5. Atreyu: The Curse
Atreyu managed to win over a lot of fans with this one, though they sadly peaked here. This is one of those releases that spawned a lot of ripoffs, which is always a real goal for any band. It just feels massive and powerfull and the Ann Rice inspired lyrics allowed this one to crossover to several cliques, too.
4. Haste the Day: Pressure the Hinges
When my (grand)father passed away, this album helped me through the hard time that followed. I was raised by my grandparents, so the heartache was pretty heavy. Something about this one just hooked me and wouldn't let go. I actually love the bands whole catalog, but I consider this to be their best work in general. If you missed out on this one, consider fixing that mistake.
3. As I Lay Dying: An Ocean Between Us
The lead vocalist's issues aside, this album was simply great in my opinion. I was actually torn on including this or the Shadows album from the group, by Ocean just has the better all-around tracklist. The band really forced themselves to be the best they could be here, and it shows.
2. Underoath: Define the Great Line
Underoath's second album with Spencer is pretty much universally loved for good reason. The anger and desperation in the lyrics mixed with the chaotic and creative instrumental work are iconic. This was the band's first, truly fantastic album and it easily earned them the number two spot.
1. Underoath: Lost in the Sound of Seperation
Underoath started off as a blend of death and unblack metal before going full post-hardcore for two albums. As good as their earlier releases are, though, they really started to shine when they shifted more toward the metalcore genre. That said, I know a lot of people prefer Define the Great Line. I'd be lying if I said I didn't love that cd, but it didn't deserve the number one spot in my mind. The only true champion of metalcore is this album, which took everything about Define the Great Line and multiplied it.