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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 41-26

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 41-26


41) SUICIDE SILENCE - YOU CAN’T STOP ME (2014)

Following the tragic death of frontman Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle accident, Suicide Silence regrouped and decided to carry on in tribute to him. Recruiting their friend, All Shall Perish vocalist Eddie Hermida, they released an album of defiant deathcore, the title track of which bears their fallen brother’s final lyrics. Powerful stuff.

What we said: “It takes less than 10 seconds of opening track Inherit The Crown for you to feel like an ass-hat for having doubts over their future.”

40) TESTAMENT - THE FORMATION OF DAMNATION (2008)

BAND PICK: “I think it’s hard for a band to get more extreme and, at the same time, get catchier and still include strong melodies. But on The Formation Of Damnation, that was absolutely true. I never get sick of songs like More Than Meets The Eye and Killing Season. It’s a truly great record.” - JAMEY JASTA, HATEBREED

What we said: “This is Testament’s finest hour. The Formation Of Damnation is a great fucking heavy metal album, and no mistake.”

39) GLASSJAW - EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SILENCE (2000)

BAND PICK: “This was one of the first rock albums I owned. I saw the video for Siberian Kiss on a Roadrunner VHS – Daryl [Palumbo, singer] was going mental, and I thought that must be the best job in the world. His lyrics were what I wanted to write like. It’s chaos. It felt like they just went into a room and jammed. I’d never experienced music like it.” - OLI SYKES, BRING ME THE HORIZON

What we said: “If Glassjaw don’t quite live up to their promise, this album shows off a potential for originality that next time will be realised.”

38) TRAP THEM - DARKER HANDCRAFT (2011)

One of the first bands to seriously tackle blackened hardcore, Trap Them’s third effort brought with it a new level of hostility, aggression and venom previously kept in the depths of the underground. Packed with throat-stripping vocals and frantic turboriffery, it’s an achievement in audioviolence and opening punks’ ears to the glorious world of extreme metal.

What we said: “Trap Them have concocted another deliciously evil combination of rock’n’roll recklessness and merciless heaviness. It deserves your attention.”

37) MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE - THREE CHEERS FOR SWEET REVENGE (2004)

Few could discredit the enormous influence My Chemical Romance have wrought upon the alternative music scene over the last decade, and in the likes of Helena and I’m Not Okay (I Promise), Three Cheers... carried anthems that would define an entire generation, propelling them to become one of the world’s biggest bands and landing them on the cover of this very magazine.

What we said: “Overlook the damp squib ending as Three Cheers… excels as a contemporary post-hardcore album with integrity and tunes in equal part.”


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