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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 84-69

Our poll of the 100 best albums of the 21st century continues. The rules - only one album per band, no lives or compilations, no albums from 2016. Here are entries 84-69


84. ATREYU - SUICIDE NOTES AND BUTTERFLY KISSES (2002)

BAND PICK: “I first heard it when I was in high school. I was more into punk, but it was when that screaming/singing style of metal started crossing over into the punk scene. It blew my head off. I was like, ‘What the fuck is this genre?!’ I fell in love. That record is why, when we started Amity, we wanted to have heavy music with that kind of singing.” - AHREN STRINGER, THE AMITY AFFLICTION

What we said: ”Could this be the band to kill off nu metal for good and inject some heavy back in to proceedings? Maybe.”

83. TURBONEGRO - SCANDINAVIAN LEATHER (2003)

Part biker-style gang, part New York Dolls-influenced glam bam shock troop, Turbonegro reformed after a four-year hiatus with one of the most vivid and liberating albums of their career. Its open-road riffs laid the groundwork for Kvelertak and a new generation of Norwegian punk rock that is still going strong today.

What we said: “Delicious, artless, scabrous, tasteless, ashtray-eyed, sallow-skinned, ill-mannered, snaggle-toothed, unwashed rock’n’roll from the pit of Hades.”

82. AIRBOURNE - RUNNIN’ WILD (2007)

How do you improve on a tried-and-tested formula? Play it harder, faster and with enough energy to power a fucking jet engine. Airbourne didn’t reinvent the wheel with their major label debut: they just drenched it in whisky, set it on fire and launched it into oblivion to craft one of the best pure rock’n’roll albums of recent times.

What we said: “A classic 1970s rock four-piece that are sporadically great (when they sound like AC/DC) and daft (when they sound like Rose Tattoo).”

81. HATEBREED - PERSEVERANCE (2002)

BAND PICK: “I was in high school, and it was a very defining album for me. It was one of the first albums that I learnt the riffs to on my guitar. Hatebreed are a hardcore band, straight up, but that album was able to help bridge that gap between them and the metal fans. It’s a really great album, and it came at a great time for metal and hardcore music.” - JJ PETERS, DEEZ NUTS

80. CULT OF LUNA - THE BEYOND (2003)

Despite coming from similar hardcore roots to Isis, with The Beyond, Cult Of Luna laid out the template for what got termed ‘post-metal’ as much as Isis did for ‘post-rock’. A fevered pilgrimage borne on lava-thick riffs, The Beyond created a vast sense of scale only to be dwarfed by it, journeying towards a moment of reckoning that inspired scores of bands in their wake.

What we said: “The future of doom music is here, and it sounds as extreme as you could possibly imagine.”


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