
Venom - Black Metal
Venom - Black Metal
15
Pagan Altar - Volume 1
Pagan Altar - Volume 1
16
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
Manilla Road - Crystal Logic
17
Metallica - Kill 'em All
Metallica - Kill 'em All
18
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
19
Accept - Balls to the Wall
Accept - Balls to the Wall
20
Cirith Ungol- King of the Dead
Cirith Ungol- King of the Dead
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21
Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
Hellhammer - Apocalyptic Raids
22
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
Iron Maiden - Powerslave
23
Trouble - Psalm 9
Trouble - Psalm 9
24
Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
Jag Panzer - Ample Destruction
25
Pentagram - Relentless
Pentagram - Relentless
26
Sodom -  in the Sign of Evil
Sodom - in the Sign of Evil
27
Kreator - Endless Pain
Kreator - Endless Pain
28
Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
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29
Possessed - Seven Churches
Possessed - Seven Churches
30
Destruction - Infernal Overkill
Destruction - Infernal Overkill
31
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
Exodus - Bonded by Blood
32
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
33
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Slayer - Reign in Blood
34
Saint Vitus - Born Too Late
Saint Vitus - Born Too Late
35
Metallica - Master of Puppets
Metallica - Master of Puppets
36
Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
Kreator - Pleasure to Kill
37
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian
38
Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty
Sodom - Obsessed by Cruelty
39
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
40
Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Bathory - Under the Sign of the Black Mark
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