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The album(s) you always return to
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:24:19 PM »
As music fans we spend lots of time checking out new releases, recommendations, listening to this, that and everything. If you are anything like myself however, you always return to an old favourite. There's always one album (or a few?) that never really goes out of rotation.

Mine are probably DT - Awake and Opeth - Blackwater Park.

What's yours?

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 12:39:29 PM »
Coheed and Cambria

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 12:52:25 PM »
Haken hasnít left my playlist since I first discovered them.

Odd Logic has been a close second. Specifically the album If We Were Live. But Last Watch of the Nightingale was right up there too.
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« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2022, 01:53:27 PM »
I have a handful of albums that I always go back to. These albums always seem to fascinate me and bring a sense of nostalgia, wonderment, and joy.

Tool - Lateralus
Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3
Marillion - Marbles
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
Moonsorrow - Verisakeet
Type O Negative - Life is Killing Me
AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Anathema - Weather Systems
Rush - Different Stages
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 01:56:58 PM »
Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.

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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2022, 02:03:43 PM »
Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.
The two opening tracks (or, it's just one really, but they've split it in pt.1 and pt.2) are stunning. Headphones recommended.

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2022, 02:19:53 PM »
Dream Theater - Scenes
TesseracT - Altered State
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2022, 02:38:50 PM »
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk

Honestly one of the greatest albums in existence
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2022, 02:41:13 PM »
Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.
The two opening tracks (or, it's just one really, but they've split it in pt.1 and pt.2) are stunning. Headphones recommended.

Those two really made an Anathema fan out of me! Fucking beautiful

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2022, 02:46:46 PM »
Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.
The two opening tracks (or, it's just one really, but they've split it in pt.1 and pt.2) are stunning. Headphones recommended.

Those two really made an Anathema fan out of me! Fucking beautiful

I don't think I've checked out anything from them either. 
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2022, 02:54:14 PM »
IQ - Seventh House, Frequency
Marillion - Clutching at Straws, Brave

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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2022, 02:59:18 PM »
IQ - Seventh House, Frequency
Marillion - Clutching at Straws, Brave

Great call on both IQ albums and CAS. Iím still lukewarm on Brave.
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 03:13:13 PM »
Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.


Itís a certified DTF classic. And I remember when it came out and people were calling it a worse version of their previous album. :biggrin:
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2022, 03:23:07 PM »
I have a handful of albums that I always go back to. These albums always seem to fascinate me and bring a sense of nostalgia, wonderment, and joy.

Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3
Agalloch - Ashes Against the Grain
Type O Negative - Life is Killing Me
AFI - Sing the Sorrow
Anathema - Weather Systems

Coheed is the only one I revisit on the reg, but these are great albums.
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2022, 04:07:34 PM »
Avantasia - The Scarecrow
Between the Buried and Me - Colors
The Dear Hunter - Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient
Haken - Visions
Riverside - Anno Domini High Definition


These aren't even necessarily my all-time favorites (aside from Anno Domini High Definition), but I can always turn on these albums, go through the whole thing, and have a great time. I could also add at least a few Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree albums, but it's been a while since I've given a lot of listens to full albums from them and I'm not entirely sure which ones would be the best examples for this topic.

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2022, 05:06:27 PM »
My comfort area would be anything from 1981-1985, the time period where I was really shaping my musical journey.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2022, 06:26:40 PM »
IQ - Seventh House, Frequency
Marillion - Clutching at Straws, Brave

Great call on both IQ albums and CAS. Iím still lukewarm on Brave.

I definitely have to be in a mood for Brave, but when I am, in a dark room with my good headphones on, there's nothing better.

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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2022, 06:43:32 PM »
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient

You need to listen to more of his albums!
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2022, 07:24:28 PM »
Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omniscient

You need to listen to more of his albums!

Yeah, I still only know that one and Ocean Machine: Biomech. I definitely want to check out more from him, I just gotta actually get around to doing it.

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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2022, 08:38:25 PM »
This month for me is celebrating 20 years of listening to In Flames.  I read a feature on them in Metal Maniacs, which I would browse occasionally on campus, and somehow I got the idea that they had this amazing guitar tone, and I would turn out to be right.  I sampled some MP3s, bought Colony, and I still listen to something from it quite frequently, "Man Made God" and "Zombie Inc." being two favorites in particular for the acoustic or semi-clean guitar parts, but the whole first half of the album is especially strong. 

Anathema - Weather Systems

Iíve seen this album mentioned many times on here lately, guess I should give it a listen.


Itís a certified DTF classic. And I remember when it came out and people were calling it a worse version of their previous album. :biggrin:

It's the album that turned me into a fan of theirs.  I heard some of their material in the 00s and it didn't click, but when I checked WS out it bowled me over. 
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« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2022, 12:04:31 AM »
Katatonia - Dead End Kings is my absolute most listened to album.  But really I listen to their last 6 albums far more than anything else. 

After that:
Leprous - Bilateral and Pitfalls

Arcturus - Sideshow Symphonies and Arcturian

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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2022, 12:41:02 AM »
Jellyfish - Spilt Milk

Honestly one of the greatest albums in existence

YES!!!! I saw them live on that tour and they were incredible! The vocal melodies and harmonies give me goosebumps. It truly is one of best albums ever. Great call!

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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2022, 12:48:27 AM »
Ozzy - Speak of The Devil.
Triumph - Thunder Seven.
Misfits - Legacy of Brutality.
Black Flag - Slip it in.

* These albums find their way into my CD player at least once every week.

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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2022, 05:37:54 AM »
Rush - Power Windows
Dada - El Subliminoso
Steven Wilson- The Raven That Refused To Sing
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2022, 05:54:48 AM »
Ozzy - Speak of The Devil.
Triumph - Thunder Seven.

* These albums find their way into my CD player at least once every week.

Interesting choices for both bands.
would have thought the same thing but seeing the OP was TAC i immediately thought Maiden or DT related
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Re: The album(s) you always return to
« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2022, 06:29:39 AM »
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Allegaeon- Apoptosis
Rivers of Nihil - Monarchy
Deaf Heaven -ordinary Corrupt Human
Joni Mitchell - Blue
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« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2022, 09:10:18 AM »
Opeth - Blackwater Park
Allegaeon- Apoptosis
Rivers of Nihil - Monarchy
Deaf Heaven -ordinary Corrupt Human
Joni Mitchell - Blue

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« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2022, 09:21:28 AM »
Big Big Train - English Electric: Full Power

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« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2022, 09:28:27 AM »
In addition to cycling through new music, I tend to visit an artist for weeks (or months) at a time, working my way through their catalog during my commute, runs, etc.

For that reason, when I say that I 'always return' to DT's 6 Degrees, it's on an 'once-every-24-months' sort of timeline.

That all said, Type-O Negative's October Rust has been an annual revisit for me for at least the past twenty years. There is something about the dog-days of Winter that just has me reaching for that album.


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« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2022, 09:47:48 AM »
too many. some for now

Steely Dan-The Royal Scam and Katy Lied
Spock's Beard-V
Elton John-Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Toto-Toto and Fahrenheit
Journey-Evolution
Dream Theater-Scenes From A Memory
Flower Kings-Space Revolver
Joni Mitchell-Hejira
Elvis Costello-King of America
Genesis-Trick of the Tail Duke and Abacab
Tom Waits-Mostly every album, lol
Bob Dylan-Street Legal
Bruce Springsteen-The River and Tunnel of Love
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Taylor Swift-Red and Folklore
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« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2022, 10:17:03 AM »
Also on a huge Chicago kick lately

any of the first 7 studio records


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« Reply #31 on: November 25, 2022, 01:17:59 PM »
That all said, Type-O Negative's October Rust has been an annual revisit for me for at least the past twenty years. There is something about the dog-days of Winter that just has me reaching for that album.

That has an argument for the album I've been listening to somewhat regularly for the longest.  Or at least something from it.  An instrumental version of "Haunted" was included on the redbook OST for the video game Descent II, so I listened to it a ton back then.  It planted the seed for me getting into metal, and probably influenced the direction my taste eventually headed, getting into a lot of slower and more atmospheric music, especially in the past decade to decade and a half. 
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« Reply #32 on: November 25, 2022, 02:16:22 PM »
DT - the holy trinity of Awake, Scenes and Images,
Yes - Relayer, Close to the Edge
Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element, Remedy Lane
Beatles - Revolver, Abbey Road
Opeth - Blackwater Park, Ghost Reveries
Loreena McKennit - The Book of Secrets

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« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2022, 02:55:15 PM »
Floyd; Animals, Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Dark Side Of The Moon.
Yes;  Yessongs, Yesshows, GFtO, The Yes Album, Drama.
Genesis; And Then There Were Three, Wind And Wuthering, Duke.
Opeth; Ghost Reveries, Damnation.
Malmsteen; Live In Leningrad.
DT; Awake.
IQ; Frequency, The Road Of Bones.
PT; Deadwing.

Many more as well that I revisit often but I don't want to water it down.

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« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2022, 02:57:05 PM »
That all said, Type-O Negative's October Rust has been an annual revisit for me for at least the past twenty years. There is something about the dog-days of Winter that just has me reaching for that album.

That has an argument for the album I've been listening to somewhat regularly for the longest.  Or at least something from it.  An instrumental version of "Haunted" was included on the redbook OST for the video game Descent II, so I listened to it a ton back then.  It planted the seed for me getting into metal, and probably influenced the direction my taste eventually headed, getting into a lot of slower and more atmospheric music, especially in the past decade to decade and a half.

Man, you see literally the ONLY other person I know who knows what Descent (1 and 2) is... spent sooooo many hours playing that game, and I too loved the music.