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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Cave In Hate Eternal
In Flames The Kovenant
Grave Big Dumb Face
Karaboudjan Dokken
Neck Twelfth Gate
Skullview Kalibas
Celestial Ode Solace
Warhorse Seether
Rawhead Rexx Lamb of God
Ravage Legend
Manowar Johnny Lokke
Black Sabbath SelfInflicted
Inner Rage of Emotion Biomechanical
Godiva Runemagick
Malstrom Nordheim
Sinergy Tad Morose
Whitesnake Probot
Asperity Out of the Lair
Secret Sphere Soul Reaper
Dreamaker Hard Echo
Tesla Shiva
I Hate Sally Killik
Celesty Construcdead
Cans Amityville Whore
Skyfire Metalium
Low Earth Orbit U.D.O.
Marillion Judas Priest
Dragonspoon Cyst
Fabrizio Bonanno Fireaxe
Scorpions Black Destiny
Saxon Rhapsody of Fire
Potential Threat SF Occult
Dark Age Tearabyte
Nashville Pussy Otep
Katagory V Age Of Silence
Marshall Law Haunted By Angels
Ironhorse Overlorde
Blind Guardian Made of Iron
The 7 Method Behemoth
Betrayer Legion
Of Infinity Emerald Sun
Quiet Riot Hibria
Shatterpoint Carina Alfie
Nevermore Alex Skolnick Trio
Ignitor Raintime
Nightrage Taake
Dynamic Lights Horna
Sebastian Bach Gaia
Killing Spree Blitzkrieg
Future is Tomorrow Mercyful Fate
Redemption Orphaned Land
Evergrey Bolt Thrower
1349 Even X
Avulsed Bronx Casket Company
The Tenth Circle Insense
Sodom Naked Beggars
Blackmore's Night Intronaut
Codeon 286
Upwards of Endtime Vore
The Smackdown Vreid
Candlemass The Sword
8th Sin Hate Profile
The Furor Sun Descends
Upon Infliction Fragments of Unbecoming
Space Odyssey Psycroptic
Time Requiem The Abominable Iron Sloth
Battle Bratt Isis
E-lane Escape The Fate
Extium Melechesh
Terry Sullivan Lord Belial
Zyklon Nagelfar
Mendeed Pantera
Textures The Prophecy
Gotthard Nominon
Tears Glorior Belli
Hearse Nation Beyond
Cauldron Destynation
Frosthardr Heresi
Alkemyst Averse Sefira
Glenn Hughes Last Stone Cast
To-Mera Godhead
Equilibrium The Lamp of Thoth
Place Of Skulls Luna Mortis
UFOmammut Papa Roach
Wolfgate Eighteen Wheels Burning
Mustasch Sotajumala