Kicking off my first special topic for a while is a breakdown of my favorite 3 albums ever. I literally mean the albums here, as it's not necessary for the album to contain all my favorite songs, or even for it to be by an artist I particularly like. To make this list, the album as a whole entity needs to be outstanding. It happens that I like all the artists featured on this list, but that's not a requirement. I highly recommend listening to each of the albums listed below. I've heard them dozens (in the case of #1, over a hundred) times, and they NEVER grow old.
#3: Octavarium (Dream Theater, 2005)
Dream Theater is an amazing band, and this stands out as my favorite album of theirs. I'm no music critic, but every single song on this CD is strong, compelling music. The back-to-back combo of "Panic Attack" and "Never Enough" never gets old. Was probably the #1 most listened-to CD I had during my Orochi 2 mega-grind.
#2 Dark Passion Play (Nightwish, 2007)
The album begins with the song, "The Poet and the Pendulum" which is simply 14 minutes of EPIC in music form. They make great use of the orchestra they play with. I can't even describe it. You just have to listen to believe the awesomeness. "The Last of the Wilds" is the most beautiful/awesome instrumental I've ever heard, with a great mix of Rock with Celtic influences. The album concludes with "Meadows of Heaven," a beautiful track where the female vocalist makes full use of her fantastic voice. The whole album gels together well, and is so awesome, it's the only album to ever come close to dethroning #1.
Here are some interesting facts about the album:
As of February 22 the album has sold 120,000 copies in Finland alone, granting it a four times platinum certification. It is close to selling 1,800,000 copies globally. It was certified platinum in Switzerland, and gold in Germany, Austria, and Poland. As of January 2008, the album has topped the album charts in six countries. The singles, "Amaranth" and "Erämaan viimeinen" have both reached number one on Finnish charts. According to Last.fm, it is their most played album, and its successful single "Amaranth" is their most played song for the last six months, as of June 2008.
The album was also critically acclaimed in most reviews.
For the whole article about this amazing album, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dark_Passion_Play
It was #1 from the first time I heard it, and not even Dark Passion Play can pass it (though it comes damn close). While there are several Project 86 songs I like more than anything on this disc, and none of the songs here would make my "Top 10 best songs " list, this album as a whole is rock-solid. Truthless Heroes is a concept album that frontman Andrew Schwab states "the album takes you through the protagonist's attempts to gratify himself and fill his deepest needs as a person through fame, fortune, lust, whatever." (from Wikipedia) The songs follow a theme of an individual's rise and fall, with complicated (in a good way) lyrics and superb rock. Three times during the album, there are shorter tracks that take a step back and kind of get in your head (you'll have to listen to the whole album to get what I mean), and the song after them comes as a heavy blast. I recommend Project 86 as an awesome band, with this album standing above all others.