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
Bathory Cave In
Into Eternity Opeth
Chaingunn Twilight Odyssey
Big Dumb Face Carpathian Forest
Anthrax Twisted Tower Dire
Commit Suicide Kalibas
Gun Barrel Warhorse
Fozzy Mortician
Widowmaker Crematorium
Manowar Powergod
God Dethroned Late Nite Romeo
Dr. Butcher Pelican
Circle of Nero Byfist
Iced Earth The Graveyard Boulevard
Beautiful Creatures Guardians Of Time
Eidolon Murdercycle
Pharaoh Project: Failing Flesh
Asperity Secret Sphere
Tesla Mother Misery
Force Of Evil I Hate Sally
Cryonic Temple Riot
Evanescence Cans
W.A.S.P. Edge Of Forever
Highlord Iron Angel
Spiral Madness Fabrizio Bonanno
Fireaxe Unleashed
Skeletonwitch After Forever
Imp Final Dawn
Dio Wintersun
Potential Threat SF Occult
Theocracy Overlorde
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Mirror of Deception
Tristania Azrael's Bane
Milkweed Paradise Lost
Motley Crue The New Breed
Crionics Astral Doors
Tarot John Sykes
Samael Kaamos
Marduk Oathean
Drunkard Axel Rudi Pell
Holy Moses Grand Magus
Pro-Pain Green Carnation
Embraze God Among Insects
Vicious Art Nuse
Nightvision Resurrecturis
Iron Maidens Blitzkrieg
Painmuseum To The Bone
Monster Magnet 1349
Casus Belli The Firstborn
The Absence Thrones
Spellbound The Classic Struggle
Zero Down Gorefest
Hate Absu
Decapitated Taunusheim
From This Day Nobody's Fool
Brother Hawk Naked Beggars
Wolves in the Throne Room Nightmare
Hell-Born Scum
Firehouse Cryptopsy
Viron Silver Dirt
Bludgeon Spawn of Possession
Smohalla Azure
She Said Destroy Paul Bonrud
Woodtemple Wednesday 13
The Finals Wastefall
Oblomov Lordi
Panzerchrist Starkweather
Deicide Handful of Hate
Twisted Into Form Melechesh
Stonegard Southern Gentleman
Throne of Katarsis Lord Belial
Passion Rob Zombie
Since the Day Manes
Trenchfoot Ulcerate
David Galas Throneum
Fight Destynation
Spheric Universe Experience Cockpit
40 Below Summer Deceiver
Trivium Godhead
Trinacria Deadsea
UFOmammut Crown The Lost
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