Since the start of the new millennium, Metal fans have been treated to a diverse and eclectic mix of styles which has resulted in some truly timeless records. Many of the greatest Heavy Metal albums of all time have been made since the year 2000 and although downloading and streaming arrived to put the music industry on edge, these technological advancements have not diminished the Metal fraternity’s desire to confound expectation at every turn.
While sub-genres have come and gone, (goodbye Nu-Metal, hello Metalcore), many bands have experienced a resurgence; Thrash Metal bands have benefited from a seismic surge in popularity and Death Metal has returned from the grave to reek putrid havoc once again.
With that in mind, a one album per band criteria has been adopted here and the term ‘Metal’ is used in the loosest sense, encompassing a variety of its sub-genres including Black Metal, Death Metal and Thrash Metal.
The following 20 albums are truly exceptional, so dive in and unearth a treasure that may have passed you by. Pure gold awaits!