92. Eyehategod, ‘Take as Needed for Pain’ (1993)

n the process of reviewing the Rolling Stone Top 100 Metal Albums, I fully expected the following two things to happen: 1. I would run across an album that I prejudged as not being worth my time, and find (to my delight) that I was wrong. 2. I would listen to an album that soundedContinue reading “92. Eyehategod, ‘Take as Needed for Pain’ (1993)”

93. White Zombie, ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One’ (1992)

In Emmett Otter’s Jugband Christmas, The Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band are defeated in a talent contest by the Riverbottom Nightmare Band. The Jug Band represents wholesomeness, honest work, and the simplicity of a country life. The Riverbottom Nightmare band represent excess, confidence, and aggression. The Jug Band plays old timey jug band stuff. TheContinue reading “93. White Zombie, ‘La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One’ (1992)”

94. Deafheaven, ‘Sunbather’ (2013)

The Balkanization of metal into genres, sub-genres, and sub-sub genres, is a bit of an elephant in the room. The taxonomist in me thinks classification is fun and worthwhile. The musician not so much. I like lots of different kinds of music, and it follows that I like lots of different kinds of metal. I’mContinue reading “94. Deafheaven, ‘Sunbather’ (2013)”

95. Dream Theater, ‘Images and Words’ (1992).

About 17 years ago, I was in a band with two of the best musicians I have ever known. We were a three-piece, with my brother William on bass guitar, and Kris Games on drums. To this day, with my own meager chops I don’t know how on earth I was allowed to play guitarContinue reading “95. Dream Theater, ‘Images and Words’ (1992).”

97. Gojira, ‘From Mars to Sirius’ (2005)

I’m familiar with the next album, but have only listened to it in bits and pieces. On mixes and whatnot. This album is like Dark Side of the Moon or Graceland. You have to swallow it whole. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing for days, trying to make up my mind about what I wantContinue reading “97. Gojira, ‘From Mars to Sirius’ (2005)”

98. Sunn O))), ‘Monoliths & Dimensions’ (2009)

There are people who can lie on their backs and watch clouds all day long. There are also people who appreciate the sound of a humming guitar. I’m both, and I love the next album. I would be surprised if there were a more experimental album on this list*. Sun O))) is more of aContinue reading “98. Sunn O))), ‘Monoliths & Dimensions’ (2009)”

99. Evanescence, ‘Fallen’ (2003)

OK. So I’m only on the second album on the Rolling Stone’s best 100 metal albums of all time, and I kind of don’t know what to do with it. It raises a question that is not uncomfortable, but boring: who thought this was metal? On one hand, I’ve had enough discussions of semantics toContinue reading “99. Evanescence, ‘Fallen’ (2003)”

100. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘City of Evil’ (2005)

This is a band that I’ve seen around, but had never given the time of day to. I’m not sure how I feel about this album. On one side, this is clearly a band with chops. The songs remind me of SWBHM* with a strong pop-punk influence. That might just be the vocals. The songContinue reading “100. Avenged Sevenfold, ‘City of Evil’ (2005)”