Re: Top metal albums of the 90s

Date:2020-04-05 17:20:46
In Reply To:Top metal albums of the 90s by Pirage
Going to include some hard alt-rock stuff that’s metal-adjacent, since we’re talking about the 90s, after all. Alphabetical by band:

Alice In Chains - Dirt

Greasy, slimy, queasy, great.

Angra - Holy Land

Commented in the power metal album thread.

Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding

No other album sounds quite like this one. Molossian guitars, bleak Blake imagery, thundering classics left and right. I was actually disappointed when Bruce and Adrian returned to Iron Maiden after this.

Dokken - Erase The Slate

Almost the original lineup, with Reb Beach swapped in for George Lynch. Beach does a fine Lynch impersonation while bringing in some of his own flavor, and this is the last album where Don Dokken’s voice was still pretty strong. “Voice Of The Soul” in particular is great. (If you liked the Black Swan album from 2020, this is where that songwriting team got its start.)

Faith No More - Angel Dust

Deeper, darker, and stranger than The Real Thing. Not as immediate, but worth the investment.

Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape

I always liked this band far better than Nirvana, and this was probably their pinnacle. Tight, heavy, and always interesting.

Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free

Commented in the power metal album thread.

I Mother Earth - Dig

This one’s an oddity — stoner metal with better technical chops, maybe? Woozy alt-metal? Not sure what to call it. The singer later went on to do the Victor album with Alex Lifeson.

In Flames - The Jester Race

Commented in the top metal songs thread.

Judas Priest - Painkiller

Arguably the most metallic of all their albums, Priest took the younger bands to school and showed that they could shred with the best of them.

Live - Throwing Copper

The raw emotional intensity of this album is something special. The singles are great, but the deep cuts are great too.

Luca Turilli - King Of The Nordic Twilight

Great neoclassical power metal with an Yngwie-style vocalist.

Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation

Oni Logan has some annoying quirks, and the album has a few cringey moments, but when it’s firing on all cylinders it’s great. Bluesier and more soulful than George Lynch’s work in Dokken, but still has plenty of fireworks.

Yngwie Malmsteen - The Seventh Sign

If you don’t hate Vescera’s voice and you can tolerate the typical level of Yngwie cheese, then this album is one of his best.

Megadeth - Rust In Peace

Slightly overrated, since there are some weaker tracks on here; but the best stuff is truly exceptional.

Nightwish - Oceanborn

A few weaker tracks (the ones with predominant male vocals), but the rest is pure gold. Nothing else sounds quite like this, even Nightwish’s other albums.

Psycho Motel - Welcome To The World

What if Adrian Smith had founded Alice In Chains instead of Jerry Cantrell? This album answers that question, and every track on here is great.

Queensrÿche - Empire

Ostensibly a metal band, though this is not a metal album. Great poppy hard rock, though.

Joe Satriani - The Extremist

An underrated gem in Satriani’s catalog. The first three tracks are killer, especially “War”. It loses a little steam after that, but is still high quality.

Skyclad - The Answer Machine?

To my ear, this struck the perfect balance between folk and metal, and freed up Walkyier’s voice to have more emotion than their earlier work. They never quite found this balance again afterward.

- Jer
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