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    Hail to the King is the 6th studio album from Avenged Sevenfold. It is the heavy metal band's most bare bone, straightforward, and commercial effort to date. But don't let that fool you. 'Doing Time' and 'Shepherd of Fire' are badass. And 'This is War' is Metallica-esque.

    Blackout, by the Scorpions. The band is one of the world’s best-selling of all time, with claims of sales of 75 million records worldwide.

    Mother's Milk, the 4th studio album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, transformed the band from underground funk-rocking rappers to mainstream.

    Ten, the debut studio album by Pearl Jam, was instrumental in popularizing alternative rock in the mainstream.

    One of the most critically acclaimed and successful women of rock, Pat Benatar.

    Diary Of A Madman, the 2nd solo studio album from Ozzy Osbourne, is a true classic of heavy metal. It is further noteworthy for being the final album recorded by legendary rock guitarist Randy Rhodes, who perished in a plane crash in 1982.

    Nirvana's 2nd studio album Nevermind was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Rolling Stone and Time.

    Named after a legendary Southern prostitute who allegedly beheaded and mutilated her clients, Jacksonville's Molly Hatchet meld loud hard rock boogie with guitar jam-oriented Southern rock. The first song of their self-titled debut album famously begins with the late Danny Joe Brown growling "Hell yeah!"

    Creatures of the Night, the tenth studio album from KISS, is the legendary group's best foray into heavy metal. KISS has worldwide sales in excess of 100 million records, making them one of world’s best-selling bands of all time.

    Rock & Roll Over is the best of the second triplet of studio albums from arguably the most influential hard rock group of all time: KISS.

    Hotter Than Hell is the best of the pre-Alive studio albums from the legendary hard rockers KISS. Known as a must-see concert band, among the influential group's many records, they broke the attendance numbers of The Beatles at Japan's famous Budokan Hall.

    Perhaps the most classically-inclined (progressive) rock group, Kansas was at its best with Point of Know Return... except perhaps for the hard-driving Leftoverture.

    Perhaps the most classically-inclined (progressive) rock group, Kansas was at its hard-driving instrumentation and melodic best with Leftoverture... except for maybe Point of Know Return.

    Grand Funk Railroad's third, Closer to Home, is one of the most uniquely well-done albums in the history of hard rock.

    Toys in the Attic, the all-around best album from the legendary group Aerosmith, is a landmark of hard rock. It's ranked No. 229 on Rolling Stone's list of 'The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.'

    Don't let the commercial success and critical acclaim of Metallica's eponymously titled fifth album, also known as the Black Album, deter you. It's a great collection that features five of the band's best known songs. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it No. 255 on its list of 'The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time.' It is the highest selling heavy/thrash metal album.

    Released July 30, 2013 and debuting at No. 2 on the album sales charts, the fourth offering from Five Finger Death Punch, 'The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side Of Hell Volume 1,' places the heavy/thrash metal core band atop the very pinnacle of the genre that includes such stalwarts as Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax... and before them, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera, and Iron Maiden.

    Screaming for Vengeance is the eighth and best top-to-bottom studio album by British heavy metal band Judas Priest. It's No. 15 on IGN's 25 most influential metal albums and No. 10 on's 100 greatest metal albums. It's also the first entire album released as downloadable content for the video games Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

    Fiona Apple's debut featured her unique songwriting, musical style and incredible voice

    ZZ Top honed its sound to ultimate perfection with Eliminator...great songs all.

    Fair Warning is Van Halen's best album and features Eddie Van Halen's best work.

    Some of the most blistering electric guitar runs from one of the best rock/metal guitarists you will ever hear.

    ACDC followed up Highway To Hell, and the death of Bon Scott, with one of the greatest metal albums of all time, Back In Black. It is tied for fourth highest-selling album of all time.

    Bon Scott's last and best as ACDC's lead singer. The July 2004 issue of 'Classic Rock' rated Scott No. 1 in its list of the '100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time.'

    The greatest debut album of all time. Electric guitars, classical movements and melodic vocals.