The Best Alternative Metal Album

1.  James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance 234
2.  Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor 165
3.  Karnivool - Asymmetry 158
4.  Blindead - Absence 127
5.  Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been 87
6.  Drowning Pool - Resilience 47
7.  Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (write-in vote) 36
8.  Boil - aXiom 26
9.  earthtone9 - IV 11
10.  Cyrenic - Selective Memory 10
11.  Face Off - The Colour Of Rain 9
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Blindead - Absence

Blindead's Absence is quite difficult to pinpoint, but let's oversimplificate by saying it is an intricate and very personal mix of prog, post, doom and alternative metal, all sprinkled with cleverly used electronic textures. Sounds good already, right? Sure it does, but what really sets Absence above the rest is the emotional impact it has - it is indeed one delicate gem of flowing emotions.

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Boil - aXiom

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This Danish five piece unfortunately disbanded back in September, but not before leaving us with this solid slab of progressive infused alternative metal. aXiom is well structured with a nice variance as the album intricately flows between heavy & melodic emotive passages that help make your listening experience one that you will thoroughly enjoy.

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Cyrenic - Selective Memory

Strictly speaking it's not a new album but a couple of new songs amongst a rework of previous material. Does it matter? Very little because it's a good package you can enjoy. Heavy riffs with accompanying soaring melodies and vocal lines is a combination that delivers an album that feels like really rocking out to ballads.

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Drowning Pool - Resilience

As catchy and heavy as they come, Resilience is an incredible return to form for a band that has overcome the loss of several vocalists over the years due either to a tragic and untimely death or just simply because they wanted to move away from the Drowning Pool name. Crunchy riffs and an extreme dose of technical soloing marks what will likely go down as the band's strongest and most consistent effort since Sinner - groovy and precise with hints of melody to help you digest this heavy-hitter as smoothly as possible.

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earthtone9 - IV

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At the end of the '90s, Earthtone9 had been considered one of Britain's most well-kept secrets. Their approach to alternative metal was just too eclectic for the nu metal fad back then and so they sunk into oblivion, just like nu metal itself. 13 years after their latest output, et9 are back and better than ever! Drawing inspiration from a wide array of bands and genres, IV is a groove-laden album that should appeal to fans of alternative metal, prog metal, sludge metal and metalcore alike.

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Face Off - The Colour Of Rain

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The Colour Of Rain is guitar-driven alternative metal from Serbia with sweeping lines and some very nice crunch. The guitars are percussive at times, arcing at others, and the female vocals complement the dominant guitars nicely. When the drums kick into overdrive, the vocals provide an excellent counterweight. This album is deceivingly addictive.

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Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been

Criss-crossing a territory between death, djent, prog, and something else, Hacride always were masters of their own sound. With this Back To Where You've Never Been, they're back indeed, with their most accessible, melodic yet technical album to date. But what truly makes the difference is without doubts the emotional intensity that permeates every single note, every single word; the struggle of dreams versus reality has rarely been evoked so vividly!...

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James LaBrie - Impermanent Resonance

If you are familiar with Static Impulse, there isn't much surprise here except for the fact that James LaBrie continues to deliver solid records back-to-back. His trademark vocals shine through catchy choruses and tempting melodies with a healthy dose of harsh vocals thrown in the mix. This album is a hook-driven force with moments of superb musicianship, high intensity, instant attraction and predominant keyboard leanings. Impermanent Resonance is not a guilty pleasure, it's just a pleasure.

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Karnivool - Asymmetry

Asymmetry is Karnivool's magnum opus; the moment the underrated Australian band excels at what they do best: create unique metal. The progressive side of Karnivool only adds to their already innovative path and unmatched sensibility to write not only beautiful music but stimulating lyrics. Asymmetry is as dense as it is intricate. Karnivool's music is not meant to be linear or comfortable. When it gets under your skin, it will stay for good.

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Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

The creeping terror that is Rob Zombie has returned in all his gritty, slimy glory. With his usual filthy, grinding groove, the dreadlocked demon stomps up and down his kingdom of B-movie samples and devilishly eccentric lyrics. The punchy, crunchy, industrial sludge of riffs and off-kilter atmosphere make Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor Mr. Zombie's strongest album in years. It even comes with a cover of "We're An American Band"; what more could you want?

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