2010
The BNR Metal Pages - Best Metal Album Of All Time

The first BNR Metal Pages tournament took place in 2010. I modelled this after the NCAA basketball tournaments, thus there were 64 albums placed into 4 (completely arbitrary) "regions", and within each region, I seeded the albums from 1 to 16 and set up the pairings so that the #1 seed would face off against #16, #2 versus #15, and so forth. I did this privately (i.e. I did not display the seeds during the voting), as I didn't want the seeds to influence how people voted.

Choosing the 64 albums was challenging and fun. Initially I thought I'd only allow one album per band, but I eventually relaxed that rule for a few heavy hitters, as it made sense to allow two albums by a band if they were somehow different from each other (a good example -- both an Ozzy-era and a Dio-era Sabbath album made the cut). I looked at previous Top Ten lists to help decide what to include.

With a few notable exceptions in the first round (Dio vs. Rush, Testament vs. Manowar) I did fairly well with predicting how the voting would turn out. As for the final result, I believed all along that Master Of Puppets would take the title, and it looked like that would happen up to the last day even, but a late push by Rust In Peace put it over the top.

Final Round

Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Metallica Master Of Puppets (1), 52% to 48%

Semifinal Round

Metallica Master Of Puppets (1) def. Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast (1), 53% to 47%
Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Slayer Reign In Blood (1), 53% to 47%

Quarterfinal Round

Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast (1) def. Judas Priest Stained Class (2), 79% to 21%
Metallica Master Of Puppets (1) def. Metallica Kill 'Em All (2), 70% to 30%
Slayer Reign In Blood (1) def. Black Sabbath Paranoid (3), 55% to 45%
Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Motorhead Ace Of Spades (2), 67% to 33%

Third Round

Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast (1) def. Dio Holy Diver (12), 79% to 21%
Judas Priest Stained Class (2) def. Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power (3), 51% to 49%
Metallica Master Of Puppets (1) def. Anthrax Among The Living (4), 82% to 18%
Metallica Kill 'Em All (2) def. Iron Maiden Killers (3), 62% to 38%
Slayer Reign In Blood (1) def. Sepultura Arise (4), 75% to 25%
Black Sabbath Paranoid (3) def. Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (2), 57% to 43%
Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell (5), 61% to 39%
Motorhead Ace Of Spades (2) def. Accept Restless And Wild (3), 66% to 34%

Second Round

Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast (1) def. Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance (8), 74% to 26%
Dio Holy Diver (12) def. Testament The Gathering (13), 65% to 35%
Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power (3) def. Celtic Frost To Mega Therion (6), 60% to 40%
Judas Priest Stained Class (2) def. Helloween Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I (7), 54% to 46%
Metallica Master Of Puppets (1) def. Candlemass Nightfall (8), 84% to 16%
Anthrax Among The Living (4) def. AC/DC Back In Black (5), 52% to 48%
Iron Maiden Killers (3) def. Fates Warning Awaken The Guardian (6), 83% to 17%
Metallica Kill 'Em All (2) def. Death Individual Thought Patterns (10), 66% to 34%
Slayer Reign In Blood (1) def. Kreator Pleasure To Kill (9), 82% to 18%
Sepultura Arise (4) def. Ozzy Osbourne Diary Of A Madman (5), 51% to 49%
Black Sabbath Paranoid (3) def. Dream Theater Images And Words (11), 77% to 23%
Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (2) def. Scorpions Blackout (7), 73% to 27%
Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath (9), 68% to 32%
Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell (5) def. Exodus Bonded By Blood (4), 57% to 43%
Accept Restless And Wild (3) def. Sepultura Roots (11), 59% to 41%
Motorhead Ace Of Spades (2) def. Annihilator Alice In Hell (7), 61% to 39%

First Round

Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast (1) def. Blind Guardian Imaginations From The Other Side (16), 76% to 24%
Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance (8) def. Queensryche Operation: Mindcrime (9), 59% to 41%
Dio Holy Diver (12) def. Rush 2112 (5), 67% to 33%
Testament The Gathering (13) def. Manowar Sign Of The Hammer (4), 63% to 37%
Celtic Frost To Mega Therion (6) def. Carcass Heartwork (11), 65% to 35%
Pantera Vulgar Display Of Power (3) def. Diamond Head Lightning To The Nations (14), 71% to 29%
Helloween Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part I (7) def. Opeth Blackwater Park (10), 57% to 43%
Judas Priest Stained Class (2) def. Dimmu Borgir Death Cult Armageddon (15), 80% to 20%
Metallica Master Of Puppets (1) def. Dark Tranquillity Damage Done (16), 89% to 11%
Candlemass Nightfall (8) def. Nevermore Dreaming Neon Black (9), 63% to 37%
AC/DC Back In Black (5) def. Fear Factory Demanufacture (12), 75% to 25%
Anthrax Among The Living (4) def. Dissection Storm Of The Light's Bane (13), 76% to 24%
Fates Warning Awaken The Guardian (6) def. Machine Head Burn My Eyes (11), 55% to 45%
Iron Maiden Killers (3) def. Nightwish Oceanborn (14), 88% to 12%
Death Individual Thought Patterns (10) def. Immortal Sons Of Northern Darkness (7), 78% to 22%
Metallica Kill 'Em All (2) def. Deep Purple Machine Head (15), 73% to 27%
Slayer Reign In Blood (1) def. Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes (16), 82% to 18%
Kreator Pleasure To Kill (9) def. Metal Church Metal Church (8), 53% to 47%
Ozzy Osbourne Diary Of A Madman (5) def. Mastodon Blood Mountain (12), 78% to 22%
Sepultura Arise (4) def. Led Zeppelin 4 (13), 51% to 49%
Dream Theater Images And Words (11) def. Voivod Nothingface (6), 52% to 48%
Black Sabbath Paranoid (3) def. In Flames The Jester Race (14), 81% to 19%
Scorpions Blackout (7) def. Bruce Dickinson Accident Of Birth (10), 63% to 37%
Slayer Seasons In The Abyss (2) def. Van Halen Van Halen (15), 72% to 28%
Megadeth Rust In Peace (1) def. Amon Amarth With Oden On Our Side (16), 84% to 16%
Mercyful Fate Don't Break The Oath (9) def. Cynic Focus (8), 72% to 28%
Black Sabbath Heaven And Hell (5) def. Venom Welcome To Hell (12), 70% to 30%
Exodus Bonded By Blood (4) def. Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk (13), 72% to 28%
Sepultura Roots (11) def. Riot Fire Down Under (6), 59% to 41%
Accept Restless And Wild (3) def. System Of A Down Toxicity (14), 68% to 32%
Annihilator Alice In Hell (7) def. Guns'n'Roses Appetite For Destruction (10), 56% to 44%
Motorhead Ace Of Spades (2) def. Morbid Angel Covenant 15) (15), 73% to 27%


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