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!
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.
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.
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!
Nevermind – 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.
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.