In this thread we argue about what was the best/most creatively vital/whatever era for heavy metal. You can parse it any which way you like: 80s, early 80s, late 80s, early 90s, mid 90s, 2000s, whatever. I think the 90s were the most fruitful and vital period in metal. Furthermore, 80s metal is overrated. Most 80s metal was still pretty firmly rooted in rock & roll aesthetics and techniques (there were a number of notable exceptions.) If it weren't for early to mid 90s black and death metal, we would probably be sporting cheeseball mullets and waxing nostalgic about glorified hardrock and crappy thrash. In fact, plenty of people do that, and they suck. Discuss.