F E A T U R E

A 90s Look at the Albums Metallica Should Have Made
1/27/2017 3:12:49 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
Anvil Scanner
Big Dumb Face Gun Barrel
Celestial Ode Warhorse
Nazareth Majesty
Mortician Ravage
Wizard Black Label Society
Hammerwhore The Chainsaw
Goat Horn Exawatt
Nicta SelfInflicted
Wycked Synn Duke
Silent Scythe Windseeker
Whitesnake Hard Echo
Fear Factory Shiva
Gothic Knights Devil To Pay
Jag Panzer Jaw
Freakhouse David Shankle Group
Skyfire Low Earth Orbit
Krokus Chapter VIII
Dream Evil Imp
Dio Unearth
Eternal Flight Scavenger
Valume Nob Chris Caffery
Six Feet Under Negative Creeps
Agnostic Front Mirror of Deception
Tsjuder Dark Tranquillity
Emerald Sun Helgrind
Audiovision The Apocalyptic Riders
Lost Soul Requiem Aeternam
Veni Domine Maze Of Torment
Soilwork Chuck Schuldiner
Wolverine Kaamos
Frantic Bleep Lord Gore
Soul SirkUS Operatika
Strapping Young Lad Grand Magus
Def Leppard Rudra
Astarte God Among Insects
Brand New Sin Nuse
Supagroup Leaves Eyes
Power Quest V:28
The Atomic Bitchwax Overloaded
Sun O))) Forever Slave
Mabon Shattersphere
Cryogen Doomfoxx
Asrai Victory
Bronx Casket Company Zero Down
Torture Killer Daylight Dies
Scum Boris
Elvenking Vreid
Hirax Dreams of Damnation
Non-Human Level Michael Orlando
Shadows Within Sathanas
Panzerchrist Deicide
Quest of Aidance The Gathering
Threat Signal Static-X
Manticore Zyklon
Gotthard Tears
David Galas Hellveto
Echoes of Eternity Frosthardr
Ride The Sky Manilla Road
To-Mera Armory
Trinacria End of Man
Crown The Lost Giant Squid