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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In Flames Into Eternity
Loudness Mudvayne
Nightwish Scanner
Slipknot Steel Prophet
Vehemence Karaboudjan
Tiamat Dokken
Cradle of Filth Gun Barrel
Solace Godsmack
Lamb of God Ravage
Angel Dust Black Label Society
Carnal Forge Johnny Lokke
Tungsten Black Sabbath
Thunderbolt Artension
The Graveyard Boulevard Kilfast
Sinergy Beautiful Creatures
Duke Tad Morose
Attacker Pink Cream 69
Whitesnake Primal Fear
Slayer Doro
Fairyland Fear Factory
Death Angel I Hate Sally
Black Stone Cherry Killik
Exodus Riot
Bang The Union Deep Purple
Kingcrow U.D.O.
Joey Belladonna After Forever
Rhapsody of Fire Imp
Final Dawn Katagory V
Valume Nob Jamie. St. James
House of Shakira Conquestador
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Avenue F
Twisted Sister Creed
Triumph Sonata Arctica
Milkweed Cradle To Grave
Gods Of Fire Necrophagia
Hibria Yyrkoon
Tarot Stormwarrior
Alex Skolnick Trio Derek Sherinian
Frantic Bleep Axel Rudi Pell
Debris Inc. Operatika
Ramesses Sinisthra
Grand Magus Throes of Dawn
Disbelief Python
Slough Feg Circus Maximus
Ritual Killer Thor
Clutch Flotsam & Jetsam
Painmuseum Octavia Sperati
Future is Tomorrow Lake Of Tears
Eternal Reign Monster Magnet
Russell Allen Evergrey
Violent Storm Phantom X
Infliction Asrai
Chain Collector Midnight Idols
Torture Killer Absolution
Machina Grimfist
Craft Naked Beggars
Blackmore's Night Intronaut
Nikki Puppet Beyond Fear
Nightmare Dissection
Degree Absolute Elvenking
Hate Profile The Strongest Proof
Black Crucifixion Royal Hunt
Michael Orlando Gorgoroth
Smohalla Destruction
Woodtemple Burialmound
The Ruins of Beverast Zero Hour
Jeff Walker und Die Fluffers Belphegor
The Abominable Iron Sloth Enochian Crescent
Rotting Christ Eighteen Visions
Venom Panzerchrist
Quest of Aidance Lost Eden
Threat Signal Warbringer
The Chronicles of Israfel Madking Ludwig
Cruachan Nagelfar
Satariel The Prophecy
Nominon Rob Zombie
Transmission 0 Throneum
Hearse Architect
Himsa Depressed Mode
Gutted With Broken Glass Aetherius Obscuritas
Trivium To-Mera
Kreator Moonshine
Embalming Theatre Trinacria
Son of Eric Luna Mortis
Winterfylleth My Dying Bride