Originally Posted by makethemsuffer12
I think the whole "Pantera saved metal" thing is really just about metal in the mainstream. If anything I think the '90s is probably the most important decade for underground metal, as that's when it really started diversifying, along with the end of the '80s.
Pretty much this. The 90's is when things like Stoner Metal, Black Metal and Death Metal were really taking off. But if you're talking metal in the mainstream, yeah, there were better times than the 90's.