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The Essential Rock Albums (In My Opinion) Part 3

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In this, my third list of essential rock albums, I take a look at some of the fusion genres of rock music, including the mostly ignored Christian rock genre.

Rush - Hemispheres10. Rush – Hemispheres
Canadian power trio Rush, during its long and critically maligned career, released a masterpiece in 1978 that cemented it as the kings of the complex and cerebral progressive rock genre. With only four songs, one of which is nearly 20 minutes in length (“Cygnus X-1 Book II Hemispheres:…”), the album displays a strict adherence to the form and principles of progressive rock.

9. David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The androgynous alien crept into the charts and rock and roll history with a concept too good to be true, securing David Bowie’s place in history as the king of glam rock. The enduring legacy of the album is reflected in the later albums of Saul Williams and shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

8. Casting Crowns – Lifesong
The best-selling Christian band of the 21st century and leaders of contemporary worship music released an album that was true to the Christian root message and was impressively produced.

7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Boatman’s Call
Australian rocker Nick Cave and his band released a set of critically acclaimed post-punk albums in the ’90s, but the epic crown was this beautiful, morose album. Profane and spiritual, it showcases Cave at his most personal level, releasing a poignant album of worth.

6. H.I.M. – Dark Light

The male kings of “female” gothic rock released this masterpiece goth metal album, one that made the band arguably the most popular goth metal band of its time.

5. Jeremy Camp – Stay

Ordained minister and Christian rocker Jeremy Camp’s debut outing is a departure from the generic contemporary Christian music genre, showcasing influences from Queens of The Stone Age. Featuring some of the most mainstream-sounding Christian rock music ever recorded, Jeremy Camp proved that Christian music could be top-notch and still retain its message.

4. Rammstein – Mutter
Controversial industrial metal band Rammstein released their magnum opus in 2001, cementing its place in the angry world of industrial metal as its kings and its most innovative group of musicians.

3. Maylene and the Sons of Disaster – III
Former Underoath frontman Dallas Taylor and his band released this stripped-down, back-to-basics southern metal album, one that shows the genre at its very best. Not necessarily the best southern metal album of all time, but it is an essential for anyone who wants to understand the mood and overall basic feel of it

2. Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Spaces
Arguably country rock’s most popular band, the all-female Dixie Chicks created a masterpiece that was a summation of the spirit of country music and country rock in particular. Adding to the essence of the album was the fact that it helped launch the Chicks into superstardom

1. Kyuss – Blues For The Red Sun

Kyuss made history with a unique formula that laid down the basis for the stoner rock genre. On the strength of one of the most important metal/rock albums for fans of slow, dredgy music, Kyuss ascended to its place as masters of it.

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