Underrated F*cking Albums is a series we’re running on, well, albums we think are fucking underrated. Sure, some of you might totally disagree with us, in fact, you might think we’re absolutely retarded for thinking these releases merit even a smidgen of your precious time. Well we don’t care. These are our opinions and we’re entitled to them, plus we’re big and bearded and are willing to fist fight to the death to honour the music we love… well, maybe 1 or 2 of us. The rest of us are kinda wimpy, so please be nice and don’t pound us. Either way, check this shit from: Limp Bizkit, Morbid Angel, and Viking Skull.
01. Limp Bizkit – “The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1)”
Released: May 2, 2005 // Genre: Alternative Metal, Nu Metal
by: Christopher Gonda
The Skinny: “It could be the absinthe talking,” says iconic frontman Fred Durst 10 seconds into the opening of “The Priest”, the 3rd track on Limp Bizkit’s 29 minute long fifth studio album, The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1). Released in May of 2005, the American rap rockers recorded this 7 track EP in the Czech Republic’s capital city of Prague (known for its magical vibe), from October 2004 to February 2005 with producer Ross Robinson.
I know what you’re thinking, “is this fucking idiot seriously talking about Limp Bizkit?” Yes I am, deal with it fucker! We have no time for haters, wannabes, or bandwagoners so shut it. The Unquestionable Truth marked the return of founding guitarist and general wakadoodle, Wes Borland and save for the addition of dummer Sammy Siegler (John Otto was absent for much of the album), the Biz’s original line-up was intact, and clearly the creative juices were flowin’.
So why is this album underrated? Well it’s fucking ridiculously heavy and the lyrics are ripe with socio-politcal themes. Moreover the album’s vibe leans towards a much darker place and, as with their debut Three Dollar Bill, Yall, it’s nice and pissed-off. This album is in so many ways unlike anything the Biz previously released but unfortunately seemed to get lost in the shuffle. Though peaking at No. 24 on the Billboard 200, the disc only sold roughly 40k copies globally.
For more information, please visit: www.limpbizkit.com.
Check out the song “The Truth”
02. Morbid Angel – “Illud Divinum Insanus”
Released: June 7, 2011 // Genre: Death Metal, Industrial
by: Curtis Dewar
The Skinny: I’m going to be thought nuts for saying this, but I would go with Illud Divinum Insanus by Morbid Angel. This album seemed to be almost universally hated by almost any metalhead with a pulse. Personally I liked the album. While some of the tracks are corny (“Radikult” specifically comes to mind), most are actually fairly decent.
Yes, parts of it sounds like Marilyn Manson, but there is plenty of death metal as well. If you broaden your mind and just accept that the band wanted to go beyond what they’re known for, you’ll find that Illud Divinum Insanus is actually a pretty enjoyable album. Definitely not one of Morbid Angel’s classics, but still decent.
For more information, please visit: www.morbidangel.com.
Check out the album ‘Illud Divinum Insanus’
03. Viking Skull – “Chapter One”
Released: October 20, 2003 // Genre: Heavy Metal
by: Stephen Hardy
The Skinny: Chapter One was the first EP to come from the English heavy metal band Viking Skull and it’s loaded with rawness and sheer dirty head banging fun. I saw them empty a main stage at the home of metal festivals (Donington) and absolutely loved them live.
The songs are just brilliant, nothing game changing mind you – no new genre-defining improvements or boundary pushing here, just gritty, powerful metal. As I was reminded not a couple of days ago, we played this EP to death one Download festival years back, so much so, we annoyed all those camping around us… but man they needed to hear it! Side note, the song “Skull Heaven” was featured on Bam Margera’s compilation CD Viva La Bands.
For more information, please visit: www.facebook.com/VikingSkull.
Check out the song “Skull Heaven”
*Be sure to check out Underrated F*cking Albums: Vol 2. featuring Archaios, Faster Pussycat, Edguy!