The 10 Best Album Sequels in Rock + Metal

Regardless of the medium, good sequels are usually hard to get out of. After all, they must succeed both as the newest entry in the creator’s catalog and as an extension of the specific narrative and/or musical foundation(s) that preceded them.

In the case of rock and metal, there have certainly been some lackluster follow-ups to celebrated concept records. Take e.g. Mincemeat bread‘s Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose (2006), Queensr├┐che‘s Operation: Mindcrime II (2006) and Rob Zombie‘s Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010). However good or bad they are as isolated works, they failed to measure up to their progenitors.

Fortunately, the 10 LPs on this list prove that it’s entirely possible for bands to do justice to their past triumphs with direct sequels. In fact, several of the following picks still rank as their respective artists’ best albums.

Obviously, the original is not always the best.

The best follow-up albums in rock + metal

Worthy sequels that continue a saga.

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