Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #75-#71
Posted by RiffRaff
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 August 13, 2012, in Matt's Top 100 Albums and tagged Best of Lists, Devin Townsend, entertainment, Favorite Albums, metal, Music, Slayer, Steven Wilson, Suicidal Tendencies, Type-O-Negetive. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.