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So here are ten alternative metal albums which I think are significant to defining the sound of alternative metal over the years, limiting it to one album per band and keeping to albums that are best described as alternative metal as opposed to subgenres like industrial or nu metal. I've also included what I consider to be the most important song from each album, even if it's not the best representative of the albums sound.

Created by: Ganondox | 07.07.2014



1. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
Mountain Song
2. Faith No More - Angel Dust
Midlife Crisis
3. Helmet - Meantime
Unsung
4. Alice in Chains - Dirt
Would?
5. Tool - Undertow
Sober
6. Deftones - White Pony
Change
7. System of a Down - Toxicity
Chop Suey!
8. Chevelle - Wonder What's Next
The Red
9. Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists
Stricken
10. Breaking Benjamin - Phobia
Diary of Jane



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deadone - 18.09.2014 at 04:44  
Some cool stuff on that list! Also some I'd never heard (Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle).

I prefer SOAD's first album to Toxicity - there was a slightly raw intensity that they lost on Toxicity.

It's funny but there's some other stuff I'd include there that is no longer regarded as alternative metal even though it often was in the press ala White Zombie, Soundgarden etc.

Let's face it that whole period of metal-rock that was 1990-1995 has some phenomenal shit come out.
Diverge - 18.09.2014 at 07:08  
Important ones on here for sure. I don't necessarily agree with all of your picks (Soundgarden NEEDS to be on here for sure), but I have a very particular idea of what I like in alt metal so I'm not the best guy to talk to. I also think the absence of Karnivool is fairly significant- one of THE prominent alternative metal bands of the 2000s, and arguably the best contemporary alternative metal band around right now.

*Definitive
Ganondox - 18.09.2014 at 07:21  
Written by deadone on 18.09.2014 at 04:44

Some cool stuff on that list! Also some I'd never heard (Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle).

I prefer SOAD's first album to Toxicity - there was a slightly raw intensity that they lost on Toxicity.

It's funny but there's some other stuff I'd include there that is no longer regarded as alternative metal even though it often was in the press ala White Zombie, Soundgarden etc.

Let's face it that whole period of metal-rock that was 1990-1995 has some phenomenal shit come out.


You really haven't heard of Breaking Benjamin? They are one of the most popular modern rock bands, and one of the best of the crowd that get's significant radio play. Maybe they aren't as popular in Australia as the US (and maybe Brazil). Chevelle is a bit more understandable, I think they are a bit more obscure. They remind me of Tool with a pop rather than prog basis.

I do like SOAD's debut, haven't heard the whole thing though, but Toxicity is really the band's classic album, so that's why it's chosen here.

I don't think they are no longer regarded as alternative metal, just they are primarily regarded as other genres. Anyway, while this isn't a list of favorite albums, I didn't include Soundgarden because I prefer Alice in Chains.

You know, people complain about grunge killing metal in the 80's, but I say it just opened up the way for much better metal after 80's metal had recycled itself to death. Lots of great there. Even some of the nu metal in the late 90's is pretty good.
deadone - 18.09.2014 at 07:53  
Written by Ganondox on 18.09.2014 at 07:21


You really haven't heard of Breaking Benjamin? They are one of the most popular modern rock bands, and one of the best of the crowd that get's significant radio play. Maybe they aren't as popular in Australia as the US (and maybe Brazil). Chevelle is a bit more understandable, I think they are a bit more obscure. They remind me of Tool with a pop rather than prog basis.


Not much rock is popular in Australia unless it's INXS, AC/DC etc. I will admit I am out of the loop as to what's trendy here with young people in the greater alternative music world.


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I do like SOAD's debut, haven't heard the whole thing though, but Toxicity is really the band's classic album, so that's why it's chosen here.

I don't think they are no longer regarded as alternative metal, just they are primarily regarded as other genres. Anyway, while this isn't a list of favorite albums, I didn't include Soundgarden because I prefer Alice in Chains.


Fair enough. I prefer AIC too but like Soundgarden as well.



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You know, people complain about grunge killing metal in the 80's, but I say it just opened up the way for much better metal after 80's metal had recycled itself to death. Lots of great there. Even some of the nu metal in the late 90's is pretty good.


I agree. People also forget that the 1980s metal was a spent force by 1991 and the new underground stuff was too extreme for mass commercial consumption (i.e. Death Metal and Grindcore).

I like the early- mid 1990s with all it's wierdness. Period post 1995 was great from an underground perspective too - melodic DM, stuff like Nevermore, Iced Earth etc etc. Great time for metal.
Ganondox - 18.09.2014 at 22:17  
Written by Diverge on 18.09.2014 at 07:08

Important ones on here for sure. I don't necessarily agree with all of your picks (Soundgarden NEEDS to be on here for sure), but I have a very particular idea of what I like in alt metal so I'm not the best guy to talk to. I also think the absence of Karnivool is fairly significant- one of THE prominent alternative metal bands of the 2000s, and arguably the best contemporary alternative metal band around right now.

*Definitive


I associate Karnivool more with progressive rock than alternative metal, there is a reason I picked Undertow over the later Tool albums, but I agree they are a very good and very important alternative metal band.

Dammit, is there a way to edit the title?
Erik M. - 28.09.2014 at 22:03  
Written by Ganondox on 18.09.2014 at 22:17

Dammit, is there a way to edit the title?


Obviously there is. Just click "edit" (just under the list description) and edit the title. It's really obvious...
Ganondox - 28.09.2014 at 23:15  
Written by Erik M. on 28.09.2014 at 22:03

Written by Ganondox on 18.09.2014 at 22:17

Dammit, is there a way to edit the title?


Obviously there is. Just click "edit" (just under the list description) and edit the title. It's really obvious...


Thanks, didn't notice it before.

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