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Jac's 10k Comment Milestone

So it's confirmed that I have no life and the site has consumed my very being, but oh well. Was tossing up a couple ideas for what to do like fav users (but that's lame), top 100 albums, my journey through music but I settled on my 10 favourite albums as of right now. Hope y'all enjoy reading because I tend to ramble a bit, but whatever, here are Jac's 5s, ranked.
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

I will admit that I?m not too well versed in doom metal but this album towers over anything I?ve heard in the genre. Yes the title is incredibly cheesy, but I?ve yet to hear anything that nails the prototypical doom atmosphere quite like this (Musta Seremonia and Transcendence into The Peripheral have similar levels of doom but are completely different beasts). Johan is a god and best Candlemass vocalist as well, if you disagree you?re wrong and I?ll fight you. I?ll probably lose too but that won?t change the truth, hail Stan!
Close to a World Below

Probably the most sinister atmosphere in death metal and one of the most integral albums in the genres history, Close to a World Below is, for many people, the perfect death metal album. Contorted, atonal riffing, superlative drumming from Alex Hernandez and the otherworldly low-end growls of Ross Dolan; what?s not to love exactly? It?s difficult not to descend into hyperbole when describing such an album, but it?s my list and I?ll do what I want.

Is there anything to say about this album that hasn?t already been said? The perfect balance of aggression and accessibility, and one of the funnest death metal albums I?ve ever heard. Chuck Schuldiner is arguably the best-rounded talent in the genre?s history ? vocals, guitar work, song-writing, lyricism, there wasn?t an area where he didn?t excel. His clean singing in the ?Painkiller? cover on this album?s successor as well as his work in Control Denied really shed light on how good this guy was, and Symbolic was his (and Death?s) peak.
7Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No.9, Op.95

Not technically an album but whatever. It?s been about a year since I actively began listening to classical (before then all I really listened to was a bit of neo- classical as well some stuff by Samuel Barber), but in that time this symphony has always stood out to me. Although I?m generally not as big on Romanticism as I am on the two eras that preceded it, something about this album?s melodies, harmonies and the pacing strikes a chord. The 3rd movement is probably my favourite because m/m/m/m/ but truth be told they?re practically interchangeable in terms of enjoyability.
6Dark Tranquillity
The Gallery

Dark Tranquillity was for the longest time, my absolute favourite band and this is not only their magnum opus but the best melodeath album of all time, bar none. Though I?ve generally grown off melodeath since I joined this site and began exploring the nether regions of death metal more intently, this still gets regular spins and has probably my favourite leads in any album I know. Mikael Stanne needs a big hug as well he sounds like he?s in a lot of emotional pain but it gave way to a pretty damn good vocal performance, also the bass is omnipresent everything is so pretty sounding makes me want to die and go to heaven so I can experience it perpetually.
The Mantle

I remember when I first listened to this I didn?t really care for it because not enough m/m/m/m/ and I went and listened to Ashes expecting something more my sorta thing but turns out I kept returning to this and the rest is history really. I mean come on if ?In The Shadow of Our Pale Companion? ain?t the best song ever it?s definitely up there. Sound engineering is so well balanced and everything just has this breezy elegance to it. The black metal vocals are more like whispers really kinda sounds like forest spirits telepathically telling me to burn shit and to be honest I probably would if I couldn?t listen to this again I?d be super pissed.
4Godspeed You! Black Emperor
F#A# (Infinity)

I rarely play this but when I do, oh my damn. Probably the most hair-raising album I?ve ever heard, truly a work of art. Form the opening monologue that describes a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the imperfect string sections that fill the listener with unease yet blissful optimism to the monolithic climaxes, this thing is practically faultless in its own demented way. Honestly, I?m not even sure which version I prefer, the CD version skips a lot of the deadweight and of course has providence as well as the climax in ?East Hastings?, but the vinyl (at least the rip I have) has a fuller sound as well as the feelsy melody in ?Bleak, Uncertain, Beautiful? (which would later become East Hastings but whatever).
3Kashiwa Daisuke
Program Music I

Without question, the prettiest, twinkliest thing I?ve ever heard. It?s incredible to think this thing (to my knowledge) was composed entirely of samples, and what pretty samples they are. ?Stella? is pretty much the greatest thing to grace my ears I mean it?s like a [insert really long winded analogy for absolute bliss], but ?Write Once, Run Melos? is also supremely engrossing despite not being as sweet on the surface. My CD of this basically has a permanent place in my car, it?s the ultimate segue for my rage when some old tart is doing 85 in the right hand lane on the M1. Obviously this is a mere fraction of this album?s practical usage I mean I even listen to it regularly in my spare time(!) Thank you based Daisuke.

Kindly Bent to Free Us may be a thing but it will never invalidate the mastery that is Focus. Still to this day, nobody has even come close to imitating this, not even the band that made it. I really don?t have a favourite track, pretty much every single one is perfect, I mean ?How Could I?? has like the best rhythm ever to close it off but songs like ?Uroboric Forms? are just mindfucks in the best way imaginable. Three of the 4 members of this band are among the best in their fields, Paul Masvidal may be a complete airhead but he?s also coincidentally a stunning guitarist. Reinert is like the best extreme metal drummer ever and let?s not forget Malone who doubled as the bassist and the wielder of the chapman stick (I?m sure there?s a proper term for that but eh), rounding off the psychedelic mayhem, so good.
Everything Is Fire

So here it is then, Everything is Fire. If you?ve actually read through all my rambling I applaud you and I?d like you to be my friend, if you don?t want to be then that?s okay I understand. Ulcerate pretty much epitomises everything I look for in death metal, crushing atmosphere, technicality, ridiculous rhythms and song writing, beastly vocals, it doesn?t get much better than this. Michael Hoggard?s guitar work and tonal interplay is second to none, I mean the guy just instils feelings of absolute dread and chaos with his instrument, dunno how he does it. Jamie Saint- Merat is (along with Reinert) my favourite metal drummer, his cymbal work in particular is exemplary, combining uncompromising brutality with intricate delicacy and the like. There is not a single moment on this album that I don?t enjoy to the fullest extent, not just my favourite death metal album, but my favourite album of all time.
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