Top 25 Unjustly Forgotten Albums

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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.

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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."

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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.

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22. Scorpions - Taken By Force (1977)

In the words of goremetal22, who nominated Scorpions' "Taken By Force," "in my opinion, the best Scorpions album with the best track, 'The Sails of Charon,' with Uli Jon Roth at his finest."

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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."

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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."

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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.

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18. Ministry - Psalm 69 (1992)

Up next is Ministry an "Psalm 69," a record you folks hailed as highly influential, yet unjustly forgotten.

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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."

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16. Prong - Cleansing (1994)

Up next, give it up for champions of groove metal and hardcore punk, the mighty Prong and 1994's "Cleansing"!

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15. Helmet - Meantime (1992)

Highly influential at the time, Helmet's "Meantime" undeservedly faded into oblivion these days according to you folks.

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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7. AC/DC - Powerage (1978)

An underappreciated effort of classic AC/DC era, 1978's "Powerage," lands at No. 7.

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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."

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5. The Darkness - Permission to Land (2003)

You folks praised this one as an "insanely great album" - The Darkness and "Permission to Land."

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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."

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3. Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman (1981)

You folks were a bit divided on this one, but TJWhonley's comment that "'Blizzard of Ozz' gets all the attention but they're both amazing albums" triumphed, landing Ozzy at No. 3.

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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.

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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."

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    \m/TheWickerMan
    glad to see the darkness in here, such a good band
    N-D
    And traditionally - here's the rest of the (long) list (aside from the main top and honorable mentions) - guys you voted for it. And yes, if you ask me, the lower we go down through the list and the less votes nominations received, there are more chances to find the real gems here. Note: UG comments have limited number of characters, so it'll be the first part of the list. Soundgarden - "Down on the Upside" Death Angel - "The Ultra Violence" Dream Theater - "Falling Into Infinity" Exodus - "Bonded by Blood" Rainbow - "Rising" Corrosion Of Conformity - "In the Arms of God" Led Zeppelin - "Houses of the Holy" Silverchair - "Frogstomp" Ugly Kid Joe - "Menace to Sobriety" Therapy? - "Troublegum" Michael Lee Firkins - "Michael Lee Firkins" Van Halen - "Diver Down" Mastodon - "Remission" My Bloody Valentine - "m b v" Acid Bath - "Paegan Terrorism Tactics" Iron Maiden - "Somewhere in Time" Muse - "Showbiz" Kyuss - "Blues for the Red Sun" Mad Season - "Above" The Offspring - "Ixnay on the Hombre" Aphrodite's Child - "666" Our Lady Peace - "Spiritual Machines" Days of the New - "Days of the New" (1997) Chris Poland - "Return to Metalopolis" Buckingham Nicks - "Buckingham Nicks" The Cult - "Sonic Temple" White Zombie - "Astro-Creep: 2000" Failure - "Fantastic Planet" Def Leppard - "High 'n' Dry" Nick Drake - "Pink Moon" Magazine - "Real Life" ISIS - "Panopticon" Green Day - "Nimrod" Symphony X - "Twilight in Olympus" David Lee Roth - "A Little Ain't Enough" GWAR - "Scumdogs of the Universe" Prince - "Around the World in a Day" Suicidal Tendencies - "How Will I Laugh Tomorrow" Europe - "Wings of Tomorrow" Coven - "Witchcraft Destroys Minds & Rips Souls" Camel - "Rajaz" Zwan - "Mary Star of the Sea" Sublime - "40 oz. to Freedom" Robert Johnson - "The Complete Recordings" King's X - "King's X" Coroner - "R.I.P." Killing Joke - "Pandemonium" Yes - "Relayer" Fear Factory - "Demanufacture" Deep Purple - "Come Taste the Band" Army of Anyone - "Army of Anyone" Slo Burn - "Amusing the Amazing" Agent Orange - "When You Least Expect It..." Live - T"hrowing Copper" R.E.M. - "New Adventures in Hi-Fi" The Flaming Lips - "Clouds Taste Metallic" Tomahawk - "Anonymous" Mineral - "EndSerenading" Nuclear Assault - "Game Over" Badlands - "Badlands" Mercyful Fate - "Don't Break the Oath" Bring Me The Horizon - "There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret." David Bowie - "The Man Who Sold the World" Beck - "Mutations" Free - "Fire and Water" Voivod - "Dimension Hatross" Marcy Playground - "Marcy Playground" Foo Fighters - "In Your Honor" Savatage - "Hall of the Mountain King" Mr. Bungle - "Mr. Bungle" Alexisonfire - "Alexisonfire" Deftones - "aturday Night Wrist" Candlemass - "Tales of Creation" Nine Inch Nails - "The Fragile" Damageplan - "New Found Power" Queen - "Sheer Heart Attack" Cave In - "Antenna" Senser - "Stacked Up" Pearl Jam - "No Code" The Dandy Warhols - "13 Tales of Urban Bohemia" Fates Warning - "The Specter Within" Yeasayer - "All Hour Cymbals" Sword - "Metalized" Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band - "The Spotlight Kid" Unified Theory - "Unified Theory" The Allman Brothers Band - "The Allman Brothers Band" Korn - "Take a Look in the Mirror" Dave Navarro - "Trust No One" Incubus - "S.C.I.E.N.C.E." Gene Clark - "No Other" The Beatles - "Rubber Soul" Caravan - "In the Land of Grey and Pink" Screaming Trees - "Sweet Oblivion" Local H - "Pack Up the Cats" Meat Loaf - "Dead Ringer" Protest The Hero - "Kezia" Goanna - "Spirit of Place" Marilyn Manson - "Portrait of an American Family" Camel - "Moonmadness" The Datsuns - "The Datsuns" Shihad - "Love Is the New Hate" Metal Church - "Metal Church" Thornley - "Come Again" Black Label Society - "Hangover Music Vol. VI" The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I Fellsilent - "The Double 'A'" Jonas Hellborg with Buckethead & Michael Shrieve - "Octave of the Holy Innocents" Judas Priest - "Jugulator" MindFunk - "Dropped" Jimmy Eat World - "Static Prevails" Chavez -"Gone Glimmering" Killer Be Killed - "Killer Be Killed" 3 - "The Ghost You Gave to Me" Jethro Tull - "A Passion Play" Journey - "Trial by Fire" American Football - "American Football" Citizen Swing - "Cure Me With the Groove" Bon Jovi - "These Days" Pulse Ultra - "Headspace" Heavy Bones - "Heavy Bones" Deconstruction - "Deconstruction" Grandaddy - "The Sophtware Slump" Ratt - "Ratt" Nuno Bettencourt - "Schizophonic" The Notwist - "Shrink" The Derek Trucks Band - "Already Free" Pop Will Eat Itself - "The Looks or the Lifestyle?" Converge - "When Forever Comes Crashing" Disturbed - "Believe" Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - "L.A.M.F." Steve Stevens - "Atomic Playboys" Hot Tuna - "Burgers" Cry of Love - "Brother" Urge Overkill - "Saturation" New Radicals - "Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too" Conception - "Parallel Minds" Dream Syndicate - "Medicine Show" Indio - "Big Harvest" Rain Parade - "Emergency Third Rail Power Trip" Billy Squier - "Don't Say No" The Celibate Rifles - "Blind Ear" Adam & The Ants - "Kings of the Wild Frontier" Michael Monroe - "Dead, Jail or Rock 'N' Roll"
    davidtomas.lope
    you've got a lot of free time man! and patience too!
    N-D
    Hah, man, it's my work which I truly love By the way, here's the rest of the list (aka second part): De Facto - "Megaton Shotblast" Cats In Boots - "Kicked & Klawed" Riot - "Thundersteel" Danko Jones - "Born a Lion" Dry Cell - "Disconnected" At The Drive-In - "In/Casino/Out" Lostprophets - "Start Something" Biohazard - "State of the World Address" Ramatam - "In April Came the Dawning of the Red Suns" The Firm - "The Firm" Bruce Springsteen - "The Rising" Aerosmith - "Nine Lives" Snot - "Get Some" Blind Guardian - "Battalions of Fear" Jeff Buckley - "Grace" Kerbdog - "On The Turn" Santana - "Santana III" Lucifer's Friend - "Mind Exploding" Vio-Lence - "Eternal Nightmare" Spontaneous Combustion - "Spontaneous Combustion" Crimson Glory - "Crimson Glory" Finger Eleven - "The Greyest of Blue Skies" Anthriel - "The Pathway" Bacamarte - "Depois Do Fim" Tom Waits - "Heartattack and Vine" The Shaggs - "Philosophy of the World" W.A.S.P. - "The Crimson Idol" Orgy - "Vapor Transmission" Quorthon - "Purity of Essence" The Sound - "From the Lions Mouth" Tommy Tutone - "Tommy Tutone" Huey Lewis & The News - "Hard at Play"
    Tsunami3000
    Amazing list honestly, Glad to see albums like "Hall of the Mountain King" " Kezia" and "The Double 'A'" getting mentions
    rodrigo.mij1990
    People voted IN YOUR HONOR? guys you are worse critics than those from sputnikmusic and allmusic combined...
    banerjee.ushnish
    great list but think you forgot Thrice - Vheissu. One of the most prolific bands of all time and theyre sadly super underrated.
    maxpow77
    Nice to see Local H on this list, i suggested Marcy Playground as i feel both bands are heavily underrated
    davidtomas.lope
    They are fuckin great! I don't think PTL is a forgotten album, It did very good and sold a few millions in Europe
    SilentReaction
    How about the opposite 'unjustly remembered albums' for next weeks question? Or justly forgotten albums?
    sillylily5534
    Diary of a Madman by Ozzy?!? I see that talked about quite a bit as one of Ozzy's greatest albums, not so sure I agree with it being "Forgotten", especially with it being Number 3 on the list. The Darkness as well, Permission to Land is pretty much all anyone talks about when they talk about The Darkness- or at least here in the UK where The Darkness broke into the mainstream briefly - mainly thanks to "I Believe In A Thing Called Love"
    deathx88
    I agree. Blizzard of Oz 4x platinum in the US. Diary is 3x platinum. WTF? Randy Rhoads is still regarded as one of the best/favorite guitarist to a certain degree. Since people seem to overlook his work in Quiet Riot, the first 2 Ozzy albums made enough impact for him to reach legendary status. Like I said in the voting thread, it's far from a forgotten album. Songs are not weak either, Flying High Again, Believer, Over The Mountain, SATO. Come on. If anything by Ozzy maybe Ultimate Sin
    banerjee.ushnish
    For me worthwhile mentions of solid forgotten/discarded/underrated albums across genres. Between the buried and me - Colors Dustin kensrue - Please come home Mastodon - Once more round the sun Distillers - Drain the blood Skid row - Slave to the grind Killswitch engage - Alive or just breathing Rancid - Rancid Metallica - Load Matt Skiba and the sekrets - Kuts Gaslight anthem - Get Hurt Cro Mags - Age of quarrel Thrice - Beggars Sunnyday real estate - The Rising Tide Rise against - revolutions per minute Avenged sevenfold - Waking the fallen
    SaltMcBridge
    Death's Sound of perseverence is a forgotten album really ? I can't really argue against votes, but I don't think so. Then again I'm a big Death fan, so I'm not the best person to judge that.
    stevenrjackso
    I think that's one of the inherent flaws of a poll for a topic like this (not that there's really a foolproof way to do it). If an album is truly unjustly forgotten then very few people will know of it and vote for it (if it even gets brought up in the first place). A particularly persuasive post might get a few people to check out an album they haven't heard of, but for the most part people will be voting for albums they already know and like.
    tom11
    Glad to see Blind Melon get in. One of favourite albums ever, the guitar interplay between Christopher Thorn and Rogers Stevens is brilliant but nicely understated. Shannon Hoon is definitely one of the great forgotten vocalist.
    HugoPan
    I've always been very judmental of the grunge era in general but now i'm listening to the album and man, I'm enjoying it very much. really tasteful stuff throughout. glad I clicked out of curiosity.
    TombOfHorror
    Good to see Pink Floyd - Animals getting some love. One of their better albums, the entire album flows together so nicely. Like 1 very long song. Good list altogether.
    rodrigo.mij1990
    I have a giant print of the album's cover on my wall and that says a lot...
    d.sharpe1095
    What does it say?
    dewitt
    It says the album isn't forgotten because, if nothing else, it features some of the most iconic imagery from Pink Floyd outside of The Wall movie.
    rodrigo.mij1990
    I mean I appreciate more animals than the dark side of the moon and wish you were here combined....
    Maiden95
    My main problem with Animals being number 1 is how could anyone FORGET about it? If you're into Pink Floyd's catalog at all, you know Animals and probably really like it (or you don't or you think it's okay), or you are just a (as I like to call it) Walmart fan who only wears the Dark Side of the Moon T-shirts but have no fuckin clue a record like Animals exists. I'll give you Underrated. I think Animals is a phenomenal album that should be named right there with Dark Side and WYWH but it isn't forgotten about.
    mikeya02
    "Light's Out" by UFO. featuring Michael Schenker It's pretty forgotten
    LadyWhiskey
    Great album by UFO, nevertheless I think their second album - "Flying" - can be considered as much more forgotten. And it's a real masterpiece of rock married with progression.
    sewoo55
    Who the hell thinks The Sound of Perseverance is "forgotten"? It's one of the most celebrated albums in metal.
    BlackDeath92
    It does have a tendency to get overshadowed by Symbolic. However, I wouldn't call it forgotten by any stretch!
    Metalhead09z
    Pretty much. I would pick Leprosy or Spiritual Healing, which also get overshadowed by the albums that followed.
    0h1p0
    The reverse psychology list with least votes sounds like a hilarious idea. Maybe you should do a traditional top list and a poop list with the most downvoted nominations next time. Good list btw.
    blank_the69
    where the hell is cruel melody by black light burns? it's wes borland's masterpiece, and features amazing performances from danny lohner, josh freese, and josh eustis. this album is neck and neck with thirteenth step by a perfect circle for josh freese's best drum performance on an album. seriously. what is wrong with you people. oh, i know. its not a messy dump of 8 string calculus guitar and trigerred drums. therefore you dont care. you people being morons messed with wes borland's head tremendously. now he's a hipster because he's obsessed with pleasing the critics when he does music outside of limp bizkit. you guys didn't get behind this and he gave up as a result
    noodles_wazaman
    I rated it when it highly first came out, but I don't think most of the songs stand the test of time (mainly Wes's vocals / lyrics) as 'amazing'. I agree that if he invested more time in it rather than the LB nostalgia act routine, he'd probably punch out some great stuff.
    immoralthang
    Definitely agree with this. Cruel Melody is a kickass album from start to finish. I wish Limp Bizkit would call it a day so Wes could make it his primary focus.
    Wisthler
    Heheeeee the ritual made it !
    pressureproject
    I didn't know 1 guy back then that liked this. Everybody hated it....me included.
    Wisthler
    Well not "back then" The time I decided to start litening to testament I went trough all their albums, and the 2 albums I liked the most were both Souls of Black and The Ritual.
    cmvideo
    There's a lot of good albums in there. Some of these I wouldn't say are 'forgotten' though. So Far So Good So What? Psalm 69? Those are some pretty classic albums. I mean just because a band has a couple of better albums (like Rust In Peace) that makes the other album 'forgotten'? By that standard, you could put Ride the Lightning, Spreading the Disease and just about any 3rd or 4th best album on this list.
    wylde1994
    I forgot how good "The Sound of Perseverance" is...Moment of Clarity is such an amazing piece of work, the solo reminds me very much of Randy Rhodes' style but i think Chuck does as good a job if not better (my own opinion don't hate me) and i adore Voice of the Soul, love their cover of Painkiller as well. Nice to see Headless Cross in this list as well
    Second Rate
    Terrible list. The goddamn "honourable mentions" listed in the text are more forgotten than any of the albums on this list.
    Izzy-Sweet
    To be fair, it was a pretty terrible question based on the fact that people will only upvote albums that they're actually aware of, thus defeating the purpose of the whole thing.
    Phaneron
    I took the question to mean albums that were popular and well received at the time they were released but weren't well remembered in later years.
    Izzy-Sweet
    I thought it was asking for albums that were hugely influential or important in some way but never really got recognition. It's a tough call and the original article didn't clarify it too well.
    Phaneron
    I think that's a good qualifier as well. Some of the picks that made the list just seem like they were more overlooked or not as popular as the respective artists' other works. I mean, I was aware of "Diary of a Madman" before I ever even listened to Ozzy. Most of the albums I nominated were debut albums that put the band on the map, but not really remembered that well today.
    mrageinthename
    Mother Love Bone making the list did it for me. A pretty solid list throughout but that one...yes... Definitely one of the best albums in my opinion. Andrew Wood was a Rockstar in ever definition. If that dude was playing for 7 people, you'd swear he was in MSG. And those guys tear it up. It's great to hear Mike and Jeff back then and listen to their growth throughout PJ.
    minor7
    I like Animals. The lead guitar work on Dogs is some of the best I've ever heard. Not sure if it's "forgotten" though.
    FlyingPirahna
    One Day As A Lion not having more music is such a sin. I honestly enjoyed that EP more than I ever enjoyed any full length effort of RATM's.
    AxMa99
    Psalm 69? I don't know, but here it's still the most loved album of Ministry
    EnslaveTheWorld
    Headless Cross is in my opinion the best Black Sabbath album, and probably one of my top 20 favorite albums ever.
    Bassist4Him
    Grace Under Pressure is ony of my favorite Rush albums. I remember reading Nevil Shute's "On the Beach" around the first time that I heard Distant Early Warning, so ai've always associated the two. The other two shockers for me were Diary of a Madman and Animals. How is Diary of a Madman a forgettable album? I'd have placed Ultimate Sin instead. I know Ozzy has been put on record as hating that album, but I've always loved it and I still own my original vinyl. Also nice to see Headless Cross on the list. I always loved the Tony Martin albums.
    Clamox
    Mer de Noms is the highest ever Billboard 200 debut for a rock band's first album. (according to Wikipedia) How the fuck that's considered forgotten?
    jsore83
    I feel like if you can buy an album at Wal-Mart, it probably hasn't been forgotten. That applies to more than a few entries on the final list.
    rufizonfire
    Half of these, and even the "honorable mentions", wouldn't be on my list because I still listen to them regularly! Definitely not forgotten! SHIHAD's "Love Is The New Hate" is a classic.
    Abacus11
    Excellent list! I hope that a lot of people give these albums (and the honorable mentions) a listen. There are some brilliant albums here!
    DrCOOL
    SOLID list. Though I'm from Chicago so Ministry and especially that album are far from forgotten around here. Some absolutely killer stuff here. Degradation Trip I'm especially happy to see get some love.
    lord_abyssium
    good to see headless cross get some love, if it was any other band other than black sabbath it'd probably be massive
    *Stranger*
    I'd say dream theaters awake deserves a spot. Images and metropolis always get all the credit, whole IMO, awake is their most consistent effort. Not a single weak spot. Unlike surrounded and through her eyes
    nicolas.arango.
    I listened to Awake yesterday for the first time because for some reason i never took it into consideration while trying to find something similar to what they did in Images (the best album ever in my opinion). I've heard Awake 3 times by now and i can safely say it's even better than Images, something i didn't think was possible. And while i think both Metropolis and Images are perfect (even Surrounded and Through Her Eyes, both songs i love) Awake is just the perfect combination of everything i seek as a music fan: Hooks, technicality, superb songwriting and excellent musicianship, strong emotions and sensibility, variety and epicness. Definitely would put it in first place here.
    Zerath
    Awake is great indeed! That is probably my favorite DT album together with systematic chaos and octavarium.
    Jake P
    Anyone else think this Wednesday Question was a bit ambiguous or even misleading? I mean, this is more like the Top 25 Overlooked Albums. I guess I was just thinking of "forgotten" more literally, as in "lost to history". They really need to do a better job of clarifying these things in the future, IMHO. But maybe I'm just a bit annoyed my nomination didn't get in.
    eddiehimself
    Sorry, but I think the reason One Hot Minute and Diary of a Madman aren't as well known is because they just weren't that good. Permission to Land was seriously well known back in the day. I mean I don't exactly remember it being "underrated", certainly not here in the UK at least. But I totally agree about the Testament album. Return to Serenity is the absolute shit. Love it :3
    AlexGreat123
    Erm both One Hot Minute and Diary Of A Madman are both great albums. One Hot Minute suffers from being sandwiched between two great Chili Peppers albums (Blood Sugar Sex Magik and Californication)and not having John Frusciante on guitar. I bet if he was on it the Frusciante fanboys would love it. Diary Of A Madman suffers from following Blizzard Of Ozz by about a year and then Randy Rhoads dying soon after.
    robo5star1
    I believe one of the best albums to come out of the 90's is Failure's Fantastic Planet. Something about the feel of the songs, the layers and hooks, the journey from start to finish, is note-worthy. Unfortunately, not many people have heard it, remember it, or ever heard the name of them. Definitely an under-rated band. Many artists/bands today consider this album as a turning point for them, etc. For me, i just like the band. I'm glad they are back.
    --ESTRANGED--
    Excellent list, The Darkness, Snakepit and Blind Melon being albums that featured heavily in my teenage years. Increidbly nostalgic. Some cracking albums in the longer list up top there too, found some stellar ones so far
    damillion
    I can remember nearly every single one of these "forgotten" albums. Some of these albums are even world famous classics, or is it just me?
    JuteJute
    Id say the second slash snakepit album(aint life grand) is even more forgotten. So much so that the album dosent almost even exist.
    Pretelethal
    Not sure that's true from a live perspective at least - if you look at setlists played by Slash's solo band, Ain't Life Grand has a much larger presence than It's Five O' Clock Somewhere. Songs played off Life Ain't Grand: Been There Lately Mean Bone Serial Killer Just Like Anything Speed Parade Shine Songs played off It's Five O' Clock Somewhere: Beggars and Hangers-on Jizz da Pit Source: http://www.setlist.fm/stats/slash-feat-myles-k...
    DJL1994
    Powerage is slightly forgotten?! I think that's the best of ac/dc's 'first' era. Every single song is totally raw, hard rock heaven!
    turismo1338
    What about King Cimson's 4th album, Islands? Great record, but really in the shadow of Red, debut album and many others.
    Blk_Sabbath
    Happy to see Powerage on here. It's by far my favourite AC/DC album and front to back one of their best.
    solomonkane
    surprised coroner didnt get a mention at least I believe every one of their albums was mentioned at least once thats a good body of work
    Motherpuncher88
    So glad Secret Treaties from Blue Oyster Cult got some recognition on here.. Great Record. No one my age even knows about that kind of shit.
    B-Nessie89
    I'm surprised The Spaghetti Incident wasn't on here. Sad to see Apple by Mother Love Bone on here, solid album to say the least. R.I.P Andy.
    davidtomas.lope
    It's fuckin' great to see Slash's Snakepit first album here. Such a great album, but I think their second "Ain't Life Grand" is even better and didn't sell so well back in the day
    Shaico
    I don't think I will ever take these lists seriously if UGers are the ones deciding them. This list should be called "Top 25 Unjustly Forgotten metal/rock albums", as well as a shit ton of other UG lists. The narrow-minded tastes of UGers reign supreme.
    noodles_wazaman
    I don't think its that people are narrow minded. I think the issue is that by their very nature, popularity contests such as this are destined to won by choices which are well known, mainstream, unsurprising etc.