TOP 30 Metal Albums of the Millennium

Ahoy, metalhead maties! Your favorite beer-bellied list-lover is back with another heaping of heavy, crunchy goodness! 

     A couple years ago, a few friends and I started a group through Facebook messenger in which we would set a topic and then venture out into the vast reaches of this musical wonderland we reside in to curate our own personal favorites (be it songs, albums, etc.) surrounding said topic. 

     The lists spanned every nook and cranny of the music-verse and we wanted to share our travel stories with you good folks! 

     Our first foray into madness was to carve out our thirty most beloved metal albums of the millennium (nothing released before January 1, 2000). As you’ll realize below, we didn’t all come up with thirty and one or two may have been helmed prior to this current millennium, but what’s the fun of making your own rules if you can’t break em?! 

     In honor of this gargantuan task, we decided to assign ourselves the most “metal” nicknames we could comprehend, just like our favorite metal musicians.

     Anywho, without further ado, I present the Top 30 Metal Albums of the Millennium! 


Lucas “Left Hand Fap” Fuechsl:

30. Carcass: Surgical Steel

29. Suffocation: Pinnacle of Bedlam 

28. All Shall Perish: The Price of Existence

27. Vireaemia: Viraemia

26. Power Trip: Nightmare Logic 

25. Weedeater: Jason... the Dragon

24. Cognizance: Illusory 

23. The Faceless: Planetary Duality 

22. Belphegor: Conjuring the Dead

21. Baroness: Blue Record

20. Trash Talk: 119

19. Meshuggah: Catch Thirtythree

18. Archspire: The Lucid Collective 

17. Animosity: Animal

16. Salem’s Pot: ...Lurar Ut Dig Pä Prärien

15. Mastodon: Leviathan

14. Soulskinner: Descent to Abaddon

13. Every Time I Die: Low Teens 

12. Integrity: Howling, For the Nightmare Shall Consume

11. Sleep: Dopesmoker

10. Between the Buried and Me: The Great Misdirect 

9. The Dillinger Escape Plan: Miss Machine

8. Cattle Decapitation: Monolith of Inhumanity 

7. The Black Dahlia Murder: Miasma 

6. Veil of Maya: All Things Set Aside

5. Full of Hell: Trumpeting Ecstasy 

4. Aborted: The Necrotic Manifesto 

3. Electric Wizard: Dopethrone

2. Neurosis: The Eye of Every Storm

1. Rotten Sound: Exit


Andrew “Quarter Pounder Chuggalugger” Jackman:

30. Revocation: Existence is Futile 

29. The Red Chord: Fed Through the Teeth Machine 

28. Opeth: Deliverance

27. The Black Dahlia Murder: Ritual

26. The Contortionist: Exoplanet 

25. The Faceless: Planetary Duality 

24. Horse the Band: The Mechanical Hand

23. Job For a Cowboy: Sun Eater 

22. The Contortionist: Clairvoyant 

21. Disillusion: Gloria

20. Kayla Dot: Choirs of the Eye

19. Cattle Decapitation: The Anthropocene Extinction 

18. Between the Buried and Me: Alaska

17. Gojira: From Mars to Sirius

16. Meshuggah: Koloss 

15. Between the Buried and Me: Colors

14. ISIS: The Red Sea 

13. Canvas Solaris: Spatial/Design

12. The Ocean: Pelagial (Instrumental) 

11. VOLA: Inmazes

10. Gojira: The Way of All Flesh

9. Baroness: Red Album

8. Mastodon: Crack the Skye

7. Mastodon: Blood Mountain

6. Intronaut: Valley of Smoke 

5. ISIS: Panopticon

4. Animals as Leaders: The Joy of Motion

3. Disillusion: Back to Times of Splendor

2. Animals as Leaders: The Madness of Many

1. Gorguts: Obscura


Nick “Trash Cumpactor” Renteria:

10. A Perfect Circle: The 13th Step

9. Russian Circles: Geneva 

8. Tool: Lateralus

7. Meshuggah: Obzen

6. Opeth: Blackwater Park

5. The Faceless: Akeldama 

4. System of a Down: Toxicity 

3. Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn 

2. Isis: Panopticon

1. Mastodon: Leviathan


Josh “Space Odin” Taylor:

30. Mastodon: Leviathan 

29. Every Time I Die: Ex Lives

28. Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn

27. Scale the Summit: The Migration

26. Aborted: Retrogore

25. 3 Inches of Blood: Battlecry Under a Wintersun

24. Protest the Hero: Fortress

23. Devin Townsend: Physicist

22. Mastodon: Once More ‘Round the Sun

21. Opeth: Still Life 

20. Job For a Cowboy: Doom

19. Necrophagist: Epitaph

18. Meshuggah: Obzen

17. Between the Buried and Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence

16. After the Burial: Rareform

15. Every Time I Die: Low Teens 

14. Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake

13. The Dillinger Escape Plan: One of Us Is the Killer

12. The Faceless: Planetary Duality 

11. Born of Osiris: The Discovery 

10. Cannibal Corpse: Kill

9. Rings of Saturn: Dingir

8. Veil of Maya: [id]

7. The Black Dahlia Murder: Unhallowed

6. Pantera: Reinventing the Steel

5. Decrepit Birth: Diminishing Between Worlds 

4. Animals as Leaders: Animals as Leaders

3. The Faceless: Akeldama

2. The Black Dahlia Murder: Nocturnal

1. Between the Buried and Me: Alaska 


Beau “Gore Buffalo” Thomsen:

30. Animosity: Animal

29. Elder: Reflections of a Floating World 

28. Gorguts: Pleiades’ Dust

27. Immortal Bird: Empress/Abscess

26. Veil of Maya: The Common Man’s Collapse 

25. The Dillinger Escape Plan: Miss Machine

24. Cattle Decapitation: Monolith of Inhumanity

23. Gojira: From Mars to Sirius

22. Rivers of Nihil: Where Owls Know My Name

21. The Red Chord: Clients 

20. The Black Dahlia Murder: Nocturnal 

19. Inter Arma: The Cavern

18. White Ward: Futility Report 

17. Intronaut: Prehistoricisms

16. Job For a Cowboy: Sun Eater

15. Intronaut: The Direction of Last Things 

14. The Faceless: Planetary Duality

13. Meshuggah: Obzen 

12. Deafheaven: Sunbather

11. Opeth: Ghost Reveries

10. Between the Buried and Me: Colors

9. ISIS: Wavering Radiant

8. Baroness: Red Album

7. Deafheaven: New Bermuda

6. Opeth: Blackwater Park

5. Mastodon: Leviathan 

4. Between the Buried and Me: Alaska

3. Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake

2. Scale the Summit: The Migration 

1. ISIS: Oceanic 


Shane “Sperm (66)Six-Shooter” Morton:

30. Earth: Primitive and Deadly

29. Full of Hell: Trumpeting Ecstasy

28. Intronaut: The Direction of Last Things 

27. Meshuggah: Nothing 

26. ISIS: Panopticon 

25. Job For a Cowboy: Sun Eater

24. The Ocean: Pelagial (Instrumental) 

23. Gospel: The Moon Is a Dead World

22. Mastodon: Blood Mountain

21. White Ward: Futility Report

20. Alcest: Éscailles de Lune 

19. Deafheaven: New Bermuda

18. Meshuggah: Catch Thirtythree

17. Rosetta: The Galilean Satellites 

16. Baroness: Red Album

15. Electric Wizard: Dopethrone

14. Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats: Blood Lust

13. Russian Circles: Memorial

12. Converge: All We Love We Leave Behind 

11. Boris: Pink 

10. Sleep: Dopesmoker

9. Inter Arma: The Cavern

8. The Dillinger Escape Plan: One of Us Is the Killer 

7. Between the Buried and Me: Colora

6. Gojira: From Mars to Sirius

5. Mastodon: Leviathan

4. ISIS: Oceanic 

3. Deafheaven: Sunbather

2. Baroness: Purple

1. Between the Buried and Me: Alaska 


Josh “JLö” Lothringer: 

30. Sunn O))): Black One 

29. Animals as Leaders: Animals as Leaders 

28. Electric Wizard: Dopethrone

27. Dark Tranquility: Fiction

26. Type O Negative: Dead Again

25. Wintersun: Wintersun 

24. Amon Amarth: With Oden on Our Side 

23. Lamb of God: As the Palaces Burn

22. High on Fire: Blessed Black Wings 

21. Agalloch: Ashes Against the Grain 

20. ISIS: Wavering Radiant 

19. In Flames: Clayman 

18. Nile: Annihilation of the Wicked

17. Deafheaven: Sunbather

16. Wolves in the Throne Room: Black Cascade

15. Alcest: Les Voyages de l’Âme

14. Meshuggah: Obzen

13. Immortal: Sons of Northern Darkness

12. Boris: Pink 

11. The Faceless: Akeldama

10. Opeth: Ghost Reveries

9. Jesu: Silver

8. Wolves in the Throne Room: Two Hunters

7. Necrophagist: Epitaph

6. Dying Fetus: Destroy the Opposition

5. ISIS: Pantopticon

4. Lamb of God: Ashes of the Wake

3. Opeth: Blackwater Park

2. Mastodon: Leviathan

1. Sleep: Dopesmoker