Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #85-#81

Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time.  Loving making lists I’m all on this.  Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge.  This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences.  My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it.  Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list.  Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there!  Enjoy!!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

#85 Voimasta ja Kunniasta by Moonsorrow

When I first discovered the world of folk metal by way of Eluveitie I was instantly driven to go out and hunt down some more bands in the genre. In my search I found many great bands, but one day I came across a fan made video for the song “Sankarihauta” (posted below). Let’s just say that it was love at first sight and within a matter of minutes I ran out and grabbed my first of many Moonsorrow albums, Voimasta…. The epicness of this record is only superseded by some of the bands later works.

#84 1919 Eternal by Black Label Society

Zakk Wylde’s BLS has always been a real hit or miss band for me. Some albums I dig, some, not so much. 1919 Eternal is one of the ones I dig, err, no, love. Every song is drenched in driving riffs and fat grooves and contains a perfect amount of guitar wankery never overdoing it. This is one of my favorite go-to albums when I want to listen to some straightforward, high energy, fist pumping metal.

#83 The Locust Year by Hammers of Misfortune

Last year I was introduced to a prog metal band by the name of Hammers of Misfortune and their new prog rock opera 17th Street. Suffice to say, the record blew me away, but didn’t quite make this list here. Anywho, not too soon after I started hunting down other albums by the band and got my hands on a copy of The Locust Years, and holy shit is it awesome. The huge NWOBHM hinted with a touch of sludge mixed with all things retro prog was just music to my ears and the male/female duet vocals sound great and add tons of character. There’s something about the production that I love about this record also. While sounding very clean it also has a dirty, raw sound to it making it feel all warm, almost like listening to vinyl. In the past year this band has been getting a lot of listens, this album in particular, and I can see them growing to the top echelon of my all time favorites quickly (still need more time to absorb their records;) )

#82 Nifelvind by Finntroll

Polka, Metal, and Trolls. Need I say more? No, not really, but I will. Finntroll’s most recent album Nifelvind is, IMO, their best and most solid release to date. Between the strong production and great songwriting everything I loved about Finntroll in the past is honed to perfection here. I remember when I first heard Finntroll back in the early 00’s by some random dude I happened to be at a house party with. I was blown away by their debut record and promptly forgot the name of the band when I went searching for the cd. It was funny trying to get help from the record store clerk who gave me some of the funniest looks as I asked him to help me find ‘this band that sings in some Scandinavian language and plays both metal and polka music’. Luckily, some years later when I was able to get my hands on my own broadband internet I was able to hunt down the name of the band and get my ‘Trollhammeren’ on.

#81- Road Salt Pt.1: Ivory by Pain of Salvation

Being a band not afraid to explore various musical territories, Pain of Salvation have themselves quite a diverse catalog of stellar albums. Their venture into classic rock blues tinged prog rock is by far one of my favorite eras of PoS. Songs like “No Way”, “Tell Me You Don’t Know”, and “Linoleum” get my fingers snapping and energy moving and tunes like “Sisters”, “Of Dust”, and “Where It Hurts” touch me on an emotional level and make me self-reflective and pensive. Daniel Gildenlow’s lyrics and music on this record are some of his most introspective and evocative yet and his delivery is beyond perfect.

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Posted on 2012-07-30, in Matt's Top 100 Albums and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks to you I now own my first Pain of Salvation album. I dig it alot and really enjoyed their set when I saw them open for Opeth. They are definitely a bit different…which is a good thing. I still haven’t listened to Finntroll much. I have seen several posts on them, but it hasn’t clicked. I should check out the album you posted since it made your list.

    Hammers of Misfortune and Moonsorrow are also recommendations you made that I jumped on so thank you for that. Black Label Society is another band that didn’t click until just a couple years ago. For some reason that whole “biker” vive thing didnt do much for me, now I dig it…Godsized, Down, Orange Goblin…can’t get enough of it. Great list!

    • Glad you dug the albums!! If you grab any Finntroll album, Nifelvind is the one. By far the best and most cohesive. The others were good and all, but had tracks that were ‘skipable’, this one is all killer no filler.
      Sometimes that biker vibe is cool for some beer drinking music. BLS fits that bill great. I dig their ‘acoustic’ albums too, but none of those made ‘the list’, lol. If you dig that whole ‘biker vibe’ thing, check out a band called Valient Thorr. I just heard them for the first time the other day and I’m really digging it. It’s kinda like ZZ Top meets metal.

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