An out-and-out masterpiece of alternative metal, System of a Down's sophomore album was a breath of fresh air amid an ocean of cringeworthy rap rock verses and down-tuned two-note riffs.
Zeal & Ardor's unique blend of black metal and slave spirituals comes together in an exciting and blasphemous display on Stranger Fruit.
Vein's debut album offers a diverting blend of metalcore and alternative metal styles as well as its share of growing pains.
Godsmack sounds a whole lot like a born-again Metallica cover band on When Legends Rise.
Shock rock legend Marilyn Manson returns with his 10th album, Heaven Upside Down.
For the most part, this self-titled debut from hardcore supergroup Dead Cross offers a good balance between the genre's original blueprint and some experimentation of their own.
On Emperor of Sand, Mastodon pads out rehashed ideas from their last several albums with alt-rock choruses that went out of style with the 90s.