1998 was the year no metal It finally turned into a cultural phenomenon, thanks in large part to the resounding success of Korn’s third album Follow the leader. But even as dreadlocks and baggy jeans became a go-to look, the world of metal was changing and gathering after grunge effectively wiped the plate off at the start of the decade.
Monster Magnet transformed from stones with misty eyes to the kings of the arena of leather pants across power journeyrefused to reinvent hardcore with Evil figure is comingand an Armenian-American group called System Of A Down have dropped their self-titled debut album on an unsuspecting audience. These 20 albums represent his 1998 best.
Amon Amarth – Sent once from the Golden Hall
It will take Amon amarth It’s been more than a decade for the business to really start, but their debut in 1998 did a great job of modeling the band. A furious blend of death metal’s brute force, epic melodies, and most importantly, Vikings visuals, and songs like ride for revenge And the crush, eight minutes victorious march Heralded the arrival of a unique musical force.
Extra points are awarded for highlighting another eight minutes, Amon amarth Itself. Every great band should have a song that stands out, especially one with a thunderous vibe like this one. From this point on, the Swedes’ path was skyward.
Blind Guardian – Night in Middle-earth
Never under the top on purpose, Blind Guardian went Full Prog on his sixth studio album. extravagant concept piece Based on JRR Tolkien The Silmarillion (who also gave the zodiac legends Marillion their name), Night in Middle-earth He was incredibly ambitious.
Follow the widely acclaimed 1995 films On the other hand It was never easy, but BG striker Hansi Kürsch was clear at this point, and from explosive pomp in the middle of the stormto an epic escalation dark corridorAnd the nightfall It was easy to recognize as another cool classic. It’s still way more luxurious (or crazy) than this.
Clutch – The Elephant Riders
From his quirky and creative artwork to his cartoonish production hustle, elephant riders It was the perfect follow up to trippy and rambling cling. Showing another side to the band, while still providing yet another plethora of masterful trans blues, it probably should have made them international stars. people are stupid.
However, Clutch’s third album reigns supreme throughout 51 minutes. It starts with the very unconventional title track, the turbocharged stone rock ship of gold The mirror blues cracked in Eight times over Miss October. And then it continues to be great until the death of the low-slung breeds of jam dragonfly.
Converge – When the Breakdown Comes Forever
Three years after the release of When the collapse comes forever rapprochement They’d totally rip the rulebook apart, but here they’re still toying with it. But their second album still hit the dizzying, record-breaking hiccup. With a production post from Today Is The Day’s Steve Austin and the appearance of High On Fire man Matt Pike in backing vocals, songs like canal, tube, or canal You really start to pick up on the band Converge was about to become.
Cradle of Filth – Cruelty and the Beast
Come up with ideas to follow dusk… It should be a true old pain, but cradle of filth delivered with Cruelty and beast. A concept album based on Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Batory, the third LP from Filth, which encapsulated Danny’s sadistic novel in a full narrative. With the legendary Ingrid Pete voicing Bathory and the epic scope of Bathory Arya Tucked away in this hour-long bloodbath, it would never be anything less than extraordinary.
Musically it removes a lot of the ethereal atmosphere dusk… In favor of a more direct approach, with Danny Eric Cartman’s grunt entering the mix for the first time and rhythms like Under the stars howl To prove that the cradle can collide with the bad guys.
Devin Townsend – Infinity
Coming out from the back of the character ocean machine And hook the young man’s crush cityAnd the Devin Townsend‘s endless It was a mixture of both styles, with the addition of a helping hand of surrealist obsession. Inspiration from Broadway musicals – notably The Phantom of the Opera Christine – She was embellished, attractive, danceable, silly and amazing. A window into the psychology of one of Mittal’s most interesting characters.
Bruce Dickinson – The Chemical Wedding
with a colleague iron maiden Graduate Adrian Smith at his side and a collection of songs that are as brutal as they were unabashedly, Bruce’s fifth solo album combines old school music with new school vocal appeal.
He took lyrical and artistic inspiration from nineteenth century poet and painter William Blake and displayed enchanting chants like The king in crimson And the the towerIt remains the heaviest thing Bruce has ever been involved in. And one of the best.
Death – The Voice of Patience
1998 The voice of perseverance I was the deathChuck Schuldiner’s last album as singer. As innovative as ever, Shouldiner took death metal to the Prog – a fitting swansong.
Filled with awkward temporal shifts and grotesque keys, it inspired a generation of metal musicians out of the genre who weren’t well suited to go ahead and create with rare regard for genre boundaries or specific sound limitations. Death still doesn’t really get the props it deserves to drive the next generation of Metal to experiment and innovate like few other teams have been able to.
Fear Factory – Obsolete
Develop the revolutionary sound they mastered on the 1995 classics ManufacturedAnd the Fear Factory They strengthened their voice, nodding their heads toward the continuous movement of Metal Nu with the likes shock and moshpit . feed Edgecrusher While at the same time branching out into more oceanic worlds. The lynchpin Resurrection album remains a contemporary classic — and then, of course, there’s that auto cover.
Iron Monkey – Our problem
Sludge was mostly an American art form until this Nottingham plant trapped it in an alley, roughened it up and sparked outrage everywhere. Aside from their visceral streak of urban nihilism, stormy chemistry, and surreal, self-deprecating black humor, their approach is marked by delivering the full power of the much-missed forward Johnny Morrow.