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F**k Saints Row 4 - Blake's Top 10 Metal Albums!

On 08/07/2013 at 03:09 PM by Blake Turner

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 Hey guys! If you know me, you know I like metal, and since Saints Row IV has NO FUCKING METAL IN IT, I thought I'd compose my list of top 10 metal albums. Seriously, fuck Saints Row 4. No Opeth, no Deftones or Dream Theater, all we get is a shitty fucking In Flames track from one of the shittiest fucking In Flames albums. Someone mod a metal station in! Anyway, as a fuck you to those assholes, here are my top 10 favourite metal albums. Because hey, why not?

10. Something Wicked This Way Comes - Iced Earth  

Fuck yeah Iced Earth! I like this more than Dark Saga. Sue me. Either way, Iced Earth are fucking magicians, because they got me to like a power metal album. Well, it's power metal mixed with thrash and prog, but eh. It's some of the only Power Metal I like, so yeah. Also, listen to that song above and try not to headbang! 

9. Portal of I - Ne Obliviscaris

 Being an album that only came out last year says a lot. I fucking adore this album. It didn't leave my car radio for nearly two months! I change cd's like everytime I get in the car just about usually, so that is a massive feat. This album is just beautifully epic, amazingly complex, and heavy as fuck. The violin could be a gimmick, but it's not. It's a necessary part of the music, and it's wonderful. Also, one of their songs is being studied in selected universities! How awesome is that?!


 8. Viva Emptiness - Katatonia

 I fucking adore Katatonia. Picking ONE album was damn near impossible, as there are practically two Katatonia's. There's the Deathy Doom Katatonia, and the atmospheric rock Katatonia. I don't honestly know which I prefer. Both are amazing. In the end, I had to go for the album I've listened to the most, and it had to be Viva Emptiness, because it's the heaviest of their "Rock" albums. I'd say alternate metal more than anything but no one seems to agree with me, because metalheads are snobby cunts.

7. Ruun - Enslaved

This seems to be no one else's favourite Enslaved album. Wtf? This album is amazing! For me it marks the first time they went truly prog. They always had prog elements, but this is the first prog element. Enslaved are THE band that got me into Black Metal, and I am eternally greatful foe that. These guys are awesome! 

6. Ride The Lightening - Metallica

 Better than Master of Puppets. SO MUCH BETTER THAN MASTER OF PUPPETS! Master of Puppets is a fucking masterpiece, don't get me wrong, but this album is PHENOMENAL! Holy shit this album is good. It's more consistent than MoP, it's heavier, and even a bit more diverse IMO. 

5. Focus - Cynic

 Cynic is my second favourite band. That's due to a combination of their two albums and two ep's. They've changed styles, and both are wonderful. They were tech death, now they're prog rock, and I would have put their second album, but I actually have a hard time calling that a metal album. Fucking amazing though. This is tech death at it's strongest though, merging metal, jazz, and electronica into one ball of awesomeness!

 4. Lateralus - Tool

 I've seen debates about whether Tool is prog or just alt metal, and I usually respond with these words: ARE YOU FUCKING RETARDED? Tool is proggier than half the shit that "earns" that label. Listen to all of the shit going on in the song above and tell me that isn't fucking prog. Seriously you self important cunt, grow the fuck up and realise just because they came out in the 90's and were popular doesn't mean it wasn't prog. Tool are amazing. They have a command of the ambient, they make shifting time signatures and world music mixed with metal and psychodelia and they make it seem both accessible and effortless. That's amazing. So shut the fuck up. 

3. Powerslave - Iron Maiden

 Best opening song on a metal album. Aces High is fucking beautiful. Also, Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one hell of a way to close an album. Fuck it, this album is perfect. What more can I say? This is the best Iron Maiden album ever. It's a metric fuckton better than Number of the Beast anyway. God... I just love this album. You know you do too!

2. Still Life - Opeth

 Opeth is the best extreme metal band out. I don't care what you say. Every metalhead in the world loves them, except the ones who won't accept anything that's popular. They are the Iron Maiden of progressive/extreme metal - Even if you don't like them, you fucking respect them! Without this and the next band on the list, I would not be able to listen to "harsh" vocals. No black metal, no death, nothing. These bands opened up doorways for me. I think it's because the clean singing is SO good, and the music is so beautiful and intricate that at first you just ignore the growling. Then you start to listen to it, and it's produced so well that it doesn't sound grating. Anyway, this is my favourite of their albums because... well it just is. I can't tell you why, I just connect with this one more, and really, almost every opeth album is fucking perfect so just take your pick.

Leaving Your Body Map - Maudlin of the Well

 Showing you one song off this album is a disservice. You need to hear the whole thing to truly appreciate it. They merge damn near every genre (apart from rap and country... everything else is fair game), from folk to jazz, to indie pop, to just about every kind of metal. They're simply wonderful. Calling them a metal band is hard, because doing that almost rules out half of their songs, but... well, this is my all time favourite album of all time! This is going to sound cliche, but it just seems to capture everything I feel and love about music and just go nuts with it. It's melancholic, it's joyful, it's angry, it's peaceful, it's abarasive, it's haunting, and most of all it's amazing. It all somehow fits together in a way that no other Avant Garde metal band can. This is musical perfection right here.

 So what did you think? Have any comments about my favourites? What are your favourites? Why are they your favourites? Let me know below!



Chris Yarger Community Manager

08/07/2013 at 03:44 PM

Wha!? Ride The Lighting over ...And Justice For All?


It's all good. Everyone has an album of preference, I just happen to like Justice the best. It's just sad that it was horribly edited and the bass lines are inaudible Cry

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 03:54 PM

...And Justice For All would be my favourite, but that production is darn atrocious!!

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

08/07/2013 at 09:24 PM

I thought the same thing about ...And Justice For All haha. But still, I loved Ride the Lightning.


08/07/2013 at 04:28 PM

I liked Watershed better, but the rest of the picks are spot on.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 04:57 PM

 Wow, you're the only person I know who would have picked Watershed as their favourite album lol. I'd say that's one of their weaker efforts IMO but hey, to each their own. Interested since you're the main metal guy on here, what are your faves?


08/07/2013 at 05:13 PM

Slayer : South of Heaven

Exodus:Bounded by Blood

Morbid Angel: Covenet 

Metallica : Master Of Puppet

I could go on.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 05:53 PM

Please do! Next blog! Also YES! South of Heaven is my favourite Slayer album too! It's number 12 I think lol.


08/07/2013 at 04:52 PM

Metal? I always took you for a Tori Amos kind of guy...

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 05:15 PM

 Is that sarcasm I smell? I like pretty much all music except for country though, so eh :p


08/07/2013 at 05:49 PM

Rock on Blake me being a metal fan myself excellent list we might have similar taste in music lol!!

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 05:57 PM

Whoo! What do you like on here?


08/07/2013 at 06:21 PM

I like all of them there all great bands.


08/07/2013 at 07:22 PM

I'm so glad to see Iced Earth in here. WOO HOO!! Although I like Dark Saga more, Something Wicked is probably my second favorite by them.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 07:41 PM

Those two are so close for me... but something wicked JUST edges it out for me. What's your favourite Maiden album? I'm surprised you didn't mention that?


08/07/2013 at 07:44 PM

Yeah I can understand that. They are both great albums. My favorite Maiden album is Somewhere in Time. I love every single song on that album. Powerslave is good too though. I'm kinda tempted to make my own list, but I don't know if anybody can relate to it. Undecided

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 07:52 PM

DO IT! We'll start a trend since Homelessrook also made one lol!

Darby Lawson Staff Alumnus

08/07/2013 at 09:32 PM

Ooh nice list :) I completely applaud this. I grew up listening to most of this list.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 09:37 PM

 Awesome and thanks!

Super Step Contributing Writer

08/07/2013 at 11:04 PM

10. Yeah, I like Iced Earth too, but then I like a lot of power metal. 

9. These guys know what they're doing as musicians, for sure. Not my style as far as vocals, but damn talented group it sounds like. 

8. This was atmospheric and I dug it. 

7. Black metal isn't really my thing, but I can appreciate it.

6. I like RTL the best of Metallica's main trilogy as well, but only slightly better than the others. I honestly wonder if maybe now I would like Kill 'Em All the best of theirs. lol

5. Again, not my style really, but great musicians. 

4. I don't really care what genre Tool fall into, nor does Maynard Keenan seem to. I just really like their sound, which is honestly kind of its own thing. They're just one of those bands with their own sound. 

3. Aces High is awesome.

2. Yeah, I don't know if I like them as much as many do, but I certainly respect them. 

1. That jazzy piano is fucking awesome.

Blake Turner Staff Writer

08/07/2013 at 11:44 PM

 Both Ne Obliviscaris and Opeth use clean vocals as well, and it's not all screaming. In fact, Opeth released two full albums without any growls or anything.

 Also, ou have awesome taste in music. Well done!


08/09/2013 at 03:52 PM

I love your picks and I seriously learned some new stuff here. Ride The Lightning does tend to get overlooked for being the groundbreaking masterpiece it is. Brilliant from start to finish and the album that made a fan of me. Saw them on that tour and they every song on it in order! Unforgettable show in a small venue in Tulsa. I like how you included Tool,as I think they are incredible. And Powerslave! What a fantastic album that is.

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