Best Debut Metal Albums-II

25 Best Debut Metal Albums-II

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 Ozzy Osbourne, Opeth, Testament, Slayer 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 2 (from No.15 to No.6) :

Best Debut Metal Albums 215 : Exodus – ‘Bonded by Blood’

Thrash is a wonderful genre, isn’t it? Especially when it comes out of the San Francisco Bay Area. California birthed yet another monumental thrash act in Exodus, and the band’s debut, ‘Bonded by Blood’, is essential for any metalhead looking for grit and speed. ‘Bonded by Blood’ was originally titled ‘A Lesson in Violence’, but had its name changed when a suitable cover idea could not be found.

‘Bonded by Blood’ gave Exodus a solid foundation to base their long, albeit on-and-off career on. If you can listen to ‘Strike of the Beast’ without breaking everything within a 10-foot radius, you’re doing it wrong.

Suffocation-Effigy of the Forgotten14 : Suffocation – ‘Effigy of the Forgotten’

Suffocation are the most brutal live band on the planet. Exposure to Suffocation’s music is like being hit by a brick wall thrown from the top of the Grand Canyon.

Baffling enough, when performed live, the tracks from ‘Effigy of the Forgotten’ consistently remain as Suffocation’s most purely brutal offerings. The album is widely known for blueprinting low guttural vocals and integrating masterful technicality within brutal death metal, and the disc’s tracks ‘Infecting the Crypts’, ‘Liege of Inveracity’ and ‘Jesus Wept’ could compete with any modern death metal song in a competition of pure heaviness.

Testament-The Legacy13 : Testament – ‘The Legacy’

We love us some Testament, and so do you! The thrash titans began their illustrious career with a little album called ‘The Legacy’, which hit fans in 1987.

The album opens with the longtime fan favorite ‘Over the Wall’ and continues with ‘The Haunting’, ‘Burnt Offerings’ and six other thrash-terpieces. ‘The Legacy’ introduced the world to the duel guitar attack of Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, along with the roaring voice of Chuck Billy. Even thrash legend Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza contributed lyrics to ‘The Legacy’ … how could you go wrong?

Tool-Undertow12 : Tool – ‘Undertow’

Tool are practically their own genre, but the act based its debut album, ‘Undertow’, heavily on progressive and gritty alt-metal.

Tool had gained many followers with their ‘Opiate’ EP, but it was ‘Undertow’ that proved that the religious devotion of Tool’s underground fans could be spread to the mainstream. The brilliant tracks ‘Prison Sex’, ‘Intolerance’, ‘Bottom’ and ‘Sober’ can be found within ‘Undertow,’ along with many other prime cuts which proved to be more addictive than injecting crystal meth into your eyeball.

Slayer-Show No Mercy11 : Slayer – ‘Show No Mercy’

Damn, this album is raw. The divine thrash act has written some of the greatest tracks in metal history, but it all started with ‘Show No Mercy’ in 1983.

Guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King had a tremendous amount to prove for their first studio album, and they succeeded exponentially by creating a unique style. Massive riffs mixed in with frantic soloing in tracks like ‘Black Magic’, ‘Die by the Sword’ and ‘Fight Till Death’ brought in a legion of fans to Slayer’s doorstep, and ‘Show No Mercy’ remains a phenomenal album to this day.

The Dillinger Escape Plan-Calculating Infinity10 : The Dillinger Escape Plan – ‘Calculating Infinity’

It’s the album that changed everything without changing a damn thing. The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s debut album, ‘Calculating Infinity’, still remains as the most spastic, mathematical, chaotic and contradicting metal album ever released.

The theoretical precision of ‘Calculating Infinity’ feels like it was thrown into a particle accelerator and launched to near light speed as the instrumental section of Dillinger enters technical territories which boggle the mind. The Dillinger Escape Plan are one of the few acts in extreme music who have never been ripped off, not because nobody tried, but simply because nobody else has been able to do it.

Cynic-Focus9 : Cynic – ‘Focus’

Cynic may be the most underrated technical death metal band since the genre’s inception. The balance showcased throughout the band’s 1993 debut, ‘Focus’, has influenced countless bands, but no act has quite been able to replicate Cynic’s sophistication.

Throwing in jazz-fusion and progressive rock elements in with their Florida death metal roots, Cynic presented an album that is fundamentally perfect. 20 years later, ‘Focus’ hasn’t aged a day, and if you were to play the album for someone who had never heard Cynic, you could easily convince them that ‘Focus’ was released last week.

Opeth-Orchid8 : Opeth – ‘Orchid’

Nearly 20 years since the release of ‘Orchid’, Opeth‘s debut album still retains its individuality along with its overall quality.

In many ways, ‘Orchid’ introduced the metal world to frontman Mikael Akerfeldt, who would later develop one of metal’s most beautiful voices along with the most demonic guttural of all time. Opeth have stuck to their complex formula ever since ‘Orchid’, mixing opposite dynamics and writing long, progressive tracks, damning what popular music deemed to be normal and acceptable.

Ozzy Osbourne-Blizzard of Ozz7 : Ozzy Osbourne – ‘Blizzard of Ozz’

When then-former Black Sabbath vocalist Ozzy Osbourne met Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, we can only imagine that the clouds parted as a beam of white light illuminated the duo.

Rhoads was already respected as a guitarist, but his iconic riffs and masterful shredding within ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ turned him into a living legend. Tracks such as ‘Crazy Train’, ‘Mr. Crowley’ and ‘Suicide Solution’ solidified as one of, if not the best, metal guitarist of his time … oh, and Ozzy’s vocals are pretty awesome too.

Dio-Holy Diver6 : Dio – ‘Holy Diver’

After lending his vocal talents to Rainbow and Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio began his own heavy metal project, Dio.

The singer had hit it out of the park time and time again with his past projects, and he brought his magic into the studio once again to record the ‘Holy Diver’ album. ‘Holy Diver’ is an album filled with metal anthems, with ‘Rainbow in the Dark’, ‘Don’t Talk to Strangers’, ‘Stand Up and Shout’ and the record’s title track spearheading ‘Holy Diver’. Much like Ozzy Osbourne found Randy Rhoads, Dio teamed up with guitarist Vivian Campbell, who further brought ‘Holy Diver’ to legendary status with his monstrous shredding.

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