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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Lost Horizon The Great Deceiver
Big Dumb Face Poisonblack
Ring of Fire Godflesh
Liege Lord Ravage
Late Nite Romeo Dr. Butcher
Pelican H.I.M.
Endless Time Mourning Beloveth
Rage Steel Preacher
Sinergy Axenstar
Savatage Vhaldemar
Pink Cream 69 Whitesnake
Edguy Fraise
Probot Royal Anguish
Tesla Death Angel
Devil To Pay Riot
Madison Paige Disarmonia Mundi
Edge Of Forever Jorn
Marillion Juggernott
Schenker/ Pattison Summit Destructor
Krokus Skeletonwitch
Dream Evil Shadows Fall
Aina Nashville Pussy
Slowlife Jamie. St. James
Overlorde Sonata Arctica
Legion Code Black
The Apocalyptic Riders Requiem Aeternam
Heartcry Soulscar
Cemetary Oathean
Holy Moses Neil Turbin
Grand Magus Def Leppard
Hatesphere Rudra
Vicious Art Circus Maximus
Nuse Wetwork
Nuclear Assault Octavia Sperati
To The Bone Pagan's Mind
Dragonia ASG
Running Wild Vinterriket
Balatonizer Hate
Beecher Insense
Nobody's Fool End My Sorrow
Fallen Wisdom Wolves in the Throne Room
Nightmare Scum
Event Horizon Vore
Warrant (Amer) The Sword
8th Sin The Strongest Proof
Spawn of Possession Suzukiton
Unsilent Phenomenon Azure
Agalloch The Ruins of Beverast
Pump Semargl
Eyes of Ligeia Middian
Starkweather Celtic Frost
Skullflower Blood Tsunami
Fu Manchu Lost Eden
Lord Belial Mindgrinder
Abigail Williams Mithras
Lipstick Magazine David Galas
Funeral Pathosray
Frosthardr Dantesco
Rosetta Vulture Industries
Hacksaw Surgery Mar De Grises
Deadsea End of Man
Luna Mortis Sotajumala