Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #95-91
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!
#95 – Prove you Wrong – Prong
Prong could be considered my first taste of Industrial metal. I liked their grooves; I thought they were a bit different from what I was listening to at the time which centered on the Big Four. If I am not mistaken this is also the only band I was ever scheduled to see that pulled out at the last-minute. They would have been an opening act for Nuclear Assault. Yeah, this goes way back. This album was released the year I graduated high school; I can’t believe it’s that old! Maybe they will have a remastered release of this album? That would be killer! Their new album, Carved Into Stone is quite good if you haven’t checked it out yet.
#94 – Mechanical Animals – Marilyn Manson
I can take Manson in small to medium doses, but of all his albums I liked this mellower version of his music. I also liked Antichrist Superstar, but I like pretty much every single song on Mechanical Animals. I would have to say I listened to this Manson album more than any other, therefore it qualifies as my favorite for them and worthy of being on this list.
#93 – Revelation – Armored Saint
I think I listened to this album repeatedly when I drove from New Hampshire to California. For you non-Americans, that is almost 4,000 miles or 7,412 kilometers for those using the metric system. Revelation became one of my favorite “driving” CDs for a long time. It takes a minute or so for this song to get going, but once it does I think you will see that the tempo lends itself to setting the cruise control at a fairly high-rate of speed and enjoying the ride.
#92 – War is the Answer – Five Finger Death Punch
As much as I listened to this album it should probably be higher on my list. As I look further up my list of best albums, there is just so much good music, in my opinion. This is a good spot for Five Finger Death Punch. War is the Answer has a good mix of groovy, thrashy, and melodic metal which makes for a solid listen through and through. Their cover of Bad Company is top-notch. These guys definitely bring their A-game to the stage; they are very good at getting crowd participation and worthy of checking out if they come to a venue near you.
#91 – The Fathomless Mastery – Bloodbath
This is what happens when you take members of Opeth and Katatonia and let them run wild. Bloodbath embodies everything that is Death metal. This particular album is guttural, fast, heavy, and groovy all at the same time. They hit the nail with the hammer when they decided to take a break from their day jobs. The latest word is that Mikael is no longer going to front the band because he is just too busy, but the rest of the guys are going to continue on with a new singer. And I, for sure, look very forward to that.