|top 20 albums, 2000 - now|
The top 20 albums released between January 1st, 2000 and June 19th, 2006.
Ultimately, yes, i am a fanboy. This album is the epitome of all that is good about Tool and really i have nothing to say in my defense. i'm just a simple fanboy.
Beneath the glimmering synths, hypnotic guitar riffs and oddly melodic vocals, the metal monster of Isis lurks, preparing to strike with accurate, bold, and soaring climaxes. Imaginative, fun, and huge.
2 AM Wakeup Call
Chris Vrenna presents a set of moody, gorgeous, synthpop complete with an impressive roll-call of guest artists including robert smith. A Sublime example of good production and songwriting put to good use.
The most suffocating, depressing, bleak album ever made. Unrelenting droning guitar lines barrage the listener for over an hour, while ear-piercing scraping, screaming, and feebacking breaks the monotony. mindblowing.
A grand musical gesture away from Jesu's typical noise-oriented sound to a grand, marching, melodic EP that caresses the listener with the form of a beautiful funeral song. Crashing, sonic ecstasy.
|6||The Flaming Lips|
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
Bright, gleaming pop songs that recall a baby viewing the world with wide-eyed wonder. Cheery, beautiful, and occasionally sombre, the Flaming Lips take their oddball psychedelia to a beautiful best on Yoshimi.
|7|| ||Godspeed You! Black Emperor|
Lift Yr Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
To call this post-rock masterpiece epic would be something of an understatement. Spread across 4 movement over 2 discs, Lift... is like a wordless, plodding rock opera, just without the rock band. Impossible to ignore, difficult to endure, ultimately a great expression of humanity.
|8|| ||Sigur Ros|
Mysterious, vast, haunting soundscapes like the snowfields of their home country of Iceland. Sigur Ros conjure thundering drums, arcing vocals, and guitars that resemble a snowy gale together to create a huge, intertia-soaked masterpiece.
|9|| ||Sage Francis|
Providence's favourite MC gets some production help from his Anticon crew on this collection of intimate, intelligent, and occasionally hilarious rap songs. Each song is another mural of sage's life, painted with his flawless flow.
|10||Queens Of The Stone Age|
Songs For The Deaf
Nick Oliveri and Dave Grohl take the rythym. Kyuss own riffmaster on guitar, and the occasional help from John Garcia and Mark Lanegan. What else did you expect but an hour of groovy, fun-as-fuck rawk'n'roll, stacked high with sweet solos, bouncing drums, and shout-along choruses.
Musick To Play In The Dark Volume 2
A spooky collection of experimental neo-folk, adorned with the late Jhonn Balance's sad and beautiful mini-poems and unique voice. Songs like 'Ether' and 'Batwings' recall traditional catholic hymnal songs, full of chamber-like vocals and sweeping synths.
Happy Songs For Happy People
Glaswegian guitar-heads mellow out, but not for long. between the simple riff-based relaxation of 'stop coming to my house', theres the swelling, archaic melodies of 'ratts of the capital' and its ilk.
Stem Stem In Electro
Mike Moya employs a minimalist approach to strings, piano, guitar and vocals, with almost no percussion, to great effect. Like an opera heard from a great distance, Stem Stem... is barely there half the time, but its impossible to mask the beauty in the songs.
The Mouse and The Mask
Party-ready, high-quality hip-hop albums from the gruffest voice in hip-hop (MF DOOM) and Gorrilaz producer (DJ Danger Mouse). From hip-hop anthems like 'Benzie Box' with its infectious bass lines to the irrepressible flows on 'No Names', quality hip-hop.
The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw
Hammering metal riffs indespersed with melodic passages minus the cheese factor of heavy metal favourites Opeth. Clandestine rockers like 'Last Day Of Winter' are impossibly cool yet still dark and heavy at the same time.
At The Soundless Dawn
Ravaging, complex post-rock with some description of story to it (though present only in the song titles). Bright, alarming, and definitely worthy of the listeners time.
The Directors Cut
Eerie jazz passages, Mike Pattons trademark vocal insanity, and some intense metal drumming, all layered over a collection of movie themes. Perfectly paced and charmingly tongue-in-cheek. possibly the greatest covers album ever made.
The last huzzah from KMFDMs originality. A collection of tight, precision-strike pop-metal from the long-lasting industrial pioneers. Loud, raucous choruses reminiscent of Atari Teenage Riot with breakbeats and guitars to match.
|19|| ||The Jimmy Chamberlin Complex|
Life Begins Again
Polished neo-jazz songs, featuring some insane drumming courtesy of the former Smashing Pumpkins sticksman. Bright, rocking, and technically impressive, JC and co (with a little help from Billy Corgan) create an uplifting and fun album.
sound-system destroying drone-metal sits between rollicking desert-rock riffage from the japanese Kyuss-worshippers. Glamorous and dirty, Original and Derivative, Epic and Simple all at once.