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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Bathory Into Eternity
The Kovenant Racer X
Opeth The Great Deceiver
The Haunted Children Of Bodom
Poisonblack Deceased
Twelfth Gate Goatwhore
Skullview Helloween
Overkill Godsmack
Queensryche Usurper
Steel Attack Late Nite Romeo
Pelican Thunderbolt
Artension The Graveyard Boulevard
Mourning Beloveth Steel Preacher
King Diamond Savatage
Tad Morose Silent Scythe
Thunderstone Drillpoint
Halloween Lacuna Coil
Brides of Destruction Soul Reaper
Doro Fairyland
Soil Black Stone Cherry
Yngwie Malmsteen Drowning Pool
Riot Jaw
Ebony Ark Wolf
David Shankle Group Icon And The Black Roses
Skyfire Highlord
De Lirium's Order Feinstein
Therion Bonfire
Meliah Rage Skeletonwitch
Metal Church Images of Eden
Katagory V Z02
Slowlife House of Shakira
GWAR The Project Hate
Within Temptation Negative Creeps
Hanzel Und Gretyl Rush
Mercenary Of Infinity
Divine Fire Kings X
Hibria Vicious Circle
Mechanical Poet Wolverine
Severe Torture Derek Sherinian
Bleed The Sky Bruce Dickinson
Def Leppard Defleshed
Blind Stare Raging Speedhorn
Vicious Art Darkane
Unchained Circus Maximus
Voyager Nuse
Cannon Holy Blood
Iron Maidens Flotsam & Jetsam
Warchild Loits
Pagan's Mind Blood Thirsty Demons
Bolt Thrower Barcode
Ghost Machinery Gojira
Dragonlord Detonation
Vanquished End of Level Boss
Brother Hawk Southern Black Sand
Tandjent Upwards of Endtime
Thyrane Bal-Sagoth
Imagika The Sword
Dreams of Damnation Sun Descends
Royal Hunt Spawn of Possession
Cult of Luna Fragments of Unbecoming
Sahg Scary Manilow
Warface Anata
Zoroaster Eyes of Ligeia
Teeth of the Hydra Eighteen Visions
Twinball Lupara
Panzerchrist Demise
Middian Deicide
Warmachine The Gathering
Diagnose: Lebensgefahr Battered
Omnium Gatherum Necrophobic
Dezperadoz Almah
Passion Pantera
Pentacle Blut Aus Nord
Ulcerate Cauldron
Distorted Gutted With Broken Glass
Ost Est Ima Demonic Symphony
Straight Line Stitch Kreator
Uriah Heep The More I See
Kiuas Son of Eric
Place Of Skulls Luna Mortis
Battleroar My Dying Bride
Giant Squid