Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise
Exit Joey Belladonna, enter John Bush in time for the album that reinvented Anthrax as a state-of the-art 90s metal band.
Carcass - Heartwork
The gore-fixated gods of grind streamlined their sound on their penultimate 90s record. The result was the finest British extreme metal album of the decade.
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Not fitting the grunge, metal or indie brackets, Billy Corgan instead magpied from every genre to make an album to appeal to all tribes.
Darkthrone - Under A Funeral Moon
The Norwegian nutters’ third album was dank, distorted and gloriously antisocial. This was black metal taken back to the garage – or the cave.
Eyehategod - Take As Needed For Pain
Much more than just Phil Anselmo’s drug buddies, Eyehategod were the masters of fucked-up dirge metal. Take in high doses or not at all.
Entombed - Wolverine Blues
Death metal got a real rock’n’roll kick courtesy of drum monster Nicke Andersson. As they said on Out Of Hand: “FUUUUUUCK!”
Sepultura - Chaos A.D.
The Seps ditched the primeval thrashing for deep grooves and world music flourishes. Suddenly, greatness beckoned.
Tool - Undertow
Metal’s most enigmatic band arrived fully formed with their complex, cerebral debut album. Then, as now, there was no one else like them.
Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses
Peter Steele ramped up the dark-hued goth-metal grandeur on Bloody Kisses. If Dracula had a favourite metal band, Type O were definitely it.
Pearl Jam - Vs.
The grunge giants’ second album found them recoiling from their huge success, stoking their songs with punk rock ire.