Tool's comeback album Fear Inoculum is insufficient not only by the immaculate standards of the band's past work, but by the standards of rock and metal music at large.
Though there are some experiments and weird ideas that don't really pan out, We Are Not Your Kind is for the most part a return to form for Slipknot.
Choke is a welcome continuation of the darker themes and genre bending of Am I a Girl?
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.