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The Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time

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The result of an extensive poll asking heavy metal fans to list their favourite high-octane albums, this compendium combines those survey results with Popoff’s original interviews with world famous rockers who reveal recording session secrets in addition to their own heavy classics and ear-splitting faves. When all of this is melded with Popoff’s unique and celebrated insi ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by ECW Press (first published October 1st 2002)
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Houssein
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: about-music
A great overview of the most popular 500 heavy metal albums until early 2000's. But I won't say those are the best ever for three reasons.
First, the list is outdated and excludes many new epic albums such as nu metal, technical death and metalcore albums. Second, I guess the voting was by a majority of old metalheads, who like classical rock and heavy metal and 'ignore' the existance of new genres. Third, many bands are included in this list although they are not considered at all as heavy metal
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Brent Venton
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much the ultimate heavy metal coffee table book. Get some like-minded metal militia over to your house with a couple frosty beers, crack open the book on a random page and let the debates begin. Agree or disagree, Popoff's way with words and encyclopaedic knowledge of all things heavy make every song review insightful and informative. Bet you will know twice as much about Budgie as you currently do after reading this book.
Brent Venton
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most legitmate listing of top metal records as polled by the author over years of interviews with metal folks and chats with fans. Every entry is reviewed by the Popoff, one of rock's foremost and funniest writers and he is not afraid to state where he disagrees with an album's place in the pantheon. Many entries feature interview responses from the artists themselves as well as their own Top 10 lists.
Elso
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Comprehensive and well researched a must have for all metal fans.
Max T
Jun 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fromthelibrary
A good list, very inclusive - doesn't write off the 70s hard rock stuff that most metalheads these days don't consider "metal". Not much newer stuff, and heavy on the classic bands, but as good a list as any.

Main complaint would be that the author's own bias is on full display in the write-ups, and the hatred of Maiden especially gets tiresome...
Arnez
Oct 31, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-to-own
I dont know why I even bothered. I could instead talked to a random averenge metalhead at a bar and ask which his "top 500 heavy metal songs of all time" would be, and Im sure that person would have picked a better list then this clique.
Max T
Oct 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Fairly solid list, and a lot more inclusive than his list of songs. Dated, as these must be, and leaning a bit more on 70s and 80s, for better or worse, but newer things appear as well, and most all subgenres are represented.
Guido Meza
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
it tooks me a long time to read it because of the very accurate and long review of each one of 500 best albums of heavy metal, but its a easy and fun to read
Mark Desrosiers
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
The readers voted, and a frequently perplexed-by-the-results Martin Popoff comments. Also with lots of interviews and lists from the artists in question. Very entertaining.
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