Metal has come into its own as one of the best ugly genres the music world has to offer. No matter how much parents may have been willing to stomp all over it, the world of heavy riffs and hymns of doom have made for some of the greatest albums the rock genre has to offer. But when you really break it down, what exactly makes for a great metal album?
Is there really a set formula that people follow for the best albums in history? Well...there might not be a set pattern, but these artists certainly knew the ticket to success.
From the inception of metal back in the late ‘60s to some of the latest modern offerings, tons of bands have found new ways to spice up the typical sludgy riffs being pumped out by every other metal act. These records not only set these bands up as legendary metal acts, but also pushed the genre into places that no other metal act thought were possible.
It could be filtered through thrash, nu metal, or just the hard-edged side of rock, but every one of these records deserves a spot in your personal collection of headbanging classics. It might be a little dirty, but there’s no shame in having a bit of sludge in your music every now and again.
12. White Pony - Deftones
A lot of metalheads growing up in the '00s probably have a nu metal phase they wish they could forget about. No matter how much nostalgia bands like Limp Bizkit may have for some people, the amount of rancor present on their albums has turned more than a few stomachs in its time. However, even the most wretched of genres have some diamonds in the rough.
While Deftones weren't explicitly a part of the nu metal scene, their blend of electronic soundscapes with harsh metal fit the bill for what the youth of America wanted to hear. Once you picked White Pony up though, this was much more than the loud chugging riffs to bang your head to. Switching up his lyrical style, Chino Moreno's vocals on here provide some of the most foreboding stories of the genre, from the dark tale of murder on "Digital Bath" to the disturbing relationship peppered throughout "Change (In the House of Flies.)"
Aside from a one-off promotional single released on a special edition, every one of these tracks takes you on an intimate journey, with "Passenger" even featuring Maynard James Keenan from Tool assaulting your senses across its runtime. Though the sounds of turntables scratching and detuned guitars might turn off modern metal fans, White Pony is the textbook example of how these disparate genres can make beautiful music together.