Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #60-56
Posted by Reggie
This is the part of my Top 100 favorite albums list that seems to be fluid. I have moved these bands around several times trying to make sense of how they can be lumped so closely together despite the generation gap. I guess I love these albums for different reasons. Perhaps they mean something different to me from two dissimilar time periods even if I don’t really listen to some of these older albums much today. Either way, they made an impression on me either at 38 or 13. Strangely, it was harder to place these albums in the 60, 50, and 40 range than it was to select my top 20 albums of all time. This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook. Each day we list another album until we get to the end. Below is my next list of five as we near our way to the mid-point and follow-up to #1 several weeks down the road.
#60 – Out of the Cellar – Ratt
I haven’t listened to this album in years. When I did have it, it was on vinyl; probably the last piece of vinyl I ever owned. I was 11 years old when this album was released and it made in impression on me which would eventually lead me to listen to other, more aggressive metal. We all have to start somewhere. Though, I haven’t listened to this album in such a long time, I have to place it here because of what it did for me as a child…laid a semi-solid foundation for what I would eventually grow to love…Thrash metal and beyond.
#59 – Phantom Antichrist – Kreator
In stark contrast to #60, this album was released not too long ago. It seems strange to place it here so high on my list right next to a band that has been with me for so long, but damn Phantom Antichrist such a great Thrash metal album. I basically lost touch with this band for more than a decade and this album brought it all back. Perhaps it’s too soon/too high, but since this album has been released not too long ago, it’s still getting regular play. If I put it too low it’s almost like punishing the band. Damned if I do, damned if I don’t, so somewhere in the middle this album sits.
#58 – Helvetios – Eluveitie
This is another new album and a relatively new band in my life. I have taken a liking to Eluveitie after seeing them open for DevilDriver in 2009. I love the folk infusion in their style of metal. Like Kreator, the album is amazing, too good to be too low and too new to be much higher. My favorite song on the album is Havoc…I imagine is one of Eluveitie’s heaviest songs. I would love to hear that song live sometime. Overall, the album is quite diverse ranging from more folky to thrashy and everywhere in between.
#57 – Slippery When Wet – Bon Jovi
Once again back to something quite old. I have listened to most of the songs on this album fairly recently because my wife is a Bon Jovi fan. Therefore, I hear it more often that Ratt at #60. Again, this is another album that I played quite a bit before I ever knew the Big Four existed; bands like Ratt and Bon Jovi and several others were my world as pre and young teenager. I scored major cool points when I took my wife to see Bon Jovi in London on the Circle tour at the O2. They really do put on a great show; well worth the time and money to go see them live.
#56 – Surtur Rising – Amon Amarth
Ok back to something a little more metal. This album was in my top 5 albums for 2011. I still spin this one quite a bit; it’s a great workout CD and all around awesome Death metal CD. I have been lucky to see this band live three times during my stay in England over four years. They never cease to amaze me with their synchronized headbanging and ability to stay in tune. Though a great album, this is not the only Amon Amarth album on my list…which is impressive since I only have been listening to them for about four years.