- Best Overall: Metallica “Black Album” Reissue
- Best for Classic Rock Fans: Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls”
- Best for Hard Rock Fans: Megadeth “Dystopia”
- Best for Metalcore Fans: Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
- Best for Death Metal Fans: Obituary “Inked in Blood”
- Best for Black Metal Fans: 1349 “The Infernal Pathway”
- Best for Doom Metal Fans: Candlemass “House of Doom”
- Best for Power Metal Fans: Dragonforce “Reaching into Infinity”
It can be difficult to find the perfect gift for the metalhead in your life. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out our list of the best heavy metal music gifts.
Best Overall: Metallica “Black Album” Reissue
Received overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its 1991 release, the self-titled fifth studio album from American metal band Metallica, commonly referred to as “The Black Album,” has been regarded by many as the group’s magnum opus. The record topped the Billboard 200 chart for four consecutive weeks and went on to sell over 16 million copies in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the album was reissued on November 2, 2021 as a deluxe box set containing five LPs, four CDs, and one Blu-ray disc. The comprehensive collection features more than 70 previously unreleased recordings, including demos, rough mixes, outtakes, and live performances.
Best for Classic Rock Fans: Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls”
Formed in 1975, Iron Maiden is considered one of the pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. The group achieved success during the early 1980s with a series of UK chart-topping albums and singles, including their debut self-titled album, “Iron Maiden” (1980), “Run to the Hills” (1982) and “The Number of the Beast” (1982). After a short hiatus in the mid-1980s, Iron Maiden returned to prominence with the release of their multi-platinum selling album, “Somewhere in Time” (1986). Since then, the band has released a further fifteen studio albums. Their latest album, “The Book of Souls”, was released in 2015.
If you’re looking for a gift for a classic rock fan, then the Iron Maiden “The Book of Souls” is a great choice. This double album features eighteen tracks, including the singles “Speed of Light” and “The Great Unknown”.
Best for Hard Rock Fans: Megadeth “Dystopia”
If you’re looking for a gift for the hard rock or metal fan in your life, you can’t go wrong with the new album from Megadeth, “Dystopia.” It’s one of the most anticipated metal albums of the year, and it doesn’t disappoint. From the opener “The Threat Is Real” to the thrashy “Post American World,” this is a record that will please even the most diehard fans.
Best for Metalcore Fans: Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
Avenged Sevenfold’s seventh studio album The Stage is a tour de force of metalcore that fans of the genre will love. The album is packed with heavy riffs, breakdowns, and solos, and is sure to please any fan of metalcore. If you know a metalcore fan who doesn’t have this album, they will be sure to appreciate this gift.
Best for Death Metal Fans: Obituary “Inked in Blood”
Obituary’s tenth studio album, Inked in Blood, was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. It is the first album to feature guitarist Kenny Andrews, and the last to feature drummer Donald Tardy. The album’s artwork was created by rock artist Chris Vincent.
“Inked in Blood” is a death metal classic that is sure to please any fan of the genre. The album is heavy and brutal, with Obituary’s signature sound on full display. If you are looking for a gift for a diehard death metal fan, look no further than Inked in Blood.
Best for Black Metal Fans: 1349 “The Infernal Pathway”
For black metal fans, 1349’s “The Infernal Pathway” is the perfect gift. This Norwegian black metal band is known for their dark and atmospheric music, and “The Infernal Pathway” is one of their best albums. It’s a perfect album to accompany a long winter night, and it’s sure to please any black metal fan.
Best for Doom Metal Fans: Candlemass “House of Doom”
Candlemass is a Swedish doom metal band that was formed in Stockholm in 1984 by bassist, Leif Edling and guitarist Mats Björkman. The band’s first album, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, is considered to be one of the genre’s defining releases. Candlemass’ sound is often described as epic and heavy, with bands like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride citing them as an influence.
The “House of Doom” box set includes the band’s self-titled album, released in 2018, and a live DVD of their performance at Sweden Rock Festival. It also comes with a flag, patch, pin, and sticker – all housed in a special box designed by guitarist Lars Johansson.
Best for Power Metal Fans: Dragonforce “Reaching into Infinity”
Few things get a power metal fan’s blood pumping quite like the intense speed and virtuosity of Dragonforce. The British band’s new album, “Reaching into Infinity,” is full of both, making it the perfect gift for fans of the genre.
On “Reaching into Infinity,” Dragonforce pushes their technical abilities to the limit, crafting some of the most complex and fast-paced songs in their career. And yet, despite the mind-boggling speed and technique on display, the songs are also incredibly catchy and memorable. It’s an impressive feat, and one that is sure to please even the most diehard power metal fan.