Best Metal Bands of the 90s
The Top Ten
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Pantera had the 90's on lock down...Cowboys, Vulgar, Far Beyond and Trendkill...all done from 90-96...WOW!15 Comments
Sepultura's first six albums are in my go to list of what to listen to for any occasion.
Sepultura is the best band. Is what brought many innovations to the metal at the time.
I'm so happy to see them at No. 2. Everything they released when both Cavelera's where in the band was top-notch even Roots which most people hate because it was a borderline Nu-Metal album.
My favourite band from the 90s2 Comments
Possibly the best band in the WORLD!
Opeths first 3 albums changed my musical taste forever.
Had to vote for this seeing it was only #4
Human, Individual Thought Patterns, Symbolic, and the Sound of Perseverance are all masterpieces, and Spiritual Healing is very good as well
Death put out 4 of the finest metal albums of all time in the 90s.
Pioneers of death metal and modern metalcore. Incorporated Progression, Death metal, and melody. Pantera and Death are the most influencial bands in the metal genre from the 90s asides from maybe In Flames.. deserve top 3 spot
Def no1 but I do love me some Blind Guardian
Such an underrated band in the states. Personally my favorite band of all time.
Their 90s output is extremely underrated. Highly original music. Especially Black album and Garage Inc stand out as masterpieces. Bug Load is also packed with brilliant songs.
Metallica IS the best metal band of all time no question. I know Dimebag Darrel's death artificially inflated the fame of Pantera, but in reality they are still far behind Metallica. Metallica rivals Iron Maiden and Megadeth in number of catchy songs per album, but have much better marketability. And only Metallica can get their music mandatory on the radios nationwide!
Definitely a top 5 band of the 80s, but not the 90s. The Black Album was an OK release, but it was everything that Metallica's style and image once stood against. As good and popular as it is... It just isn't Metallica. Garage, Inc was pretty good, but it was all covers. Everything else they put out in the 90s was disappointing for most people. - ryanrimmel
Not THE best, but are good. Megadeth turned out better and didn't sell out! Mustaine did better than they did after getting away from Metallica and doing his own! Definitely!4 Comments
Definitely need to be higher, because just like anyone said before, Metallica just made the most crap albums (Load and ReLoad are exactly crap albums, while the Black Album isn't bad at all, but still remains their crappy music) in the 90s, while Megadeth made the best and the most important thrash album in the 90s (Rust in Peace), also they made some good album but not too heavy (Youthanasia), even they made the most Megadeth 'risky' album (Risk) - Alcort
Seriously? 1 and 2 should be Megadeth and then Pantera. Rust In Peace alone solidifies Megadeth's position as #1, not to mention Countdown, Youthanasia, etc.
80's Metallica is great but 90's just isn't that good. A few good songs on black album and that's it.
90s decade was the greatest for megadeth.
"Rust In Peace", "Countdown to Extinction" and "Youthanasia" are
Great albums with great songs.
Now I shall tell what I think about the top of this list.
First. I saw that is list of best metal bands of 90s!
So what are doing so high here: metallica (After "Black Album" they wrote NOTHING good) and System Of The Down (They gain popularity in 21st century)
Second. Alice In Chains is grunge band, not metal... If we count grunge in
Metal genres, where is Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Nirvana?
Third. I think that Biohazard and Meshuggah don't deserve to be in top.
They are not such great bands like Metallica, Pantera, Korn, Megadeth, Judas Priest etc.
That's why I think that megadeth deserves top 3 on this list (With Pantera and Korn)
This band is so underrated. Only Pantera made better music than then in 90s, and Metallica was awful then. So please switch Megadeth and Metallica places. - Disturbedpotato5 Comments
Tool and Pantera. AENIMA is like the best album ever. Such great material. Undertow was dope with tracks like Sober and Prison Sex on the radio. And AENIMA in my opinion is the best album of all time. Definitely top 3 metal band in/for the 90's.
Nothing beats this for me. The experimental music and the combination of east meets west is everything. The sound in the music are amazing and the lyrics transform your mind body and third eye.
Not only is it the best metal band ever, but each of their albums has its own techniques of pleasure and ass-kicking sound
Most amazing band ever1 Comment
Korn should be number 1! Metallica is awesome, but the black album was the only great thing that they produced in the 90s. Pantera also deserves to be high on the list, but Korn started in the 90s, all their music from the 90s was great, and they created a whole subgenre of metal music that was the big thing mainstream in the late 90s and early 00s. Sure to their great music in the 90s and their gigantic influence in the 90s, they should definitely be number 1!
Defentally the CO-FOUNDERS of Nu Metal.
But why isn't Nirvana on the list. They
have the best songs of the 90's. I WISH they were on the Top Ten. Anyway, songs like Shoots
and Ladders, A. D. I. D. A. S, Freak on a Leash(all
by Korn)is INCREDIBLE.
Korn is like top 15 for the 90's their debut was amazing, and life is peachy is really dope. Other stuff was cool too though.
Indeed, well deserved on the list. Personally my favorite band, yet I can see why they aren't ahead of Metallica.2 Comments
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.
Can't imagine that dream theater us at this LOW spot!
Easily top 3 spot. Without a question the best band in terms of musicianship on this list.
Best metal band the 90s had to offer!
What can I say? While bands like Metallica were 'rediscovering and/or re-inventing themselves", Alice In Chains was ushering in a new era of metal, dropping the theatrical shock-and-awe and the politically driven style for straight-up dark and gloomy death-tinged metal that took us from the plateaus of drug-induced highs to the dark caverns of withdrawal, from the bleak flat-lands of utter despair to the bone-filled graveyard of resigned antipathy.
This is a no brainer come on people
I like Megadeth and Metallica as much as the next guy Alice in Chains was one of the most defining bands of the 90s no matter what genre it was, I admit that bands like Pantera and Metallica had faster riffs but the darkness and eeriness of Alice in Chains was more memorable in my eyes. - deangelo.gracey.395 Comments
Fear Factory really brought in something a little more different to heavy metal. They were more of a really sick hybrid. It's as if optimus prime and a skinless terminator decided to pick up some instruments and create a crushing machine gun called demanufacture.
It was rare for metal bands in the 90's to innovate on the same level that Fear Factory did. Their 1995 release Demanufacture very easily be considered one of the best 50 albums in metal history and likely the top industrial metal album of all time. They carved out their own definitive sound that could both sooth your mind with Burton C Bell's melodic singing or viciously tear you apart like a starving bear seeing its first meat in weeks.
Demanufacture and Obsolete are amazing metal albums from start to finish. There's zero filler on them, and they were in the 90s! Some of the bands on here were 80s or 00s, not a proper 90s metal band
There's a difference between shock rock and metal!
Great songs, great music videos, great live performances. Best and most unique band ever in my opinion.
Best foreign metal ever, total roughness and great live shows
THE best band ever! Danzig is my fave band but Slayer is better because they are the only band that got better and better with each record. No song is a disappointment and they never sold out, never changed... Slayer is the best.. and RIP Jeff Hanneman!
South of Heaven album is 36 minutes of heaven. Slayer should be considered one of the best due to their original style and sound. Araya*s voice is terrifying! RIP Jeff Hanneman, a year younger than me and gone too soon.
Nine inch nails is great but they are really more industrial rock than industrial metal.
System of a down released their first single "Sugar" in 1998 and still got a whole lot of fame in the 90's though it's only the last 2 years in the decade that they had the chance to rock out. the 8 spot is fine I guess.
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.
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.
They don't follow, the others bands follow what Carcass is doing. Carcass is top 5 in the 90s
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.
The only metal band to make a concept album that was in any way good.
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.
Mike patton is a musical Genius. Mr Bungle, Tomahawk, And all his other work is way ahead of the curve.
The Greatest Metal Band U never heard..
Slow deep and hard a fine metal Album
preist fans should try something new
Alt metal? STP is very under appreciated, but probably more alternative hard rock than metal.
My God this is the best metal band of the 90s...listen to Lucifuge and tell me otherwise! The Sabbath of the 90s on steroids!
If anything, these guys had to be one of the top ten bands. Back in the day, their style was something that no band after could imitate. Just something that only they knew how to do best. Alongside At The Gates and Dark Tranquillity, these guys helped put Gothenburg on the map. Nowadays, they're one of the most notable metal bands in the world because just like in the 90's, In Flames continues to move forward, mature and create something new with each album, not caring about what hecklers and closed-minded metal elitists have to say. They're definitely a band worth checking out. New or old, they continue to grow and develop into something new.
Should be #1 on all list on this cite. Including best children's artist and best liberal art women's folk
Not a 90's band.
The group's first work didn't release until 2001. - BloodyThunderX
Jeff's guitar playing is just pure ridiculousness, Warrel's baritone vocals kick ass, Van's drumming is godly and Jim is a Bass player (but a damn good one). In terms of composition and creativity, I think they became one of the best in the late 90's.
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