Any band would kill to have a classic album in their discography. Once you've hit on that perfect combination of heaviness and melodicism, it's almost as if you've reached another plain of rockstardom that few others are able to match. While the success is great, it does beg one question: what do you do once you've hit the top?
Much like the second installments in film series, the followups to these great albums have a lot to prove from the first few notes that blare out of the speakers. Not only do you have to have something that is wholly unique, but something that also pays tribute to your previous work without coming off like a one-trick pony. It's a daunting task for sure, but these acts are examples of artists that took the gamble and won.
A good portion of these albums not only are an improvement on the band's winning formula, but also show the band getting even heavier. Even if you were only into these bands for the riffs, their second offerings showed they would not crack under the pressure of their past success. It may seem like you have a mountain to climb after a huge album, but these acts were up to the challenge of conquering the music world a second time around.
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