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1996 - Best Albums

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I can't believe no one's mentioned "The Collected Works of Tourniquet" (maybe just because it was a compilation? But it featured two new tracks, and they were — and still are — some of the craziest, heaviest, and most brilliant songs Tourniquet ever put out (plus they featured uncredited guitar solo work by Marty Friedman of Megadeth) — oh, and the version of "The Skeezix Dilemma" on this release is the definitive one, in my opinion, as it combines the original album version with the awesome ending of the "Live in Studio" version (with a great Erik Mendez solo where there is none on the album version)). Er... ok, sorry, that was kind of an overload.

 

Anyway, Paramaecium's "Within the Ancient Forest" came out in 1996, too, and it was amazing — it really pushed their sound to new dimensions.

 

And the debut album, "Honey Lake," from the way-too-short-lived group Aleixa.

 

Also, I've never been much of a Mortification fan, but "Envision Evangelene" was '96, too, if I'm not mistaken, and the title track alone on that one is metal perfection.

 

As for more mainstream, radio-friendly Christian stuff, I think 1995-96 was pretty much the pinnacle. And here are some examples of why:

 

  • "Bloom" by Audio Adrenaline
  • "Take Me to Your Leader" by the Newsboys (doesn't hurt to have Steve Taylor writing a lot of the lyrics... "Lost the Plot" is one of my favorite songs of all time)
  • "God" by Rebecca St. James
  • "Third Day" by Third Day
  • "Them" by PFR
  • "Skillet" by Skillet (one of the best Christian albums of all time, in my humble opinion)

 

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  • "Take Me to Your Leader" by the Newsboys (doesn't hurt to have Steve Taylor writing a lot of the lyrics... "Lost the Plot" is one of my favorite songs of all time)

     

    Doesn't hold a candle to Going Public though

  • "Them" by PFR

     

    Truu! That was a great album.

  • "Skillet" by Skillet (one of the best Christian albums of all time, in my humble opinion)

     

    I've actually never listened to Skillet. If you can believe that.

Also, hello. ;}

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  • "Take Me to Your Leader" by the Newsboys (doesn't hurt to have Steve Taylor writing a lot of the lyrics... "Lost the Plot" is one of my favorite songs of all time)

     

    Doesn't hold a candle to Going Public though

  • "Them" by PFR

     

    Truu! That was a great album.

  • "Skillet" by Skillet (one of the best Christian albums of all time, in my humble opinion)

     

    I've actually never listened to Skillet. If you can believe that.

Also, hello. ;}

 

Thanks :)

 

And I have to apologize, because I think I found this site through a link that led me to believe (probably my fault) that this was some kind of Christian rock/metal forum, ha, hence all the Christian bands mentioned in my post. I stand by those all being great albums, but my post probably seems bizarre to you regulars :)

 

As for Skillet, these days you're not missing anything, IMO — but that first album... man. Good stuff. The second was pretty good, too — "Hey You, I Love Your Soul" — but very different. Very... electronic rock. And after that they started losing original members, and things started downhill. They were still "alright" for a few albums to me, but these days I don't find anything about their music (or lyrics, for that matter) worthy of my time.

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  • "Take Me to Your Leader" by the Newsboys (doesn't hurt to have Steve Taylor writing a lot of the lyrics... "Lost the Plot" is one of my favorite songs of all time)

     

    Doesn't hold a candle to Going Public though

  • "Them" by PFR

     

    Truu! That was a great album.

  • "Skillet" by Skillet (one of the best Christian albums of all time, in my humble opinion)

     

    I've actually never listened to Skillet. If you can believe that.

Also, hello. ;}

Thanks :)

 

And I have to apologize, because I think I found this site through a link that led me to believe (probably my fault) that this was some kind of Christian rock/metal forum, ha, hence all the Christian bands mentioned in my post. I stand by those all being great albums, but my post probably seems bizarre to you regulars :)

 

As for Skillet, these days you're not missing anything, IMO but that first album... man. Good stuff. The second was pretty good, too "Hey You, I Love Your Soul" but very different. Very... electronic rock. And after that they started losing original members, and things started downhill. They were still "alright" for a few albums to me, but these days I don't find anything about their music (or lyrics, for that matter) worthy of my time.

Yeah, I think the only bands on your list folk here might know are Mortification, Skillet, and Tourniquet.

 

Nothing wrong with discussing Jesus music, but people on this site will only be interested in the 80's Hard Rock and Metal variety.

 

You wanna talk The Brave, Fear Not, Neal Morse, Petra, Rob Rock, Stryper, Theocracy, White Heart? Awesome!

 

You wanna talk Audio Adrenaline, Steve Bell, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Bryan Duncan, Newsboys, PFR, Third Day, Phil Wickham? You might not​ get the response you're ​looking for.

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I thought it was spam at first, seriously. I've never heard of any of them (except Skillet) and will make a point to never hear them either. If Skillet have digressed, I also assume that you think Halestorm and Disciple's first albums / EPs were their best too and they now suck?

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I thought it was spam at first, seriously. I've never heard of any of them (except Skillet) and will make a point to never hear them either. If Skillet have digressed, I also assume that you think Halestorm and Disciple's first albums / EPs were their best too and they now suck?

Yup, Skillet's the only one you'd like. Mortification and Tourniquet are too heavy for you. And the rest too Jesus-y for you.

 

Also, absolutely nobody thinks Halestorm's first album was any good.

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I thought it was spam at first, seriously. I've never heard of any of them (except Skillet) and will make a point to never hear them either. If Skillet have digressed, I also assume that you think Halestorm and Disciple's first albums / EPs were their best too and they now suck?

Yup, Skillet's the only one you'd like. Mortification and Tourniquet are too heavy for you. And the rest too Jesus-y for you.

 

 

No mate, not too heavy. Just too terrible. I am not even sure that can be considered music. I've heard static that sounds more musical than that.

 

And let's be honest. If God/Jesus is as fickle and sensitive as you creepy christians think, you honestly think he's going to be impressed and honoured by that garbage? I think he'd consider "music" like that a far bigger sin than the disobedience of 75% of your ten commandments.

 

And seriously, I'm not entirely taking the piss. You stand up in the front of a church and say "Fuck this shit!" OR, you stand up and put this on the speakers:

 

 

I can assure you which one your Jesus and faithful followers will be far, FAR more offended by. You bad, bad christians. Go worship Satan because that's who digs this kind of music.

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Them by PFR is a good album, but I've unfortunately not heard many of those other Christian rock albums from '96. The vocals on that Mortification song were too extreme for me though.

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