Friday, June 8, 2012

The Long Hundred

I'm working on a series of posts called "100 Albums I'm Glad I Heard Before I Died." This isn't my argument for the 100 greatest albums of all time: There's no Reign in Blood, no Master of Puppets, no Paranoid, no Number of the Beast.  It's not even a good representation of my favourite bands. Mostly it's a celebration of albums that were of significant importance at a particular time and place in my life; albums that led me down a certain path, musical or otherwise; or obscure releases that I grew to love and could have easily missed out on.

Some of the releases will be grouped together; some of them will be looked at on their own.  A lot of the albums will be things that I heard between that magical time from 1995-2002 when it seemed to my young mind like there was no limit to what metal could accomplish; a few of them are genre classics that I grew to love for my own reasons. There is no significance to the order things appear, or even a unifying theme to the posts; all I know is that when it's all over there will be 100 of them.

The list as it looks like today (list subject to change and all that disclaimer jazz):

    1.    Catharsis - Samsara

    2.    Logical Nonsense - Expand the Hive

    3.    Kreator - Outcast
    4.    Face Down - The Twisted Rule the Wicked
    5.    Opeth - Morningrise
    6.    Sodom - Persecution Mania
    7.    Vader - Future of the Past
    8.    Old - Formula
    9.    Nasum - Inhale/Exhale
    10.    Blackened: The Black Metal Compilation
    11.    Sacrilege - Lost in the Beauty You Slay
    12.    Eucharist - Mirrorworlds
    13.    Grotesque - In the Embrace of Evil
    14.    A Canorous Quintet - Silence of the World Beyond
    15.    Breach - Friction
    16.    Northcore: The Polar Scene Compilation
    17.    Dolores Records Compilation
    18.    Refused - Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent
    19.    The Red Chord - Fused Together In The Revolving Doors
    20.    Anathema - Eternity
    21.    Morgion - Solinari
    22.    Samael - Ceremony of Opposites
    23.    Meatjack - Trust
    24.    In the Woods... - Omnio
    25.    Will Haven - El Diablo
    26.    Cream Abdul Babar - The Catalyst to Ruins
    27.    Cult of Luna - Salvation
    28.    Red Harvest - Hybreed
    29.    Rotting Christ - Genesis
    30.    Repulsion - Horrified
    31.    Darkthrone - Panzerfaust
    32.    Dimension Zero - Silent Night Fever
    33.    Ebony Tears - A Handful of Nothing
    34.    Sick of it All - Scratch the Surface
    35.    Red Sparowes - At the Soundless Dawn
    36.    Behemoth - Satanica
    37.    Carnage - Dark Recollections
    38.    John Coltrane - Ascension
    39.    Strapping Young Lad - City
    40.    Devin Townsend - Ocean Machine  
    41.    Gwynbleidd - Amaranthine/Nostalgia
    42.    Hellchild - Bareskin
    43.    Naglfar - Vittra
    44.    Dawn - Slaughtersun
    45.    Lord Belial - The Black Curse
    46.    Eyes of Fire - Ashes to Embers
    47.    Earth Crisis - Firestorm
    48.    Snapcase - Progression Through Unlearning
    49.    All Out War - For Those Who Were Crucified
    50.    Godspeed! You Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to the Sky
    51.    Glissando - With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards The Burning Sea
    52.    Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
    53.    PJ Harvey - White Chalk
    54.    In The Woods - Omnio
    55.    The Gathering  - How to Measure a Planet
    56.    Daemon - Seven Deadly Sins
    57.    No Fun At All - The Big Knockover
    58.    Samiam - You Are Freaking Me Out
    59.    Fall From Grace - Fall From Grace
    60.    Paradise Lost - Host
    61.    Neurosis - Enemy of the Sun
    62.    Vader - Black to the Blind
    63.    Krisiun - Black Force Domain
    64.    Disfear - A Brutal Sight of War
    65.    Hypocrisy - Final Chapter
    66.    Edge of Sanity - Purgatory Afterglow
    67.    Dan Swanö - Moontower
    68.    The Angelic Process - Weighing Souls With Sand
    69.    Eden A.D. - Cycles of Relevance
    70.    Nailbomb - Point Blank
    71.    Turmoil - The Process Of
    72.    Buzzov•en - Sore
    73.    Antonio Pinto - Lord of War
    74.    Lost Soul - Scream of the Mourning Star
    75.    The Haunted - The Haunted
    76.    Dismember - Like an Everflowing Stream
    77.    Earth - The Bees Made Honey in the Lion's Skull
    78.    Godflesh - Selfless
    79.    Head of David - Dustbowl
    80.    Evergreen Terrace - Wolfbiker
    81.    Judas Priest - British Steel
    82.    Halford - Resurrection
    83.    Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
    84.    Depeche Mode - Violator
    85.    Merciless - Unbound
    86.    Henry Rollins - Eric the Pilot
    87.    Deicide - Once Upon The Cross
    88.    Ministry - Filth Pig
    89.    Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    90.    Death Is Just The Beginning III
    91.    Bill Hicks - Dangerous
    92.    Kyuss - Sky Valley
    93.    Origin - Antithesis
    94.    Entombed - Clandestine
    95.    The Crown - Deathrace King
    96.    Carcass - Heartwork
    97.    At the Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
    98.    Napalm Death - Fear Emptiness Despair
    99.    Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
    100.  Sepultura - Beneath the Remains

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