Often used to describe bands like Pantera and Exhorder. With mid-tempo riffs similar to those found in Thrash Metal and a tendency to focus more on groovy syncopation and heaviness than outright speed.
Yeah, they stopped in the mid 90s, some of them moved away, life, etc. Our old moderator BlutAusNerd became friends with their guitarist on another forum and put me in touch with him years ago, and I've been following them since then.
Another album that fits the bill for me is Soundgarden's "King Animal". It's basically dad rock and it doesn't have the raw energy of their 90s stuff, but there are some awesome songs and beautiful moments on there. I go back to it a lot. Chris Cornell is sorely missed.
I really can;'t think of any bands which may truly be "satanists". The only one in any way associated with metal in this regard is "Twin Temple, and they are not metal, instead doing doo-wop. They just kind of get lumped in with metal because of the satanic angle. Otherwise, it is just an image thing, often growing out of when the artists were still young and looking towards the obvious and cliched, in efforts to shock (and sell records).
Good to hear from you yowie. That makes you most determined metal fan I know. I see most of my gigs in London. Very easy 60 mins commute in to most north London gigs. Which part of world are you from is it Australia?
Also interesting point re Max voice. You'd think you'd go lower as you get older but maybe his lungs have lost some of there power after all the use he's given them. 2nd hand Smoke from performing gigs won't help his lungs much either