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|Inveigh's Best Of 2011|
better late than never, eh? Man, I actually wrote this list up twice
last night and each time it made me long in again after I clicked
"create list" so I lost it twice. This version is slightly abridged, but
I mean what do you expect on the third go-round. Anyways,
2011 ruled, and produced two albums that are as close to
personal classics as anything else I've heard in the last 4 years or
so. Holla back sputbuds.
Under the Influence
The Archer and the Owle
To the Chaos Wizard Youth
When Losing Everything Is Everything You Wanted
|63||Hail Mary Mallon|
Are You Gonna Eat That?
Guilty Simpson, Black Milk and Sean P? what else do you need?
Roads to Judah
|60||TV on the Radio|
Nine Types of Light
|58||Wolves in the Throne Room|
YEAR OF BORIS
|56||Blut Aus Nord|
777 - Sect(s)
Old Raves End
The King of Limbs
L'Ordure a l'etat Pur
No Help For the Mighty Ones
yeah, chick sludge
|47||Laura Stevenson and the Cans|
sorry Maniac, and other assorted fanboys
The R.E.D. Album
Weekend At Burnie's
Dead Roots Stirring
|41||The Black Keys|
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
|39||JK1 The Supernova|
1st Come 1st Served Vol. 1
The Golden Age Of Apocalypse
Paragon Of Dissonance
Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
still have no idea what he's saying but it's awesome
|35||The War on Drugs|
|34||Kerouac/The Long Haul|
this still needs more love
|33||Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats|
Towards the Megalith
death death death death death DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
Bad Time Zoo
This album rules, but man it feels like Doomtree's really fallen off a cliff as of
w h o k i l l
what's the business?!
|28||The Cool Kids|
When Fish Ride Bicycles
The best album they've ever put out, and the soundtrack to my summer.
Weapon of the Future
Along with bands like Ulcerate, Tombs and Flourishing, Desolate Shrine is
helping lead one of the most exciting movements that extreme metal's seen
in nearly a decade.
|24||The Horrible Crowes|
Man, I remember when I was almost positive this would end up in my top 5
or 10 albums of the year. 2011, you sly dog.
kicking myself for not listening to this sooner
Hold On For Dear Life
|20||The Atlas Moth|
An Ache for the Distance
Definitely a rising star in west coast hip hop to look out for, a few minor
flaws (a couple production issues and lyrical missteps mainly) hold Section
80 back from achieving the greatness of ReturnOf4eva. Doesn't mean
ADHD isn't one of the best rap songs of 2011 though.
Maybe a slight disappointment after the incredible Voices of Omens, Rest
still delivers the goods. Great atmosphere, cool guitar, and (for the most
part) excellent songs make this a strong contender for sludge aoty (if only
for that damn Corrupted!)
so, if Lil Wayne and ODB had a baby that hung out with Eminem and did a
bunch of psychedelic drugs and cocaine, then recorded a rap album in
Heavy Rocks II
YEAR OF BORIS
I TOLD YOU THERE WAS STILL SOME GOOD METALCORE. Refreshing stuff,
sounding like a mix of Fugazi, Neurosis and Poison the Well / Converge.
Don't really think I need to say much here, if you haven't heard this you
haven't really heard 2011.
Engrossing atmosphere, jazzy instrumentals and female vocals that sound
like straight audio sex? I'm in. Now everyone thank Deviant for turning you
on to this.
Path of Totality
Exhilarating mix of blackened hardcore, atmospheric sludge and just a hint
of death metal. Must-hear for fans of extreme music.
Garten Der Unbewusstheit
Corrupted gets a top 10 spot not just because it was the best sludge/doom
release in a year that had quite a few, but also because it ignited my love
for this innovative, exciting band.
House of Balloons
Echoes of Silence
The man who owned 2011. Seriously, who saw this coming? By dropping
three "mixtapes" within a mere 9 months of each other, Abel Tesfaye may
have changed the face of R&B forever. While all three of the releases are
excellent in their own right, Echoes of Silence feels the most like a fully
realized project to me and just happens to contain my favorite songs by
The Weeknd, so it gets the top spot. The real question now is... what's he
going to do next?
The Hunter just feels BIG. When listening to this album, I get the same
feeling I did while listening to the metal classics of my youth (Paranoid, The
Black Album, Number of the Beast, Vulgar Display of Power, Dirt). I know
Mastodon't been trying to "step out for their Metallica Moment" for quite
some time now, but this time it actually worked. This isn't the prog
wankfest of Crack the Skye or the ambitious but ultimately directionless
effort that was Blood Mountain, this is Mastodon being themselves again
(albeit with a lot more polish and Black Album / AiC influence). I know it's
nothing mindblowing or revolutionary, but I can't remember the last metal
album to come out that was this much fun to listen to, on a grand scale.
The Sum of All Fossils
This will make more sense after you read the next one, but of all the bands
on this list with some level of high expectations with their 2011 release,
Flourishing is the one that probably did the most to CREATE those
expectations for their next release. This is the most original and downright
fresh that death metal has sounded in awhile.
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
You're going to notice a theme of heightened expectations over these next
few albums, and if anyone is familiar with that phenomenon it's got to be
Justin Vernon. You don't just release one of the most acclaimed indie folk
albums of the last 10 years and then co-write one of the most acclaimed hip
hop records of a similar time frame and then just fade back into obscurity.
So what does Mr. Vernon do? Only recruits a full band bordering on an
orchestra and composes the most captivating indie record of the year. I'm
not going into some long diatribe about the lyrics or emotional connection
of this record; instead, I'll give the one reason why I like it above all the
others: versatility. This is just as enjoyable to listen to on a set of
headphones where you're hanging onto every lyric and note as it is playing
in the car on a long weekend drive in the countryside. Just beautiful music.
Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang
Traditionally speaking, Raekwon hasn't been very successful dealing with
raised expecations as a solo artist. After dropping the classic Only Built For
Cuban Linx as his solo debut in 1995, Rae's next affairs were muddied by
inconsistent production and a few misguided lyrical themes (although Lex
Diamond certainly doesn't deserve all the hate it gets). Enter OB4CL2, and
a whole new set of raised expectations, only this time, Raekwon delivers
the goods. A full slab of classic Wu cuts, the record opens with Shaolin vs.
Wu-Tang and Soldiers in the Hood (which is an instant classic), and
immediately throws the listener into Raekwon's world of kung fu themed
motifs and drug-deal-gone-bad gangsta storytelling. The guest spots are
well done, the no-name producers who made the beats do an incredible job
of making these stories jump off the page and of course Rae is Rae -- and
that is, one of the best rappers to ever grace the mic.
Don't call it a mixtape. After dropping the impressive K.R.I.T. Wuz Here in
2010, the young southerner returns with an expansive, lush array of hip
hop sounds that quickly turns minor hype into an all-out carnival of high
expectations. Since he mans the boards in addition to the mic, K.R.I.T. has
an innate ability to meld his music and lyrical themes into fully realized
songs, making the designation as a "mixtape" all the more confounding (I'm
assuming he just didn't want to pay licensing fees for all the samples).
K.R.I.T. handles dirty south anthems, introspective slow-burners, social
commentaries and club bangers with equal effectiveness and presents
himself on the mic like some kind of wunderkind hybrid of Big Boi, Andre
3000 and Cee Lo Green. There hasn't been a producer/MC this poised to
change the game in his region of the country since a cocky kid from the
South Side of Chicago dropped out of college.
The Destroyers of All
I was probably more hyped for the release of this album than any other in
2011, and for good reason. Everything is Fire was pivotal in my rekindled
love affair with death metal a few years ago, so naturally my expectations
were high for the follow up. Ulcerate did no disappoint. Whereas EiF was a
riff-filled voyage through all of the claustrophobic, sinister and downright
frightening nightmares that death metal has to offer, The Destroyers of All
takes listeners on a journey from death metal's murky, desolate ocean
floors up through it's ominous and foreboding atmosphere and eventually,
straight into outer space. While debating its merits versus its predecessor
could be an endless and fruitless endeavor, there is no doubt that Ulcerate
are at the forefront of the most exciting movement extreme metal's seen in
years. Truly fucking breathtaking.
Charity Starts At Home
I love this album for so many different reasons, but the incredible lyricism
has to be number one. Always a respected rapper from his days in Little
Brother, 'Tay's at the top of his game here, ripping complex rhymes that
result in utter punch line bliss ("flow so addicting, it's habit forming, flow's
hair-raising, like rabbit farming"), yet not straying away from touching on
some more personal and relevant issues -- albeit not to the point of
distracting from the absolutely killer beats and flows. And as great as this
collection of beats may be (coupled with a few great guest spots from Big
K.R.I.T., Pharoahe Monch and Elzhi), the real focus here is, and should be,
on Phonte's incredible charismatic performance behind the mic. Oh, and
let's not forget that this guy can sing and write hooks with the best of the
best. Anyone with a passing interest in hip hop needs to check this out. Or
if you just want to hear what the best album of 2011 sounds like.
|75/75 artwork yesss|
|holy shit how did I forget Heritage?!|
probably would've ranked around 60
|yw for 39|
However, Laura not being top 10 is blasphemy. I shall desecrate thy body.
|hey at least I gave you a shout in her description |
it's almost like you were inside her for a minute
|Damnit, now this boner won't go away for an hour.|
|However, Laura not being top 10 is blasphemy. I shall desecrate thy body  |
|KILL, stop being a meanie :(|
|KILL has posted the most blasphemous sequence of letters on the internet|
|not if you add "really good" at the end of it|
so who here hasn't heard that Phontigga album?
|kate is better|
|needs some a$ap|
|"kate is better"|
feit, I like that a$ap record, but it's more like a borderline top 100 inclusion, if that. not a big fan of his flow, even if the beats are a mind-altering substance.
|'"kate is better"|
100% true' sputnik needs to throw ya'll on a different server
|Some good, some bad, some I don't care. Usual stuff. Only one album out of my top10 on here, which is a disgrace. ;)|
|i can live withm that. but you should check out krizz kaliko's ep that dropped in the fall. its sick.|
|kate is better bjork is better|
|good list inveigh.|
|yes bjork is better as well|
thanks Urine and Feiter. I'll have to check out that Krizz Kaliko, haven't heard it yet. but man, between Wiz Khalifa, Clams Casino and Krizz Kaliko i'm bound to get confused.
|"kate is better bjork is better" i feel like you're serious, but i'm not positive. so i'm gonna just let myself think you think laura stevenson is the greatest singer/songwriter ever|
|shes alright, she doesnt come close to the two i mentioned|
|bjork is my favorite out of these|
|yah shes the first female artist that i've really been into so i may start finding more appeal in other female artists. did check out a few kate bush and bjork songs like a few months ago but didn't like it. will probably go back for another listen since i listen to a lot more different music now than i did even a month ago|
|bro just listen to joga, best song ever|
|Bjork is best|
|pretty pimp song, music video is kinda trippy too. album rec?|
|kinda wish i had listened to bjork in my trippin days|
|Homogenic, Post and Biophilia are their best imo.|
|get homogenic first, then vespertine, post and debut|
|werd, i still gotta work through your rush listening order. only got to 2112. bjork/rush doesn't sound like a bad combo tho|
|I've only listened to 75 and 2 here.|
|"but man, between Wiz Khalifa, Clams Casino and Krizz Kaliko i'm bound to get confused"|
hahaha yeee. speaking of wiz though have you heard the song ground up w/ domo? its pretty good even though i dont like wiz
|Awesome list Inveigh.|
|"I've only listened to 75 and 2 here."|
well then you've got some work to do!
|Good list, Inveigh. A nice wide spectrum. All my stuff was mostly metal or of hard rock genre because to me it was the year for doom/retro metal. Definitely some killer stuff in there. Looks like you need to listen to Blood Ceremony.|
|love this. |
so much good.
and shit yes Phonte.
haven't heard Blood Ceremony, Steel. Will have to check that out. I did like the newest ones from Hull and The Wounded Kings, if those count as doom/retro.
|I'll feature this tomorrow, both the ones that are up now haven't been up for long|
List rules etc etc (but you already know this)
|year of boris|
laura rules kill lern2femalesingersongwriter
|thanks Dev. I assumed you'd approve seeing as you rec'd me like 8 of these.|
and yes, year of boris.
|whoa YOB is a boris tribute band i get it now|
|ire you rock|
|Yeah. YOB is the best thing on here and they're not a tribute band.|
|no they're not and yeah they are|
|props for 2|
|nice, I can dig this list|
|YOB is great and all, but that's not even their best album and they're certainly not the best thing here (as evidenced by their placement on the list).|
thanks Ty and Aids
|Good shit. Needs Northlane though.|
|ya know for how much I was expecting otherwise looking this over again we share a lot in our top 75. |
|never doubt our bond, Yeti|
|haha, what was I thinking?|
|65 is too low, bro|
|like it a lot but definitely didn't get behind the hype like a lot of people|
yo nigga, listen. dog, listen. im drunk right. but i dig this shit i fucking DIG IT.
so i mean, sup
seriously nigga, sup
|what up doe|
you listen to Phontigga Aidsy?
|hahahaha no wtf is that. i mean I will, i just cant download stuff right now|
seriously, what is Phontigga? is that 1? cause if so, I mean, damn.. i saw that at 1 and was like "shit man, this inveigh mahhhhfucka thinks this is the best album of the YEAR so I best give it a listen"
so i mean yeah i put it at the top of my list (no playin, it's at the top) and i will listen to as soon as I can download stuff again;
|lol yeah Phontigga is just rap-speak for Phonte, which you definitely need to check out with the quickness yo|
being drunk is fun, i wish i was right now
|word, all drunkeness aside I will definitely check this out when im sober/can download with decent speeds cause if you say its AOTY of 2011 (which was the best year fucking EVER) then I bet it's at least kick ass|
cheers FUCKER i got HIGH HOPES youd better not let me down
|you will not be disappointed|
|i bet I will be you SLUT|
|I've been singing Every Soldier in the Hood for months while forgetting where it came from. Thanks for reminding me.|
|np man just doing my part|
|Great list Inveigh.|
|thank you sir|
|Pretty sweet list. I will have to check out #1, not sure how I missed it...|
|Bro...Domo > Nujabes?|
But, good list. Very different to what we've previously seen.
|I mean, there obviously wasn't a BIG difference between the two for me|
but yeah, didn't like Spiritual State nearly as much as the original two
|good list 5/5 pos|
|man I forgot to post one of these here. |
this is still amazing though.
|post one now! Sobhi just posted his today yo|
|I very well may by the end of the night. |
|ehhh it's ok yeti|
|no one asked you. |
: ) |
|Good to see your love for bands that I hype so much around here and see little feedback (Tombs, Flourishing, KEN Mode). Those bands, in my mind, are doing everything right about what I love in metal.|
|63 over 75 is dumb|
|75 loses points for being a scion ad|
Wiz I found out about Flourishing and KEN mode from your reviews, so word up.
|Thanks dude, and who cares who promotes music, that Immolation is still amazing as fuck and should surpass any indie/ hip-hop poo on this list.|
|wow you put a lot of work into this. well done.|
big props for 18. I think I am actually starting to love it even more than Voices.
|nah I still like Voices more, but Rest does indeed rule.|
Wiz, I was just joking around about the Scion thing, Providence is awesome, I only have it that low because of it being an EP.