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MPF
01-15-2012, 03:19 PM
I originally was never going to do something like this because I have WAY too many albums to be able to do this. But I was requested to on other sites so I thought I would share it here as well, when I start in a little bit.

I made my list out of 189 albums that actually changed my life for the better. It's actually going to be quite a diverse list. Some will like it, some will wonder why other albums aren't on there (although I'm sure it's in my top 189). But when it really gets down to it, these are the 50 that made me....me.

I'll be starting soon on this, and I'm sure number 50 will be a haters gonna hate album, but fuck it, this is my list. :D:D:D

jd091
01-15-2012, 03:36 PM
inb4 devy

MPF
01-15-2012, 03:42 PM
inb4 devy

Who? 0.o

MPF
01-15-2012, 03:54 PM
Here it is folks, the good, the bad, the ugly, the sexy. The top 50 albums of all time...in my humble opinion:



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50.)Weezer- The Blue Album


What the hell is this doing on my list? haha. Back when I was actually getting into music. Not just Metal, but actually realizing what music was. I discovered The Blue Album. While many diehard Weezer fans will disagree, they have never topped this album, which is part of why I never got into them much. Sure they have great albums, but they have a lot of shit too. (Have you heard all of Raditude?) The Blue Album is the definitive 90's Pop Rock Album. Every song is just as catchy as the song before it. And any of the songs that were on this album, could have and should have been a single. I'm still a Weezer fan to a little bit of an extent, but again. Nothing touches The Blue Album, it's Pop Rock Perfection, before it became so diluted and boring.

Favorite Song: The World Has Turn And Left Me Here

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 03:55 PM
Well, you've started with a record by one of my favorite non-metal bands ever. Its also in my top 3 of their works. Nicely done!

mankvill
01-15-2012, 03:57 PM
Amazing record! I think Only In Dreams is a great epic song, and Surfwax America is probably my favorite song on the record. :D

powerslave_85
01-15-2012, 03:59 PM
"Say It Ain't So" is my personal favorite.

MPF
01-15-2012, 04:01 PM
Weezer is one of those bands that is just undeniably catchy, as long as you hear the right song first.

mankvill
01-15-2012, 04:03 PM
Weezer is one of those bands that is just undeniably catchy, as long as you hear the right song first.

First two albums are undoubtedly 2 of the best from the 90s.

powerslave_85
01-15-2012, 04:07 PM
First two albums are undoubtedly 2 of the best from the 90s.
...and everything else was pure, unmitigated crap.

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 04:11 PM
My Name Is Jonas is my favorite off that album I think. Yeah, after the first two, there's one album of REALLY good songs worth on the rest of the records, and the rest is pretty boring.

mankvill
01-15-2012, 04:14 PM
...and everything else was pure, unmitigated crap.

Pretty much. Green album and Maladroit had some good stuff. I also REALLY like the song "Perfect Situation"...but everything else...:hecho:

MPF
01-15-2012, 04:27 PM
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49.) Metallica- ...And Justice For All

I was born the day Harvester Of Sorrow was released as a single (August, 19th, 1988) Of course I gotta be a Metallica fan. Metallica was the first Metal band I truly appreciated. It was 1999 and Garage Inc. just came out (my first CD I ever bough, which was a double album, maybe explains why I became a Prog fan later). Justice is the proggiest of all the Metallica albums. It's also the darkest and I dare say the one with the most emotion and anger, because of the loss of Cliff Burton. all 9 songs are just pure Metal. One is the first song that I actually realized, "Wow, you can play a bass drum that fast?" It helped me realize what double bass was (although, try to find double bass after this album from Metallica) and that not all music was easy 4/4 rock. Justice may not be the first album that you show a music fan to get them into metal. But if you wanna appreciate a good mixture of Prog and Thrash Metal. Justice is where it's at. and although there is no bass guitar (or just very little of it) It still stands the test of time to this day.

Favorite Song: ...And Justice For All

jd091
01-15-2012, 04:29 PM
I'd have that album a lot higher on my personal list. Pretty much was the direct reason why I love heavy metal today.

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 04:50 PM
Those first four records, UNSTOPPABLE. RTL would be my personal choice out of them, but I can appreciate any of the four in any list like this.

MPF
01-15-2012, 04:54 PM
I'd have that album a lot higher on my personal list. Pretty much was the direct reason why I love heavy metal today.

It's mine as well (actually hearing the S&M version of One was my reason, but I directly bought Justice after hearing that version), but the rest of the albums had more of an affect on me that still is with me, not just the initial hit.

Those first four records, UNSTOPPABLE. RTL would be my personal choice out of them, but I can appreciate any of the four in any list like this.

All 4 were in my top 189 albums for sure, but rather then repeating all the same bands. I had to make some crucial and sad cuts. Those were the first 3 Metallica albums. Still worth it.

MPF
01-15-2012, 04:57 PM
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48.) Atheist- Unquestionable Presence

Easily the most underrated of the 90's Tech Metal bands (including Death, Cynic, etc), Atheist was a band that never really caught on, but loved by all who has heard them. Steve Flynn is an absolute god when it comes to the drums, and this album showcases his best work. I was fortunate enough to catch these guys back a few years ago opening for Primal Fear at Minnesota Metalfest, and although it wasn't the same as being able to see them back in the early 90s. I never thought I would be able to see them live. So it made up for everything. Steve Flynn is just as badass as he ever was. It's one of the first Tech metal albums that actually featured other elements including Jazz to their style, which has influenced so many bands that are doing the same today. Any of those current bands will tell you their love for Atheist, if they don't they are lying or oblivious. For some of the best drumming in the 90s, and to hear where Tech Metal really started getting good. check out Unquestionable Presence.

Favorite Song: Mother Man

Rocco44
01-15-2012, 05:03 PM
Classic album

slapguitarer
01-15-2012, 05:18 PM
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Great choices :rocker: :party:

MPF
01-15-2012, 05:19 PM
Great choices :rocker: :party:

Thanks man. I know Weezer isn't Brutal, but what can you do. :lol:

Classic album

It really is. I love the other 2 from that time, and Jupiter disappointed me. But Unquestionable Presence is Unquestionably brilliant..

MPF
01-15-2012, 05:24 PM
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47.) In Flames- Clayman

Clayman, In Flames Best work *Fully expects some hate for that statement*. It has everything that I'm looking for in a Melodic Death Metal album. Elements of Pop, Thrash, a little Prog, and overall just catchy fun, and badass Metal. Something that has been lost over the years. After this album is when In Flames, to most people started their detour into shit. I don't agree, that didn't happen until A Sense Of Purpose, and even more so with the new album *The song Liberation will be hitting your local rock station shortly, if not already. it's just....wrong* But for the highest peak in In Flames' history. Clayman is their best by far. One listen should be all the proof you need.

Favorite song: Pinball Map

MPF
01-15-2012, 05:36 PM
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46.) Blind Guardian- At The Edge Of Time

Blind Guardian is the best Power Metal band still going today. Every one of their albums are classic and deserve this spot just as much as this album...but this album hit home for me more then the rest. At The Edge Of Time is the definition of Epic. from the opening of Sacred World, to the pure Power Metal intensity that is A Voice In The Dark. Hansi is just a legendary badass. Plain and simple. Seeing them live back in November 2010, was one of the highlights of my concert going experience. Live, the songs are just as amazing. While there are tons and tons of other great Power Metal bands out there, Blind Guardian is at the top. and At The Edge Of Time, is the perfect place to start.

Favorite Song: A Voice In The Dark

mankvill
01-15-2012, 05:42 PM
!

Very surprised you picked BG's latest album. To me, Imaginations... takes the cake. Really liked At The Edge of Time though!

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 05:54 PM
Atheist RULE.

Clayman is the only In Flames record I like from start to finish.

I'm surprised at the Blind Guardian pick as well, but it's absolutely whopper nontheless!

MPF
01-15-2012, 06:00 PM
Yeah, I figured that At The Edge Of Time would get a few Eyebrows, but I'm glad to see that people do it agree that is is a great album.

DementedX14
01-15-2012, 06:19 PM
Clayman is an excellent record and one of their best but not THE best.

MPF
01-15-2012, 07:22 PM
Clayman is an excellent record and one of their best but not THE best.

Yeah that's another controversial one. Honestly there isn't a bad in Flames album till A Sense Of Purpose. But that's just me.

I'm starting work on the next 5 now.

MPF
01-15-2012, 07:54 PM
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45.) Sepultura- Chaos A.D.

Sepultura lost me after this album. No, not just because Max Cavalera left after Roots. But because the music to me, got stale after this album. But Chaos A.D. ...........DAMN! This is GROOVE Metal. It covers so many territories (no pun intended) on this album from Thrash and almost Death Metal, to the Groove Metal that makes it so catchy. Igor Cavalera is absolutely phenomenal on this album and I will say his best work. It's what inspired me to be more free flowing with my own drumming. and the production on this album was stellar for a 1993 Metal album. Everything before Chaos A.D. is some of the finest Thrash/Death Metal out there, but this Chaos A.D. was the perfect transition album, although their transition went wrong....oh so wrong. This is my favorite of the Sepultura discography. Just give a listen to understand why.

Favorite Song: Territory

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 08:06 PM
My favorite Sepultura record! Fucking beautiful!!

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:06 PM
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44.) Carcass- Heartwork

There's not much that needs to be said about one of the best Melodic Death metal bands to ever exist? Heartwork pretty much says it all. While their earlier stuff was by far Grindcore. Heartwork is a transition album, like Chaos A.D. before it,t hat transition them to a more Melodic sound, but unlike Sepultura, it didn't ruin their sound. It's Melodic, it's heavy, it's brutal. And it all fits together so very well. If you are a metal fan, you must own this album, or at least appreciate it for what it is, One of the best Metal albums ever made.

Favorite Song: This Mortal Coil

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:14 PM
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43.) Nevermore- Dead Heart In A Dead World

Nevermore, the definition of Progressive Thrash. Dead Heart In A Dead World has it all. When they go fast, they go FAST, then they go Proggy and Technical, they go PROGGY and TECHNICAL. And when they go Melodic, they write some of the most heartfelt, emotional songs that a metal band can do without sounding like they belong at Hot Topic. This album is a staple in 00's Metal music. Newer bands since then wish they could sound like this (All that Remains tried covering Believe In Nothing, while close, it didn't make it up to snuff), but there is only 1 Nevermore. If you want powerfully technical and dark beautiful songs, Dead Heart In A Dead World is for you.

Favorite Song: Dead Heart In A Dead World

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:24 PM
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42.) Redemption- This Mortal Coil

This is BY FAR my favorite Redemption album. I love the Origins Of Ruin (If it wasn't for that, I never would have been able to name their DVD, Frozen In The Moment) But This Mortal Coil...Actually made me cry (Only one other album has done that to me, which will be MUCH later in this countdown). As someone who has a lot of people from different types of cancer, and other terminal illnesses, by the time of No Tickets To The Funeral, just listening to the lyrics made me stream tears. and by the time of Departure Of The Pale Horse, I was practically cheering in my chair. Anytime someone who can survive their health given death-sentence is a hero in my eyes. It shows us that we can make it in life. And almost most importantly, to appreciate everything we have in life. But besides the concept of this album, the music just kicks fucking ass! Real, True, Progressive Metal. I love every second of this album. And the bonus Disc of Cover songs are so damn cool as well. One of the best Prog Metal albums of the 2010's, without question!

Favorite Song: Departure Of The Pale Horse

El Gordo
01-15-2012, 08:25 PM
Nevermore, the definition of Progressive Thrash.

Huh? Maybe if they were a thrash band... Anyway good list so far, nice variety.

Dextrimental
01-15-2012, 08:31 PM
My favorite album by Nevermore, nice job so far!

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:33 PM
Huh? Maybe if they were a thrash band... Anyway good list so far, nice variety.

That's why I said PROGRESSIVE Thrash ;). And besides there are tons of Thrash riffs in Nevermore. Just not the Anthrax/Testament/Death Angel/etc style and speed.

But thank you, I love variety.

My favorite album by Nevermore, nice job so far!

Thanks man! The next 2 might scare some people off though. :lol:

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:35 PM
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41.) Mutemath- Mutemath

Back to the left turns already. Mutemath does Prog without actually being Prog. Every song is so different from the next. Electronic, Alternative, Poppy, Prog, Rock. This album is a great chill album for me, even though it does feature some great faster songs like Chaos and Control, songs like You Are Mine are just perfect to sit back and relax and enjoy the music. And their next two albums have been drastically different then their self-titled debut. If that's not Progressive, I don't know what is. If you need a break from the Hard Rock and Metal templates. Get this album, kick back and chill. We all need to do that from time to time.

Favorite Song: Chaos

MPF
01-15-2012, 08:49 PM
Last one tonight, battling a cold right now, but I will continue on tomorrow

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40.) Muse- Absolution

The Last good Muse album so far. (That's right I said it). There was a couple good songs on Black Holes & Revelations, and The Resistance, just flat out sucked. Absolution on the other hand (like a lot of albums you've noticed that I've mentioned) was Muse reaching their pinnacle. It's what I love in Rock music, left of center, thinking outside the box style alternative Rock with elements of Prog and sparse electronics. I would give anything for Muse to realize that they can still be rockin' without having to sound like a Electronic Pop band, that they have become. Absolution is beautiful in every sense of the word, and is still heavy enough to satisfy any rock and Metal fan. Excellent Musicianship and song writing. Something I really, really miss. Maybe one day. Till then I'll always have Absolution.

Favorite Song- Stockholm Syndrome

MPF
01-16-2012, 05:12 PM
39 will be up shortly....probably :lol:

MPF
01-16-2012, 05:20 PM
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39.) Dillinger Escape Plan- Calculating Infinity

Probably the most chaotic album on this entire list. This is the album that helped me get into more into Extreme Metal. While this is technically a Mathcore album, it got me to discover the beauty in chaos. Drummer Chris Pennie (who later went on to join, then quit Coheed & Cambria) is an absolute monster on this album, and recorded it on such a small kit. If you never heard this type of music before you will listen to the first track and go "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS???" You might even hate it at first, but if you give it a chance, it will grow on you and you can grow to love it. Such technical ability and absolutely insane sections of music. but amongst that chaos there is sections that are absolutely beautiful as well just like the eye of the storm. For one of the most insane, but catchy albums to be put out there, outside of noise and grindcore album. Just give this one a chance. You may really be happy you did.

Favorite Track: 43% Burnt

MPF
01-16-2012, 05:35 PM
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38.) Fear Factory- Archetype

There isn't much industrial music that I like, but when it's done right, I absolutely love it. That prime example is Fear Factory. Besides the album that followed it, Transgression, this album will go down as one of the lowest albums in FF's career. And that's just not right. I consider it their best. Why? Because they were all angry and pissed off, and it created some of the best songs of their career in one collection. Also drummer Raymond Hererra displays his best chops in the album opener, Slave Labor. This is such an underrated album for the fact that as long as guitarist Dino is in the band, those song will never be played (Almost all the pissed off lyrics are directed at him, with exception of the song Cyber Waste, which is about internet haters) This album is basically one giant FUCK YOU to everyone that doubted the band, and that reason alone makes it my favorite....also all the songs are simply badass. Check out this under appreciated gem.

Favorite Track: Archetype

MPF
01-16-2012, 05:55 PM
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37.) Fates Warning- Parallels

Fates Warning, while pretty much starting Progressive Metal (well Maiden laid down the foundation, Fates Warning created it, Dream Theater Perfected it) Fates Warning is BY FAR the most under-appreciated band in Prog Metal. They have done so much for the genre the average music fan will never understand (well maybe when the Metal Evolution documentary airs their Prog Metal segment, even that I doubt). Ray Adler, even today is of of my favorite singers of all time. THe music on this album always grabbed my attention the most. and We Only Say Goodbye is the first real FW song I ever heard. I instantly fell in love. And others like Life in Still Water and Eye To eye, just perfected it to me. I'm very happy to hear that there will be a new FW album out this year. It is much needed to show how Progressive Metal is down without musical wankery.

Favorite Song- We Only Say Goodbye

MPF
01-16-2012, 06:09 PM
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36.) Faith No More- Angel Dust

How do you follow up being a one mainstream hit wonder? By doing some Angel Dust! haha. Actually Epic is probably my least favorite FNM song for that reason. Angel Dust is by far their best album because of the variety and songwriting. It's perfection in every sense of the word. Yet every song is catchy and abstract at the same time. Not many people outside the likes of Zappa, Devin Townsend, and Mike Patton can pull that off. From death Metal like Jizzlobber to the cheerleader driven Be Aggressive, to my favorite under appreciated song, Kindergarten. This album is the equivalent to a Commercial Mindfuck, in the best way possible. If you only know Faith No More because of Epic, learn what Faith No More was really about, with Angel Dust.

Favorite Song; Kindergarten

MPF
01-16-2012, 06:21 PM
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35.) Goo Goo Dolls- Dizzy Up The Girl

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS DOING ON THIS LIST??????! Well it's one of the best Alternative Rock albums ever made. I do have a soft spot for Alternative Radio Pop Rock and this album is the highest ranked on that idea. It's catchy it's beautiful, and it gives you a good sense that you can write Pop rock and not suck. too bad that's rarely if ever seen again passed this album by the Goo Goo Dolls, or other Pop Rock bands in general. But this album....PERFECTION! In every sense of the word. Take a break from the Prog and Metal, and enjoy this album for the pure fact that, you can write great memorable songs without distortion....yes it can happen.

Favorite Song: Black Balloon

mankvill
01-16-2012, 06:22 PM
People have always told me I would love Faith No More, but I have no idea where to start. Is that a good first FNM album?

MPF
01-16-2012, 06:33 PM
People have always told me I would love Faith No More, but I have no idea where to start. Is that a good first FNM album?

I honestly say it's their best, but doesn't have all their best songs. Zombie Eaters is their best song they have ever written, but Angel Dust has the best collection overall. I started off with King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime, but it didn't grab me until after I heard Angel Dust.

But short answer, yes, this is the album to check out first.

Dextrimental
01-16-2012, 06:33 PM
People have always told me I would love Faith No More, but I have no idea where to start. Is that a good first FNM album?

Yes, but every FNM album has a different flavor to it, but Angel Dust would be up there in terms of accessibility I think.

That Goo Goo Dolls album is awesome, Goo Goo Dolls, as songwriters, are so underrated.

MPF
01-16-2012, 06:39 PM
Yes, but every FNM album has a different flavor to it, but Angel Dust would be up there in terms of accessibility I think.

That Goo Goo Dolls album is awesome, Goo Goo Dolls, as songwriters, are so underrated.

I thought I was going to get more hate for putting Goo Goo Dolls on here, maybe it's before a lot of these kids' time?

powerslave_85
01-16-2012, 07:16 PM
Eh, one of the weaker Goo Goo Dolls albums. I prefer Hold Me Up and Superstar Car Wash, i.e. when they were still trying to be The Replacements :lol:

MPF
01-16-2012, 07:20 PM
Eh, one of the weaker Goo Goo Dolls albums. I prefer Hold Me Up and Superstar Car Wash, i.e. when they were still trying to be The Replacements :lol:

:lol: So true.

DementedX14
01-17-2012, 02:48 PM
38.) Fear Factory- Archetype

There isn't much industrial music that I like, but when it's done right, I absolutely love it. That prime example is Fear Factory. Besides the album that followed it, Transgression, this album will go down as one of the lowest albums in FF's career. And that's just not right. I consider it their best. Why? Because they were all angry and pissed off, and it created some of the best songs of their career in one collection. Also drummer Raymond Hererra displays his best chops in the album opener, Slave Labor. This is such an underrated album for the fact that as long as guitarist Dino is in the band, those song will never be played (Almost all the pissed off lyrics are directed at him, with exception of the song Cyber Waste, which is about internet haters) This album is basically one giant FUCK YOU to everyone that doubted the band, and that reason alone makes it my favorite....also all the songs are simply badass. Check out this under appreciated gem.

Favorite Track: Archetype

Great summary! This album means a lot to me also. When I started to learn about the other genres of metal beside nu-metal and hard rock. I would often look at the amazon pages on the different sub-genres and when I first looked at the Death Metal page in 2004 it had this album on the top. Of course this is not a traditional Death Metal album but at the time this was the most extreme thing that I have ever encountered at the time. I listen to the preview tracks and I knew right away I had to buy it. Anyways, Great choice and not take anything away from Archetype but I have to honestly say that Demanufacture will always be considered their best album IMO. I just wished that Fear Factory will just considered at LEAST putting "Archetype" in their future setlists.

MPF
01-17-2012, 03:10 PM
Great summary! This album means a lot to me also. When I started to learn about the other genres of metal beside nu-metal and hard rock. I would often look at the amazon pages on the different sub-genres and when I first looked at the Death Metal page in 2004 it had this album on the top. Of course this is not a traditional Death Metal album but at the time this was the most extreme thing that I have ever encountered at the time. I listen to the preview tracks and I knew right away I had to buy it. Anyways, Great choice and not take anything away from Archetype but I have to honestly say that Demanufacture will always be considered their best album IMO. I just wished that Fear Factory will just considered at LEAST putting "Archetype" in their future setlists.

The reason why the song Archetype won't be on any setlists is because it is about how Fear Factory is better without Dino:

The infection has been removed
The soul of this machine has improved

That's totally about Dino, Burton has said that a lot during that time. But yeah I would kill to hear ANY Archetype song.

Oh yeah I should get back to work on this. :lol:

Back in a few.

MPF
01-17-2012, 03:46 PM
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34.) Textures- Drawing Circles

Textures is the first band that made an impact on the Progressive Metal scene before the term Djent became popular (sorry Bulb....Textures used Meshuggah as an influence before you, but I'll get back to you later) This combined exactly what I consider the Djent term to be....Meshuggah with Melody. Drawing Circles is the kind of album that can be crushing, yet beautiful. Every song has it's moments of badass-ery. The song, Denying Gravity had the biggest influence on me and the way I look at Metal music today. Heavy yet beautiful. Also this album came out years before this type of seen got so overly used by bands that wanna be technical, yet wanna sound just like each other. And I say that as a fan of that genre of Progressive Metal, but anyone can admit, it's become too trendy and overused by now in 2012. Check out Drawing Circles to hear one of the finest heavy Progressive Metal albums done in the way it should be.

Favorite Song- Denying Gravity

BloodoftheKings
01-17-2012, 03:53 PM
36.) Faith No More- Angel Dust

How do you follow up being a one mainstream hit wonder? By doing some Angel Dust! haha. Actually Epic is probably my least favorite FNM song for that reason. Angel Dust is by far their best album because of the variety and songwriting. It's perfection in every sense of the word. Yet every song is catchy and abstract at the same time. Not many people outside the likes of Zappa, Devin Townsend, and Mike Patton can pull that off. From death Metal like Jizzlobber to the cheerleader driven Be Aggressive, to my favorite under appreciated song, Kindergarten. This album is the equivalent to a Commercial Mindfuck, in the best way possible. If you only know Faith No More because of Epic, learn what Faith No More was really about, with Angel Dust.

Favorite Song; Kindergarten

:fist: But for the record, King For a Day > Angeldust

MPF
01-17-2012, 04:03 PM
:fist: But for the record, King For a Day > Angeldust

Now a days, yes. But overall for me getting into music it is Angel Dust > King

MPF
01-17-2012, 04:04 PM
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33.) Strapping Young Lad- Alien

The album that started my now 8 year infatuation with the greatest musician alive, Devin Townsend. Although I gotta admit, besides the song Love? sat first, I didn't get this album at all. It was too fucked up for my tastes as an early prog fan. I had just got into prog 2 years before this album. So this took me by total surprise. It took me a total month before I really truly appreciated the almighty Hevy Devy, but it I haven't stopped since. This album is nothing short of a fucked up Masterpiece. some of the greatest lyrics ever written mixed with some of the most brutal riffs ever written, with all of Dev quirky little phrasings and fun. with the exception of the last song Info Dump (an 11 minute song of feedback and synth sounds, which I will admit I deleted off my iTunes) I love every single song on this album. While I will always prefer Dev's solo work, SYL will always hold a special place in my heart. And I thank that entirely to Alien.

Favorite song: Shitstorm

MPF
01-17-2012, 04:15 PM
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32.) Pain Of Salvation- Remedy Lane

The other album that made me into a crying, blubbering bitch. When I heard this concept album for the first time, it was a week after my first girlfriend cheated on me....and guess what this album is about? Actually almost everything that happened in this album has either happened to me in my situation, or one of my best friend's growing up and his relationship when we were growing up. But besides the lyrics and concept, the music on this album is Pain Of Salvation at their absolute best. Some say Be is better, or The Perfect Element, but Remedy Lane hit home with me more then anything else. Progressive Metal with a concept that anyone who has ever been in a relationship can fully understand and appreciate. If you need an album to grab you in a way you haven't felt before in Prog, this album is for you, but don't divulge into it if you are at the tail end of a broken relationship like I did, appreciate it when you are in a good state of mind.

Favorite song- Beyond The Pale

MPF
01-17-2012, 04:28 PM
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31.) Periphery- Periphery

My other "Djent" album on this list. While Textures did it first and did it in the most perfect way. Periphery added something more to it that Textures didn't, more catchy to not just Prog fans. That's why Periphery is one of the biggest and I hate saying this...."Trendy" bands going right now. Many people have a problem with Periphery for that reason alone, because they are popular, which is just a shitty reason to not like a band. I liked these guys well before they became popular, and not because it was a hipster thing to do, its because I love the music and yes....the vocals as well. There is some high pitch poppy vocals on this album along with screams. It works for me in a big way. (The albums that I've mentioned already that don't fit in should explain that about me quite well.) And a lot of bands are going to keep ripping off this Djent sound until at least the beginning of 2013, I will only pay attention to the bands that actually showcase some originality to it, and since Periphery did it first, and even they are moving away from it to an extent. I will be looking forward to their next album coming out this year. Until then check this out for some very catchy, almost somewhat Poppy, Progressive Metal.

Favorite Song; Letter Experiment

MPF
01-17-2012, 04:45 PM
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30. Frank Zappa- Hot Rats

Mr. Frank Zappa. In reality almost any Frank Zappa album could be at this spot. But I'm going with my first Zappa album that I fully understood, appreciated, and loved from beginning. Hot Rats. Hot Rats is a nearly all instrumental album (with exception of Captain Beefheart's vocals on Willie The Pimp) This showcases spectacular songwriting and musicianship from Zappa himself. He is nothing short of a musical legend that more people to check out and appreciate. He wrote a song in every style of music that was created before 1993 (besides Metal). And did it all with no care in the world if people got it or not. Hot Rats is no exception, just stellar music that is fun to listen to and mindblowing at the same time. To really understand what Prog is about....I mean REALLY understand the term PROGRESSIVE, you gotta understand Zappa to as far as a person actually can understand him. Hot Rats is a great place to start. (as well as Apostrophe)

Favorite Song: Son Of Mr. Green Genes

MPF
01-17-2012, 07:14 PM
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29.) Death- The Sound Of Perseverance

What can I say about the legendary Chuck Schuldiner that the Metal world hasn't already said before me? Chuck is one of the most creative, influential, and greatest musicians the WORLD will ever know. Not just metal. This album is the last album Death ever put out, and Chuck didn't even want to make this album. He was getting much more into Prog then he was actual Death Metal and wanted to continue on with Control Denied, a band where he only guitar, not even sung at all. TO get out of his contract, he made The Sound Of Perseverance. I don't even think Chuck knew what he was about to unleash on the world with this album. While many say Symbolic was a better album, and I might even tend to agree at time. TSOP had much more of an impact me. The music, the lyrics, The killer cover of Painkiller, and the legendary drumming of Richard Christy. Christy is one of my biggest inspirations in music (And not his last time on this list). All you need to do is hear the intro to this album, Scavenger Of Human Sorrow to understand. That is still one of the craziest drum intros into any album! I miss Chuck so much but at least he gave us well over a decade of some of the best metal and music ever created. For any Prog/Tech Metal fan, Start with The Sound Of Perseverance...then go directly into Symbolic!

Favorite Song- Scavenger Of Human Sorrow

Rocco44
01-17-2012, 07:20 PM
Great fucking list so far, love a lot of these albums.

MPF
01-17-2012, 07:25 PM
Great fucking list so far, love a lot of these albums.

Thanks man, that means a lot! :rocker::rocker::rocker:

MPF
01-17-2012, 07:26 PM
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28.) Mastodon- Crack The Skye

I have come to a conclusion ever since the release of The Hunter a few months back. Anyone who is a Prog fan regards Crack The Skye as their best album, anyone who hates Prog thinks this, and The Hunter are their worst albums.....obviously with me being here I am a Prog Fan. Crack The Skye is by far their best album, with The Hunter taking second place. Not to disregard their Proggy Sludge Metal roots, but come on. Crack The Skye is the definition of Epic Metal. It has a concept that no one can fully explain, 7 songs, catchy, heavy, thought provoking, and only the title track has any kind of screaming (Scott Kelly of Neurosis provides those screams). Mastodon took a big risk making this album, and If I do say so myself, it was the best decision they ever made to this point. Hell they are going to be touring with Opeth and Ghost later in the year (look for information on that soon.) If you can only think of Mastodon as a Sludgy Metal band, and are a prog fan, do yourself a favor and give this album the chance it deserves. You won't be a disappointed.

Favorite Song: Crack The Skye

slapguitarer
01-17-2012, 07:27 PM
I have come to a conclusion ever since the release of The Hunter a few months back. Anyone who is a Prog fan regards Crack The Skye as their best album, anyone who hates Prog thinks this, and The Hunter are their worst albums.

I disprove your theory.

Dextrimental
01-17-2012, 07:30 PM
2 albums I don't like thus far, and apart from those, only one band that probably wouldn't make a list like this if I ever make one. Awesome dude!

MPF
01-17-2012, 07:50 PM
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27.) Clutch- Pure Rock Fury

What was said about Crack The Skye can almost be said about Pure Rock Fury, until Strange Cousins From The West came out, a lot of Clutch fans say Pure Rock Fury is their weakest album. While it may not be the best album, it is by far my favorite, because the name is actually what the album give you....PURE ROCK FURY. It combines the best 60-70's Psychedelic Rock, with 90's Rock's catchyness. Before From Beale St. To Oblivion and the song Electric Worry rocketed them to a 3 week success. Careful With That Mic was their biggest song, and still gets some radio airplay from time to time. But it's the other songs that really makes this one perfection, like Pure Rock Fury, Immortal, Drink To The Dead, etc. It's quite a change in their sound from what they did up at the point (a lot of DC Hardcore influence on their previous albums). This and The Elephant Riders really mark their change to their bluesy roots they still do to this day. But there is no denying the catchyness in this album. It's as if Zappa made an album with Clutch. Check this out, it's well worth your time.

Favorite Song: Pure Rock Fury

Epidemic Reign
01-17-2012, 07:53 PM
I have come to a conclusion ever since the release of The Hunter a few months back. Anyone who is a Prog fan regards Crack The Skye as their best album, anyone who hates Prog thinks this, and The Hunter are their worst albums.....obviously with me being here I am a Prog Fan. Crack The Skye is by far their best album, with The Hunter taking second place. Not to disregard their Proggy Sludge Metal roots, but come on. Crack The Skye is the definition of Epic Metal. It has a concept that no one can fully explain, 7 songs, catchy, heavy, thought provoking, and only the title track has any kind of screaming (Scott Kelly of Neurosis provides those screams). Mastodon took a big risk making this album, and If I do say so myself, it was the best decision they ever made to this point. Hell they are going to be touring with Opeth and Ghost later in the year (look for information on that soon.) If you can only think of Mastodon as a Sludgy Metal band, and are a prog fan, do yourself a favor and give this album the chance it deserves. You won't be a disappointed.

:party::party::party:

:agree:

Great list so far, man!

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:04 PM
I disprove your theory.

A lot of people can, but those that can, don't make the majority. :)

2 albums I don't like thus far, and apart from those, only one band that probably wouldn't make a list like this if I ever make one. Awesome dude!

Damn, that's pretty cool. Thanks man!

:party::party::party:

:agree:

Great list so far, man!

Thank you sir! I'm glad I'm not alone about Mastodon.

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:06 PM
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26.) Woods Of Ypres- Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light

Is it a bit premature to say that this 2012 release is in my top 50 favorites, especially considering that this album just came out in January? Possibly, but I don't think it's going to change. Woods Of Ypres is what I consider to be a heavier, Canadian version of Type O Negative, except heavier and better. Woods Of Ypres frontman and creative Mastermind David Gold, was tragically killed in a car accident on December 21st. 2011. And this album was just about to be released. These guys played in Minnesota mid 2011, and I couldn't regret more not being able to see them. Since receiving the Promo for this album (gotta love radio I tell you what) I've played this album about 3 times a day, and that won't be stopping for a while. The music is too damn good to ignore, and the lyrics are now, looking back on what happened to David Gold, is just chilling. The last two tracks are apart of a song called, Kiss My Ashes Goodbye, it's almost as if he predicted his own demise in an eerie way. It's such a chilling but incredible album. If you want a darker, but folky and catchy Metal album with almost all clean vocals. Check out Woods Of Ypres. and once this becomes available, get this album ASAP!

Favorite Track: Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:16 PM
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25.) Scale The Summit- The Collective

I'll say this now, knowing many will not agree. But this is the best instrumental album I have ever heard. And I say that as an Instrumental music lover since Junior High when I first heard the song....actually I'll get into that later down the road. But yes, Scale The Summit made a masterpiece with The Collective. Taking an almost 180 turn, from the bright and major keys of Carving Desert Canyons and Monuments, to a dark Minor Key and overall BETTER sound with The Collective. 45 minutes of pure instrumental heaven (Perfect for trips to and from band practice) They get very heavy with songs like Origin Of Species, epic with Whales and one of the best endings ever with Drifting Figures. The last riff of Origin Of Species is one of my top 5 favorite riffs ever created. It's pure Prog goodness, very Dream Theater-esque done by Scale The Summit. Having gotten to hang out with Christ Letchford twice in 2011, I know that the rest of the guys are just as cool as he is, and know their shit when it comes to music. And that's what I really appreciate in music no matter what genre. For the best 45 minute instrumental album you will ever heard. listen to The Collective. It changed my life for the better, and it hasn't even been a year since it came out.

Favorite Song: Origin Of Species

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:25 PM
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24.) Sum 41- Chuck

Another album that I know no one would have guessed I'd consider to be a top 50 album, let alone top 25! I hadn't been a fan of these guys before this time outside a couple songs, and after this album, in my humble opinion began to really suck. But Chuck....DAMN! What a great Pop Rock/Metal album. I'm a sucker for a band who knows how to be heavy and when to be poppy and catchy without intentionally doing it to make a quick buck. All these songs came from the heart and you can hear it in their playing. It constantly changes from going Metal to being very heartfelt in a great mixture and roller coaster of music. That can't often be said from a mainstream band. Even when putting this list together I listened all the way though a few times and remembered everything I loved about this album, and none of that has changed since I bought it. Again to venture outside the box and looking to get a mainstream album that doesn't suck...get Chuck!

Favorite Song: Pieces

PowerMaiden
01-17-2012, 08:27 PM
Death ! awesome !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:36 PM
Death ! awesome !


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Thanks man!

:rocker:

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:37 PM
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23.) Fair To Midland- Tales From A MayFly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True

Fair To Midland, one of the best bands that the mainstream only knows for writing a song about Manatees. These guys get nowhere near the amount of respect they deserve, especially for as much touring as they do. It's got everything a real Music fan looks for. Heavy, Catchy Hooks, Memorable Melodies and Harmonies, It's nowhere near standard. And damn it, it's a Prog Rock album! Every song is just as catchy as the one played before it. There is no weak track at all on this album. While Dance Of The Manatee is by far their biggest song, it's not even close to the best song on the album. TO love these guys, you gotta hear this album, to make them one of your favorite bands of all time, go see them live. BEST LIVE SHOW!!!! But start with Tales From A Mayfly, then immediately check out Arrows And Anchors. I don't know what to say if you can't dig these guys after giving them a fair chance.

Favorite Song; Walls Of Jericho

MPF
01-17-2012, 08:48 PM
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22.) Ihsahn- After

As much as I love Emperor, you just can't fuck with Ihsahn's solo work. All 3 solo albums to date beat Emperor's Black Metal sound, with his brand of Progressive Death Metal. After is the best of all 3 album without any doubt. Also the inclusion of Jørgen Munkeby (Frontman of Shining) on saxophone is one of the best things to ever do with this album. The saxophone adds so much more power and emotion it would have without it. There isn't a song on here that I could consider weak in any way. All serve their purpose on this triumph of an album. For any Prog fan of any kid. Check this out immediately! It is some of the best music 2012 ever produced.

Favorite Track- On The Shores

MPF
01-17-2012, 09:00 PM
Last one for tonight then tomorrow the start of THE TOP 20!!!

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21.) Amon Amarth- With Oden On Our Side

The AC/DC of Viking Metal. I do mean that in a good way of course. Amon Amarth is Epic, Brutal and oddly catchy. And of course, it must be said....they only have one sound, fast and Ballad *Same can be said of Power Metal, haha* This album was my introduction into Amon Amarth and it was the right choice. This album and the band in general, really is Power Metal with Death Growls, to be completely fair. But that's why I love it. Its not so much original and crafty and all loving, as it is, the music when you just want something fucking heavy and headbang to. This album covers that so very well. When you want to pillage a village, or just drink some brew with vodka and the blood of your enemies, get this album *also, like AC/DC, once you've heard this album, you've pretty much heard all of Amon Amarth, so just stick with the best...this album*

Favorite Song: Cry Of The Black Birds

jhdeity
01-17-2012, 11:58 PM
Definitely an interesting list. Are you doing 1 album per band? My list would be riddled with Slayer so I'd have to do a Top 75 or 100 just to give other bands their due.

And I agree with King for a day > Angel Dust. Angel Dust took a loooooong time to finally sink in for me. Other than the obvious tracks...

MPF
01-18-2012, 12:15 AM
Definitely an interesting list. Are you doing 1 album per band? My list would be riddled with Slayer so I'd have to do a Top 75 or 100 just to give other bands their due.

And I agree with King for a day > Angel Dust. Angel Dust took a loooooong time to finally sink in for me. Other than the obvious tracks...

Except for one artist/band, everything is one band, one album. Had I kept it otherwise, the list wouldn't be possible.

Rocco44
01-18-2012, 03:14 AM
Good to see some love for The Collective. Great album hardly anyone seemed to have on their best of lists.

Pleasantly surprised to see Fair To Midland. Both of their full lengths are great, catchy fun. Daroh is a fucking madman live as well.

I also love that Ihsahn album and AA. Look forward to the rest of the list.

jhdeity
01-18-2012, 11:18 AM
Except for one artist/band, everything is one band, one album. Had I kept it otherwise, the list wouldn't be possible.

Yeah I thought so. So Justice is your favorite Metallica album?

PowerMaiden
01-18-2012, 03:57 PM
Last one for tonight then tomorrow the start of THE TOP 20!!!

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21.) Amon Amarth- With Oden On Our Side

The AC/DC of Viking Metal. I do mean that in a good way of course. Amon Amarth is Epic, Brutal and oddly catchy. And of course, it must be said....they only have one sound, fast and Ballad *Same can be said of Power Metal, haha* This album was my introduction into Amon Amarth and it was the right choice. This album and the band in general, really is Power Metal with Death Growls, to be completely fair. But that's why I love it. Its not so much original and crafty and all loving, as it is, the music when you just want something fucking heavy and headbang to. This album covers that so very well. When you want to pillage a village, or just drink some brew with vodka and the blood of your enemies, get this album *also, like AC/DC, once you've heard this album, you've pretty much heard all of Amon Amarth, so just stick with the best...this album*

Favorite Song: Cry Of The Black Birds


another winner :fist:


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

Dextrimental
01-18-2012, 04:26 PM
Bar albums coming out this year, Devin has exactly 19 records to his name. So, since they haven't been mentioned yet, I take it that other one is by PanterA?


Pfft.. Talk about your predictable lists.... ;)

BloodoftheKings
01-18-2012, 05:01 PM
Bar albums coming out this year, Devin has exactly 19 records to his name. So, since they haven't been mentioned yet, I take it that other one is by PanterA?


Pfft.. Talk about your predictable lists.... ;)

He hasn't listed any Dream Theater albums yet, and he said he's only doing 1 album per artist.

Dextrimental
01-18-2012, 05:06 PM
He hasn't listed any Dream Theater albums yet, and he said he's only doing 1 album per artist.

One artist is the exception to that rule, as he said, hence I made the joke about Devin.

MPF
01-18-2012, 06:35 PM
Sorry guys, I've had the flu all day. I've only gotten enough strength to get out of bed now at 8:35pm. I'll do at least 5 albums tonight, if I can make it that far before going back to bed.

I'll start in a few minutes. Also this Devin Guy, what the hell are you talking about? 0.o

Epidemic Reign
01-18-2012, 06:36 PM
26.) Woods Of Ypres- Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light

Is it a bit premature to say that this 2012 release is in my top 50 favorites, especially considering that this album just came out in January? Possibly, but I don't think it's going to change. Woods Of Ypres is what I consider to be a heavier, Canadian version of Type O Negative, except heavier and better. Woods Of Ypres frontman and creative Mastermind David Gold, was tragically killed in a car accident on December 21st. 2011. And this album was just about to be released. These guys played in Minnesota mid 2011, and I couldn't regret more not being able to see them. Since receiving the Promo for this album (gotta love radio I tell you what) I've played this album about 3 times a day, and that won't be stopping for a while. The music is too damn good to ignore, and the lyrics are now, looking back on what happened to David Gold, is just chilling. The last two tracks are apart of a song called, Kiss My Ashes Goodbye, it's almost as if he predicted his own demise in an eerie way. It's such a chilling but incredible album. If you want a darker, but folky and catchy Metal album with almost all clean vocals. Check out Woods Of Ypres. and once this becomes available, get this album ASAP!

Favorite Track: Career Suicide (Is Not Real Suicide)

Been listening to this a lot the last couple days, it's great. Adora Vivos is such an amazing song.

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:01 PM
Been listening to this a lot the last couple days, it's great. Adora Vivos is such an amazing song.

It really is. Hell every song is phenomenal on it. I'm always going to regret not being able to see them live.

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:01 PM
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20.) Agalloch- Marrow Of The Spirit

It's not too often when a band like Agalloch can completely take over a guy's life after just one listen. That's what happened with Marrow Of The Spirit. I had only heard of Agalloch before this album came out and I gotta say, they have blown me away. Folk Metal, Black Metal, Post Rock, a tad bit of Prog. There is so much going on with this band the average person may not be able to grasp everything after only one listen. But if you take the time, it is all so very worth it. It's beautiful in every sense of the word. All while having a dark evil, spiritual, and of course, nature influence all over. This album is for the adventurous types who want to hear something they have never heard before. Although many have taken their style, particularly in the Atmospheric Black Metal route. But Agalloch was the pioneers of their scene. Their latest album is a great place to find out how it all began.

Favorite Song: Ghost Of Midwinter Fires

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:09 PM
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19.) Devin Townsend- Deconstruction

I know a lot of people will be wondering why this is only at number 19 after how much I talk about this album. Well, there's 18 other albums that had a bigger impact on me. But Deconstruction. HOLY FUCK!!! It is an absolute mindfuck and trying to understand it all after only a couple listens is impossible. That's the beauty of it. This is Devin's finest Metal album, without any question, it literally has everything you would want from Hevy Devy, being Hevy Devy. Some incredible guest spots as well on every track except Poltergeist. The underlying message of Deconstruction is such a great story. Don't forget who you are, and try to make yourself better.....with tons of poop jokes and Ziltoid controlling a carnival. While I'll always be more of a fan of Dev's Prog route. Deconstruction proves you can be metal as fuck, and write one of the best albums to ever be released. I've let him know that a few times now.

Favorite Song: The Mighty Masturbator

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:31 PM
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18.) Evergrey- Recreation Day

Evergrey is one of the first bands that I discovered in Metal that could be heavy and not use screams/Growls. All Clean vocals. As poser-ish as it sounds. I discovered Evergrey and this album, Recreation Day, from Headbanger's Ball on MTV2 and instantly fell in love. I bought Recreation Day the Tuesday it came out and haven't looked back since. It's not even so much the music that is the best aspect of this album (Although the music is fucking awesome) it is more so the concept behind the album. The first half of the album leaves you depressed and alone with no hope, but half way through on, it gives you hope that things will be ok in life. Tom Englund has been an unspoken hero of mine since that night watching Headbanger's Ball that night. And back in September I finally got to meet him, and he gave me my first station ID for my radio show. Now that is fucking awesome! Evergrey has put out some of the best albums in Progressive Power Metal, and some that were just...ok. But Recreation Day, it is their finest work to date.

Favorite Song: Your Darkest Hour

powerslave_85
01-18-2012, 07:39 PM
Man, you're really cruising through this, huh? I'm glad you're not taking, like, a year to do this like some people :lol:

Maybe I'll do one of these someday, but like 20% of it would two or three bands :eyes:

Rocco44
01-18-2012, 07:39 PM
Love that Agalloch record. Black Lake Nidstang is stunning.

Recreation Day was my first Everygrey album as well and I still love it. Some great solos in that one. In Search of Truth might barely edge it out as my favorite of theirs though.

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:44 PM
Man, you're really cruising through this, huh? I'm glad you're not taking, like, a year to do this like some people :lol:

Maybe I'll do one of these someday, but like 20% of it would two or three bands :eyes:

Haha yeah. I wanted to get this done before I changed my mind about albums. Which would happen.

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:45 PM
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17.) Porcupine Tree- Fear Of A Blank Planet

To this day I feel this is one of the most underrated PT albums. Which is odd to say because this is the album most Prog fans of the time discovered Porcupine Tree. I never hear anyone say this is an ok album. It's either amazing and bland. I happen to think it's their most amazing. While it doesn't have all their best songs (That would be In Absentia) FOABP hit more at home with my lyrically and musically. It's a very dark album all around, no real brightness in the music at all. But that in and of itself makes the beauty out of it. Songs like the title track, My Ashes, and Way Out Of here stand out the most to me. Anesthetize, while it's a great song, drags a little too long, but the middle section makes up for all of that. I highly recommend this and In Absentia as PT's best work and you can't go wrong starting with either album. Porcupine Tree is One Of The Best bands around. Listen why.

Favorite Song: Way Out Of Here

MPF
01-18-2012, 07:58 PM
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16.) Between The Buried And Me- Colors

How can you be a Prog Metal fan and not have Colors in your Top 50? Adult Contemporary Progressive Death Metal. And yes Colors is all one song, separated into tracks. (I think a lot of people forget about that.) I can't listen to this album unless it's all the way through. BTBAM have only gotten proggier over the years and it's honestly for the best. It's only gotten them bigger and better. Colors is their finest moment. Not to say anything past that isn't awesome as well, but Colors was the first album to really, and I mean, REALLY explore their prog roots and make it their own. While of course there is plenty of the Death Growls and Screams on this album, the clean breaks, the phenomenal musicianship, the genre changes and the overall landscape of music provided is unfuckable. BTBAM is one of those bands that now what they are doing, and made some huge chances, and it's worked in their favor. For the best Adult Contemporary Progressive Death metal album made to date. check out Colors!

Favorite Song: Colors (It's one song remember?)

Dextrimental
01-18-2012, 08:04 PM
Colors is one of the best albums of the last decade. I rarely listen to it because its such an intense listening experience, but every time I do, it reminds me why I hold it in such high regard!

slapguitarer
01-18-2012, 08:04 PM
This list is awesome. You've got some really good albums in here. Colors is my favorite so far.

DementedX14
01-18-2012, 08:19 PM
Fear Of A Blank Planet is also my favorite from Porcupine Tree. :party:

hellawaits77ny
01-18-2012, 09:47 PM
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50.)Weezer- The Blue Album


While many diehard Weezer fans will disagree, they have never topped this album, [/B]

THIS. By far their best album.

My favorite albums on your list are #'s 50 + 49 ironically, but I like a lot of your picks. Been a great read so far, and I look forward to the top 15, or however many you have left.

x-voltage
01-18-2012, 10:42 PM
Hey man great list so far. Pretty unique. Chaos A.D. is definitely my favorite Sepultura album as well. It is a great example of groove metal. So many memorable riffs.

I have to point out your pick of Fear Factory's Archetype. Fear Factory is my 3rd favorite band of all time and I feel like they don't get enough love on this site. I agree that many fans dismiss this album too quickly. I think it is highly underrated. Although Dino is not there, Wolbers does a great job of creating the fast chugging riffs. I think it is Burton's best vocal album as well, both clean singing and screaming. The best vocalist in metal, in my opinion.

mankvill
01-18-2012, 11:10 PM
Favorite Song: Colors (It's one song remember?)

CHEATER!

Sun of Nothing for me!

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:00 PM
Hey man great list so far. Pretty unique. Chaos A.D. is definitely my favorite Sepultura album as well. It is a great example of groove metal. So many memorable riffs.

I have to point out your pick of Fear Factory's Archetype. Fear Factory is my 3rd favorite band of all time and I feel like they don't get enough love on this site. I agree that many fans dismiss this album too quickly. I think it is highly underrated. Although Dino is not there, Wolbers does a great job of creating the fast chugging riffs. I think it is Burton's best vocal album as well, both clean singing and screaming. The best vocalist in metal, in my opinion.

I still wish Sepultura was as good as they were back in these days. They are capable of it even without Max and Igor.

As much as I love Demanufacture, Archetype will always be my favorite FF record. Especially for all the reasons you gave up.


CHEATER!

Sun of Nothing for me!

That's your favorite TRACK, not SONG! (Yes I am being anal about this). Mine is White Walls.


Coming up next is the beginning of the Top 15.

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:22 PM
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15.) Iced Earth- Horror Show

This was the biggest problem I had in this list....Horror Show or Burnt Offerings. I bought both albums at the same time. Both feature one of my favorite singers of all time, Matt Barlow, and both had a huge affect on how I look at Metal today. But ultimately I went with Horror show, because it again features one of the drummers that made me who I am today...Richard Christy. Horror Show is a loosely based concept album about all the famous monsters in fiction. Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Mummy, etc. And the music behind it is just awesome. Jon Schaffer is one of the most famous leaders of a band that is either looked at as a musical hero, or hated for sounding too similar on every song. My opinion? There's nothing wrong with having a similar style to your other songs, not every band has to be completely progressive, just good music. That's what Iced Earth is. They write kick ass Metal that's in your face and completely badass in every way That's what Horror Show is all about. Great songs, great stories, and overall just awesome music.

Favorite Song: The Phantom Opera Ghost

masterguy49
01-19-2012, 04:26 PM
CHEATER!

Sun of Nothing for me!

GTFO.

WE WILL BE REMEMBERED... FOR THIS.


WHITEEEEEE WAAAALLLLLLSSSS

Also I'm loving this list.

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:34 PM
GTFO.

WE WILL BE REMEMBERED... FOR THIS.


WHITEEEEEE WAAAALLLLLLSSSS

Also I'm loving this list.

:lol: Thanks man!

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:35 PM
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14.) James LaBrie- Static Impulse

James LaBrie's best Non-Dream Theater project to date. This is another album that no one think is "Meh...it's alright.". People either love it or hate it almost entirely because of Peter Wildoer's scream vocals. I happen to love his screams completely. Jame's clean vocals wouldn't always fit where the screams are. It's hard to make Metal like that and make the cleans work without sounding like complete cheese. And James loves this style of music as well, so I don't see a problem. This album is a perfect mixture of Dream Theater and Soilwork. A combination of music I was waiting for, for a very long time. Not every song is in this style though. Songs like Euphoric and Coming Home are beautiful ballads, Euphoric especially. The next JLB album is going to be in this style, with the help of Peter Wichers of Soilwork helping write the songs. That only means that it's going to be better then ever. Until then Static Impulse. The Perfect Progressive Metal album with some screams.

Favorite Song: Euphoric

Epidemic Reign
01-19-2012, 04:47 PM
Horror Show is the album that got me into Iced Earth :fist: Still my favorite.

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:48 PM
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13.) Daniel Jakubovic- Elef Kirot (Thousand Walls)

As you can tell if you've been really paying attention to my list is that I love me some good Pop Rock. And what happens when you mix it with Progressive Metal featuring one of the best multi-instrumentalists in the world today? You get Elef Kirot. Daniel Jakubovic is not a name instantly known by hearing it but you may know him from his work with Jordan Rudess in the past on his previous solo albums and live projects with Jordan. But outside of a couple solo spots, and some strings, Daniel plays EVERYTHING on this album. as you can see from the music videos he has released. the songs are so well crafted. Even the more Progressive Metal songs are just as catchy as any Pop song. The instrumentation, the music....DAMN! This is the only album that I can fully enjoy, where I don't understand one word that is being said. The whole album is sung in Hebrew (All of his other bands are English lyrics) but that doesn't even matter. I sing a long just like I understand every word. There's nothing like an album that can be so well crafted yet poppy and catchy at the same time, it's almost impossible to accomplish...until 2011 when this album was released. Please check out this Pop Rock/Prog Metal Masterpiece now! It's available to stream on his bandcamp page as I speak.

Favorite Song: Hi Omedet

MPF
01-19-2012, 04:59 PM
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12.) Devin Townsend- Accelerated Evolution

Yup, this is the one artist that I had to put one album of. For me it's impossible not to. One other artist I should have put another album or 2 of, but if I had to do that, I would of had to for every other band on here, which would create a bunch a problems, so I just went this route. Anyways, back to this album. AE is THE POP METAL ALBUM. It hits home to me on every level on every song. It's very rare to find an album that can be as poppy as it is metal as it is perfection. Only Daniel Jakubovic has been able to that in my eyes up to this point. Whether it is a song like Storm, or Deadhead or Sunday Afternoon or Slow Me Down. Every song is just as good as the next. And it's one of the first Devin Albums that I could all the way though and be able to play on drums all the way through. Dev has never failed on any album he has been a part of that (I don't just say that because I'm a mark for anything Dev does, although I am) I say that because it's almost impossible to dispute. The only way you can is if you can't appreciate his style of music., And if you are a real fan of music, you can appreciate at least something he has done in the past. This is the best album (besides Addicted!) to get into Devin Townsend. Get this album if you haven't already and enjoy the Hevy Devy goodness!

Favorite Song: Deadhead

MPF
01-19-2012, 05:17 PM
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11.) 3- The Ghost You Gave To Me

Joey Eppard and Co. are at the top of their game right now. The Ghost You Gave To Me is the perfect accumulation of everything 3 has done in the past, and make it into such a great Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal album. The songs can be heavy, then poppy, then technical as fuck, and all while being able to capture your interest and never let go. Everyone in 3 are masters of their instruments. While Joey Eppard, of course, gets the most exposure (and it's truly deserving), Billy, Gartdrumm, and Daniel are all fucking amazing at what they play and deserve the same amount of love that Joey does. Also on this album, 3 wrote their best masterpiece, Only Child. The 7 minute epic that showcases what 3 is all about in one song. The only complaint I can give about this album is that I can't play it enough. 3 deserves to be at Dream Theater style praise and luxury, and I'll do anything I can to help with that, even if it is just being able to play them on my show. I love you guys. Please, please, please, check this album out and love it as much as I do. It's so well deserved.

Favorite Song: Only Child

MPF
01-19-2012, 05:24 PM
PLUG TIME BEFORE THE TOP 10!!!

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PowerMaiden
01-19-2012, 07:36 PM
this list will be a blasphemy if no Iron Maiden






Cheers !
PowerMaiden

BloodoftheKings
01-19-2012, 07:38 PM
this list will be a breath of fresh air if no Iron Maiden


I agree.

MPF
01-19-2012, 07:41 PM
I don't want to give anything away, but if that's the case. I'm going to hell.


*They made my top 60, just not top 50...sorry*

MPF
01-20-2012, 02:53 PM
Just going to finish eating dinner, then I'll finish the list tonight.

MPF
01-20-2012, 04:42 PM
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10.) King's X- Ogre Tones

King's X influenced me in a way that almost no other band could. Musically, lyrically, emotionally, in every way. Ogre Tones was the first KX album I ever bought. I bought it under sad circumstances when the music store, Sam Goody was closing up shop all across the nation and you were album to buy brand new CDs for $2.99 each. I bought about 20 albums that day and this was one of them, and the one that stuck out the most. To this day I know and sing along with every word of this album. The songs are heavy and powerful, all while being poppy and catchy. Although sadly I have yet to hear a song live from this album, King's X is one of the best live bands going today. If they come near you, I HIGHLY advise going. While I do feel this is one of their most underrated albums, I hold it in the highest regard. Any fan who started around this era should feel the same. Even if you have this album already, spin it again. It deserves it so much. And if you have yet to hear it, you are in for some Ear Candy (No Pun Intended...actually yes, Pun Intended)

Favorite Song: Sooner Or Later

MPF
01-20-2012, 04:54 PM
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9.) Cynic- Traced In Air

You saw Death and Atheist in this already, you know I had to add the other of the big 3 in 90s Tech Death Metal. But Cynic did something that Death and Atheist didn't do (or have the chance to anyways), go full on Prog. This direction really began over a decade after their first release Focus, with their 2nd release, Traced In Air. While many of the Death Metal elements are still present (mainly the screams) Cynic turned into a full on Prog Metal band and I couldn't be happier about it. Yes I am a newer fan of Cynic, I didn't even know about them until 2005. But the second this album kicks in, it blew me away. Technical without being wanky. Beautiful without being emo. And just all out Progressive Metal perfection. Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert can do absolutely no wrong. And they've proven that with the 2 EPs that have followed this release. and their upcoming 2012 album. Cynic is one of the most peaceful Metal bands the world will ever know. It transcends above almost anything out there. While it is a shorter album, I wouldn't want it any other way. PLAY THIS NOW!

Favorite Song: Integral Birth

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:04 PM
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8.) Alice In Chains- Dirt

Debate me all you want...this is the best Rock album ever made. I hate most radio rock and what it has become, but back in 92, this album proved that Rock wasn't dead yet. Every song came straight from the heart. A very dark, heroin influenced heart, but be that as it may, it made this classic album what it is. You can't write this album with a sober mind unless you are deranged more then heroin could make you be. As someone who uses caffeine as a drug, this album, I can only look at this from the outside, and it's scary and hauntingly beautiful. It has a real ethereal feel from beginning to end. All while at the time having a modern Hard Rock feel through out. There is no reason why Alice In Chains should be labeled as a grunge band, they sound nothing like Nirvana, Mudhoney or Pearl Jam. They are a fucking Hard Rock Band, and always be one. This is the 2nd best album to come out in 1992 (the other is coming up soon), but this album is pure Dark perfection made in Radio rock form. have a listen and enjoy it.

Favorite Song: Down In A Hole

treghet
01-20-2012, 05:11 PM
8.) Alice In Chains- Dirt

Debate me all you want...this is the best Rock album ever made.

I'm not sure that I'd agree, but it's definitely in the top tier.

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:13 PM
I'm not sure that I'd agree, but it's definitely in the top tier.

That's why I'm up for a debate :tongue:

It's a pretty controversial statement, but I stand behind it 100%.

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:13 PM
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7.) Torche- Meanderthal

One album I'm sure most people wouldn't have expected on here (or even know of the band for that matter.) Torche is the definition of a variety Metal band. This album is exactly that, a variety Metal album. While it is layered in Stoner/Sludge Metal, it has so many elements of Prog, Pop, Doom, Thrash,m and Punk. No 2 songs sound the same from Torche...ever! This is the album that suckered me in. Oddly enough I first saw these guys open for Dredg back in April 2009 (what an odd combination eh?) But they made the show so damn good. Torche is slowly really starting to get their fanbase going, now landing the main support slow for Corrosion of Conformity this year. I will be there to see them. They've only gotten poppier and catchier from this album. But this album in particular showcases that so many styles in one album, can't be a bad thing.
Favorite Song: Healer

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:24 PM
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6.) Opeth- Blackwater Park

The best Progressive Death metal band around. While that is another controversial statement. name another band that has added Progressive Metal with elements of Death Metal and have become and big and best as Opeth has? *Waiting several answers here after this post* Regardless. Opeth is the reason I got into Screams and Growls. I bought Opeth's Deliverance and Dream Theater's Train Of Thought the same day at Wal-Mart while I was in Junior High. DT lead me to the greatness that is Prog, and I instantly hated Opeth and regretted buying that album outside the song, A Fair Judgement. 6 months later I came back to Deliverance and gave it another chance, and fell in love. I bought Blackwater Park 2 weeks later and been a real Opeth fan ever since. When I was growing up I never could imagine I'd love a band with screams and Growls because I couldn't understand a word being said and thought it didn't match and all the other reasons that made me realize I was ignoring some of the best music out there, simply because of the vocals. To this day since I got into Deliverance I never stopped enjoying a band simply for the vocals. Opeth is to thank for me being able to become an overall music fan. Blackwater Park is their highest point in my regard to them. The music and the quality of the production provided by Mr. Steven Wilson. songs like Bleak, Harvest, and the title track made this a legendary Prog Metal album. Many will hate it because of the vocals, many will consider Opeth to be the only Metal band they like with screams and growls, and others, like me, for appreciate this for what it is. one of the finest Metal albums to date. The only way to understand is to listen for yourself.

Favorite Track: Bleak

Epidemic Reign
01-20-2012, 05:28 PM
When I was growing up I never could imagine I'd love a band with screams and Growls because I couldn't understand a word being said and thought it didn't match and all the other reasons that made me realize I was ignoring some of the best music out there, simply because of the vocals.

I remember those days! :D

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:36 PM
I remember those days! :D

We were all young once. :D:D:D

Also what are the odds of Opeth starting off Page 13. How deliciously evil!

MPF
01-20-2012, 05:37 PM
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5.) Alcest- Les Voyages de l'Âme

Another album that seems way too premature to be this high up after such a short release? again...maybe. But in reality, not at all. This album is the best of the two best albums without the fluff. It's as beautiful as Souvenirs d'un autre monde, and as hard hitting as Écailles de Lune without any of the stuff that drags down either album (and I say that loving every Alcest album from start to finish). A lot of people will disagree with me because they didn't become Alcest fans until 2009 when Écailles de Lune came out, but I became a fan in 2008 so I can look at Écailles de Lune with an outside perspective unlike most new fans now do. Les Voyages de l'Âme is as beautiful as it is heavy. Post Rock and Shoegaze with the occasional Atmospheric Black Metal. Many new bands are taking this style and trying to make their own, and some are doing it great, others...are not. But Alcest is an original and always will be. Anything mastermind, Neige, does is perfection He's yet to let me down in anything he has released. Les Voyages de l'Âme is by far the best example of what Neige is capable of, and I recommend this to any real music fan. It's too good to pass up.

Favorite Track: Faiseurs de Mondes

El Gordo
01-20-2012, 05:57 PM
Debate me all you want...this is the best Rock album ever made.

Challenge accepted! :tongue:

I have no problem with Dirt, but it's not even the best album to come out of the "grunge" movement. That designation would be reserved for a little album entitled Superunknown. As far as best ROCK album ever made? I'm not sure, I'm a pretty big metal snob, but Clutch's Blast Tyrant is definitely my favourite rock album at this exact instant. Other rock albums I would hold in very high regard for various reasons would be The Cult's Sonic Temple, The Tragically Hip's Day For Night (I'm a patriotic music fan), GNR's Appetite For Destruction... ah fuck, forget it, I'm just being a dick. I could make a case for Minus the Bear's Planet of Ice for fuck's sake. That's the problem with this genre we call rock. It's been going on since before my parents could walk, I couldn't possibly explore it all and still be gainfully employed. That's probably a giant discussion thread in itself, what's the best rock album ever?

Anyway, nice list. Some damn fine albums here and quite a few I haven't checked out.

jd091
01-20-2012, 05:59 PM
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5.) Alcest- Les Voyages de l'Âme

Another album that seems way too premature to be this high up after such a short release? again...maybe. But in reality, not at all. This album is the best of the two best albums without the fluff. It's as beautiful as Souvenirs d'un autre monde, and as hard hitting as Écailles de Lune without any of the stuff that drags down either album (and I say that loving every Alcest album from start to finish). A lot of people will disagree with me because they didn't become Alcest fans until 2009 when Écailles de Lune came out, but I became a fan in 2008 so I can look at Écailles de Lune with an outside perspective unlike most new fans now do. Les Voyages de l'Âme is as beautiful as it is heavy. Post Rock and Shoegaze with the occasional Atmospheric Black Metal. Many new bands are taking this style and trying to make their own, and some are doing it great, others...are not. But Alcest is an original and always will be. Anything mastermind, Neige, does is perfection He's yet to let me down in anything he has released. Les Voyages de l'Âme is by far the best example of what Neige is capable of, and I recommend this to any real music fan. It's too good to pass up.

Favorite Track: Faiseurs de Mondes

Woah. Wooooooah, man. Not only are Ecailles and Souvenirs better than this album, BLACKWATER FUCKING PARK is better than this album.

Are you sure you're alright? Didn't hit your head on anything recently? ;)

BloodoftheKings
01-20-2012, 05:59 PM
I fuckin love Meanderthal. I friend recommended it to me last year and I was blown away on my first listen. Cant wait for the new album.

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:02 PM
Challenge accepted! :tongue:

I have no problem with Dirt, but it's not even the best album to come out of the "grunge" movement. That designation would be reserved for a little album entitled Superunknown. As far as best ROCK album ever made? I'm not sure, I'm a pretty big metal snob, but Clutch's Blast Tyrant is definitely my favourite rock album at this exact instant. Other rock albums I would hold in very high regard for various reasons would be The Cult's Sonic Temple, The Tragically Hip's Day For Night (I'm a patriotic music fan), GNR's Appetite For Destruction... ah fuck, forget it, I'm just being a dick. I could make a case for Minus the Bear's Planet of Ice for fuck's sake. That's the problem with this genre we call rock. It's been going on since before my parents could walk, I couldn't possibly explore it all and still be gainfully employed. That's probably a giant discussion thread in itself, what's the best rock album ever?

Anyway, nice list. Some damn fine albums here and quite a few I haven't checked out.

And that's why the debate it out there. :lol:

I'll never consider AIC to be Grunge. That's almost a slap in the face to what they were and still are even without Layne Staley.

Every album you posted as well are badass albums and were in my 189 original albums I had apart of this list, but Dirt is the bee's knees in my eyes.


I'm glad you're digging the list. I'm all about helping people get into new music and discover old classics. Hope you dig what you hear man!

jhdeity
01-20-2012, 06:03 PM
I'm not sure that I'd agree, but it's definitely in the top tier.

I would agree but ironically enough only Dirt, Colors and Chaos AD would make my list so far. Some bands would be different albums like Metallica, Fear Factory and Clutch. I have to listen to Pure Rock Fury start to finish again. Currently it's definitely bottom 3 of the Clutch releases for me. I listen to the Impetus EP way more often...

GarageMetal468
01-20-2012, 06:04 PM
Woah. Wooooooah, man. Not only are Ecailles and Souvenirs better than this album, BLACKWATER FUCKING PARK is better than this album.

Are you sure you're alright? Didn't hit your head on anything recently? ;)

:lol: if it were up to me I'd be arguing that Unquestionable Presence is better than all these albums!

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:06 PM
Woah. Wooooooah, man. Not only are Ecailles and Souvenirs better than this album, BLACKWATER FUCKING PARK is better than this album.

Are you sure you're alright? Didn't hit your head on anything recently? ;)

Most time times when you disagree with me I just picture this...

South Park Hipster College Pothead: *Lights up and coughs* You just haven't been to college yet man. *Coughs*

:lol:

But seriously....yes I'm fine. This is album that I've been waiting for Alcest to make since 2008 (Before most people discovered Alcest a year later). You haven't seen the Top 4 yet. so you might wanna wait to ask if I'm still feeling ok. I might just piss you off some more. ;)

I fuckin love Meanderthal. I friend recommended it to me last year and I was blown away on my first listen. Cant wait for the new album.

Same here man. Discovered these guys in 2008 (around the same time as Alcest no less) and been blown away since. I can't wait for the COC tour and new album!

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:08 PM
I would agree but ironically enough only Dirt, Colors and Chaos AD would make my list so far. Some bands would be different albums like Metallica, Fear Factory and Clutch. I have to listen to Pure Rock Fury start to finish again. Currently it's definitely bottom 3 of the Clutch releases for me. I listen to the Impetus EP way more often...

That's what it's all about man. Musical discussion and different opinions. I'm glad you even liked 3 of the albums I posted. That's an accomplishment to me. :rocker:

:lol: if it were up to me I'd be arguing that Unquestionable Presence is better than all these albums!

:lol: Touche'

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:09 PM
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4.) Long Distance Calling- Avoid The Light

Progressive Post Metal...this is the double dip cream dream of a lifetime album for me. If Dream Theater was more atmospheric. If Explosions In The Sky went Prog Metal and kept being not boring (sorry EITS fans). Long Distance made a HUGE breakthrough with Avoid The Light. It's all I've been looking for in an album and so much more. I would call this the best instrumental album ever made, with the exception that it's only 5/6th instrumental. Their best song is The Nearing Grave (The song of 2009 in my humble opinion) featuring Jonas of Katatonia on vocals. This song is so damn hauntingly beautiful. Jonas should join these guys full time (hell it might even help them get a tour in the USA at some point, we can only hope) Avoid the light is the album where you want to relax and be prog at the same time. Not so much in a Fates Warning way, but in a. Beautiful music doesn't always need to be in 4/4 way. GET ON THIS!!!

Favorite Song: The Nearing Grave

PowerMaiden
01-20-2012, 06:18 PM
Alice In Chains 'Dirt' is truly a masterpiece of the genre, beyond amazing album


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:21 PM
Alice In Chains 'Dirt' is truly a masterpiece of the genre, beyond amazing album


Cheers !
PowerMaiden

:rocker::rocker::rocker:

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:21 PM
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3.) dredg- El Cielo

dredg is my favorite non-metal band of all time. Discovering them in 2006 changed my life at the time. Music can be not metal and awesome (something that at my age I had to relearn) Catch Without Arms was my first dredg album. El Cielo quickly followed. It's nothing short of a complete masterpiece. It is a concept album (often connected to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) about sleep paralysis (that moment when you are partially awake but partially asleep but can't move). This album goes through many different style changes and movements from Jazz to Hard Rock to the epic moment of the entire album, The Canyon Behind Her. dredg is one of the best bands going that is getting nowhere near the recognition they honestly truly deserve (they had to open for Circa Survive for Christ's sake). But if they forever stay an undeground cult band. That is totally cool with me, because only true fans of this style of music should be fans. The ones that honestly care about the band. Another controversial statement. dredg made a bad album (including Chuckles). But El Cielo is their best album to date. if you need a musical adventure through the best of Progressive ROCK, indulge yourself in this masterpiece.

Favorite Song: The Canyon Behind Her

treghet
01-20-2012, 06:25 PM
I find it odd that you can rank an album so high when it's only been out for a few weeks. I don't think the initial buzz has worn off yet, and by the end of the year it will have moved down the list quite a bit.

masterguy49
01-20-2012, 06:37 PM
Yeah man, I fucking love Dirt, I don't know if it's the best rock album, but pretty damn close. :rocker:

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:49 PM
I find it odd that you can rank an album so high when it's only been out for a few weeks. I don't think the initial buzz has worn off yet, and by the end of the year it will have moved down the list quite a bit.

Didn't happen with their previous 2 albums yet. The lowest it's going is in the top 5. Devin Townsend's Epicloud, James LaBrie's new album, Woods Of Ypres and a couple other albums that I still have 11 months to hear will be in my top 5 of 2012.

Honestly, if I still love an album after 2 weeks. I fucking love that album. I don't get the time anymore to sit back and just listen to my favorite albums anymore. The radio show took that part away (although I still pick out about 95% of that music from my own tastes) but if I can keep coming back to an album like that. It means something to me.

Yeah man, I fucking love Dirt, I don't know if it's the best rock album, but pretty damn close. :rocker:

To be fair, there is no best album. Everything is subjective. But I can't find anything better in my eyes.

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:52 PM
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2.) Dream Theater- Images And Words

Like you read in the Blackwater Park review (if you did read it) My prog obsession began with DT's Train Of Thought and Opeth's Deliverance. The second I hear the beginning of As I am, I was hooked. A couple weeks later. My middle School/High school band made a band trip to NYC and one of the two buses we took broke down. So we made a stop in New Jersey to a local mall and I bought Images And Words because I heard it was their biggest album. This Album was my soundtrack to NYC. Honestly at first Another Day scared me because of the Saxophone (I think it scares any metal fan at first who hadn't heard of Shining before that point.) Of course I grew to love it just as every other song on the album. Nothing beats hearing Metropolis on a touring bus in the middle of Manhattan on a Friday night. Images And Words is very much ahead of it's time, although it does have the late 80's early 90's Production written all over it (especially the snare compression). None of that takes away from the beautiful song writing, crushing riffs, and just overall Prog Metal that I now know and love. Dream Theater since that trip to NYC has been and always will be my favorite band of all time. Nothing will ever take that away. Sure one other album is ahead of I&W and it's not Dream Theater. Regardless. I've been a Dream Theater fan longer and has had the biggest impact on my life to date as a whole band. I owe them everything I have in music. My drumming, my radio show, my compassion for all music, everything. And despite everything that has happened since the break up with Mike Portnoy. I still love both sides for different reasons. Mike is still my favorite drummer of all time, Dream Theater is my favorite band. I wish the best for both sides.

Favorite Track: Metropolis

MPF
01-20-2012, 06:56 PM
So....what's going to be number 1?


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?

masterguy49
01-20-2012, 07:03 PM
So....what's going to be number 1?


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?
Emmure.

I SEE THE FIRE IN THE SKY

treghet
01-20-2012, 07:10 PM
Emmure.

I SEE THE FIRE IN THE SKY

THAT'S A NICE HAMBURGER!

jd091
01-20-2012, 07:16 PM
Emmure.

I SEE THE FIRE IN THE SKY

There ain't gonna be a jail sentence

NO

MORE

FUCKING

CONSEQUENCE

WOAH!

*mosh*

MPF
01-20-2012, 07:16 PM
Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch >>>>> Emmure

MPF
01-20-2012, 07:19 PM
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1.) Devin Townsend- Terria

Anyone who knows me (or has ever looked at my facebook info) should have seen this a mile away. It's the greatest 72 minutes music ever put onto a disc.

Thank you and....


Oh wait you want more of a review don't you....





I bought this album along with Accelerated Evolution the same day. While my high school Jazz band was playing a Christmas show about 75 miles away in Eau Claire, WI at a local mall. a tradition that still happens there. They have (or had I have no clue if they still do or not) a FYE there where I did all my metal shopping when I was in the area. and I was just getting into SYL when I was told "Dude, you gotta get into his solo stuff. Once you do, you'll never look back." Holy Fuck he was right. I never looked back. I first popped in AE and played that for weeks because I didn't think Devin could get any better, I didn't even bother with Terria. Then I popped Terria in after forgetting I bought it, and it didn't click with me. Why the fuck is he singing about Olives? Earth Day? (Although my hometown Clear Lake, Wisconsin, is home to the creator of Earth Day, Gaylord A. Nelson) I don't get it. So like Opeth before him, Devin's Terria did nothing for me, until about 5-6 listens later then a bomb went off. It all made sense.......it doesn't make sense! It's just beautiful music created in a sometime quirky way, other times in a real passionate way, and others music just meant to be music. That's when things hit me like a ton of bricks. You don't write a style of music to be Metal, or to be col, or anything like that. You write music you want to play because you want to play it. That's what Terria is. 72 minutes of beautiful Passionate music. The greatest ballads like Stagnant, Nobody's Here, and Canada. Powerful songs like Earth Day and Mountain and just overall a real sense of Fuck it....just relax and enjoy music for what it is music. because Devin says it best in Earth Day. And Music......

WELL, IT'S JUST ENTERTAINMENT FOLKS!



Favorite song: Deep Peace

Well there you go my top 50 albums of all time. Some are universally agreed upon. Others you can't understand why they are there, others you can't understand why any of these albums would be there, while others think it's one of the best overall lists they've seen in a long time.

All I can say is that these 50 albums represent me in the best way possible and I thank you for taking the time to checking this out.

NOW GO OUT AND DISCOVER SOME NEW MUSIC!!!

masterguy49
01-20-2012, 07:24 PM
There ain't gonna be a jail sentence

NO

MORE

FUCKING

CONSEQUENCE

WOAH!

*mosh*
IM GONNA FINISH WHAT I STARTED
LIGHTSSS GOOOO OUTTTTT
AND NOW YOU BETTER PRAY, I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU ARE
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El Gordo
01-20-2012, 09:54 PM
And that's why the debate it out there. :lol:

I'll never consider AIC to be Grunge. That's almost a slap in the face to what they were and still are even without Layne Staley.

Every album you posted as well are badass albums and were in my 189 original albums I had apart of this list, but Dirt is the bee's knees in my eyes.


Why is grunge a slap in the face? It was just a blanket term to describe what was coming out of the American Northwest. PJ sounded nothing like Nirvana. Nirvana sounded nothing like AiC, etc. But while AiC was darker and probably more traditionally metal, Soundgarden just put out better albums in the early-to-mid-90's.

....and Tragically Hip - Day For Night was in your top 189?

street_burial
01-20-2012, 10:17 PM
IM PROBABLY THE BLERGBLELRGEBRLEBRLBELRBELBRLEBREBGBLRBE

Epidemic Reign
01-20-2012, 10:50 PM
Great list MPF! :party:

I'm thinking about doing something like this. Hopefully someone reads it :D

hellawaits77ny
01-20-2012, 10:54 PM
I find it odd that you can rank an album so high when it's only been out for a few weeks. I don't think the initial buzz has worn off yet, and by the end of the year it will have moved down the list quite a bit.

Not trying to be a dick, but treg is probably right.

Shit, I don't think I've ever seen an album give an entire forum an erection like this album has. Not dissing the album at all, but I'm suprised.

BUT, this has been an entertaining read. I agree that AIC should never be considered grunge.

MPF
01-20-2012, 10:54 PM
Why is grunge a slap in the face? It was just a blanket term to describe what was coming out of the American Northwest. PJ sounded nothing like Nirvana. Nirvana sounded nothing like AiC, etc. But while AiC was darker and probably more traditionally metal, Soundgarden just put out better albums in the early-to-mid-90's.

....and Tragically Hip - Day For Night was in your top 189?

For the first part, Grunge is one of the shittiest terms out there. just as much as Djent sucks. Were the bands mentioned above from Seattle? Yes, but Soundgarden isn't Grunge, and Alice In Chains is not grunge. I don't hate Nirvana like most people do, but I can only withstand one Nirvana song at a time before I need something else in my system.

And I dig Tragically Hip a lot actually. :D

Great list MPF! :party:

I'm thinking about doing something like this. Hopefully someone reads it :D

Thanks man. I'll check yours out for sure. You checked mine out.

MPF
01-20-2012, 10:58 PM
Not trying to be a dick, but treg is probably right.

Shit, I don't think I've ever seen an album give an entire forum an erection like this album has. Not dissing the album at all, but I'm suprised.

BUT, this has been an entertaining read. I agree that AIC should never be considered grunge.


I swear....I was an Alcest fan before I even joined this place. It's not because of everyone else getting a hard on over this album that I am. I won't be taken seriously until after the love of it form most hipsters and people here dies down, but I actually mean it. It combines the best of the past two albums and cuts out the stuff that dragged on in those albums. That's why i liked it. If it was a carbon copy of a previous album...I would have want with said original album. Also not trying to be a hipster when I say that. My list proves that completely.

*Also, no one is giving me shit for having Woods Of Ypres and that just came out this month as well.*

But I will say I am happy that I'm not the only one who doesn't consider AIC a Grunge band.

hellawaits77ny
01-20-2012, 11:02 PM
I swear....I was an Alcest fan before I even joined this place. It's not because of everyone else getting a hard on over this album that I am. I won't be taken seriously until after the love of it form most hipsters and people here dies down, but I actually mean it. It combines the best of the past two albums and cuts out the stuff that dragged on in those albums. That's why i liked it. If it was a carbon copy of a previous album...I would have want with said original album. Also not trying to be a hipster when I say that. My list proves that completely.

*Also, no one is giving me shit for having Woods Of Ypres and that just came out this month as well.*

But I will say I am happy that I'm not the only one who doesn't consider AIC a Grunge band.


You're definately not a hipster. Far from it. I just speak from personal experience. Many times I've absolutely loved an album the first few listens, and after a while, it didn't stand the test of time. I may have still loved the album, albeit not as much.

But it's certainly possible to continue truly loving an album, so who knows.

MPF
01-20-2012, 11:55 PM
You're definately not a hipster. Far from it. I just speak from personal experience. Many times I've absolutely loved an album the first few listens, and after a while, it didn't stand the test of time. I may have still loved the album, albeit not as much.

But it's certainly possible to continue truly loving an album, so who knows.

I don't know, usually when I'm dead set on something it takes a lot for me to change my mind on it. If it happens I'll eat crow, no qualms about that. But I don't see it happening.

DementedX14
01-21-2012, 09:27 AM
I swear....I was an Alcest fan before I even joined this place. It's not because of everyone else getting a hard on over this album that I am. I won't be taken seriously until after the love of it form most hipsters and people here dies down, but I actually mean it. It combines the best of the past two albums and cuts out the stuff that dragged on in those albums. That's why i liked it. If it was a carbon copy of a previous album...I would have want with said original album. Also not trying to be a hipster when I say that. My list proves that completely.


That is also my opinion on the album as well. :fist:

El Gordo
01-21-2012, 12:47 PM
For the first part, Grunge is one of the shittiest terms out there. just as much as Djent sucks. Were the bands mentioned above from Seattle? Yes, but Soundgarden isn't Grunge, and Alice In Chains is not grunge. I don't hate Nirvana like most people do, but I can only withstand one Nirvana song at a time before I need something else in my system.

And I dig Tragically Hip a lot actually. :D


I guess so. I've never had a problem with the term, even thought the "Big Four" of grunge sound nothing like each other. Anyway, Soundgarden and AiC shit all over the other two bands in that "Big Four", and I would assume we can agree on that point at least!

That's cool you like the Hip, I'm impressed! They're such a Canadian institution, I don't get to talk much about them on the web. Any favourite albums, songs?

MPF
01-21-2012, 05:31 PM
That is also my opinion on the album as well. :fist:

:fist:

I was starting to think I was the only one who felt this way. Thankfully I'm not alone.

I guess so. I've never had a problem with the term, even thought the "Big Four" of grunge sound nothing like each other. Anyway, Soundgarden and AiC shit all over the other two bands in that "Big Four", and I would assume we can agree on that point at least!

That's cool you like the Hip, I'm impressed! They're such a Canadian institution, I don't get to talk much about them on the web. Any favourite albums, songs?


Totally agreed about that!

Yeah, The Tragically Hip is one of those bands that people never expect me to really enjoy but I do. Up To Here is probably my favorite album. Its where I started so it has the sentimental value.

Rocco44
01-21-2012, 05:56 PM
Avoid the Light and Images & Words are fucking great albums. Long Distance Calling are super underrated.

MPF
01-21-2012, 06:03 PM
Avoid the Light and Images & Words are fucking great albums. Long Distance Calling are super underrated.

SO very true, that's why I wish the Self Titled Album would have been better. Not to say it's a bad album, but it's not Avoid The Light by any stretch.

hb420
01-21-2012, 06:39 PM
:fist:

I was starting to think I was the only one who felt this way. Thankfully I'm not alone.

Same here man. It's a perfect summation of Alcest's career at this point.

x-voltage
01-21-2012, 06:45 PM
Dude props on the Iced Earth pick. I'm a huge Iced Earth fan and it would be impossible to pick my favorite Iced Earth album. Horror show is amazing, some of my favorite songs from that album are Dragon's Child and Damien. Burnt Offerings is brilliant. Dante's Inferno!!!! Something Wicked This Way Comes... too many good songs, awesome. Dark Saga is the album that helped me a lot in playing fast riffs on guitar when I started learning. I learned almost every song on that album, and I will always love it. My pick would probably be for Night of the Stormrider if I had to choose. Stormrider, the song, is what got me turned onto Iced Earth, with that fast chugging verse riff.

El Gordo
01-21-2012, 08:32 PM
Yeah, The Tragically Hip is one of those bands that people never expect me to really enjoy but I do. Up To Here is probably my favorite album. Its where I started so it has the sentimental value.

Up To Here is a great album as well. You can't go wrong with anything they did from that album through to Trouble at the Henhouse. The absolute most perfect music to sit out on a dock or a deck with a cooler full of beer beside you on a perfect summer day.

MPF
01-21-2012, 09:29 PM
Same here man. It's a perfect summation of Alcest's career at this point.

I hope once the "OMGz NEW ALBUMZZZZZZZZZZZzzzz" phases passes other people will actually understand that.

Dude props on the Iced Earth pick. I'm a huge Iced Earth fan and it would be impossible to pick my favorite Iced Earth album. Horror show is amazing, some of my favorite songs from that album are Dragon's Child and Damien. Burnt Offerings is brilliant. Dante's Inferno!!!! Something Wicked This Way Comes... too many good songs, awesome. Dark Saga is the album that helped me a lot in playing fast riffs on guitar when I started learning. I learned almost every song on that album, and I will always love it. My pick would probably be for Night of the Stormrider if I had to choose. Stormrider, the song, is what got me turned onto Iced Earth, with that fast chugging verse riff.

When it comes to Iced Earth, only the original versions of Enter The Realm and Iced Earth are bad (at least vocally) otherwise there is not down point in IE's career. Something Wicked Part 2. is as close to that happening.

Burnt Offerings hit me just like Horror Show it was so hard to choose.

Up To Here is a great album as well. You can't go wrong with anything they did from that album through to Trouble at the Henhouse. The absolute most perfect music to sit out on a dock or a deck with a cooler full of beer beside you on a perfect summer day.

I'm definitely planning on that this summer.