Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-#91

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#95 Deloused in the Comatorium – The Mars Volta

I don’t even really know how to begin explaining this album (as with any Mars Volta album). It’s eclectic, all over the place, cryptic, heavy, mellow, emotional, chilling, beautiful, and many many more superlatives. While it shows some homage to old school prog rock at times it is a totally unique listen and The Mars Volta are a band without comparison. Deloused… is just the start to this bands wildly progressive career.

#94 Vektor – Outer Isolation

This is probably the best album I’ve found just browsing random albums on Bandcamp. The album cover looked damn cool, so I clicked and was treated to some of the best sci-fi inspired extreme thrash metal I’ve ever heard. It’s not just the lyrics and artwork that carry that sci-fi theme, it bleeds also into the music. And while all the riffing, drumming, and whatnot have a techy edge they all stay very grounded leaving a very fun album to listen to.

#93 Sagas by Equilibrium

A band I just got into over the past handful of years, but damn, this album made an impact on me. When ever I hear “Blut im Auge” I feel like I can climb the highest mountain with ease and when “Unbesiegt” come on a ear to ear grin appears on my face as images of drunken warrior monkeys dancing and partying take over my imagination. And then there’s the closer “Mana”, one of the most epic instrumental tracks ever recorded. Listening to this record is akin to getting a shot of pure positive energy and happy pills. Definitely one the first records I go to when I need a pick-me-up, screw coffee.

#92: Skyforger by Amorphis

This album was my intro album into the world of Amorphis, and boy what a doozy. From the opening piano notes of “Sampo” to the sheer brutality of “Majestic Beast” I quickly realized that this band could do it all. The use of the smooth a butter clean vocals and Earth-shaking growls add such a great dynamic and paired with rock solid songwriting you have yourself an unforgettable album. The lyrics of the album also sparked my interest in the Finnish epic, The Kalevala, and it’s cool mythology which all their albums are based on.

91: Get Some by Snot

Metal, Funk, and Punk. This is just a damn fun album to listen to. I particularly like the jazzy interludes, the thundering grooves, and the clever, insightful, and silly lyrics. Get Some has always been one of my favorite ‘cruisin’ albums and is mad fun to listen to with the pedal to the metal. Just such great energy emanating from this music. RIP Lynn Straight.

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Posted on July 16, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This is a good group of albums. Still some things I am not too familiar with, but I liked. The Mars Volta I am the least familiar with and seems creative, but something that might take some getting used to. Vector I may have heard once before, but dig it. Amorphis is really cool and i have purchased an albums since you profiled them a few times. Speaking of bad-ass, so is that Equilibrium. I am going to have to check them out a little more. Based on a few posts you have featured them in, I like what I heard. And Snot I have heard before…been a while though. Cool song and a strong five.

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