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The 100 greatest albums of the 21st century: 68-60

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 68-60


68) STRAPPING YOUNG LAD - ALIEN (2005)

BAND PICK: “I just loved how crazy it was and how emotional Alien was. One thing for me that I need in vocalists is to believe that what they are saying is real, and I think Devin does a really great job of giving absolute authenticity to his performance. And I loved that he was able to meld that honesty with such insanity on that album.” - ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ, ARCH ENEMY

What we said: ”A thunderous clash of riffs, melody and the mad genius of Devin Townsend, this could be Strapping Young Lad’s best album yet.”

67) SLAYER - GOD HATES US ALL (2001)

BAND PICK: “That was a big, heavy change for Slayer – when they started doing the drop-tuning, there was a lot more to the guitars, and it was a different pace and sound than what I’m used to for them. And those songs are great songs. To me, that was the new, improved Slayer. The heaviness of Disciple is just awesome. The riff and everything about it stands out.” - CHUCK BILLY, TESTAMENT

What we said: “Ross Robinson was mooted to produce this, but instead of adding breakbeats and string sections, Slayer gave us an album that replicates their live sound.”


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