A Hundred Albums? Part 1


Written by: Darkside Momo
Published: 16.06.2017


It's been a long while since I last wrote a blog post (whether here on MS or elsewhere, tbh).

Happened that I was reflecting about how I would select one hundred albums (like, a big, round number) in all my virtual and real collection - which ones would they be? And what portrait would they deliver of me, my tastes, and my history as an avid music listener?
The challenge appealed to me, so here it is - as a series of blogs and not articles (like, it's totally personal and egocentric stuff ). It'll feature all the most important albums in my life, whether I love them unquestioningly, or because they were instrumental in my musical growth (or even growth as a human being), or as they're perfect soundtracks for the worlds in my head. So no, this is not exactly a best of list. Kind of a mix between that and my life's soundtrack.

Oh, by the way. First, I don't want to rush things, so there will be ten blog posts, one per (mid-)month, with ten albums each (I just want to enjoy this journey, you know ); and second, there's no real order of preference for all the albums here (or between different posts) - inside each article they'll be listed in the order I discovered them.

Sure, this trip is pretty narcissistic, but I'm sure you'll all find some albums you'll like along the way...


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Ten albums, part one
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This first selection was just made to cover varied ground, from classics to new marvels, from weird stuff to soundtracks and geekeries, as a prelude of things yet to come...
(And yes, there are no Skyclad or Dark Tranquillity albums. Yet.)






Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988)

It is only fitting that the first album is an Iron Maiden. Back then in early 1994, they were THE band that introduced me to Metal (thanks again Martial for these two best-of cassettes!). And while I'll readily admit Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son wasn't my favorite at first - too 'evil', too prog for me back then - it grew on me to the point that's it's the only Iron Maiden album I still go back to regularly.

Link: you don't really need one, do you? Oh well, here's "Can I Play With Madness?"








Sepultura - Chaos A.D. (1993)

After Iron Maiden and Metallica, Sepultura were the third band in my metal initiation, with this very album... But, while Arise might be better overall, this is the last classic of the Sep's discography for a good reason: it starts with a rebellious anthem ("Refuse/Resist") and goes on with politically charged thrashing goodness (all things that appealed to me back then, and still do). All that served with a lot of spice and variety, but not to the point of losing some of its edge like Roots.
Oh, and did I mention that a friend and I did an little report in English class in high school, featuring the "Manifest" song? Good times!

Link: A well-known classic.






Therapy? - Troublegum (1994)

That's the kind of album that, as a newbie teenage metalhead, you're kind of ashamed to like. Because, you know, it's 'not really metal', a bit mellow maybe, yadda yadda. Fuck it. All fourteen songs on Troublegum are awesome, from the violent "Knives" onwards. That's how alternative heavy rock (or whatever you want to tag it) is done, with catchy riffs and emotions all over the place. Always a pleasure to listen to!

Link: Three songs out of it.








Hitoshi Sakimoto - Vagrant Story Original Soundtrack (2000)

I love Matsuno's games, so after the life-changing Final Fantasy Tactics, I did play to Vagrant Story (a lot). And while the game is really good, its soundtrack is far beyond that 'really good'! Hitoshi Sakimoto's pieces complemented and enhanced the game's mood a thousandfold, and could teach a thing or two to many metal bands on how to be dark and haunting... Still highly listenable as of now, and a staple for those of you who want music for their pen & paper RPG sessions.

Link: The whole soundtrack's been uploaded on YouTube.






Textures - Silhouettes (2008)

This is a complex, agressive masterpiece that might come across as a intense mind-boggling maze. The music's constantly evolving here, you won't find many repeating structures.... or more precisely, they'll have been twisted in unexpect turns. So, after much jaw-dropping during my first listen - hey, you kinda have a lot of plot twists per song, which makes for quite a ride - my love for this marvel was sealed. Particularly if you consider the icing on the cake that are the insanely good three closers ("Stormwarning", "Messengers", and "To Erase A Lifetime").

Link: Bandcamp








Alchemist - Spiritech (1997)

There's all I love here. Complex proginess, with both agression and melody? Check. Fantastic singing, drumming, guitars and bass (OMG "Figments"), magnified by stellar songwriting? Check. Yes, I know, this could describe almost any Alchemist album, but Spiritech is THE one that's that close to perfection.
Also, note that I first discoved "Chinese Whispers" when they played it live at Hellfest 2008...

Link: Some songs on Youtube






Shining (NOR) - Blackjazz (2010)

What a blast! That insane mix of heavy metal aggression, industrial sonic violence, and jazz playfulness was an instant love affair. But, past all the exhilarating aggression and wackiness, that's the album that made feel like I've been sailing for a long time through the ocean of Metal, but I finally reached the other shore with it. New musical worlds await!

Link: Two songs.








Hacride - Back To Where You've Never Been (2013)

This is one of those albums that happened to be there precisely at the right time. Its lyrical themes are about adult life, and the conflicting choice of either realising your dreams or live a 'normal' life. Totally what I needed to hear back then, as the conflict the band members faced resonated pretty deep. And well, all the progress I made in my fantasy writing this last four years owes to this kick in the ass Hacride gave me (the fact that the music's pretty awesome did help too). Eternal gratitude, guys.

Link: Bandcamp






Dr. Steel - Dr. Steel II: Eclectic Boogaloo (2001)

I discovered Doctor Phineas Waldorf Steel's works while I was investigating steampunk. He's the evil genius, the mad scientist of the genre; his hip-hop / atom-punk / electro eclectic whatever is pure geekness bonanza - all in the name of world domination, of course. Sadly, he didn't achieve this lofty goal, but he left us with a lot of great tunes that'll speak to geeks and Peter Pans of all stripes (just check "Lament For A Toy Factory" and "Childhood (Don't) A Go-Go").

Link: See above








A Forest Of Stars - Beware The Sword You Cannot See (2015)

I was already quite blown away by their previous album A Shadowplay For Yesterdays, but in retrospect it feels like only a sketch of what was to come... They have such a vivid storytelling - er, songwriting... well, both - flair at their adventurous, victorian (dare I say it : steampunk-ish) take on atmospheric black metal, with those fantastic guitar lines and harmonies, heartbreaking violin play, that I can't help but love this album immensely. Not that easy to digest at first, but a true marvel. (for the un-initiated, I'd suggest "Drawing Down The Rain", and "An Automaton Adrift" - another fave of mine, "A Blaze Of Hammers", might be slightly less listener-friendly)

Link: Bandcamp





Next:

Part two: electro and/or indus (metal)
Part three: Extremities, Dirt, And Various Repressed Emotions
Part four: Avant-proggy madness! (part 1)
Part five: Miscellaneous 2

To be continued...



 



Written on 16.06.2017 by Once your regular Hellfest reporter, now retired. I (strangely enough) listen to a lot of metal. And enjoy good beers, comics, novels and role-playing games.


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16.06.2017 - 00:54
Darkside Momo
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16.06.2017 - 13:14
BloodTears
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This is so cool!

Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is also so special to me. Nice to see Alchemist in there as well and such a great album.

I knew you liked some of these and they make total sense when I think about what you usually like. It's eclectic, as I would expect. Momo likes trippy stuff.

A very interesting read, now I want the rest!
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16.06.2017 - 18:36
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Masterchief
Only Forest and Miaden is good from your list to me and you said maiden is to prog. to me when I was teenager, all that bpaspemy, fitting in genres was only what I liked. Later I grow up, I still hate prog whit out few bands, djent all new bands and maybe Roadburn day 3 can be good, but somehow, non of other albums in a list worked for me
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16.06.2017 - 18:37
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Written by BloodTears on 16.06.2017 at 13:14

This is so cool!

Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son is also so special to me. Nice to see Alchemist in there as well and such a great album.

I knew you liked some of these and they make total sense when I think about what you usually like. It's eclectic, as I would expect. Momo likes trippy stuff.

A very interesting read, now I want the rest!

thanks!
And yeah, I like trippy stuff, in the avant / proggy sense
I'll try to make the next blogs eclectic as well - and with surprises too, I guess!
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16.06.2017 - 20:45
nikarg
Old Nick
I love your first three as well, especially Seventh Son, which got me into metal. Troublegum had me at the first listen. It's a shame the band never reached such high standards again. Chaos AD took some time to grow on me, mainly because I loved Arise so much (and still do). Also sad that Sepultura turned to utter shite afterwards.
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16.06.2017 - 23:12
ScreamingSteelUS
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Ah, I'm going to like this series. I recently tried to compile my top 50 albums of all time and pretty much stalled around 200 before effectively randomizing the list. I can appreciate the effort this kind of thing takes. I'm also pleased to note that I know more than half of these releases.
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17.06.2017 - 00:53
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Written by Bad English on 16.06.2017 at 18:36

Only Forest and Miaden is good from your list to me and you said maiden is to prog. to me when I was teenager, all that bpaspemy, fitting in genres was only what I liked. Later I grow up, I still hate prog whit out few bands, djent all new bands and maybe Roadburn day 3 can be good, but somehow, non of other albums in a list worked for me

different tatses but yeah, while Seventh Son isn't prog per se, it's the proggiest of the first IM albums - Steve Harris, as a huge prog fan, always wanted it this way
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17.06.2017 - 00:57
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Written by nikarg on 16.06.2017 at 20:45

I love your first three as well, especially Seventh Son, which got me into metal. Troublegum had me at the first listen. It's a shame the band never reached such high standards again. Chaos AD took some time to grow on me, mainly because I loved Arise so much (and still do). Also sad that Sepultura turned to utter shite afterwards.

Yeah it's sad Therapy? never released another album as good as Troublegum, but thankfully they did some good stuff nonetheless (some songs on Infernal Love or Crooked Timber, and Disquiet, come to mind). As for Sepultura, I can't agree on the 'utter shit'. It took them time, but they did release good stuff imo, Dante XXI and The Mediator particularly - but I'll grant you they're quite an acquired taste.
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17.06.2017 - 00:59
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Masterchief
Written by Darkside Momo on 17.06.2017 at 00:53

Written by Bad English on 16.06.2017 at 18:36

Only Forest and Miaden is good from your list to me and you said maiden is to prog. to me when I was teenager, all that bpaspemy, fitting in genres was only what I liked. Later I grow up, I still hate prog whit out few bands, djent all new bands and maybe Roadburn day 3 can be good, but somehow, non of other albums in a list worked for me

different tatses but yeah, while Seventh Son isn't prog per se, it's the proggiest of the first IM albums - Steve Harris, as a huge prog fan, always wanted it this way

IN some way I have to agree, its progressive, but I better would use name different
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17.06.2017 - 01:01
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Written by ScreamingSteelUS on 16.06.2017 at 23:12

Ah, I'm going to like this series. I recently tried to compile my top 50 albums of all time and pretty much stalled around 200 before effectively randomizing the list. I can appreciate the effort this kind of thing takes. I'm also pleased to note that I know more than half of these releases.

Haha, the working list got slightly over 300 - and the whole selection isn't finished, so I'm still trimming it down (hence the "enjoying the journey")
As for not knowing everything, I'd be surprised if more than a few MSers did know about Dr. Steel!
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18.06.2017 - 17:43
tea[m]ster
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"Back then in early 1994"....ahhh I got you by over a decade Cool blog, will be keeping an eye on it.
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18.06.2017 - 18:25
RaduP
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Whenever I try to make a top 100 album of anything I get to around 90 and then I quit because I know that I can't fit just 10 in the remaining slots and it hurts too much. Oh boi, youll have a tough time
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18.06.2017 - 19:20
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Written by tea[m]ster on 18.06.2017 at 17:43

"Back then in early 1994"....ahhh I got you by over a decade Cool blog, will be keeping an eye on it.

That the "privilege" of being old But thinking it's been 23 years already always makes me "wow that's already a long journey"
Thanks for the comment, hoping you'll enjoy the next articles!
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18.06.2017 - 19:21
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Written by RaduP on 18.06.2017 at 18:25

Whenever I try to make a top 100 album of anything I get to around 90 and then I quit because I know that I can't fit just 10 in the remaining slots and it hurts too much. Oh boi, youll have a tough time

That I know, and that's part of the fun and of the challenge!
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20.06.2017 - 03:21
BitterCOld
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Nice work, mon ami... had started on a smaller scale of a similar project. was just going to be my top 100 albums. got through most of it, but then work and real life happened.
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20.06.2017 - 14:04
nikarg
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Written by Darkside Momo on 17.06.2017 at 00:57

Yeah it's sad Therapy? never released another album as good as Troublegum, but thankfully they did some good stuff nonetheless (some songs on Infernal Love or Crooked Timber, and Disquiet, come to mind).

Thanks for reminding me of Infernal Love. I had completely forgotten that this album was in my collection, but I found it again yesterday and you are right; some good songs there. Looking forward to your next 10 albums
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20.06.2017 - 19:58
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Written by BitterCOld on 20.06.2017 at 03:21

Nice work, mon ami... had started on a smaller scale of a similar project. was just going to be my top 100 albums. got through most of it, but then work and real life happened.

And one day - when time permits - you'll finish it and we'll read it
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20.06.2017 - 20:22
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Written by nikarg on 20.06.2017 at 14:04

Written by Darkside Momo on 17.06.2017 at 00:57

Yeah it's sad Therapy? never released another album as good as Troublegum, but thankfully they did some good stuff nonetheless (some songs on Infernal Love or Crooked Timber, and Disquiet, come to mind).

Thanks for reminding me of Infernal Love. I had completely forgotten that this album was in my collection, but I found it again yesterday and you are right; some good songs there. Looking forward to your next 10 albums

You're welcome
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20.06.2017 - 22:53
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Written by Darkside Momo on 20.06.2017 at 19:58

Written by BitterCOld on 20.06.2017 at 03:21

Nice work, mon ami... had started on a smaller scale of a similar project. was just going to be my top 100 albums. got through most of it, but then work and real life happened.

And one day - when time permits - you'll finish it and we'll read it


Actually found my spreadsheet that I was using to rank, and had whittled my list down to like 53 with the intention of trimming to 50. Might get around to it depending upon how life goes in the next month. Busy with leaving one place, spending a month in another before moving to a third.
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23.06.2017 - 01:04
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Written by BitterCOld on 20.06.2017 at 22:53

Actually found my spreadsheet that I was using to rank, and had whittled my list down to like 53 with the intention of trimming to 50. Might get around to it depending upon how life goes in the next month. Busy with leaving one place, spending a month in another before moving to a third.

well, three albums to go, so I'm waiting (just kidding, obviously)
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24.06.2017 - 03:49
Demonic Tutor
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Wow Momo, only first 10 down and already what a great list!
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24.06.2017 - 12:04
Darkside Momo
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Written by Demonic Tutor on 24.06.2017 at 03:49

Wow Momo, only first 10 down and already what a great list!

Thanks! That said, most probably you won't say that anymore in the end - different tastes 'n all
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27.06.2017 - 14:26
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Nice, I like the personal approach, keep it going!
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27.06.2017 - 17:08
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Written by wrathchild on 27.06.2017 at 14:26

Nice, I like the personal approach, keep it going!

thanks! Will do
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28.06.2017 - 09:55
Heavy Heathen
Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Hacride's Back to Where You've Never Been are my favorites from this list. Iron Maiden's album because... it's Iron Maiden, how can it not be one of my favs. Hacride's album because of the proggy influences and lyrical content.
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28.06.2017 - 22:58
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Written by Heavy Heathen on 28.06.2017 at 09:55

Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son and Hacride's Back to Where You've Never Been are my favorites from this list. Iron Maiden's album because... it's Iron Maiden, how can it not be one of my favs. Hacride's album because of the proggy influences and lyrical content.

Thanks for reading!
If yoiu haven't listened to Spiritech, then you probably should (or give it a second chance if you already did )
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