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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!

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Who Would Be Your Ideal Metal Band/Non-Metal Artist Collaboration?

The Loutallica collaboration has been getting a lot of flak, and rightfully so(IMO).  However, I do have to give Metallica and Mr. Reed props for doing what they want to do and taking a risk and standing behind their collaboration 100%.  When I first heard about them working together I was honestly really intrigued.  I wouldn’t consider myself a huge fan of Lou Reed, but I do own a couple of his records and thoroughly enjoy them, especially Berlin.  Metallica I consider a bit overrated, but like them right enough.  My original perception of the music they would create was an image of Mr. Reed’s spoken word delivery over some of Metallica‘s groovier riffs with lots of soloing going on underneigth creating an interesting dynamic, kind of like “Institutionalized” by the Suicidal Tendancies.  Well that it was not.  Well, it is what it is and the whole speculating thing is now over and laid to rest.

Sooooo, last night I became aware that Tom Waits(if you never heard Tom Waits before, go grab yourself a copy of Rain Dogs, you won’t be disappointed, trust me) has a new release coming out, and then ended up going on a Tom Waits listening spree.  Tom Waits has always one of those artists that I’ve always been curious to hear if he took a foray into the realm of metal.  He’s got that unique voice and dark and eclectic style that seems as if he were to take the trip he would fit right in.  But who would he collaborate with?  Hmmm, Primus?  Too obvious.   Amon Amarth?  Too heavy.   Opeth?   Hmmm, maybe not.  Pantera?  Not possible.  Clutch?  There we go, a match made in heaven.  The bluesyness, the quirkiness, the everything.  Those two would fit in like peas in a pod, err, bourbon in a flask.  The music would be different enough from Tom’s normal style but similar enough to make it work and the two styles of gruff vocals would work great in tandem.  Ya, that’s the metal band/non-metal artist collaboration I’d love to hear.

So, let’s get a little discussion going.  What would be your perfect metal band/non-metal artist that you would like to hear and think would actually work out great?  What would be the worst? (Limp Biscuit+Bono?)  Let us know!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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