In the new issue of Rock Sound, we count down what we consider to be 101 Modern Classic albums of the last 15 years. Here’s the second instalment with numbers 74 - 50…
In the new issue of Rock Sound, we’re counting down what we consider to be the 101 Modern Classic albums of the last 15 years. Part 3 of the list is right here…
So by now, you should be fully aware that in the latest issue of Rock Sound (click here to order your copy) we're counting down what we consider to be the 101 Modern Classic Albums of the last 15 years. We've already run down numbers 101 - 50 (if you missed that, click here and here to catch up!), so without further ado, let's keep things moving!
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49· REUBEN - ‘RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS’ (XTRA MILE)
Topping the list of bands we’ve offered shitloads of money to get back together (and subsequently failed to do so), Reuben were frustratingly underrated. Despite that, their debut album is still a near-flawless post-hardcore masterpiece, and an absolute must-have for any music shelf. Underachievers and proud.
48· JIMMY EAT WORLD - ‘BLEED AMERICAN’ (DREAMWORKS)
Undergoing a last-minute name change in the wake of the September 11 tragedies, The Album Formerly Known As Bleed American didn’t just catapult Jimmy Eat World out of Arizonan obscurity, in ‘The Middle’, ‘Sweetness’ and ‘Authority Song’ it spawned a plethora of house party classics.
47· INCUBUS - ‘MAKE YOURSELF’ (EPIC)
Marking a very obvious turning point between Old Incubus and New Incubus, ‘Make Yourself’ was as polarising for old school fans as it was exciting for those just discovering the Californian five-piece. Plus, it totally bypasses the nu metal explosion, which back in ’99 was no mean feat.
46· SUM 41 - ‘ALL KILLER NO FILLER’ (MERCURY)
It’s a little-known fact that every Rock Sound staff member must recite the entire rap to ‘Fat Lip’ before being allowed to pen a single word in the magazine. Why? Because how else can we be sure they haven’t been living under a rock since 2001?
45· HIM - ‘LOVE METAL’ (BMG)
Ville Valo and co’s fourth album is arguably their finest to date, a slickly produced, pitch-perfect collection that boasts a handful of bona fide anthems. Behind the hype and mystique Valo is a supremely talented songwriter and that shines through most strongly over these 11 tracks of lovelorn brilliance.
44· TOOL - ‘LATERALUS’ (VOLCANO ENTERTAINMENT)
From the iconic bass line of ‘Schism’ to the dreamy musings and hard rock slabs of the title track, this is textbook Tool: rocking, hypnotic, introspective, unsettling, immersive, pretentious and nothing less than captivating. It’s clear to see why it maintained and continued their Grammy-bothering prestige.
43· HUNDRED REASONS - ‘IDEAS ABOVE OUR STATION’ (COLUMBIA)
It’s been 10 years since five lads from Surrey burst onto the scene with this utterly engaging genre classic and even now, ‘Ideas..,’ still sounds every bit as relevant as it did a decade ago. Without ‘Ideas…’, British rock would be nowhere near as innovative as it is today. That’s just a fact.
42· PAPA ROACH - ‘INFEST’ (DREAMWORKS)
Without nu metal, heavy music would have spent the last decade in the shade. Fuelled by albums such as this, though, the genre exploded. And rightly so – 'Broken Home', 'Between Angels And Insects' and of course 'Last Resort' are bona-fide anthems, and we'll still remember the words for another 10 years.
41· SILVERCHAIR – ‘NEON BALLROOM’ (COLUMBIA)
The moment when Silverchair categorically dismissed the nu-grunge tag that had plagued them ever since their ’95 debut ‘Frogstomp’ went supernova, ‘Neon Ballroom’ is what happens when a bunch of misfits from Whogivesafuck, Australia decide to ‘go large’, composing towering anthems of stadia-straddling magnitude and securing legendary status in the process.
40· AFI - ‘ART OF DROWNING’ (NITRO RECORDS)
Acting as a bridge between their roots in Cali hardcore and the anthemic pop songcraft that’d send them into the stratosphere, AFI’s fifth full-length shows a band in transition, approaching the peak of their powers. Featuring one of their signature tracks in ‘The Days Of The Phoenix’, it remains a stunning listen.
39· NEW FOUND GLORY - ‘NEW FOUND GLORY’ (DRIVE-THRU/MCA)
With this album, NFG capture the best parts of summer – the girls, the sun, the house parties, the heartache, the misery – and cram all of that into 36 hook-laden minutes. Few bands have stayed truer to their roots as NFG over the years, and ‘New Found Glory’ started it all.
38· SYSTEM OF A DOWN - ‘TOXICITY’ (AMERICAN/ COLUMBIA)
Question: how do you follow a debut of such thrilling originality that it almost single-handedly blew the late ’90s nu-metal scene to smithereens? Evidently, you go one better. From worldwide rock club staples like ‘Chop Suey!’ and ‘Bounce’ through to the gloriously anthemic ‘Aerials’, ‘Toxicity’ remains SOAD’s finest hour.
37· GOOD CHARLOTTE - ‘THE YOUNG AND THE HOPELESS’ (EPIC)
Good Charlotte have long been poster boys of teenage angst and isolation, and in ‘The Young And The Hopeless’ they give hope to millions of outsiders the world over, simply by saying ‘It’s okay, we’re freaks too’. Plus y’know, ‘Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous’ is still a banger.
36· ANDREW W.K. - ‘I GET WET’ (ISLAND)
Although he may have forged a legacy as a one-man party machine, it's easy to forget that it was the quality of the songs on this 2001 debut that started it all. A fist-pumping, headbanging cut of the highest order, it's no coincidence that its recent 10th anniversary airing attracted punters by the thousands.
35· BOTCH - ‘WE ARE THE ROMANS’ (HYDRA HEAD / RELAPSE)
Chances are, this is your favourite band’s favourite album, and it’s passed you by until now because Botch are destined to never receive the posthumous acclaim of, say, Refused. But don’t let that put you off: ‘…Romans’ is still one of the most devastating albums ever recorded, and a lesson in hardcore tension.
34· LAMB OF GOD - ‘AS THE PALACES BURN’ (EPIC)
The second album to be released under the Lamb Of God moniker, ‘As The Palaces Burn’ is no less direct than its predecessor, ’00’s ‘New American Gospel’, but it also showcases the Richmond quintet’s burgeoning sense of invention, finding ever more compelling ways to deliver the sound of pure, undiluted fury.
33· FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND - ‘CASUALLY DRESSED...’ (INFECTIOUS)
The album that dogged the Welsh wonders for the best part of a decade before they finally made their peace with its infinite charms, ‘Casually Dressed…’ evidences a remarkable young band who, on their debut full-length release, were already the finished article, establishing a sound that continues to define an entire generation.
32· GLASSJAW - ‘WORSHIP AND TRIBUTE’ (WARNER BROS)
No compromise, and no fucking about: 'Worship...' is a hymn to directness and force. The crushing bursts of post-hardcore, laced with captivating experimentation and Daryl Palumbo’s frenzied vocals and sly melodies make this a sonic mindfuck of an album, the influence of which continues to this day.
31· MARILYN MANSON - ‘HOLY WOOD (IN THE SHADOW OF THE VALLEY OF DEATH)’ (NOTHING/INTERSCOPE)
In the wake of the Columbine tragedy and his subsequent scapegoating, the double M returned with this combative and painfully eloquent epic. Probably Manson’s last great album, ‘Holy Wood…’ explores the dark side of the American dream through the medium of warped, catchy as hell tuneage. Hail the god of fuck.
30· LIMP BIZKIT – ‘CHOCOLATE STARFISH AND THE HOT DOG FLAVOURED WATER’ (INTERSCOPE)
Ruling over everything from the airwaves to MTV to the big screen (remember Mission: Impossible 2?) on its release, this is Limp Bizkit’s proudest moment. There's something undeniable about its charms, and Limp's continued popularity is down in part to these 15 tracks.
29· THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - ‘MISS MACHINE’ (RELAPSE)
A perfect storm of elegant electronics and fiery organic fury, the New Jersey sonic terrorists’ second album remains hugely powerful and unsettling today. From ‘Sunshine The Werewolf’ to ‘Panasonic Youth’, TDEP’s first album with vocalist Greg Puciato contains some of their finest and most exhilarating work to date.
28· MASTODON - ‘CRACK THE SKYE’ (REPRISE)
A lot of songs and albums are written about death, but it’s rare for something this inventive and inspiring to spring from the loss of a loved one. Drummer Brann Dailor’s sister Skye committed suicide 20 years previous and it took him this long to start dealing with it through expansive, headspinning metal. Staggering.
27· ALEXISONFIRE - CRISIS (HASSLE)
“This is from our hearts, sincerity over simple chords” announce Alexisonfire at the start of their third album, and it’s an ethos they stick to throughout. A masterclass in melodic hardcore, ‘Crisis’ is packed with furious technicality and impassioned vocals, the power and sincerity of which is seldom matched.
26· KILLSWITCH ENGAGE - ‘ALIVE OR JUST BREATHING’ (ROADRUNNER)
Colliding metal and hardcore to create new levels of volume and aggression, Killswitch's knack for a melody is what sets their breakthrough album apart. And those choruses – so clear and soaring that not only do they still kick arse today, they stand as the hallmarks of the then-new metalcore genre.
25· THRICE - ‘THE ARTIST IN THE AMBULANCE’ (ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP)
Thrice’s second album is their first classic, introducing themselves to the world at large with a brand of unique post-hardcore that is still to be bettered. 'The Artist...' propelled Thrice away from other cut-and-paste screamo bands and into another league entirely.
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