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Best albums ever created

I have a preference for high levels of tonal musicality, creativity and experimentation. I enjoy strong and meaningful lyrics, but the music itself can override bad or average lyrics. I also value transitional flow between songs and a unique and creative theme that can be derived from the album as a whole.
1Unexpect
Fables of the Sleepless Empire


This is the most melodically creative album I've ever listened to and also tied as my favorite album of all time with #2 Axe to Fall.
2Converge
Axe to Fall


I started listening to heavier genres of metal music long after metalcore first started forming in the late 90s, so my view of the genre is either less biased or biased towards newer material depending on how you look at it. Around 2009 I started getting deeper into heavier albums and Jane Doe and Axe to Fall were some of the first hardcore-leaning metal albums that truly caught my interest. It may be a surprise that I favor Axe to Fall over Jane Doe but again, because I favor experimentation and flow I favor this album.
3Meshuggah
Catch Thirtythree


This album is the musical embodiment of fear and torturous feelings. I've listened to it in various moods and I always find something new to grab and learn from it every time. Like the other albums on this list, it grows on me just a tad every time and always invokes strong images and feelings of fear, paranoia and pain.

I don't know the exact intent Meshuggah had in making this album, but I can Seuss they went into recording with a plan to make something really unique and powerful and with a single, dark theme that would be obvious in the soundscapes they have created.
4Green Day
American Idiot


What an album. The band that gets haters from everyone; people who think they aren't punk enough, aren't manly enough, are too poppy, too popular, too edgy, etc. This is an album that really does deserve to be 5'd, and not just because of how creative and explosive it is but also how much of an impact it's had on music as a whole. Green Day isn't considered quite relevant these days but their impact is among some of the greatest legends of our time.

This album may be a bit generic in its lyricism for the most part, but makes up for it with a perfect balance between catchiness and innovation. There are moments that make you laugh, or cry, or shout, and there's enough good stuff here to keep you engaged for a whole album and feel like it was all worth it.
5Metallica
...And Justice for All


There are a few albums I by Metallica that I like about equally, but I still favor AJfA. It has just a bit more interesting work percentage wise for my taste than Ride the Lightning, which is also a truly classic metal album. Metallica's lyrics here are well crafted and memorable, and the never ending riffs make sure you never get bored.
6System of a Down
Hypnotize


Hypnotize is another album that I really enjoy for reasons that may be understood but not appreciated to the same extent. I enjoy this for similar reasons that I enjoy Unexpect's Fables of the Sleepless Empire, in that the vocal melodies are highly creative and crafted. The riffs are also super enjoyable. I choose Hypnotize for this list because the songs I do love on here I really do love and are some of my favorite songs. It means a lot to me and has been a part of my life for a long time, from middle and high school through early adulthood.


Honorable mentions in no particular order:

Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory
Kendrick Lamar: Section.80
My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP
Megadeth: Rust in Peace
Misery Signals: Controller
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
Converge: Jane Doe
Avenged Sevenfold: Waking the Fallen
Between the Buried and Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Opeth: Blackwater Park
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