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Atomic's Top 20 Of 2011

My favorite albums of the year. Yup, that's about it.
20Sleepmakeswaves
...And So We Destroyed Everything


Honorable mentions: The Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction 3 - The Ghost You Gave to Me
19Dananananaykroyd
There Is A Way
18Opeth
Heritage
17Jakszyk, Fripp, Collins - A King Crimson Projekct
A Scarcity of Miracles
16David Maxim Micic
Bilo EP
15Deadlock
Bizarro World
14The Omega Experiment
Karma EP
13Mastodon
The Hunter
12Angel Vivaldi
Universal Language
11Orion
Where Whales Go To Die
10The Devin Townsend Project
Ghost


Soft, blissful, and wispy. Exactly what you'd never expect Devin Townsend to do.
9Joncofy
Rorschach Inkblots


A lot of people pine for Tesseract's earlier days, before Dan Tompkins softened their vocal (and musical) approach. Joncofy is, essentially, a group that hearkens back to the early Tesseract, and outdoes it.
8Cynic
Carbon-Based Anatomy


It's Cynic.
7Mark Hawkins
Grandpa's Guitars


I loved Soul Cycle, so it's no surprise that I'd like something else Mark Hawkins has his fingers in. Maybe it's a bit more surprising that he's come out with an acoustic album than anything else, given that most of his projects are djenty as all hell, but this is just the opposite. Very colorful acoustic passages that incorporate a variety of styles. A great all-around release.
6WU LYF
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain


We Brooooooooooooooooos.
5The Kymatica
2011 EP


I want more and I want it now. This EP has the chance to revolutionize metalcore and make it astonishing. I can't wait to see what these guys do next.
4Damascus
Of Whom I Always Think


This album started as just a one-off discovery on got-djent.com (despite not being djent - my favorite kind of discovery on that site) that I could groove to, but it's become one of my favorite releases of all-time. Beautifully executed post-rock with so many subtle variations and a great use of technical skill that complements the music. AND it still remains fun. Won't be turning this off anytime soon.
3Fair to Midland
Arrows and Anchors


Didn't really appeal to me at first, but then, like a plague, I got stuck on it and it just kept growing until it became one of my very favorite records of the year. It shouldn't be that much of a surprise, I guess, since [i]Fables from a Mayfly[/i] did the same thing to me.
2The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum (Complete Collection)
1Scale the Summit
The Collective


For all intents and purposes, The Color Spectrum is tied with The Collective, but it's really comparing apples and oranges. [i]The Collective[/i] embodies all that is inspired instrumental musicianship, while [i]The Color Spectrum[/i] emphasizes all that is, well, traditional and nontraditional songwriting - showcasing a variety of styles and the adaptive use of lyrics and phrasing that accompany those styles.
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