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Fry Me To The Moon

In other words, my favourite albums of all time at this point in time. There are about two others that fall on and off this list regularly, generally White Pony and Iron Maiden's s/t, though sometimes The Jester Race makes an appearance too, being my first extreme metal album. Anyway, feel free to comment on my predictable list!
11Killswitch Engage
Alive or Just Breathing

Okay, so this technically isn't in my top ten any more, but it's definitely my most played album (besides Hybrid Theory) and Jesse was a huge influence on my early vocal work, so for posterity's sake it's tied for 10.
10Iron Maiden
A Matter of Life and Death

Yes, there is something wrong with me. This spot generally goes between the s/t and AMOLAD, but today it's AMOLAD. I love the dark atmosphere and the overwrought proginess this album has; it's nice to change gears and not have a happy maiden every once in a while

As I mentioned in a previous list, I consider Alchemist to be an amazing band, and I think Spiritech is the pinnacle of their work. It's a bloody chore to listen to at first, but once you get what Agius and co. are trying to accomplish, you'll never want to stop listening.
Especially to Chinese Whispers.
(I actually have a half-finished review lying around on my HD, so I might finish it and post it one day soon. In my opinion, this album definitely deserves a review.)
The Trees Are Dead And Dried Out

...Wait for something Wild! The title's a bit of a mouthful, but this is my favourite SikTh record. The riffs are a bit more lively and jumpy than Death of a Dead Day, and in general I love how SikTh can combine ultra-prog and tech musicianship with youthful excuberance, a great sense of humour, and awesome lyrics. Most bands in the metal scene could take a lesson or fifty from these guys. Shame they broke up though.

My first Trip-Hop record, and boy, did it blow my mind away. Beth Gibbons' voice is perhaps one of my all time favourites, and along with the excellent beats and arrangements, makes this record an instant classic for me. Personal favourite is the bass solo on Roads-I never get tired of playing it.
6The Angelic Process
Weighing Souls With Sand

This one's a fairly recent addition, but it's progressed fairly fast to become one of my favourite albums of all time. Angylus' and Dragynfly's music is simply breathtaking. Blissful sorrow, it truly is the sound that my soul makes. RIP Angylus.

What!? Morningrise!? Well, yes. My first Opeth record and it's still my favourite, not in small part because of the amazing six string fretless basswork by Farfalla. I love the atmosphere, and I actually prefer Mikael's rawer, less controlled vocal stylings on Morningrise to those of Blackwater Park or Still Life. Don't get me wrong; I love those albums. I just prefer the work here. That, and the acoustic work is amazing.

Probably an obvious choice, but this album never fails to blow me away. Chancellor and Keenan are gods in my opinion, and I'm not even going to touch on Carey. Once again, extremely hard for me to listen to at first, but now I absolutely love it, from it's soaring highs to oppressive lows.
3 Sigur Ros
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I was introduced to Sigur Ros by one of my friends, a Beatles and Free-jazz loving mate of mine who has a penchant for all things Gaga. Though I don't like Takk... as much as everyone else seems to, () seems to hit the right spot for me. I can sit back and listen to Jonsi's heartbreaking crooning for hours, and the darker second half of the album truly makes this a favourite.
2Faith No More
Angel Dust

Definitely one of the most surprising listens of my life. I'd heard Midlife Crisis and Epic, but nothing would prepare me for the sheer genre-defying onslaught found here. From the opening bassline to Land of Sunshine to the closing strains of Midnight Cowboy, Angel Dust never fails to hold my attention. I'm a Pattonophile, and I love Gould's fairly simple but unique and powerful bass playing, so this one is a dead ringer for second place.

Yeah yeah yeah. I know what you're thinking. "But Panopticon is better than Oceanic!"
Well, no. I actually have always preferred Oceanic to Panopticon. The sheer emotional weight of the album, the fact that not one note is ever out of place or wasted, the breathtaking beauty of Weight, the unique and breautifully contrasting female vocals by Maria Christopher. Every member of Isis is amazingly talented, and this album truly does justice to it's name. First place!
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