While it may pain some of us to admit it, a lot of our favourite metal bands have made at least one irredeemable stinker of an album. Metallica has St. Anger, Megadeth has Risk, Iron Maiden has No Prayer for the Dying, Slayer has Diabolus in Musica, Black Sabbath has everything it did in the ‘90s... and so on. But what about those bands with the perfect streak? Those that, throughout their entire career, have been able to somehow provide nothing but good, hearty metal again and again?
These are the bands that we will be recognising for their unyielding craftsmanship here today. From arena-filling titans like System of a Down to cult mavens like Atheist, no stone will be left unturned in this quest for hard-rocking perfection.
But, first, some ground rules: For a band to make this list, they must have made at least four or more studio albums of wholly original content. Live records, EP’s, compilations and cover albums don’t count, so apologies in advance to Rage Against the Machine fans. Also, while the number of albums a band has made will affect their standings here, this list will ultimately strive for quality and consistency over quantity.
After all, four perfect, genre-defying albums are better than 20 decent ones, right?