|Djunior's 2011: Honorables|
2011 has been a decent year in music, lots of worthwhile releases, rbut ultimately few that will make their mark. These are the releases rI feel deserve a listen, but have not made it into my top releases of rthe year. Ill make a top 50 or so in upcoming weeks.
I was ultimately disappointed with this split. I Probably anticipated it too
much. It is pretty enjoyable and for anyone just beginning to dabble in the
genre, this would not be a bad start. To me, Rosetta has gone even more
dull, and Junius has once again failed to wow me.
For having this so far down on my list, it has gotten plenty of play time. Still
a relatively new band, these guys are steadily improving with every
release. for fans of: Cursed (or any Calahan band), and Trap Them
Nice sludge-y hardcore EP. members of Masakari and Cheap Tragedies
(note: my avatar)
Awesome release, but doesn't come anywhere near "The Promise"
The Archer And The Owle
I guess it's my south Louisiana blood but I'm a big Thou fan. They can do no
wrong, but this EP is not one of their strong points. still a solid listen
Not exactly a fan of Mogwai, but this EP kind of changed my view on them.
If There's A Light It Will Find You
A nice hardcore/screamo ep, but it seems pretty hit or miss. This band has
put some previous material out that needs more Sputnik attention.
|93||Clouds as Oceans|
Post-rock with some cool drums
I always feel like this band is on the back-burner in the screamo world.
They need more attention, this jams hard. Too bad it's only two songs.
|91||Pinch and Shackleton|
Pinch and Shackleton
Not much of an electronic music fan, but I do enjoy it from time to time. If a
fan to either Pinch or Shackleton this is a must listen.
Soft As Butter, Hard As Ice
Good emotional sludge
solid EP, but in the shadow of their other work
dark hardcore from England
Secret Somethings: Vol. 2
|86||Dead In The Dirt|
Another solid EP from DITD, but this doesn't show much if any progression
emo/screamo, for fans of: Algernon Cadwallader and City Of Caterpillar
Problems To The Answer
in your face hardcore/thrash
|83||Young And In The Way|
I Am Not What I Am
While this is a good release, Title Fight have somewhat lost some of their
energy from prior releases.
A slightly heavier release for the band.
"Two guys grinding out beefy hardcore as loud and heavy as humanly
|79||Meek Is Murder|
Sick shit, really fun listen, but will ultimately go unnoticed. I know nobody's
original nowadays, but I can't help but think, "been done before",
whenever listening to this.
raw sludgy doomy hardcore/pv. These guys definitely belong on A389.
This is some badass metalcore. They're attempting to do something a little
different, but haven't found their niche yet. They have another release from
this year that is worth checking out. ffo: Botch/Off Minor?
|76||Low Threat Profile|
This should probably be higher, but w/e. POWAHVIOHLINSE
Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
The hype train that TA was on collided with the one La dispute was on and
killed every member of both bands. I find Touche Amore enjoyable, but just
that. A good release that people are making out to be god-like.
Carnival Is Forever
Wish they would quit evolving into Meshuggah. good nonetheless
|72||Explosions In The Sky|
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
I feel the fact that this album is so sub-par to EITS's previous releases, is
the fact that there are so many post-rock bands out their that are copying
their style making it hard for them to stay relevant. They are doing what
they have always done, but it's probably time for some change.
Conjure and Command
I never thought that I would enjoy a Toxic Holocaust release, but this put
me in my place. They have made a more solid sound, that while different, is
not unlike previous material. Thrashin'
|70||A Lot Like Birds|
Quite a difference in sound from Plan B (which I loved). The more Dance
Gavin Dance like sound does not really appeal to me, but I know they have
a good (and bad) following. This is good, but sadly I won't be listening to it
much more. Great album art though
Tephra have changed a lot on this album. They got rid of some of their
sludge inspired sections, which is usually a huge turn off for me. The riffs
are more sophisticated with a good groove. Without a doubt their most
When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted
What can I say, melodic-hardcore has lost almost all effect on me. If this
album would have been released a year or two earlier it would probably be
in my top ten. It's a really good release, but I find myself not being able to
enjoy it as much as I should.
Murder The Mountains
Red Fang has improved nicely with this release. The songwriting and
production are loads better than previous work, but they remain catchy and
Female fronted metalcore that is really nothing new, but they show loads of
What a great comeback album. I was not expecting much from this, but was
proven wrong. Their best release to date.
Crusty hardcore for fans of Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone.
|63||The Atlas Moth|
An Ache For The Distance
Thought this would have gone over better, but it's still pretty damn good.
The first half of the album is better.
Forward Into Regression
Grind band that recently broke up. At least they left us with this.
|61||Fuck The Facts|
Somewhat disappointing album from the legendary grind band. Really dug
this at first, but it's slowly losing it shine.
Crispy BBQ Tofu Burger
French screamo... that should be enough
This album caught my attention pretty quick. Full of energy, but since Hours
came out I don't want to listen to this.
Prog. that'll leave you wanting more.
|56||Wolves In The Throne Room|
I'm sure everyone can agree that they can do better than this.
hardcore/screamo from Spain
65daysofstatic have yet to top their debut LP "The Fall Of Math," in my
opinion, but this is still a good edition to their discography.
|53||Long Distance Calling|
Long Distance Calling
This is an overall powerful album from the post-rock group, but ultimately
falls in the shadow of "Avoid The Light"
The Light In The Distance
I can't believe I had to add this to the database. Seraphim are a post-
metal band that prove themselves to not be taken lightly with this record.
|51||Voyage In Coma|
You Appear Alongside Me
Simple and extremely catchy post hardcore EP. It'll be interesting to see
what these guys do next.
Pretty solid stoner-hardcore. They remind me of Torche, without being a
clone of them. There's nothing amazing about this, but I promise you'll get
at least one of the songs stuck in your head.
Super short EP, but it packs a punch. Just not as hard as their other material.
The Good Life
German hardcore that is catchy as fuck.
UK hardcore for fans of: Kerouac, Jackals, and The Long Haul
Apparently this came out last year, but Sputnik says 2011. Black/Death Metal
|45||Kerouac/The Long Haul|
Great work by both bands, but somewhat forgettable. The best thing The
Long Haul has put out so far.
We Are Lonely Animals
This is some refreshing emo in my opinion. I can see where people won't
like this, but if you like twinkly shit give this a spin.
I don't listen to very much hip hop nowadays (not that I never have or
don't anymore). Not sure what made me listen to this, but I don't regret it.
|41||Agoraphobic Nosebleed/ Despise You|
And On And On. . .
I love AnB, but they killed this for me. Despise You's side overshadows.
|40||Joan of Arc|
While it may not be the best, Kinsella doesn't disappoint.. again
Emo/hardcore in the likes of Loma Prieta with awesome vocals.
|38||Industries of the Blind|
Chapter 1: Had We Known Better
above average post-rock
Brush Your Teeth, Again ;)
Emo/screamo that looks like a joke on the outside, but is really to be taken
This isn't something that I usually listen to, but a friend turned me on to it
and I dig.
Greg said it best, "Filled with bludgeoning riffs, pummeling bass lines,
pounding drums and soaring vocals, "Salvador" is a stoner rock album that
does slay hard."
This is the first I've heard of Gumilinski. They're very reminiscent of Orchid
(in a good way), and Todos Caeran are as good as usual with their more
emo tinged screamo.
Set The Dial
Black Tusk have always been on my radar, but haven't really blown me
away with anything. Set the Dial comes close though. It's their first release
that I can actually sit through and enjoy without having to come back to it.
If Majority Rule and Kyuss had a baby...
Carbon Based Anatomy
When I think of Cynic, I automatically think of "Focus". With that in my
head, Ive had a hard time getting into this. I love the fact that they have
reinvented themselves, but I just don't like this as much. Not saying that
this is bad (its definitely not), but doesn't have as much appeal to me,
Killer heavy post-rock
Human Performance III
Sabertooth Zombie has yet to disappoint. Nothing new for the band, but it
|28|| ||The Armed|
Young & Beautiful
I love this band; they're raging and aggresive. Chris Pennie does a guest
spot, which should say something. Wish they would do something to set
them apart from everyone else though.
More twinkly emo stuff. Members of Wavelets so they sound somewhat
alike, but there's an obvious difference. Album name and song titles are
Ethereal Surrogate Saviour
"contorted, crushy and sometimes quite chaotic and gloomy
post/experimental metal with roots back to hardcore but flavored with
psychedelic and progressive spices being inspired by different bands from
King Crimson to Tool and Pantera. find an unique path between progressive
rock and metal and the noisy, stoner/doom infiltrated post-hardcore and
merging these different styles into one they came up with something quite
special and exciting."
Other than the really obvious Neurosis/Isis influence, this is a really solid
space-y post-metal release. My favorite thing about this is the fact that
they leave out any long build ups to songs and get straight to the riffs.
Nothing Lasts 7
Love the band, but they're becoming a little stale, imo.
"We have received an intriguing transmission after passing through a
neutrino wave. We found there to be musical compositions encoded in
subspace frequencies. Our lieutenant technician extracted these
compositions and re-coded them in an aural frequency. They are now being
studied by various institutions. It should also be noted that these
compositions strongly resemble that of an early 21st-century composer,
Parlamentarisk Sodomi, of the musical sub-genre "Grindcore". I present
them to you for your own evaluation." This is weird as hell.
|22||Children of God|
Coup de Grace
Kicking Defeater's ass at their own game.
indie/emo, for fans of: Dikembe, Algernon Cadwallader, You Blew It!
Kept seeing this all over the site so I decided to listen. Not usually
something I'd listen to, but I can't pass it up whenever it comes on.
12 short tracks of badass modern powerviolence.
Metalcore that pushes the envelope.
hardcore/screamo, band's debut ep
|15||All Pigs Must Die|
God Is War
hardcore/dbeat: Pretty good follow up to the EP they put out in 2010.
Underrated hardcore/grind in the vein of Gaza
|13||Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate)|
On Time Spent Waiting
I liked both EP's by this band about the same so Im just going to put one. I
really didn't like them at first but it's really growing on me.
great hardcore/emo band, can't wait to hear more from them
Hometown indie heroes; lots of fun. FFO: Vampire Weekend
The Other Side of Darkness
"The music has almost a threatening edge to it, much like the first Dead
Kennedys album did, with quite a sinister sounding guitar that provides
distinctiveness to their sound and works well in setting the tone for their
output. It?s not all about the guitar, though, despite its prominence in the
sound, as the bass provides some well-placed intricacy alongside the
snappy attack of the drums. Given the surf element displayed by the guitar,
it?s no surprise to find an instrumental track on the album, ?Day After
Trinity?, which highlights the importance that that particular guitar sound
has on the band. " -punknews.org
This is a tough listen at first (at least it was for me), but after a while you
start to understand it better and see that it's not just a mess. hardcore w/
David Comes To Life
A little long for my taste, but it's without a doubt worth the commitment to
give a listen. Great addition to their discography.
So good to hear something new from this band, and that they are not
breaking up. One of their best releases to date.
This enrages me as mush as most hardcore. pissd off blak ppl +1
|3||Mountain Man (hardcore)|
I really dig this band for whatever reason. great energy
|2||Code Orange Kids|
If you're into hardcore and haven't heard this yet crawl out from
underneath that rock.
Poetry of the Wretched