Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #65-61
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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!
#65 – 5150 – Van Halen
This will probably spur some debate, but I am a Sammy Hagar fan more than a David Lee Roth era Van Halen fan. In my youth I knew of David Lee Roth and really liked and still do like those classics, but there is no arguing that when Hagar entered the scene, Van Halen’s level of fame significantly increased. I can’t think of a bad song on 5150. It is really an all-around great album which boasted more substance than just songs about beaches, babes, and butt-cheeks.
#64 – The Scattering of Ashes – Into Eternity
I am not exactly sure when or how I heard of Canada’s Into Eternity. Despite my lack of memory regarding my initial introduction to this band, I am glad it happened. If I am not mistaken this is the album where Stu Block made his debut. He went on to record another album with Into Eternity, then was selected to fill vocal duties for Iced Earth…not a bad deal depending on who you ask. Word out on the street is that Into Eternity enlisted a female vocalist to hit Block’s high notes and should be on the verge of releasing an album…not sure what the holdup is, but I anxiously await. If you have never heard this band you might actually think they have two vocalists when, in fact, Stu Block can hit all those ranges. See for yourself. This entire album is killer!
#63 – Only Revolutions – Biffy Clyro
The first time I heard of Biffy Clyro was when people complained about them being selected to headline the Saturday set of Sonisphere UK 2011. I had no idea what all the complaining was about so I did some research and became pretty much an instant fan. I do see how people might not want Biffy to headline a metal festival because they aren’t really metal, but they are cool and so damn catchy. I have my whole family listening to this particular album. I guess that is a good sign when one metalhead man, a non-metalhead wife, and two young kids all like the same band. They have appeal; there is no doubt about that.
#62 – Order of the Black – Black Label Society
Until fairly recently, I knew not much of Black Label Society. I got into them on short notice and went to see them live and was blown away by Zakk’s guitar playing prowess. I saw him once before with Ozzy, but was too far away to really appreciate. This particular album really opened the door to a metal subgenre I knew relatively nothing about. Since the release of this album, I have gone back and purchased a couple more and continue to expand my horizons with sludge/biker metal or whatever its real title is. Parade of the Dead is by far my favorite BLS song.
#61 – River Runs Red – Life of Agony
I have spoken of this pivotal album numerous times; it could or should probably be higher on my list. This is an amazing album with a tragic story told through the eyes of lead vocalist Keith Caputo. River Runs Red came at a time when metal wasn’t doing so well on mainstream radio or TV. This New York quartet suddenly found themselves thrown in the spotlight. Success for the band came quick. River Runs Red is 20 years old now and has held up well over time. The story in the album is one that many people can relate to…unfortunately. It’s a damn good album.