Best Metal Bands of the 90s

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21Nine Inch NailsNine Inch Nails is an American industrial rock/metal band and, founded in 1988 by Trent Reznor in Cleveland, Ohio.

Nine inch nails is great but they are really more industrial rock than industrial metal.

22Iced EarthIced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1985 under the name Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
23Machine HeadMachine Head is an American heavy metal band from Oakland, California. Formed on October 12, 1991, the group was founded by vocalist and guitarist Robb Flynn and bassist Adam Duce.

Definitely should be higher. This guys roars from the mic and his guitar playing are perfect for a live show. Best live shows I've seen.

24SlipknotSlipknot is a Nu Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa . The band released their first album in 1999 and was well received by critics and fans. The group gained success after the release of their second studio album, "Iowa". more.

Are you kidding me? Why aren't these guys at the top? When slipknot hit in 99' it changed my life; I remember it as if it was yesterday. I was in my room listening to a free Metal Hammer CD. I was skipping most of the tracks on there cause they sucked and came to "surfacing"... I listened to the whole track and thought "F*** me, what just happened? These guys aren't joking". Granted, they aren't the band they used to be but when they hit the scene they destroyed it.

25King DiamondKim Bendix Petersen, better known by his stage name King Diamond, is a Danish heavy metal musician. He is known for his extensive vocal range, usually sung in falsetto. King Diamond was originally known as the vocalist for Mercyful Fate, but has become notorious for his horror themed Concept albums more.

King is the best storytelling metal of all time. His unique voice and theatrics have made him one of my favorite heavy metal bands of all time. Andy's writing is second to none.

27Morbid AngelMorbid Angel is an American death metal band based in Tampa, Florida. UK music magazine Terrorizer ranked Morbid Angel's 1989 debut Altars of Madness first in its list "Top 40 greatest death metal albums".
28Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine is a Nu-Metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Rage was just an incredible band with impeccable talent. Their politically charged anthems are some of my favorite songs ever. Tom Morello is one of the most original guitarists ever and Tim Commerford is my favorite bassist of all time. While I might like AIC or Mr. Bungle by a small margin, Rage definitely deserves to be higher. Oh and by the way 90's Metallic blows.

Underrated obviously if Rage isn't considered one of the very best true 90s metal bands.

I am not a rap fan because I mainly listen to alternative and metal but I really like RATM. I like how they mixed rap with cool guitar riffs.

29MinistryMinistry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer and only original member Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.
30CarcassCarcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons.
31QueensrycheQueensr├┐che is an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 in Bellevue, Washington, out of the local band the Mob.

The only metal band to make a concept album that was in any way good.

32At The GatesAt the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound

Probably too hard for most people, but "the red in the sky is ours" was an album far ahead of it's time... Check out the lyrics to the song "within", poetry at it's finest

Slaughter of the soul was an amazing album.

33Faith No MoreFaith No More is an American rock band from San Francisco, California, formed in 1979. Before settling on their current moniker in 1983, the band performed under the names Sharp Young Men and later Faith No Man.

Mike patton is a musical Genius. Mr Bungle, Tomahawk, And all his other work is way ahead of the curve.

34EmperorEmperor was a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1991, regarded as highly influential by critics and emerging black metal bands.

preist fans should try something new

36ObituaryObituary is an American death metal band formed in October 1984 in Tampa, Florida, United States, under the name Executioner, then changed the name's spelling to Xecutioner before eventually changing their name to Obituary in 1988. The band comprises vocalist John Tardy, drummer Donald Tardy, guitarist more.
37Stone Temple PilotsStone Temple Pilots was formed in San Diego, CA in 1989. more.

Alt metal? STP is very under appreciated, but probably more alternative hard rock than metal.

38Avenged SevenfoldAvenged Sevenfold is an American heavy metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California . Their longest lineup of members was M . Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums) . more.
39Paradise LostParadise Lost are a gothic metal band that formed in 1988 in Halifax, England and are considered by some to be one of the pioneers of the death/doom genre and of the gothic metal genre.
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