As Milo suggested he’d do a page encasing his favourite films, I thought I might as well steal his idea and make my own page, encasing my favourite albums. I love music. It can add so much to someone’s life, which is why I feel sorry for the people who don’t really listen to it. Seriously, in some ways I prefer listening to my favourite music than watching a film, or playing a game. I’m not going to write anything about any of the albums other than brief notes, because I’m just keeping this as a simple, straight list of my favourite albums, as this is just an extra page pretty much for my interest to be honest. Anyway, in no particular order, here are my favourite albums (to be edited whenever I listen to an amazing album I think deserves a place here):
Red Hot Chili Peppers:
By the Way (2002)
Expertly toned to make for a beautiful and fun record, and the Chili Peppers’ very best. Took me a while to realise though!
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
Damn funky and consistently PHAT.
Stadium Arcadium (2006)
So much classic tracks, so much guitar shredding, so much brilliance from the Chili Peppers.
Another masterwork from the best band around, albeit slightly marred by poor production. Still, ‘masterwork’.
One Hot Minute (1995)
A forgotten and underrated piece of the Chili Peppers’ discography, a stream of heavy, psychedelic and funky awesomeness.
The Mars Volta:
The Bedlam in Goliath (2008)
A creepy masterpiece, my favourite album of all time. Jazz fusion with huge doses of prog, rock, metal and punk, to make funky perfection.
De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)
Equally as masterful as Bedlam in Goliath with an unfathomable groove beating at its prog rock heart through its whole run-time.
*Not used album cover, but here as a tribute to Storm Thorgerson.* Although it has one or two less impressive tracks, what is good on this record is absolutely incredible, and there’s a lot of it.
Frances the Mute (2005)
Immense and unstoppable in spades, and an unforgettable listen, although overall marred by some incessant noodling from reaching the sonic heights of the band’s truly best albums.
Nostalgia factor aside, this is a much welcome more patient record by the band, exhibiting moments of mad prog and tranquility.
A masterpiece in prog rock, expertly written throughout to provide progressive giants and fantastic rock tracks.
Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)
Best mixed album in history, and a masterpiece just as much as Deadwing.
In Absentia (2002)
The heaviest album by the band. That’s good!
Second best of the album covers. Also one of the best rock albums around, probably.
Funky funky funk.
An outright masterpiece and one of the very best albums of all time, or at the very least one of the very best to come out of the Seattle scene, which is no mean feat.
Down on the Upside (1996)
Fantastic in its ambient nature and full of its highlights, a perfect album to dose off to.
A bit more raw than their later efforts, but by no means any worse. It’s soaked in the band’s metal roots and it’s a joy to listen to from start to finish.
Rage Against the Machine:
Evil Empire (1996)
One of the very best on this list. Bombastic, powerful and hella cool.
Again, this is a classic for a reason.
Crack the Skye (2009)
Emotional and poignant masterpiece of prog metal, Mastodon’s best album and one of the very best on this list.
Once More ‘Round the Sun (2014)
The best of the album covers. The album itself is nearly as awesome.
Blood Mountain (2006)
An insane roller-coaster of an album and a masterfully crafted one at that.
Emperor of Sand (2017)
An emotional beast like Crack the Skye and an absolute joy to listen to across its whole run-time.
Psychic Warfare (2015)
Rockin’. An instant classic in hard blues rock.
Earth Rocker (2013)
Such groove. Such power!
Follow the Leader (1998)
A narcissistic, satanic party that for some reason is really flippin’ groovy. Freak on a Leash, Got the Life, etc., you get the picture.
An awesome record with a massive sound and a selection of amazing metal tracks.
The Ride Majestic (2015)
An absolute ear-blinder and the best melodic death metal album to date.
As Daylight Dies (2006)
THIS. IS. MY. CURSE!
Prior to the Fire (2009)
A fantastic ode to geek culture and metal giants like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, in a modern and catchy album.
A classic favourite of mine, full of aggression, phat riffs and immense vocal outputs from Ryan McCombs.
Lamb of God:
Knee-numbingly heavy as drums and vocals are absolutely nailed to deliver a polished and raucous metal album.
August Burns Red:
An incredible metalcore album full of power and complex guitar patterns.
At the Drive In:
Relationship of Command (2000)
THE masterwork of punk rock.
System of a Down:
It’s not perfect but its full of its brilliant gems and has some help from our good friend nostalgia.
Turisas – Stand Up and Fight (2010)
This band killed it live! Stand Up and Fight is their best record, showing off their ridiculous and surprisingly great “Battle Metal” to it’s best levels.
Sittin’ Heavy (2016)
Fantastically energetic and fun record, giving some competition to Clutch.
Every Time I Die:
The Big Dirty (2007)
Brilliant binding of metalcore and hardcore punk, one of the best American metal albums.
Frizzle Fry (1990)
Too many puppies, mate.
Now this is atmosphere. A prog metal album with awesome power and sick tricks to behold.
No words needed. Well, except for those ones.
Groovy, relaxing and amazingly written grunge to listen to on repeat till the end of the Earth. It’s pretty damn good competition to Bedlam in Goliath for my favourite album of all time.
A haunting and brilliant piece of blues metal.
Chock full of classics and hailed as it is for good reason.