These are albums that have special meaning to me for one reason or another.
  1. Dirty Deeds - AC/DC
    Mostly just for the song, but man, this was one bad-ass song. Among the most recognizable riffs ever.
  2. Facelift - Alice In Chains
    I have never really been the first one on the bandwagon with new musical trends or bands. I saw AIC in 1991 opening for Poison, and we booed them off the stage (we were pissed that Warrant had to drop out). Months later I was engrossed in the album. Bleed The Freak and I Can't Remember stand out.
  3. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
    Yes, I was the early-20's white guy with the boomin' system rollin' to the G-Funk sound. "This should be played at a high volume. Preferably in a residential area." - intro to Lyrical Gangbang
  4. Use Your Illusion - Guns n Roses
    I was a little late to the GnR bandwagon, but these two albums blew me away. November Rain, Coma, and the epic Estranged.
  5. Blood - In This Moment
    Again, late to the game, as this was this fourth album, but I'm glad I started here. A powerful mix of sound and visual, which I've always appreciated due to my KISS obsession. Scarlett, From The Ashes.
  6. I Love Rock n Roll - Joan Jett
    That sound. Those chords. The voice. That look.
  7. Alive! - KISS
    Did I mention these are in no particular order? If they were, this one be my all-time number one. This was the first piece of music I owned (as an 8-track tape). Spare me the crap about the production. It sounds way better than the first three albums, and that's what matters.
  8. Vol VII: Sturm und Drang - Lamb Of God
    There was a time when I couldn't stand then growling incomprehensible style that Lamb Of God has mastered. Turns out I just hadn't found the right example yet. Written after the singer spent a month in a Czech prison on a manslaughter charge, it is raw, emotional, and sonically beats the crap out of you.
  9. Metallica - Metallica
    Commercialized, yes. But still some heavy songs here.
  10. Girl You Know It's True - Milli Vanilli
    Haters gonna hate, but this album was huge, and I was feeling it.
  11. Goliath - The Butcher Babies
    I discovered The Butcher Babies when they were scheduled to open for In This Moment. Started listening and was hooked right away. This was a really new genre for me - two shrieking female leads with a powerful rhythm section.
  12. Countdown To Extinction - Megadeth
    For me, many albums represent a period of time in my life. This is very much true for Countdown. Let's just say my alarm clock went off every day at 6am to "Skin Of My Teeth".
  13. The Beginning Of All Things To Come - Mudvayne
    I missed the whole L.D. 50 cycle. First time I heard/saw Mudvayne was the video for "Not Falling", and I was blown away, particularly by the bassist, Rhyno. This was my introduction to progressive metal. I like the other term, math metal.
  14. Efil4zaggin - N.W.A.
    I wasn't supposed to listen to this album, which is probably why I did. N.W.A. Is only now getting the credit they deserve for writing some of the smartest lyrics of the time.
  15. Tribute - Ozzy Osbourne
    I could have picked just about any Ozzy album, but this one is special. Randy Rhodes live, a great selection of classic tunes, what's not to love?
  16. Ten - Pearl Jam
    There are two albums in my collection that are 100% solid all the way through, with zero filler tracks. The first is Back In Black by AC/DC. Ten is the other.
  17. Flesh & Blood - Poison
    I don't apologize for being a huge fan of hair metal. I'll also admit when I saw the cover of Look What The Cat Dragged In, I wasn't sure if those were boys or girls on the cover. CC Deville isn't the greatest guitarist on the planet, but they style of music and the solos he put down speak to me.
  18. Purple Rain - Prince
    No explanation needed. I have a very distinct memory of walking to and from junior high school with my friends, carrying a small boom box, playing this cassette.
  19. World Wide Live - Scorpions
    Like KISS, most Scorpions songs translate better live than in their original recorded versions.
  20. Swass - Sir Mix-A-Lot
    Bass, humor, and just plain fun rap music.
  21. Vol 3: The Subliminal Verses - Slipknot
    "Before I Forget" was my intro to Slipknot, but it was "The Nameless" that hooked me.
  22. Passion and Warfare - Steve Vai
    My introduction to guitar virtuosos. When I discovered this album, I started reading about Vai and I seriously considered, at age 19, quitting my job to move to California and go to the Guitar Institute of America, where he went to school. "For The Love Of God" is one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded.
  23. Aenima - Tool
    Once again, late to the show, but when I heard the title track.... I became enthralled with Maynard's lyrics and the overall heaviness of the band.
  24. 1984 - Van Halen
    This was the first album I purchased with my own money (I stole the KISS 8-track). My parents were not at all happy about the picture of the baby angel smoking a cigarette on the cover.
  25. Astro-Creep: 2000 - White Zombie
    My brother, Craig, introduced me to WZ. When I heard "More Human Than Human", I wanted to bounce off the walls.
  26. Take This Moment - Will West
    Krys and I attended the New Years festivities at The Grand Lodge in Forest Grove. In a corner right outside our room, a 4-piece acoustic band played some mellow vibes. I started chatting with the singer, bought his album, and added a new genre to my playlist - American Folk. "Your lifespan's your canvas, man. Paint it through and through."