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Overall Favorite Albums

Discussion in 'Music Discussion' started by Diesel 11, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Come to the Sabbath

    So, given that I couldn't find an thread for this, I thought I'd make one myself. We have a thread for favorite bands, now I want to branch it out further into favorite albums overall. Which albums do you like best and why? Is it for nostalgia, atmosphere, or overall awesomeness?

    After careful consideration, I've narrowed it down to the following 11:

    #11: Slayer - Reign In Blood
    Let's be honest, nothing has been the same since this album was dropped. It's only 29 minutes long, and yet it's one of the most gripping, brutal, kickass album of all time. All ten songs on here are great, and it's overall one hell of a ride.

    #10: Death - Symbolic
    It's not my favorite Death album, yet Symbolic is still in my list. There's just something about it that's different from everything else. It stretched the boundaries of death metal and transcends the genre, and I'm not surprised people consider it Death's finest hour. It's as if you've been placed in a wasteland and Chuck and his gang are the only thing around you... epic.

    #9: Morbid Angel - Altars of Madness
    Like I said in the death metal thread, the rest of MA's discography hasn't really impressed me, yet their debut is a genuine classic. Everything from Vincent's vocals to Trey's guitarwork is awesome. This is classic death metal at its finest. Awesome stuff.

    #8: Mercyful Fate - Don't Break The Oath
    An album that, start to finish, is just great. A lot of it seems like it shouldn't work. Take "The Oath". Lyrics directly from a black mass sung in falsetto over heavy metal? And yet it remains one of the greatest metal songs ever. This album is the pinnacle of Fate and King's careers. A classic of the genre.

    #7: Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    My all-time favorite 'ryche songs come from Empire, yet album-wise, Mindcrime really reigns supreme. It weaves together a classic story and is the concept album to end all concept albums. Start to finish, an all-time favorite.

    #6: Ahab - The Call of the Wretched Sea
    I don't often come back to this album, and when I do, I usually just pick one song from it to listen to because I'm not big on ten-minute songs one right after the other. However, any time I do listen to the whole thing through, I'm always glad I did. There's something about this record that's just... so great. Atmosphere, feeling, it's a perfect record. The best album of the 21st century, hands down.

    #5: Megadeth - Rust In Peace
    From the opening to "Holy Wars" to the end of "Polaris", Rust In Peace remains one of the albums that helped bring me into the metal genre. And it's filled with classics. "Hangar 18" is my favorite song of all time, "Tornado of Souls" has the greatest solo of all time, and even the lesser tracks are still pretty goddamn good, like "Lucretia", "Take No Prisoners", and "Five Magics". Great stuff.

    #4: Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
    My favorite Maiden album keeps switching, but for now, this has taken the number 2 spot. The feel of the album, from the guitar to the synths, is what drives it, and I have yet to hear something sound more sci-fi than this. One of the best.

    #3: ABBA: Gold
    I'm cheating because this is a compilation album, but honestly I don't care. It features ABBA's finest tracks, and brings a lot of nostalgia back to me every time I listen to it. Pop is one of the greatest genres, if only because ABBA is a part of it.

    #2: Iron Maiden - Powerslave
    This album sums up why I love Maiden. All the songs on here fit together so well, the drumming is excellent, the bass is superb, the guitars are godly, and Bruce is the goddamn best. It all goes by so fast, it's so good. Love it.

    #1: Death - The Sound of Perseverance
    When it comes to talking about favorite albums, my #1 pick is obvious for me. There is not a song I'd rate below a 9/10 on here. Chuck's vocals ascended new heights, the band went for an entirely new sound, and overall it's a classic. "Voice of the Soul" is, tied with "Hangar 18", my favorite song of all time, and "Spirit Crusher" follows as the stand-out with one of the band's best choruses. Oh, and closing the album with the greatest cover song in the history of the world, "Painkiller"? This album is perfect, the whole way through.

    So yeah, those are my favorites, what about you?
     
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  2. Sth2112

    Sth2112 Nomad

    The beatles - s/t
    Because it has a piece of every genre of music on it

    Rainbow - rising
    Its so epic and rocking, powerful vocals and drums, and Ritche of course

    GNR - Appetite for destruction
    Flawless rock'n roll

    Ayreon - The human equation
    The story, the variation of songs, singers...and the flutes and strings of course

    Burzum - s/t
    Atmosphere

    Bathory - Hammerheart
    Atmosphere and passion by an amateur

    Marduk - Panzer division marduk
    30 minutes of reign in blood x 10

    Iron maiden - Somewhere in time
    Cause it always make me happy. Same can be said about anything Maiden.

    Metallica - Ride the lightning
    Nostalgia and just a perfect album from a then young band

    Stratovarius - Visions
    The album that made music a passion for me
     
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  3. AlexS

    AlexS Trooper

    My criteria for great albums = more than just a collection of good songs; it's something that's better when listened to all the way through as a complete work.

    Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers
    Exile on Main Street gets a lot of praise, and it has some of their best songs, but there are a few clunkers on it and the song sequencing is a little weird in places. These two are fantastic from front to back, with a sequence of songs that build and release tension as they flow from one to the next; great opening songs that set the mood for what's to come, and climactic closing songs ("You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Moonlight Mile," respectively) that wrap up the whole thing and leave you with your jaw on the floor.

    Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
    His darkest, and one of his rawest. Song sequencing is a little weird in places (e.g. going from the slow, sorrowful "Borrowed Tune" straight into the raucous "Come On Baby Let's Go Downtown") but overall fantastic, with a closing song that reprises the opener.

    Pink Floyd - Animals
    Not as big a hit as The Wall, Dark Side, or Wish You Were Here, but their best-developed concept album with no filler at all.

    Aerosmith - Rocks
    The album that made Slash take up guitar seriously. Not a clunker on the whole thing, and Side 1 especially is just a relentless barrage of rockers, starting with the one-two punch of "Back in the Saddle" and "Last Child." Includes the heaviest thing they ever did, "Nobody's Fault," which Testament covered decades later as though it were one of their own.

    The Cars - debut
    Only one song on this album failed to become a heavily-played radio hit. That in itself is nearly incredible. One of the all-time greatest debut rock albums ever. Only problem is, nothing they did later could quite live up to it.

    Black Crowes - Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
    Perhaps my all-time favorite album. A one-two punch of "Sting Me" and "Remedy" to open it up, strong rockers all the way through with enough variation in mood, tempo, and feel to keep things interesting, the climactic "My Morning Song" to bring it all crashing to a close, and the mellow Bob Marley cover "Time Will Tell" as a come-down.

    The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    One of the first albums I fell in love with, when I was 7 years old. Not much I can add to the volumes that have been written about it for the past 50 years.

    Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
    I've liked this one since I was 4 years old; liked it even more when I listened to it as a grown-up. Harry had an amazing vocal range, a catchy and versatile but slightly offbeat and twisted songwriting style, and collaborated with some of the best in the business. You almost certainly know "Coconut" and "Without You" (his original of the latter is way better than Mariah Carey's cover). "Jump Into the Fire" is familiar from its use in Goodfellas. But the opener "Gotta Get Up," and other deep cuts like "Early In The Morning," "Down," and "Let the Good Times Roll," are equally strong. Relevance to hard rock & metal: Nikki Sixx credits this album as one of his early inspirations.
     
  4. fourrobert13

    fourrobert13 Plays with Madness

    Diesel 11 hit a lot of my favorites in his list with Megadeth, Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Morbid Angel, and Queensryche, but I'll add a few more...

    Dream Theater - Images and Words
    This was the album that that got me into prog metal. It's heavy, fast, and melodic. I still listen to it regularly.

    Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Loved the concept even though it wasn't as put together as Operation Mindcrime, but still my favorite Maiden album.

    Overkill - Years of Decay
    This was their peak IMO, but it was fast, heavy, and the best Overkill lineup IMO.

    The Cult - Sonic Temple
    Flat out great rock album. They never really topped this one. Every song on it could have been a hit single.

    Rush - 2112
    Discovered this late (like 1992). Basically invented prog metal with this album (I'm sure someone else invented it, but as far as I'm concerned this album did it). It was aggressive and still to this date sounds very modern considering it came out in 1976.

    I could go on, but I'll stop here.
     
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