ROADRUNNER RECORDS ALBUM OF THE CENTURY - THE COUNTDOWN 5-1
Posted on November 9, 2011
The time has come to reveal the top five in our Album of the Century poll, as voted for by you!
The list has already caused some great debate on our official Facebook page - and we want to know what you think of the top five - a group of albums spanning ten of the eleven years that have passed since the millennium. Do you agree or disagree with your fellow fans' votes? Should someone else have won? Tell us today...
5 - Alter Bridge 'ABIII' (2010)The fans say… "It isn't just the music, the meaning in the songs is outstanding. The lyrics are so deep and beautiful, one of the best albums I've ever heard." Peter Sheeran
The fans say… "Awesome album, great songs, great band." Samantha Clement
As any Alter Bridge fan will tell you, this is a band that doesn't put out bad records - but with their first Roadrunner full-length Myles Kennedy's boys really excelled themselves with 'ABIII' - an absolute belter from start to finish. Of course, where the guys were found lacking in the imaginative album title stakes, they were found to have made a whopping great withdrawal from the Bank of Enormous Rock Anthems - 'Isolation', 'I Know It Hurts', opener 'Slip To The Void' - this is an album that uses Mark Tremonti's seemingly limitless supply of breezeblock riffs as a backbone for a career-best record, allowing Myles Kennedy to soar over the top with his unmistakeable vocals.
Buy 'ABIII' at Play.com | iTunes
4 - Slipknot 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' (2004)The fans say... "Not just because they got platinum for the record, not because to me it was the classic album along with 'Iowa' & 'Slipknot', but because whenever I listen to any song from this album it will get me all hyped and crazy." Joshua Richards
The fans say… "Purely because it kept everything we love about Slipknot - the vicious anger and aggressive music - but in this album there was no swearing and more melody just to prove to the critics that Slipknot are the best!" Hash Tlil Anjum
If someone had suggested the use of an acoustic guitar on a Slipknot album when the band unleashed their venomous debut in 1999, they'd quite likely have found their face being used as a percussion instrument in the Iowan's incendiary live show. But time, experience, and partying like there's no tomorrow will change a band - and all evidence points to just that course of events. As the band toured themselves into the ground to promote 'Iowa', speculation was rife that the band wouldn't make it into the studio to make another album - but adversity is to Slipknot what breakfast is to a lion. The band knuckled down and produced 'Vol. 3…', containing some of their most enduring anthems and most experimental moments - from the direct approach of 'Duality' and 'Before I Forget' to the ethereal arrangement of 'Vermilion' and 'Vermilion Pt 2', this was an album that silenced the doubters and pushed Slipknot forward even further.
Buy 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' at Play.com | iTunes
3 - Opeth 'Ghost Reveries' (2005)The fans say... "It was a landmark album and their first for Roadrunner, and it has every element of Opeth - heaviness, softness, light and dark, weird time signatures and amazing lyrics." Nick Green
The fans say... "The album with the best mix between heavy force, and soothing mellowness." Devin Pavlovszky
While they've headed off on tangents all over the prog universe - including their most recent 70s-tinged effort 'Heritage', Opeth's first album for Roadrunner Records is still regarded by many as a snapshot of a band at the very peak of their powers. 'Ghost Reveries' edged further towards a gothic sound and took it's sweet time exploring it - racking up a whopping 67 minutes for its running time - but critics and fans were more than prepared to spend some quality time with the album. Almost without exception the album was lauded by the music press, happy to ignore the fact the album's concept was broken up by the inclusion of 'Isolation Years' - a track which had nothing to do with the over-arching story of a man who'd committed a terrible act and was dealing with the consequences. As with so many bands revered in their field, there is an album by which all subsequent releases are measured. In Opeth's case, that benchmark is 'Ghost Reveries', as so many of you have stated with your votes.
Buy 'Ghost Reveries' at Play.com | iTunes
2 - Slipknot 'Iowa' (2001)The fans say… "If I could only listen to one album for the rest of my life, it would be this one." Carmen Hammond
The fans say… "Still as awesome as the first time I ever listened to it." Dan Higginson
The fans say… "It's still the most destructive, angry, pissed off, dark and desperate piece of plastic that I've ever heard." Francesco Bellezza
Slipknot's 'Iowa' hit stores a mere two weeks before the horrific World Trade Center attack in New York, and while it would be a lazy perception to state the far-reaching effects of these two events, it would be unfair to let it pass without comment. Slipknot's debut album two years previous had already written a mission statement for the band and their fans, 'Iowa' scrawled a dirty great line under the whole damn thing, not so much turning everything up to 11 but refining the package into something even more devastating. 'The Heretic Anthem', 'My Plague', 'Left Behind'… It's hard to believe you're not looking at a greatest hits album - and ten years on, as the world remains a changed place following 9/11, so too the landscape in metal is forever imprinted with the Iowan nontet's unique contribution.
Buy 'Iowa - 10th Anniversary Edition' at Play.com | iTunes
1 - Machine Head 'The Blackening' (2007)The fans say… "When I think about metal, I think about 'The Blackening'." Matej Mess Bohác
The fans say… "It's just truly one of those inspiring albums that just manages to balance every element to it perfectly." Douglas Norton
The fans say… "The most complete and perfect album of the decade." Allan Anderson
The fans say… "It is one of the greatest albums of all time, no question." Nathan Dowd
The fans say… "This is the benchmark record, when you hear a new metal album you don't ask if it's good, if it's great - you ask if it stands up to 'The Blackening'." Sid Allen
The fans say… "The perfect embodiment of what a metal album should sound like." Lucas Claudio McOresome
The fans say… "Machine Head's greatest work." Andrew Norrie
The fans say… "It's just the most badass album ever created." Matthew Anders Cole
Six albums and sixteen years into a career that had already seen them hoisted to the top of the metal tree by their contemporaries, nobody could have conceivably expected Machine Head to pull this one out of their locker. Make no mistake; 'The Blackening' re-wrote the rulebook for what a metal album could be.
Its eight tracks make absolutely no apologies for their radio-unfriendly running times (the shortest track is almost five minutes), and the overwhelmingly huge pool of ideas pushing this into a group populated by only the most seminal metal albums in history. It is absolutely no coincidence the band were being touted as the only possible addition to the Big Four, with no other band in recent years - except, had history taken a different course, perhaps Pantera - having the depth in catalogue that Machine Head evidently have at their disposal. Of course, we know now that the band followed this album up with what is arguably an even better album - some of you certainly think so - but that's a debate for another day. For now, let's just crank this fucker up and enjoy it for what it is - your Album of the Century. Good fucking choice, guys.
Buy 'The Blackening at Play.com | iTunes