Best year for Metal..

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Which year in your eyes was the best for Metal..

I'm saying 95....

At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
Dissection - Storm of the Lights bane
Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
In Flames - The Jester Race
Napalm Death - Diatribes
Death - Symbolic
 
yeah damn good year... what about '86?

Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Slayer - Reign In Blood
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business...
Anthrax - Among The Living (ok '87 but close!)


'99 was good too

Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory
Soilwork - The Chainheart Machine
Opeth - Still Life
Gardenian - Soulburner
Pain Of Salvation - One Hour By The Concrete Lake
Puya - Fundamental
Darkane - Rusted Angel
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black


I'm sure there's others i missed, but 99 had some GREAT CD's :)
 
Originally posted by Somberlain
Which year in your eyes was the best for Metal..

I'm saying 95....

At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
Dissection - Storm of the Lights bane
Dark Tranquillity - The Gallery
In Flames - The Jester Race
Napalm Death - Diatribes
Death - Symbolic

Let´s not forget that Opeth released Orchid in 95 :D
 
I'd also have to go with one of the past five years, as they have seen exponential growth in my two main areas of interest, progressive metal and extreme metal. Anyone who says that the 80s were metal's most creative period is probably ignorant to modern advances.
 
Originally posted by Demonspell
I'd also have to go with one of the past five years, as they have seen exponential growth in my two main areas of interest, progressive metal and extreme metal. Anyone who says that the 80s were metal's most creative period is probably ignorant to modern advances.

I haven't done my research to answer this question yet - but I wouldn't be so fast to discount the 80's contribution to the metal scene, and it's influence on the growth of metal to today's world.

I mean, bands like Possessed, Metallica, Slayer, Flotsam & Jetsam, Obituary, Zoetrope, Tokyo Blade, Celtic Frost, Dark Angel, Raven, Death, Exodus, Testament .............and so on, came from the 80's. Those were as good advances from times previous to that as today's bands advancements are to the 80's and up. Without some of these bands, maybe progressive and extreme metal wouldn't be what it is today - IMO. So I don't think that if I ultimately said some year in the 80's was the best would make me ignorant. I lived through those years, while many are listening to those bands now only in hindsight. Not many of you have actually followed bands like Metallica right from the beginning (1981 I think was their actual beginnings). I was already in my 20's then, and some of you wern't even born.
 
As far as death metal is concerned,the best year was 93,thats when death metal was big, aswell as the fashion.I got into it like in 92,and I remember how popular it was,there was a actual scene in my area for it.

After 94 it like started to lose popularity,and currently its gaining popularity again,some of the death/black metal bands now are even getting offers from major labels which signifies that death/black metal is back on the rise, its just another cycle that its going through like in the early 90's and I believe it will continue going through these cycles for some time.

So as long as we have inovative bands like Opeth metal will continue to sell and grow.
 
Originally posted by Bumblefoot
yeah damn good year... what about '86?

Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Slayer - Reign In Blood
Megadeth - Killing Is My Business...
Anthrax - Among The Living (ok '87 but close!)

1986 goddammit!

And you forgot Europe - The Final Countdown (for shame)
and Guns n Roses - Appetite for destruction
yeh I know it's rock!

Also 1987:
Def Leppard - Hysteria
yyyyyyyeeahhhhhhh eighties man!
 
Originally posted by Hearse
'96 was great year to me cause I discovered these back then:
Opeth - Morningrise
Dark Tranquillity - Gallery

2001 was definitely the best year of awesome albums!!!!

- Diabolical Masquerade - Death's Design (I love this one!)
- Opeth - Blackwater Park (this one too ;) )
- Dimmu Borgir - PEM
- Hollenthon - With Vilest Of Worms To Dwell
- My Dying Bride - The Dreadful Hours
- Finntroll - Jaktens Tid
- Therion - Secret Of The Runes
- Tristania - World of Glass

Hearse, I can't seem to appreciate The Dreadful Hours as an album but I still listen to individual tracks from time to time. It just seems flat in parts (especially lyrically) like a formula is being followed... It is also the best example of an MDB album sounding very similar to it's predecessor...but oh well, maybe it will grow on me? The Raven and the Rose rips!

In 2001 I would add:

Emperor - Prometheus
Devin Townsend - Terria
 
1990, then 1999

1990:
Annihilator - Never, Neverland
Anthrax - Persistence of Time
Candlemass - Tales of Creation
Death Angel - Act III
Defiance - Void Terra Firma
Exodus - Impact is Imminent
Flotsam and Jetsam - When the Storm Comes Down
Forbidden - Twisted Into Form
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Powermad - Absolute Power
Primus - Frizzle Fry
Prong - Beg To Differ
Psychotic Waltz - A Social Grace
Sacred Reich - The American Way
Sadus - Swallowed in Black
Sanctuary - Into the Mirror Black
Testament - Souls of Black
Vio-Lence - Oppressing the Masses

1999:
Aghora - Aghora
Antithesis - Antithesis
Control Denied - The Fragile Art of Existence
Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards
Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From a Memory
Fates Warning - Disconnected
Fountain of Tears - Fountain of Tears
Green Carnation - Journey to the End of the Night
Grip Inc - Solidify
Lacuna Coil - In A Reverie
Lefay - Symphony of the Damned
Lefay - The Seventh Seal
Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment 2
The Lord Weird Slough Feg - Twilight of the Idols
Neurosis - Times of Grace
Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
Rain Fell Within - Believe
Testament - The Gathering

Honorable mention to 2001 and 1997.