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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 59-51

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 59-51


59) LACUNA COIL - COMALIES (2002)

Sumptuously ethereal with dual vocals as ferocious as they are beautiful, Comalies remains Lacuna Coil’s masterstroke, and set a benchmark for modern, gothic-tinged metal. The heady combination of stunning production and 13 flawless tracks took Cristina et al from the passionate underground of Europe to the world stage.

What we said: “Lacuna Coil are closer to the slick, feminised metal of 1970s rock goddesses Heart than to goth forebearers like All About Eve.”

58) EVERY TIME I DIE - EX LIVES (2012)

After leaning slightly more towards Southern rock on their previous three releases, Every Time I Die went back to pure pace, utter savagery and the sound of all-out war on Ex Lives to remind us all why they remain one of the 21st century’s most vital bands. The choruses are still there, just buried under mountains of feedback, and the results are stunning.

What we said:Ex Lives sees ETID hurtling back to a snappier, more schizophrenic mash-up of metal, punk, hardcore and Southern-fried riffage.”


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