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
Into Eternity Solemnity
Stratovarius Twisted Tower Dire
Norma Jean Rawhead Rexx
Mortician Metallica
Valley's Eve Black Label Society
Ion Vein Iced Earth
Fireball Ministry Kilfast
Victory Dream Weaver
Axenstar Silent Scythe
Pink Cream 69 DevilDriver
Defiled Project: Failing Flesh
Brides of Destruction Body Count
Dreamaker Mother Misery
Shiva Death Angel
Devil To Pay Deep Purple
Judas Priest Feinstein
Destructor Krokus
Ungodly Vox Tempus
Skeletonwitch Lilitu
Dark Age Tearabyte
Katagory V Jungle Rot
Agnostic Front Mirror of Deception
Twisted Sister Fifth Cross
Miles Beyond Kamelot
Shatterpoint Vicious Circle
John Sykes Kaamos
Marduk Pure Inc
Callenish Circle Green Carnation
Blind Stare Slough Feg
Slik Helvetika Thor
V:28 Forever Slave
Savage Circus The Absence
Phantom X Damnation
Dechrist Spellbound
Define Divine Dragonlord
Sinocence Detonation
Taunusheim Insense
Witchery Across Tundras
Southern Black Sand Powerglove
The Berzerker Firehouse
Tris Katone Athanator
Speed/Kill/Hate 8th Sin
TK-421 Upon Infliction
Cult of Luna Vengeance
Nachtmystium Skyforger
Myon The Showdown
Melechesh Lost Eden
Dream Theater Necrophobic
The Chronicles of Israfel Old Man's Child
Mendeed Gotthard
Hacride Spit Like This
Antigama Lipstick Magazine
Keep of Kalessin Keldian
Destynation Alkemyst
Bilocate Deceiver
Demonic Symphony The Obsessed
Aetherius Obscuritas Trivium
Blood Haven Last Stone Cast
Moonshine End of Man
Place Of Skulls Cursed
Battleroar Sotajumala
Dark Castle