This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the lovely people of UG community discussing the lovely matter of finest studio albums that are unjustly forgotten.
We received quite a bit of votes and over 500 comments, all of which were summed up into a Top 25 rundown.
Before kicking things off, honorable mentions include System of a Down's "Steal This Album!," Opeth's "Still Life," Dire Straits and "Love Over Gold," Alcatrazz with "No Parole From Rock 'N' Roll," Dead Kennedys' "Plastic Surgery Disasters," Gojira and "Terra Incognita," America's "America," Type O Negative's "World Coming Down," Pantera's "Power Metal," and The Smashing Pumpkins' "Adore."
We were quite tempted to take Mr. dewitt's advice and pull "a reverse psychology move and list the ones with the least amount of votes," but ultimately went for the traditional approach.
With all that out of the way, the list awaits below.
25. Blind Melon - Blind Melon (1992)
Kicking things off, you folks voted for LA alternative rockers Blind Melon and their self-titled 1992 debut. Released in 1992, this is the first out of two efforts the boys released with vocalist Shannon Hoon, who died of overdose in 1995.
24. Amorphis - Tales From the Thousand Lakes (1994)
Up next, a dose of heavy/progressive/folk metal from Finland - Amorphis and "Tales From the Thousand Lakes." This is a conceptual album based on the Finnish national epic "Kalevala."
UG user Jumacas noted: "I feel like Amorphis has never been properly marketed and many people are unaware of some of the better albums of the '90s, packed with progressive, forward-thinking ideas."
23. U2 - Boy (1980)
Up next, the very first album from U2 - 1980's "Boy." According to you folks, this quality effort is too overshadowed by the band's golden-era hits.
22. Scorpions - Taken By Force (1977)
21. One Day as a Lion - One Day as a Lion (2008)
At No. 21, you guys voted RATM's Zack De La Rocha and Jon Theodore of The Mars Volta - aka One Day as a Lion - and their sole album, 2008's "One Day as a Lion."
20. Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
CosyNinja noted: "I don't think this is just an eclipsed Genesis album among other Genesis albums, I also think this could be considered one of the best albums of all time. I never see it listed with other all time classic albums. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine during the '70s hailed 'Supper's Ready' as tied with 'Stairway to Heaven' as the best rock song ever written. The only reason 'Stairway' is still considered and not 'Supper's Ready' is because it's 22 minutes long and therefore was never on the radio and merely fell from public consciousness."
19. Testament - The Ritual (1992)
Released soon before Alex Skolnick and Louie Clemente left the band, Testament's "The Ritual" was released at a point where thrash giants were unveiling what became their most successful efforts to date. Despite killer tracks such as "Electric Crown" and "Return to Serenity," the effort didn't score the band any major success and unjustly faded into oblivion.
18. Ministry - Psalm 69 (1992)
Up next is Ministry an "Psalm 69," a record you folks hailed as highly influential, yet unjustly forgotten.
17. Red Hot Chili Peppers - One Hot Minute (1995)
After RHCP's monumental effort "Blood Sugar Sex Magik," John Frusciante left the band for the first time, leaving the band to charge forth with Dave Navarro. They released "One Hot Minute" in 1995, an album that faded into oblivion when compared to its predecessor and follow-up - 1999 Frusciante comeback album "Californication."
16. Prong - Cleansing (1994)
Up next, give it up for champions of groove metal and hardcore punk, the mighty Prong and 1994's "Cleansing"!
15. Helmet - Meantime (1992)
Highly influential at the time, Helmet's "Meantime" undeservedly faded into oblivion these days according to you folks.
14. Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties (1974)
Blue Öyster Cult's "Secret Treaties," the album that brought us "Astronomy," is up next at No. 14. noted: "A few people in last week's thread mentioned how BOC was severely underrated (myself included) so they're the first one I thought of here. I still enjoy this album front to back."
13. A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms (2000)
This week's lucky 13 is the debut album of A Perfect Circle, 2000's "Mer De Noms."
12. Rush - Grace Under Pressure (1984)
Representing underappreciated Rush efforts, "Grace Under Pressure" is up next. FateDenied noted: "It's as if people's knowledge of Rush albums only goes until 'Signals,' yet this album is a masterpiece in my opinion."
11. Pride & Glory - Pride & Glory (1994)
Zakk Wylde's side project called Pride & Glory released their sole album in 1994. It's a killer release, but mostly obscure these days.
10. Jerry Cantrell - Degradation Trip (2002)
Cracking the Top 10, the one and only Jerry Canrell of Alice in Chains and his 2002 solo album "Degradation Trip."
9. Black Sabbath - Headless Cross (1989)
You folks gave quite a bit of kudos to Tony Martin-era Black Sabbath, landing "Headless Cross" at No. 9.
8. Mother Love Bone - Apple (1990)
The sole album of unsung grunge heroes Mother Love Bone, 1990's "Apple", released several months after the passing of Andrew Wood, is up next.
7. AC/DC - Powerage (1978)
An underappreciated effort of classic AC/DC era, 1978's "Powerage," lands at No. 7.
6. Megadeth - So Far, So Good... So What! (1988)
Epitomizing the turmoil Megadeth was going through at the time, 1988's "So Far, So Good... So What!" According to you folks, this one is a bonafide classic, unjustly overshadowed by two subsequent 'Deth albums - 1990's "Rust in Peace" and 1992's "Countdown to Extinction."
5. The Darkness - Permission to Land (2003)
You folks praised this one as an "insanely great album" - The Darkness and "Permission to Land."
4. Slash's Snakepit - It's Five O'Clock Somewhere (1995)
Earning kudos from some of you guys as Slash's best non-GN'R effort, Slash's Snakepit brings us a step closer to the Big 3 with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere."
3. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (1981)
2. Death - The Sound of Perseverance (1998)
Silver medal this week goes to Death and their 1998 album "The Sound of Perseverance." You could argue that this is one of the unanimously praised efforts of death metal genre, but we certainly don't mind some Death love around here, so all is good.
1. Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)
And at the throne of UG this week, it's Pink Floyd and "Animals." According to you folks, while this is undoubtedly a successful effort, it is often unjustly discarded by fans in favor of "The Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here."