favorite 25 albums, in no particular order:
Wylde - Book Of Shadows (1996)
is by far my favorite album of all time. This is one of those
albums that I can listen to all the way through without getting
tired of it. This album would be huge if Geffen Records would
have actually promoted it in 1996 rather than acting like it didn't
exist. Every track is perfect. This is definatly one of music's
secret masterpeices of the mid '90s. I can listen to this album
in any mood, and I never grow tired of it.
Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1994)
A great mix
of heavy, mellow, and dreary tunes. Not a weak song on the whole
disc. This was the album that made The Smashing Pumpkins break
into the mainstream. Perfectionist Billy Corgan supposedly played
everything but the drums on most of this album because of tension
and substance abuse between band members.
Label Society - Sonic Brew (1999)
album is very sentimental to me. I can remember when it was still
being recorded. I was one of the only people who knew about it,
because I know the drummer Phil Ondich. I heard rough mixes of
this album first in June of 1998, right after it was recorded.
It blew me away. I became basically the biggest fan of the band,
before they even released their album yet. I constantly promoted
them and wouldnt miss a chance to go to my aunt's to hear the
album (before it was released). Everyone around me thought I was
over-enthusiastic about the band, but I really was amazed at how
great the album was. Everytime I hear this record, great memories
and stories flood back to me about each song.
- Animosity (2001)
so maybe it's odd that an album that is basically brand new is
on my favorite of all-time list. But it's just that good. Sevendust
are really starting to develop and mature as a band, both lyrically
and musically. They still have the monster riffs that made them
famous, but they have gradually started to encorporate more melodies
into their writing. Lajon Witherspoon is hands down one of the
best vocalists on the metal scene today. The melodies on this
record are nothing short of spectacular, and how they combine
with the raw blistering riffs is magical. The production really
holds this record together, and everything seems to click perfectly.
||Anthrax - We've Come For You All (2003)
five years of hiatus after "Vol. 8," tons of bad business deals,
the band name in jeapordy, Anthrax ruturned with was was their
most solid album to date. The first single "Safe Home" is
the best song they've ever written, hands down. "What Doesn't
has one of the coolest grooves I've ever heard in
drumming on this album is amazing. John Bush puts forth
of his best vocal performances ever on this album, and that's
saying a lot. New guitarist and producer Rob Caggiano sounds
like he was MEANT for Anthrax. This is also their best sounding
album, production-wise. The artwork and booklet layout is one
of the best I've ever seen, as well. This album deserves success
more than any other album out there right now.
- Highway To Hell (1979)
era AC/DC at it's peak. Mutt Lange's came aboard to produce Highway
To Hell for the band in 1979 to create a monster. The uninhibited
rawness of AC/DC combined with one of the best producers to ever
turn a knob. This album didn't have the success of it's follow-up,
Back In Black, but like that album, this one is rock solid all
the way through. The final studio recording featuring Bon Scott
Euphoria Morning (1999)
Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave released this solo album
in 1999. I heard the single "Can't Change Me" when it was new.
I liked the video, but the song bored me to death. I never
bothered to check out this album until Audioslave rumors started
to surface. I wish I would have checked it out earlier. Every
song on this is great, and Chris really shows off his powerful
album is comparable to Book Of Shadows and Jar Of Flies (acoustic
based, amazing collection of songs).
- Countdown To Extinction (1992)
people consider Rust In Peace to be Megadeth's finest record.
I agree somewhat that it is more technical and more thrashy than
Countdown To Extinction. The band shifted styles a little bit
for this record, and it it slightly more commercial. But to me,
that just makes for better songs. The musicianship is amazing,
as is the songwriting. The production is perfect. I heard a rumor
that this record was a pain to make simply because they wanted
it to be literally perfect. Nick Menza played the drums perfectly
to a click track, for an almost inhumanly perfect timing. Not
a wrong note was layed down on this entire record.
Of Conformity - Deliverance (1994)
Keenan's first record with COC as the bandleader and singer, and
his 2nd with the group in total. He really took over this band
and they found a sound that was a huge success. Heavy Black Sabbath-ish
riffs, with a slight edge of punk, and some very James Hetfield-esque
vocals. This is one hell of an album. This album contains some
amazing compositions such as Albatross, some great heavy hitters
such as Senor Limpio, the insanely catchy Clean My Wounds, which
was a pretty big hit for them.
- Metallica [The Black Album] (1990)
don't know many people who don't own this album, or at least haven't
heard it. This album just came out at the right time, with the
right set of songs, and the right producer. The production is
amazing on this album, and it's obvious why it's sold over 13
million copies to date. Definatly one of the biggest records ever.
Everyone knows Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters, and Sad But
True. Even the lesser known tracks are great, such as Through
The Never, and My Friend Of Misery. This is really the first record
I ever listened to constantly.
Row - Slave To The Grind (1992)
Row are easily one of the best bands to come out in the late '80s.
Their first record was partially co-written by Bon Jovi, therefore
it was pretty cheesy and sappy for the mostpart, this record showed
the band how they were more comfortable. Some of the heavy songs
on this album were way ahead of their time, such as Mudkicker,
and Psycho Love. The ballady songs on this record are amazing
as well. Full of emotion. The guitar work is subperb on the whole
disc, and Sebastian Bach's vocals are chilling.
Slab - Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert (1993)
Slab have been plagued throughout their career of releasing their
albums with bad timing, with bad business deals, and sometimes
too tongue-in-cheek. They sit on so many different musical fences,
it confuses some listeners. I beleive that this is Raging Slab
at their peak. I love every track on this. The way the 3 guitars
melt together, sometimes all 3 playing slide guitar parts at the
same time just sounds great. Greg Strzempka's vocals sound great
on this record, and the production is also top notch. Some great
backing vocals on the choruses, and this is just a great boogie
Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin (1969)
first Zeppelin album is one of the most groundbreaking albums
ever. John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant
stumbled onto something great. Taking the blues and hard rock
to a whole new level, they created a style of rock music, and
influenced just about every band after them. Some great compositions
such as Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You, and Dazed and Confused leave
the listener in awe. How Many More Times shows the more jamming
side of the band. And man, could they jam!
- Vol. 8: The Threat Is Real (1998)
after this record came out, the record label went out of business,
and therefore the album went out of print and had no promotion
whatsoever. A lot of Anthrax fans don't even know it exists. This
is one of the best metal records to come out in a long time. The
album starts out with quite possibly one of the most drum-heavy
songs I've ever heard "Crush." And it sure does crush.
Great riffs, and amazing vocals (as can always be expected of
John Bush, without a letdown). The hidden track on the album "Pieces"
is an acoustic song sang by bassist Frank Bello, about their cousin
who was murdered. Truly touching song to end a great album.
Osbourne - No More Tears (1990)
is hands down the best Ozzy record. Mike Inez, Zakk Wylde, and
Randy Castillo are my favorite Ozzy lineup. Every song is perfect,
and Zakk's combination of country-style chicken pickin' and kickass
metal leads and slide guitar make this album sound fresh and new
everytime I hear it. Some of the best and most epic guitar solos
ever put to tape are on this record. Ozzy's voice is at it's best
as well. Randy Castillo never disappoints, he plays some amazing
percussion parts on Zombie Stomp, and his drum fills enhanced
this album through and through.
Skynyrd - Street Survivors (1977)
were at their peak. Everything was perfect, momentum was high,
and with addition of new young guitarist Steve Gaines, they couldnt
any better. He breathed
new life into the band, and his writing, guitar playing, and
gave them a fresh sound that has been unmatched ever since. Sadly,
just three days after this album was released, lead singer Ronnie
VanZant, Steve Gaines, and Steve's sister Cassie Gaines (a back-up
singer) were killed in a tragic plane crash. The other band members
escaped with minor injuries. The album title and cover (which
features the band members engulfed in flames) turned out to be
eerily ironic. Songs like "That Smell," "I Know
A Little," and "I Never Dreamed" still sound
as great today as they did 25 years ago.
- Master Of Puppets (1986)
Of Puppets, Metallica's third and final record with bassist Cliff
Burton is a definate masterpeice. This is hailed by most critics
as the best thrash metal album ever recorded, and this is one
of those instances where I happen to agree with them. The title
track, as well as "Battery," "Damage Inc.,"
"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," and the soaring instrumental
"Orion" are some of the band's finest songs.
Sabbath - Master Of Reality (1971)
Sabbath's third album is one of the best metal releases ever put
out. Sweet Leaf, Lord Of This World, and Into The Void are some
of the best metal tracks ever recorded. Children of The Grave
is possibly the first "speed metal" song recorded; sure,
it's nowhere as fast/advanced as today's speed metal, for 1971,
it was cutting edge. It's still one of the heaviest tracks ever
recorded. The whole album has such a great sound to it, and Ozzy's
vocals are amazing on this record. Back then, he could belt the
lyrics out like no other.
Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (1995)
Records thought it was foolish to put out a
double album right after their major label debut. Spawning the
hits "Tonight, Tonight," "Zero," "Bullet
With Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Thirty-Three,"
and "Muzzle," this album hit the mainstream with a
huge impact. The singles were all great, but so is the rest
album, with the epic tracks "Porcelina Of The Vast Oceans,"
"Thru The Eyes Of Ruby," and "Into The Arms Of
Sleep," the band creates some of the best musical atmospheres
I've ever heard. Heavy tracks like "Where Boys Fear To
"Bodies," "Tales Of A Scorched Earth," "Fuck
You (An Ode To No One)," and "X.Y.U." are brutal.
Mid-paced tracks such as "To Forgive," and "Here
Is No Why" are great as well. This is the best selling
double album of all-time, except Pink Floyd's "The Wall."
In Chains - Jar Of Flies (1994)
dark, saddening atmosphere of this whole album is haunting. The
opening track "Rotten Apples" is such a great opening
track. "Nutshell" is possibly the saddest song ever
recorded. The radio hits "I Stay Away," and "No
Excuses" are really great tracks as well. "Whale &
Wasp" is a short emotional instrumental that adds a lot to
the album. The last two tracks "Don't Follow," and "Swing
On This" turn the emotion of the album around at the end,
I think. This is perfect as it is, even with only 7 tracks.
- Badlands (1989)
is a late '80's, early '90s supergroup featuring former Ozzy Osbourne
guitarist Jake E. Lee, one-time '80's Black Sabbath singer Ray
Gillen (R.I.P.), former Lita Ford & '80's Black Sabbath drummer,
and future Kiss drummer Eric Singer, and bassist Greg Chaisson
from the band Terrif.. Over the years, this record "has been
steadily gathering steam as a vaulted rock classic, a hard, electric,
freewheeling album of timeless tone-rich guitar rock more in company
with Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Humble Pie, Free, James Gang ad
Aerosmith than any of the disposable hair band records with which
it incredulously found itself competing." (I stole that last
quote from Martin Popoff because it was just too good to not use.
Sabbath - Black Sabbath (1970)
very first metal record ever. On this album you can literally
hear jazz and blues-rooted rock turn into metal before your ears.
This is one of the most innovative records ever recorded. And
it only took them 12 hours to record it. You really can't beat
the first Sabbath record. Five tracks. All great, some really
long jams which are made up ofseveral songs. "The Wizard,"
the title track, "Wicked World," "Behind The Wall
Of Sleep," "Warning," "N.I.B."....need
I really say more?
In Chains - Dirt (1992)
is Alice In Chains' best album. I listen to Jar Of Flies more,
but that's an EP. Dirt and Jar Of Flies really go hand in hand.
Jar Of Flies is this album's mellow companion. The music and
lyrics are dark...some of the darkest I've ever heard. In my
opinion, this album saw Layne Staley at his peak. There's not
much to say other than "Them Bones," "Rooster," "Down In A Hole,"
and "Would?," definatly AIC's biggest hits (other than "Man In
The Box" from 1989's Facelift). "Rain When I Die"
is one of my personal favorite songs.
- Vulgar Display Of Power (1992)
is definatly Pantera's most solid effort. The production is fucking
killer on this album. The drum sound rules. Nothing sounds as
good as popping in this cd and cranking "Mouth For War" when
driving down the road. "A New Level" is merciless, and you gotta
love "Fucking Hostile." And everyone and their mother knows "Walk."
I personally think that "This Love" is one of Pantera's best
songs, dwarfed only by "Cemetery Gates" from Cowboys From Hell.
I think that after this album, Pantera tried to be almost too
heavy (even though I LOVE the other albums too, don't get me
wrong)...this one is perfect for any metal fan.
Rust In Peace (1990)
is what many hardcore Megadeth fans to be their best album. I
consider it definatly one of the best, but I prefer CTE. But
you can't deny that this album overall is their thrash masterpeice
and is what put them on top of the genre. There's no better way
to open an album up with than "Holy Wars." That riff fuckin'
owns. This is Megadeth's "technical" album (even though all of
them are, really). This was the first album with Marty Friedman
and Nick Menza in the lineup, and quite possibly their best performances
of their careers.