49. Neurosis, 'Through Silver in Blood' (1996)
Neurosis, a San Francisco hardcore punk band formed by singer-guitarist Scott Kelly, bassist Dave Edwardson and drummer Jason Roeder in 1985, had trended slower, heavier and deeper over the course of several successive LPs, so when they went full bore into an even weightier sound it wasn't without warning. With the arrival of keyboardist Noah Landis in 1995, the group's mature lineup jelled, and a year later, the band dropped its transformative masterpiece: a titanic mix of hardcore, industrial and sludge-metal notions and sampled soundbites, balancing oppressive heaviness, hypnotic repetition and surprising vulnerability. "This was a difficult time for people, personally, and it all led to what would become this music that was really gut-wrenching to create," guitarist and singer Steve Von Till told Decibel in 2016. "[W]e were going to take this to the deepest, darkest place we could find. And we had to live there to find it." S.S.