A friend of mine recently posted his top five albums. It inspired me to post mine as well.

So, without further ado:

5. — Paradise Lost, Shades of God

Shades of God (and their sophomore album Gothic) is an album that I listened to at least twice a day for about a year straight. I had this album as well as Gothic, copied onto a cassette tape and listened to it, to and from school every day. I know every note. It is a little bit death metal, a little bit gothic metal and a little bit doom. All genres of metal that I love. It also introduced me to Dave Mckean’s art, and for that I am grateful. One of the things I love about Paradise Lost is that they aren’t afraid to explore their creativity. Have a listen to their album Host. Lyrically, Nick Holmes, provides a poetic look into his tortured heart, giving the impression of intimacy while not betraying his privacy.

Listen to their song Mortals Watch the Day from Shades of God.

4. — Tool, Lateralus

What can I say about this album. It is a sonic journey. What other band/album has inspired a study of the Fibonacci sequence and has fans reordering it, calling it the Holy Gift? This is the kind of album you dim the lights to in the room, get a great pair of headphones and get lost in the music. I don’t do drugs, but I bet if one did, this album would be something else. For what is is worth, I actually worship Jesus to the song Parabol/Parabola.

Have a listen to it: Parabol/Parabola

3. — Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More

This band has perfected a new genre of music. One that I call British Bluegrass. I know, stupid name. I can’t think of something better. Having been raised in Missouri, I was exposed to lots of bluegrass music. My family even has a great bluegrass band. Mumford & Sons somehow delivers the same bluegrass moods, yet is new. And also deeply rooted in rock n’ roll.

I Will Wait is my favorite song to worship Jesus to right now. Wanna do the same?

2. — Guns n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction

Every song on this album is perfect. Not a note out of place. Every song on the album has great riffs and licks, and are wonderfully singable. Chances are, you know at least two songs off of the album, even if you aren’t a fan of band or their style of music. After all these years (Released July 21, 1987!), it still sounds great. Timeless rock n’ roll. Even GnR themselves were unable to reproduce this caliber of an album again.

The video of Sweet Child O’ Mine has over 100 million views on Youtube. You know you love it.

1. — Carcass, Surgical Steel

My friend Thomas, when posting his top 5, made the following disclaimer:

“Does not include the future. The following is a snapshot—a quick look back at the music I’ve enjoyed in the last decade or so. Due to my distaste for wallowing in nostalgia, I fully intend for these entries to be removed from their seats of royalty. But alas, such affairs take time. May they enjoy their reign while it lasts.”

I, however, have had a hard time not considering nostalgia. “New” music rarely invokes the same responses in me that the albums did of yester-year. Perhaps this is why the choice of my number 1 album is cheating. Surgical Steel was released in 2013, yet it is a throw back to a better era for death metal in general, and Carcass in specific. Carcass’ last studio album Swansong was released in 1996. Surgical Steel is a return to form. And yet, it is an improvement of the past, showcasing what more than two decades of experience can add to band. Lyrically, Carcass is smart and witty as ever. This album is deeper than your average death metal shock value. The words are used artful and agressive. They are vegetarians. Think about that after you read the lyrics of The Granulating Dark Satanic Mills. You might have to do some googling on the meaning behind the number: 6026961

Watch the video for Captive Bolt Pistol and read how sick it sounds to kill livestock for your Five Guys burger. (Which I love. This guy is not a vegetarian.)

So there you have it. Why don’t you post your top 5 albums too?