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|Top 5 Genre Defining Albums|
Here goes the 5 album that truly best represent the genre they essentially created or helped to forge. There are obviously many more, but these are my favorite.
In The Court of the Crimson King
The definitive progressive album. While their had been a few flourishes in the genre before hand, this is the album that first truly outlined what bands like Yes, Genesis, and Gentle Giant would rip off.
|2||At the Drive-In|
Relationship of Command
It was a difficult choice between this, 13 Songs by Fugazi and The Sound of Punk to Come by Refused for the most definitive post hardcore record of all time. However, At the Drive-In is the band that truly and finally pushed the genre as far as it could go, and yet also broke into the mainstream, something few -core bands had done previous to that point. That, combined with the raw emotion on the album, is worth the price of admission.
This album is the definition of genre killer. Metalcore is kind of regarded as a joke these days; while two or three bands may get real recognition, as a whole its considered a subpar style of music. Some of that can be attributed to just how breathtakingly powerful this album was. The definitive metalcore release, Converge crafted a sonic maelstrom of intensity that is virtually unmatched in any kind of extreme metal.
Probably the least accurate of my choices. Some say Sgt Peppers or The White Album is when the Beatles fully impacted the world, but I believe that to this day no single Beatles album has the effect Revolver has. A perfect pop album, a perfect rock album, and a perfect album overall, it was an archetype many bands follow to this day to a degree.
Far fro mmy favorite rap album, but far above any in terms of general influence. This is arguably the most cross-platform hip hop record of all time; anyone who listened to it with an open mind could find something to like, and its due to Dre's incredible production skills here, his solid flow, and the variety of strong guests and up-and-comers he had on here. No one album covers the bases as well as The Chronic, sans perhaps Nas' Illmatic and Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow.
|Good list. Ive never heard of converge though. How about Hybrid Theory for nu-metal?|
|shit, i just noticed you said these are your favorite. my bad, nevermind then.|
|Hybrid Theory, dude? over Rage Against the Machine's self-titled?|
|Rage isnt nu-metal. Yeah they have rapping, but their music has little to no characteristics of metal.|
|I don't like Converge =|
|Oh right, you "grew out" of DJ Shadow.|
He really should be here though.
|awesome list iluvatar, better than anything ydload could ever do|
|Korn's self titled is the defining nu-metal album anyway.|
My mom recommended me King Crimson. I think i'll check them out. :)
|Death's Scream Bloody Gore is pretty important as well|
|Hybrid Theory was a fair few years late to define anything for Nu-Metal. Good list|
|so true about the chronic, its so diverse, using pfunk to sample was such a great combination|
|I'd put The Shape of Punk to Come over Relationship of Command. Just me though.|
|Dan, Mezzanine is more genre defining than Endtroducing imo.|
|hey143 you should invite your mom over, she obviously has better recommendation than you do : )|
|The KoRn album that truly defined nu-metal was Follow the Leader. Kind of like how the Nirvana album that truly defined grunge was Nevermind. And let's not forget that Aenima from Tool truly defined progressive metal.|
|Hahah. Funniest thing I've heard since the first time I heard someone call Tool a legendary prog group.|
|TOOL IS NOT A METAL BAND|
|Blue Lines is the defining trip-hop album|
|I'm going to sound like a loser for this but...|
What about "Nevermind" for grunge?
|Korax, I never recommended anything.|
Though I hate to do it, I agree with YDload that Tool isn't metal at all.