|Most Overlooked Of 2011|
some awesome albums from this year that have received little to no attention.
Cascadian black metal. it's not on the same level as the more widely-known Ash Borer album, but it's still some quality music. highly recommended
|2||Battle of Britain Memorial|
The Aftermath of Your Bright Beings
Artistry of Exhaustion
ambient. this is actually a companion release to #34, meant to be played right after.
post-metal/post-rock/ambient. i dunno what really to call this, but it's a good little 2-track sampler.
|5||Cogs and Sprockets|
FUCKING GRIND BITCHES. 11 tracks, 4.2 minutes. oh yeah.
|6||Consciousness Removal Project|
The Last Season
post-metal. bands in this genre really like their 10-minute + epics, don't they?
Dawn of the Eclipse
windir-tinged folky symphonic black metal. 2 10 minute-ish tracks, and it is truly awesome. highly recommended
BoO-ish electronic-infused deathcore. some random guy who popularized his music on the internet through his youtube channel. it's fairly generic for the most part, but it has its moments.
|9||Forge of Clouds|
Forge of Clouds
really ridiculously awesome hardcore/metalcore-tinged post-metal. highly recommended
The Language That We Speak
The Flood/The Fall
instrumental post-metal/post-rock. it's pretty repetitive, but the ambiance here is fucking beautiful. highly recommended
grind/hardcore. pummels so hard, highly recommended
Strength of the World
melodeath-tinged metalcore. for those who didn't know already, this is fr33's band. highly recommended
All We Destroy
weirdass instrumental post-metal/progressive that keeps it unique by adding a shit ton of strings. not strings as in cheesy "symphonic metal:" this is closer to their use in maudlin of the Well.
|16||Hungry For Hands|
I Was Hungry For Hands
instrumental post-rock/metal with really cool saxophone bits. 2011's most organic release. highly recommended
A City In Mono
instrumental black metal that has such a strong post-rock influence that it;s more "blackened post-rock" than it is "post-black metal," if you get what i'm saying.
|18||Idol and the Whip|
catchy-as-fuck stoner sludge.
A Momentary Lapse In Positive Thinking
a short yet ridiculously awesome progressive hardcore deal that actually has VARIETY through every track. highly recommended
hardcore/grind. that one Kerouac split you didn't even know existed.
End of the Chayot
post-metal. standard fare, but still pretty well done.
post-metal. see above, although this is *slightly* better imo (high 3.5/5)
instrumental post-metal. it's pretty cool: all the songs are atypically short and concise for the genre.
post-metal. probably 2011's best release of the genre so far (of course, Neurosis and CoL still have yet to release albums). highly recommended
Beyond the Infinite: The Assembly of God
post-metal. 1-track supplement EP to the above album.
|27||Long Distance Calling|
Long Distance Calling
instrumental progressive post-rock/metal.
|28||Low Threat Profile|
cool little 10-minute old-school hardcore release.
|29||The Matador (AU)|
Descent Into the Maelstrom
post-metal with a nice progressive tinge. highly recommended
The Good Life
Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual
female-fronted post-metal. heavier and more sludge-oriented than others, almost Black Sheep Wall-ish at times.
The Electric Hand
instrumental symphonic post-metal. Grimpeur is one of the year's most epic track so far. highly recommended
atmospheric folky black metal. it's nothing really original or especially creative, but it's really enjoyable.
Effigies and Epitaphhs
atmospheric black metal. as of this writing i have yet to listen to it, but it's sitting in my iTunes and if Dryad was anything to go by, this will be one of 2011's best atmospheric black metal albums. highly recommended
|35||The Phantom Carriage|
weird little black metal/hardcore hybrid.
|36||Seven Sisters of Sleep|
Seven Sisters of Sleep
super sludge-y hardcore, sort of reminiscent of Black Ships except more chaotic. highly recommended
Ghosts, And Other Things
black metal with a very heavy shoegaze/post-rock influence. the year's "prettiest" black metal album.
super lo-fi hardcore, short and in-your-face. good shit.
Beyond the Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
a single 28-minute atmospheric black metal track. i didn't dig it *quite* as much as a couple prominent users did, but it's still a pretty ace release.
alternative/progressive metal. OK, so this is actually 2010, but i couldn't resist including this album. our very own Decapod is one of the band members, and it;s a really bomb release. sort of a deftones-ish hard rock/alternative metal sound with vague Tool and post-metal influences. incredibly catchy, incredibly atmospheric, and incredibly worthy of your attention. highly recommended
really riffy, down-and-dirty post-metal/sludge. maybe the best pm release of 2011 other that 25. highly recommended
|42|| ||We Made God|
It's Getting Colder
alternative rock/indie influenced post-metal.
|43||Windmills By the Ocean|
Windmills By the Ocean II
post-rock/shoegaze/post-metal. incredibly "dreamy" album with extremely hypnotizing soundscapes throughout.
|44||Wreck and Reference|
lo-fi sludge/post-metal/experimental. dudes have it up for free dl, get on it. be warned, it takes a few listens to sink in, but it's a rewarding experience.
|45||40 Watt Sun|
The Inside Room
i have no fucking clue why the Sputnik community hasn't absolutely jumped on this yet, as it's basically the sequel to Warning's legendary Watching From a Distance. in the words of DarkNoctus, they "traded some of their depression for a lot more beauty, and it was more than a worthwhile trade." highly recommended