Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #15-#11

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!!!

#15 Colors by Between the Buried and Me

In the early and mid 2000’s I found myself a bit disenchanted with new metal. I had kept in touch with the established bands in my catalog, but anything new just ‘didn’t do it for me’. Then I stumbled on BTBAM and their newly released Colors. Never have I heard metal quite like this, ferocious, complex, organic, beautiful, chaotic, and so unorthodox. How each song flowed into the next created a neat flow and the musicianship in each one seriously blew my mind and gave me a new-found faith in modern metal. I also love while on one end the music and themes on this record are pretty serious, the band knows how to sit back and have some fun at times and get playful with the music breaking that ‘more brutal than thou’ mentality that was plaguing metal at the time in my eyes. After this record I became more adventurous with my music returning to actively seek out/check out music by stuff I never heard of in hopes I find something that blew me away like Colors. To quote Forrest Gump: “I must have drank me 15 Dr. Peppers”. Returning to this album 7 years after my big first impression it still holds up wonderfully and BTBAM received much deserved success and took the right path and upped their talent (seriously, check out the new record 😉 ).

#14 Angel Dust by Faith No More

One of my favorite aspects of Faith No More is how they’re able to walk the line of being completely bat shit crazy and highly accessible. Those things are in full force on their 3rd full length album Angel Dust. In between all the insanely catchy songs, vocalist mastermind Mike Patton weaves in his brand of nutzoid into the music with his elastic voice and lyrics that are both extremely intelligent and seem as if they were written by a looney bin patient. Not much more to say other than the near 20 years Angel Dust has been in my collection it still sounds as fresh as the day I bought it and it constantly finds its way into a steady rotation in my listening habits.

#13 Ænima by Tool

When I popped Ænima into my CD player for the first time nothing could have prepared me for the sheer majesty of this record. I was accustomed to their work on Undertow and Opiate, but this record shifted into musical territories I never could have fathomed. The dark and trippy atmospheres, the surreal interludes, the catchy songs accentuated with deluges of complexity and depth. Tool had created a masterpiece and a style that influenced many metal/rock band and took them years to even come close to replicating (and those that do borrow the style are very few and far in between). Lyrically this album was one of the first to really touch upon political and meta-physical topic with class and high intelligence really writing words that made the listener stop and think. I have never heard a comparison of the govt./corporations screwing you over and opening your mind by way of anal fisting put so eloquently. And the track “Die Eier Von Satan” is pure genius showing how our minds perceive and conjure images to the unknown or through misinformed/misleading propaganda. By far my favorite Tool album, and those who haven’t heard it yet are missing out on something special.

#12 Animals by Pink Floyd

After writing huge overtures and gigantic songs with bright undertones, Pink Floyd stepped into a new direction on 1977’s Animals. While the songs are anything but short, the psychedelics are rolled back, a more raw and organic feel are added, and much darker undertones grace this album. While I love me some Floyd, for me, none of their other albums hold a candle to Animals. Roger Waters’ lyrics are powerful, Richard Wright’s work on the keyboards and Hammond is chilling, and David Gilmour puts forth some of most emotionally charged and best guitar work of his career on the record. A classic in prog rock, this is an album that I feel that fans of all genres of music must hear.

#11 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath

As I sit here writing this and listening to SBS I can’t believe that there are 10 more albums that amp me up more than this record. Every time I spin this album I get the complete package: hard rocking tunes, beautiful melodies, deep and thought-provoking lyrics, fun songs, a love song, psychedelic tunes, prog rock tendencies, and a song that will always be in the eternal battle for my favorite song of all time (A National Acrobat). SBS is one of those albums I consider required ownership/listening by any self-respecting music fan. Ozzy’s vocals are at his strongest, Geezer and Bill thunder in the rhythm sections, and Tony Iommi, well, let’s say that it was upon hearing this record that I was inspired to pick up a guitar and start learning how to rock (and to this day I’m still not very good, but I can jam the hell out of some Sabbath if anything 😉 ). I get shivers just thinking about the majesty of SBS.

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Posted on November 5, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Some great choices today. Animals is also my fave Floyd, although Atom Heart Mother and Wish You Were Here also score highly. Angel Dust was a bit a headfuck after the relatively straightforward and generally more immediate stuff FNM had put out before – I didn’t get it right away, but always enjoy it on the odd occasion it gets a spin these days (I make it their forth album, though). I always seem to underrate Aenima (and Opiate, for that matter) nearly always reaching for Lateralus or 10,000 Days if I feel the urge for a Tool fix so it’s good to be reminded of its virtues – always enjoyed Hooker With A Penis (the song, that is lol) as well. Tool are well overdue for a new release – I read an interview with the drummer months back who said they were working on new material but that it was going very s l o w l y 😦 Bloody Sabbath – what can I say? Stone cold rock classic – as are all the first six Sabs records. Nothing against Ronnie RIP but for me those six albums ARE Sabbath. Colors (and BTBAM) I still find a generally difficult listen. I can kinda hear that they’re good but they’ve never grabbed me by the balls, or the heartstrings the way my favourite bands do. That song you posted awhile back (Mordecai) was a good one, though.

    • Nice to see another appriciator of Animals. I always feel it gets lost in the mix due to the popularity of Darkside, The Wall, and WYWH (just missed my list on that one, “Shine On” what a hell of a song!).

      I keep hearing that same talk of a new Tool album. I wonder what’s holding it up. At least we know that they won’t release something not of the highest quality. If anything though, I would like 1 more Tool album before they call it quits (and a tour to EU would be great too!)

      And, yeah, Ozzy era Sabbath are where it’s at with me. There’s just some kind of wicked magic when all 4 of them play together.

  2. This is a strong set of albums leading up to the Top 10. I never really got into Floyd much, but I understand why people do like them so much. The Tool album is the one I like the best from them. I also like Sober, but never got into their later albums as much. I am still looking to get a Black Sabbath album. I think they are the band that I know most of their music, but don’t own any of them. BTBAM is definitely growing on me. I have the new album, but have barely had time to listen to it. Great picks.

    • If you dug on Aenima, you should like their next 2 records, they follow the progression that they started. They are also very dense records that require a bit of time to fully appreciate and aren’t as immediate as Undertow (the record that “Sober” is off of).

      I can’t recommend Sabbath enough. I’d say grab an album a month or so and start from the beginning. I do have to say, the final 2 with Ozzy (Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die) are good records, but you can hear a bit of decline in quality.

      Save that BTBAM record for when you have the time to dedicate to it for and entire uninterrupted listen. You’ll thank me later 😉

  3. I want to buy the new Between The Buried And Me record. I have read so many good things about them in the past that it’s about time. “The real thing” is my Faith No More favorite. When I listened to it the first time it was an instant classic for me. For “Angel dust” I needed and maybe still need more time. It’s not that much accessible but it works on me with any further spin in my stereo. Brilliant artwork, by the way.

    I got copies of all Pink Floyd records by a friend who’s in his fifties and a huge Floyd fan. So far I only listened to “Wish you were here” (great) and “Division bell” (uhhm…long).

    Concerning Black Sabbath I would agree with Guls. The Ozzy-era IS Black Sabbath. All the diverse influences, the crunchy sound, the darkish and mystical atmosphere, the thought provoking (as you said) lyrics, Ozzy’s iconic voice, the great twists within some songs ranging from heavy tunes to sentimental ones . In short the transcendental and defining element of Black Sabbath’s music ends with the firing of Ozzy and the sound realignment. I would consider “Heaven and hell” a masterpiece but it has not much in common with the previous Band sound.

    Great choices, as far as I could say.

    • You got a lot of music to discover there in Pink Floyd. Personally, I really didn’t care much for the albums after The Wall.

      Enjoy the BTBAM records when you get your hands on them, let me know what you thought!

      It’s nice to see so many supporters of the ‘Ozzy era IS Sabbath’. The sound after Ozzy wasn’t horrible, but with Ozzy there was just something magical about them and they lyrics were a million times better.

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