The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Evanescence, 'Fallen' (2003)

99. Evanescence, 'Fallen' (2003)

From the moment the haunting, moody and cinematic "Bring Me to Life" broke into the mainstream via the Daredevil soundtrack, Evanescence became the new face of the gothic metal movement and also one of the biggest bands in the world. With Amy Lee's operatic voice piercing through the band's heavy crunch, the group brought theatrics and a much-needed femininity to the hard-rock boys' club of the early 2000s. With themes of alienation, depression, suicide and death, Fallen still managed to become one of 2003's best-selling albums, going on to move 17 million copies worldwide. Lee and co-writer Ben Moody found a perfect niche, crafting a horror-movie-level ambience that was as chilling as it was campy, as on album opener "Going Under," where Lee shifts from a deeper register to her piercing soprano above bracing nu-metal riffs. Nearly 15 years out, Fallen is an unlikely classic, capturing the ever-evolving idea of what heavy metal could sound like without sacrificing the band's more theatrical aspirations. B.S.

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