->''"We are contractually bound to put 21 tracks on all our [=CDs=]. It's part of our pact with the Devil."''
-->--'''Joseph Vargo''', NoxArcana

The musical equivalent of IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming, this is when a band has one common element in every single one or almost every single one of their albums. This can come in many flavors, but the most common are the number of tracks on the album, having a HiddenTrack, or having IdiosyncraticCoverArt.

Other variants can include all of the records having at least one AlbumTitleDrop, or one song about a specific subject.

In some cases, a band coming out with a album that differs from the band's former pattern can cause fans to cry TheyChangedItNowItSucks.

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!!Examples:

* As the above quote attests, all of NoxArcana's albums have exactly 21 tracks. [[DealWithTheDevil We do hope he's joking]], though. In addition, all of the albums have at least one HiddenTrack. (Sometimes two. Sometimes three.)
* All of Midnight Syndicate's albums end with a HiddenTrack consisting of sound effects and voices.
* Each Buzz-Works album has 19 tracks.
* Every CD by Music/{{Nightwish}} has an AlbumTitleDrop.
* There is a song about wolves on every album by Sonata Arctica. This has led to them earning the nickname "Wolf Metal band".
* Every Music/WeirdAlYankovic album has one polka medley (except three: his first, his fifth, and one which has a polka cover of "[[{{Queen}} Bohemian Rhapsody]]" instead) and (generally) one song about food and TV.
* {{Angelspit}} ''really'' like talking about cannibalism - this is evident in the fact that they have at least one song that at least mentions or is about cannibalism on every one of their [=CDs=].
* Every {{Epica}} studio album has an intro between 90 seconds and two minutes long, and starting with The Divine Conspiracy, there is also a similar interlude about halfway through. Each album also ends with an unusually long composition, which was also the title track on every album until Requiem for the Indifferent.
* Every album by ChildrenOfBodom has their [[{{Mascot}} mascot]], [[TheGrimReaper the reaper]], on it's cover.
* Morten Veland of Sirenia must love the number seven - all of the band's albums have at least one song with 7 in the title. ''At Sixes And '''Sevens''''' has the title track, ''An Elixir For Existence'' has '''Seven Sirens''' And A Silver Tear, ''Nine Destinies And A Downfall'' has '''Seven''' Keys And Nine Doors, and ''The 13th Floor'' gives us both Winterborn '''77''' and Sirens Of The '''Seven''' Seas.
* Up until 2006, the Barenaked Ladies recorded one song on each album naked.
** Following the success of "One Week" on ''Stunt'', every album since has featured a song that has very much aped its style.
* FiveIronFrenzy: On their first four albums, the sixth track would be a joke: either less than ten seconds long, improvised-in-the-studio nonsense, or both. However, they broke with that tradition for their last four albums.
* {{Starflyer 59}}: The credits of every single release feature the single-sentence dedication, "All praise and glory to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ", in lieu of a "The band would like to thank..." section. Ever since ''Leave Here a Stranger'', band members are only referred to by their last name and first initial: J. Martin, J. Cloud, F. Lenz, etc.
* Every Music/DemonHunter album cover features their logo--a stylized, bisected demon head--rendered in a different style or medium.
* Every {{Lordi}} album has one or more song about HeavyMeta.
* Every WhiteStripes album contains a song with the word "Little" in the title.
** And their album art is always some combination of red, white, and black (and sometimes gray).
* X-Ray Dog. Let's look at album names: "Bonz Unleashed", "Prime Cuts", "Sit Up And Listen", "Fresh Meat", "New Tricks", "Mad Dog", "A Breed Apart", "Doggie Style", "Dog Party", "Canis Rex", "Dog Eat Dog", "Hellhounds", "Bites Bark Growls", "Dog Gone Wild", "Best in Show", "Mighty Dog", "K-9 Empire", "Cerberus", "Boneyard", "Alpha Dog", "Dog Rock", "Dogs of War". It looks like they [[OverusedRunningGag doggedly pursue]] one theme.
* [[{{Music.America}} America]] once gave seven consecutive albums titles beginning with the letter H. Later in their careers, they did four more in a row like that.
* Almost all releases by The Jesus Lizard have four-letter titles such as ''Goat'' or ''Liar'' - the exceptions are a self-titled EP and a few singles named after their A-sides. They also carried this on to the compilation ''Bang'' and the live album ''Show'' (maybe calling it ''Live'' would have been too obvious).
** Even their one single (technically a split with {{Nirvana}}) was named "Puss."
* Every Music/DreamTheater album cover includes the Majesty logo in some shape or form.
* Music/DeepPurple has six albums in a row (from their second ''The Book of Taliesyn'' to their seventh ''Who Do We Think We Are'') that featured seven tracks each.
* Music/{{Mastodon}}'s first four albums each had an [[ElementsOfNature elemental]] theme: ''Remission'' is fire, ''Leviathan'' is water, ''Blood Mountain'' is earth, and ''Crack the Skye'' is aether.
* Every Basement Jaxx album up until ''Scars'' contained several interludes with the suffix "-alude" appended to the title.
* With only two exceptions (''Kill 'em All'' and ''St. Anger'') every Music/{{Metallica}} album has a ballad as the fourth track. Even the CoverAlbum.
* Similarly, SteveVai always places a ballad as track number seven, and WordOfGod says it's intentional.
* [[JGThirlwell Foetus]] titles every album with a single four-letter word.
* BradPaisley's first three albums had covers of gospel songs as the final track. The second through fifth also had interstitial skits featuring country music singers and/or actors.
* Every BritneySpears album except for her debut and third ends on a ballad or a slightly softer lighter beat then the rest of the album. (Dear Diary, Everytime, Why Should I Be Sad, My Baby, Criminal)
* NickiMinaj's ''Pink Friday'' theming - she's released 3 albums (with a 4th coming), the first of which was entitled ''Pink Friday'', and the following ones adding on various different subtitles.
* Every DeltaGoodrem album ends on a thank you song (Angels In The Room, You Are My Rock) and a softer note (Will You Fall For Me, Angels In The Room, You Are My Rock). She is also not fond of smiling on her Album Covers. She always opens her albums on a positive note, both single wise and tracklist wise.
* All of ''Black Majesty'''s albums have cover art featuring a mysterious cloaked and masked figure, though the first album ''Sands of Time'' featured a slightly different design of the character. Starting from ''Silent Company'', the character is always accompanied by a lion.
* Brazilian band Skank released four albums in a row with 11 tracks (they denied being a [[TheBeautifulGame soccer]] reference, only saying they at the time felt "10 was too short and 12 too long"). Also, all but one of their albums has a OneWordTitle.
* The title tracks of Music/{{Enya}}'s albums were all instrumentals until her sixth, ''Amarantine'', broke the chain.
* The first three albums by Music/TheDivineComedy have closing songs that refer to death.
* On each of {{Tyler The Creator}}'s albums, the names of the last and first track make a phrase: "Inglorious ''Bastard''", "Golden ''Goblin''", "Lone ''Wolf''".
* Ever since he moved to Mercury Records, Jamey Johnson has used the word "song" in all his albums: ''That Lonesome Song'', ''The Guitar Song'', and ''Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran''.
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