12 Most Brutally Heavy Metal Albums EVER

Metal's sonic sucker-punches.


Metal has gone through its fair share of iterations through the years. Regardless if it was filtered through 80's pop, grunge, or 70's rock, metal has always prospered as one of the most endurable genres of music ever to hit the mainstream. While there's no set formula to a metal release, the common theme that runs through them all is heaviness.

Throughout each decade of rock's existence, albums have come out with the right amount of sonic weight to them that blasted back many a rocker's eardrums. These albums are still rooted in a solid foundation, but the actual goal of these tunes is to absolutely obliterate everything in its path.

While genres like death metal or black metal make their living off of blowing out your speakers, here are a few examples of bands that have ripped open people's skulls with just the blunt power of music. There may be some offshoots of hard rock or industrial thrown into the mix, but these exceptions have more than earned their spot in the heaviest offerings in popular music.

These albums might not all sound the same, but each are sure to leave you bruised and broken afterward. Turn it up and brace for impact.

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