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Welcome To Good Burger

Getting the balls scared off me tonight at Eastern State Penitentiary and I can't wait. List is gonna be the soundtrack for my night and 6 bands that have 2011 a great year for me.
1As We Draw

Although they have only released two songs this year (off an EXCELLENT split with Hexis and Euglena), As We Draw in 2011 is a much heavier and darker post-hardcore unit compared to 2010 when they released their first album, Lines Breaking Circles. With their post-metal influences more apparent than ever, As We Draw really sets themselves apart from their contemporaries thanks to a very original sound. With more of a free-flowing compositional style developing within their ranks, both of their 2011 songs, ?Fingers To Point? adopts the build-up nature of post-metal while still very much adhering to more post-hardcore riffs and melodies. ?Fingers To Stab? is a bit more of a straightforward track but does have some awesome riffs and overall is just epic as fuck. With only a bit of material out as of yet, its already pretty obvious that As We Draw is a band to keep your eyes on.
2War Hungry

Coming from my home state of Pennsylvania War Hungry is an awesome band that reminds me A LOT of a darker Corrosion of Conformity; very much rooted in hardcore (specifically crossover), War Hungry combines brutalizing drums, and husky hardcore shouts and thrashy guitar lines with healthy doses of intense stoner metal riffage and great, deep, and soulful vocals. These guys really are able to transition really, really well from hardcore parts, to more thrashy sections to their bluesy side and certainly keep it interesting when it comes to song-writing overall. An extremely dynamic record, War Hungry?s first self-titled effort is absolutely one of my favorite hardcore releases from this year.

Although On The Subject of Morality and his split with Wheels Within Wheels were SOMEWHAT seen as disappointments by most fans, I personally love how Lundr has heavily incorporated elements of shoegaze and post-rock into Panopticon. Where On The Subject of Morality set the groundwork down while still being a worthwhile listen in itself, the Wheels Within Wheels split was a full-on shoegaze influenced black metal epic. This is easily one of my favorite ?post-black metal? releases; packed with somber melodies, a beautiful atmosphere and a great balance between the black metal and alternative influences, this side of Panopticon is one that I never expected , yet am eternally grateful as it really did hit the post-black metal spot.
4Desolate Shrine

Combining an occult atmosphere with Sweden?s punchiness and buzz saw production, Desolate Shrine?s first album Tenebrous Towers is absolutely, positively unquestionably one of my favorite overall records for this year. I mean these guys are just fucking EVIL; featuring two amazing vocalists ML and RS (also of Lie In Ruins, another great DM band) and LL who plays every instrument, Desolate Shrine play Satan worshipping DM at its best. ML and RS both sound absolutely monstrous, with ML?s higher ranged screeches perfectly complimenting RS, who easily has some of the most malevolent gutturals I?ve ever heard. Musically this has a lot in common with early, hardcore derived Swedish death metal but also deeply explores Finnish DM?s atmospherics, making Tenebrous Towers a dangerously dynamic listen.

One of the longest running, consistent and renowned bands in death metal, Deceased?s 2011 effort, Surreal Overdoes is yet another extremely successful album in the band?s long running history. Continuing along the death/thrash path they?ve been following since 1997?s classic Fearless Undead Machines, Deceased still incorporates more than a fair of melody but fear not, because no aggression is ever spared in its presence. Once again picking up drum duties as well as providing his trademark growls, King Fowley may still ridiculously rap about zombies but thanks to the high quality of the music, he could be talking about ponies and unicorns and it would still be the most metal thing in hell. Guitarists Mike Smith and Shane Fuegel could riff for days, creating some great classic metal inspired harmonies as well as super-fast and super-technical axe-work. Deceased was been one of my favorite death metal bands for a while now and I don?t think I could be happier with the way Surreal Overdose turned out.
6Sen Deni

A great screamo act from Belarus, Sen Deni?s first album No More portrayed a simple and straightforward style of playing that like a great majority of their contemporaries incorporates elements of post-rock into their music. Nothing revolutionary, No More was a great debut nonetheless and when it comes to Sen Deni?s second effort, 2011?s ??????, it?s fairly obvious that the band has developed quite a in the short year span since their last album. Still containing the same beauty, the same twinkling melodies, the same passion and heart, ?????? overall is a darker record than its predecessor, diving headfirst into melancholy without a second thought. One of the best parts of ?????? is the dynamic between the band?s two guitarists; not really technical in any sense of the word, these two do a fantastic job of keeping the music interesting by the way they build off each other?s work, always supplementing the other with lick, riffs or leads that really do a lot to spice up the whole album. Also the vocals have improved greatly, becoming much stronger then they previously were; Sen Deni?s vocalist exudes a much greater sense of confidence this time around , and coupled with the band?s heavier sound, ?????? is complete success of a record and hopefully the piece of work that will earn this small time screamo group some more attention.
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