Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #90-86
Posted by Reggie
Continuing on with our Top 100 list at The History of Metal, I bring you my next five with a little bit of justification. If you haven’t checked out The History of Metal or THOM as we call it, please do it’s a cool forum to talk about and share metal. The page creator does a great job as keeping topics fresh and he also takes the time to pose challenges to the group; Top 100 Albums being one of them. I think the best part of this whole challenge besides getting to see everyone else’s choices is to reminisce about why I love these albums so much. It gets me listening to some of these I haven’t heard in a while. Not to mention, seeing everyone elses favorites gets me to explore some things I haven’t heard yet. Enjoy!
#90 – Aenima – Tool
I didn’t know what to make of Tool when I first heard Sober. It took time for it to actually grow on me and when Aenima came out, that album got on heavy rotation for a long time. It was definitely different from the standard dose of Thrash I was listening to at the time. Tool was an expansion of my depth in musical palate. This isn’t one of those bands you get into casually or jump on some kind of Tool bandwagon though I think some people tried. I think people who really appreciate the art of music can appreciate Tool even if you are not an actual fan. They are very creative and artistic band.
#89 – Iconoclast – Symphony X
I am very late getting to know Symphony X. This was my first real taste of the band and was pretty much blown away by this album. Iconoclast finished quite high on my best of…list for 2011 – within the top 5 if I am not mistaken. They are a very clean and meticulous band with talented musicians all around. Hopefully, when Russell Allen is done with his other projects, Symphony X can churn out some quality metal in the near future.
#88 – Greatest Hits – Foo fighters
I think this might be the only Greatest Hits album on my list. It’s kind of cheating, but this is really my only Foo Fighters album besides their most recent release. This is another band that took me a while to get into. Early on I dismissed them as a Nirvana spin-off, but when I took the time to listen I realized they were legit and Dave Grohl is a hell of a musician and songwriter. This particular Greatest Hits album is pretty well stacked with awesome music which I turn to on a regular basis. Hats off to Foo Fighters for cleaning house in the 2012 Grammy Awards.
#87 – Draconian Times – Paradise lost
I picked this album up because I thought Paradise Lost was a cool band name. Of course, I also knew of John Milton’s epic poem with the same name. I am not sure if it’s related or a coincidence, but it was reason enough to give them a try. Since this album, I have become a die-hard Paradise Lost fan; supporting them through their varied musical changes and purchasing all of their albums since. One of those albums that featured a very Depeche Mode influence is later on this list. I had the pleasure of meeting these guys a few months ago and they are pretty cool chaps…well worth the extra money for the VIP experience. In fact, my autographed poster is getting framed as I write this. By far, Paradise Lost tops my list of bands whose primary genre is Doom oriented.
#86 – Hysteria – Def Leppard
Ah, my first of a few 80’s bands you will see on this list. Though this album did extremely well for the band it wasn’t my particular favorite from Def Leppard. Another one appears later on this list. I did (and still do) like Hysteria, it is where it is mostly out of nostalgia. This album also came out when I was branching off from the 80’s into the multiple metal subgenres I know, love, and support today. This is a classic example of me not forgetting where I came from. Though many dismiss the music generated during that glorious decade, you have to admit the music was fun, catchy, and lacked angst. The 80’s was a 10-yeaar party for those old enough to party. The problem with this album is that many of the songs were seriously overplayed. My personal favorite is Gods of War.