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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
Anvil Into Eternity
Scanner Twilight Odyssey
Carpathian Forest Poisonblack
Rebellion Kalibas
Solace Circle II Circle
Metallica Black Label Society
Led Zeppelin Hammerwhore
Pelican Black Sabbath
Saint Sevendust
Thunderbolt Rage
Lanfear Sinergy
Eidolon Tad Morose
Fraise Lacuna Coil
Secret Sphere Dew Scented
Hard Echo Devil To Pay
Funerus Exodus
Bleeding Inc Lonewolf
Dragonspoon Juggernott
Fabrizio Bonanno After Forever
Dio Potential Threat SF
Internal Bleeding Angra
Fifth Cross Miles Beyond
Kings X Soilwork
Hibria Yyrkoon
Strikelight Mystic Prophecy
Wolverine Severe Torture
God Fear None Bleed The Sky
Omegalord Drunkard
Soul SirkUS Chastain
Callenish Circle Raintime
Shade Empire Manntis
Agents Of Man Sentenced
Kult ov Azazel Monolithe
The Father Panic Riot Orchestra Power Quest
Love Forsaken Blitzkrieg
Lake Of Tears Orphaned Land
Dragonia Before The Dawn
Violent Storm Dirty Americans
Bolt Thrower Casus Belli
Vinterriket Balatonizer
Gorefest Khold
Absu Decapitated
Upwards of Endtime Scum
Manngard Down Factor
Dreams of Damnation Royal Hunt
Michael Orlando Vengeance
Azure Space Odyssey
Swashbuckle Hydrogyn
Ynis Vitrin Burialmound
Mastodon Deicide
Centinex Skullflower
The Gathering Throne of Katarsis
Madking Ludwig Almah
Pentacle Denial Fiend
Warner Drive Ulcerate
The Wonderfools Faith And Fire
Keep of Kalessin Dantesco
Bilocate Trivium
Straight Line Stitch Puscifer
Godhead Virgin Black
Bullet For My Valentine