The ten best debut metal albums

The ten best debut metal albums

You only get one chance to make a first impression, as they say, and these bands sure made the most of their opportunity. Some of these inaugural releases launched new subgenres, while others have yet to be matched in more than two decades. Keep reading for a rundown of the ten best debut metal albums.

See also: - The ten geekiest metal bands - The ten best faceless metal bands - The ten most disappointing metal albums

10. System of a Down - System of a Down System of a Down is the first band to add a wallop of weird, a sugary Hawaiian Punch of pep and a shitball of silliness to metal -- morphing the Melvins' stoner nuttiness into a high-flying centipede on crack. Metal was so damn serious before then, when it should have been associated with fun rebelliousness, like shooting watermelons with a machine gun. As political as Rage Against the Machine and as boisterous as an ADD kid, when the band's video for "Sugar" smacked you in the face, there was no turning back.

9. Korn - Korn Korn is a groundbreaking album even though it ultimately inspired the despised nu-metal genre. The combination of roller-coaster raw emotions, heavy breathing vocals and bass slapping funk tore metal fans in half. Though distant and spacey at times, Korn is just as heavy and full of fucking foul language as standard metal.

8. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine isn't strictly metal, but it is strictly badass, anti-establishment and anti-rich fucks who profit from war. Fuck you, they won't do what you tell them. Rage Against the Machine , the envelope-pushing album released in 1992, has yet to be matched twenty years later -- though many have tried.

7. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Calculating Infinity Hearing Dillinger for the first time sounds like someone is cutting their hand off with a bandsaw in a shop class full of buzzing woodworking machinery. With Calculating Infinity, The Dillinger Escape Plan created insanely complex and mesmerizing metal that was at once boldly experimental and viciously chaotic with second-to-second instrumental shifts.

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