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

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!

#85 – The Impossibility of Reason – Chimaira

I think Cleveland’s Chimaira is a pretty solid metal band.  This particular album, as far as I am concerned, boasts some of their best work.  It was released in 2003 and has sold over 200,000 copies which is pretty good for this style of metal.  I have had the pleasure of seeing Chimaira live in the last few years where they play Pure Hatred and Power Trip – crowd favorites which, of course, are both from this album.  Despite the band replacing 5 of 6 members over the last year or so, they are still able to carry on.  Their last album, The Age of Hell, received mixed reviews, but for me it made my Top 15 of 2011.

#84 – Urban Discipline – Biohazard

When it comes to Biohazard’s best song, Punishment is the first that comes to mind.  Urban Discipline is a solid album in its own right, but that particular song could easily appear very high on my favorite song list if I were to make one.  Personally, the song itself is easily my favorite Biohazard song of all time.  The rest of the album is also top-notch Biohazard though the more memorable songs appear early on.  This is one band that has eluded me on concert-going experiences.  For a band that melds metal with rap-style lyrics, they did it just right which made them a standout band in the metal community.  I am glad they are still out there.  Their newest album, Reborn in Defiance, is quite good if you are looking for some new Biohazard to listen to.

#83 – Alice in Hell – Annihilator

First off, Annihilator is a bad-ass name for a band.  I got into this Canadian outfit the first time I heard them.  They were (and still are) clean and meticulous as many Canadian bands seem to be.  I liked the story-telling in their music.  Jeff Waters is a super-talented musician; too bad he can’t keep a regular set of band members.   At this point it looks like they have had about 26 former band members since their first album debuted in 1989.  I guess Dave Mustaine and Jeff Waters have something in common.  Maybe Waters should have joined Megadeth when he had the chance.  Also, just a bit of gee whiz, Mike Mangini (Dream Theater) also played for Annihilator on more than one occasion.

#82 – Are You Dead Yet? – Children of Bodom

This is a band that seems to have a divide in fan appreciation based on old Children of Bodom and new Children of Bodom.  For me, this album was the first one I ever heard which makes me stuck in the middle.  I like both old and new material and this particular album has some of my favorite material.  Alexi is a stellar guitarist which, unfortunately, makes his stage presence a bit lackluster at least from what I saw a couple of times.  He has to be so meticulous that is leaves little room for “working” the crowd.  Despite this downside, I’ll still go see them live because their songs rock at volume dial #11.

#81 – (Blue) Album – Weezer

I am not even sure how to classify Weezer – Rock would probably be most accurate, but for some reason they go over well with metal fans.  I think it has something to with the low tuning of their guitars; it kind of gives them an edge.  Their music is catchy and their lyrics are witty.  Weezer is a non-threatening band and a good listen when you want something on the lighter side despite the fact that they sound heavy on many of their songs.   In addition to their catchy songs, they do have some of the best music videos on the opposite end of the visual arts spectrum from say Rammstein.  Below is one of their first videos.  For non Americans, this video is embedded with a classic television show called Happy Days – set in the 50s.  Enjoy!

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Posted on July 30, 2012, in Metal Lists, Reggie's Top 100 Albums and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Some cool choices on there. Remember hearing Buddy Holly years ago (on MTV, I think) and being really impressed, then subsequently a little disappointed with much else on the album. I haven’t listened to it for years so maybe it’s due a new spin…

    And ‘Alice In Hell’ is a bit of a memory-jogger, too. My sister introduced me to these guys and I remember the aforementioned record being on heavy rotation in the car on a family holiday down to Bournemouth (my folks were quite tolerant, really, given that neither were what you could call ‘fans’ of heavy rock music). I’ve not heard this for years, either; and in what I remember as a straightforward thrash song I’m now hearing some almost proggy dynamics and a dash of theatricality: a bit Master of Puppets, a touch of Voivod, maybe an inspiration for A7X? A great song, whatever. Must re-aquaint myself with this album.

  2. Some great picks! Annihilator is a band I just got into over the past couple years. That is a great album! I’ve never gotten big into listening to Biohazard albums, but live they are off the hook and would gladly go whenever they hit my area. I got to see them tour for the aforementioned album with Fear Factory on the bill also. Great show!

    And Weezer. Love that album! Me and my sister used to rock out to that record all the time. I had it in not to long ago. Great record, and almost made my list also. Love that video for Buddy Holly. One of my all time favorite music videos. It’s cool that Spike Jones, the director, has gone on to film and made some great movies. But his music videos will forever stick with me.

    Oh, and Happy Days is/was huge in Europe as well as its spinoffs like Jonie Loves Chachi. Well at least in Italy at least. Everybody loves Fonzy!

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