The 10 Best Heavy Metal Concept Albums

Opeth, My Arms, Your Hearse
Opeth, My Arms, Your Hearse

Everyone loves a good concept album. We just love it when heavy metal artists take a central theme and develop it over the span of a cohesive collection of tracks to create an experience for listeners that takes us into an alternate world of sci-fi, Norse mythology, wizards, classic literature...the nerdier the better. Here's a list of the 10 best heavy metal concept albums. 

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10.Symphony XV: The New Mythology Suite

(2000) This is a power-metal-meets-classical attack on the senses, and an epic tale that delves into the ancient secrets of Ancient Egypt, the lost continent of Atlantis, and magnificent recollections of forbidden technology held by these ancient civilizations. Symphony X succeeded in creating a perfect album that mixes the right amount of soothing, mind bending and virtuosic classical interludes with songs based on symphonic, heavy metal. It is the prefect music, weaving power metal, early thrash and progressive rock, into story line of ancient spiritual knowledge from humanity's past. Truly an adventure in heavy metal antiquity and mysticism. 


(2000) Macabre is the self-proclaimed 'murder metal' band out of the Chicago area, formed in the late '80s. In three decades, the band, still featuring all original members, guitarist/vocalist Corporate Death, bassist Nefarious and drummer Dennis the Menace, has gained quite a cult following of fans, due to the focus on real life monsters for all lyrical inspiration. Macabre has always made humor and heaviness a priority in their music, with a sinister blend of grindcore, death metal, thrash, black metal and even punk, power metal, country, folk, nursery rhymes and experimental rock music. This band has created a musical legacy based on real life carnage and tales of evil, bloodlust, torture, and worse. Dahmer is a biographical concept record based on the real life events in the life and death, of one of America's most infamous serial killers.

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