F E A T U R E

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
Lost Horizon Scanner
Slipknot Vehemence
Big Dumb Face BloodDuster
December Skullview
Circle II Circle Godflesh
Dark Moor Valley's Eve
Alchemy X Johnny Lokke
Pyn Siren Tungsten
Endless Time Guardians Of Time
Duke Stalker
Project: Failing Flesh Asperity
Mother Misery Yngwie Malmsteen
Superchrist Skyfire
Gamma Ray Schenker/ Pattison Summit
Ungodly Meliah Rage
Black Destiny Saxon
Shadows Fall Nashville Pussy
I.C.E. Neurosis
Haunted By Angels Acheron
Blind Guardian Seventh One
Angra Sonata Arctica
Of Infinity Code Black
Crowbar Miles Beyond
Blood Red Throne Hellfueled
Soilwork Quiet Riot
Labyrinth Tarot
Chuck Schuldiner Wolverine
Samael Argument Soul
Chaoswave Alex Skolnick Trio
Boomerang Axel Rudi Pell
Fire Alley Fastkill
Throes of Dawn Shade Empire
Slumber Mirador
Circus Maximus Voyager
Secrets She Kept Havochate
Morgana Lefay Iron Maidens
Blitzkrieg Future is Tomorrow
Dragonia Russell Allen
Evergrey Winterfell
Forever Slave Shattersphere
Paths Of Possession Damnation
Even X Cryogen
Dreamland Gojira
Virgin Steele Beecher
Southern Black Sand Beyond Fear
Thyrane Vreid
Imagika Cavalar
Hate Profile The Furor
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Unsilent Phenomenon Bloodbound
Destruction Paul Bonrud
Amon Amarth From the Grave
Vicious Rumors Zero Hour
Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers Isis
Biolich Winger
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Better Left Unsaid Twisted Into Form
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Mass Extinction Alkemyst
Ost Est Ima Trivium
Pop Evil Deadsea
Coffins Ihsahn
Mustasch DC4
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