Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #50-#46

So, now I’m into the Top 50, as much as I adore all the records previous to this half, this is where things start to get good.  The albums in this half are a handful of records that I could not see myself being without.  These 50 make up the top ~3% of the 1500+ albums I have in my music collection, so needless to say, they are all of the highest quality in my eyes.  While there a few more modern releases in here, you’ll see that the test of time was a big factor for me as I approach the coveted #1 spot.  I hope you enjoy reading my list as much as I enjoyed making it.  And if you happen to be doing one of your own, let me know, I’d be keen to check it out.  Hopefully this list will make you return to an album you haven’t listened to in a while or discover something new to check out.  Enjoy!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

#50 Meddle by Pink Floyd

Meddle is the Pink Floyd album where I think the band really found their sound. They are able to be both wildly experimental and cohesive at the same time. Gilmour’s signature guitar style sounds wonderful as he creates some of the best musical textures of Pink Floyd’s catalog on Meddle. This album has always been a favorite of mine especially in my ‘experimental’ days where I always enjoyed sitting back in a haze, completely zoned out to the soothe sounds of tunes like “A Pillow of Winds” and “Fearless” and tunes like “One of These Days” and “Echoes” would take me on magical journeys. Even when I stopped ‘experimenting’ Meddle remained as one of my favorite ‘chillin’ out’ albums, hence its spot on my list.

#49 Welcome to Sky Valley by Kyuss

When it comes to stoner metal it don’t get no better than Kyuss. And Kyuss don’t get better than 1994’s Welcome to Sky Valley. Everything about this record just rocks. From the bowel shaking downtuned riffs to the psychedelic interludes and jam sessions, WtSV has it all, even rock solid songwriting. Best part, one doesn’t have to be lit up like a Christmas tree to jive on this record. I also rather enjoy that the songs on the record are grouped into sets making the flow of the album nice and non-stop.

#48 Astrocreep 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head by White Zombie

Has it already been 17 years since I threw a shit fit when my dumb ass bought this album at Walmart and when I got home realized that all cussing was edited as well as the awesome lyric booklet (don’t worry, I went out the next day and got myself the proper copy). This is one album that is aging quite gracefully as each time I pop it on it still sounds as fresh and unique as the day after I bought it. White Zombie was riding high with this album and it was awesome to hear the hit single “More Human Than Human” being played on heavy rotation on the MTV and on the popular rock radio. Score one for quality metal. It’s a damn shame Rob Zombie has yet been able to top the Horror Disco Metal masterpiece, but I’ll tell ya what, I’m content listening to Astrocreep 2K a few more million times 😉

#47 Opus Eponymous by Ghost

Man, does the devil know how to write some awesome booty shakin’ metal. Since I first heard this record a bit over a year ago its been getting spun quite heavily and regularly (more and more recently). It must have possessed me with its groove laden doom metal music and wickedly infectious vocal melodies. I seriously can’t get enough. I love how the band is able to walk the line of being ridiculously obsessed with Satan with every song mentioning the Dark Lord multiple times and the bands whole evil Pope costume schtick, but never once come across as hokey or ‘over doing it’. If I do another one of these best of albums list in some years from now, I could almost guarantee that Opus Eponymous will taking a very high spot as it feels like an album that will certainly pass the test of time quite well, quality songwriting has a way of doing that.

#46 Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV; Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness by Coheed and Cambria

This was the record that made me fall head over heels for this wordy NY prog metal outfit. Catching the video for “Welcome Home” on Headbangers Ball (RIP) I was taken back by the great guitar playing and rock solid and catchy songwriting (I had previously thought that they were one of those Fall Out Boy bands because I had a buddy who was into that kind of music who always wore CoCa shirts. Lesson learned). I ran out and picked up this album soon after along with CoCa’s entire back catalog (which is also excellent). Many find Claudio Sanchez’s vocals a bit too choirboy-like when he reaches for those Geddy Lee highs, but, well I really dig them and feel they add a real unique touch to some already unique music. On Good Apollo they really put their best foot forward and wrote some of the most complex yet insanely catchy songs of their entire catalog. I also dig this entry in the convoluted narrative that CoCa has going on throughout all their records (called The Armory Wars) where Good Apollo deviates from the main story line and goes for this kind of ‘The Neverending Story/The Dark Tower’ kind of tale, albeit, a much darker one. By far this is my top CoCa album, and if you have yet to give this stellar prog rock band a shot, Good Apollo is a great starting point.

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Posted on September 17, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Some good stuff on this list; I am trying to refamiliarize myself with Kyuss again. After seeing Kyuss Lives! it has renewed my interest and I think I appreciate their style more today than I did 20 years ago. Ghost, of course, came out of nowhere and made Satan cool. I always did like some White Zombie; not sure why Rob moved on, but I thought White Zombie was always better than the solo stuff. I am almost ashamed to admit I know virtually nothing about Pink Floyd…just never took the time to listen. I think I know more cover songs by other bands…

    I am still on the hook for Coheed and Cambria. It’s the vocals; I still haven’t made up my mind about them yet.

  2. I don’t know Pink Floyd’s Meddle and in my opinion Ghost is a really overrated band (great artwork!).
    But Kyuss is one of my favorite bands of all time and Sky Valley is genius. It is even a bit better than Blues for the red sun. I saw Garcia plays Kyuss in a small club in East Germany and they blew me away. Before, I thought a Kyuss show would be rather calm but from the first tune to the second encore the entire people flipped out. Everyone was jumping. John Garcia, who seemed a bit shy with his sunglasses, took them off after a while and was crowd surfing in the first rows! That was such a great gig! For the next days everytime I heard the beginnig of Thumb (opening song) I got goosebumps and was about to jump to the rhythym and sometimes did, when I wasn’t in public ;-).
    White Zombie and Coheed And Cambria are also one of my favorites, but I don’t have these both albums 8have La sexorcisto, Keeping secrets and Black rainbow). And if I buy Good Apollo, I want the version with the great artwork and not the red IV on black ground. Or is it just one of these cardboard-slipcases (don’t know the right word)?

    • I see a lot of people think that Ghost is overrated. Personally, I don’t think so. They got a cool thing going and I love that whole satanic Doors sound they play. I think their music really appeals to older metal heads that grew up on Black Sabbath and Kiss, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, and classic rock and Ghost hits them right in the nostalgia while still sounding nice and modern. Me, I’m a sucker for groove based music, and Ghost fits that bill.

      I missed Kyuss Lives when they passed through Italy the last time. Won’t happen again. Been listening to that band forever and would love to see them live. Now if they could Josh Homme to do some shows with them 😀

      It sounds like you had a great time at the show you went to! Ya gotta love those small intimate club show. They are always the best!

      For the Coheed album, that cool artwork is what is underneath the cardboard-slipcase (ya, you got the right word 😉 ), so if you get the one with the red IV on the black background, the cool art will be under it with an equally cool liner notes booklet.

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