Metallica, Pantera: Top Albums Of Last 17 Years

Close-Up has published a list of the top 100 albums in metal, hard rock, hardcore, punk and extreme rock released during the past 17 years (1991-2008).

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According to Blabbermouth.net, To celebrate its 100th issue, Sweden's longest-running music magazine Close-Up has published a list of the top 100 albums in metal, hard rock, hardcore, punk and extreme rock released during the past 17 years (1991-2008). Compiled from 23 individual writers' selections, Close-Up's extensive list sees At The Gates classic cult album "Slaughter Of The Soul" claiming the top spot just ahead of Metallica's self-titled album.

Close-Up's Top 20 albums 1991-2008:

01. At The Gates - "Slaughter Of The Soul" 02. Metallica - "Metallica" 03. Pantera - "Vulgar Display Of Power" 04. Entombed - "Wolverine Blues" 05. Alice In Chains - "Dirt" 06. Nine Inch Nails - "The Downward Spiral" 07. Rage Against The Machine - "Rage Against The Machine" 08. Neurosis - "Through Silver In Blood" 09. Ministry - "Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs" 10. Mayhem - "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" 11. Machine Head - "Burn My Eyes" 12. Faith No More - "Angeldust" 13. Tool - "nima" 14. W.A.S.P. - "The Crimson Idol" 15. Entombed - "Clandestine" 16. Nirvana - "Nevermind" 17. Opeth - "Blackwater Park" 18. Sepultura - "Arise" 19. Social Distortion - "White Light, White Heat, White Trash" 20. Mastodon - "Leviathan"

Members of Soundgarden, Entombed, Paradise Lost, W.A.S.P., Morbid Angel, Bad Religion, Mayhem, Nevermore, Brutal Truth, The Crown and Carcass were interviewed about their respective albums for the issue, which is available at all newsstands in Sweden.

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    craggis19
    Good group of musicians there. Good to see At the Gates get some credit at last!
    TSCREAM420
    MrTin wrote: TSCREAM420 wrote: TSCREAM420 wrote: NiCk_FuRy wrote: godberry wrote: Superunknown/Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden Ten - Pearl Jam these albums should be in the top 20, in my opinion. soungarden i agree.. pearl jam, not really.. at least not Ten you obviously were not over the age of 12 in 1991, no offense, its just obvious in your statement, anyone over the age of 12 in 1991, would say Ten should be in top 5! my apologies.....just read ur profile....you are actually a little older than me....(foot in mouth).....but at least here in america, i feel its not true I hate when people judge others opinions or base arguments on peoples age. I'm pretty sure there are lots of 12 year olds smarter than you. If you can't base your argument on something other than a (guessed) age, you should really grow up ;P
    i said i was sorry , nd no thats not true, their are lots of young gents on here that just dont know their history..... sorry....and i am plenty grown up, thank you...
    2mins2midnite
    kInG_Of_sHReD69 wrote: yeh metallica sold out on the black album....they sold out shows all over the world and sold millions of copies of the album....screw any of you who thinks metallica sold out on the black album.
    Its not a bad album, but i perfer the earlier stuff i.e kill'em all if you compare the black album and kill'em all people would think they are two differnt bands
    2mins2midnite
    Gibson_SG_uzr55 wrote: HAMMETTOWNS wrote: This list is shit, what about DEATH, imo all of their albums should be on here. Exept for Scream Bloody Gore because im pretty sure it was released before 91. yeah,there should definitely be some Death on there
    Death should be in the top 10 for sure Legends all their albums awsome
    severed-metal
    Meh, not a big fan of Nirvana. But, at least they're still not at the top. I think this a pretty good list compared to the others...
    Hash4you
    XzX_Patrick_XzX wrote: Megadeth - The System Has Failed should definitely be one there.
    no... ****in.... way....
    Anno[fzk]
    PCbassist wrote: Queens of the Stone Age-Songs for the Deaf
    Yeah, they do deserve to be up there. Go With The Flow is the best song ever.
    2Old2Cold wrote: See I can't take this seriously because Emperor's In the Nightside Eclipse and Darkthrone's A Blaze in the Northern Sky didn't make the list. Props for Mayhem's De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas being on here, which is better than everything else on here.
    Well, this list is kinda biased (for the Swedes). At The Gates are/was awesome, but how could they leave out Emperor, Gorguts, Death, and Celtic Frost?
    Grungy2425 wrote: GuitaPlaya wrote: This list sucks ass. The Jesus Lizard's "Goat" should have easily topped it. It's a crying shame every list seems to overlook the Jesus Lizard. Also, what the hell is Social Distortion doing up there? They've got little to no talent, but I guess that could be said about most of the bands up there. How can most of those bands have little to no talent if they have sold millions of records on this planet? What is exactly talent in your opinion? 20 minute jazz fusion solos with 12 string guitars? there is nothing more annoying on this planet than internet nerds like you who whine about incredible artist's work while you will probably be nothing more than an insecure little guitar perfectionist. Let people enjoy music and shut up...
    Record sales and virtousity don't neccessary equate good music. The Jesus Lizard is pretty cool and are better than a couple of these bands.
    turbo474 wrote: BTBAM anyone?
    Indeed.
    Evildude
    Music is completely based on opinion. IMO there's no way to say what's better, only what you like better. (and no Motrhead?)
    ChicNStu0017
    First of all I just think the whole list idea is just stupid. You can't narrow it down to just 20. It's even harder to rate which ones are best...I say just take the top 100 albums and just list them alphabetically without any numbering. IMO you can't compare good albums from different bands and say one is better than the other.
    ParkerScks
    lamb of god? erm hmm... plus pantera are 10x the metal band "metal"lica could ever hope to be... tho it does say hard rock involved too but personley id have vulger at the top. at the gates... number 1? hmm great to see them so well ranked tho
    Sonicxlover
    This list is terrible. You can see that right off the bat with the Black Album at #2. Utter shit.
    chiefmegadeth
    01. At The Gates - "Slaughter Of The Soul" who are they? Anyway no way is that a great list. Metallica?wtf yes utter shit!!!! Ive seen 10 times better. But each to he's own. Things like this mean nothing!
    a god
    finally a rather good group of musicians i guess it won't please everyone though. i didnt read all the comments but i'm getting ready for someone to flame 'Metallica' cuz they "sold out"
    guitarhead93
    chiefmegadeth wrote: 01. At The Gates - "Slaughter Of The Soul" who are they? Anyway no way is that a great list. Metallica?wtf yes utter shit!!!! Ive seen 10 times better. But each to he's own. Things like this mean nothing!
    shut the **** up, your ignorance is not worthy of a comment here.
    kInG_Of_sHReD69
    yeh metallica sold out on the black album....they sold out shows all over the world and sold millions of copies of the album....screw any of you who thinks metallica sold out on the black album.
    MrGuitar123
    Where the **** is Nevermore's This Godless Endeavor? That was probably hands down the best album of the 2000s(so far) But w/e good list overall, especially At The Gates
    Unrulyguitarist
    Nirvana? wtf. What happened to Godsmack? Their first album was excellent (well, that was the best one, they all rock.)
    Your41Plague12
    "Stormblast" by Dimmu, anyone? Whether you like them or not, that's one of the most influential black metal albums ever. Mayhem definitely deserves their spot there too, great album!
    RevoltaDrums
    Definitely some nationalism with At the Gates and Entombed. Good to see Arise, Leviathan, Through Silver In Blood, and De Mysteriis Dom Satanas. Not good to see Machine Head, Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, WASP, and the Black Album. Where is Darkthrone, Melvins, Morbid Angel, Death, Isis, Incantation...?
    GuitaPlaya
    This list sucks ass. The Jesus Lizard's "Goat" should have easily topped it. It's a crying shame every list seems to overlook the Jesus Lizard. Also, what the hell is Social Distortion doing up there? They've got little to no talent, but I guess that could be said about most of the bands up there.
    emr_steelmech
    craggis19 wrote: Good group of musicians there. Good to see At the Gates get some credit at last!
    +1 very overlooked/underrated band, least here in the US.
    VenOmega
    Not a bad list, though Nile's Annihilation of the Wicked or In Their Darkened Shrines should be on it.
    rokstar666
    glad to c nirvana up there with metallica and pantera and whoever else i didnt care to notice. nirvanas songs rocked...naysayers....they were simple rhythms and simple solos but it had SO MUCH FEEELING!!! reminds me of, like, bob dylan stuff....who shud be on the list just because he's awsum!!!
    MAKETHEMSUFFER!
    DANZIG767 wrote: XzX_Patrick_XzX wrote: Megadeth - The System Has Failed should definitely be one there. That album sucked! this coming from a Megadeth fan
    what?! i thought that album was great.
    dpdogg
    white light, white heat, white trash should be #1...most intense rock album ever. social d!
    alexw1020
    I agree with a lot of these like Metallica, Nirvana, and RATM. Doesn't seem kind of odd to only do the last 17 years. Why not 20 or 25?
    MegadethAddict
    lol too bad it not started from 1990...because rust in peace would definetely have made the list... sorry for my bad english....
    Grungy2425
    GuitaPlaya wrote: This list sucks ass. The Jesus Lizard's "Goat" should have easily topped it. It's a crying shame every list seems to overlook the Jesus Lizard. Also, what the hell is Social Distortion doing up there? They've got little to no talent, but I guess that could be said about most of the bands up there .
    How can most of those bands have little to no talent if they have sold millions of records on this planet? What is exactly talent in your opinion? 20 minute jazz fusion solos with 12 string guitars? there is nothing more annoying on this planet than internet nerds like you who whine about incredible artist's work while you will probably be nothing more than an insecure little guitar perfectionist. Let people enjoy music and shut up...
    Gibson_SG_uzr55
    HAMMETTOWNS wrote: This list is shit, what about DEATH, imo all of their albums should be on here. Exept for Scream Bloody Gore because im pretty sure it was released before 91.
    yeah,there should definitely be some Death on there