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2011

favorites from 2011. an awesome year in music
25Machine Head
Unto the Locust


Having only listened to this a few times, I can't accurately judge my ranking of this, but the last few songs were really, really good.
24Foo Fighters
Wasting Light


A good, solid rock release, and much better than their previous offerings.
23Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math


This album was pretty good, and with more listens I feel like it will probably move up on the list. The title track is awesome.
22The Human Abstract
Digital Veil


A solid release. Definitely lost appeal over time, though.
21Red
Until We Have Faces


While I'm not a huge fan of more mainstream-rock sounding bands, this band isn't completely cliche, and for that, it gets a spot here. A few of the songs aren't really worth listening to, but overall it's a solid album.
20Opeth
Heritage


Didn't like this at all at first, though it grew on me. I'm a fan of the first few tracks. Things seem to blend together towards the middle, though-- yet they end on a good note with Folklore and Marrow of the Earth. Interested to see what Opeth does next.
19Vildhjarta
Masstaden


This album is dark, heavy, intense. Not many moments to breathe on this one, but it's still pretty awesome.
18Maybeshewill
I Was Here for a Moment, Then I Was Gone


An amazing post rock album that doesn't fall into the staleness of the genre.
17Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver


A gorgeous album, full of lush instrumentation and a sound that wasn't explored at all on For Emma. I love the emotional aspect of this album, and, unlike most, really liked that 80s song that closes the album.
16Coldplay
Mylo Xyloto


I feel slightly flamboyant putting this on my list, but I feel that way listening to it to so w/e. A fun, catchy pop album.
15Symphony X
Iconoclast


A perfection of the sound of Paradise Lost, Iconoclast is a heavy, intense release. It definitely needs more progressive and slower moments, as "When All is Lost" is definitely the best song on this album.
14Trivium
In Waves


While Shogun is still stronger than this album, In Waves is still a solid release, with some really good songs.
13Protest the Hero
Scurrilous


Giving Rody the pen for this album was an odd decision, one that I feel like worked for the most part-- although I miss some of the storytelling aspect from the previous albums. This album is quite satirical in places, and it's very catchy. I miss the heavier vocals, though.
12The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


This collection of EPs is one of the best out there. The Green EP is my favorite thing TDH have ever released, and the other EPs are just as strong.
11Steven Wilson
Grace for Drowning


Deform to Form a Star. That is all.
10Ever Forthright
Ever Forthright


I was a fan of Periphery's debut, and this album is similar to that in a lot of ways, just with a saxophone and better vocals. However, I feel like Periphery is going to surprise us all with their 2012 offerings, so for now, though I feel Ever Forthright's debut has been stronger, who knows.
9Cloudkicker
Let Yourself Be Huge


Beacons was an album that I felt like didn't have a dull moment on it. LYBH continues that trend, albeit in a softer, more acoustically driven way. Overall, the album is very strong, and the closing title track is one of Sharp's best.
8Scale the Summit
The Collective


Instrumental prog at its best.
7Haken
Visions


While I liked Aquarius, it didn't strike me as a gem of the prog genre, despite being very nice. Visions, on the other hand, is absolutely fantastic, and shows the band tightening up their sound, perfecting it, and adding a new cohesiveness that was definitely needed. "Deathless" is my favorite song from the album, and probably my favorite by them in general.
6Between the Buried and Me
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues


Despite this being an EP, it still makes my list as one of the best releases of the year. "Lunar Wilderness" is perhaps one of their greatest songs yet, and the whole EP just has a space-y atmosphere to it.
5August Burns Red
Leveler


I was incredibly impressed by the experimentation introduced on Constellations, and this release just took that further in some parts. While I'd like to see them tackle even more new terrain, this album is still great, "Salt & Light" being my favorite of the tracks.
4Thrice
Major/Minor


"Words in the Water" is my favorite song of 2011, and the album that it's on is definitely one of the best things I've heard all year. While Beggars was amazing, this release just takes that sound and furthers it, even strips it down in a few places.
3Mastodon
The Hunter


I really liked Crack the Skye, but this release took Mastodon from a band in my library to one of my absolute favorites. The album, as a whole, is just fun. Stargasm.
2Dream Theater
A Dramatic Turn of Events


Though I wasn't as disappointed as some people with BC&SL, this release impressed me to no end. Definitely my third favorite album they've put out, behind I&W and SDOIT. Would have probably been even more well- received had the whole lolMikePortnoy drama not occured, but then we wouldn't have gotten this album, so all's well that ends well, or whatever.
1Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors


Fables is one of my favorite albums ever, and the follow-up is right there with it. All of the songs are fantastic- "Short-Haired Tornado" being my favorite. "The Greener Grass" is also magnificent, and I definitely want them to do more longer songs in the future.
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