Slipknot have won a poll for the best debut albums of the past 25 years.
Over 16,000 Metal Hammer readers voted to find the best metal debut, and while many entries were perhaps obvious choices, the self-titled album by Slipknot won by a landslide.
It was released in 1999, and marked the peak of the nu-metal movement. Producer Ross Robinson brought his distinctive brand of dirt and grime he had become known for after work with the likes of Korn, and while many at the time thought the Slipknot masks proved they were nothing more than a gimmick act, the album truly floored anyone who listened. It was a huge achievement in metal production values and a valiant step into a new era of heavy music.
So who scored in the top ten debuts of the last 25 years, and what percentage of the vote did they win?
01. Slipknot Slipknot (32.27%)
02. Korn Korn (8.88%)
03. Guns N' Roses Appetite For Destruction (8.84%)
04. Rammstein Herzeleid (6.92%)
05. Pantera Cowboys From Hell (6.2%)
06. System Of A Down System Of A Down (4.67%)
07. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (3.78%)
08. Machine Head Burn My Eyes (3.35%)
09. Bullet For My Valentine The Poison (3.01%)
10. Rage Against The Machine Rage Against The Machine (2.78%)
Could UG readers improve on the rankings? Did Metal Hammer readers miss a trick? Vote for your favourite metal debut in the comments, and we'll round them up for a future post.