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THE TOP 10 AL­BUMS OF 1994

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 90s Issue: 1994 -

Can­ni­bal Corpse

THE BLEED­ING

Death metal was on the wane by ’94, but no one told Can­ni­bal Corpse: their killer fourth al­bum added brains to the blood and gore.

em­peror

IN THE NIGHTSIDE ECLIPSE

Black metal’s lead­ing lights grew up quickly: their de­but al­bum brought sym­phonic am­bi­tion to the cre­pus­cu­lar murk.

Korn

KORN

The al­bum that jump­started the nu metal revo­lu­tion sounded like noth­ing that had come be­fore it. Its in­flu­ence can still be heard to­day.

Kyuss

WEL­COME TO SKY VAL­LEY

If Blues For The Red Sun drew the stoner rock blue­prints, its ex­pan­sive fol­low-up tore them up. The trip­pi­est metal al­bum of the decade.

ma­Chine head

BURN MY EYES

As metal started to wilt, Robb Flynn’s Bay Area ’bangers ar­rived to give it a se­ri­ous shot of adren­a­line. A ma­jor new force had ar­rived.

may­hem DE MYSTERIIS DOM SATHANAS

BM’s bold­est al­bum was over­shad­owed by the death of main­man Eurony­mous. Sin­is­ter and men­ac­ing, this was a fit­ting epi­taph.

me­gadeTh

YOUTHANASI­A

Dave Mus­taine’s first shame­less tilt at ra­dio airplay, but it had the bal­last to back it up. Their last truly great al­bum for more than a decade.

nine inCh nails

THE DOWN­WARD SPI­RAL

The point where Trent Reznor went from snotty elec­tro-punk to in­dus­trial metal em­peror. One man’s fucked-up mind has never sounded so cool.

pan­Tera

FAR BE­YOND DRIVEN

The fol­low-up to Vul­gar Dis­play Of Power made its pre­de­ces­sor sound like Mr Blobby. Still the heav­i­est al­bum to reach Num­ber One in the US.

soundgar­den

SUPERUNKNO­WN

The grunge pioneers’ epic fourth al­bum fi­nally gave them their main­stream break­through. Chris Cor­nell’s death tinges its great­ness with poignancy.

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