Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #15-#11
Posted by RiffRaff
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 Best of Lists, Between the Buried and Me, black sabbath, Faith No More, metal, Muisc, Pink Floyd, Rock, Tool, Top 100 Albums. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.