Cradle Of Filth - Dusk… And Her Embrace
Cradle’s decadent, distinctly British take on black metal reached fruition on their second album. The starting point for what came afterwards.
Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood
The culmination of their journey from hardcore snarlers to Southern-rock-infused metallers. Nice Papa Het cameo, too.
In Flames - The Jester Race
The Swedes recruited Anders Fridén for their classic second album, proving the Gothenburg Sound was no mere flash in the pan.
Metallica - Load
Newly shorn and sporting eyeliner, Metallica backed off further from thrash metal here. Their most controversial album – and their most underrated.
Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood
Former 80s crust-punks turned percussive, hypnotic sonic assault, and this was their pinnacle: metal reinvented as tribal ritual.
Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill
Tensions between a troubled Phil and his bandmates helped push the extremity levels on Pantera’s last great album.
Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
Rage’s second album fanned the flames lit by their debut. Money men, arms dealers, shock jocks – all were in their sights.
Sepultura - Roots
The Brazilian quartet’s breathtaking musical vision came to full fruition here. A glorious epitaph for the legendary Max Cavalera era.
Tool - Aenima
Ritual magick, sacred geometry and the comedy of Bill Hicks combine on the prog-metal overlords’ breakthrough album. Like nothing before or since.
Type O Negative - October Rust
Peter Steele fleshed out his band’s grandiose vision on their fourth album – and wrote the perfect gothic pop song in My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend.