Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #75-#71

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!!!

#75: Grace for Drowning by Steven Wilson

Going from touching and heartfelt to eerie and scary this album just hits every emotion that one can experience while listening to music. He also takes you through journeys with unexpected twists and turns that will leave you with surprise and awe at every bend. The top-notch prog-rock borders on metal territory at times, and is welcome to cross over and visit anytime. The lyric writing is superb as well, while being a bit cryptic at times, Mr. Wilson uses his words to build an image or emotion and when placed upon the backdrop of his music they create a tightly woven listening experience. IMHO this is some of Mr. Wilson’s best work and fans of all music should give this a listen, it’s just, wow. I also love the trio of music videos released for the album, the work that Lasse Hoile does with Steven is just A/V bliss.

#74: October Rust by Type-O-Negative

By far my favorite Type-O album. Peter Steele (RIP) and co. are in top form here as they create romantic and Gothic soundscapes with this whole ‘nature in October’ atmosphere. I could imagine that the only ‘love’ songs that a metal head would proudly admit to liking would come off this record. Beyond the great performance and songwriting I love Peter Steele’s tongue in cheek humor on tracks like “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend” and “Be My Druidess” and the awesome cover of Neal Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”. But most of all it’s that Autumn atmosphere that makes me love this album to death.

#73: How Can I Laugh Tomorrow…. by Suicidal Tendencies

Blistering thrash riffs, big, fat grooves, positively charged lyrics and vocals. What is there not to love about ST? Contrary to the band name the last thing that listening to this record will cause the opposite of wanting to off yourself. If I’m ever feeling down in a rut popping in How Can I Laugh… is a great pick me up by both putting a positive spin on the negative I may be feeling with their topical lyrics on stuff like being an individual, sticking up for what you believe, self-expression, that kind of stuff, and the killer music just gets the blood running. ST4Life!

#72: Deconstruction by Devin Townsend

The meaning of life presented by way of cheeseburger. You can never fault Devin for lacking a sense of humor. And amid all the humor is some pretty damn deep themes on the meaning of it all. And then there’s the music. On this album I think Devin explores just about every musical aspect that could be melded with metal. By the time I finish listening to the record I feel like he literally through the kitchen sink at me. One of my favorite parts of the album aside from its philosophical themes and dearth of great guest musicians (including Mikael Akerfeldt, Ihsahn, and Oderous Urungus) is how the music starts off quite ‘tame’ and slowly begins to ‘deconstruct’ itself into utter cacophony and chaos by the end of the record. I love me some Devin Townsend (and SYL) and of all his works, I feel that this is his magnum opus.

#71 Seasons in the Abyss by Slayer

SSSSSSSSSSSSSLLLLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Do I really need to say more?
TBH, This is the only Slayer record to make it onto my list. As much as I enjoy the rest of their records they all start to sound samey after a while, but Seasons… is the one that I hear the most diversity in. If you need to own just one Slayer record I say this is you best bet (Reign in Blood isn’t to far off).

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Posted on 2012-08-13, in Matt's Top 100 Albums and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Definitely some familiar bands on your list this week…a couple that will appear later on down my road. That October Rust album was pretty cool and Suicidal Tendencies is amazing…what is your favorite song on that album? I love Surf N’ Slam and also How Will I Laugh…this one needs a remastering, yeah!

    I haven’t heard much else apart from the new album. How does that album compare to his most recent? I have heard the posted song, but not much else.

    I still haven’t gotten around to Devin Townsend. I need to get on that, but just haven’t yet. Cool song though.

  2. Whenever I hear Type 0 Negative I think ‘This is good – must check out some more of their stuff’ but so far haven’t got around to doing so. Love the Gothic atmosphere and Steele’s vocals; that melancholy and strangely soothing baritone reminds me of other ‘gothic’ singers I like such as Andrew Eldritch (Sisters of Mercy) and Nick Cave (Bad Seeds).

    Grace for Drowning’s another top choice. Steven Wilson’s very prolific yet rarely fails to hit the mark for me: I like most of PT, what I’ve heard of his NoMan project is great and of course there’s his production work with Opeth, Marillion, Fish. Haven’t quite made up my mind about Storm Corrosion but it’s certainly interesting and distinctive. Have you got his first solo album, Insurgentes? That slightly pips GfD at the post for me (though it’s a close-run thing).

    I agree Slayer albums can be much of a muchness, but the classics – RiB, SoH and SItA – all stand up fine to my ears. I also quited liked some of DiM – though the supposedly Nu Metal influences didn’t sit too well with some I thought they introduced a bit of needed variety into the sound.

    Just about to check out Devin Townsend. Heard lots of good things about this guy and I have the impression he’ll be up my alley but yet to hear a note of his music. So many albums so little time…

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