So I've been a metalhead for a while now (4-5 years) and I have a bit of a problem...

I've never been fully immersed into many genres. Even in metal I only get pushed to certain songs by certain bands, to this day I've never heard a full AC/DC album, Iron Maiden album, or Metallica album. I was lucky enough to get my hands on albums from Brocas Helm, A7X, and Naitomea but not much else. Hopefully my current list of albums show my diversity (meaning please don't get all elitist )

With that in mind, could anyone point to what albums define a genre (subjectively of course).

I want to find out about Jazz, Classical (Baroque and Victorian stuff), Metal (any subgenre), Modern Rock, Blues, Classic Rock, and Hardcore

So far I own:

"Angels Fall First" by Nightwish
"City of Evil" by A7X
"Autotheism" by The Faceless
"Defender of the Crown" by Brocas Helm
"Deepest Purple" by Deep Purple (greatest hits album)
"The World Ruler" by Naitomea
Punk and Hardcore
"The Severing" by Crydebris
"Revolutions Per Minute" by Rise Against
"Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Theory is just...wow. I'm getting a bit over my head by trying to learn so much w/o formal educators

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I would say that thrash metal (a very aggressive, fast-paced and drum-heavy sub genre of metal) is defined by two mind-blowing albums that are among the best-sold metal albums of all time and are both albums released by their respective bands during their prime:-

Master of Puppets - Metallica
Rust In Peace - Megadeth

(in no particular order)

Both of these albums will give you a wholesome feel of the best of the sub genre. Have a look
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Also if you liked City of Evil by Avenged Sevenfold, you should know that Avenged Sevenfold started off as a metalcore band before swaying over towards heavy metal. Listen to either of their first two albums (Sounding The Seventh Trumpet and/or Waking The Fallen) to get a good feel of metalcore, which is relatively a pretty new genre. If you like, the sound, listen to Killswitch Engage's second self-titled album which released in 2009.
I think that for rock you need Pink Floyd: The Wall, Pearl Jam: Ten, Nirvana: Nevermind, Alice in Chains: Facelift, Oasis: What's the Story morning Glory, Beatles: White Album, Jimi Hendrix: Electric Ladyland, Radiohead: Ok Computer, Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication.
Oh I forgot Kings of Leon: Come Around Sundown and Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping
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For punk rock listen to American Idiot by Green Day.

I think American Idiot is a good album, but when it comes to Green Day I would certainly listen to Dookie to get that vintage punk sound.
Blues: The Sky is Crying- Stevie Ray Vaughan
Metal: Van Halen 1- Van Halen
Grunge/Alternative: Nevermind- Nivana
Southern Rock: Pronounced- Lynyrd Skynyrd
Thrash Metal: Reload- Metallica
Hair Metal: Dr Feelgood- Motley Crue

Some secondary options would be Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith for hard rock and also Led Zeppelin 2
If you want some out there stuff Trash We'd Love or A World of Pandemonium by the HIATUS, The Book About an Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety by TOE. For some Post-Hardcore I'd suggest Wires And The Concept Of Breathing by A Skylit Drive, All's Well That End's Well by Chiodos, Selfish Machines by Pierce The Veil, and The Emptiness by Alesana. If you like Progressive Metal/Symphonic Metal look at Kamelot's Karma album, Design Your Universe by Epica, The Metal Opera pt1/2 by Avantasia, and Hydra by Within Temptation. As for Classic Rock you MUST listen to The Beatles Revolver, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.