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6 Underrated Post-Grunge Albums

Post-Grunge gets a raw deal with the airwaves being clogged with rsound-alike gravel-voiced rrsingers, but these are a few albums that ractually stand out.
1 King's X
Dogman


King's X have been around longer than Grunge and are by no means a
Post-Grunge band. Their music has even been credited (according to Jeff
Ament, bassist for Pearl Jam) as inspiration for Grunge. However, the
heaviness and overall darkness of this album, coupled with the raw
production puts this album sonically in the same general ball-park as Post-
Grunge. 'Dogman' is a classic no matter what your preferences in hard rock
are.
2Jerry Cantrell
Boggy Depot


Jerry Cantrell is never mentioned in the same breath as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy
Page, Eddie Van Halen, Tom Morello, or even Kurt Cobain as an influential
guitarist. However, his deceptively simple-sounding and always catchy
guitar riffs are endlessly imitated by pretty much every hard-rock band of
the late-20th/early-21st century. On 'Boggy Depot' he steps out of the
tragic shadow of Layne Staley and proves that he was the musical driving
force of his then-former band.
3 Stone Temple Pilots
Tiny Music... Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop


STP have been written off by anyone and everyone as Pearl Jam/Alice in
Chains wannabes, which essentially makes them the archetypal Post-
Grunge band. However, unlike most of their peers STP actually managed to
grow and evolve; grafting psychedelia and Beatles-esque melodies onto
their grungy foundation. This culminated in the patchy but memorable 'Tiny
Music...'
4Days of the New
Days of the New


Post-Grunge bands are generally characterized by their sonic template of
Eddie Vedder vocals coupled with AiC riffs, but Days of the New chose to
draw on AiC's mellower moments from their (mostly) acoustic EPs. The
result is a grungy acoustic record that manages to be both laid-back and
aggressive.
5Tantric
Tantric


Tantric's problem is that they wrote a great song and then constantly
plagiarized themselves. Ergo, the general homogeneity of this album and
several almost-identical riffs. However, Tantric actually holds a trump card in
the form of Todd Whitener's understated guitar-playing and backup-singing.
The end result is an Alice in Chains-lite that doesn't have nearly the same
artistic value, but is catchy nevertheless.
6 Atomship
The Crash of '47


While Atomship was a one-album wonder and may have appeared too late
on the scene to make a significant dent in the airwaves, the band has a
progressive edge reminiscent of Tool and a singer, who despite the grungy
melodies actually has a unique voice. This is a heavily underrated album
that showcases everything that modern hard rock could could be, but rarely
is.
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