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Acanthus: Strange 2011

Here's some of the highlights of my year, which has been both bad and good. New artists wowed, old artists let me down, etc. List is divided into Industrial (used as a broad term), Other, and Bad.

55% of my pie chart
2Unter Null
Moving On

Why I had stayed away from Miss Null is quite beyond me, but this album
(the deluxe edition) was like an emotional shockwave. Filled with female
angst, a nice use of classical influences, and some fast BPM's made me fall
in love with this album - anyone who ever went through an emotional time
with a friend or with a breakup should feel right at home.
3Die Sektor
Applied Structure In A Void

This year found Die Sektor moving from the harsh sounds of their "youth"
and into something a bit more laid back. If this changed put off some of you
I must say you're missing out, go check out "Dissector" for an excellent
example of what this album has to offer.

Harder hitting than past albums but still enjoyable, SITD really have made
quite an album. Containing an entertaining mix of German and English
vocals this album blew me away - an excellent album for the dancefloor too
I might add.
5Dance or Die

"4 3 2 1" is the reason I looked into this album, and for a band that took a
10 YEAR break it's quite an accomplishment. Sadly the album isn't all like
that track, but it's good nonetheless.
Strange Cargo

Cover art can grab me like no other, and this has gorgeous artwork. Inside
the music is pretty good too, a bit laid back for most club nights but great to have on while you do stuff around the house or drive. The debut it a bit
better, but sadly wasn't released this year.

The ProNoize record label has earned much love from me, and this album is
the main cause. Filled with a sound that I've not been able to find
anywhere else and a style that I adore SAM took over my decks as well as
my hard drive quite quickly - if you ever need to make someone dance but
they don't like industrial ProNoize and SAM are your friend.

Phosgore debuted with Domination, but Warhead see's the DJ turned
producer truly gain his footing. It's fun, catchy, signed to ProNoize, and
doesn't sound like generic aggro-tech anymore - win's all around.
Dead Market

The first Haujobb EP in years featured some great remixes as well as some
catchy albeit downtempo tracks. It was nice to hear the band go in a new
direction, his synth lines and layers are masterful here.
10Imperative Reaction

Another E.P. but this one is far more club-friendly. Imperative Reaction
released their best track as the single from their upcoming self-titled and
then handed it over to some fine artists to get mangled and fine tuned for
the listeners pleasure. Tracks 4-7 are all killer imo
New World March

More Haujobb? Yes. The new album dropped quietly and is really really
slow, killing almost all energy the E.P. might of had whatsoever. It's good,
but nothing more than great at times.

The debut was wonderful... sadly this is more of the same. The same tricks
only a bit more polished great the listener, but coming from a relatively unknown artist this isn't a bad sophomore release at all.
Make Things Right

VNV Nation, Seabound, and Assemblage 23 had an orgy - CTRL was the
result. Make Things Right is catchy, upbeat, a wonderful futurepop outing
into the world of downtrodden VNV-esque laments and beauty.
The Transhuman Condition

While these Canadians might have taken years to get out of the "we've
only one E.P." stage the result isn't too terrible, in fact it's rather good.
Sadly the sound from their E.P. is replaced by the group dipping their foot
into multiple genre's - if you ask me they had their sound nailed with
15Binary Park
Worlds Collide

Another new artist, and again they are subtle and QUIET. However well Binary Park do this it really isn't anything new, rather it's just "good"
16 Blutengel

After years of being "so-so" Blutengel once again gains their stride and
crafts a truly wonderful album (deluxe edition is a marvelous listen straight
through, all 33 tracks). This really blew my mind, and had me singing lines in
German for days after.
17Binary Park
The Deviated

7 months after their debut Binary Parl come back with a 10 track E.P..... and what a comeback it is. Filled with new found energy and a great vocal
direction this surpasses the debut in everyway, go check this out first.

Acylum once again delve into madness, and I love it! Once again the deluxe
edition proves the master, all those extra tracks give the listener even
more of a look into the dark that is Karzinom.
19Tüchters Letztes Gefecht

While not found until recently the cover art drew me in and the album never
let me go. THIS IS GOOD. Like, really good. A debut shouldn't be this good,
I'm in love with this.
20 Other

The rest of whatever
S/T Cassette

The female vocals on this are the draw for me, otherwise it'd come off as
rather bland. Really glad I looked at this album, also I'm the guy who put
them on youtube so yeah, \m/
22Peter Murphy

Ah Peter Murphy, you came back and brought your roots with you. A
delightful explanation of why he is The Godfather of Goth.
For Battles Once Fought

Released early in 2011 I never grew tired of the delightful mix of metal and
folk this album had to offer - I can still be heard humming the pirate diddy
from the opening track on occasion.
Im Abendrot

Quiet, German, cool artwork, this album hit all the right spots and was my
companion threw many a stroll on campus. Rec'd to my German teacher too,
not sure if she gave it a listen but at least I tried.
25The Birthday Massacre
Imaginary Monsters

Remixes were horrible assaults on the originals, the B-sides however are
the real reason this is here - Chibi love, Chibi love.
26The Chemical Brothers
Hanna: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

I swear I end up playing this once a day since I saw the film. One of the
better OST's this year, it also is fun to use in a club for short
interlude/beauty purposes.

I followed the first Dead Space religiously, so this was a fun E.P. for me. It's
quite good, if short, and though I might not get anything else by the group
this at least will garner some love.
28The Bad

Ugly, Traitors, Tease, etc
29VNV Nation

Thinking of this album still makes my hackles rise, this could have been so
good. I don't want to see them on this tour anymore, I'd rather just listen
to Judgement and be depressed at how large a liar Ronan and the bands
hype machine truly are.
30Imperative Reaction
Imperative Reaction

After claims of re-inventing, and this being the deciding IR album, it really
was a flop. The single saw the potential, but it was squandered in bad
levels and generic "been there, done that" lyrics.
31Aesthetic Perfection
All Beauty Destroyed

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