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Steel Erect's Decade List

Well, since it is coming close to the end of a decade, and everyone seems to be compiling their decade list. I decided to put mine together as well. This took a lot of thought to see where I came from in 2000 and where I am now in 2009 as far as music goes. So, here it goes.

In 2000, I was starting to deter away from the nu metal bands that I listened to in the 90s, but
Nothingface was the exception because I must have listened to this for 6 months straight. And this still
a great record.
White Pony

Again, it was the year 2000, and I remember recording in the studio with my band the day this album
came out. I was floored and this album really impacted me.
Blackwater Park

I know this is a Sputnik favorite, but when I first got into Opeth 1999 with Still Life. These guys were
of my breakthrough bands that got me into heavier music. And this album hit me real hard in 2001
it came out.
Worship and Tribute

Sometimes it is hard for me to get into the vocals, but the music is so wonderfully written on this
Once you learn to appreciate the vocals, the album is stellar.
Sons of Northern Darkness

Immortal was another band that helped me get into heavier music back when my friend showed me
Damned in Black. But this album to me was just ace. The production, the songwriting, the
This just displays great dark music to me.
6At the Drive-In
Relationship of Command

This album was a great way for this band to end their career. Every song on this album is great and the
production is awesome.
7...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
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Back when this band actually wrote good music, I don't know what has happened to these guys, but this
album and Madonna are awesome rock records. Definitely, one of my favorites to come out.

This is by far my favorite Muse record and I think their vision was still developing, but definitely the
strongest one. I like every song on this album for the most part.

I don't care what anyone says about Mastodon. Even though, they are all big and popular now, when
album came out, it was impressive as fuck. The songwriting and musicianship is great, the riffs are
spectacular. This album impacted me in a huge way.
10High on Fire
Blessed Black Wings

Matt Pike is my hero and Steve Albini provided a side to High on Fire's music that just hits you with a
ton hammer.
11 High on Fire
Death is this Comm

Once again, High on Fire did it. And this Jack Endino produces High on Fire's sound differently bringing
another aspect into their music production wise. Love it. I think it is awesome that they go to a
producer for their records.
Lost Souls

This album is extremely sentimental to me, but every song on here hits me hard. I think the Doves
great pop music and deserve a little more recognition.
Voices of Omens

Sludge from Arkansas that just balances the heaviness and melody so fucking good. One of my favorite
records of all time.
Blast Tyrant

The best Clutch record hands down, it just has everything that I love about rock. And awesome riffs.

I love these guys because they sound like they just came out of the 70s. Pure vintage Pentagram vibe,
the Pentagram that goes unnoticed. So good.

Same reasons for above.
Static Tensions

I just fucking dig Kylesa's sound with two drummers, the production, and the riffs are tasty as get up.
Red Album

The more progressive side of Baroness, and you know, I just love their melodies a lot.
Blue Record

I love the classic rock approach with sludge incorporated on this record. I dig the production too. I
the spirit of Thin Lizzy in this record.
Resurrection Through Carnage

I know the production gets dogged a lot on this album, but the guitars sound nice and crunchy. The
melodies kickass, the riffs are tasty, and Mikeal's growling is so awesome.
The Eye of Every Storm

I love the more chill Neurosis that they displayed on this album. I can just sit back and listen to this.
Lazarus Bird

I can't believe this band is breaking up. This record is amazing. Again, the melodies and songwriting
exceptional. Too bad people didn't give them a chance.

Same as above.
24Electric Wizard
Witchcult Today

I love all Electric Wizard, but this album has more of a vintage vibe to it. This album is evil as fuck.
Assassins: Black Meddle Pt.1

I know this album gets abuse from some of you, but man, I don't know what you are smoking because
this album has a nice balance of black metal, psychedelia, and rock. Just listen to "Code Negative."
26Big Business
Here Come the Waterworks

Right before they went to join the Melvins, they came up with this awesome piece of music. If you like
Melvins, you should definitely check out Big Business. This album is great.
27Trap Them
Seizures in Barren Praise

One of my favorite discoveries of this year. The guitars of old Entombed and Dismember, but the
aggression of a brick hitting a wall.

My favorite Isis record hands down. I just love everything about this album.
Gravity X

For fans of Kyuss, check this band out. Desert Rock from Sweden. Great stuff.
30Grand Magus

Awesome doom from Sweden. You may recognize the vocalist from Spiritual Beggars.
31Grand Magus
Iron Will

Not as much doom on this record, but fans of NWOBH should really look into this record.
32Corrosion of Conformity
In the Arms of God

After a long hiatus, COC came back with this album and it destroyed. Pepper Keenan and company
bring us awesome riffs again.
Down II: A Bustle in Your Hedgerow

At first, I didn't like this album that much because I was used to the awesomeness of NOLA. However,
this album really grew on me and I think this was a good experimentation for the band.
Kid A

This record is great. And after seeing them live on this tour, it just solidified how awesome the songs
were on this record.
35 Placebo
Without You I'm Nothing

I don't know what it is about this record, but I think it is amazing. Probably the best stuff these guys
have done.
36Sigur Ros
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The atmosphere and beauty in this album made an impact on me. So awesome.
37Cave In

I love the songs on this record, and I think that Cave In hasn't touched anything as great as this album.
"Big Riff" = win.
38Poison the Well
The Tropic Rot

This album trumps all of their other albums to me. I love the direction they are going and have already
listened to it a shitload.

Disagree with me all you want, but to me, this is the best Megadeth album since Rust in Peace. And for
that, it deserves to be on here.
40Alice in Chains
Black Gives Way to Blue

Again, AiC coming back after Layne's tragic death and the boys still have it. Such a great record.
Axe to Fall

Best Converge album. Lots of variety, lots of guest appearance, and I think this is their most ambitious
album to date.
42The Ocean

Because of Disc 2, this cd is fucking amazing.

The bass playing is awesome, the songs are heavy as hell. I love this record.
44The Hidden Hand
Mother * Teacher * Destroyer

For people who haven't heard this record, check it out. Wino at his best.
45The Gates of Slumber

Old school doom done the right way. Man, does this record slay.

Enslaved just keep progressing, but it was this album that really took shape for me.

I just got into these guys this year, but man, did they impact me huge. this record crushes.

Polish death metal that speaks to me heavily. Curious to see what the new line up will be.
49The Black Keys
Rubber Factory

What a great group. This record is so awesome. Love it.

Beatles/King Crimson/Pink Floyd/Black Sabbath rolled up into one spliff. This record has it all.
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