Now, I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t ask me for this. Well, @h0bbel threw the gauntlet down in public a while back, and I have been bashing my head in ever since to answer back. I have finally figured it out. Or, at least, I am going with this iteration. I could have changed it around and in and out a million times. Well. Here we go!
10. Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends
Really, in the mix for one of the best done albums of all time. Great tunes with a couple of dueling vocalists. Was the album to my summer before senior year (yes, I know this is giving away my young-er age. This entire list has some stuff only a 30-something could love).
9. Avenged Sevenfold – Avenged Sevenfold
If you haven’t heard this album, then give it a while and report back to the list. This group of musicians 100% know how to write an album. Hard, to easy, to…well… I can’t even begin to explain what “A Little Piece of Heaven” is. Have a listen for yourself. And this was one of (or the) last albums that The Rev was alive to record the drums for.
8. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
Absolutely no explanation necessary. If you have to ask, “Why didn’t you choose the one with Stairway on it?” Then you need to move on. Just go.
7. Staind – Break the Cycle
I had a hard time choosing between Break the Cycle and Dysfunction. Their debut album is so raw and real. But god help me, I just love this album. Gave them a bit more studio polish to iron out their sound. And still before they went off the rails to the way lighter side for a couple albums.
6. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
I would give anything to go back in time in a DeLorean to see Hendrix live. I was really born in the wrong time. It would be impossible to have a list of mine without this album.
5. Breaking Benjamin – Phobia
I ranked them so high here due to their live shows. As a guitarist / musician of over 20 years, I value stage presence VERY high. Breaking Benjamin can throw down a show just as well as they can in a studio. And this is a great album.
4. Green Day – Dookie
Oh yes… My introduction to Punk Rock. I had a cassette tape of Basket Case that I recorded off the radio. I wore that tape OUT. Finally got this album, and it was actually my first CD. And it was the first album I taught myself on Guitar.
3. Slipknot – Slipknot
And since we just got through my intro to Punk and Rock, this was my jump off the cliff from Punk Rock to Hard Rock / Metal. This group changed the game. Some people call it noise. You show me any other group that can put 9 people on a stage and make brilliantly written music. It would be impossible. I am a fan of ANYTHING that Corey Taylor puts his hands on. Slipknot, Stone Sour, and his Solo CMFT stuff. Brilliant guy.
2. Incubus – Make Yourself
Oh, Incubus. Some of the greatest indy musicians gone mainstream. I could have put any of their albums on here, but this one is the one I listened to for basically a year straight. A great range of musical styles in here.
- Finch – What it is to Burn
I found Finch in the middle of High School. Great split guitarists, well produced, and an all around great album. Runs the gamut of a relationship from New Beginnings, through the fight (Project Mayhem) through the end (Ender). A really well done album. And they put on a killer show live.
Well. This is it. Going to publish it now. I know the second I do I’ll want to change it. It’s SO HARD TO DO THIS.