|Ij's Path to Undoing|
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This is one of the best albums of the 90's in any genre. I don't even care what
genre this falls into, because it mixes so many of my favourite sounds so flawlessly.
Dave Grohl was my when this came out, and I don't believe he will ever be able to
I DON'T OWE YOU ANYTHING!!!!
I traveled 4 hours after on a Friday after work to catch Down, Megadeth and
Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath w/ Ronnie James Dio). Because I we didn't get into
town til after Down had started, we missed most of their set and I was totally
bummed. I busted through the ticket gate to the last notes of Stone The Crow, and
went to my shitty seats in the upper, upper bowl. Phil announced that they would
only be playing on more song and my heart sank until the riff from Bury Me In
Smoke began. The lights went up and Phil said, "Alright, look the mother fucker
next to you in the eyes, and head bang like you're gonna break yer fuckin neck! Til
we see you next time!" The next 8 minutes were lost to epic riffage and dope
smoke, and I didn't feel ripped off at all.
Seeing Black Sabbath with Dio didn't hurt either ; )
I waited a long time to finally see Mastodon (the Unholy Alliance Canada Tour), and
we bought tix for the Seattle show, thinking it would be better. On our way
through Vancouver, we stopped by GM Place to see if we could scalp tickets. After
a large and humorous kerfuffle with a scalper, my friend and I got into the concert
in the middle of Mastodon's set. We ran past deserted concession stands to the
sounds of the melodic break in March of the Fire Ants and crested the stairs just as
the band kicked into the raucous cacophony that ends the song. I've never
forgotten that feeling.
This band and this album had a major effect on myself and musician from the town
I grew up in. For some reason this just resonates with disconcerted middle-class
spoiled kids I guess.
I've heard this album described as being like having your head beat against
concrete. Having experienced both, I know that the album has left more of a lasting
effect than a concussion ever could.
|8|| ||Norma Jean|
Bless The Martyr, Kiss The Child
Hard-Core meets math-metal, meets free form jams, this album is like Botch
loosened up after a few drinks. My first time jamming in metal bands around town,
we played the shit out of this album and learned a lot from the song structuring and
energy brought to the table by vocalist Josh Scogin.
This isn't the most popular SY album, in fact its often cited as the beginning of their
downfall. I happened to hear this before any of their other albums, and really
latched onto it. Seriously ragged vocal performances, amazing production and
guitar tones and great sequencening made this a total gateway album for me.
Songs To Fan The Flames of Discontent
riffs, tight crispy riffs, and angst
Persistence of Time
I was 11, I was staying at my grandparents for a week in the summer, and I spent
my holiday money on this and KFADFFAL - FNM. I wasn't supposed to have it and I
snuck out to the living room, armed with my headphones at midnight so I could fall
asleep listening to it. I woke up at 5 am with a pissed off Grandma, but it was too
A whole new way to experience Sabbath, and man does it go down smooth. This is
by far my favourite Black Sabbath album, and probably their heaviest.
Through Silver in Blood
"Heavy" doesn't really begin to describe this album.
It will tattoo it's blight upon your psyche.
|2||Faith No More|
King for a Day... Fool for a Lifetime
Quite possibly my favourite album of all-time, and although it may not be heavy by
most people's standards, I still have yet to hear anything as hopeless and depraved
as Cuckoo For Caca and Ugly In The Morning, not to mention the classics, Gentle
Art of Making Enemies and Digging The Grave.
This album makes "reason" obsolete.