Any good rock album should be a reflection of where the artist is at the time. Regardless of the trends, most artists try to pour their heart and soul to make sure their product is some of the most accurate portrayals of talent and creativity that they can muster in the moment. Then again, sometimes it can be like looking at old baby pictures.
Compared to some of the more celebrated stuff that these acts have made both before and after these albums, they stick out like a sore thumb. That's not to say they're exactly bad though. Oftentimes, the most outlandish experiments tend to be the one thing that draws people in even further to your creative process. It's a shame that the only ones who can't see the merit is, well, the people who actually make them. From the metallic side of things to even the industrial slant, many artists would rather bury these albums than have to play any of the songs from them ever again.
Seeing how some of these were made during a sore spot in their career, it might even bring up harsh memories that they might not want to relive again. These might be undiscovered gems...just don't play them with the band in earshot.
10. Diabolus in Musica - Slayer
In the grand scheme of thrash metal, Slayer's work was all killer no filler. While some of the more accessible acts like Metallica may have carved out their own niche for themselves, Slayer proved that you didn't have to compromise to be successful, with their masterpiece Reign in Blood still being one of the heaviest records to come from the metal world. Then, on a dime, things started to slowly shift.
Amid the sea of nu metal artists sprouting up in the late '90s, Slayer's Diabolus In Musica feels very off when looking back on the rest of their work. While Slayer had dabbled in slower stuff in the past like Seasons in the Abyss, the kind of syncopated riffs on here feel like they're much more in tune with the sounds of bands like Korn. For any Slayer fan, this almost reads like a cardinal sin, given that so much about them has been about not compromising for any type of trend going on.
Over time though, it seems like Kerry King has backpeddled on this record a little bit, comparing it to their version of what Judas Priest tried to do on their '80s album Turbo. Of all the bands to come from the Big 4 though, fans were right to be annoyed to see the no-BS metalheads start to get fashionable.