10 essential metal albums

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10 essential metal albums


As a Beat metal columnist, here’s my retroactively and meticulously curated top ten albums that I do actually love...

Showcased within a list that disregards my formative pop years, skips the ska and punk phase, forgets about several nu-metal soundtracks, and makes me look like a way cooler dude than I actually am.

Slipknot Slipknot

I never owned Believe, the God-bothering, second major-label album from nu-metal hit machine Disturbed. I went straight into the dark, satanic shit. I’m a psycho.


Anyone that ever tells you they remember me as a trumpet-playing, ska-loving punk kid is a liar. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones had no bearing on my pathway into hardcore.

Killswitch EngageAlive or Just Breathing

I absolutely do not, and never have listened to or owned any albums by Savage Garden. My introduction to the concept of ‘clean singing’ was via Killswitch Engage.


Every time I remember to listen to Meshuggah, my mind is blown all over again. For real though. I can’t think of anything smart to say here. Meshuggah straight up rules.

Misery Signals Of Malice and The Magnum Heart

Everything about metalcore will always be as cool and good as this album. Nothing was ever embarrassing. My blood runs for this family.

ConvergeJane Doe

The first few times I heard Converge I thought it was trash. Then I was forced to listen to Jane Doe in a dark room.

EntombedLeft Hand Path

In Flames? Never heard of them. I Killed the Prom Queen had nothing to do with it. Entombed was the band that got me into death metal. For sure.

It feels good to be edgy and admit to liking some dangerous shit from time to time. I’ve seen Until the Light Takes Us twice now.

ISIS Panopticon

I decided the other day that I’m going to start a seminal post-metal band. It’s gonna be called Taliban, and we’re gonna take over the world.


Grindcore is a fucking joke. Have you ever taken LSD and then tried to ponder the genre’s merits, only to end up in a laughing fit for an hour? Me neither.