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iTokoloshe's 25 Of 2011

The 25 metal albums that crushed my skull in 2011. These are in no particular order.
1Arch Enemy
Khaos Legions

Great melodies, crushing vocals and more of the same from Arch Enemy
The Here and Now

Catchier than their older material, but maintaining the edginess and showing some fantastic growth
3Asking Alexandria
Reckless and Relentless

Love them or hate them, their mix of glam, electronics and metalcore will get your blood pumping
4Black Tusk
Set the Dial

Rough, simple, dirty and attacking you from every direction
5Cavalera Conspiracy
Blunt Force Trauma

Not as good as Inflikted, but still a headbanging thrasher from the Cavalera lads
The Age of Hell

A band in turmoil which is reflected in the music, but in a good way
The Compass

8 strings of goodness with some great melodies. Where do the Aussies keep finding these great bands?

Another monster (or Beast...) from Dez and the boys that piledrives you through a table
9Glamour of the Kill
The Summoning

Young band finding their feet and hitting some memorable high spots
Dead Ends

Like getting beaten up by a supermodel in nothing but her lingerie. Brutal and gorgeous
11 Imicus
Animal Factory

Great rhythms, strong vocals and good aggression on this debut album. Its so underground that Sputnik Music doesn't have them listed
12Machine Head
Unto the Locust

Wow, riffs of epic proportions, complex structured songs and all kinds of craziness
The Hunter

Psychedelic and fun. The shared vocals give them so many options on every song. And don't get me started on the riffs
14 NightShade (FRA)
Lost in Motion

Surprisingly good. Not well known and without much hype

Take 1 part x Aussie band add 1 part x 8 string guitars, shake them together and prepare to be flattened (with a smile on your face)
16Rise to Remain
City of Vultures

This album confuses me. One listen and I love it, the next listen and I'm unimpressed, then another listen and I love it and so on.
17Suicide SIlence
The Black Crown

Mitch Lucker's last album, and their best. The riffs got groovier but the aggression got amplified
Edge of the Earth

A tidal wave of complex sound. Unrelenting and powerful
19The Black Dahlia Murder

More of the same from BDM, which is great. Vocals to scare dragons and riffs to build castles
20The Defiled
Grave Times

When i got this album as a Metal Hammer covermount I almost dismissed it as rubbish. Thankfully I gave it a go and discovered these guys. There is too much goodness to describe, if you haven't heard them, go listen to them. A great blend of all things metal.
21The Devil Wears Prada
Dead Throne

TDWP have finally come good, they've always shown promise, but now they've released a killer of an album
In Waves

Matt Heafy and the guys perfect their sound and produce a great album
23While She Sleeps
The North Stands for Nothing

Only an EP and a teaser of things to come, but it introduces a band that will take over the world

Great mixture of symphony and aggro
From the Depths of Darkness

Although not technically a 2011 album, these re-recordings were released in 2011. Black metal with a cleaner production that is beautiful and haunting all at once
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