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90s: The Essentials

In no particular order. Will be expanding as I listen to more albums. Only one album per band, be sure to check the rest of the discography by yourself.

Created by: Mikyz | 07.05.2010

1. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane (Melodic Black Metal)
2. System Of A Down - System Of A Down (Alternative Metal)
3. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler (Black Metal)
4. Anacrusis - Manic Impressions (Progressive Thrash Metal)
5. Death - Symbolic (Death Metal)
6. Megadeth - Rust In Peace (Thrash Metal)
7. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse (Symphonic Black Metal)
8. Burzum - Hvis Lyset Tar Oss (Atmospheric Black Metal)
9. Turbonegro - Ass Cobra (True Norwegian Punk)
10. Immortal - At The Heart Of Winter (Black Metal)
11. Windir - Arntor (Viking/Black Metal)
12. Alice In Chains - Dirt (Grunge)
13. At The Gates - Slaughter Of The Soul (Melodic Death Metal)
14. Sepultura - Arise (Thrash Metal)
15. Darkthrone - Transilvanian Hunger (Black Metal)
16. Taake - Nattestid ser porten vid (Black Metal)
17. Nagelfar - Srontgorrth (Black Metal)
18. Sacramentum - Far Away From The Sun (Melodic Black Metal)
19. Tiamat - Wildhoney (Gothic Metal)
20. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine (Rap/Alternative Metal)
21. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day (Death Doom Metal)
22. Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery (Melodic Death Metal)
23. In Flames - The Jester Race (Melodic Death Metal)
24. Artillery - By Inheritance (Thrash Metal)
25. Carcass - Heartwork (Melodic Death Metal)
26. Therion - Theli (Symphonic Metal)
27. Dismember - Like An Ever Flowing Stream (Swedish Death Metal)
28. Autopsy - Mental Funeral (Death Metal)
29. Suffocation - Pierced From Within (Brutal Death Metal)
30. Demilich - Nespithe (Death Metal)
31. Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss (Thrash Metal)
32. Paradise Lost - Draconian Times (Gothic Metal)
33. Demigod - Slumber Of Sullen Eyes (Death Metal)
34. Morbid Angel - Blessed Are The Sick (Death Metal)
35. Winter - Into Darkness (Death/Doom Metal)
36. The Gathering - Mandylion (Gothic Doom Metal)
37. Moonspell - Wolfheart (Gothic/Folk Metal)
38. Samael - Ceremony Of Opposites (Black Metal)
39. Therapy? - Troublegum (Alternative Metal)
40. Life Of Agony - River Runs Red (Alternative Metal)
41. Judas Priest - Painkiller (Heavy Metal)
42. Bethlehem - Dictius Te Necare (Depressive Black Metal)
43. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Black Metal)
44. Root - The Book (Heavy/Gothic Metal)
45. Behemoth - Sventevith (Storming Near The Baltic) (Black Metal (Check his Death Metal releases as well))
46. Bathory - Hammerheart (Viking Metal)
47. Agalloch - Pale Folklore (Atmospheric Folk/Black Metal)
48. Mysticum - In The Streams Of Inferno (Industrial Black Metal)
49. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops (Sludge Doom Metal)
50. Cynic - Focus (Jazz influenced Death Metal)
51. Brutality - Screams Of Anguish (Death Metal)
52. Nocturnus - The Key (Death Metal (with keyboard))
53. Kreator - Coma Of Souls (Thrash Metal)
54. Entombed - Left Hand Path (Swedish Death Metal)
55. Prong - Beg To Differ (Thrash Metal)
56. Voivod - Angel Rat (Progressive Thrash Metal)
57. Coroner - Mental Vortex (Thrash Metal)
58. Dream Theater - Images And Words (Progressive Metal)
59. Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence (Blackened Death Metal)
60. Mercyful Fate - In The Shadows (Heavy Metal)
61. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes (Melodic Death Metal)
62. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson (Progressive Melodic Death Metal)
63. Enslaved - Eld (Viking Metal)
64. Skyclad - Prince Of The Poverty Line (Folk/Thrash Metal)
65. Sentenced - Amok (Melodic Death Metal)
66. Mörk Gryning - Tusen År Har Gått (Melodic Black Metal)
67. Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta I - Fathers Of The Icy Age (Black Metal)
68. Sabbat - The Dwelling (Black/Thrash Metal)
69. Satyricon - Nemesis Divina (Black Metal)
70. Rotting Christ - Triarchy Of The Lost Lovers (Black Metal)
71. Neurosis - Through Silver In Blood (Sludge Metal)
72. October Tide - Rain Without End (Death Doom Metal)
73. Meshuggah - Destroy Erase Improve (Technical Thrash metal)
74. Ragnarok - Arising Realm (Black Metal)
75. Vader - De Profundis (Death Metal)
76. Diabolical Masquerade - Nightwork (Melodic Black Metal)
77. Borknagar - The Archaic Course (Viking Metal)
78. Summoning - Stronghold (Symphonic Black Metal)
79. Dodheimsgard - 666 International (Industrial Black Metal)
80. Fields Of The Nephilim - Elizium (Gothic Metal)
81. Beherit - Drawing Down The Moon (Black Metal)
82. In The Woods... - Omnio (Progressive Metal)
83. Sigh - Hail Horror Hail (Black Metal)
84. Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters (Avant-Garde Black Metal)
85. Amon Amarth - The Avenger (Melodic Death Metal)
86. This Empty Flow - Magenta Skycode (Gothic Rock)
87. Nokturnal Mortem - To the Gates of Blasphemous Fire (Black Metal)
88. Tha-Norr - Wolfenzeitalter (Black Metal)
89. Vinterland - Welcome My Last Chapter (Melodic Black Metal)
90. Master's Hammer - Ritual (Black Metal)
91. Dawn - Slaughtersun (Crown Of The Triarchy) (Melodic Black Metal)
92. Kvist - For Kunsten Maa Vi Evig Vike (Melodic Black Metal)
93. Annihilator - Never, Neverland (Thrash Metal)
94. Demolition Hammer - Epidemic Of Violence (Thrash Metal)
95. Deströyer 666 - Unchain The Wolves (Black/Thrash Metal)
96. Incantation - Onward To Golgotha (Death Metal)
97. The Chasm - Procession To The Infraworld (Progressive Death Metal)
98. Asphyx - Last One On Earth (Death/Doom Metal)
99. Convulse - World Without God (Death Metal)
100. Angelcorpse - The Inexorable (Blackened Death Metal)
101. Brutal Truth - Need To Control (Grindcore)
102. Converge - Petitioning The Empty Sky (Metalcore)
103. Botch - We Are The Romans (Mathcore)

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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Comments: 7   Visited by: 227 users
16.08.2012 - 21:16
Great list. Especially that you mentioned Srontgorrth and Memoria Vetusta I.
In that case, man is only air as well.
23.09.2014 - 11:13
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Quite a fantastic list imo. Then again Mikyz did always have great taste in music.
26.09.2014 - 00:08
Written by [user id=4365] on 23.09.2014 at 11:13

Quite a fantastic list imo. Then again Mikyz did always have great taste in music.

Thank you. Nice to know I haven't been forgotten, and for what it's worth, although I've become a passive member, I do look out for your staff picks and list updates every time I Iog on. Cheers.
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02.10.2014 - 23:21
Erik M.
Written by deadone on 23.09.2014 at 08:08

Too much crap Black Metal for my liking. Yet no Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir.

Where's the power metal or the groove metall? The Iced Earths, the Nevermores, the Panteras, the Machine Heads, the Fear Factories, the Children of Bodoms etc etc etc?

Some good stuff but too many ommissions and too much aforementioned shitty Black Metal. Hence most certainly not a list of essential albums.

Wow, I really hope you're kidding with this comment. If not I can only say the irony is baffling to me.

Yeah, this list surely is good. Would've liked it better with album covers though, but that's just a minor thing I dislike about it. But loads of great albums featured here, that's for sure.
02.10.2014 - 23:23
Erik M.
Written by Mikyz on 26.09.2014 at 00:08

I do look out for your staff picks and list updates every time I Iog on. Cheers.

Joe's latest staff pick will forever be Nasheim's debut, though... well, maybe not forever, but you get the idea.
03.10.2014 - 07:11
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Whats considered the essentials would obviously differ with peoples tastes
05.10.2014 - 23:56
Erik M.
Written by deadone on 03.10.2014 at 02:30

Why would I be kidding?

For something that's labelled "90s: The Essentials" it misses out on a whole heap of stuff that most metal pundits would regard as essential and focuses too much on crap obscure Black Metal wholst ignoring key genres of the period (e.g. Groove and the Power Metal which hit a peak in late 1990s as well as large amount of pivotal DM albums from the early 1990s).

Yeah, I guess you have a point seeing as "the essentials" indeed comes off as more objective than "my favourites", for example. Creating a general metal list of 90's essential albums, so covering all genres, is pretty much impossible. I can also easily name a ton of albums that I think belong on this list, but I previously judged the list on the albums it features. And there's simply lots of great stuff on here. So to sum it up: it's a great list, but calling it "the essentials" isn't the best title for this list, even if it's subjective.

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