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10 Best Metal Albums of 2004

Corey Taylor, Bill Kelliher, Howard Jones
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The mid-2000s saw heavy metal start to reach different heights as nu-metal was starting to fade away and a new crop of bands were poised for the global stage. In 2004, we saw a huge burst that once again shook the metal community as metalcore became the weapon of choice for so many extreme metal fans. After getting their start in the underground, bands like Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall saw their hard work pay off in unimaginable ways. At the same time, the underground was still churning out all sorts of different styles while some legends resurfaced with their best album in quite some time.

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10 Best Metal Albums of 1994

Jonathan Davis, Dave Mustaine, Phil Anselmo
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In 1994, heavy metal was taking sharp turns in all directions as it continued to evolve and branch out even further. Grunge had a vice grip on the music world and metal acts were starting to react to this new and popular style. Bands that were known for virtuosic guitar playing began to strip down their sound while others simply incorporated a grungier vibe when starting a new band. 1994 was also a pivotal year for the Norwegian black metal scene as future legends released some of their most acclaimed discs.

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