Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #70-66
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!
#70 – Empire – Queensryche
Based on everything going on with Queensryche lately I would just as soon keep them off my list out of spite. However, there is no denying the incredible amount of talent these guys have. Funny thing is that their first single, Empire, was not a song I particularly liked that much. I like just about every other song on the album better than Empire. Empire, the album,is a great piece of work and the 25th Anniversary remastered edition is one that is worthy of your music collection. After all the legal issues are over and if Queensryche moves on as Rising West, I will still be at the shows when they come around.
#69 – Blessing in Disguise – Metal Church
I really liked this lineup of Metal Church with Mike Howe on vocals. I was never much of a fan before and after this time period (three albums). Believe it or not, they used to play Metal Church on MTV back in the late 80s. I always thought this was a pretty rockin’ CD and must have spun it hundreds of times and still do from time to time…probably another one that needs to be remastered. I think it held up well over the years. Besides Badlands, I also liked The Spell That Can’t Be Broken, Rest In Pieces, and the cool instrumental It’s A Secret.
#68 – Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
I first heard this when I was deployed to a sandy kind of place nearly 20 years ago. Someone knew I liked metal and said to try this new thing called Rage Against The Machine. I thought it was crap. I am not sure at what point I decided it wasn’t crap anymore and bought it some years later. I caught them live in Texas with a rap band (The Roots – I think) and the place was insane…such a mixed crowd, but everyone was crazy and had a good time. This is was one of the few times I thought I was going hit the ground in the pit and not be able to get up; a bit scary for a bit. I appreciate what this band does for metal. Their debut album has some serious balls.
#67 – In requiem – Paradise Lost
Another album that marks a return to Goth/Doom roots for Paradise Lost. They have had quite a career of pretty much doing what THEY want to do. This album is a bit darker than their previous self-titled album and the ones just before it. I like the darkness of this album, but Paradise Lost seems to do a great job of keeping a level of melody infused with the typically gloomy and melancholy genre they play. They make a nice balance out of gloomy lyrical content. I like this video; it’s quite dim and really gives the song a sense of time and story.
#66 – Once – Nightwish
Just because this album is on my list doesn’t mean I don’t like the newer version of Nightwish. I like both versions and I think both vocalists are great in their own special way. I am not sure how I came across Nightwish, but I was pretty much hooked right away. I know it was before I moved to England, so at the time Nightwish was one of only a few bands I knew of from Scandinavia. My favorite song on this album is Nemo and was one of the first albums I heard that would be classified as Symphonic metal. Nightwish was basically an introduction to that metal subgenre for me…them and also Dutch band Within Temptation.