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Back when I joined DTF, it seemed like the ultimate goal to write out your own top 50 albums thread and so I did, more than 4 years ago. I put myself on the waiting list and created a list of what were, to me, the best albums ever recorded. Of course, I hadn't heard a whole lot and as such, that list became outdated the moment I started listening to other music, more music. A year later, I created another top 50 albums thread, a list that contained 50 different albums from the first. While making that one I actually realised that one’s tastes really can’t captured by a list of any kind, because tastes change (drastically) over time and on different days I could fancy something else completely. The intention with the second list was to eventually merge both my first list (which is hugely outdated nowadays) with the second to create a 100-album list that would be the best account of my tastes. I didn’t do it in the end, because frankly, I completely suck at ranking stuff like this. This realisation has kept me from doing a third list for a long time – 3 years to be exact. But now the time has come to finish what I started.

This will likely be the last list I will make, at least for the next couple of years. As stated, I find it incredibly difficult to put together a list like this and I hope it actually does my tastes a little justice. It’s been three years since the last, I listen to different music now than I did three years ago, I’ve heard a lot of new stuff and all of that complicates composing a list like this one. Three years ago I was heavily into progressive metal, nowadays I’m not so much anymore, I prefer concise song-writing to the usual ‘prog-wank’ that is apparent in lots of bands from the scene. That said, there’s a bunch of albums on here I just could not leave off, for nostalgia’s sake, but also because they’re just too good.

Without delving too deep into the problems of creating a list like this, there’s a couple of things I need to get off my chest before I even start this. And those things are the following:
- selecting just 50 albums is an absolute crime. I have a library of over 600 albums to choose from and those are just the albums I own or have saved on Spotify. I have heard much more music I don’t even have saved.
- I listen to quite some different music, although my roots are in the prog/metal. How do you adequately rank an album that’s completely different next to a bunch of prog/metal albums?
- really, the ranks from, say #10 to #40 could almost always be interchanged. There’s no real reason why I like album #34 more than #35. It’s arbitrary and the difference between places is minimal. The top 12 is something I’m really certain about, but the rest can fluctuate from day to day. For that reason, if there’s bands or albums I have forgotten at the time of writing this, that’s a shame. This list is therefore not a perfect representation of my tastes, but I think it comes close.
- I love diversity in lists like these

This has led me to the following:
- doing 50 albums was too hard, I’m doing a main list of 50, with 10 honourable mentions
- one album per artist on this list. That’s right, 50 different artists
- no live-albums, compilation albums or EPs. What a shame, I had to leave some great stuff out
- no classical music
- all write-ups will be done in the same manner; I’ll write something about the artist, about the album and name my favourite songs from the album. I’ll also give a suggestion for my second favourite album by said artist

Random facts about this list:
- oldest album from 1966, newest from 2015
- almost all albums have lyrics in English, there’s a few exceptions
- decade representation:
     2 albums from the 60’s (4%)
     6 albums from the 70’s (12%)
     9 albums from the 90’s (18%)
     23 albums from the 2000’s (46%)
     10 albums from the 2010’s (20%)
- best represented year is 2001, with 6 albums

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The list so far:

Honourable mentions:
Shining – Blackjazz (2010)
Protest the Hero – Fortress (2008)
Dan Swanö – Moontower (1999)
Royal Hunt – Paradox (1997)
Beyond the Bridge – The Old Man and the Spirit (2012)
Euzen – Metamorph (2015)
Theodor Bastard – Vetvi (2015)


60. Metallica - Ride the Lightning (1984)
59. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius (2007)

58. Headspace - I Am Anonymous (2012)
57. Agalloch - The Mantle (2002)

56. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (1967)
55. The Fall of Troy - Manipulator (2007)

54. Neal Morse - ? (2005)
53. Toxik - Think This (1989)

52. Symphony X - V: The New Mythology Suite (2000)
51. Seventh Wonder - Mercy Falls (2008)


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50. Beardfish - Mammoth (2011)
49. Schizoid Lloyd - The Last Note In God's Magnum Opus (2014)
48. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
47. Circus Maximus - Isolate (2007)
46. The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (2003)
45. Boudewijn de Groot - Voor de Overlevenden (1966)
44. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)
43. Mastodon - Crack the Skye (2009)
42. Caligula's Horse - Bloom (2015)
41. The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
40. Eisley - The Valley (2007)
39. Sublime - Sublime (1996)
38. Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992)
37. Converge - Jane Doe (2001)
36. Ayreon - The Human Equation (2004)
35. Flaming Row - Elinoire (2011)
34. Yes - Close to the Edge (1972)
33. David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)
32. Jolly - The Audio Guide to Happiness (2012 & 2013)
31. The Ocean - Pelagial (2013)
30. Karnivool - Sound Awake (2009)
29. Spock's Beard - The Kindness of Strangers (1998)
28. Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (2009)
27. Wishbone Ash - Argus (1972)
26. Thrice - The Alchemy Index (2007 & 2008)
25. Shadow Gallery - Legacy (2001)
24. Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, the Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle (1973)
23. Devin Townsend - Terria (2001)
22. Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition (2009)
21. Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (2010)
20. The Dear Hunter - Act II: The Meaning Of, And All Things Regarding Ms. Leading (2007)
19. Between the Buried and Me - Colors (2007)
18. Agent Fresco - Destrier (2015)
17. Pain of Salvation - Remedy Lane (2002)
16. King Crimson - Red (1974)
15. Haken - Aquarius (2010)
14. Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)
13. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever (2001)
12. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

11. maudlin of the Well - Bath (2001)
10. Obsidian Kingdom - Mantiis (An Agony in Fourteen Bites) (2014)
9. Porcupine Tree - Signify (1996)
8. dredg - El Cielo (2002)
7. Opeth - Blackwater Park (2001)
6. Mr. Bungle - California (1999)
5. Have a Nice Life - Deathconsciousness (2008)
4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F#A#∞ (1997)
3. Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)
2. Leprous - Bilateral (2011)
1. Dream Theater - Images & Words (1992)
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2016, 06:30:03 AM »
Cool.

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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2016, 06:55:05 AM »
Well, that's a start :lol
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2016, 07:17:06 AM »
A man of few words.  :lol   I'm curious so I'll be following. I'm slowly putting my own list together.

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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2016, 07:24:04 AM »
Cool.


So is this going to be like your current top 50 albums, a merge of both your first and second list or what? I've read the whole thing but it's still not entirely clear to me.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2016, 07:25:59 AM »
This is my current top 50 albums, with the restriction that it features one album per artist. It;s definitely not going to be a mix of the previous installations, because both top 50's I did aren't accurate at all now. There may be some albums from both lists, but there's a lot of newcomers.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2016, 07:28:24 AM »
Following and shit.

Shall be interesting to see the evolution of your tastes.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2016, 07:50:00 AM »
I've ignored so many of the recent top 50 threads; whereas when I first joined I used to look through the archived lists to find new stuff.

For your list, I'll definitely want to follow.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2016, 07:51:56 AM »
I'll follow the shit out of it :tup
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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2016, 08:03:36 AM »
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2016, 09:14:17 AM »
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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2016, 10:08:16 AM »
I hope I can deliver! :lol
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2016, 11:44:03 AM »
This first band is Soen very cool swingy jazz fusion kinda stuff.

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2016, 01:18:08 PM »
Following.

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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2016, 01:51:05 PM »
Alright then, here's the first batch of albums! Starting off with a couple of honourable mentions that I couldn't give a place in the top 50. I won't bother you with write-ups on these, as I could have left them out just as well, but since we're at it, here we go:

Shining – Blackjazz (2010)
Protest the Hero – Fortress (2008)
Dan Swanö – Moontower (1999)
Royal Hunt – Paradox (1997)
Beyond the Bridge – The Old Man and the Spirit (2012)
Euzen – Metamorph (2015)
Theodor Bastard – Vetvi (2015)


Then, let me start the countdown to the actual top 50 by giving you #60 & #59 now. I plan to get over #60-51 quite quickly, so the write-ups on those will be shorter than those in the proper top 50. I'm postkng them in groups of two, twice a day. This way I'll be done on Sunday night and I can start with #50 on Monday.

Without further stalling, I give you the first two entries.








60. Metallica – Ride the Lightning (1984)



Included mainly for nostalgia’s sake, 'Ride the Lightning' was always my favourite Metallica album. I can’t really remember all too well, but I think this was the album that got me into metal the most. I had a friend in high school who was a huge Metallica fan (and who later realised Iron Maiden existed too) that got me into this. Countless hours I’ve spent playing the songs on this record on guitar. This is without a doubt my favourite thrash metal record and my favourite ‘classic’ metal album. Although I rarely, if ever, listen to this album anymore, it had to be included, because it was pivotal in developing my tastes.

Recommended songs: Ride the Lightning, Creeping Death, Fade to Black

59. Gojira – From Mars to Sirius (2005)



One of the heaviest albums I’ve dared to listen to in full. From Mars to Sirius is a relentless grind of heavy distorted guitar, growls and anger. Gojira write songs about earth and nature and the anger they have for the fact that humans are slowing ruining this planet is shown on this record more than on any of their other records. The album tells a story of global warming and flying away to a different solar system to find refuge, because the earth is all but destroyed (made clear in the song ‘Flying Whales’, about the earth being flooded, humans living at the bottom of the ocean now, hence the whales fly). I included this album, because I thought this was the shit in high school. The first really heavy band I listened to and, frankly, one of only a couple on this list.

Recommended songs: Flying Whales, To Sirius, From the Sky

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I'll post two more tomorrow morning and two more tomorrow night. The same thing will happen on Sunday, so I can start the real top 50 on Monday. Let's hope I can stick to this schedule :)
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2016, 01:58:26 PM »
Beyond the Bridge isn't on the actual list? I'm out.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2016, 02:00:02 PM »
Alright now it's my turn. WRONG SONGS  :loser: Where the hell are Ocean Planet and Global Warming for FMTS?? I like The Way of All Flesh better but this album is killer too.

Ride the Lightning is a classic, and I'm slowly starting to gravitate less towards the 'classic' albums as I discover more new music, but RtL is a gem.

+1 for Fortress tho.
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2016, 02:02:17 PM »
RTL is probably the most consistent Metallica album but I'd say I like AJFA a bit more overall
Gojira has always seemed to me like a band I would despise tbh

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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2016, 02:04:48 PM »
Beyond the Bridge isn't on the actual list? I'm out.

:lol

Alright now it's my turn. WRONG SONGS  :loser: Where the hell are Ocean Planet and Global Warming for FMTS??

I'm doing only three an album. What a shame. Both Ocean Planet and Global Warning are killer, but I chose From the Sky instead.
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« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2016, 02:05:11 PM »
RtL used to be my favorite Metallica album. It's still good but I like few albums more.
Gojira is awesome, too, they were one of the bands that got me into heavier music. Some of the songs from that albums are just perfect blend of brutality and emotion (Flying Whales and Global Warming are my favorites).
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« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2016, 02:07:43 PM »
I used to listen to some Gojira and enjoy it, but haven't had a strong desire to listen more recently. Maybe I'll go back and give this one another go, soon.

Ride the Lightning isn't my favorite Metallica album, but Fade to Black probably is my favorite song and so at least it has that going for it...

And I'm only familiar with 3 of 7 in the honorable mentions, but what a strong three they are: Moontower, Paradox and Old Man and the Spirit. Paradox wouldn't touch my top 50, but the other two might come close.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2016, 02:38:51 PM »
Beyond the Bridge isn't on the actual list? I'm out.

And I'm right on your six.  Paradox is also a great album.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2016, 03:01:26 PM »
Two bands I don't care for :D

Interesting you mention that Euzen album - was listening to it yesterday and it quite impressed me :tup

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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2016, 03:03:21 PM »
Didn't you only hear like one Gojira song though?
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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2016, 03:17:43 PM »
Didn't you only hear like one Gojira song though?

if this is at me, no; I'd tried listening to this album in the past and turned it off a few songs in

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« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2016, 03:20:28 PM »
For what it's worth, I think The Old Man and the Spirit is a really good album, but one that I don't return to very often. The main reason why it wasn't included in the list is that, while I really enjoy it, it didn't impress me as much as the albums that I did include. I also do not hold any emotional attachment to that particular album, while there are some albums on the list where I do. So, not a bad album by any means and I felt like I had to mention it considering how good it is, but there's too much other stuff that I either return to more often or hold closer to my heart, so to speak.
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« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2016, 04:09:39 PM »
RTL is pretty much where I'd put it. Solid album.
Gojira has always been a band where I don't mind the stuff I hear, but don't like it enough to explore further.

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« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2016, 04:21:41 PM »
Nice choice with RTL. That's about where it goes, quite possibly a little higher.

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« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2016, 04:33:47 PM »
Didn't you only hear like one Gojira song though?

if this is at me, no; I'd tried listening to this album in the past and turned it off a few songs in
Same as Parama, tried this one out of curiosity but bored me to tears. The song I received in the roulette just confirms this band ain't for me :P

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« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2016, 04:46:58 PM »
RTL is my fav Metallica album. Has more energy than the next two.

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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2016, 06:44:44 PM »
I have 1 Gojira album, and it's pretty fucking good.

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« Reply #31 on: March 26, 2016, 01:16:28 AM »
Thanks for all the replies! I really like reading everybody's takes on these albums. I'm firing up the next two in a short while, both of which rather well-known albums here on DTF.
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« Reply #32 on: March 26, 2016, 01:43:37 AM »
As promised, two more this morning. I'm out all day, but I'll be back tonight to post two more.

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58. Headspace – I Am Anonymous (2012)



This album came out at the peak of my love for progressive metal and it’s an amazing effort in every way. Damian Wilson is a beast on vocals on this album, but all the instrumentalists deserve massive credits here as well. This album has it all, catchy choruses, insane instrumental parts, good vocal hooks and a fantastic performance by the band overall. Seeing this album performed in full in the joint headliner tour with Haken (who performed their ‘Visions’ in full) is one of my concert highlights (and I got to see them twice!). It’s an album I don’t revisit often, but when I do, it’s that delicious progressive metal that has become a coveted ‘guilty pleasure’ of mine.

Recommended songs: Daddy Fucking Loves You, The Big Day, Die With a Bullet

57. Agalloch – The Mantle (2002)



It seems like there is this ongoing debate between fans of Agalloch to determine which of their albums is the best. Whenever I see them mentioned in a list like this it’s always either this one, or ‘Ashes Against the Grain’. Both are really good, but to me ‘The Mantle’ edges it just slightly, because it contains more folky elements and atmospheric passages than its more metal counterpoint. The album as a whole feels more complete. ‘The Mantle’ is an album that doesn’t exactly show much showmanship, but dwells more on atmosphere. You can say that this is like shoegaze-influenced metal (including the occasional black metal shrieks and high-pitched vocals) with the inclusion of folky elements. If bands like Deafheaven are nowadays considered influential for the development of metal by doing ‘new stuff’, then certainly Agalloch could be defined as pioneers of that particular style. This album is a testament to that.

Recommended songs: In the Shadow of Our Pale Companion, ...And the Great Cold Death of the Earth, You Were But a Ghost in my Arms
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« Reply #33 on: March 26, 2016, 02:02:54 AM »
I Am Anonymous is :tup

As for Agalloch, "shoegaze-influenced metal (including the occasional black metal shrieks and high-pitched vocals)" sounds like really not my thing.
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Re: Elite's top 50 albums v. - 3 Years Older: Post #1
« Reply #34 on: March 26, 2016, 02:08:01 AM »
Didn't you only hear like one Gojira song though?

if this is at me, no; I'd tried listening to this album in the past and turned it off a few songs in
Same as Parama, tried this one out of curiosity but bored me to tears. The song I received in the roulette just confirms this band ain't for me :P
Was originally aimed at Sacul but you both suck

I really liked I Am Anonymous, listened to the album twice. But I never got the urge to go back to it for some reason, neither did I check out the new Headspace album.

Agalloch is a bit too heavy on the black metal growls for my likings, but I can definitely see why people like them.
people on this board are actual music fans who developed taste in music and not casual listeners who are following current fashion trends and listening to only current commercial hits.