Alice In Chains - Facelift
The first blockbuster grunge album – and one of the most influential. Its steely riffs and haunting harmonies were imitated but never bettered.
Death - Spiritual Healing
Chuck Schuldiner was always ahead of the pack – his band’s third album showed death metal could replace guts’n’gore with brains’n’ambition.
Deicide - Deicide
With an inverted cross branded into his forehead, Glen Benton was Satanic controversy incarnate. Deicide’s death-tastic debut matched the hype.
Entombed - Left Hand Path
The Swedish sluggers’ stellar debut showed the Yanks didn’t have the monopoly on white-hot death metal. Bands are still ripping it off 30 years on.
Jane’s Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual
Perry Farrell bust open the doors for alternative rock with Jane’s shamanic second album. Without it, Nirvana would still be playing Seattle bars.
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Priest’s first record of the 90s matched anything they’d done before. Heavy, focused, cutting edge, this was an album for the times.
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
A cleaned-up and focused Dave Mustaine finally delivered on Megadeth’s vast promise with their fourth album. Speed metal in excelsis.
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
From poodle-haired rockers to groove-metal kingpins, Pantera’s ‘debut’ was the decade’s greatest reinvention – and the beginning of the legend.
Suicidal Tendencies - Lights Camera Revolution
ST completed their transformation from punk-skate-hoodrats to hardcore-funk-thrash kings here.
Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss
The Slayer juggernaut refused to stop, with their third classic album in a row. War, serial killers, Satan – no one did it better.