Best Debut Metal Albums-I

25 Best Debut Metal Albums-I

A debut album usually acts as a foundation for an act to build upon, but sometimes a band’s first attempt is innovative enough to launch them into the stratosphere of legends. Musicians will often say that you’ve got your whole life to write your first album, and acts such as Megadeth, Motorhead, Emperor, Deicide and more took that sentiment to its highest level. There are few impacts more exciting than when a metal band gets it right on their first try, becoming overnight sensations who stick around for decades as their introductory work doesn’t age a day. This is a tribute to the 25 metal bands who made the most significant impacts with their debut full-length album. Check out our picks for the 25 Best Debut Metal Albums 1 (from No.25 to No.16) :

Best Debut Metal Albums 125 : Anthrax – ‘Fistful of Metal’

Anthrax‘s debut album, ‘Fistful of Metal,’ isn’t only the first piece of the band’s legendary career, it’s the album which birthed the term “thrash metal.”

Some of thrash’s greatest masterpieces (which you’ll see later in this list) had already been recorded and released, but the first song to ever be called “thrash metal” was Anthrax’s ‘Metal Thrashing Mad.’ The massively influential ‘Fistful of Metal’ is the act’s only full-length with Neil Turbin on vocals, and the 10-track record even contains a thrashed-out cover of Alice Cooper‘s ‘I’m Eighteen.’

Venom-Welcome To Hell24 : Venom – ‘Welcome to Hell’

There is perhaps no debut album that influenced all types of extreme metal more monumentally than Venom‘s ‘Welcome to Hell.’ The British act’s first record helped spark the metal sub-genres of thrash metal, death metal and black metal all at once and completely by accident.

The gritty and unpolished production featured in ‘Welcome to Hell’ can be attributed to the path Venom took while recording the album — the band originally planned to simply create a demo instead of a full-length debut album.

Megadeth-Killing is My Business23 : Megadeth – ‘Killing is My Business… and Business Is Good!’

“After getting fired from Metallica, all I remember is that I wanted blood. Theirs. I wanted to be faster and heavier than them,” Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently confessed to PopMatters.

The downtrodden musician quickly picked himself up and began recording ‘Killing is My Business… and Business is Good!’ during the 1984 holiday season. Dave Mustaine used the foundation of Metallica to one-up the band with pure velocity, cranking out full-speed-ahead tracks such as ‘Rattlehead’ and ‘Mechanix,’ along with the record’s title track.

System Of A Down22 : System of a Down – ‘System of a Down’

n the modern era of metal, few bands have pulled off mainstream success and pure weirdness simultaneously. System of a Down released their self-titled debut in 1998 to widespread critical acclaim.

The Armenian-American alternative metal act contains the essential cuts ‘Sugar,’ ‘Suite-Pee,’ ‘Know’ and ‘Spiders.’ System of a Down would reach even bigger heights with ‘Toxicity’ in 2001, the success of which introduced the band’s self-titled masterwork to an even wider audience, allowing ‘System of a Down’ to attain platinum status in the U.S.

Motorhead21 : Motorhead – ‘Motorhead’

What a sad world this would be if Motorhead did not exist. In fact, that almost happened, but Ted Carroll of Chiswick Records signed the band shortly after attending what was supposed to be Motorhead’s final show in 1977.

Motorhead’s self-titled debut brought us the band’s powerful title track, ‘Keep Us on the Road,’ ‘The Watcher’ and many others. The album stabilized the shaky band and readied them for an iconic career, and In true Motorhead fashion, advertisements for the band’s debut read, “Achtung! This Band Takes No Prisoners.”

Deicide20 : Deicide – ‘Deicide’

As the famous story goes, Deicide‘s Glenn Benton reportedly marched in the office of Roadrunner Records’ A&R man Monte Connors, slammed a demo onto his desk and decreed, “Sign us, you f—ing a–hole!”

The next day, Deicide were offered contracts and their self-titled debut came shortly after. The death metal album delves deeply into Satanism and blasphemy, cult leaders Charles Manson and Jim Jones, and the cult horror film ‘The Evil Dead.’ Tracks such as ‘Dead by Dawn’ and ‘Crucifixion’ are fairly simple in structure, but they get straight to the point with no B.S. included.

Slipknot19 : Slipknot – ‘Slipknot’

It may be hard to believe, but Slipknot were once a relatively unknown band. Slipknot purists may consider ‘Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat.’ to be the act’s first album, but Slipknot themselves have credited their 1999 self-titled effort as their official debut.

Slipknot’s self-titled album proved as perhaps the most significant launching point for any band in the past 15 years, the disc containing fan favorites ‘Eyeless,’ ‘Wait and Bleed,’ ‘Spit it Out’ and ‘Surfacing.’ The debut has gone on to sell over two million copies in the U.S. alone.

Emperor-In the Nightside Eclipse18 : Emperor – ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’

Although it is Emperor’s fourth overall release, ‘In the Nightside Eclipse’ is officially the band’s first full-length album. This record covers the listener like cold, frost-covered blanket, inviting its willing prey in for a truly unique black metal experience.

The 1994 album is strangely accessible, and is on the receiving end of much praise from curious extreme metal newcomers all the way to black metal elitists. Emperor’s full-length snowstorm is relentless in both sharp attack and eerie comfort, bookended by tracks ‘Into the Infinity of Thoughts’ and ‘Inno a Satana’.

Mastodon-Remission17 : Mastodon – ‘Remission’

Before Mastodon went on to hunt down the white whale, the Georgia crunch-sludge quartet released their debut masterpiece, ‘Remission,’ in 2002.

The album helped solidify Mastodon as one of the 21st century’s most important metal acts, boasting multiple opus’ such as ‘March of the Fire Ants,’ ‘Mother Puncher,’ ‘Where Strides the Behemoth’ and ‘Crusher Destroyer.’ To this day, no other band sounds quite like Mastodon, although interest in underground Southern metal is now at a peak, thanks in part to ‘Remission.’

Mayhem-De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas16 : Mayhem – ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’

Mayhem‘s ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sanathas’ may be the most sonically terrifying black metal record ever released.

Unfortunately, vocalist Per ‘Dead’ Ohlin committed suicide before he was able to enter the studio for ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas,’ but his lyrical work lives on in the black metal masterwork.

Never has a more iconic group of black metal musicians shared a studio space. Guitarist Euronymous and bassist Varg Vikernes would both lend their talents to the album (Varg later murdered Euronymous), as did legendary drummer Hellhamer and current Mayhem vocalist Attila Csihar.

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