Ok, now for the main event. The order isn't perfect because it was driving me crazy trying to compare such a wide variety of albums. So keep in mind that there isn't too much of a difference from #35 and #55.
58. Protest The Hero - Scurrilous
I was expecting to like this album a lot more than I did especially since it clicked with a bunch of people who said they weren't a fan before this album. Part of the problem is that I'm not the biggest fan of Roddy's clean vocals and they get really old after a while. The riffs and musicianship are amazing as usual but not memorable enough for me.
57. Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction
This one will probably get me a lot of shit as well. I think you either get Devy's music or you don't and I guess I don't. That being said, I do enjoy a good amount of his material including Addicted so I was looking forward to this album so this placement on my list shows my disappointment. Way too over the top and circus like for my taste. I guess I like my music to be serious for the most part, so the fart noises and gimmicks turn me off. The guest appearances were also to blame for my high hopes and some of the best vocalists out there were barely noticeable upon first listen. That said, there is some solid material in here and its obvious that Devin is some sort of musical genius but I just don't "get" this one.
56. Unearth - Darkness In The Light
There was a time in my life when I worshiped these guys but I guess I'm just not into melodic metalcore like I used to be. The Maiden riffs are still there, Trevor's vocals snarled vocals as well, they just don't seem to have the same energy that they used to. There are still some great solos, groove laden riffs, cool breakdowns for longtime fans of Unearth, but I'm still reaching for The Oncoming Storm when I need my fix.