Top 5 Albums that Have Influenced Rock and Metal

Every once in awhile, an album comes out that really shakes up what people think about rock and metal; that album totally redefines the genre and influences thousands of other artists and listeners. These albums don’t come out often, but when they do they truly stand above the rest. Here are the top 5 albums that have influenced rock and metal!

  1. Antichrist Superstar – Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson did a wonderful job in the mid-90s at keeping the media spotlight firmly on him. His music, his live shows, his shocking appearance; all of those made people nervous and interested at the same time. Antichrist Superstar (1996) is a beautiful blend of industrial rock and alternative rock. Its sound still stands up to repeated listenings today. This album showed it was possible to combine the two genres and get massive, multi-platinum reviews.

  1. Cowboys From Hell – Pantera

Cowboys From Hell (1990) was the first groove-rock album in the history of metal. It featured both screaming guitars and vocals AND a really beautiful ballad. “Cemetery Gates” is one of the best rock ballads to come out of the 90s. I think it’s the second best; the best is yet to come! CFH gave us bands like Lamb of God and Korn; metal had never been so rhythmic before Pantera.

  1. Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction

This album was interesting for different reasons than most people assume. Nothing’s Shocking (1988) was the first album to combine metal, funk, jazz, and classic rock. This blend sticks out clearly in album cuts like “Ocean Size” and “Jane Says.” Jane’s Addiction has release only a few albums, but their concert tours still sell out because of the amazing and unique sound. Their tour videos are also interesting; you can see guitarist Dave Navarro playing with his dogs with toys from Dogs Rant.

You can even see the band from the dog’s point of view because of the high-quality pet cams that Navarro put on his dogs to help film!

  1. top-5-albums-that-have-influenced-rock-and-metalNevermind – Nirvana

Nevermind (1990) is an album that combines punk and metal into the perfect example of grunge. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is the most recognizable song from the 90s, and is still and blast today. Nevermind combined several sounds into a widely-imitated mix; everyone wanted to copy Nirvana’s sound back in the day. Nevermind was the most popular album of the 1990s.

  1. Black Album – Metallica

Black Album (1990) is the album where Metallica started actually singing. THAT was a stunning revelation in the early 90s. Thrash metal started evolving from that album forward to feature heavy guitars and beautiful melodies. “Nothing Else Matters,” the #1 ballad of the 90s, is a pure work of metal art. “Enter Sandman” is one of the top 90s metal tracks, and still gets radio play today. “Wherever I May Roam” was unique for using eastern scales instead of the typical western scales. Many influences combined to make this album one of the most influential ever.

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

The Top Rock and Metal Tours of All Time

Although any major tour announcement is exciting and fun, some tours stand head and shoulders above the rest because of the massive impact they made in the world of music. Here are a few of the tours that STILL have fans remembering what happened in those amazing concerts.

Nine Inch Nails: Self Destruct Tour, 1994-95

Nine Inch Nails has one foot firmly in the rock world and another in the metal world, and yet another foot in a world that they alone occupy. Nine Inch Nails’ Self Destruct Tour was most known for the massive performance at Lollapalooza in ‘94; this concert firmly cemented NIN as a popular band in the minds of thousands of Americans at the time. It propelled NIN to massive levels of stardom in the early 2000s, and even today people still virally love the grinding riffs of NIN. The Self Destruct Tour was the first big budget tour the band did; most concerts ended in massive chaos, with the band destroying the equipment and inciting riots.

Marilyn Manson: Dead To the World Tour, 1996

THIS is the tour that made Marilyn Manson a household name and a satanic icon; dubbing himself the American Antichrist, Manson embarked on a tour that was notorious for riots, massive crowds of aggressive people, and shocking imagery and sexual suggestions. His concerts contained massive sets, which would have required massive storage units and pallets to carry them, such as those found at Manson was outright banned from many cities because of the destruction in his wake, which only made more people want to go and see what all the fuss was about. The 1990s were the time to go to concerts!

Behemoth: The Satanist Tour, 2014

Not all the good tours happened in the 1990s; Behemoth’s “Satanist” tour attracted as much controversy as any other. Many American towns in the Midwest did not want the tour to come to their city; and when touring abroad the band actually was jailed in Poland for inciting Satanism and anti-Christian ideals. There’s still good out there, death metal fans: not all bands are vanilla, wimpy bands. Some are so hardcore that they get arrested for being amazing!

Twins of Evil Tour: Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie, 2011

Ok, Manson makes the list twice here, but let’s talk about Rob Zombie. This artist/filmmaker corners the market on elaborate musical sets; his concerts are like being inside a crazy horror/sci-fi movie. He reported that he lost money on many tours because of the elaborate sets; however, he found it worth it because the fans loved the massive sets and cinematic feel.

This tour didn’t have quite the controversy of many 1990s tours involving Manson, but it was FUN. This tour was nonstop amazing, and kept a great shock-rock vibe the whole time.

Never miss the opportunity to go see a big band on tour; you never know when that tour might go down in history as legendary!

Top 10 Best Metal Genres

Top 10 Best Metal Genres

Metal has a long and noteworthy tradition all around the world; almost every country in the world has a least ONE metal band to boast about. This diversity has led to a number of styles and genres; here are a few of the very best!

  1. Hair Metal

Hair metal, such as Poison and Judas Priest, has a firm grip on the 80s as the most popular genre to emerge from that era. With loud, reverberated drums and high-pitched singers, hair metal may sound a bit dated today. But I dare you to put on “Living After Midnight” and NOT nod your head along with the music!

  1. Doom Metal

This sludgy style, pioneered by Black Sabbath, was more popular in the 90s and early 2000s than it is today, but it still has a place in metal history! It is a slowed down and low-pitched, but man it packs an emotional punch!

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