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
Cave In Demons and Wizards
Vicious Mary Deceased
Twisted Tower Dire Advent
Late Nite Romeo Valley's Eve
Fireball Ministry Curriculum Mortis
Morbid Angel Rage
Victory Tad Morose
Pharaoh Slayer
Iron Savior Mother Misery
Death Angel Funerus
Jag Panzer Madison Paige
Low Earth Orbit Krokus
Therion Killswitch Engage
Imp Psychotron
Occult Tearabyte
Eternal Flight Valume Nob
Marshall Law Necrodemon
GWAR Six Feet Under
Incantation Silent Force
Acheron Negative Creeps
The 7 Method Karmakanic
Sonata Arctica The Apocalyptic Riders
Maze Of Torment Vicious Circle
Backyard Babies Darkthrone
Drunkard Soul SirkUS
Swallow The Sun Callenish Circle
Fastkill Def Leppard
Green Carnation Manntis
Agents Of Man Unchained
Prowler Inc. Thor
Widow Wetwork
Havochate Nuclear Assault
To The Bone Eternal Reign
Violent Storm Twilight
Mabon Ewigkeit
Phantom X Cryogen
Doomfoxx Celebratum
Zero Down Absolution
Early Man Enforsaken
Nobody's Fool Second Shadow
Across Tundras Wolves in the Throne Room
Firehouse Bal-Sagoth
Athanator Non-Human Level
Sun Descends Ensoph
Black Crucifixion Dawn of Azazel
Swashbuckle Dendura
Psycroptic Skid Row
Hurt The Ruins of Beverast
Anata Oblomov
Thy Majestie Cult of Daath
Escape The Fate Cheva
Demise Lecherous Nocturne
Warmachine Melechesh
Hardcore Superstar Onslaught
Crescent Shield Chrome Division
Pantera Five Finger Death Punch
Gotthard Since the Day
Denial Fiend Kruger
JR Ewing The Wonderfools
Frosthardr Glenn Hughes
Orthodox Rosetta
Deceiver Vulture Industries
Virgin Black The Lamp of Thoth
Cursed Eighteen Wheels Burning
Battleroar Crown The Lost