Originally Posted by SmittyJS
Metal seemed to totally die in the mid/late 90's (I don't count nu-metal), causing me to lose interest in any new music for almost 10 years, and only recovered somewhat around 2004, starting with metalcore (Killswitch Engage, Chimaira, AILD, etc.).
Smitty, that would have killed me!! I've never had a stretch like that where nothing interested me.
I did not like nu metal at all. I didn't hate it, I simply didn't listen to it because it didn't interest me. The closest I came was NOLA by Down, but not sure that is close enough, more of a southern metal COC type of thing.
Mid to late 90's and early 2000's were the hay day for Opeth. Sadly I discovered them after the fact in 2002, after they had already released 6 albums. I kept reading about how incredible Mikael is and I figured I'd give them a shot. I started with Still Life and thought... meh... kind of boring and not my style. For whatever reason I force fed myself that albums and after 8-10 times of all the way through the album something clicked and I fell in love with it. Next up I tried Blackwater Park. Didn't care much for it the first few listens but stuck with it just like with Still Life and sure enough I liked it even better.
So I figured I'd try out the first 3 albums, but now I knew the drill. I wouldn't be blown away for quite awhile, I had to be patient and let them sink in.
After those 3 albums sunk in (love them all) I checked out their newest at the time, Deliverance which was their 6th album and loved that one too.
Other mid-late 90's albums I LOVE. I tried not to include anything before 1994 and after 1999:
Tool - Aenima
Fear Factory - Obsolete (they have tried to re-create Obsolete and Demanufacture so many times... they all suck in comparison)
In Flames - Jester Race
In Flames - Whoracle
Type O Negative - October Rust
Type O Negative - World Coming Down
Dream Theater - Awake
Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity
Dream Theater - Scenes from a Memory
Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
Death - Symbolic
Death - The Sound of Perseverance
Pantera - Far Beyond Driven
Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine
Nevermore - Dead Heart in a Dead World (2000 but close enough)
Like you, I discovered a bunch of stuff around 2004:
Lamb of God
As I Lay Dying
Amon Amarth (favorite from this group of bands)
For me it's not close. If I had to choose between the bands from the 90's or 2000's I'd take the 90's hands down. I know the albums listed above by heart (song titles and order etc.) from the 90's but from the 2000's I like the bands but the only album I think I could name the songs in order would be With Oden On Our Side from Amon Amarth. Maybe I could do the same with Killswitch Engage's Alive or Just Breathing.