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Dextrimental
12-08-2011, 10:39 AM
Fuck it, might as well put my chips on the table!

I'll do my top 25, which aren't in any order except for the top 5, and top live performances and E.P.'s as well!

Lets begin, shall we!?!?

Dextrimental
12-08-2011, 10:53 AM
25. TesseracT - One

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f1/Tesseract-One.jpg

I fucking hate djent. I truly do. I hate the trend and how all of it's fans seem so ignorant of Meshuggah and how they're the ones who were doing this long before anyone else. That being said, that doesn't stop this from being a dam good debut, and a solid record. When I first heard TesseracT, I didn't dig it at all, but seeing them live made me re-evaluate them, and give their E.P., Concealing Fate, a proper try. I was floored, and when I found out their debut record was that E.P. plus 5 other tracks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. This is a seriously solid prog-tinged metal release, with lots of heavy riffs and big ambient sections to sick your teeth into. Songs like Nascent and Eden show a band with a serious penchant for writing catchy but diverse songs, with few repeating sections, but maintaining a hook nontheless, compelling the listener on. The Concealing Fate E.P., tracks 3-9, is as good as it ever was, and fits nicely as a 6 movement epic in the middle of the album. Although this isn't to everyone's taste, if you enjoy stuff like Animals As Leaders, and music that is just a little bit off the beaten track, I can't recommend this enough.


Nascent - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grwmUTrO180&ob=av3e

slapguitarer
12-08-2011, 05:39 PM
:rocker:

I was a big fan of this record as well.

Dextrimental
12-09-2011, 10:53 AM
24. SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones

http://junkgod.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/sub-rosa-nhftmo.jpg?w=500&h=500

This has proven to be a rather popular record on this board, and rightfully so. This is a quality record, with a distinctive, some would even say unique, twist on the doom metal style. A majority female band, this is equal parts heavy and beautiful, with a mix of violins, sludgey guitar, drum. down-tuned bass and a mix of clean and growled vocals. The songs vary in length from 6 minutes to 13, and at no point feels boring or over/under done, with some beautiful violin led motifs leading straight into sludgey growled sections without missing a beat and feeling completely natural in the music. I'm not a huge doom fan, but this one really stood out to me, and all of the ingredients are there for anyone else to feel the same.

The Inheritance - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivx1HrKqMpQ

Natrlhi
12-09-2011, 02:43 PM
24. SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty OnesI don't know whether to high five you or slap you for this. At least it's on your list, so I guess I'll do neither. ;)

EDIT: You did say they weren't in any order except for the top five, so I'll just assume it would have been #6. :D

Dextrimental
12-09-2011, 03:50 PM
I don't know whether to high five you or slap you for this. At least it's on your list, so I guess I'll do neither. ;)

EDIT: You did say they weren't in any order except for the top five, so I'll just assume it would have been #6. :D

SubRosa is definitely top ten ;) It's just the top 5 fell into place for me very easily, and I couldn't rank most of the rest properly, so I just decided fuck it, put them in a playlist on my computer, hit shuffle, review them in that order!

Rocco44
12-09-2011, 05:06 PM
Love that Subrosa album and I'm glad it's top ten. Just a personal preference, but I think a loosely ordered list is better than a randomly ordered one.

Dextrimental
12-11-2011, 08:51 AM
23. Protest The Hero - Scurrilous

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/02/Protest_album.jpg/220px-Protest_album.jpg

When it comes to tech-metal, few bands are capable of what Protest do, which is write songs usually lower than 5 minutes in length, with huge hooks, and still retain a high level of technical playing. This album is another shining example of this, with catchy chorus sections and lead lines, lots of punch in the songs, and a lot to chew on if you're in anyway a musician. After Fortress, the pressure was on to follow-up with something just as pristine production wise, just as technical, and more importantly, just as memorable. In my opinion, they succeeded, as C'est La Vie demonstrates on the opening track, with a punchy rhythm and huge melody line, and this continues throughout the entire record, with songs like Moonlight, Tapestry, The Reign Of Unending Terror and Sex Tapes keeping up the momentum throughout, and more importantly, keeping the record memorable.

C'est La Vie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKZ-eKBJ9dw

Dextrimental
12-11-2011, 09:02 AM
22. Anthrax - Worship Music

http://shop.anthrax.com/anthrax/Thumbnails/worship_music_tn.png

When I seen Anthrax in 2,009 with Dan Nelson, they performed Fight 'Em Til You Can't, and I was excited. The song sounded fucking awesome live. Then, Dan gets the boot and Anthrax enter a sort of perpetual free-fall for 2 years, trying to sort out a permanent singer and get this new album out there to the fans. The result of this two year wait however, is a dam fucking good record. Joey Belladonna back at the helm feels all too natural for these guys, despite there being one or two tracks where his vocals don't quite work with the music. The lead single, 'Fight 'Em Til You Can't', has a great hook in the chorus, with Anthrax seemingly taking a more melodic route with this album, which isn't totally untrue, but that's not to say there's plenty of aggression. Indeed, tracks like 'Earth On Hell', 'The Devil You Know' and 'Crawl' show one of thrash metals oldest institutions still fighting fit and ready to bang your fucking head. The mid section of the album is bookended with two instrumental intros, called 'Hymns', which hold within them a ballad of sorts in tribute to our fallen Dimebag and Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P to both) called 'In The End' a,d my personal favorite song on the record 'The Giant', with the band proclaiming they'll never change, and this proves to take the listener on a little journey through the softer side of these guys, as we tend to forget how old they are, and how much they've been through as members of the metal community. This is a dam good record, listen to it. Loud.

The Giant - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O84qJTcA4cY

Dextrimental
12-11-2011, 09:09 AM
21. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f3/Foreverabomination.jpg

There's really very little to be said about this Skeletonwitch record. If you like Skeletonwitch, chances are you'll dig this quite a lot. With a retro thrash movement of sorts happening over the last 4/5 years, Skeletonwitch came onto the scene to do something a little different, merging elements of folk/black metal into the tried and tested thrash metal formula, and to great effect. This is just a great metal record from start to finish. Grab some beer, get some pussy, and turn this shit up LOUD.

Erased And Forgotten - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYLiRPUy5Hc

IrritatedTrout
12-11-2011, 09:12 AM
Worship Music rules, my second favorite album of the year.

slapguitarer
12-11-2011, 03:32 PM
Nice call on Scurrilous. Although I'd say it's a little too low. ;)

MPF
12-11-2011, 05:03 PM
Awesome list so far!

Dextrimental
12-12-2011, 02:58 PM
Top 5 E.P.'s Of 2011

5. Adrenalin Mob - Adrenalin Mob

As much as Mike Portnoy is a complete tool, his musical ability is undeniable. When I found out he was in a new band with members of Fozzy and Symphony X, I was apprehensive, as I'm not a huge fan of either band, but this E.P. kicks a fairly decent amount of ass. Very much on a groove/hard rock side of things, this is a more than acceptable set of songs, and provides a very good platform for future releases, this is definitely a project to watch.

Psychosane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO7ON_5SIck


4. Cynic - Carbon Based Anatomy

This is Cynic doing what they do best, and that's make beautiful music that no other band could truly get right the way they do. I'm quite a big fan of Traced In Air, so this really excited me, and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately I had to miss their tour in support of it, but with a new album due next year, this is hardly the last we'll see of Cynic!

Carbon Based Anatomy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKqvViz4jes


3. Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge

Sweet Jesus how I want this to be higher, but it being an E.P., so I can't give it a spot it would have definitely had in my top 25, and practically just out, I have to be fair and put it where it belongs, and that's behind two releases who have been out longer and thusly have proven themselves when I returned to them for a second evaluation. This is a beautiful piece of music, from start to finish, and is Cloudkicker doing what he does best, and that's surprise you at every turn. This is as close to a musical hug as I have yet encountered, and if you haven't listened to this yet, wait until that last track lands, and you'll understand.

www.cloudkicker.bandcamp.com


2. Vile Regression - The Pattern Evolves

These guys are one of the brightest stars of the Dublin scene at the moment, and for good reason. This E.P. is a professional slab of technical metal with groove, melody and hooks a-plenty, served on a plate of well thought out rhythms and traditional growled vocals. There's very little else I can say about this other than to please check them out, they deserve it!

Prolong The Decay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAGuYrljumU


1. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

If you don't know who Between The Buried And Me are, I'm not sure why you're on this site and reading this, but how and ever, they are one of the best prog-metal bands on the go at the moment, and this E.P. does nothing but accentuate that opinion. I'll just tell you to listen to it and see for yourself.

Specular Reflection - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAGuYrljumU

Dextrimental
12-12-2011, 03:06 PM
20. Primus - Green Naughahyde

http://www.notreble.com/buzz/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/primus-green-naugahyde.jpg

When I first sat down to listen to this record, I really wasn't sure what to expect, but that's nothing unusual about sitting down to a Primus record. What followed was a dam good listen, and a record that I continue to try and figure out more and more every time I listen to it. Les Claypool's song-writing is on perfect form, as are the rest of the band, and it actually felt really refreshing to hear a band as old as Primus progress in all the right places, while still retaining their identity musically, and releasing what is one of their best records, in my opinion. Larry LaLonde is still as tasteful as ever, only adding to the madness, instead of trying to outdo or directly keep up with Les, both of which would be a fruitless task. This is just a joyous, happy listen from start to finish.

Lee Van Cleef - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqnaLoy1Sh8

IrritatedTrout
12-13-2011, 02:53 AM
I have that album waiting at home for me as a coming home gift to myself. Looking forward to hearing it.

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2011, 05:34 AM
Green Naugahyde is fantastic. It's pretty high up there on my list. I'd say it's their 3rd best record behind Frizzle Fry and Seas of Cheese.

ravenheart
12-13-2011, 07:23 AM
5. Adrenalin Mob - Adrenalin Mob

As much as Mike Portnoy is a complete tool, his musical ability is undeniable. When I found out he was in a new band with members of Fozzy and Symphony X, I was apprehensive, as I'm not a huge fan of either band, but this E.P. kicks a fairly decent amount of ass. Very much on a groove/hard rock side of things, this is a more than acceptable set of songs, and provides a very good platform for future releases, this is definitely a project to watch.

Psychosane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO7ON_5SIck

This just missed out on making my list. Psychosane and the Sabbath cover are immense, but the other three tracks just aren't as memorable. Very close to cracking my top 5 though.

Dextrimental
12-13-2011, 12:21 PM
19. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cLmFuhOAIao/TUsujDq3LNI/AAAAAAAAKHk/TJcKePAKgpU/s1600/hughlaurieletthemtalk.png

I have no qualms about saying that I fucking love this record. This was either going to be really good or really bad, and thankfully it was the former. Hugh Laurie is a man of many talents, as seen in his televisual roles, and evidently, creating an album of dam catchy hooks is also one of them. I'm a big jazz and blues fan, and this album really is now one of my favorite blues records, with the guest vocalists, including Tom Jones and Irma Thomas, and the guest musicians Vincent Henry and Kevin Breit, this album is just a really awesome, fun listen, with songs such as 'You Don't Know My Mind' and 'Triptina' staying in your head for days after your first listen. It also helps that it is the perfect fireside album for this Christmas!

You Don't Know My Mind - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsfwqIJuj8

Dextrimental
12-13-2011, 12:29 PM
18. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CZzxrEVrt-o/TcAy3YLGV1I/AAAAAAAABuw/dYiEjS_bNDQ/s320/Hate+Eternal+%25282011%2529+Pasukan+Mati+v2.jpg

I have all the time in the world for Erik Rutan, he is truly one of my favorite Death Metal artists, and this album totally reinforces that love. Hate Eternal are a band known for being absolutely brutal, 100% in your face death metal, and while this album does that, and does it dam fucking well, it also showcases a melodic side to the band, with songs like 'Haunting Abound' and 'Lake Ablaze' really showing how you can still be hitting the listener in the face with a sledgehammer of distortion and tremolo picking, and still retain a big melodic aspect to your music. This is a modern death metal album done right, and bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide (though I did really enjoy 'To Hell With God') could do well to pay attention.

Lake Ablaze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHtnGqmBd1Q

DethMaiden
12-13-2011, 12:39 PM
That Hate Eternal album cover is just so hilariously bad. Like one of those "Learn to Draw Demons" books you might find in the kids section of a public library around Halloween.

Dextrimental
12-13-2011, 12:44 PM
That Hate Eternal album cover is just so hilariously bad. Like one of those "Learn to Draw Demons" books you might find in the kids section of a public library around Halloween.

Definitely, I'm quite glad it doesn't altogether represent the albums contents!

smearCampaign
12-13-2011, 12:59 PM
This is a modern death metal album done right, and bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide (though I did really enjoy 'To Hell With God') could do well to pay attention.

Eric Rutan produced the last two Cannibal Corpse albums and also the new one they are working on now, so he does have a hand in what they're putting out.

Dextrimental
12-13-2011, 01:02 PM
Eric Rutan produced the last two Cannibal Corpse albums and also the new one they are working on now, so he does have a hand in what they're putting out.

Oh yeah I know, and production wise those albums are top notch, but song-writing wise they are a little bland, in my opinion at least.

smearCampaign
12-13-2011, 01:29 PM
Oh yeah I know, and production wise those albums are top notch, but song-writing wise they are a little bland, in my opinion at least.

I hear ya.

SomewhereInTime72
12-13-2011, 07:36 PM
I have a friend who loves that Hugh Laurie album. I kinda see how it's good but I can't get into it. Either way, props to you for not dismissing someone who's known for doing non-musical things... and props to Hugh Laurie for being multi-talented. :cool: :tongue:

Dextrimental
12-14-2011, 10:27 AM
17. Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth

http://www.brutalism.com/sites/default/files/cdcovers/EvileFiveSerpent%27sTeeth.jpg

After Infected Nations, I had all but forgotten about Evile, so when this record was due, I didn't really care to pay attention. Then I seen the video for Cult. Cult showed a band on the attack, a band taking no prisoner's, a band actually doing something worth listening to. I sought out the record as soon as it came out, and my jaw dropped. The song-writing, soloing, riffing, it's all been stepped up in leaps and bounds since Infected Nations. From the dual guitar solo of Centurion to the melodic break of Xaraya, this is a band doing something promising with the thrash movement, instead of just re-hashing old ideas. Of course, since they lost Mike Alexander last year, there is a direct tribute to him, but the band seem to have used the emotional fuel from his death to create something he would have been proud of, and I certainly would agree with that sentiment. This is as close to ....And Justice For All as I think we're going to get, and if you want to see the future of thrash, I think between Evile and Vektor, we're safe!

R.I.P Mike Alexander

Centurion - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlh3EkEbZJI

Dextrimental
12-15-2011, 12:54 PM
16. November's Doom - Aphotic

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/novembersnewcd.jpg

I only developed a taste for Doom in the last year, and this record has a lot to do with that. It was simply a style of music I had not fully immersed myself in or explored, due to hearing some of the wrong bands in the wrong setting. This record really changed that, it was the gateway to me understanding Doom metal, and as such it was set in stone it would be one of my favorite records of the year. This is a truly gargantuan release, November's Doom have it all it seems, pounding rhythm's, awesome harmonies, and the contrast between the growled and cleaner vocals is incredibly well done, it doesn't sound as forced as some other bands make it sound. I don't know enough about Doom to feel confident enough to write much more about this, so I'll just say to check it out and leave it at that!

Harvest Scythe - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYjJipO0xC8

IrritatedTrout
12-15-2011, 01:14 PM
The artwork is awesome.

Epidemic Reign
12-15-2011, 02:49 PM
Not to mention Anneke van Giersbergen :drool:

Dextrimental
12-15-2011, 02:52 PM
Not to mention Anneke van Giersbergen :drool:

:drool: is right, her moment is one of the album highlights as well!

Rocco44
12-15-2011, 10:33 PM
:drool: is right, her moment is one of the album highlights as well!

For sure. I forgot about this album, super underrated.

Dextrimental
12-16-2011, 03:15 PM
15. Opeth - Heritage

http://bandmill.net/bandmill/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Opeth-Heritage.jpg

Jesus this album caused a bit more of a stir than Opeth had anticipated I think. It seemed there was a serious divide in opinion, from 'I LOVE THIS' to 'I HATE THIS' to 'THIS IS ONLY ALRIGHT' to 'I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO THINK...... NO GROWLS FOR THIS TOUR??? THIS SUCKSSSSSSSS'. In the end though, I find all the nay-sayers essentially sum themselves up in 'MIKAELLLLL!! STOP BEING PROGRESSIVE AND BEING UNEXPECTED AND BE COMPLETELY PREDICTABLE AND STICK TO YOU FORMULA!'. They're a fucking progressive metal band, it is Mikael's exact duty within the music scene to throw curve balls at you, to give you something outside of the standards you normally listen to. I'm a big prog fan, Gentle Giant being one of my favorite bands ever, and this is a dam good record in my opinion, completely harking back to the glory days of prog rock. This is grass-roots progressive music, and god honestly I'm surprised it took Opeth this long to release an album like this. No, its not great, it was never going to reach my top 5, but it was one of my highlights of this year, and I think that, due to both Ghost Reveries and Watershed being quite standard records in formula, people got far too used to Opeth playing in one, albeit very good, style, and forgot that they were a band capable of branching out, and doing it quite well. This is a dam good record, and I'd love more of the same.

Pyre - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndWUtmGOFRo

jhdeity
12-16-2011, 04:14 PM
19. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cLmFuhOAIao/TUsujDq3LNI/AAAAAAAAKHk/TJcKePAKgpU/s1600/hughlaurieletthemtalk.png

I have no qualms about saying that I fucking love this record. This was either going to be really good or really bad, and thankfully it was the former. Hugh Laurie is a man of many talents, as seen in his televisual roles, and evidently, creating an album of dam catchy hooks is also one of them. I'm a big jazz and blues fan, and this album really is now one of my favorite blues records, with the guest vocalists, including Tom Jones and Irma Thomas, and the guest musicians Vincent Henry and Kevin Breit, this album is just a really awesome, fun listen, with songs such as 'You Don't Know My Mind' and 'Triptina' staying in your head for days after your first listen. It also helps that it is the perfect fireside album for this Christmas!

You Don't Know My Mind - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsfwqIJuj8

I had no idea.. Didn't think I would like it at all... and did. The "fireside" line sums it up perfectly. very cool

SomewhereInTime72
12-16-2011, 09:28 PM
I was more disappointed in the tour setlist than the album. Too many great songs getting ignored.

Dextrimental
12-18-2011, 12:38 PM
14. Obscura - Omnivium

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/soulflypremiere/obscuranewcd.jpg

This was a weird album for me, as it has moments that I really don't like and, moments I absolutely love, and as such, the moments I love simply have more weight to them than the ones I don't. The musicianship on this album is second to none, with the highlight being the bass playing, Jeroen Paul Thesseling is a fucking god when it comes to fretless bass. The album opens, oddly enough, with one of its longest tracks, Septuagint, but is a definite powerhouse of musical virtuosity and unrelenting metal aggression. Through Prismal Dawn, straight through to Aevum, the albu, as I said, has some weaker moments, but overall, the moments where your jaw will drop keep it from being any less than a great album.

Septuagint - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huQXCeXn0v0

Dextrimental
12-18-2011, 12:43 PM
13. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b8/Amon_Amarth_Surtur_Rising_album_cover.jpg

Talking about an Amon Amarth album is kind of fruitless at this stage :lol: This is Amon Amarth doing exactly what Amon Amarth always do, which is deliver some dam good viking metal. I really can't say much more on the subject, its a great release in my opinion. Get some beer, bang your head, play a Lord of the Rings video game as Gimli and kick some ass while listening to this record!!

War of the Gods - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVAQQujgSxQ

Dextrimental
12-20-2011, 06:30 AM
12. Evan Brewer - Alone

http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/38419.jpg

When I found out about how good Evan Brewer was, and then found out he was planning a solo record, I got excited. Then the album came out, and I jizzed. A lot. This is a very special record indeed, in my opinion. It features a bassist per-dominantly known for playing in death metal acts and being a general bassist for hire if a band needed one, absolutely throw everyone a huge curve ball by releasing a progressive bass record, that is JUST bass, no other instrument, JUST bass. This is an exciting, exuberant record, and one that really compels the listener, and displays an array of emotions, opening with Actualize getting this clear straight from the off. The Altered Perspective double whammy in the middle is beautiful, and A Climate For Change acts like when the barrier comes up at the end of a roller-coaster, if the roller-coaster was an incredibly gentle ride through a large field with butterflies and leaves flying around you. Beautiful.

Actualize - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQBEqjA7iI&feature=relmfu

Dextrimental
12-22-2011, 11:26 AM
11. Old Silver Key - Tales Of Wanderings

http://meatmeadmetal.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/old-silver-key-cover-290x290.jpg

Drudkh and Alcest. In one band. Soooooooo much fucking win. This is a great record, and completely it's own entity from both Drudkh and Alcest. Progressive, dark, beautiful, endearing, atmospheric, Tales Of Wanderings is the musical equivalent of story-time with your grandad by the fire place. I really can't do this album justice in a review, just check it out and let the music take you away.

Burnt Letter's - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZFr8nU3sak

mastodon421
12-22-2011, 12:08 PM
12. Evan Brewer - Alone

http://www.cmdistro.com/images/xlarge/38419.jpg

When I found out about how good Evan Brewer was, and then found out he was planning a solo record, I got excited. Then the album came out, and I jizzed. A lot. This is a very special record indeed, in my opinion. It features a bassist per-dominantly known for playing in death metal acts and being a general bassist for hire if a band needed one, absolutely throw everyone a huge curve ball by releasing a progressive bass record, that is JUST bass, no other instrument, JUST bass. This is an exciting, exuberant record, and one that really compels the listener, and displays an array of emotions, opening with Actualize getting this clear straight from the off. The Altered Perspective double whammy in the middle is beautiful, and A Climate For Change acts like when the barrier comes up at the end of a roller-coaster, if the roller-coaster was an incredibly gentle ride through a large field with butterflies and leaves flying around you. Beautiful.

Actualize - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJQBEqjA7iI&feature=relmfu

Hell yeah! Even though I didn't enjoy it as much as you, I'm glad someone else on here checked out this record.

Dextrimental
12-22-2011, 11:55 PM
Top 5 Live Performances Of 2011

5. Korn -- Graspop Metal Meeting -- June 24th, 2011

One thing these guys are is consistent live, this was the third time I've seen them, and it was fucking AWESOME. One of the best shows of the festival, everything from the performance to the crowd was perfect, and the setlist, man the setlist was as perfect as an hour of Korn gets these days, in my opinion. Even the dubstep tune, Get Up, sounded HUGE live.

4. Gama Bomb -- Dublin, Ireland -- May 28th, 2011

Gama bomb are one trick ponies when it comes to thrash, there is no denying it, however, I will say, put them in a tiny venue like Fibbers in Dublin, and they will tear the place apart. Boasting attendance of near 200, the place was jammed, and the pit felt it, from the second Gama Bomb took the stage, to the end of their set, the place was going nuts. I had a serious bangover from this, and it was totally worth it, if you get the chance to see Gama Bomb in a similar setting, take the chance, it won't cost much and it will be a fun evening!

3. Napalm Death -- Dublin, Ireland -- December 5th, 2011

My first time seeing Napalm Death after almost a decade of waiting, they did not disappoint! Absolutely crushing, they did what they do best, and the setlist was as good a setlist as anyone could hope for. Napalm Death are an institution of underground metal and grindcore, and after over 20 years, to still play with that level of conviction is amazing, they are a band to behold live.

2. Slipknot -- Graspop Metal Meeting -- June 26th, 2011

This year's Slipknot was very special, for obvious reasons, and this performance was intense to say the least. Slipknot are a band who have yet to struggle with remaining relevant to the current trends, and this performance proved why. Regardless of your opinion of their output, they are a force to be reckoned with live, with the antics, pyro and sound all being spot on. This was huge, and it felt huge as well.

1. Thin Lizzy -- Dublin, Ireland -- February 17th, 2011

I was as skeptical as anyone going into this show, and this band proved me wrong at every turn. They have never sounded better since Phil's unfortunate departure, and this performance was a sight for sore eyes. The sound was perfect, the atmosphere was electric, and the band were just startling. Go see Thin Lizzy right now.

Dextrimental
12-27-2011, 03:30 AM
10. Deicide - To Hell With God

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I realize I made a statement earlier about the Hate Eternal album versus the current Deicide and Cannibal Corpse, and I meant it. That being said, the fact this album could have been better, or was out done by Hate Eternal, in my opinion, does not stop it being a tour de force of great death metal. Deicide have needed this I think, Til Death Do Us Part was not well received, and with their European promoter dropping them because of cancelled shows, this was one of many make or break points for Deicide, and they delivered thankfully! Ralph Santolla RIPS it up on this album, and the song-writing and hooks are there that have made Deicide and institution in death metal. There is a definite thrashy edge to this record, but that only helps the intensity and aggression in my opinion, and the album feels like a good death metal record should, like a fucking jackhammer.

To Hell With God - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZzVkFfni9M

Dextrimental
12-27-2011, 03:35 AM
9. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

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I've always found it hard to describe Radiohead with any kind of decency in a review, I simply can't do the band justice. This is a great Radiohead record, with a bit more of an emphasis on the looping and synth than before, but with the typically AWESOME song-writing from the band. Just listen to the whole thing, the link is for track 1, listen to them all in order and see what I mean.

Bloom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A9bMTh9rdQ

MetalIsArt
12-27-2011, 03:54 AM
9. Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

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I've always found it hard to describe Radiohead with any kind of decency in a review, I simply can't do the band justice. This is a great Radiohead record, with a bit more of an emphasis on the looping and synth than before, but with the typically AWESOME song-writing from the band. Just listen to the whole thing, the link is for track 1, listen to them all in order and see what I mean.

Bloom - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A9bMTh9rdQ

Psychedelic artwork!

Dextrimental
12-29-2011, 11:20 AM
8. Times Of Grace - Hymn Of A Broken Man

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The reunion of Jesse Leach, Adam D and Joel Stroetzel in a full time band was something I didn't care about at first because, well, the last KsE album bored me to tears, so I was starting to write off Adam and Joel's writing. This album definitely exceeded and surpassed that expectation by every means possible, and proved to be one of the best metalcore releases I have ever heard, and breathe some new life into the music style with some post-rock and ambient influences thrown into the mix. The album contains some absolute stormers, like the opener Strength In Numbers and Hope Remains, and some really somber numbers as well, like The Forgotten One, which is one of my favorite songs ever written and is in my opinion one of the best metalcore songs ever, and it all feels like a great complete package when listening from start to finish. Indeed, this is how KsE SHOULD sound now, and only goes to solidify the belief that Jesse should be back at the front of that band. It may never happen, but with this album, we can dream!

The Forgotten One - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XajkCT-eFlw

Dextrimental
12-29-2011, 11:32 AM
7. All Shall Perish - This Is Where It Ends

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With deathcore sucking (sorry jdizzle!), I hadn't given these guys a chance before. Then this album came out and people liked it, so I decided, fuck it, lets see what these dudes are worth. This rules, surprisingly enough! While there are breakdowns and half tone pre-bends on the low B string galore, there's also song-writing, hooks and musicianship, and more than enough of it to tie the album together. Songs like The Past Will Haunt Us Both and The Death Plague are really memorable, in my opinion, and the guitar solos are just awesome, if a little tasteless melodically at times. Perhaps this is the start of a bright future for the deathcore trend to move onto better things in the future? Stranger things have happened!

The Past Will Haunt Us Both - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-uHrViJuag

Dextrimental
12-30-2011, 01:20 AM
6. Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand

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Celtic black metal at it's finest this. Priomrdial, now into their 20th year, take the newbies to school with this one. This is a powerful, powerful record, with hooks as big as they come, and Primordial proving endlessly why people still care about them. No Grave Deep Enough opens with the band on fine form, storming ahead in a way only they know how, and this only continues, with absolutely HUGE anthems like Bloodied Yet Unbowed really showing how great this band are. Forward the band marches, through songs like The Mouth Of Judas and The Black Hundred, proving time and time again these guys are an old reliable, but also capable of showing some new ideas, these songs feel exciting. The Puritan's Hand is next, before the big ending that is Death Of The Gods, this album is just awesome, with plenty to chew on for old and new fans. Great shit, lets hope the last track isn't very prolific!!

Bloodied Yet Unbowed - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb92nw_FF08

Dextrimental
12-30-2011, 01:21 AM
Any predictions for my top 5? They have remained completely unchanged since the start!

hellawaits77ny
12-30-2011, 02:27 AM
Deicide + ASP - fuck yeah

ravenheart
12-30-2011, 04:23 AM
1. Thin Lizzy -- Dublin, Ireland -- February 17th, 2011

They sucked so hard at the High Voltage Festival :(

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 03:37 AM
Well, let's get this ball rolling!

5. Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction

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The heavier of the two Devin Townsend releases this year, this album is truly amazing. Conceptual in nature, it has this incredibly Devin story of a man trying to work out the secret to nature and the universe, in essence reality, but can't because he's a vegetarian, and all the trials and tribulations that come with such an undertaking, including meeting the devil in hell. This is a hell of a ride, from start to finish, and from track 1 its ALL so typically Devin Townsend and so typically awesome you can't help but smile. There is a lot to take in at first listen, with two ten minute long tracks in the middle of the album, surrounded by typically insane Devin music on all corners, even the song titles give you the feeling there's something special about the album (The Mighty Masturbator :lol:). From Praise The Lowered straight through to Poltergeist, this is just whopper, and exactly what anyone would want from Devy. Please listen to track 1, and enjoy the ride.

Also, this has probably my favorite artwork of the year.

Praise The Lowered - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWYItI2jtv4

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 06:49 AM
4. Devin Townsend Project - Ghost

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No surprises here, this is one of the most beautiful albums ever recorded, by a man whose work is is among the most consistently brilliant in the world of music. This absolutely serene, paradise in its purest musical form. Devin has never sounded quite like this, and only goes to show what he is really capable of. Tracks like Infinite Ocean and Ghost are just sublime, and the two behemoths of the album, Texada and Feather, are GUARANTEED to take you away from wherever you are and put you in your happiest place.

Absolutely magnificent.

Ghost - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuPeOPKkOa0

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 09:08 AM
3. Mastodon - The Hunter

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Mastodon have done it again! This album is just filled with serious RIFFS, and Mastodon are on fine form. Taking a break from their usual mantra of the album being conceptual with longer songs, this is Mastodon doing a straight up metal album, and proving that they can in fact do it all. Straight from Black Tongue, it sounds huge, with every song have hooks galore, Curl Of The Burl, Blasteroid, Spectrelight, Bedazzled Fingernails, memorable songs, all of them, with the music all sounding huge, like it wants to be played in a packed venue with everyone singing along to the chorus. Even the albums big curve ball, This Creature Lives, is incredible, with the vocal performances, which are again as varied as they come, are all on top form. This is a truly great album, by a truly great band.

Blasteroid - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr8tgjtSpQ8

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 09:20 AM
2. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual

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Absolutely fucking phenomenal record this, by a band who seemed like they might be going just a little big stagnant. No hope of such things, as they came out with this belter of a death metal record. The songs are short, but absolutely amazing, with stuff like Moonlight Equilibrium and Carbonized In Cruciform showcasing the band have no shortage of ideas. Ryan Knight absolutely tears it up on this album, with Blood On The Ink and Malenchantments Of The Necrosphere having two of my favorite solos ever in BDM. This is album reassures me about modern metal to absolutely no end.

Malenchantments Of The Necrosphere - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u93gvNxsd3k

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 09:33 AM
And my number 1 is... for the NOONE that seems to care :lol:.............





















1. Three - The Ghost You Gave To Me

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Progressive rock done incredibly right. Joey Eppard, Billy Riker, Chris Gartmann, Daniel Grimsland have created something truly special here in my opinion. This is an album that really puts a spell on you I think, with every single as captivating as the last. React, Sparrows, high Times, The Ghost You Gave To Me, Afterglow, every song, immense. The song-writing, the melodies, the lyrics, the vocals, near perfect. Three are probably one of my favorite bands after discovering them this year. I can't do them justice with my writing. Just listen, and see for yourself.

Numbers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvBBPnHA9Bs

mastodon421
12-31-2011, 11:13 AM
Great list man! A lot of picks that were also high on my list. Very enjoyable read overall.

jd091
12-31-2011, 11:26 AM
Can't get into Devy to save my life, and I think 3 is beyond boring, but cool list other than tha!

Dextrimental
12-31-2011, 09:38 PM
Cool to see some love, honorable mentions tomorrow when I am sober :)

MPF
12-31-2011, 10:54 PM
Incredible list. We do have a lot of bands similar in our lists which is pretty damn cool to see.

3 are 4 of the coolest dudes on the planet. Glad to see some love here for them.

Dextrimental
01-01-2012, 12:20 PM
Honorable Mentions/disappointments

This is a mix of records I haven't heard yet, stuff that was disappointing, and stuff that had a certain criteria that eliminated it from being eligible.

Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events

While being a great record, modern Dream Theater bores me after a while, so I couldn't in my right mind put it in my top 25 ahead of stuff I can constantly come back to.


Machine Head - Unto The Locust

I really just don't like Machine Head that much, and this record solidified that for me. Nothing personal, it just doesn't excite me that much


Trivium - In Waves

Biggest let down of the year for me. Straight up, I almost hate this record at times.


Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus

I don't hate this record, but Jesus Christ its like listening to a different band sometimes. Some moments are great, some are atrocious, some are just average. Too much of a mixed bag for its own good.


Stuff that didn't make it as I haven't listened enough:

Hiromi Uehara - Trio
Fucked Up - David Comes To Life
Vektor - Outer Isolation
Thomas Giles - Pulse

Stuff that didn't make the list because I wanted to include albums I physically own in the top 25, where applicable:

Legend of Zelda - 25th Anniversayr Symphony
Daniel Jakubovic - Thousand Walls (You can buy this physically, its just difficult, but I am trying to do so, and its a lock for top 5 otherwise)


I've heard a lot of other stuff this year, and some of it was awesome, but these were the pick of the pile. I love every record in the top 25, and I hate some of whats mentioned here :lol: but its been a great year musically. Hope you guys enjoyed my first fully finished review thread.. I hope to do some more bigger stuff this year!

Much love and what not for 2012 :D

ravenheart
01-01-2012, 12:44 PM
Daniel Jakubovic - Thousand Walls (You can buy this physically, its just difficult, but I am trying to do so, and its a lock for top 5 otherwise)

I still refuse to believe this can be as good as his first album.

Dextrimental
01-01-2012, 12:48 PM
I still refuse to believe this can be as good as his first album.

I haven't heard his first album yet, but his is fucking jaw dropping to say the least!

MPF
01-01-2012, 02:22 PM
I still refuse to believe this can be as good as his first album.

....why not just listen to it? :confused::confused::confused:

It's my number 2 album, and I can't understand one word being said, it doesn't need to. The music speaks for itself.

ravenheart
01-01-2012, 05:02 PM
....why not just listen to it? :confused::confused::confused:

Well, there WAS no reason whatsoever and I fully intended to. However, now it would appear that quite annoys you, which is an unexpected bonus ;)

MPF
01-01-2012, 05:43 PM
Well, there WAS no reason whatsoever and I fully intended to. However, now it would appear that quite annoys you, which is an unexpected bonus ;)

Not really. It's just stupid not to check out an album from a band/musician that you enjoy just because it might not be better then such and such album. Listen to it first, then bitch that it's not better, if it's not better.

ravenheart
01-01-2012, 06:08 PM
Oh brother...

MPF
01-01-2012, 08:07 PM
Oh brother...

I caught the sarcasm the first time, but what I said still applied.