My top releases for 2011.
|47||Cogs and Sprockets|
Arms for the Poor
|46||Cogs and Sprockets|
The Black Friday EP
|44||The Haunting Presence|
The Haunting Presence
black metal - great eerie, echoing vocals
|43||Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire|
hardcore/grind - Special Education
|41||Mammoth Grinder / Hatred Surge|
hardcore/death metal/grind - Surveiled
atmospheric sludge/alt rock - TMA-3
black metal - The Sloth
Memories In My Head
progressive - Forgotten Land
3 epic tracks harking back to their SLS album.
The True Call
funeral doom - title track
electronica - Dive
|35||Birds of Passage and Leonardo Rosado|
Dear and Unfamiliar
electronica - We'll Always Have Paris
beautiful, chill female vocals
atmospheric black metal - Carrier of Echoes
The Sum of All Fossils
death metal - Fossil Record
stoner rock - Struck Match
depressive/ambient black metal - I
Odour of Dust and Rot
black metal - Filth in the Light (Glossolalia)
|29||An Autumn For Crippled Children|
blackgaze - We All Fall
|28||Fair To Midland|
Arrows and Anchors
alt/progressive - A Dildo Under Her Pillow. Golden Showers.
Great music but the lyrics have too many cliches, sayings and corny word
black metal - Untitled 3
Raw to the Rapine
black metal - Chasms in Creation
atmospheric black metal - My Curse Was Raised...
|24||All Pigs Must Die|
God is War
hardcore - Sacrosanct
The Obsidian Plains
black metal/hardcore/sludge - The Gleaming
In Bondage to the Serpent
black metal/doom - Parthenogen
Without Circumference Nor Center
Album feels like one long, relentless, demented vocal onslaught.
ambient/electronic - Hatred of Music II
A rare non-vocal album that consumed me from start to finish.
grind - Abuse had better and more low growls but this still rules.
post-hardcore/alt rock - Words in the Water
Cataracts and Listen Through Me the only average tracks. The guitar
melody in Anthology reminds me of My Hero by Foo Fighters.
progressive - Pyre. The Devil's Orchard. Folklore.
Not a bad track but just not compulsive listening like most of their prior
atmospheric/ambient black metal - ????????? ????????? ?????? (Crossing
the Ural Range)
Depressive vocals amidst a lot of melancholic, ambient passages.
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
dream pop - Midnight City. Reunion. Intro. Steve McQueen.
progressive/math metal - Lament
Shame the vocalist is no longer with the band, awesome cleans.
|13||Wolves in the Throne Room|
atmospheric black metal - Thuja Magus Imperium
The cluster of 4 shorter tracks stems the flow but I was still captivated by
the overall atmosphere and 3 epic tracks.
atmospheric black metal - Bliss. White Miasma (bonus track).
black metal - Chambers of Grime. Maw of Death.
black/death metal - Song 4
Awesome heavy album.
On the Coming of Darkness
atmospheric black metal - Cold Exile of a Fallen Idol
Very consistent, melodic album which throws in some sludgy/hardcore riffs
and the black and death vocals are top notch.
atmospheric sludge/progressive - Fjara. Title Track.
Peculiar mix of genres from catchy and progressive to post whatever with
the guitars creating a great chill, desolate atmosphere reminiscent of Neil
Young's Old Western soundtrack to Dead Man.
Grace for Drowning
progressive - No Part of Me
After all the insta 5s I was disappointed at first but after multiple listens
this went from a 3 to 4.5
metal/progressive - The Hunter. The Sparrow.
Very consistent, catchy rawk with excellent solos on my 2 fav tracks.
|5||Dance Gavin Dance|
Downtown Battle Mountain II
post-hardcore - Need Money. Swan Soup.
Very consistent, catchy, fun, funky album.
|4||Florence and the Machine|
art pop - Strangeness and Charm
So many big, catchy numbers.
atmospheric black metal - Patient. Resident.
I'm new to Panopticon and I found the atmosphere powerful and riveting
and the instrumentation outstanding.
|2||City and Colour|
indie/folk pop - We Found Each Other in the Dark and most of the others.
Incredible vocal melodies, emotion and lush production. Bonus track duet At
the Birds Foot is excellent.
Paragon of Dissonance
funeral doom - Abandonment
What an epic album, the complete package. Excellent production and
atmosphere, the diverse components sustain the interest, and the
immense growls and cries are so emotive.