1994 was the year when metal came of age, bands twisting heavy music into new forms that would echo through the ages. We take a look back at the year's essential releases
From Black Sabbath to Venom Prison, heavy metal has always raged against social injustice. Why should it stop now?
If you like Code Orange and Vein, you’ll love the Londoners’ raging hardcore broken up with moments of beauty
Bold, progressively minded metal is bigger than ever – and Prognosis may mean England finally has an answer to Gojira, Mastodon et al
Mixing progressive songwriting with heavy metal heroics, these Texans are looking to do the Lone Star State proud
Pennsylvania’s progressive extremists Rivers Of Nihil hit an all-new apex with Where Owls Know My Name