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A 90s Look at the Albums Metallica Should Have Made
1/27/2017 5:11:07 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
Grave Neck
December Symphorce
Commit Suicide Overkill
Rawhead Rexx Lamb of God
Legend Metallica
God Dethroned Power of Omens
Cage Led Zeppelin
Exawatt Iced Earth
Bloodbath Sevendust
Morbid Angel Runemagick
Steel Preacher Axenstar
Stalker Halloween
Secret Sphere Fairyland
Tesla Ebony Ark
Evanescence Bleeding Inc
Epica Graveland
Donnerkopf Jorn
Cyst Hatework
Destructor Joe Lynn Turner
Mob Rules Unleashed
After Forever Shadows Fall
Lullacry Medusa
Jungle Rot Conquestador
Tristania Sonata Arctica
Feared Creation Kinetic
Motley Crue Helgrind
Blood Red Throne Belef
Loudblast Astral Doors
Carbomb Icarus Witch
Carina Alfie Antares
Freedom Call Derek Sherinian
Drunkard Axel Rudi Pell
Neil Turbin Gizmachi
Green Carnation Brand New Sin
Darkane Secrets She Kept
Gaia Cannon
Wetwork Lake Of Tears
Eternal Reign Russell Allen
Armored Saint Savage Circus
Paths Of Possession Crystal Ball
Define Divine Torture Killer
Vader Early Man
From This Day Craft
Lair Of The Minotaur Upwards of Endtime
Nicodemus Non-Human Level
Royal Hunt Vengeance
She Said Destroy Time Requiem
Ynis Vitrin The Finals
Enochian Crescent Semargl
Eighteen Visions E-lane
Middian Warmachine
Blood Tsunami Mithras
The Prophecy Tears
Transmission 0 Trenchfoot
Ensiferum Night Ranger
Ride The Sky Rosetta
Mortiis Father Befouled
Trivium Witchfinder General
Vulture Industries Hacksaw Surgery
Equilibrium Uriah Heep
Kiuas Papa Roach
Dread the Forsaken Dark Castle