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My Top 10 of 2011

Haven't made a list in a while and might as well make my top records rof 2011.
1Hands
Give Me Rest


I first learned about this band from Solace?s studio video (Misery Signals frontman Karl Schubach?s solo project). The vocalist from Hands, Shane Oschner, was featured on the studio. He only had one line but his scream intrigued me. It so happens that Hands was releasing a new album at the time I watched the video. I listened to the single and it gave me a Misery Signals feel (which is one of my favorite bands). I purchased the album when it came out and by the end of it I was blown away. Shane?s vocals have a lot of variety, he has a low growl (similar to that of Karl Schubach), a mid cry (the one he utilize in Solace?s video), and above this he can sing, and even varies his singing. The atmospheric and melodic guitars coupled with his voice gives you an uplifting feel (see Jovian). The drums stay reserved, as does most of the album, but they know when to let loose (see Cube) and know how to build up to a crushing ending (see The Helix, Water). Once you reach the last song, you don?t get a culmination of the album?s sound, you get a sense of ending, giving the album a packaged feel, making it seem?complete.
2Transit
Listen and Forgive


Transit, Transit, Transit. Their popularity is ever-growing, and for good reason: Non-stop touring and non-stop releases. With Listen and Forgive, you realize the progression they?ve made and how much they?ve matured from This Will Not Define Us, and even the hardcore-tinged Stay Home EP. They?ve turned into an alternative/indie/emo type of band while still retaining elements of their core pop punk sound. You can see this in the first song, soft guitar, melodies, piano, acoustic guitar. Also, Joe has taken most of the vocal duties while Tim has less parts, but that further exposes the improvement in Joe?s voice.
3The Story So Far
Under Soil and Dirt


This album is pop punk gold; catchy songs, relatable lyrics, and the powerful voice of Parker Cannon. While high-pitched, Parker?s voice isn?t whiny like most pop punk and it actually has some strength behind it, making you want to sing along with him to the too-honest lyrics he is belting out, making this one of the definitive summer pop punk releases.
4The Dangerous Summer
War Paint


The story of a man who goes through shit; that?s the concept of War Paint. It has something that everyone can relate to. Frontman AJ has one of the most distinctive voices ever, although not 100% understandable. To truly understand this album, you need to read the lyrics while listening. The echoey, distorted guitars give the album an atmospheric, indie-rock-ish feel, perfect for a summer release.
5The Devin Townsend Project
Ghost


THE most relaxing, soothing thing I?ve heard in my life. Fact.
6Counterparts
The Current Will Carry Us


Turning from a melodic metalcore band on Prophets, they?ve changed to a more hardcore sound while still retaining the melody, and of course, the passion. While they seem to take ideas from other bands (see Reflection, tell me one of the chord progressions doesn?t sound like the one in The Commentator?s Despair by 7A7P), they change it in a way that fits their sound. In the first song, you?re treated to an onslaught of passionate hardcore which paves the way for an album that trumps other bands in the melodic hardcore scene.
7The Weeknd
House of Balloons


It was hard choosing between this and Echoes of Silence, but I?ve had almost all year to listen to House of Balloons, so that won. Abel?s soothing voice coupled with the eerie R&B beats fused with indie-rock/indie-pop influence make for a very intriguing album. The lyrics deal with the party life, while I?m not into that myself, it was interesting listening to another man?s story who is associated with that.
8Stray From the Path
Rising Sun


One of my favorite bands, if not my favorite (they?ve played Syracuse 3 times this year, usually the same bands don?t come around here that often, and they?re coming again in February), it was obvious they would be on here. A continuation of Make Your Own History, SFTP sheds light on the shitty metalcore scene (see iMember) and even music in general (see Bring It Back to the Streets). While not as good as MYOH in my opinion, it still packs a punch, they?re passionate about what they do, and they?re not afraid to shit talk about bands they despise.
9The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)


What else can be said about this that hasn?t already been said? The fact that Casey made this many songs in that amount of time is a credible feat in itself.
10 Couldn't pick #10
Album


It's between a number of albums, including The Swellers's Good For Me, Polar Bear Club's Clash Battle Guilt Pride, I Am the Avalanche's Avalanche United
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