The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Faith No More, 'Angel Dust' (1992)

65. Faith No More, 'Angel Dust' (1992)

After 1989's "Epic," Faith No More could have easily eked out a few more years as alt-rock's other resident funk-rap-metal goofballs. But they chose a different path with their fourth full-length, delivering an audacious modernist-metal masterpiece that was as gorgeous and alluring as it was confrontational and subversive. Or, as singer Mike Patton put it at the time, "I think we would all be really happy if people took this record home and went, What the hell is this?!" Like its title and album art (a resplendent white egret on the front, a cow's head on a meat hook on the back), Angel Dust was a study in contrasts: Swelling, stately rockers ("A Small Victory," "Everything's Ruined") sat next to corrosive industrial-doom freakouts ("Jizzlobber," "Malpractice"), demented death-disco ("Crack Hitler"), country/show-tune pastiches ("RV") and accordion-laced movie-theme covers ("Midnight Cowboy"). The rhythmic thrust of first single "Midlife Crisis," meanwhile, was powered by a Simon & Garfunkel percussion sample, while "Be Aggressive" paired funk-rock riffing and a cheerleader-chanting chorus with lyrics about man-on-man fellatio. The result was an album that may have sold less than its "Epic"-boasting predecessor, but whose influence can be heard in the sound of practically every darkly weird metal band since, from the Deftones to System of a Down to Slipknot. R.B.

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