Kudos. I am too easily impressed with this list, and can possibly make a few additions of my own, tomorrow morning (nt)


Author:BenMech
Date:2017-10-04 19:57:15
In Reply To:Nineties Metal by Loudblast
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John's last post got me thinking about metal at the tail-end of the last millennium and reminded me that I made lists of my favorite metal records from that time. These lists were prompted by the Decibel 1991 issue and, for whatever reason, I never went back and compiled a 1990 list.

Over the last several years, I've found that I hardly dial up any metal made before, say, 2001. I know there's worthwhile music being made, but I just can't seem to muster any real interest. As far as I'm concerned, pretty much every metal vista had been mapped out by the end of the 90s, and the originals sound more vital, more convincing, more satisfying than most of what's come after. Gorguts--Obscura is a pretty good example, I think. How many records have been influenced by that one? Tons. But...I can just listen to 'Obscura.'

Just to be fair: the 90s are my favorite decade in music. Period. Along with all the groundbreaking metal being made, the 90s were a great time for underground rock, too. But I don't want to muddy the waters here, so I've limited these lists to metal and metal-ish only. A few odd ducks probably slip in, though. And bear in mind that these are not comprehensive lists. I own and love every album that made it in. No rankings.

1991:

Voivod – Angel Rat
Fates Warning - Parallels
Confessor – Condemned
Die Kreuzen – Cement
Paradise Lost – Gothic
Death – Human
Type O Negative – Slow, Deep and Hard
Cathedral – Forest of Equilibrium
Autopsy – Mental Funeral
Last Crack – Burning Time
Darkthrone – Soulside Journey
Morbid Angel – Blessed are the Sick
Coroner – Mental Vortex.
Atheist – Unquestionable Presence
Bolt Thrower – War Master
Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten
Corrosion of Conformity – Blind
Dismember – Like An Everflowing Stream
Bathory – Twilight of the Gods
Carcass – Necroticism – Descanting the Insalubrious
Entombed – Clandestine
Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
Sepultura – Arise
Swans – White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Solitude Aeturnus – Into the Depths of Sorrow
Melvins – Bullhead
Armored Saint – Symbol of Salvation
Pestilence – Testimony of the Ancients
Grave – Into the Grave
Massacre – From Beyond
Anacrusis – Manic Impressions
Believer – Sanity Obscure
Mr. Bungle – Mr. Bungle
Therion – Of Darkness
Dark Angel – Time Does Not Heal
Morgoth – Cursed
Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells

Even those who see the 90s through less rose-tinted glasses than I have to admit that 1991 is a great year for metal. Lots of classics here and some of my desert-island picks, too (Human, Arise, Badmotorfinger, Clandestine, etc.)

1992:

Dream Theater—Images and Words
Incantation—Onward to Golgotha
Disharmonic Orchestra—Not to Be Undimensional Conscious
Darkthrone—A Blaze in the Northern Sky
Pan-Thy-Monium—Dawn of Dreams
Solitude Aeturnus—Beyond the Crimson Horizon
Psychotic Waltz—Into the Everflow
Sinister—Cross the Styx
Thanatos—Realm of Ecstasy
Blind Guardian—Somewhere Far Beyond
Brutal Truth—Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses
Sadus—Vision of Misery
Neurosis—Souls at Zero
Demigod—Slumber of the Sullen Eyes
Mekong Delta—Kaleidoscope
Skyclad—Burnt Offering for a Bone Idol
Malevolent Creation—Retribution
Sorrow—Hatred and Despair
Bolt Thrower—IVth Crusade
Thought Industry—Songs for Insects
Godflesh—Pure
Asphyx—Last One on Earth
Autopsy—Fiend for Blood
Deicide—Legion
Mercyless—Abject Offerings
John Norum—Face the Truth
Obituary—End Complete
Burzum—S/T
Nocturnus—Thresholds
Unleashed—Shadows in the Deep
Cadaver—In Pains
Disembowelment—Dusk
Masquerade—S/T
Dismember—Pieces
Therion—Beyond Sanctorum
Grave—You’ll Never See…
Afflicted—Prodigal Sun
Confessor—S/T EP
Trouble—Manic Frustration
Atrocity—Longing for Death
Séance—Fornever Laid to Rest
Entombed—Stranger Aeons EP
Carcass—Tools of the Trade EP
Edge of Sanity—Unorthodox
Paradise Lost—Shades of God
Exhorder—The Law
At the Gates—Red in the Sky Is Ours
Root—Temple of the Underworld
Axel Rudi Pell—Eternal Prisoner
Black Sabbath—Dehumanizer
Napalm Death—Utopia Banished
Cathedral—Soul Sacrifice
Fear Factory—Soul of a New Machine
Amorphis—Karelian Isthmus
My Dying Bride—As the Flower Withers
Demolition Hammer—Epidemic of Violence
Faith No More—Angel Dust
Alice in Chains—Dirt

Got ourselves a year packed with corkers!

1993:

Cynic—Focus
Believer—Dimensions
Supuration—The Cube
Carcass—Heartwork
Entombed—Wolverine Blues
Atheist—Elements
Mind Over Four—Halfway Down
Voivod—The Outer Limits
Anathema—Serenades
Talisman—Genesis
Obliveon—Nemesis
Memento Mori—Rhymes of Lunacy
Paradise Lost—Icon
Dismember—Indecent & Obscene
Loudblast--Sublime Dementia
Coroner—Grin
Tool--Undertow
Cathedral—Ethereal Mirror
Anacrusis—Screams & Whispers
Thought Industry—Mods Carve the Pig
My Dying Bride—Turn Loose the Swans
Damn the Machine—S/T
Morbid Angel—Covenant
Suffocation—Breeding the Spawn
Dissection—Somberlain
Death—Individual Thought Patterns
Type O Negative—Bloody Kisses
Demilich—Nespithe
Morgoth—Odium
Sentenced—North From Here
Disembowelment—Transcendence
Mercyful Fate—In the Shadows
Devil Doll—Sacrilege of Fatal Arms
Beherit—Drawing Down the Moon
Darkthrone—Under a Funeral
Enslaved—Hordanes Land
Gorguts—Erosion of Sanity
Sinister--Diabolical Summoning
OLD—The Musical Dimensions of Sleastak
Immortal—Pure Holocaust
Mordicus—Dances from Left
Disincarnate—Dreams of the Carrion Kind
Tiamat—Clouds
Cemetary—Godless Beauty
Mercyless—Coloured Funeral
Pestilence—Spheres
Necrophobic—The Nocturnal Silence
God Macabre—Winterlong
Xysma—Deluxe
Burzum—Det Som Engang Var
Emperor—S/T
Unanimated—In the Forest of the Dreaming Dead
Marduk—Those of the Unlight
Kataklysm—Mystical Gates of Reincarnation
Edge of Sanity—Spectral Sorrows
At the Gates—With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness
Pan-Thy-Monium—Khaooos

I've said it before, here and elsewhere, that, for me, 1993 is metal's annus mirabilis. I can't imagine another year so packed with future-bent, boundary-crushing gems. Oh, the optimism!

1994:

Emperor—In the Nightside Eclipse
Vauxdvihl—To Dimension Logic
Skyclad—Prince of the Poverty Line
Burzum—Hvis
Tiamat—Wildhoney
Amorphis—Tales from the Thousand Lakes
Samael—Ceremony of Opposites
Dream Theater—Awake
Unholy—Second Ring of Power
Darkthrone—Transylvanian Hunger
Edge of Sanity—Purgatory Afterglow
Gorement—The Ending Quest
Solitude Aeturnus—Through the Darkest Hour
Mayhem—De Mysteriis dom Sathanas
Brutal Truth—Need to Control
Uncanny—Splenium for Nyktophobia
COC—Deliverance
Bolt Thrower--…For Victory
Enslaved—Frost
The 3rd and the Mortal—Tears Laid in Earth
Gorgoroth—Pentagram
Napalm—Fear Empitness Despair
Incantation--Mortal Throne
Marduk—Opus
Psychotic Waltz—Mosquito
Cathedral—Statik EP
Satyricon—The Shadowthrone
Mekong Delta—Visions Fugitive
In Flames—Subterranean
Desultory—Bitterness
Fates Warning—Inside Out
Katatonia—For Funerals to Come
At the Gates—Terminal Spirit Disease
Obsessed—Church Within

The beginning of a steady decline in quantity, but lots of great records here, nonetheless, including some of my very favorites (Tales from the Thousand Lakes, Ceremony of Opposites, Need to Control, Wildhoney).

1995:

Death—Symbolic
Dissection—Storm of the Light's Bane
Suffocation—Pierced from Within
Devil Doll--Dies Irae
Ulver—Bergtatt
Dark Tranquillity—The Gallery
Blind Guardian—Imaginations from the Other Side
Paradise Lost—Draconian Times
Ved Buens Ende—Written in Waters
At the Gates—Slaughter of the Soul
My Dying Bride—The Angel and the Dark River
Mr. Bungle—Disco Volante
In the Woods…--HEart of the Ages
Meshuggah—Destroy Erase Improve
Faith No More—King for a Day
Naglfar—Vittra
Fleurety—Min Tid Skall Komme
Zyklon-B—Blood Must Be Shed
Gehenna—Seen Through Veils of Darkness
V/A—W.A.R. Compilation
Morbid Angel—Domination
Into Another—Seemless
Sentenced—Amok
Kataklysm—Sorcery
Unanimated—Ancient God of Evil
Hieronymous Bosch—Human Abstract
Darkthrone—Panzerfaust
Anathema—Silent Enigma
Opeth—Orchid
Absu—Sun of Tipareth
Sigh—Infidel Art
Immortal—Battles in the North
Samael—Rebellion EP

Europe beckons...

1996:

Tool—Aenima
Pan-Thy-Monium—Khaooos and Kon-Fus-ion
Edge of Sanity—Crimson
In Flames—Jester Race
3rd and the Mortal—Painting on Glass
Type O—October Rust
Bethlehem—Dictius Te Necare
Burzum—Filosofem
Limbonic Art—Moon in the Scorpio
Psychotic Waltz—Bleeding
Opeth—Morningrise
Abigor—Opus IV
Borknagar—S/T
Amorphis—Elegy
Ulver—Kveldssanger
Arcturus—Aspera Heims Symphonia
Diabolical Masquerade—Ravendusk
Mysticum—In the Streams of Inferno
Arch Enemy—Black Earth
Human Remains—Using Sickness as a Hero

The thinnest year yet, but it gave us 'The Jester Race' and 'Morningrise!'

1997:

Emperor—Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk
Enslaved--Eld
Strapping Young Lad—City
Borknagar—Olden Domain
3rd and the Mortal—In this Room
In the Woods…--Omnio
Anathema—Eternity
Arcturus—La Masquerade
Defleshed—Under the Blade
Alchemist—Spiritech
In Flames—Whoracle
Solefald—Linear Scaffold
October Tide—Rain Without End
Spastic Ink—Ink Complete
Tiamat—Deeper Kind of Slumber
Ulver—Nattens Madrigal
Deceased—Fearless Undead Machines
Riot—Inishmore
Gorgoroth—Under the Sign of Hell
Dark Tranquillity—The Mind’s Eye
Immortal--Blizzard Beasts
Ocean Machine—Biomech
Mayhem—Wolf’s Lair
Eucharist—Mirrorworlds
Sigh—Hail Horror
Thought Industry—Black Umbrella

Though pale compared to the shameful bounty of the early 90s, 1997 was, I hope we can agree, a great year for metal!

1998:

Gorguts—Obscura
Death—The Sound of Perseverance
Blind Guardian—Nightfall
Bruce Dickinson—Chemical Wedding
Opeth—My Arms Your Hearse
Solstice—New Dark Age
Gorgoroth—Destroyer
Dan Swano—Moontower
Jag Panzer—Age of Mastery
Anathema—Alternative 4
Diabolical Masquerade—Nightwork
While Heaven Wept—Sorrows
Meshuggah—Chaosphere
Aeturnus--…And So the Night
Anata—Infernal Depths
Katatonia—Discouraged Ones
Primordial—Journey’s End
Dawn—Slaughtersun
Turbonegro—Apocalypse
Borknagar—Archaic Course
Ulver—William Blake
Naglfar—Diabolical
The Haunted—S/T
Carpathian Forest—Black Shining
Enslaved--Blodhemn

Gorguts, Death, Opeth, and Meshuggah all deliver blistering surprises.

1999:

Opeth—Still Life
Mr. Bungle—California
Anathema—Judgement
In the Woods…--Strange in Stereo
Immortal—At the Heart of Winter
Dillinger—Calculating Infinity
Agalloch—Pale Folklore
Rapture—Futile
In Flames—Colony
Gardenian—Soulburner
Dodheimsgard—International
Morgion—Solinari
Root—The Book
Drawn—A New World?
Solefald—Neonism
Emperor—IX Equilibrium

As the decade comes to a close, we're short on numbers, but Anathema, Root, Mr. Bungle, and Opeth all deliver total classics for me.

What are your picks? And I know I'm missing things, so let me know!

HG
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