F E A T U R E

A 90s Look at the Albums Metallica Should Have Made
1/27/2017 3:12:49 PM by Frank Hill





The 1991 -1996 period for Metallica fans was pure anguish.

That five-year period between Metallica albums wasn't a fair one. The lofty expectations were ultimately going to lead to disappointment even if 'Load' was far better than it was. It's just human nature. But the real fact of the matter is this; the metal community spent the middle to second half of the 90s saying they don't need Metallica anymore. They were quick to shuck their ties and move on. It was this early to late 90s period that saw Europe explode with energetic youth. In Flames, Entombed, Hypocrisy, Immortal, Amorphis, Edge of Sanity...they were all blooming with innovative techniques that pushed heavy metal into the next century and helped pioneer and define new sub-genres.

There were a ton of great records in the 90s...I can remember collecting back then and before even reading the press reviews I could sense that something exciting was happening with an album's release. I've listed a few of these here for you and some of my memories of the album and its impact on the 90s culture that was clamoring for a new Metallica record or a suitable replacement for what they considered a very failed offering in 'Load'.

Read Eric Compton's editorial column on metal's image here: [Full Column Link]


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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
HammerFall Steel Prophet
The Great Deceiver Vehemence
Carpathian Forest Immolation
Karaboudjan Tiamat
Perzonal War Twisted Tower Dire
Norma Jean Celestial Ode
Circle II Circle Sick Speed
Johnny Lokke Chainsnap
Crystal Eyes Rob Rock
Windseeker Stalker
Soul Reaper Hard Echo
Mother Misery Death Angel
Babylon Mystery Orchestra Bang The Union
Cans Donnerkopf
Cyst Feinstein
Acrid Mob Rules
Fireaxe Chapter VIII
Bonfire Dream Evil
Annihilator Z02
Polterchrist Mine
Within Temptation Ironhorse
Behemoth Scenteria
Entombed Hellfueled
Soilwork Mechanical Poet
Severe Torture Pure Inc
Bleed The Sky Grand Magus
Def Leppard Biss
Graveworm Sentenced
Horna Supagroup
Gaia The Father Panic Riot Orchestra
Killing Spree Thor
Flotsam & Jetsam Warchild
Winterfell Bolt Thrower
Avenged Sevenfold Arthemis
Phantom X Damnation
Dechrist Even X
Infliction The Classic Struggle
Dogs Of Winter Vanquished
Absu From This Day
Nobody's Fool Across Tundras
Naked Beggars Ephel Duath
Codeon Dissection
Firehouse Degree Absolute
Valhalla Down Factor
Nicodemus Dreams of Damnation
Black Crucifixion Spawn of Possession
Vengeance She Said Destroy
Fleshgore Vicious Rumors
Pump Oblomov
Semargl Rotting Christ
Lesbian Bed Death Audrey Horne
Panzerchrist Demise
The Gathering Satariel
Chrome Division Pantera
Textures Mithras
Manes Kruger
Hellveto Heresi
Orthodox Mortiis
Trivium SOS
Puscifer Equilibrium
Medieval Steel Sin
Wolfgate DC4