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Most Overlooked Of 2011

some awesome albums from this year that have received little to no attention.
1Alda
Tahoma


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
2Battle of Britain Memorial
The Aftermath of Your Bright Beings


post-metal
3Carbonscape
Artistry of Exhaustion


ambient. this is actually a companion release to #34, meant to be played right after.
4Chuter
Coma


post-metal/post-rock/ambient. i dunno what really to call this, but it's a good little 2-track sampler.
5Cogs and Sprockets
Black Friday


FUCKING GRIND BITCHES. 11 tracks, 4.2 minutes. oh yeah.
6Consciousness Removal Project
The Last Season


post-metal. bands in this genre really like their 10-minute + epics, don't they?
7Cryptic Forest
Dawn of the Eclipse


windir-tinged folky symphonic black metal. 2 10 minute-ish tracks, and it is truly awesome. highly recommended
8DDM
Lucidity


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.
9Forge of Clouds
Forge of Clouds


really ridiculously awesome hardcore/metalcore-tinged post-metal. highly recommended
10Former Thieves
The Language That We Speak


hardcore
11From.Oceans.To.Autumn
The Flood/The Fall


instrumental post-metal/post-rock. it's pretty repetitive, but the ambiance here is fucking beautiful. highly recommended
12God Harvest
Demo 2011


grind/hardcore. pummels so hard, highly recommended
13God Mode
Demo


hardcore
14Golgatha
Strength of the World


melodeath-tinged metalcore. for those who didn't know already, this is fr33's band. highly recommended
15Grayceon
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.
16Hungry For Hands
I Was Hungry For Hands


instrumental post-rock/metal with really cool saxophone bits. 2011's most organic release. highly recommended
17Hypomanie
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.
18Idol and the Whip
Heavy Sleeper


catchy-as-fuck stoner sludge.
19Just Die!
A Momentary Lapse In Positive Thinking


a short yet ridiculously awesome progressive hardcore deal that actually has VARIETY through every track. highly recommended
20Pariso/Kerouac
Split


hardcore/grind. that one Kerouac split you didn't even know existed.
21Kokomo
If Wolves


post-rock
22Koloss
End of the Chayot


post-metal. standard fare, but still pretty well done.
23kurouma
3


post-metal. see above, although this is *slightly* better imo (high 3.5/5)
24Lento
Icon


instrumental post-metal. it's pretty cool: all the songs are atypically short and concise for the genre.
25Light Bearer
Lapsus


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
26Light Bearer
Beyond the Infinite: The Assembly of God


post-metal. 1-track supplement EP to the above album.
27Long Distance Calling
Long Distance Calling


instrumental progressive post-rock/metal.
28Low Threat Profile
Product #2


cool little 10-minute old-school hardcore release.
29The Matador (AU)
Descent Into the Maelstrom


post-metal with a nice progressive tinge. highly recommended
30MNMNTS
The Good Life


hardcore
31Obscure Sphinx
Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual


female-fronted post-metal. heavier and more sludge-oriented than others, almost Black Sheep Wall-ish at times.
32Ocoai
The Electric Hand


instrumental symphonic post-metal. Grimpeur is one of the year's most epic track so far. highly recommended
33Oskoreien
Oskoreien


atmospheric folky black metal. it's nothing really original or especially creative, but it's really enjoyable.
34Petrychor
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
35The Phantom Carriage
New Thing


weird little black metal/hardcore hybrid.
36Seven Sisters of Sleep
Seven Sisters of Sleep


super sludge-y hardcore, sort of reminiscent of Black Ships except more chaotic. highly recommended
37Sleeping Peonies
Ghosts, And Other Things


black metal with a very heavy shoegaze/post-rock influence. the year's "prettiest" black metal album.
38Tortured
Wasteland


super lo-fi hardcore, short and in-your-face. good shit.
39 Verw?stung
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.
40VESSL
Goddess


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
41VYGR
Hypersleep


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.
43Windmills By the Ocean
Windmills By the Ocean II


post-rock/shoegaze/post-metal. incredibly "dreamy" album with extremely hypnotizing soundscapes throughout.
44Wreck and Reference
Black Cassette


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.
4540 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
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