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. 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:
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
My second favourite album. Damn funky with the phat beats from Chad Smith and the overall awesomeness from everyone else.
Stadium Arcadium (2006)
So much classic tracks, so much guitar shredding, so much brilliance from the Chili Peppers.
Barred by poor production from being the Chili Peppers’ best record, but still not far from it at all.
By the Way (2002)
Filled with alternative rock anthems and renowned for a reason.
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, the best 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. There is an unfathomable groove going on in this crazy thang.
Not used album cover, but here as a tribute to Storm Thorgerson. Anywhos, although it has one or two less impressive tracks, what is good on this record is incredible.
Frances the Mute (2005)
Immense and unstoppable in spades, 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, also the album housing possibly the best song 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.
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.
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.
The Ride Majestic (2015)
An absolute ear-blinder and the best melodic death metal album to date.
The Living Infinite (2013)
A two-discer bursting at the seems with its fantastic metal.
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.
The Hunter (2011)
Slightly simpler, lighter Mastodon, but full of brilliant riffs and melodies, often, to die for.
Chunky and dark metal heaven.
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.
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.
Similar case her to Scars, albeit not quite so completely amazing.
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 metal core album full of power and complex guitar patterns.
Two words. Poor Millionaire.
At the Drive In:
Relationship of Command (2000)
Masterpiece of punk rock, better than some Mars Volta and quickly moving up into top five albums territory.
System of a Down:
Incosistent, but has its great gems and a good dose of nostalgia advantage.
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.
Pork Soda (1993)
A weird and wonderful record with Les Claypool’s best bass playage to date in abundance.
Fantastic and atmospheric rock album, one of the very best. My original score of 87 was far too low.
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.