SYMPHONIES OF DE­STRUC­TION

THE TOP 10 AL­BUMS OF 1996

Metal Hammer (UK) - - The 90s Issue: 1996 -

CRA­DLE OF FILTH

DUSK... AND HER EM­BRACE

Cra­dle’s deca­dent, dis­tinctly Bri­tish take on black metal reached fruition on their sec­ond al­bum. The start­ing point for what came af­ter­wards.

CORROSION OF CON­FORM­ITY

WISEBLOOD

The cul­mi­na­tion of their jour­ney from hard­core snarlers to South­ern-rock-in­fused met­allers. Nice Papa Het cameo, too.

IN FLAMES

THE JESTER RACE

The Swedes re­cruited An­ders Fridén for their clas­sic sec­ond al­bum, prov­ing the Gothen­burg Sound was no mere flash in the pan.

ME­TAL­LICA

LOAD

Newly shorn and sport­ing eye­liner, Me­tal­lica backed off fur­ther from thrash metal here. Their most con­tro­ver­sial al­bum – and their most un­der­rated.

NEU­RO­SIS

THROUGH SIL­VER IN BLOOD

For­mer 80s crust-punks turned per­cus­sive, hyp­notic sonic as­sault, and this was their pin­na­cle: metal rein­vented as tribal rit­ual.

Pan­tera THE GREAT SOUTH­ERN TRENDKILL

Ten­sions be­tween a trou­bled Phil and his band­mates helped push the ex­trem­ity lev­els on Pan­tera’s last great al­bum.

RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE

EVIL EM­PIRE

Rage’s sec­ond al­bum fanned the flames lit by their de­but. Money men, arms deal­ers, shock jocks – all were in their sights.

SEPUL­TURA

ROOTS

The Brazil­ian quar­tet’s breath­tak­ing mu­si­cal vi­sion came to full fruition here. A glo­ri­ous epi­taph for the leg­endary Max Cavalera era.

TOOL

AENIMA

Rit­ual mag­ick, sa­cred ge­om­e­try and the com­edy of Bill Hicks com­bine on the prog-metal over­lords’ break­through al­bum. Like noth­ing be­fore or since.

TYPE O NEG­A­TIVE

OC­TO­BER RUST

Peter Steele fleshed out his band’s grandiose vi­sion on their fourth al­bum

– and wrote the per­fect gothic pop song in My Girl­friend’s Girl­friend.

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