|First Half 2011|
The albums I've listened to so far this year, ranked. There's a few things on here that almost nobody has checked out but everyone really should. Also I'm listening to the new Primordial right now and will check out the new Vomitory later today, so consider those part of this list as well.
|1||And So I Watch You From Afar|
Condensing all of the great things about the s/t into an awesome blast of instrumental rock.
Did not expect to rank this so high, but every song on here is killer. Can't wait to see the Foos at Lollapalooza.
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone
Not quite as good as the last two, but still great.
Just read my review.
Noche del Chupacabra
RIFFS RIFFS RIFFS. 5 long songs of great, swampy stoner metal
Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Unexpect learn to actually write songs instead of just sections! I enjoyed IaFA a lot, but this is a vast improvement in terms of not sounding like they're trying so hard to be weird.
|7||Between the Buried and Me|
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
A logical progression from Colors and the Great Misdirect (which has the most confusing amount of hate on this site). Not nearly as memorable though.
Our Color Green (The Singles)
Some of Palumbo's best vocal performances and just a good EP all around.
The Destroyers of All
Raw as hell.
Sever the Wicked Hand
Slow and heavy
Heavy Rocks II
Read my review of the first Heavy Rocks and change some of the song titles. This is just fun.
|13||Scale the Summit|
Probably higher right now than where it will end up at the end of the year. But these guys are great.
|14||Protest the Hero|
The bass is really sexy this time around, but it just isn't quite as enjoyable as Fortress or Kezia.
Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Why is this only 20 minutes?
Weird as hell and chock full of heavy, atmospheric bliss.
Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
You've already heard everything you need about this album.
My descriptions are gonna be a lot more infrequent now.
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Their best since Paul's Boutique tbqh
Head in the Clouds
Murder the Mountains
|24||Explosions in the Sky|
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
This is where my ratings drop from 4 to 3.5. Let Me Back In is song of the year though.
When Losing Everything is Everything You Wanted
|26||Dance Gavin Dance|
Downtown Battle Mountain II
I am in love with Will Swan's guitar playing. I actually like this better than the first and rank it just behind Happiness.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Jason The Dragon
|29||I Am Alaska|
So They Say
Saw these guys at Bled Fest and they rock. Solid post-hardcore. http://iamalaska.bandcamp.com/album/so-they-say
|30||My Morning Jacket|
Intense emotional hardcore EP for download. http://harbours.bandcamp.com/
Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
I just could not pay attention throughout this one.
Pretty good for a band with no original members.
The Great Mass
You suffer, but why is that my problem?
Infernal Warriors of Death
Bring the hate. I really thought this was nothing more than decent. Sounded too similar to Deftones sometimes (not that I dislike Deftones).
Meh. This is where my ratings become 3
|41||This Will Destroy You|
|42||The Human Abstract|
I always assumed this band was second-rate to PtH and BtBaM. Checked this out after much hype and learned that I was correct.
The Family Sign
Big disappointment. Just really boring.
I TOTALLY FORGOT TO PUT THIS IN THE RANKINGS BECAUSE IT ISN'T ON RYM. But I gave it a 4, and it's probably going to be somewhere in the top 20. Check this shit out if you like Gaza. http://withwords.bandcamp.com/album/cagebound