Sunday, March 20, 2016

My Top 5 favorite hardcore/punk albums of all time

Honorable Mentions: 
Bad Brains: Self Titled 
Agnostic Front: One Voice
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables

#5: Suicidal Tendencies (self titled debut)
This album is a lot of fun to listen to. Mike Muir rants over things like Pepsi, Reagan, and subliminal messages. The guitar riffs are really awesome sounding, and the rhythm is not bad. One of my favorite things about this album is Mike Muir's psychopathic laugh in the intro to the album. My favorite songs on here are "Subliminal", "I Shot the Devil", "Institutionalized", and "Suicides an alternative". This album also is really groundbreaking for its time, because Suicidal combined metal-like guitar solos with punk-like lyrics and guitar riffs.

#4: Circle Jerks: Wonderful
Though many prefer the Circle Jerks' earlier albums, I like this one better, because the band was really well rehearsed and experienced by the time of this album. The songs are really quite hilarious, especially Keith Morris's lyrics in songs like "Wonderful", "Making the Bombs", and "American Heavy Metal Weekend". The guitar sound is a lot better than on previous Jerks albums, especially on the song "Karma Stew".
My favorite tracks on Wonderful are "Rock House", Making the Bombs", and "The Crowd". 

#3: Minor Threat: Complete Discography
As far as hardcore goes, Minor Threat have it all. Awesome kick-ass fast riffs, angry but smart vocals from Ian Mackaye, and consistent bass and drum lines. The intro song "Filler" is amazing, with an F-sharp power chord being played once before Mackaye screams the line "What happened to you! Your not the same! There's something in your head! Its made a violent change!". The lyrics on all of the songs on this collection are amazing and inspiring. My favorite songs on here are "I don't wanna hear it", "Straight Edge", "Filler" "In my eyes", "Look back and laugh", and "Screaming at a wall". 

#2: Black Flag: My War
This is probably the darkest album I own, and I love it. My War has Henry Rollins' best vocal performance on any Black Flag album, and Greg Ginn's guitar work is jazzy, but fast at the same time, making him one of the greatest punk guitarists of all time. Though many complain about this, the dark, musty production makes this album the way it is (in a great way). The A side is fast and (as opposed to the B side) bright. The B side is slow, dark, sludge metal that makes this album different from all other Black Flag albums. My favorite songs on My War are "Can't Decide", "My War", "Beat my head against the wall", "Three Nights", and "Scream".

#1: AFI: Shut Your Mouth and Open your Eyes
While this is also AFI's best album, Shut your mouth and open your eyes is my favorite punk album ever. You can literally feel the energy and anger flowing through the album's veins of screaming and shredding. The production is amazing for an underground album on small record label. The cover of "Today's Lesson" from the crust punk band filth is actually better than the original (and I don't even really like crust punk). The intro song is short and sweet, as the entire album is well.My favorite tracks on this album are "Keeping out of direct sunlight", "A single second", "Salt for your wounds", "pH Low", "Coin Return" and "Triple Zero".