The Greatest Metal Concept Album Ever Tournament: Big Eight

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Wow, this thing is getting wild. The sweet sixteen saw some decisive victories as well as unprecedented upsets. Did your favorite concept album survive the onslaught? Get in here to find out, then keep stabbing that vote button.

It wasn’t that surprising to see Toilet favorites like Leviathan and Abigail edge out their competitors, but the narrow margins for Operation: Mindcrime and Still Life were far harder to predict. Vertikal and The Key just keep on trucking! Mad about it? Cast your vote then get angery in the comments. There can be only one!

Remember, your goal is to not just choose the album you like the most, but to try to pick the album whose concept best fits the music. Y’all did pretty well with the first 16, so let’s see how strong your resolve is in the right side of the bracket. Be judicious as you cast your stones below.

The latest bracket (stab to embiggen)


Mastodon’s Leviathan vs. King Diamond’s Abigail

Moby Dick vs. Spooky Ghosts

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Which concept is better

Cult of Luna’s Vertikal vs. Nocturnus’s The Key

Self-Alienation in Metropolis vs. Sci-Fi Occultism

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Which concept is better?

Queensryche‘s Operation: Mindcrime vs. Iced Earth’s Night of the Stormrider

Disillusioned Junkie Turned Revolutionary vs. Pagan Earth’s Revenge

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Which concept is better?

Opeth’s Still Life vs. Blind Guardian’s Nightfall in Middle-Earth

Oppressive Religion vs. How Melkor Lost All His Friends

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Which concept is better?
  • Scrimm

    Some turdmongery afoot here.

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      I think all the dad rock nerds Randall summoned to support Blind Guardian voted with their dad rock hearts for Queensryche

      • Scrimm

        My thoughts exactly.

      • KJM, Doom Scientist

        HA HA

      • worth the cost

        • Scrimm

          Not really

    • Señor Jefe El Rossover

      Since day one.

  • Tim Wilsön

    duude Leviathan vs Abigail is a tough one

    • Pagliacci is Kvlt

      Rill hard.

    • tigeraid

      Indeed.

  • Guacamole Jim

    I care about less and less of these albums in each bracket.

    • STOP VOTING FOR QUEENSRYCHE

      • Guacamole Jim

        I AGREE AND HAVE NEVER VOTED FOR THEM IN ANY OF THE CONTESTS

        • YOU’RE JUST BUTTHURT BECAUSE DREAM THEATER LOST

          • Guacamole Jim

            Man, that album is one of my least favourite DT albums, no lie. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again!

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            All DT albums are their worst albums.

          • ¡Jajajaja! I can always count with you.

          • Sir Ukkometso The Based

            You should not count with me, I’m not very good at maths!

      • KJM, Doom Scientist

        NO.

      • Al Bvndy

        I voted for Queensryche cause I’m SPREADING THE DISEASE!!!!

  • Crimson :'(

    • Scrimm

      Yeah fuck that.

  • all right dudes, i guess i’m going to give this Abigail a shot. fingers crossed those nails-on-a-chalkboard vocals are only used on a song or two 🙂

    • Scrimm

      You didn’t just say that

      • 17 minutes in. how did these guys not fire the lead vocalist? surely this album was a one-time experiment.

        • KJM, Doom Scientist

          The vocalist is kinda sorta the boss of the band.

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            I think that was the joke.

        • Scrimm

          Genuinely angry now

        • tigeraid
        • Joaquin Stick

          I’m not sure if you’re serious or not, but I actually agree with you and will join in being crucified. I mean the high notes are impressive and all, but it’s annoying as shit.

          • friends call my sense of ambiguity being Frenchy!

          • Wet W’s Whistle

            why

          • that’s my last name (doxxed).

          • Joaquin Stick

            That Kairon is good stuff! Thanks for the rec and gift! I am listening to their 2017 release now and I can’t say I like it nearly as much. The 2014 is sweet though!

          • np dude. the new one will grow on you.

          • KJM, Doom Scientist

            Chowdah!!! Say it, Frenchy!!

        • It is the sound one makes when they get smashed in the nuts with a sledge hammer.

        • Ted Nü-Djent ™

          I like King Diamond. But I love you ❤️

          • <3 you too bby. Saw you in the white house btw. Cool pic!

    • KJM, Doom Scientist

      Those crossed fingers are gonna be awfully disappointed.

      FWIW, I voted for Mindcrime.

    • Jajajaja, you’re the worst 😛

    • Dr. K

      I know one drunken detective who’s looking at an ejection from the Hall with extreme prejudice.

      • i’ll gather up all the King Diamond sh*t-talkers who have been ejected and the people smoking on the street corner, and form a new club! and then we’re gonna breathe heavily on the windows of the Hall and trace dirty words on the condensation.

  • RustyShackleford

    I can’t wait to laugh at all the power metal losers when Opeth beats Blind Guardian OOOOOOOOOO YEP YEP!!

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    Is Leviathan going to win it all?

    • KJM, Doom Scientist

      Looks like Abigail or Still Life, with Mindcrime as an outside shot.

      • Depechemodeisgangsta

        Mindcrime will always have an outside shot, since as a concept album is always solid no matter the genre, is still early on results but i do get the feeling that Leviathan will win it all.

    • KJM, Doom Scientist

      Ooh, looks like Leviathan is catching up.

    • Howard Dean

      I sure the fuck hope not.

  • tigeraid

    AAAAAAAAAAAAUGH Leviathan goes up against Abigail? Sorry Mastodon’t. 🙁

  • Not sure if summoning my legions will sway the vote for or against Blind Guardian. dad proggers suck

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      but mah elitism.

      • I had to suffer so many “YOU WEREN’T THERE SO YOU DON’T KNOW HOW GOOD QUEENSRYCHE’S MINDCRIME WAS WHEN IT CAME OUT’ just to get the blind guardian votes

        • KJM, Doom Scientist

          I can give you another if you like… ^_^

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
  • KozmoNaut

    Opeth versus Blind Guardian? Are you trying to kill me?!

    • Wet W’s Whistle

      Yes. I thought to myself, “Haha, this is going to drive KozmoNaut specifically to the rope.”

    • A true metal warrior’s heart will guide their eyes to the truth.

      (it’s blind guardian, vote for them)

      • KozmoNaut

        Of course!

  • Rob M

    The fact that Mastodon, as of my post, is currently beating King Diamond, has me weeping for our generation.

    Seriously, what the hell is wrong with you people?!

    • Posers, all of them

      • Rob M

        Its the only answer I could come up with

    • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

      I surprised myself by going for King Diamond. In general Mastodon is more my thing but I reckon Abigail is the better concept album.

      • Rob M

        I mean, I by no means hate Mastodon, I can definitely enjoy a couple of their early albums, but considering KD’s standing as one of the all time metal greats, Im honestly shocked that this would even be a contest

        • You think your average metal head really listens to anything from before they were born?

          • Rob M

            Im forcing my kid to listen to Onward to Golgotha in the womb, as we speak

          • Joaquin Stick

            I hardly listen to anything that was made before yesterday. Seriously, someone please tell all musicians to stop releasing shit so I can dig into older stuff.

          • Rob M

            I told you to give up sleeping…thats just wasted time you could be using to listen to more bands

          • Ted Nü-Djent ™

            Just ask Bauer.

  • Joaquin Stick

    There’s nothing like agonizing over a decision that you don’t particularly care about, spending time listening and weighing the pros and cons for each style, just to eventually vote and realize that it was never going to make a difference anyway. Ah, democracy.

  • Howard Dean

    Leviathan beating Abigail? Vertikal beating The Key? You’ll cowards are cowards. Seriously. Fuck yourselves.

    –RepostedAngeryViperFan

    • “So help me God if Dante XXI doesn’t win!”
      -RepostedJJDFan

      • Sid Vicious Promos

        Jimmy plz!

    • Scrimm

      This whole thing went tits up

    • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

      Weiners. The lot of them. You don’t turn down the King.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      The tally has flipped for both albums now.

      • Howard Dean

        [gets down off the ledge]

      • Howard Dean

        Dude, the tally has flipped back now. Leviathan and Vertikal are both winning again. The fuck? Like a million votes came out of nowhere for those two. Vertikal was down significantly to The Key. Now it’s way up. It’s honestly quite surprising that like 90-100 random people stopped by this weekend to vote for Vertikal.

  • I’m enjoying watching some people lose their shit over this
    https://media.giphy.com/media/128UMaujdjX7Pi/giphy.gif

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    GORAK VOTE ICED EARTH BLIND GUARDIAN KING DIAMOND & NOCTURNUS!!!!!! ALL ARE LOZING!!!!!!! GORAK SAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDD : ( !!!!!!!!!!

    • Rob M

      Well, get the rest of the Clan of the Cave Bear over here to vote and even that shit out…all those bands should be winning right now

    • tigeraid

      Gorak’s votes are correct. The rest of these plebs don’t know ’bout metal.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      King Diamond and Nocturnus are winning now. Quite comfortably.

  • Waynecro

    I’ve always liked the Still Life story, and the quality of the lyrics on that album impresses me to this day.

    • That’s nice. It still doesn’t have Morgoth

      • Waynecro

        I’m OK with that.

        • downvoted.

          • Waynecro

            I’m just not big into fantasy, dude. Nothing about dragons and elves and orcs does it for me.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Off topic: I saw you were with me on the very early pre-order list for Eidola! That new single is excellent!

      • Waynecro

        Shit yeah, dude! I had no idea the band was about to release a new album. I’m fuckin’ psyched!

        • Joaquin Stick

          They announced yesterday that a new song was coming today and I was clicking refresh on facebook all morning waiting for it haha. I was nervous that they wouldn’t be able to come close to their last album, like they might slip too far in a direction I wouldn’t like, but that fear is gone.

          • Waynecro

            For sure, man. I really dig the new song. I can’t wait to hear the rest of the album.

    • Ted Nü-Djent ™

      I had no idea Still Life was a concept album until this contest. Been a long time since I’ve paid any attention to lyrics. I’ll have to check out the story.

  • Hans Copronym

    And even as they sharpened their clubs and studded their swords with nails, we just stood and looked on, sure that it would not come to blows, sure that no blood would be shed over a matter like this. We should have known better. If ever a dispute was fit to rend a Toilet apart, it was this one. These days, no one can keep track of the schisms, the frail alliances, or indeed the reasons of the manifold animosities. Sometimes we weep as we lie awake at night, ready for the next ambush, remembering the days of unity where a Toilet Beer could be enjoyed in peace and by everyone.

  • krisdaschwab912

    Why the fuck is Queensrhyche still in this tourney?

  • The Mighty Thorange

    Blind Guardian and Opeth? DON’T MAKE ME CHOOSE! PLEASE! FOR THE LOVE OF ALL WE HOLD DEAR ON THIS EARTH DON’T MAKE ME!

    Fuck it…… Nightfall in Middle Earth wins. Opeth have better albums than Still Life and Nightfall is a goddamn masterpiece.

  • Sid Vicious Promos

    Thank fuck Mindcrime won.

  • Simon PhoenixKing Rising

    All you wieners voting for Still life are making it real easy for me to know who to decapitate.

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Leviathan is getting hammered. But good to see that Operation Mindcrime rallied late for the win.

    • Lacertilian

      121 to 127 now.

  • Marco Melia

    SAVATAGE “Streets a Rock Opera” !!!!!!!!!!

  • TrickleDownOvTacoKvltRiff

    Some choices just need to be made for the correct band. Period.