Cradle Of Filth - Cruelty And The Beast
The pinnacle of Dani Filth’s Hammer Horror black metal shtick, and proof that the Scandinavians didn’t have the monopoly on extremity.
Death - The Sound Of Perseverance
Ever the innovator, Chuck Schuldiner took death metal into prog territory on their final album. A fitting swansong.
Korn - Follow The Leader
The OGs of nu metal brought hip hop into the mix on their third album, and the result was the scene’s first true blockbuster.
Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals
In which the mighty Mazza reinvented himself as a goth David Bowie for the 21st century. We were all stars in his Dope Show.
Meshuggah - Chaosphere
Ditching the vestiges of thrash for mind-bending technicality, the Swedish alchemists’ third album ushered in a new era for metal.
Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
Black metal, death metal and traditional Scandinavian folk were all part of Opeth’s DNA – and few did it better than they did here.
Monster Magnet - Powertrip
The point at which Magnet mainman Dave Wyndorf’s long-game vision came to fruition: this was epic space rock with Las Vegas bling.
Refused - The Shape Of Punk To Come
Punk, metal, free jazz and more came together on the Swedes’ border-smashing landmark. Never even imitated, let alone bettered.
Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe
White Zombie were 90s players, but once Rob went solo, everything was amped up to make the definitive 90s rock club floor-filler album.
System Of A Down - System Of A Down
Just as nu metal was getting predictable, four batshit-crazy Armenian-Americans rewrote the rulebook with help from the legendary Rick Rubin.