Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #70 – #66

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!!!

#70 Sound of White Noise by Anthrax

Not to put down Joey Belladonna, he’s a great vocalist and was part of some amazing ‘Thrax albums. But when it comes to my personal favorite pick, the John Bush era is where it’s at for me. SOWN has a heavier edge to it due to the band taking a change in direction to fit Bush’s lower octave vocals and the riffs and rhythms just have so much more crunch than their earlier works. I’ve seen/heard that this record gets a lot of guff for ‘selling out’, but whatever, it’s my favorite Anthrax record. Belladonna or Bush, Anthrax rules!

#69 Marrow of the Spirit by Agalloch

After hearing Agalloch’s take on black metal as they blended American folk music and tons of beautiful and ‘Earthy’ atmospheres with the abrasive black style on The Mantle I was completely sold on this band. Of all of their records Marrow of the Spirit resonates with me the strongest. It’s their ‘heaviest’ full length, but it’s not the heavy that gets me on the record, it’s that Earthen and haunting atmosphere. There’s that feel of nature in the wintertime that they really capture on all the songs that just permeate with frozen beauty. I also love the great guitar work and drumming throughout the album as amid all the dissonance there’s some stunning melodies and rhythms. And then there’s “Black Lake Niðstång”, chilling is an understatement, listening to that track will send frozen shivers down you spine.

#68 Rain Dogs by Tom Waits

Drenched in bourbon and engulfed in cigarette smoke Tom Waits plays a style of jazzy blues unlike any other artist I’ve ever heard. Listening to his music is akin to hanging out in a New Orleans voodoo jazz club in Hell. Of Mr. Waits many albums Rain Dogs I enjoy the most as it shows a nice departure of his earlier works, a wide variety of styles, and is the starting point of some of the real insanity which would be played on some of his next handful of records. And how could one not love an album where Tom instructs one of his recording musicians to “”Play it like a midget’s bar mitzvah.”
On a side note, I’ve always wanted to hear Tom collaborate with metal band, I bet he’d fit right in.

#67 Dwellings by Cormorant

After being passed a link to download a copy of Cormorant’s debut record Metazoa I was sold on the band.  Their blend of US black metal heavily laden with progressive tendencies won me over and mere weeks after I first heard the debut news about their follow-up surfaced.  I was excited to say the least.  Not only did they go above and beyond my expectations for the record, Dwellings showed a slight change in direction for the band and a deep refinement in their style.  Doing away with the symphonic elements that graced the previous the band created a more honest and ‘rawer’ album filled with individual stories about mankind’s tragic and futile attempts at gaining supremacy through vanity and violence and it’s effects.  From songs about tightrope walkers to juntas each track will leave a stark impression on you bringing to light some of the lesser known, but just as tragic, horrors of the world.  The music follows each of these stories perfectly and adds large amounts of emotion to each.

#66 The Silent Circus by Between the Buried and Me

Of all the albums on this list this is the only one I rarely pop in and hit play from the first song.  While the first 3 songs on The Silent Circus are good they pale in comparison to what is arguably my favorite song of all time “Mordecai”.  Musically and lyrically it is a song that resonates with me on a deeply personal level.  The tracks which blend into it afterwards (“Reaction” and “(Shevanel, Take 2)”) are great to and flow with the mood created by the tune perfectly and usually after “(Shevanel, Take 2)”, I repeat the trio again a good amount of times.  The rest of the album is solid too with the gibberish filled “Ad A Dglgmut” standing out with some wonderful lyrics that sum up one’s personal love for music (or whatever else). “It all makes sense, we’re capable of beauty. It all makes sense, we’re capable of beauty. Through sounds which makes one cringe. The dogs only hear us now.”

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About RiffRaff

Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on August 20, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Ah the Sound of White Noise – great album. I thought it was a pretty strong outing with Bush and a new beginning for Anthrax. There are a few on here I am not too familiar with; Tom Waits being one of them. I did get that Cormorant CD when they had that pay what you want offer. I just haven’t had a chance to spin it much, but on the first roll the back of my mind says it’s bad ass. I know Mordecai from BTBAM’s best of album. I do like most of what I heard from them so far.

    Great list of picks. Agalloch in another one i need to dedicate more time to. I have liked what you posted in the past, but haven’t gone further than that. I look forward to seeing the top 50, as we approach that mark…

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