Essential 90's

This is my list of the TOP 250 hard rock and metal cds of the 90's that are still in print - not including imports. I went with 250 because that would give me an average of 25 releases per year. Of course some years had more releases on the list than others... The list is divided into 4 groups. The Top 50, 51-100, 101-175 and 176-250. There is a separate list of imports and out of print cds at the bottom of the page.

This page NEEDS a LOT of updating! I haven't updated it in about 10 years and I have since acquired a LOT of new music from the 90's that needs to be on here in place of some that are on here now! I hope to get to that some day!  Scot 4-21-13


TOP 50

My Top 25 are noted with +

Alice In Chains - Facelift (90)

Alice In Chains - Dirt (92) +

Angel Dust - Border Of Reality (98) +

Angel Dust - Bleed (99) +

Anthrax - Sound Of White Noise (93)

Armored Saint - Symbol Of Salvation (91) +

Biohazard - New World Disorder (99)

Black Sabbath - Dehumanizer (92)

Cage - Unveiled (98)

Control Denied - The Fragile Art Of Existence (99)

Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood (96)

Bruce Dickinson - Accident Of Birth (97) +

Doctor Butcher - (94) reissued in 99 +

Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory (99) +

Edguy - Theater Of Salvation (99) +

Fight - War Of Words (93) +

Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free (96)

Gamma Ray - Somewhere Out In Space (97) +

Gamma Ray - Powerplant (99) +

HammerFall - Glory To The Brave (96)

HammerFall - Legacy Of Kings (98)

Hardline - Double Eclipse (92)

Iced Earth - The Dark Saga (96) +

Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (98) +

Jackyl (92) +

Judas Priest - Painkiller (90) +

Lynch Mob - Wicked Sensation (90) +

Machine Head - The More Things Change... (97)

Megadeth - Rust In Peace (90) +

Megadeth - Countdown To Extinction (92) +

Metallica (91)

Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears (91)

Overkill - The Killing Kind (96)

Overkill - From The Underground And Below (97)

Overkill - Necroshine (99)

Pantera - Cowboys From Hell (90) +

Pantera - Vulgar Display Of Power (92) +

Primal Fear (98) +

Primal Fear - Jaws Of Death (99) +

Queensryche - Empire (90)

Saigon Kick - The Lizard (92)

Saxon - Metalhead (99) +

Scorpions - Crazy World (90)

The Scream - Let It Scream (91)

Skid Row - Slave To The Grind (91) +

Slayer - Seasons In The Abyss (90) +

Stratovarius - Visions (97)

Tesla - Psychotic Supper (91)

Testament - The Gathering (99)

Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (91)

 

51 - 100

Anthrax - Volume 8 - The Threat Is Real (98)

Anthrax - Stomp 442 (95)

Arcade (93)

Annihilator - King Of The Kill (94)

Annihilator - Refresh The Demon (96)

Black Label Society - Sonic Brew (99)

Blind Guardian - Tales From The Twilight World (90)

Blind Guardian - Imaginations From The Other Side (95)

Corrosion Of Conformity - Deliverance (94)

Damn Yankees (90)

Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding (98)

Dio - Strange Highways (94)

Dio - Angry Machines (96)

Don Dokken - Up From The Ashes (90)

Dokken - Erase The Slate (99)

Dream Theater - Images And Words (92)

Dream Theater - Awake (94)

Dream Theater A Change Of Seasons (95)

Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity (97)

Extreme - II Pornograffitti (90)

Firehouse (90)

Gamma Ray - Sigh No More (91)

Gamma Ray - Insanity And Genius (93)

Geezer - Black Science (97)

Iron Maiden - No Prayer For The Dying (90)

Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark (92)

Jag Panzer - The Fourth Judgement (97)

Jag Panzer - Age Of Mastery (98)

Judas Priest - Jugulator (97)

Kiss - Revenge (92)

Lynch Mob (92)

Machine Head - Burn My Eyes (94)

Megadeth - Youthanasia (94)

Megadeth - Criptic Writings (97)

Metalium - Millenium Metal Vol. one (99)

Motorhead - Overnight Sensation (96)

Vince Neil - Exposed (93)

Axel Rudi Pell - Oceans Of Time (98)

Pink Cream 69 - Electrified (98)

Pro-Pain - Act Of God (99)

Ratt - Detonator (90)

Savatage - Streets: A Rock Opera (91)

Sinner - The Nature Of Evil (98)

Slaughter - Stick It To Ya (90)

Slaughter - Back To Reality (99)

Slayer - Diablos In Musica (98)

Suicidal Tendencies - The Art Of Rebellion (92)

Testament - The Ritual (92)

Type O Negative - World Coming Down (99)

Van Halen - Balance (95)

 

101 - 175

AC/DC - The Razors Edge (90)

Aerosmith - Get A Grip (93)

Alice In Chains (95)

Anthrax - Persistence Of Time (90)

Cinderella - Still Climbing (94)

Corrosion Of Conformity - Blind (91)

Bruce Dickinson - Tattooed Millionaire (90)

DLR Band (98)

Fates Warning - Parallels (91)

Firehouse - Hold Your Fire (92)

The Four Horsemen - Gettin' Pretty Good At Barely Gettin' By (96)

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I (91)

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion II (91)

Helloween - Master Of Rings (94)

Helloween - The Time Of The Oath (96)

Helloween - Better Than Raw (98)

Helmet - Meantime (92)

Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings (95)

Iron Savior - Unification (99)

Killer Dwarfs - Dirty Weapons (90)

Killer Dwarfs - Method To The Madness (92) *

* Note: this is only available as bonus tracks on the Big Deal and Dirty Weapons reissues.

Kix - Hot Wire (91)

Lefay - The Seventh Seal (99)

Manowar - The Triumph Of Steel (92)

Manowar - Louder Than Hell (96)

Metal Church - Masterpeace (99)

M.O.D. - Rhythm Of Fear (92)

Motorhead - Bastards (93)

Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black (99)

Motley Crue (94)

Overkill - W.F.O. (94)

Overkill - Horrorscope (91)

Pantera - Far Beyond Driven (94)

Paradise Lost - Draconian Times (95)

Pearl Jam - Ten (91)

Pearl Jam - Vs. (93)

Pegazus - Wings Of Destiny (98)

Pretty Maids - Lethal Heroes (90) reissue

Pro-Pain - Foul Taste Of Freedon (92)

Pro-Pain - Contents Under Pressure (96)

Pro-Pain (98)

Running Wild - Blazon Stone (91)

Running Wild - Pile Of Skulls (92)

Running Wild - The Rivalry (98)

Savatage - Edge Of Thorns (93)

Savatage - Handful Of Rain (94)

Saxon - Solid Ball Of Rock (90)

Saxon - Unleash The Beast (97)

Sentenced - Down (96)

Sentenced - Frozen (98)

Sepultura - Chaos A.D. (93)

Sevendust (97)

Shotgun Messiah - Second Coming (91)

Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (95)

Slaughter - The Wild Life (92)

Slaughter - Fear No Evil (95)

Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (91)

Soundgarden - Superunknown (94)

Steel Prophet - Dark Hallucinations (99)

Stone Temple Pilots - Core (94)

Stuck Mojo - Rising (98)

Symphony X - The Damnation Game (95)

Symphony X - The Devine Wings Of Tragedy (97)

Symphony X - Twilight In Olympus (98)

Testament - Low (94)

UDO - Faceless World (90)

UDO - Time Bomb (91)

UDO - Solid (97)

UDO - No Limits (98)

UFO - Walk On Water (98)

Ugly Kid Joe - America's Least Wanted (92)

Warrant - Dog Eat Dog (92)

Warrior - Ancient Future (98)

W.A.S.P. - The Crimson Idol (92)

Widowmaker - Stand By For Pain (94)

Y & T - Ten (90)

 

176 - 250

AC/DC - Ballbreaker (95)

Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction (94)

Biohazard (90)

Biohazard - Urban Discipline (92)

Biohazard - State Of The World Address (94)

Blind Guardian - Somewhere Far Beyond (92)

Alice Cooper - Hey Stoopid (91)

DC Cooper (99)

The Cult - Ceremony (91)

Dangerous Toys - Hellacious Acres (91)

Dangerous Toys - Pissed (94)

Deep Purple - The Battle Rages On... (93)

Destiny's End - Breathe Deep The Dark (98)

Bruce Dickinson - Balls To Picasso (94)

Dio - Lock Up The Wolves (90)

Fates Warning - Inside Out (94)

Firehouse - 3 (95)

Lita Ford - Dangerous Curves (91)

The Gathering - Mandylion (95)

Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (91)

Helmet - Aftertaste (97)

In Flames - Colony (99)

Jag Panzer - Dissident Alliance (94)

King's X - Faith Hope Love (90)

King's X (92)

King's X - Dogman (94)

Kreator - Coma Of Souls (90) reissue

Motorhead - 1916 (91)

Motorhead - Sacrifice (95)

Motorhead - Snake Bite Love (98)

Mr. Big - Lean Into It (91)

Mr. Big - Bump Ahead (93)

Nevermore - The Politics Of Ecstacy (96)

Ozzy Osbourne - Ozzmosis (95)

Overkill - I Hear Black (93)

Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill (96)

Poison - Flesh And Blood (90)

Pro-Pain - The Truth Hurts (94)

Queensryche - Promised Land (94)

Quicksand - Slip (93)

Quiet Riot - Alive And Well (99)

Rage Agaisnt The Machine (92)

Ratt (99)

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (91)

Royal Hunt - Paradox (97)

Running Wild - Black Hand Inn (94)

Sanctuary - Into The Mirror Black (90)

Savatage - Dead Winter Dead (95)

Savatage - The Wake Of Magellan (98)

Saxon - Forever Free (92)

Saxon - Dogs Of War (95)

Sepultura - Arise (91)

Six Feet Under - Warpath (97)

Skid Row - Subhuman Race (95)

Skinlab - Bound, Gagged And Blindfolded (97)

S.O.D. - Bigger Than The Devil (99)

Stratovarius - Twilight Time (93)

Stratovarius - Dreamspace (94)

Stratovarius - Fourth Dimension (95)

Stratovarius - Episode (96)

Stratovarius - Destiny (98)

Stuck Mojo - Pigwalk (96)

Suicidal Tendencies - Lights...Carema...Revolution (90)

Tesla - Bust A Nut (94)

Tool - Undertow (93)

Tool - Aenima (96)

Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses (93)

Type O Negative - October Rust (96)

Warrant - Cherry Pie (90)

Warrant - Ultraphobic (95)

W.A.S.P. - Still Not Black Enough (96)

W.A.S.P. - Helldorado (99)

White Lion - Mane Attraction (91)

White Zombie - La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. I (92)

White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 (95)

  

Most Of the cds released before 1998 are reviewed in
The Collectors Guide To Heavy Metal by Martin Popoff.

 

Any comments on this list or questions about any of the cds
on this page feel free to email me! scot@essentialmetal.com


So
me great cds only available as imports - in the U.S.
Many of these can be ordered through the Essential Metal Shop.

Chroming Rose - New World (97)

Edguy - Kingdom Of Madness (97)

Edguy - Vain Glory Opera (98)

Headstone Epitaph - Power Games (99)

Impellitteri - Screaming Symphony (96)

Impellitteri - Eye Of The Hurricane (98)

Lionsheart - Under Fire (98)

Lion's Share - Two (97)

Pegazus - Breaking The Chains (99)

Axel Rudi Pell - Between The Walls (94)

Axel Rudi Pell - Black Moon Pyramid (96)

Axel Rudi Pell - Magic (97)

Pretty Maids - Scream (95)

Pretty Maids - Spooked (97)

Rage - Black In Mind (95)

Rage - End Of All Days (96)

Sinner - Judgement Day (97)

Son Of A Bitch - Victim You (96)

 

Some great cds from the early to mid 90's that are now out of print.
The ones with "Imp" next to the date are available as imports.

My Top 25 that are out of print in the U.S. are noted with +
These really need to be reissued domestically!

Accept - Objection Overruled (93)

Accept - Death Row (95)

Accept - Predator (96)

Arcade - A/2 (94)

Asphalt Ballet (91)

Asphalt Ballet - Pigs (93)

Atomic Opera - For Madmen Only (94) +

Babylon A.D. - Nothing Sacred (92)

Badlands - Voodoo Highway (91)

Baton Rouge - Shake Your Soul (90)

Baton Rouge - Lights Out On The Playground (91)

Badlands - Dusk (92) Imp

Britny Fox - Bite Down Hard (91) - reissued in 2006

Bulletboys - Freakshow (91) - reissued in 2005

Cathedral - The Carnival Bizarre (95)

Child's Play - Rat Race (90) +

Circus Of Power - Vises (90)

Circus Of Power - Magic & Madness (93)

Cold Sweat - Break Out (90)

Collision (92)

Company Of Wolves (90)

Deep Purple - Slaves And Masters (90) +

Dirty Looks - Bootlegs (91)

Dirty Looks - Five Easy Pieces (92) +

Dirty Looks Chewing On The Bit (94)

Dirty Looks - One Bad Leg (94)

Dirty Looks - Rip It Out! (96)

Dirty Rhythm - Hard As A Rock (91)

Electric Boys - Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride (90)

Electric Boys - Groovus Maximus (92)

Every Mother's Nightmare (90)

Every Mother's Nightmare - Wake Up Screaming (93)

Exodus - Force Of Habit (92)

Flotsam And Jetsam - When The Storm Comes Down (90)

Flotsam And Jetsam - Cuatro (92) +

Flotsam And Jetsam - Drift (95)

Flotsam And Jetsam - High (97) MB

Flotsam And Jetam - Unnatural Selection (99) MB

The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It was Easy (91) +

Galactic Cowboys (91)

Galactic Cowboys - Space In Your Face (93)

Galactic Cowboys - Machine Fish (96) + MB

Great White - Psycho City (92)

Grip Inc. - Power Of Inner Strength (95)

Grip Inc. - Nemesis (97) MB

Grip Inc. - Solildify (99)MB

Heavens Edge (90) +

Helix - Back For Another Taste (90)

Hericane Alice - Tear The House Down (90)

House Of Lords - Sahara (90) Imp +

Hurricane - Slave To The Thrill (90)

Jesse Strange (92)

Jetboy - Damned Nation (90)

Johnny Crash - Neighbourhood Threat (90)

Katmandu (91)

Kick Tracee - No Rules (91)

Kings Of The Sun - Full Frontal Attack (90)

Life Sex & Death - The Silent Majority (92)

Lillian Axe - Poetic Justice (92) +

Lillian Axe - Psychoschizophrenia (93) +

Lionsheart (92)

Lionsheart - Pride In Tact (94)

Little Caesar (90)

Little Caesar - Influence (92)

Loudmouth (99)

Lord Tracy - Deaf Gods Of Babylon (90)

Love / Hate - Blackout In The Red Room (90) +

Love / Hate - Wasted In America (92) +

Love / Hate - Let's Rumble (94)

Masters Of Reality (90)

Meliah Rage - Solitary Solitude (90) +

Meliah Rage - Death Valley Dream (96)

Metal Church - The Human Factor (91)

Metal Church - Hanging In The Ballance (93) Imp

Motherland - Peace 4 Me (94)

My Little Funhouse - Stand Under (92)

Nuclear Assault - Something Wicked (93)

Paradise Lost - Icon (93) Imp +

Axel Rudi Pell - Nasty Reputation (91) Imp

Axel Rudi Pell - Eternal Prisoner (92) Imp

Pink Cream 69 - One Size Fits All (91) Imp

Pink Cream 69 - Games People Play (93) Imp +

The Poor - Who Cares (94)

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger In Us All (95)

Realm - Suiciety (90)

Reverend - World Won't Miss You (90)

Reverend - Play God (91)

Rhino Bucket (90) +

Rhino Bucket - Get Used To It (92) +

Rhino Bucket - Pain (94)

Kane Roberts - Saints And Sinners (91)

Rockhead (92)

David Lee Roth - A little Ain't Enough (91)

Roxy Blue - Want Some? (92)

Sacred Reich - The American Way (90)

Sacred Reich - Independent (93) +

Sacred Reich - Heal (96) MB

Saints & Sinners (92)

Salty Dog - Every Dog Has It's Day (90)

Sleeze Beez - Screwed Blued & Tattooed (90)

Sleeze Beez - Powertool (92)

Slik Toxic - Doin' The Nasty (92)

Slik Toxic - Irrelevant (94)

South Gang - Tainted Angel (91)

South Gang - Group Therapy (92)

Spread Eagle (90)

Spread Eagle - Open To The Public (93)

Steelheart - Tangled In Reins (92)

Stuttering John (94)

Sweet F.A. - Stick To Your Guns (90)

Thunder - Backstreet Symphony (90)

Thunder - Laughing On Judgement Day (92)

TNT - Realized Fantasies (92)

Tora Tora - Wild America (92) +

Trouble (90)

Trouble - Manic Frustration (92)

Trouble - Plastic Green Head (95)

Trouble Tribe (90)

Triumph - Edge Of Excess (92)

Ugly Kid Joe - Menace To Sobriety (95)

Unruly Child (92)

Tyketto - Don't Come Easy (91) Imp

Tyketto - Strength In Numbers (94)

Vixen - Rev It Up (90)

War Babies (91)

Warrior Soul - Last Decade Dead Century (90) - reissued in 06

Warrior Soul - Drugs, God And The New Republic (91) - reissued in 06

Warrior Soul - Salutations From The Ghetto Nation (92) - reissued in 06

Widowmaker - Blood And Bullets (92)

Wildside - Under The Influence (92) +

Y & T - Musically Incorrect (96)

Y & T - Endangered Species (98)

XYZ - Hungry (91) Imp +

MB = available from Metal Blade Records

 

Most of these cds are very hard to find now. Check out The Pure Rock Shop or Hard To Find CDs.com if you really want one of these and are willing to spend some money to get it... Or look on E-Bay, you can get almost anything there!

 

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