Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #75-71
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 Albumsbeing 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!
#75 – Maximum Violence – Six Feet Under
This was a tough one between Haunted or Maximum Violence. I think the latter just has a couple extra songs that I like more. Six Feet Under has a different take on Death metal than their counterparts-opting for more groove than speed. I was only discovering Death metal in the early to mid-nineties and Six Feet Under sure made it easy to appreciate this style of metal and open the door to other bands in the genre. I like Six Feet Under’s approach, but it seemed to be wash, rinse, and repeat on their later albums. Their new album, Undead, is a more back-to-form SFU album which, for SFU fans, is a great thing; the album even charted. Wow, Death metal charted. What’s the world coming to?
#74 – Warp Riders – The Sword
I didn’t know much about the Austin, Texas-based band, The Sword, until I saw them open for Trivium…of all bands. I was blown away not only by their sludge style, but the fact that they played so well; they are such a great live band. I became an instant fan and have been following them ever since. The Sword also opened some doors for me in metal believe it or not with other sludge-biker metal style bands. Warp Riders, their third studio album is well…flawless. They are great song-writers, musicians, and their videos are pretty cool. I have no idea why these guys aren’t more popular because they can easily appeal to both metal fans and non-metal fans. Anyway, The Sword has another new album on the horizon…yay!
#73 – Screaming for Vengeance – Judas Priest
This is probably one of the first metal albums I heard when I was very young and impressionable. My brother came home to visit from the Army with a bunch of cassettes; Judas Priest among them. My brothers may not know it, but they are largely responsible for my love of metal. Maybe I should thank them next time I see them. Screaming for Vengeance had a cool cover and it also contains one of the most well-known metal songs collectively on one CD. Much like their British counterparts, Iron Maiden…Judas Priest laid the foundation for the American onslaught of Thrash metal as we know it. Big thank you to Judas Priest…a great live band! Judas Priest is one of the few metal bands my wife has seen live. A big thank you to my wife for being open to my world…too bad she saw Ripper though and not Halford. Both great shows, but Halford is a showman.
#72 – Shogun – Trivium
For some reason, Shogun got a lot of criticism from the fans. Well, Trivium catches a lot of crap in general it seems. Trivium is far more musically talented on record and with their live shows than a whole laundry list of bands that emerged in the last 10-years. I look to these guys as the ones that can carry the American Thrash torch beyond the Big Four. I like the pop-ish stuff Trivium recorded on Ascendency as well, but Shogun was pretty much all metal; also a great workout CD. Either way, Shogun seemed to mark a bit of a turning point for the band. I liked the speedy and heavier rhythm. I thought this was a great follow-up to the more commercial-sounding The Crusade…though I think that album is bad-ass too.
#71 – Roots – Sepultura
Roots marks a definite change in overall sound from the Brazilian Thrash band. This album has some interesting tribal influences going on which was a cool thing to do at the time; it added a certain element that separated them from the pack. Roots packs a solid punch; the songs I like on this album I really like a lot while about half the CD I hardly ever listen to. This album places on my list at #71 based on the weight of the five songs I think are outstanding. I wonder what this band would have become if all parties involved stayed together? My only live experience with this or any incarnation of Sepultura was seeing them open for Ozzy before Type O Negative’s set…it was like 25-minutes…way too short!