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 progressive rock and home to one of my favourite songs of all time, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here.
Fear of a Blank Planet (2007)
Best mixed album in history, and a masterpiece just as much as Deadwing.
One of the best straight up rock records around.
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.
A classic for a reason: one of the best, most raucous debut albums in history.
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)
My favourite album cover. The album itself is the best damn psychedelic metal awesomeness I’ve heard.
Psychic Warfare (2015)
Rockin’. An instant classic in hard blues rock.
Blast Tyrant (2004)
Unrelenting spades of crunchy riffs and hard rock brilliance – Clutch’s best album.
Groovy, relaxing and amazingly written grunge to listen to on repeat till the end of the Earth. My second favourite album of all time.
Raw, youthful, and full of energy and joy. A blast from start to finish.
The Ride Majestic (2015)
An absolute ear-blinder and the best melodic death metal album to date.
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.
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.
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.
A haunting and brilliant piece of blues metal.
War Pigs? Fairies Wear Boots? And there’s MORE??
Easy listening, feral grunge at its best.
Queens of the Stone Age:
…Like Clockwork (2013)
A masterful effort in alternative rock.
Faith No More:
Angel Dust (1992)
Absolutely off-the-wall and ridiculous but in this unique, brilliant and energising.
The Bends (1995)
Joyously relaxing and energetic at once. Goosebumps galore.
Alice in Chains:
Dusty desert grunge with a tinge of metal and emotional potency, some of the very best background soundtrack.
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
A kinda weird and oddly balanced album but full of moments of wonder, I’m awe-struck at every listen.
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
If anything’s a masterstroke it’s this. Robert Plant and co. struck the perfect balance between the hard rock and the folk and magic like Stairway to Heaven ensued.
The Number of the Beast (1982)
It took me far too long to gather the correct appreciation for these folks. The Number of the Beast epitomises all that is great about them with enough energy, bite and mastery to be one of the best metal albums of all time.
A marvel of melodic power and spectacular musicianship, one of my favourite prog rock albums.
Lamb of God:
Knee-numbingly heavy as drums and vocals are absolutely nailed to deliver a polished and raucous metal album.
As Daylight Dies (2006)
This one remains in here partly because of nostalgia, partly because it’s a flippin’ beast of a metal album.
Follow the Leader (1998)
Some of the grooviest music on the planet is on this thing.
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.