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.

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

Why Every Metalhead Should Listen to Classic Rock

There is a sad bias against classic rock in the metal scene today; too many death metal fans think that if something is not “omg troo metal dude” then it CANNOT be worth listening to. However, I beg to differ. Classic rock has made its place is in rock history… Why on Earth would we try to push something that amazing OUT?

Think about the first time you heard AC/DC. Those RIFFs… Those freaking riffs. Almost everyone in their right mind can’t stop humming “Highway to Hell” when they hear it. But let’s go a little further back… Have you ever listened to “House of the Rising Sun” by the Animals? That song set the blueprint for folk rock/metal as we know it today. I always love hearing the songs that made the music scene what it is today.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is another band that has given metal a boost in the direction it’s taken today; folk metal bands like Ensiferum owe a lot to Lynyrd Skynyrd for adding folk influences to heavy rock. Without bands from the 70s and 80s that are willing to break the bounds of traditional metal, we might never have such amazing bands as Wintersun and Korpiklaani.

The Eagles also showed that adding country and folk influences to rock can sound amazing; modern black metal bands have taken this to unprecedented heights. Bands like Burzum and Behemoth and even Dying Fetus use influences in their music that come directly from folk music sources. Without classic rock bands to pave the way, music would be MUCH less inventive than it is today.

And let’s not forget the reason metal exists today: Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper. Between these two artists, a blueprint for metal and punk emerged in the 1970s that has had an influence since that time. Black Sabbath and Alice Cooper STILL do concerts today! Metal fans realize that those artists still offer a lot to the metal world. Alice Cooper’s live shows still aim to shock and entertain; you will find fireworks, snakes, and actors fighting like Ninjas to the beat of the music for entertainment on stage. Violence and anger is a huge part of Alice Cooper’s act, now and in the 1970s. Black Sabbath’s 2015 tour sold out EVERY SINGLE U.S. VENUE. Their first album came out in 1970… 46 years ago. 46 years later, they are still selling out venues.

And THAT is the power of classic rock and metal. Those artists tapped into a raw power that many bands today can only hope to gain. Modern bands can often rely on technology and recording techniques to make them sound better, but those bands did not have the amazing equipment that we do today. Instead, they had to make do with low-fi tech and let the MUSIC do the talking for them. Bands like the Foo Fighters are taking cues from those older bands and making albums that are recorded all in 1-2 takes. Give classic rock a listen; some of the best music is the old music!

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