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    • CommentAuthorAdamSward
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    So, I was given Mastodon's new album Crack the Skye as a birthday present today. I was already turned onto them because of their album Leviathan (a Moby Dick based concept album). I was blown away by the new album, and I encourage all of you to go pick it up, or at least check the link below and see the video for the first track of the album.

    But it sparked a question; what concept albums really get you going? I find that I get lost in concept albums while working, and I'm wondering if this is a common thread, as opposed to just a standard album.

    <a href="">Oblivion</a> by Mastodon
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009
    Downward Spiral, easy.
      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009 edited
    Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation of WAR OF THE WORLDS
    Queensryche's OPERATION: MINDCRIME
    Iced Earth's THE DARK SAGA
    Manilla Road's ATLANTIS RISING
    Billy Idol's CYBERPUNK (I really think I'm the only one who likes this album :< )
    Alice Cooper's ALONG CAME A SPIDER
    Ayreon's 01011001
    Gary Numan's REPLICAS
    Gary Numan's TELEKON
    David Bowie's 01. OUTSIDE
    Nine Inch Nail's YEAR ZERO

    and others D:
      CommentAuthorMike Black
    • CommentTimeAug 29th 2009 edited
    Going down the list:

    All of King Diamond's albums are concept albums -
    * Fatal Portrait (1986)
    * Abigail (1987)
    * "Them" (1988)
    * Conspiracy (1989)
    * The Eye (1990)
    * The Spider's Lullabye (1995)
    * The Graveyard (1996)
    * Voodoo (1998)
    * House of God (2000)
    * Abigail II: The Revenge (2002)
    * The Puppet Master (2003)
    * Give Me Your Soul... Please (2007)

    All of the Fear Factory albums up until Archetype were concept albums-

    * Soul of a New Machine (1992)
    * Demanufacture (1995) this album should be owned by all metal heads and most music fans, as it's pretty close to flawless all the way through
    * Obsolete (1998)
    * Digimortal (2001)

    Those are just some off the top of my head that haven't already been mentioned. There's some killer music here, and I would highly recommend King Diamond's Abigail & House of God, as well as Demanufacture.
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    The Wall. Kind of obvious, I guess. Also has that whole "you need to take acid to understand it" nonsense going on. Great stuff. Can't think of much else that has the lyrical themes fit so well into the musical. Well, except for Animals, I guess. I'm not even that huge of a Pink Floyd fan, more of a Pink Floyd era Roger Waters fan.
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    "Frances the Mute" The Mars Volta.
    "Lateralus." Tool.
    "Selling England By the Pound." Genesis.
    "Histoire De Melody Nelson." Serge Gainsbourg.
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    The Small Faces, "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake".

    Just fucking listen to it. It's 17 kinds of awesome, and also one of the first concept albums. Either #1 or #2 depending on which pedantic IPC sub-editor wishes to correct me.
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    Billy Idol's CYBERPUNK (I really think I'm the only one who likes this album :< )

    I remember a PR person letting slip, at the time, that, yes, Billy really likes NEUROMANCER, and has read almost half of it...
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    The Hold Steady "Separation Sunday"
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    NIN's The Downward Spiral
    Manson's Antichrist Superstar

    discovered both when I was 19-20 and both were pretty big in my playlist at that difficult time.
    there's some more, but I can't remember the titles/artists at the moment.

    I find it amazing though how some people can write an entire album on a specific topic, or forming a specific story.

    The closest I ever got to that with my music was an album/demo I recorded 2001 to sort of deal with my mother's death 1.5 year before that. And the only thing binding it was that all the songs were inspired by the three things I did at that time: playing Doom and Doom II, reaeding Lovecraft and listening to downward spiral.

    ...ohh, and I almost forgot.
    I am pretty sure
    Neurosis - Enemy of the Sun is a concept album too.
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    Oldies but utter gems!

    Pretty Things:SF Sorrow
    Genesis:Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    Jethro Tull:Passion Play
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    Devin Townsend - Ziltoid the Omnicient
    all of the Coheed and Cambria albums
    Dream Theater - Scenes From a Memory
    Meshuggah - Catch 33
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009 edited
    Fantomas - Delirium Cordia
    Type O Negative - World Coming Down

    I'm a little surprised nobody has said Dark Side of the Moon or Wish You Were Here, though I suppose most could probably cite anything from DSOTM through The Wall pretty interchangeably... Personally, I'd go for Animals.

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
    A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
    Pretty much everything Opeth has done, especially Damnation and Deliverance.
    NIN's The Fragile

    Past those are a bunch of albums that are loose themes or sonic experiments like Radiohead's Kid A or OK Computer, or Metallica's Master of Puppets or ...And Justice for All.

    And Smashing Pumpkins's Mellon Collie, which was supposed to be a concept album, but ultimately turned out to be a few really good singles, a couple decent album cuts, and a bunch of filler.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    > But it sparked a question; what concept albums really get you going? I find that I get lost in concept albums while working, and I'm wondering if this is a common thread, as opposed to just a standard album.

    I'm enjoying Thick as a Brick (as well as the whole album, there's a 9:54 minute long version of it on YouTube, live at Madison Square Garden from 1978).

    I also like Handel's Messiah, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero. SF and my favourite band all rolled into you.
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    My favorite concept album is Rush's 2112 . . . such a great one to listen to on a road trip, especially the Overture.

    I also like Kiss' The Elder . . . my brother used to play it a lot when I was a kid when we were living in Germany, but I still remember it.

    edited because my fingers work faster than my brain . . .
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    Philip Jeck / Gavin Bryars - The sinking of the titanic (as plugged by Ellis some months ago, beautiful evocative music, riddled with surface noise and fading memories)
    Current 93 - Aleph at halucinatory mountain (is there a C93 album that doesn't have a concept running through it?)
    Sleep - Jerusalem (perhaps one of the best stoner/doom albums ever recorded... no surprises as to the album's subject matter)

    Mostly concept albums remind me of prog, usually the bad type... Even good prog bands tend to go off the rails when they head for 'concept album' territory.
    • CommentAuthorhank
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    Billy Idol's CYBERPUNK (I really think I'm the only one who likes this album :< )

    It got me interested in Gibson's stuff, so no you weren't.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2009
    The best concept albums for me are the ones Marvin Gaye cut in the 70's, like HERE MY DEAR, WHAT'S GOING ON, I WANT YOU and LET'S GET IT ON.
    And, though some would probably disagree with me, Bob Dylan's SLOW TRAIN COMING comes pretty close to being a concept album. Either way, it's a good record.
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    Yeah, I'm going to have to go with Nine Inch Nails's The Downward Spiral, one of my all-time favourite albums: Full stop.