21 Essential Rock And Metal Albums That Still Aren’t On Spotify
August 2, 2019 was a watershed day for Tool fans, as the enigmatic art-rockers finally made their back catalogue available for streaming on all major services including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Deezer. In other parts of the music world, the likes of Garth Brooks and Jay-Z (who reserves streaming for his own service Tidal) might still be holding out, but Tool were the most prominent act in rock and metal to resist the Spotify tide.
“Our obsession with, and dream of, a world where BetaMax and Laser Disc rule has ended,” said Maynard James Keenan, his tongue as firmly in cheek as ever. “Time for us to move on. But never fear. There’s a brand new thing we think you’re really gonna dig. It’s called digital downloads and streaming. Get ready for the future, folks!”
While Tool might finally have embraced streaming however, there are still a number of amazing albums that you won’t find on Spotify. Here are a bunch that aren’t on there that we wish were…
The God Machine – Scenes From The Second Storey
The God Machine’s gloomy spirals were once described as being like ‘Jane’s Addiction after a death in the family’. As a vaguely proggy alternative-metal band operating in the first half of the ’90s, The God Machine weren’t a billion miles from Tool, but you’ll only find the debut album from one on Spotify.
Rapeman - Two Nuns And A Pack Mule
Steve Albini is a noise-rock god – as both a musician and producer – and plenty of his work is available to stream. Not this particularly virulent slab of provocation however, which was Rapeman’s first and only album.
Symposium – On The Outside
They might not be a familiar name in 2019, but in the late ’90s Symposium’s delirium-inducing pop-rock was the perfect antidote to a post-Nirvana malaise. They even made the cover of Kerrang! in August 1997 alongside, uh, Radish. Any wiser? Nope, neither is Spotify.
Indian Summer – Everything
Back when emo was emotional hardcore, Indian Summer put out a slew of influential 7” singles, compilations and full-lengths in that jumbled manner that independent artists often did. But, like a traditional English summer, they’re bloody hard to find!
Fu Manchu - The Action Is Go
This was the hairy stoner crew’s fourth full-length but, as it also marked a major line-up change with Kyuss legend Brant Bjork climbing onboard, it’s also one of their best. Look for it on streaming services though and you’ll find The Action Is Gone (get it?).
Paw – Dragline
Okay, so the Kansas-based Paw might not have had the commercial or cultural impact of their Seattle grunge contemporaries, but their debut album was a damn fine slice of dirt. And we’d like to be able to legally stream it. Please.
Sweep The Leg Johnny – Everything
Sweep The Leg Johnny were a jazz-tinged experimental rock outfit with a penchant for sax and a name taken from The Karate Kid. What’s not to love, right? And yet… well, you get the rest…
Wool - Box Set
Punk brothers Peter and Franz Stahl started Wool when seminal hardcore band Scream (featuring one Dave Grohl) broke up. You can find latterday versions of Scream albums on Spotify but Wool’s Box Set? Not so much.
Hot Cross - Cryonics
If you like the dense, post-hardcore grooves of Drive Like Jehu, there’s a good chance that you’d go for Hot Cross and their debut album as well. Your best way of finding out however, is to rummage through the obscurities bin at your nearest vinyl emporium. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Ramones – Animal Boy
Some artists have a bunch of albums on Spotify, but are still missing key moments. Perhaps it’s to do with licensing, publishing deals or how the sun is currently lining up with Uranus. But, goddamnit, we want the Ramones album with Somebody Put Something In My Drink on it!
Monster Magnet – Spine Of God
“It’s a Satanic drug thing – you wouldn’t understand,” Monster Magnet proudly proclaimed on the back sleeve of the physical release. Which is no excuse for the omission of this absolute riff-snorting monster of an album.
Killing Joke - Pandemonium
This isn’t the only record missing from Killing Joke’s considerable discography. The self-titled debut and Democracy are also notable by their absence, but we’ll focus on this as it’s an industrial-metal masterpiece, whose recorded-in-the-Great-Pyramid-of-Giza backstory reads like Indiana Jones And The Big Fucking Bag Of Drugs.
Satyricon – Volcano
This was a transitional album that saw Satyricon starting to lumber into the black‘n’roll they’d perfect on next album Now, Diabolical. It was also a relative mainstream hit, scoring a Norwegian Grammy and, while it emerged on Satyr’s Moonfog imprint, it also had major label backing. So by Lucifer’s sulphurous nutsack, why can’t we get it to stream?!
Pist.On - Number One
The ’90s does seem to be the decade that Spotify forgot, and here’s another unpolished gem you won’t easily dig up. Pist.On were often lumped in with the nu-metal scene, but they had a more alternative take and a gothic sheen. This was initially released on indie label Fierce Recordings before being repackaged and rereleased on Atlantic the following year, but you won’t find either on Spotify.
Blasphemy - Fallen Angel Of Doom
Call it war metal, call it bestial black metal, or call it Goaty McGoatface if you want. What really matters is how painfully, crushingly heavy this album is. So heavy, in fact, that were it to be digitally streamed, it would cause a virtual singularity and all the 1s and 0s would get sucked in, spelling the end of the internet. Possibly.
Mistress - II: The Chronovisor
Actually, it’s all missing apart from 2007 album The Glory Bitches Of Doghead, but this slab of filthy grinding sludge is the one we really want from Dave Cunt, Dirty Von Arse et al.
Hangnail - Ten Days Before Summer
Hangnail were a key part of the ’90s stoner rock scene in the UK, playing alongside the likes of Orange Goblin and Cathedral. And frankly we’d like to be able to effortlessly slot the likes of Overhang into our Riff-Fuelled Bangers playlist.
Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom
Tumuli Shroomaroom might or might not be what Boris Johnson shouts on climax, but it’s also another great underrated gem from the Brit stoner scene. Want fuzz? Riffs? Hip-shaking grooves? You’ll find them here but you’ll have to go and look for it.
Medulla Nocte - Dying From The Inside
If you’re looking for some truly ferocious metalcore from the scabby belly of the UK underground circa the turn of the century, you could do a lot worse than Medulla Nocte’s second full-length Dying From The Inside. Just don’t expect to find it on Spotify.
Black Sabbath - Headless Cross and Tyr
Few Sabbath aficionados would take the Tony Martin era over Ozzy or Dio, but the period did throw up some great moments in songs like When Death Calls and The Sabbath Stones. Spotify doesn’t seem to have a thing against The Cat himself, as The Eternal Idol is on there, but Headless Cross and Tyr both appear to be AWOL.
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