Just a followup from my list of favourite albums. These are in no order, just recommendations rrand other records I believe deserve a mention.
Rust Never Sleeps
The ultimate Neil Young album, showcasing his beautiful acoustic side for one half,
only to then unleashing "Old Black" to massive enjoyment. Music rarely eclipses the
brilliance Neil layed down on this tremendous release.
After The Gold Rush
Yeah, there are two Neil Young albums here but so what? He's a legend, and his
third release is extraordinary. "Southern Man" alone makes this gem worth the
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
After their rather disappointing and commercial sounding previous album, the boys
from Dream Theater went back into the studio, rehashed their Prog Metal sound
and released an absolute behemoth of a concept record and an album that has yet
to be eclipsed in terms of concept records, even Prog Metal in general. From start
to finish, this album is damn near flawless in every aspect. Any Dream Theater
virgins who are unsure as to where to begin, Metropolis is sure to please
Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
The Kings of Black Metal (at least in my opinion) have always been a force to be
reckoned with, combining sheer, typical Black Metal aggressiveness with some
intelligent songwriting and structures laid down with loads of technicality and
progressive elements. Their second release is their most impressive.
A vastly overlooked Metal album. The best release from King Diamond, musically,
lyrically and production wise from start to finish, Mickey Dee's drumming in
particular is phenomenal. Abigail even manages outshines the early work of Mercyful
Double Nickels On The Dime
43 tracks, not one bad one. Now that's saying something. Anyone who loves Punk
Rock and has yet to discover the brilliance of Minutemen's opus, now is the chance.
Mike Watt is an extremely underrated bassist.
I was very surprised when I listened to this and how much I enjoyed it, especially
given the fact it incorporates elements of Metalcore, a genre I'm not very fond of,
yet is also very progressive and technical. This is a monstrous album and eclipses
anything Between The Buried And Me has ever released by miles.
Another overlooked gem in the hardcore punk department, although some consider
it Metal. Either way, it's an astonishing mixture of both put together which results
in a crushing sound.
In The Court Of The Crimson King
What could I possibly say about this record that no one else has said a million
times? Well, "Moonchild" isn't my favourite song of all time but "Epitaph" is beyond
classic. This album is Proto-Metal which is no surprise given that Metallica were
influenced by this phenomenal group.
The Inner Mounting Flame
Barely anyone knows about this group. John McLaughlin, the groups founder played
on the epic [I]Miles Davis[/I] album Bitches Brew and he went on to release a Jazz
Fusion masterpiece of absolute intensity. The Inner Mounting Flame provides a
performance that is truly mesmerizing.
The only album this '90's supergroup released consisting of Layne Staley, Mike
McCready and Barrett Martin was a hell of an album that rides on your emotions
and rides them well. Not as Grunge oriented as you'd expect, it's very Blues laden,
but what featured was something extraordinary.
Master Of Reality
Black Sabbath's Paranoid followup is nothing short of a masterpiece and in the
running for Sabbath's best record, Consisting of a brilliant selection of songs this
release essentially created and layed the sonic foundations for Doom, Stoner and
Sludge metal all in the space of just over half an hour.
In my opinion, Radiohead's best release ever. Easily. It smashes OK Computer. It
features no bad tracks and consists of their most amazing material. "Street Spirit
(Fade Out)" upon hearing it for the first time became one of my all time favourite
Selling England By The Pound
What's rather amusing is that I never really liked Genesis, even the first time I
listened to this album I wasn't all that impressed. Now things have changed, and I
love this release and I'm very fond of (70's) Genesis. If only they always remained a
Progressive Rock band.
Crack The Skye
Mastodon's fourth release incorporated more Progressive music than ever before,
just listen to "The Czar" and "The Last Baron". Of Mastodon's albums, this is my
favourite given that prior to listening to it, I wasn't all that crazy about these guys.
A Blaze In The Northern Sky
Wow, talk about scary. No album from anyone I have ever heard possesses such a
frightening and intimidating sounds as this. That's not a bad thing. Darkthrone's
sophomore album is nothing short of spectacular and what's really surprising is that
they have never always been a scary Black Metal band.
After The Sound Of Perseverance, Leprosy is my favourite Death record. I find
it underrated compared to other albums in their cannon and "Leprosy" and "Pull The
Plug" are Death Metal anthems, not to say that Human, Individual Thought
Patterns and Symbolic are overrated because they're not. They too should
be here, hell ALL Death albums are more than worthy of being here because they're
Just Wow. A superb debut. From "Veil Of Maya" to "How Could I" is a unique and
exquisite combination of Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Jazz Fusion. Pity these
talented musicians broke up for a while, they're back now and hopefully a third
album awaits us.
|19||Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds|
Nick Cave has always been an interesting musician, and it was with this brilliant
release he was at his most interesting. Anyone who hasn't yet discovered this, its
definitely worth seeking out. A tremendous release.
|20||Alice In Chains|
Jar Of Flies will always be my favourite release from AIC but [i]Dirt[/i] is an
absolutely magnificent release and in my opinion the most solid Grunge album of all
time, not just incorporating the sounds and styles of Grunge but also Alternative,
Stoner and Doom, showcasing great diversion.
|21||The Jimi Hendrix Experience|
Axis: Bold As Love
This is the least-praised of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's three records but it is still
a Guitar classic from start to finish. I'll single out "Little Wing" alone. That itself
makes this album worth listening to and could even be the greatest and most
beautiful track Jimi Hendrix has ever released.
Joe Satraini. The most talented guitarist since Hendrix? In my opinion, yes. His 1992
release is better than anything else he has released before or since and anyone
who wants to get into this gifted musician, The Extremist is a fantastic place
The Melvins are an extremely diverse group of musicians but their Grunge days were
when they reached their heights, this album in particular resulted in a sound like no
other that we hadn't heard from anyone else besides The Melvins at the time, not
to mention spawned some outrageous tracks.
|24||Stone Temple Pilots|
I've always been an avid fan of this group and their debut remains one of the best
debut records of all time. Scott Weiland may be a hell-raiser but he has a gift when
it comes to his vocals. Nothing STP released afterwards captured the brilliance of
this landmark debut release.
Live And Dangerous
The greatest live album of all time? For a band that rocked it in the studio, they
were an even better sounding band when they performed live which is evident on
this astonishing live album, and a majority of songs are performed to a higher level
to that in the studio.
Opeth really upped the ante with this sophomore release. The songs are longer, the
guitar sound is thicker and the production is an improvement, still maintaining its
raw sound and energy, but the main highlight on this record is the cold, gray
atmospheric listening experience.
|27||The Butterfly Effect|
Most of you may have never heard of these guys, this Australian Alternative
Rock/Metal outfit. They have been massively overlooked and their debut is a truly
stunning ordeal, in particular the more melodic tracks such as "Beautiful Mine".
Definiely worth looking into, as well as their other releases.
Hemispheres is the Prog Hard Rock masterpiece, whereas Moving Pictures
is their commercial, synthesized classic. "Tom Sawyer" may receive a great deal of
airplay but that's because it's a classic track, and "YYZ" is just a phenomenal piece
This is definitely the most Progressive out of all of Pink Floyd's albums which is
perhaps the reason why many people consider it their best work. Although I prefer
both Wish You Were Here and Meddle, this unquestionably deserves a
mention, and the solo in "Dogs" may be David Gilmour's finest solo ever.
Killers is my favourite Maiden record but their raw sounding debut is almost
just as brilliant. Easily one of the best Heavy Metal debut albums. For those who
think Paul DiAnno isn't a great vocalist, listen to the middle section in "Charlotte
The Harlot", and "Phantom Of The Opera", just because it's a masterpiece.