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
Cathedral Hate Eternal
Lost Horizon Sinner
The Great Deceiver Tiamat
Disturbed Rebellion
Deceased Norma Jean
Queensryche Majesty
Vaginal Carnage Widowmaker
Sickspeed Crematorium
Abigor Cage
The Chainsaw Circle of Nero
Evolution Supervillain
Iced Earth Bloodbath
Thunderbolt Steel Preacher
Rob Rock Axenstar
Krisiun DevilDriver
Probot Deivos
Soul Reaper Dew Scented
Tesla Volbeat
Madison Paige W.A.S.P.
Kingcrow Lonewolf
Ministry Brutal Mastication
Estuary De Lirium's Order
Krokus Vox Tempus
Meliah Rage Black Destiny
Shadows Fall Medusa
Eternal Flight Scavenger
Marshall Law Jamie. St. James
The Last Act Angra
Twisted Sister Legion
Of Infinity Entombed
Impaled Loudblast
Hibria Samael
Crimson Moonlight Antares
Stormwarrior Freedom Call
Axis Of Perdition Soul SirkUS
Operatika Swallow The Sun
Strapping Young Lad Neil Turbin
Gizmachi Pro-Pain
Def Leppard Rudra
Mirador Dark Funeral
Taake Slik Helvetika
Wetwork Edenbridge
Clutch Agents Of The Sun
Scar Symmetry Octavia Sperati
Loits Peccatum
V:28 Russell Allen
Penetrator Winterfell
ASG Casus Belli
Ewigkeit Dechrist
Dreamland Avulsed
Urizen Decapitated
Vader Second Shadow
Thryfing Blackmore's Night
Poison Ephel Duath
Upwards of Endtime Firehouse
Clawfinger Event Horizon
Leviathan/Sapthuran Athanator
Dream Or Nightmare Hirax
The Sword Dreams of Damnation
Hate Profile Apiary
Theater of Tragedy Azure
Dendura Scary Manilow
Fleshgore I
Semargl Twinball
Venom Obtest
Lordi The Showdown
Cheva Extium
Lecherous Nocturne Melechesh
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr Hardcore Superstar
Throne of Katarsis Crescent Shield
Nagelfar Cattle Decapitation
Satariel Passion
Pantera Katrina Johansson
Antigama Warner Drive
Randy Ellefson Keldian
Pathosray Diamond Dogs
Spheric Universe Experience Heresi
Pop Evil Blood Haven
Puscifer Godhead
Souls Of We The Lamp of Thoth
Trinacria Medieval Steel
Mar De Grises Son of Eric
End of Man Ihsahn
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