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Toxicity

One of the more interesting, diverse and controversial albums of the new century was released on September 4, 2001 — System Of A Down’s Toxicity.

Up is down; left is right. The album features folk, nu metal, banjos and sitars and at first appears all over the place. But it really is a snapshot microcosm of what’s going on in the world in 2001. As each year goes by the album actually becomes more important and that’s rare. It’s a masterpiece that’s never finished.

Load

Metallica release their 6th and — to some fans — their most controversial album on June 6, 1996. The album’s hard rock vs thrashing metal vibe got more than a few eyebrows raised. Others went full-tilt bat-shit crazy over the big hair, eyeliner and the artwork. But it was simply a band stretching its wings and exploring new territory. “Load” has settled comfortably into the Metallica catalog as testiment to a band interested in expanding the horizon and not just sales.