Here it is: every album I've heard from this year, ranked from the worst to the best. Overall, this was an awesome year for music, and hopefully 2012 will be just as good, if not better.
Submerged in the Andromeda
[ 1 / 5 ] - Still the worst album I heard this year.
|85||Carbonized Gnawing Mandible|
Harvested and Disposed
[ 1 / 5 ] - Okay, it's better than Submerged in the Andromeda, but it's still absolutely terrible.
|84||Lou Reed and Metallica|
[ 1 / 5 ] - Two musical greats collaborate and make one of the worst albums not only of the year, but of all time. What a disaster.
Illud Divinum Insanus
[ 1.5 / 5 ] - Speaking of disasters, Morbid Angel's 2011 offering was absolutely appalling on every level. The band had to be "Insanus" to release this trainwreck.
[ 1.5 / 5 ] - It's just bad.
Back Through Time
[ 2 / 5 ] - I like Alestorm every now and then, but they have never been able to make an entire album that sustains your attention throughout. Unfortunately, with this record, they took two steps back rather than forward. Sounds more like a compilation of b-sides from previous albums than a legitimate new album (and for all I know, it might be).
|80||As Blood Runs Black|
[ 2 / 5 ] - You would that after such a long hiatus and huge amount of member swaps that this band may have changed their sound just a bit. Nope.
Speaker of the Dead
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - It's a step forward for Emmure, but it's still pretty bad.
|78|| ||Anal Cunt|
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - Has its moments, but for the most part kind of lame. R.I.P. Seth Putnam
Screaming Bloody Murder
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - Pretty poor release for Sum 41- it's not their worst album ever, but it's nowhere near their best, either. Takes itself waaayy too seriously, and it's overlong.
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - I just couldn't really get into this release. I understand why some would like it, but I didn't really.
Leveling the Plane of Existence
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - Generic death metal. Nothing new or very interesting here, aside from a couple of cool moments.
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - I like parts of this massive 30-minute long song, but it's not a particularly good release.
From the Depths of Darkness
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - While it didn't turn out as badly as I feared, I still can't shake the feeling whenever I turn this on that I'd rather just be listening to the originals.
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - Starts out pretty well with "In Waves" and "Inception of the End," two solid radio-metal tunes, but gets boring quickly after that.
A Dramatic Turn of Events
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - A big step-down for Dream Theater, partly due to the atrocious mix. Ironically, the drums are put way in the background.
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - A disappointing and overproduced follow-up to the fantastic "Endgame." This album features some of the worst lyrics of the year, though there are a couple of good tracks.
[ 2.5 / 5 ] - "Storytime" and "Slow, Love, Slow" are both fantastic, but the rest of the album is either run-of-the-mill and boring, or way over-the-top.
|68||Tyler, The Creator|
[ 3 / 5 ] - Being way too long is this album's main problem. It has some really good tracks ("Yonkers') but too much filler for it's own good.
[ 3 / 5 ] - Kind of boring.
[ 3 / 5 ] - Again, not much variation in the tracks makes listening to this in full feel like a chore at times.
[ 3 / 5 ] - Extremely heavy and with some killer moments, but again, all of the songs sound very similar.
|64||Animals as Leaders|
[ 3 / 5 ] - A big disappointment- some great cuts, but an over reliance on electronic effects and repetitive chugging bring this album down.
Sounds of a Playground Fading
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A pretty good release that won't set the world on fire, but is, well... pretty good.
|62||Explosions in the Sky|
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - See above.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Okay album; some good songs, but the production leaves a little to be desired, and it's a times a little dull.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Better than "Belus," but still not on par with his earlier work.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Way too long, but has some great parts.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Cool to hear acoustic/softer renditions of some of the band's best songs, but some questionable leave-outs ("Armageddon") and a couple of boring tracks bring this record down.
The King of Limbs
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Yeah. Not crazy about this. I can appreciate it though.
Let Them Talk
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Surprisingly good for the most part.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Some mediocre and over-the-top bits mixed with some great stuff.
Sever the Wicked Hand
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Pretty same-y, but a fun, heavy listen nonetheless.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Again, some really over-the-top parts are combined with some great ones.
|52||That Handsome Devil|
The Heart Goes to Heaven, The Head Goes to Hell
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A little bit disappointing- not as good as "A City Dressed In Dynamite," but it's still a great release.
The Ghost You Gave To Me
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Really a love it or hate it band for most people. I liked this album- it wasn't the best thing I'd ever heard, but it was a pretty good record.
Heavy Rocks II
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - I liked this a lot more than "Attention Please-" I found this to be more engaging and interesting.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A rollercoaster ride of an album, with some great highs and some pretty low lows. Seriously: screaming over generic club beats? Doesn't work at all.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Certain parts of this are absolutely breathtaking, while others are very boring. The production is pretty poor also, and with a better job on that end this would probably have a higher score.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A unique listen, mixing pop, reggae, spoken word, etc. to create a very rounded release. Doesn't always hold your attention, but when it does, it's great.
|46||Bomb the Music Industry!|
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Yeah, sorry everybody. I tried to like this more, but I just couldn't. I love some of the songs here, and the atmosphere is no doubt a fun one, but the vocals weren't my cup of tea (at points,) and I didn't find the production very good, either. *puts on flameshield*
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - blink-182's self-titled was my favourite album by them, and while this sometimes matches that one in terms of quality, it usually doesn't.
|44||Dance Gavin Dance|
Downtown Battle Mountain II
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Sporadic and fun listen, but wears thin after a while, and is at times almost too chaotic.
Look Up There
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Two long jams from Buckethead, both great, but this almost doesn't feel like an "album".
Going Out In Style
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Enjoyable listen. Not the best album of the year, but still a great one.
The Destroyers of All
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - I listened to this multiple times, but I always got that feeling that every song sounded very similar. A very dense album, which can at times work against it.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A surprisingly good album, with some great songs.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - A very good release from the Foo Fighters, just one too many sappy ballads bring the score down for me.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Another Big B album from 2011, and it's great. Not his best of the year but a cool release nonetheless.
|37||The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation|
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Minimalist and eerie, but very interesting.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Not as good as the "other" symphonic death metal release from this year (*cough*The Great Mass*cough*,) but has its moments. The whole thing just runs together, unfortunately.
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Great black metal, but not much more. I may have to listen to this one more.
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Fantastic release.
Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Awesome listen- high replayability and some great tracks.
|32||Protest the Hero|
[ 3.5 / 5 ] - Some really bad lyrics are made up for by the fantastic instrumentation.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Entertaining and energetic, Anthrax's "Worship Music" hits (almost) all the right notes.
Unto the Locust
[ 4 / 5 ] - Solid release from Machine Head- sure, the lyrics could use some improvement, but the album still works.
|29||The Devin Townsend Project|
[ 4 / 5 ] - This record contains some incredible songs, but also some that are almost unlistenable at points. Still, you gotta admire the ambition and talent on display here.
|28||Arsonists Get All The Girls|
[ 4 / 5 ] - Excellent album; heavy at the right times, but never taking itself too seriously.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Technical death metal, done right.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Spellbinding release from Bjork.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Grindcore, fast and raw. Awesome.
|24||Born of Osiris|
[ 4 / 5 ] - Extremely ambitious, and while somewhat overlong, it works more often than it doesn't.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Great listen, perfect to just "rock out" too.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Black and thrash metal combine to make an excellent album. One of the fastest records of the year.
Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light (Volume 1)
[ 4 / 5 ] - Conjures up images of the Wild West and tumbleweeds very successfully. Which, in this case, is exactly what it should do.
Edge of the Earth
[ 4 / 5 ] - Fantastically heavy, and just an awesome album in general.
When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes
[ 4 / 5 ] - This album grew on me. It really is a great pop-punk album.
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
[ 4 / 5 ] - A difficult listen, but one that grows on you with repeated listens.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Buckethead's best album of the year. One of his shortest studio albums, but it represents (some of) the many sides of his music quite well.
Fables of the Sleepless Empire
[ 4 / 5 ] - An album full of radical, 90-degree sound shifts, and blistering technicality. LISTEN TO THAT BASS!
[ 4 / 5 ] - Awesome post-metal.
Wars of the Roses
[ 4 / 5 ] - Yeah, it's not black metal. But it's still amazing.
|13||Funeral for a Friend|
Welcome Home Armageddon
[ 4 / 5 ] - Excellent album; many see this as a return to form for the band.
|12||And So I Watch You From Afar|
[ 4 / 5 ] - You know an instrumental album works when it doesn't need vocals to convey its message. And this album does just that.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Another great instrumental album. The atmosphere is fantastic on here.
[ 4 / 5 ] - Opeth took a big risk with this record, and I appreciate that. It's also a pretty damn good album.
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - It's Mastodon rocking out and having a good time. How could that possibly turn out badly?
|8||Fair to Midland|
Arrows and Anchors
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - What a great band. Full of energy, with unique compositions and good technical skill (particularly the vocalist). This album is a fusion of all those things, and then some. I can't wait to see where they go next.
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - Incredible instrumental album. Some of the best guitar work of the year.
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - Thrice may be going on hiatus, but at least they left us on a high note. Very solid from beginning to end, with some of the best songs of the year contained within.
Roads to Judah
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - Very unique album with some great tracks and containing some of the best moments of the year.
Grace for Drowning
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - Massive double-disc album with many long-winded prog songs that (wait for it) actually work!
|3||The Devin Townsend Project|
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - The most beautiful album of the year.
The Great Mass
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - Brutality mixed with beauty. Fantastic record and one of the best of the year.
|1||Scale the Summit|
[ 4.5 / 5 ] - The best album of the year. Tight, breathtaking instrumentation and amazing songwriting combine to make this record so incredible.