|Best Of '11|
Here's what I have as of now, although I am missing releases from: Ash Borer, Autopsy, rDecapitated, The Devil's Blood, Fucked Up, Hammers of Misfortune, Primordial, Raekwon, rRussian Circles, Rwake, Tombs, Tyler, the Creator, Ulcerate, Vektor, The Weeknd, among many rothers. Making this list has also brought to my attention my lack of a Best of 2010... I'll get to rthat during the week. Hopefully I can catch up on the 2011 releases, I'll happily accept any recs rbased upon this list.
|1||The Atlas Moth|
An Ache For The Distance
An Ache for the Distance pretty much came out of nowhere. Beautiful, catchy,
and devastating sludge.
|2||Protest the Hero|
Protest the Hero never ceases to amaze. Prog-metal for those with ADHD and a
knack for a good hook.
Grittiest album of the year. Darker Handcraft is the definition of "in-your-face;"
you can REALLY feel the intensity and energy.
I was expecting a letdown. I was wrong. The Hunter feels like amalgamation of
their previous releases, tailored for everyone - not just metal heads.
Their self-titled record was a nice surprise, and this record proves that they are still
blossoming. If "The Shrine/An Argument" is any indication of where this band can
go, we're in for a treat.
|6||The Human Abstract|
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
"Litany of Regrets"
In Tides and Drifts
"Lines on the Map"
Best album of 2011 with juxtaposing song titles.
|12||Ha Ha Tonka|
Death of a Decade
Best album of 2011 that's both fun and emotive.
Best album of 2011 featuring album art of a post-apocalyptic Antarctica.
Best album of 2011 that has an extremely low number of ratings. (Sludge fans,
|15||Born of Osiris|
Best album of 2011 with a guitar passage that sounds like morse code - "Recreate."
What is TBM? Who cares?
|17||Last Chance to Reason|
Time is Up
Thrash record of the year?
Why aren't more artists experimenting with different instruments?
Chaos of Forms
Why aren't there more/longer solos?!
Album highlight: Wata's vocals.
All We Destroy
Album highlight: The flexibility of Jackie Perez Gratz's cello.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Album highlight: Justin Vernon not carbon-copying For Emma...
Album highlight: It's not just another Opeth record.
Album highlight: Riffs and solos, duh.