Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #90-#86

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!!!

#90 Leviathan by Mastodon

I think I may have permanently injured my neck from the rate of headbanging I did when I first heard “Blood and Thunder”. That tune is the very essence of metal. Oh, and the rest of the album is about Herman Melville’s Moby Dick you say, F’ yeah! Boy am I happy I paid attention to that one in school. This album is so heavy it should come with a ‘lift with caution’ warning label. If you’ve never checked out Mastodon before this is a good starting point. It has the brutality of their earlier works and the beginnings of the prog side the band would later explore.

#89 The Wall by Pink Floyd

Considered Pink Floyd’s greatest work by many. The reason this isn’t higher up on my list is that I think that without the visual part of the record the album doesn’t have the same effect. But it is still an amazing album nonetheless. The record contains some of Pink Floyd’s most diverse and cohesive work, and for all it strangeness it’s a very fluid listen with tons of catchy and memorable tunes. To go off track into the world of film, The Wall is required viewing and should not be missed by anyone, the album is simply a great way to experience it when a TV is not available.

#88 NOLA by Down

I still remember the day my teenage self walked into the record store and saw this album sitting on the new release shelf with a big ol’ sticker that said starring members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, and Crowbar. Being the Pantera freak I was at the time it required no brains on what I was going to spend my hard-earned money on. Then I jumped on my bike and rode home as fast as I could so I could listen to it. The sludgy southern riffing, the thundering drums, Phil’s signature vocals, it was everything a young metal head could want. Years later when I listen to it, it still holds up great. This is a prime example of what a ‘super-group’ should sound like. Hints of the artists involved other works, but on a whole, something entirely unique. I’m thrilled that the band has continued on to this day and have progress quite nicely. But IMO, I don’t think they will ever top the majesty of NOLA.

#87 The Blizzard of Ozz by Ozzy Osbourne

I consider this by far the best of Ozzy’s solo career (I like most of his other records too). Randy Rhoads guitars are mind-blowing, Ozzy sounds great, all the songs are unforgettable. What ever one could want from a solo Ozzy record is found here. I really enjoyed the positive themes strewn throughout the record and regardless of age whether teenager or adult, Ozzy can make a good connection to how were feeling when the chips are down.

#86 Around the Fur by Deftones

Deftones are quite a musical anomaly. I really can’t think of a single band that is similar to their style. Between Chino’s abstract, and poetic lyrics and vocals and Chi Cheng’s (get well soon dude!) thick grooves and the atmospheric and at times crushing guitar work, Deftones are a unique listen and their second album Around the Fur is one of their best and my favorites. The melancholy of “Mascara”, the hypnotic groove of “MX”, and the pure rage of “Lotion” make for one great album listening experience. Cool trivia: Max Cavalera does guest vocals on the song “Headup” and from this song he found the inspiration for his current band Soulfly’s name. (I got to see Max come out for this song live, f’n amazing!)

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Posted on July 23, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I think I have at least one Ozzy album on my list. I don’t know enough about Mastodon, but maybe if I do this list in another two years one of their albums will be on my list. The only thing I never listened to is Pink Floyd. Never been much of a fan, but I do like when modern bands cover their songs. Down is one that I am just getting into now. I dont think I appreciated their sludge-metal much before, but getting turned on to Black Label Society and Godsized has opened a few doors there. Great list, some classic albums here.

  2. Ha, I can’t believe you’ve posted a YouTube clip of the WHOLE Wall movie 🙂 Good call, though: I’ve never really got into the album in its own right – the overall pace is just too plodding to keep my attention – but I agree that Waters’/Parker’s film is required viewing. The combination of music and visuals is extraordinaryily powerful and I’m a devotee of the whole ‘rock opera’ thing (love the movie of ‘Tommy’ too – big inspiration for WASP’s ‘Crimson Idol rock opera) but my fave example of the genre has to be Genesis’ ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’ – every bit as fucked up and musically ambitious as The Wall and just as deserving of a movie. Here’s them playing a bit of it live:

    And Blizzard is a great record but I’ve always had a soft spot for Bark at the Moon myself…

    • Funny thing is that The Wall movie was posted on the Official Roger Waters Youtube Page, so I figured it’s legit, why the hell not. I can’t pick out just a single scene from that movie.
      I haven’t seen The Lamb Lays Down on Broadway yet. I picked up the album some years ago, listened to it a couple times, liked it, and for some reason never went back to it. I think I need to rediscover that one and watch the flick in the process.
      Can’t fault you for having a soft spot for Bark…. Of Ozzy solo career Bark, Blizzard, and Ozzmosis are his highest points.

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