More than 16,000 people took part in the poll, arranged to celebrate Metal Hammer’s 25th anniversary.
And Slipknot’s eponymous debut got almost a third of the vote in an emphatic result. The double-platinum 1999 release beat off competition from some huge albums, with Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite For Destruction surprisingly only third.
Released in 1987, a year after Metal Hammer was born, Appetite For Destruction has sold more than 28 million copies – and been certified platinum a massive 18 times.
Korn’s classic debut took second place, with Rammstein’s Herzeleid in fourth spot. Pantera’s 1990 album Cowboys From Hell completes the top five.
“Metal Hammer has a long history of championing the new while celebrating the metal gods who created our wonderful culture,” says editor Alexander Milas. “As we commence our next quarter-century of covering both kinds of music: heavy, and metal, we congratulate Slipknot on their astounding victory.
“Like all the nominees whose tremendous contributions to the world of metal have made the last 25 years so fantastic, Slipknot’s success is proof our music has never been more exciting or vibrant. Horns up!”
Best debut album of the last 25 years – the top 10
1. Slipknot – Slipknot
2. Korn – Korn
3. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction
4. Rammstein – Herzeleid
5. Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
6. System Of A Down – System Of A Down
7. Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
8. Machine Head – Burn My Eyes
9. Bullet For My Valentine – The Poison
10. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
Metal Hammer’s 25th anniversary special is out today, clocking in at a biggest-ever 164 pages and – in a tribute to the old skool – featuring an exclusive Machine Head 10” vinyl EP.
The Metal Hammer 25th Anniversary Party, featuring Orange Goblin, Malefice, TRC and more, is at London’s Islington Academy on 24th October. Advance tickets are available via Ticketweb at the special 1986 price of £2.50.
Metal Hammer’s 25th anniversary special is out now priced at £4.99. To buy a digital edition visit iTunes or zinio.com/metalhammer.
About Metal Hammer
Defending the faith since 1986, Metal Hammer (metalhammer.co.uk) is the heavy metal bible. Covering both traditional and contemporary metal bands as well as hardcore, gothic rock, punk and alternative, Metal Hammer is the place to find the world’s biggest names and best upcoming talent – in print, digitally, online and through social media, where Metal Hammer has more than 300,000 followers.
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