F E A T U R E

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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RANDOM ACTS OF METAL
Sinner Twilight Odyssey
Immolation Dokken
Perzonal War Solemnity
Goatwhore Machine Head
Norma Jean Solace
Godsmack Warhorse
Widowmaker God Dethroned
Power of Omens Hammerwhore
Biomechanical Godiva
Guardians Of Time Axenstar
Duke Vhaldemar
Silent Scythe Drillpoint
Fear Factory Volbeat
Construcdead Exodus
Leash Law Cans
W.A.S.P. Outworld
Gamma Ray After Forever
Psychotron Eternal Flight
Z02 Marshall Law
Necrodemon Acheron
Anger Seventh One
Betrayer Mercenary
Code Black Paradise Lost
Motley Crue Bloody Sign
Image Veni Domine
Suidakra Carbomb
Samael Severe Torture
Strapping Young Lad Callenish Circle
Mirador Python
Amorphis Vicious Art
Sentenced Unchained
Frameless Scar Power Quest
Nightvision Morgana Lefay
Clutch Iron Maidens
Pagan's Mind Orphaned Land
Russell Allen Violent Storm
Penetrator Bolt Thrower
Barcode Twilight
Mabon Dechrist
Gojira Urizen
Dragonlord Insense
Second Shadow Witchery
Nightmare Scum
Tris Katone Manngard
Silver Dirt Elvenking
Cavalar The Sword
Black Crucifixion Psycroptic
Time Requiem Mouth of the Architect
Shadows Within Vicious Rumors
Extium Skullflower
Blood Tsunami Fu Manchu
Omnium Gatherum In This Moment
Pantera Textures
Manes Malevolent Creation
Fight Sworn Enemy
Echoes of Eternity Mongrel
40 Below Summer Ost Est Ima
Straight Line Stitch Last Stone Cast
Alestorm Eighteen Wheels Burning
Crown The Lost