|Hyperion's Eoty 2011|
2011 wasn't necessarily a good or bad year in general (except for rblack metal, which sucked ass). It had a ton of good albums that i renjoy but just don't think are good enough to warrant a ranking for rthe end of the year. Here are the ones i think warrant listing, in rpretty fair order.
Autopsy gets props for being the best of the 90's comeback album by a
pretty large margin. Not really a best of the year but i ran out of albums
and figured this needed mentioning.
|14||Circle of Ouroborus|
A strange mix of black metal, post punk, and ambient but it's good enough
to warrant a bit of merit, even if the ideas are run dry by the end of the
Through the Cervix of Hawaah
I didn't really like this at first but it's grown on me a lot. Sounds like a mix
of Incantation riffs and the crawling style of some of the other better
known Aussie DM bands.
O Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres
It sounds like Encoffination, its as good as Encoffination, i like Encoffination.
Ascend to Chaos
In all truthfulness i shouldn't like this as much as i do, but there's this
unmistakable Finnish charm that makes me love this. Can't wait for a full
Engulfed in Desolation
It sounds like Cruciamentum, just more polished. Same formula as the
CoCC demo with the same amount of putrid death metal. Unsanctified
Temples is their best track to date.
|9||Oneohtrix Point Never|
Ambient electronic that channels the works of Vangelis if he were a broken
tape recorder. Glitchy and abstract but works really well for what it is.
I only listened to this a few weeks ago, but it deserves a spot on most eoty
lists and sadly wont. Godflesh worship at its best with noise and ritual
ambient that doesn't forget how to be interesting. A skullfuck yes, but a
I love this band. I love their style, i love their approach, and i love the
sound that comes as a result. They used to be a black metal derivative but
that is long past. Agape is a record that sounds like Lantlos and nothing
else, and that's what makes is so good.
The Sum of All Fossils
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Flourishing try something different
and fall a bit short due to lack of direction and a few other minor flaws.
That still doesn't take away from the fact that this is a great record from a
band that deserves to be watched.
Infernal Warriors of Death
Blaspherian perfectly embody the phrase "if it ain't broke, dont fix it".
Nothing here is new, revolutionary, or even really unique. It's just really
fucking good, and i think there's something to be said for that kind of
|4||The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation|
It's like watching your soul evaporate into oblivion.
With Ravedeath, Tim Hecker has evolved his abstract brand of ambient to a
point that i don't think will be reached again in a long time. It's not his best
work, but it also occupies a different space than much of his other material,
so comparing is rather useless.
New History Warfare, Vol 2: Judges
Another one of the years best. The album is less music than it is an
experiment with the boundaries of an instrument. But the result is
something that ends up being wonderful even in its abstractness.
I love this album. I don't think it's an album of the year. I ranked it this
high simply because there was nothing else i thought deserved this spot.
It's still a wonderful album though and i think Miss Hval has better things in
store for us later in her career.