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Special Albums

Just some albums that will stick with throughout my musical life, until I'm deaf that is. What are your picks? Any albums that changed your outlook on music as you see it today? I'm interested to see what you guys consider 'special albums'.
1Nirvana
In Utero


Well, this album was never not gonna be on here! I remember it like it was yesterday, I was an angsty teen of about 14 when I came across this record in a HMV music store. The album art immediately drew me in, I don't know whether it was just morbid curiosity or the fact that I knew Nirvana were a household name. So anyway, I bought the CD, went straight back home and popped it in my CD player...the rest is history!
2Opeth
Damnation


Although not Opeth's crowning work, 'Damnation' was a huge catalyst in 'getting me into' Opeth. Thanks to Sputnik, I first heard this album back in '10 when I was a mere lurker. Every other Opeth album I tried simply did nothing for me; which was hugely due to Akerfeldt's harsh vocal tendencies. Regardless, this album seemed perfect to me at the time and although it has dropped in rating since, I still see this as a very important record.
3The Dillinger Escape Plan
Calculating Infinity


Wow, talk about aural devastation! The first track I ever heard by Dillinger was from 2004's Miss Machine; 'Setting Fire to Sleeping Giants'. Having enjoyed the song massively, I was soon hugely shocked to find that their main emphasis was more than just 'verse chorus verse' efforts. At first, I absolutely despised this record. The spastic guitar work and off-kilter drumming just made no sense to me back in 2010, it was overbearing. However, like every Dillinger release, the band had the uncanny ability of having their unusual style worm its way into your head overnight, it seemed. A monolith of a record and one that I still jam regularly today!
4Death
Human


Even today, I consider 'Human' to be Death's (Chuck Schuldiner's) crowning achievement. Back in early 2010, I was turned onto this album/band yet again by the wonderful sputnikmusic.com! Considering I had never been able to get into death metal at the time, this record became one of my favorites unusually quickly. There was just something about the riffs, they felt 'different' from anything I had heard in metal prior, that and the songwriting just flowed seamlessly from front to back. A regular record in my jamming library and one that enters my 'fave metal album' vault easily.
5Weezer
Weezer


Funnily enough, this album was not a childhood one. I first heard this album back in 2012! (I know, late to the party ever so slightly?) Also, at the time, I had virtually cleared my hands of pop punk (I know this isn't strictly 'pop punk', but yeah) once and for all. However, when I heard this record at my friends house for the first time, I again found myself enjoying the 'lighter side' of music. There's some baller riffs on here, but the overall feel is just so geeky and youthful, I couldn't help but enjoy it numerous times over. A life changer for some people, a faith restorer for me personally.
6Slayer
Reign in Blood


The day I thought I became a man. With all the talk about Slayer in the metal community, I left it unusually late to finally check out the princes of pure thrash metal. As soon as 'Angel of Death' started playing, I was in a trance for the albums full running time. The riffs, the drumming, the croons, the atmosphere, the riffs [2] and the production...it was all so perfectly executed! Even if 'South of Heaven' remains my favourite Slayer record, this one was definitely Slayer's 'most important' work for me.
7Megadeth
Rust In Peace


Pfft, you didn't think I was gonna leave Megadave out did you?! Well, what is there to say about this album that hasn't already been said? Not much. Awesome leads, awesome solos, awesome songwriting and gnarly fucking vocals! Still to this day, I see this record as Megadeth's holy grail and thrash metal's best album also. Sorry KILL, Victims of Deception is a hard 2nd, though!
8Neurosis
The Eye of Every Storm


A lot of time was spent on getting into Neurosis for me, and oh boy, was it eventually worth it. Having found it hard to get into Neurosis' other work, I heard 'Burn' on Youtube a couple of years back and was thoroughly intrigued by the bands' changed of sound. At first, the album seemed to suffer from the same thing I found tiresome on all of Neurosis' other records: the length. However, with repeated listens I soon discovered the sheer beauty and perfect songwriting this album offered. In turn, this record helped me get into the bands prior records with considerable ease. Still a regular in my playlist today and one that I will always hold close for getting me into post-metal and, more importantly, the amazing outfit that is 'Neurosis'.
9King Crimson
Red


The album that single-handedly got me into progressive rock. Luckily, my Grandad's friend lent me this CD back when I had just turned 16. I was aware of Pink Floyd at the time, but had never even heard an utterance of King Crimson until that day. From the get go, the album immersed me into a world of impeccable musicianship and hella complicated instrumental sections which I found ridiculously impressive for its time. A timeless release that remains my favourite progressive rock album of all time, even if other would consider 'In the Court...' to be far more influential.
10Napalm Death
Scum


Its Napalm Death, what more is there to say? Oh yeah...m/m/m/
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