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Old 05-05-2011, 03:50 AM
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Nothing wrong with this album. It's fantastic. Shame you don't like more of them, though.....
For sure. Not my personal favorite Rush album, but I definitely don't have a problem with it being said that it's the best - very arguable.
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:44 AM
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Classic album. Can't quite call it my favorite but definitely top five or six.
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I suppose Rush needs no introduction whatsoever - in fact, I'm sure I'm pissing a lot of people off by not only including the only Rush album on this list this low, but also choosing THIS album.
There is nothing wrong with choosing this album considering it's held in very high esteem by Rush fans. In fact for a lot of them it's their favorite. It's not my favorite album from them but it's deffinitley top 10.

Too bad you weren't more into them. But if you wanna deprive yourself of the greatest band ever than that's up to you
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Old 05-05-2011, 06:05 PM
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There is nothing wrong with choosing this album considering it's held in very high esteem by Rush fans. In fact for a lot of them it's their favorite. It's not my favorite album from them but it's deffinitley top 10.

Too bad you weren't more into them. But if you wanna deprive yourself of the greatest band ever than that's up to you
Not to mention arguably the greatest live band ever....
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Old 05-05-2011, 08:44 PM
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#89:
At Vance - Only Human
(2002)


In direct contrast to my last selection, I'm sure this band needs a pretty extensive introduction. The best comparison I can make for At Vance is Yngwie Malmsteen's more song-oriented, tasteful solo work. There's 2 classical-based instrumentals and a lot of neoclassic guitar shredding throughout, but the songs are actually very, very good and the vocals are actually rather amazing, as I find Oliver Hartmann to be one of the most underrated vocalists out there. Still relatively "standard" Neoclassical/Melodic Power Metal, but done about the best it can be, and there are no weak tracks here, which is pretty impressive for a record this long with this many tracks.

Tracklisting:
01 The Time Has Come (3:58)
02 Only Human (5:14)
03 Take My Pain (4:18)
04 Fly to the Rainbow (6:09)
05 Hold Your Fire (5:47)
06 The Four Seasons: Spring (3:05)
07 Take Me Away (4:48)
08 Time (5:48)
09 Solfeggietto (1:00)
10 Sing This Song (5:59)
11 Witches Dance (5:31)
12 Wings to Fly (6:37)
13 I Surrender (4:25)

Featured Track:
"Only Human"

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Old 05-05-2011, 09:06 PM
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#88:
Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes
(1998)


Once regarded as one of my favorite bands, this album's placement is more based on nostalgia than anything. Despite it being a rather inconsistent album in many people's eyes, this is (along with Night of the Stormrider) the only Iced Earth album on which I actually like pretty much every song (though "Reaping Stone" is a bit of a drag). I am one of the few people who generally likes Jon Schaffer ballads, and there are 4 of my favorites on this disc. The songs are generally to-the-point and hard-hitting, and the Something Wicked Trilogy is pretty unanimously considered one of the best things this band has ever done. Fronted by the great vocals of Matt Barlow, this was my favorite era of Iced Earth, and Schaffer ever assembling an album again that is this solid and void of messages are slim to none.

Tracklisting:
01 Burning Times (3:44)
02 Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:47)
03 Disciples of the Lie (4:03)
04 Watching Over Me (4:28)
05 Stand Alone (2:44)
06 Consequences (5:36)
07 My Own Savior (3:39)
08 Reaping Stone (4:02)
09 1776 (3:33)
10 Blessed Are You (5:05)
11 Prophecy (6:18)
12 The Birth of the Wicked (4:16)
13 The Coming Curse (9:33)

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Damn good choice sir. Sadly everything you said about IE is right. I want to be proven wrong, and I still have hope for that. But I know in reality you are right.
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Old 05-06-2011, 06:47 AM
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Damn good choice sir. Sadly everything you said about IE is right. I want to be proven wrong, and I still have hope for that. But I know in reality you are right.
Yeah, this.

If I had to choose one At Vance album, it'd be Chained, but Only Human is pretty good, too.
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I really like BT, Melancholy, WOM and the Something Wicked trilogy. They're some of the best IE has to offer. For some reason I find the rest of the album kind of ordinary though, it's all stuff that could've easily been written and recorded by any random metal band out there.
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#87:
UFO - Lights Out
(1977)


UFO are undoubtedly one of the most quintessential classic hard rock bands. It seems that even though they have never shared too much commercial success, they remain one of the most-mentioned names on the list of influences for any hard rock/metal band who formed between 1978 and 1985. Bassist Pete Way is where Steve Harris stole pretty much every one of his stage moves from. But this band goes far beyond that. Phil Mogg has always had a great voice that remains perfectly intact to this day, and Michael Schenker is probably one of the most important and influential early rock/metal guitarists. This is more of a "courtesy pick" due to respect for the band, and more out of process of elimination, as UFO have several great, classic albums - but I would consider this one my favorite.

Tracklisting:
01 Too Hot to Handle (3:37)
02 Just Another Suicide (4:58)
03 Try Me (4:49)
04 Lights Out (4:33)
05 Gettin' Ready (3:46)
06 Alone Again Or (3:00)
07 Electric Phase (4:20)
08 Love to Love (7:38)

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"Love to Love" (live in the studio, 2005)
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