Mik’s Top 100 Favourite Albums of All Time #55-51
Posted by Irmelinis
A while ago, at the same time as Matt and Reggie, I posted my Top 100 All Time Favourite (Metal) Albums over at the forum The History of Metal on FB. It took a good amount of time and effort to put it together, but it was so much fun! My taste in metal is always changing, so the list will not always look the same. In fact, it’s already a bit different than it was when I first put it together and posted it on the forum seven months ago.
I tried to limit myself to three albums per band to make the list a little more diverse and interesting. I don’t really consider the ‘test of time’-factor when selecting what albums that will go on my list, instead I measure it by how strongly the album has affected me emotionally and how much/often it has helped me through both good and bad phases in my life. That’s why you can find quite a few newer releases among my favourites too.
#55 Soilwork – Natural Born Chaos
This is one of the catchiest and most infectious albums I’ve ever heard. Impressive drums, frenetic guitarwork, brilliant clean vocal choruses, the typical positive Soilwork-energy. This album has it all. I like how they manage to balance heaviness with insanely catchy melodies and never become cheesy or boring to listen to. Every song on ‘Natural Born Chaos’ is fantastic and very “headbang-and-sing-along”-friendly. It’s Soilwork at their best.
#54 Sepultura Chaos A.D.
“Face – the enemy
Stare – inside you
Control – your thoughts
Destroy – destroy ’em all”
I really like the change in sound from their previous release.’Chaos A.D.’ might be less brutal but it’s darker and groovier, resulting in more focused and powerful songs. This is where Igor Cavalera on drums really shines and the slight tribal feeling in the music combines well with the aggressive atmosphere and the wonderful grooves. This is a must listen for every metalhead.
#53 Moonspell – Wolfheart
This album has stuck with me for many, many years and it’s still sound just as good as it did ten years ago. It’s a classic metal album, a charming and unique collection of songs. It has symphonic as well as gothic elements and some operatic vocals, but it never gets too much, the balance is perfect. This is very dark, but melodic and different. Wild and beautiful, like the wolves on the album cover.
#52 Soen – Cognitive
This album sounds exactly like Tool many times; you could almost say it’s the Tool album we’ve all been waiting to hear for a long time now..
Martin Lopez’ (ex-Opeth) percussive skills are fantastic, I’ve always loved his work behind the drums. Another thing I really appreciate is bass-heavy songs, and Soen’s debut ‘Cognitive’ is full of them. Add a vocalist that sounds like a mix between Mikael Åkerfeldt and Maynard James Keenan, and it couldn’t possibly get any better.These songs are all beautifully constructed, powerfully executed and filled with a beautiful, sorrowful, dark atmosphere.
#51 Dream Theater – Images and Words
This is a band I don’t listen to much anymore, but this album did have a big impact on my life when I was younger. So that’s why it deserves its spot on my list. Dream Theater was one of the first metal bands I discovered and really liked and they showed me what progressive metal can sound like. I think this album has a unique feeling and sound compared to their other releases.
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Posted on August 16, 2013, in Metal Lists, Mik's Top 100 Albums and tagged Dream Theater, Heavy Metal, metal, Moonspell, Music, Music Videos, Prog Metal, Progressive Metal, sepultura, Soen, Soilwork, Top 100 Albums. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.