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BloodoftheKings
12-09-2011, 12:27 PM
I guess I'll give this a go. In this thread I will count down my top 25 favorite albums of 2011. I plan to have this list completed within a week and I will not slack off or give up on the list like some people on this site tend to do. I'll start with a list of albums that could have made it on to my list but won't because I didn't listen to them enough.

Symphony X - Iconoclast
Touche Amore - Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Obscura - Omnivium
Machine Head - Unto the Locust
Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory

The list so far:

25. The Devin Townsend Project - Ghost (page 1)
24. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions (page 1)
23. Weedeater - Jason... The Dragon (page 1)
22. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising (page 1)
21. Animals as Leaders - Weightless (page 2)
20. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (page 2)
19. Havok - Time is Up (page 2)
18. Fair to Midland - Arrows & Anchors (page 3)
17. Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Lights Though Shall Rise (page 3)
16. Anthrax - Worship Music (page 3)
15. Motorhead - The World is Yours (page 3)
14. La Dispute - Wildlife (page 3)
13. Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style (page 4)
12. Death Grips - Exmilitary (page 4)
11. Vektor - Outer Isolation (page 4)
10. Revocation - Chaos of Forms (page 4)
9. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal (page 4)
8. Fucked Up - David Comes To Life (page 5)
7. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual (page 5)
6. Red Fang - Murdr the Mountains (page 5)
5. Tom Waits - Bad As Me (page 6)
4. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (page 6)
3. Primus - Green Naugahyde (page 6)
2. Mastodon - The Hunter (page 6)
1. The Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction (page 6)

Epidemic Reign
12-09-2011, 12:32 PM
:party:

BloodoftheKings
12-09-2011, 12:40 PM
25. The Devin Townsend Project - Ghost

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

Normally I would never buy an album like this but since Devin Townsend's name is on it of course I had to. When Devy said Ghost is gonna be a soft and pretty record I didn't think it would be this soft. I guess I was maybe a little underwhelmed when I first listened to it but I didn't just throw it away and never listen to it again. It grew on me a bit and i'm surprised how much I was able to enjoy this album. This is nice, relaxing music and I enjoy it in that sense but I don't think Devy should ever play these songs live unless it's a special show like the ones he did in the UK.

Recommended tracks:
Fly (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2junZRuEG0)
Feather (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8cr1bAgC9k&feature=related)
Ghost (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfathnkhkoQ)

BloodoftheKings
12-09-2011, 02:31 PM
24. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions

http://www.fearnet.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201155/Arch_Enemy_Khaos.jpg

You always kinda know what to expect from Arch Enemy. This album doesn't really bring anything new to the table but it continues Arch Enemy's winning streak of writing quality melo-death. Amott continues to write catchy and memorable riffs and Gossow continues to prove why she's the best female vocalist in metal. So yeah, it's a new Arch Enemy album, it's solid, don't know what else to say.

Recommended tracks:
No Gods, No Masters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7NgiZv3ncc)
Yesterday is Dead and Gone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRkc08_dR-0&feature=related)
Under Black Flags We March (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwsxwLdRLUc)

Natrlhi
12-09-2011, 02:36 PM
You always kinda know what to expect from Arch Enemy.Some would argue that this is not a good thing.

Gossow continues to prove why she's one of the best female extreme vocalist in metal.Insert the words in bold and then MAYBE. Otherwise, no deal. :lol:

Still, this one was better than Rise of the Tyrant. I guess that's a step in the right direction.

Epidemic Reign
12-09-2011, 02:43 PM
Some would argue that this is not a good thing.

Insert the words in bold and then MAYBE. Otherwise, no deal. :lol:

Still, this one was better than Rise of the Tyrant. I guess that's a step in the right direction.

Agree with these. But yeah, it was a pretty good album.

SomewhereInTime72
12-09-2011, 06:46 PM
I actually rank Khaos Legions really high. It was a lot better than I expected. It might be the same AE thing they always do, but its a LOT better than any other album since Wages. As far as I'm concerned they more than make up for their lack of inspiration for how fucking good they are at that style on that album.

MPF
12-09-2011, 07:07 PM
Love Ghost. Khaos Legions did nothing for me. then again Arch Enemy never really did.

BloodoftheKings
12-09-2011, 09:02 PM
23. Weedeater - Jason... The Dragon

http://thatdevilmusic.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Weedeater-Jason...The-Dragon.jpg

I recommend you find someone to spot you when you listen to this cause this album is heavy as fuck. Weedeater is obviously a stoner metal band I can imagine marijuana would enhance the listening experience. I enjoy stoner/sludge a good deal and I don't smoke at all. The best part of Weedeater's music is Dixie Dave's thick, muddy bass lines. The way these songs vibrate in your ears when you listen with headphones is amazing :drool:. But why is this only at 23? Well the real down side to this album is that it's short and 4 of the songs on here are just filler. So when you strip away all the pointless filler songs the album is under 25 minutes long. There's 3 interludes and the last track is a little more then an outro but I doubt your gonna wanna keep the album on whenever it comes up. The 6 legitimate songs on here are all great though and I definitely recommend it.

Recommended tracks:
Homecoming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqBGYg1sJyE)
Mancoon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjzs3sCUhdY&feature=related)
Jason... The Dragon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F21xidkqPM&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
12-10-2011, 01:42 PM
22. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/surtur-rising.jpg

This album is considered by many to be a huge disappointment in the sense that it doesn't live up to the standards this band has set for themselves. Around the time it came out I guess I was thinking too much about what it could have been rather then just taking it for what it is. It's no With Oden On Our Side or Twilight of the Thunder God but this isn't a bad album by any means. AA are still delivering some of the best melo-death around and I'd love to hear some of these tracks like Loke's Treachery Part II and Wrath of the Norsemen included in future live sets.

Recommended tracks:
Töck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1H5ZgOJKE&feature=related)
Destroyer of the Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdvFzSuUeE0)
Wrath of the Norsemen (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4np8Dm28ikA)

SomewhereInTime72
12-10-2011, 07:57 PM
I didn't like Surtur Rising at all really. For some reason it wasn't a disappointment though. I guess I feel like that with a band like Amon Amarth it's inevitable that they poop out something mediocre once in a while. :eyes:

Epidemic Reign
12-10-2011, 08:01 PM
I didn't listen to Surtur Rising very much, I listened to it a couple times and then set it aside. There was some interesting guitar work there but the album didn't really blow me away. I intend on picking it up again in the near future and listening further but I wasn't really in the mood for it at the time.

If I had been in a position to see them on tour this year I probably would have listened to it more, but alas I had to miss it.

mastodon421
12-10-2011, 08:04 PM
Surtur Rising is a confusing album. The stuff that's good is fucking awesome (Tock's Taunt especially the riff is :drool:), but there are a few subpar tracks that bring it down a decent amount.

BloodoftheKings
12-10-2011, 08:20 PM
21. Animals as Leaders - Weightless

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

I discovered Animals as Leaders debut album early this year and I was pretty impressed by it. To me their music is like really, really good video game music. At times it reminds me of the F-Zero X soundtrack (my favorite video game soundtrack ever). I was interested in hearing how they will progress on the next album and I think they certainly topped the self titled with this one. Electronic music is something that never interested me at all but the way AaL infuses it into their music is pretty cool. Tosin Abasi has gotta be one of, if not the greatest guitarist of our generation. Sometimes when I listen to him play I can't help but question if he's really human. On the opening track "An Infinite Regression" he uses this strange guitar technique where it's like he's playing a bass solo with an 8 string guitar. It's really fuckin cool.

Recommended tracks:
Isolated Incidents (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYbu9YRzD3Y)
Odessa (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bmXGkwNs-k&feature=related)
An Infinite Regression (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkLZVs6D5os)

slapguitarer
12-10-2011, 08:24 PM
If you like the slap technique that Tosin uses on Infinte Regression, check out Victor Wooten. I'm pretty sure Tosin got that technique from Victor. Excellent bass player.

BloodoftheKings
12-10-2011, 08:24 PM
If you like the slap technique that Tosin uses on Infinte Regression, check out Victor Wooten. I'm pretty sure Tosin got that technique from Victor. Excellent bass player.

Will do. :)

SomewhereInTime72
12-10-2011, 08:30 PM
:horns:

BloodoftheKings
12-10-2011, 10:46 PM
20. Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

http://assets.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/c46e8fb043574678c617f5b85af58d8c72c82969.jpg

Probably the only mainstream rock album your gonna see on this list. Foo Fighters have always been good at writing simple, catchy tunes. Pretty much any track on this 11 track affair could be a single. By far my favorite track on this disc is White Limo, i'd love to hear these guys make more songs like this. Other highlights include the slower number I Should Have Known and the triumphant ending of Walk. I kinda forgot about this album a few months after it came out but it was nice revisiting it for this list. I like to have bands like Foo Fighters in my library cause not everybody wants to listen to Carnivore.

ps: watch the video for White Limo if you haven't already, Lemmys in it.

Recommended tracks:
White Limo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebJ2brErERQ)
I Should Have Known (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Zr1dVYNJic)
Walk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PkcfQtibmU)

BloodoftheKings
12-10-2011, 10:51 PM
19. Havok - Time is Up

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/TimeIsUpCOVER.jpg

Havok aren't the most original thrash band to come out in recent years but they are sure as hell better then the average Exodus clone. To me Time is Up isn't just one of those new thrash albums that's only good for the novelty of having an old school thrash sound, I think if this was released in 87 it could possibly be considered a classic in the genre. Vocalist David Sanchez has one of the best thrash voices I've heard in any newer band. The guitar work on here is sick, and some of the songs are really catchy. I think I speak for many of us when I say the thrash revival has gotten boring but Havok does it right. I am very much looking forward to seeing these guys in February.

Recommended tracks:
Killing Tendencies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVDFkOvqxGs)
No Amnesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2BR5W_7kas)
Covering Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6PELGdedsM)

illuminatus917
12-10-2011, 10:53 PM
Wasting Light is easily the best Foo Fighters record since The Colour and the Shape.

Epidemic Reign
12-10-2011, 10:56 PM
19. Havok - Time is Up

http://www.metalsucks.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/TimeIsUpCOVER.jpg

Havok aren't the most original thrash band to come out in recent years but they are sure as hell better then the average Exodus clone. To me Time is Up isn't just one of those new thrash albums that's only good for the novelty of having an old school thrash sound, I think if this was released in 87 it could possibly be considered a classic in the genre. Vocalist David Sanchez has one of the best thrash voices I've heard in any newer band. The guitar work on here is sick, and some of the songs are really catchy. I think I speak for many of us when I say the thrash revival has gotten boring but Havok does it right. I am very much looking forward to seeing these guys in February.

Recommended tracks:
Killing Tendencies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVDFkOvqxGs)
No Amnesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2BR5W_7kas)
Covering Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6PELGdedsM)

I'm gonna have to dig into this, that cover is old school as fuck :D

El Gordo
12-11-2011, 06:07 AM
19. Havok - Time is Up

Havok aren't the most original thrash band to come out in recent years but they are sure as hell better then the average Exodus clone. To me Time is Up isn't just one of those new thrash albums that's only good for the novelty of having an old school thrash sound, I think if this was released in 87 it could possibly be considered a classic in the genre. Vocalist David Sanchez has one of the best thrash voices I've heard in any newer band. The guitar work on here is sick, and some of the songs are really catchy. I think I speak for many of us when I say the thrash revival has gotten boring but Havok does it right. I am very much looking forward to seeing these guys in February.

Recommended tracks:
Killing Tendencies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVDFkOvqxGs)
No Amnesty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2BR5W_7kas)
Covering Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6PELGdedsM)

Yes! Great album! The fact that I haven't seen it on any of the millions of lists on this website makes me concerned for today's youth.

BloodoftheKings
12-12-2011, 11:58 AM
18. Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors

http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Fair-To-Midland-Arrow-and-Anchors.jpg

I heard of Fair to Midland before but never bothered to check them out until I saw this album was getting positive reviews from all over and was highly ranked on rym. These guys have a pretty unique style. I think they are more alternative rock then metal but calling them alternative metal isn’t too far off. Frontman Darroh Sudderth makes this band in my opinion. His vocals are pretty impressive and he’s batshit crazy live. When I listen to this I feel like these guys should be bigger then they are. I could easily picture Musical Chairs being a hit song. Another standout track here is Rikki Tikki Tavi where Darroh uses his comical metal voice for most of the song. I’d recommend this band to just about anybody, well maybe not trve black metal fans, but you know what I mean.

Recommended tracks:
Musical Chairs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsDJih0yYgk)
Golden Parachutes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdiQfC04IZM)
Rikki Tikki Tavi (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfVLZtlaEiU&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
12-12-2011, 12:44 PM
17. Cannabis Corpse - Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shall Rise

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TKG84D_ZInY/TiRwmV1belI/AAAAAAAABq4/xUWHeyFe2sQ/s1600/Cannabis-Corpse.jpg

To me the concept of Cannabis Corpse always seemed like a joke that went to far. Like a few guys were doing bong hits while listening to Cannibal Corpse and one guy said "hey guys, I Cum Bud" and they all started laughing, took the joke further, and eventually made it into a band. While this is a very stupid concept for a band the music is actually very good. I think this is their best album to date and I'd go as far to say this album smokes (pun intended) at least half of Cannibal Corpse's discography. Personally I'd like to see these guys move away from parody titles. IT seems they ran out of Cannibal Corpse songs to make fun of so they moved to Morbid Angel and Deicide titles. Some of them are pretty good but some of these titles are pretty lousy ("Dead by Bong", "Blame it on Bud"... come on guys). Song titles aside this album is killer and one of the best death metal releases this year.

Recommended tracks:
Immortal Pipes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdgotjIQ4PU)
Slave to the Chron (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuLXPgOyphE)
Sworn to the Bag (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xxxdkl1jPu4)

Rocco44
12-13-2011, 02:12 AM
That Fair To Midland record is pretty good, super catchy. I agree about Daroh's vocals being the highlight of the band. Some of the heavy riffs sound super generic but still a solid band.

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2011, 06:07 PM
16. Anthrax - Worship Music

http://www.nuclearblast.de/de/data/bands/anthrax/releases/anthrax-worship-music.jpg?x=500

It's good to have Anthrax back. This isn't exactly a return to form for Anthrax since it's completely modern sounding, and doesn't really sound anything the classic albums with Joey Belladonna. Just like everyone else has stated before, this sounds like it was written with John Bush in mind. I still like the fact that Joey is back though. With this album Anthrax finally recovered from all the singer bullshit and put out their strongest album in over 15 years. This album isn't really thrash but that's ok. This album is chock-full of catchy and well written modern heavy metal with plenty of nice riffs and solos here and there. If you were looking forward to hearing an album reminiscent of Spreading the Disease and Among the Living you will be disappointed with this album but I think it should please most Anthrax fans.

Recommended tracks:
Fight em' til You Can't (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzDmgn-G2FM)
The Devil You Know (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT76uz21TNg&feature=relmfu)
I'm Alive (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW_gMmTKu4A)

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2011, 06:19 PM
15. Motorhead - The World is Yours

http://www.lintcoat.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Mot_rhead_2010_The_World_Is_Yours_Capa_.jpg

I don't wanna hear any of that "it's a 2010 release" bullshit, the official cd wasn't available for purchase until 2011. Anyway this is another solid album from one of the most consistent bands in the history of heavy metal. The riffs on here are killer and Lemmy is still Lemmy. What more could you ask for from a Motorhead album? Long live Lemmy Kilmister! :rocker:

Recommended tracks:
Born to Lose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kf_hWnmreM)
Get Back in Line (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O02Gnzn5JDY)
Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS2LD9gRQQk)

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2011, 06:21 PM
14. La Dispute - Wildlife

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zo8EygV-Bu0/TnuMXOXcOUI/AAAAAAAAAu0/MVw_2FcPwgQ/s1600/cover.jpg

Wow. Me from 2 years ago would never have thought that one day in the near future i'd rank a post hardcore album as one of the years best releases. As little as a year ago I would avoid anything with the post-hardcore/emo/screamo label like the plague but it's something I've really warmed up to recently. When looking for new stuff to listen to I saw this ranked very highly on rym at one point and decided to give it a listen and surprisingly I dug this album on my first listen. This is one of the few non rap albums I've heard where I found the lyrics to be the best part of the music. The lyrics here aren't typical emo whining. La Dispute like to tell stories with their music. Sad, tragic, depressing stories. In a good way, this album could ruin my day. The real standout track here is King Park. It tells the tragic tale of a little kid getting killed in a drive by shooting and the guilt the killer has to deal with.

When I first started drafting this blurb I had this album at 16 then listening to it again and writing about it made me bump it up 2 spots. Really great album.

Recommended tracks:
King Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9mi5Pd8aY)
Harder Harmonies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1TgLMJCPbw)
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2umuRhXK4&feature=related)

ShatteredFlame
12-13-2011, 06:29 PM
:fist:

Have you heard Pianos Become the Teeth? You may like them since you like La Dispute and somewhat (?) liked Touche Amore.

Epidemic Reign
12-13-2011, 06:32 PM
16. Anthrax - Worship Music
15. Motorhead - The World is Yours
16. La Dispute - Wildlife

http://troll.me/images/y-u-no/izayaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-y-u-do-dis.jpg

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2011, 06:54 PM
:fist:

Have you heard Pianos Become the Teeth? You may like them since you like La Dispute and somewhat (?) liked Touche Amore.

I'll definitely get around to checking out that band. I liked the Touche Amore album, I just didn't listen to it enough to put it on the list.

http://troll.me/images/y-u-no/izayaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-y-u-do-dis.jpg

:lol: as I said in the La Dispute blurb. I originally wrote it in as 16. I just went back and fixed it.

larvtard
12-13-2011, 07:10 PM
14. La Dispute - Wildlife

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zo8EygV-Bu0/TnuMXOXcOUI/AAAAAAAAAu0/MVw_2FcPwgQ/s1600/cover.jpg

Wow. Me from 2 years ago would never have thought that one day in the near future i'd rank a post hardcore album as one of the years best releases. As little as a year ago I would avoid anything with the post-hardcore/emo/screamo label like the plague but it's something I've really warmed up to recently. When looking for new stuff to listen to I saw this ranked very highly on rym at one point and decided to give it a listen and surprisingly I dug this album on my first listen. This is one of the few non rap albums I've heard where I found the lyrics to be the best part of the music. The lyrics here aren't typical emo whining. La Dispute like to tell stories with their music. Sad, tragic, depressing stories. In a good way, this album could ruin my day. The real standout track here is King Park. It tells the tragic tale of a little kid getting killed in a drive by shooting and the guilt the killer has to deal with.

When I first started drafting this blurb I had this album at 16 then listening to it again and writing about it made me bump it up 2 spots. Really great album.

Recommended tracks:
King Park (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa9mi5Pd8aY)
Harder Harmonies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1TgLMJCPbw)
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church Blues (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz2umuRhXK4&feature=related)

Fuck yeah, I didn't know they had a new album! Thanks dude!

Yeah, I'm the same way - "screamo" has such a negative tag nowadays but bands like Touche Amore, La Dispute, Circle Takes the Square, and Orchid are actually fantastic. I'm addicted to this genre now.

BloodoftheKings
12-14-2011, 07:34 PM
13. Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NZaZNsO5d-4/TaA8TbwArKI/AAAAAAAAE44/tswUAlBksog/s1600/dropkickmurphys_goingoutinstyle.jpg

This held my number one spot for a majority of the first half of 2011. I think this might just be their strongest effort to date. With this album the Dropkick Murphys deliver some of their catchiest and most memorable material. Supposedly this is a concept album about the life of a a fictional character the band members made up that's based off stories of their ancestors that have been passed down to them but I can't really hear any kind of a story in these lyrics. They bring out some guest on this album including Bruce Springsteen on the song Peg O' My Heart and a completely pointless Fat Mike appearance on the title track (he only says about 5 words). Another one of my favorites on this disc is Sunday Hardcore Matinee where they recall the glory days of hardcore punk and reference several hardcore bands (much like NOFX has done in like, 20 of their songs). If you wan't to hear some fun, upbeat celtic punk, look no further.

Recommended tracks:
Going Out in Style (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7g3RuoreRc)
Peg O' MY Heart (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA_ikf-vlWc)
Sunday Hardcore Matinee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78t9T6ATbZQ)

BloodoftheKings
12-14-2011, 07:57 PM
12. Death Grips - Exmilitary

http://blog.decibeldevils.com/wp-content/2011/04/Death-Grips-Exmilitary-Large-450x450.jpg

If there's anything I love about finding new music it's when I find something completely new unlike anything I've ever heard before. Death Grips are one of the most unique and original hip hop groups I've ever heard. I saw the needledrop review for this pop up on my youtube feed and the album cover caught my attention so I took a quick look at the review. One of the first things Anthony Fantano said in that review was "a lot of you are going to hate this" so I knew I had to check this out. My first reaction was "well this is pretty fuckin weird" but instead of just closing it and going on with my day I moved on to the rest of the mixtape and my opinion progressed from "this is fucked up" to "this is interesting" to "this is fucking awesome". Every friend I've ever showed this to had very negative feelings towards it and didn't believe me when I said I actually liked it. I would go more into detail about what this album sounds like but I think i'll let it speak for it's self.

You can download this for free at the Death Grips website: http://thirdworlds.net/exmilitary.php

Recommended tracks:
Beware (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qxa91EwFco)
Takyon (Death Yon) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htl3XWUhUOM)
I Want It I Need It (Death Heated) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTLaowNxVpA)

BloodoftheKings
12-15-2011, 06:50 AM
11. Vektor - Outer Isolation

http://reigninart.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Vektor-Outer-Isolation.jpg

At first I thought i'd leave this off the list because I didn't have enough time with it to rank it as one of the years best. I've listened to this thing a few times now and I think I've heard it enough to know it is one of the best albums this year. I never listened to Black Future aside from a couple of songs but I decided to check this out seeing all the hype it was getting. I won't go as far to say this is some of the best thrash metal ever written but it I think Vektor is worthy of all the praise they get. I think what makes Vektor unique is the whole sci-fi vibe to their music and the insane vocals of David DiSanto. At times this guy kind of sounds like a male version of Angela Gossow and his screams are reminiscent of Tom Araya in his prime. If your a fan of thrash their is no reason for you to not like this album.

Whole album streaming here: http://heavyartillery.bandcamp.com/album/outer-isolation

Recommended tracks:
Tetrastructural Minds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tAbcWrrIQU)
Dying World (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRn2yf92eEM&feature=related)
Cosmic Cortex (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGicoRxP4a4&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
12-15-2011, 06:57 AM
How I feel getting into Vektor:

http://www.funnypictures.net.au/images/too-many-people-on-a-train1.jpg

BloodoftheKings
12-15-2011, 06:47 PM
10. Revocation - Chaos of Forms

http://judasica.persiangig.com/image/revocation-chaos-of-forms-L-UH11dn.jpg

In my honest opinion Chaos of Forms is the best thrash album of 2011. Some may argue Revocation isn't thrash but i'd say of all the different styles they incorporate into their music thrash is probably the most prominent. Revocation like to mix it up a bit and throw tons of different sounds at you. This album has elements of tech death, black metal, traditional heavy metal, and some melodic parts that sound similar to Atheist. The way they blend all these different genres is what makes this band really awesome. On top of all this they can write some really catchy stuff. Dissolution Ritual is one of the catchiest metal songs I've heard all year. I haven't heard the first Revocation record but I think this one tops Existence is Futile. If you haven't listened to Revocation yet do your self a favor and start listening now. They are one of the most unique and refreshing bands to come out recently and i'd recommend them to any metal head.

Recommended tracks:
Cradle Robber (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVWvjw4gCzg)
Dissolution Ritual (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWdS7qNtx9M&feature=related)
No Funeral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlPYV-Y10uc&feature=related)

treghet
12-15-2011, 06:51 PM
"Dethroned" is one of my favorite Revocation songs, but only half of the album stood out to me.

treghet
12-15-2011, 07:00 PM
At times this guy kind of sounds like a male version of Angela Gossow

I actually thought the same thing. :lol:

BloodoftheKings
12-16-2011, 06:41 PM
9. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal

http://v2.ztmag.com/blog/news/files/2011/04/Autopsy-Macabre-Eternal-e1301176685928.jpg

In this day and age there's tons of bands bringing back the old sounds of traditional heavy metal and thrash but we rarely hear new records that truly sound like old school death metal. As many have said the new Autopsy record sounds like it could have came out right after Mental Funeral. Around the same time Morbid Angel put out arguably the most disappointing death metal release of all time Autopsy delivered with a great record that has everything a death metal fan could ever ask for. These days most death metal is the same generic shit and this album is a reminder of what made this genre great in the first place. Not just a great comeback album for Autopsy, but also a great comeback album for old school death metal.

Recommended tracks:
Always About to Die (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD_gQsSv9s8)
Dirty Gore Whore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7imBe5V9qDc&feature=related)
Sadistic Gratification (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssepxy4YoJg&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
12-18-2011, 12:16 PM
8. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KNjEqrhp3oY/ThWS6QOlXWI/AAAAAAAAB9I/eh4v0_2S0DY/s1600/Fucked-Up-David-Comes-To-Life.jpg

I've grown very fond of punk over the past 2 years and these days i'd say I like it just as much as metal. What sucks is that new punk albums I like don't come out very often. David Comes To Life is probably my favorite punk album released in the past few years. This album clocks in at almost 80 minutes and though I'm not always gonna want to listen to this in one sitting the whole thing is enjoyable. I understand this is a concept album about some guy falling in love with a woman then she dies or something but I never looked in to it too much. This album definitely made me a fan and I plan to get around to checking out their other stuff. Definitely check this one out.

Recommended tracks:
Turn the Season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgkdvgJEOvQ)
Serve Me Right (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uRXBFNlYJ4)
The Other Shoe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7J4yKS9i6c)

illuminatus917
12-18-2011, 12:31 PM
I really wasn't expecting to see this on anyone's list but DethMaiden's. Everything I read about it makes me really wish I could get into it...

BloodoftheKings
12-18-2011, 12:42 PM
7. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual

http://alaskanbuffalo.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/bdm_ritual.jpg

For the longest time I ignored this band because I thought they were a deathcore band after hearing one song that was pretty deatchore-ish. When this album came out I noticed it was getting a lot of praise and a lot of it was from people who didn't like deathcore at all so I decided to give this album a chance. After giving these guys a good listen I realized they aren't deathcore and that they're actually a damn good melo-death band. This is the best melo-death album I've heard this year and it's just what I neede after being disappointed by the likes of Amon Amarth and Children of Bodom. This is one of those albums that just blows you away the fist time you listen to it. If you're a fan of melo-death there's no reason not to love this.

Recommended tracks:
The Window (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f05N_fe1EgU)
Moonlight Equilibrium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDEvqdw2fmA)
A Shrine To Madness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5k-Suqs6w)

SomewhereInTime72
12-18-2011, 08:57 PM
I'm not a fan of TBDM, but I did give Ritual a shot earlier in the year because it got a lot of attention so I figured it was worth a spin. I found it extremely subpar. I'd say bad even, but it wasn't like unlistenable or unpleasant... just something I would have no desire to listen to more than once. I guess I just don't get it. :hmm:

DethMaiden
12-18-2011, 09:01 PM
8. Fucked Up - David Comes to Life

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-KNjEqrhp3oY/ThWS6QOlXWI/AAAAAAAAB9I/eh4v0_2S0DY/s1600/Fucked-Up-David-Comes-To-Life.jpg

I've grown very fond of punk over the past 2 years and these days i'd say I like it just as much as metal. What sucks is that new punk albums I like don't come out very often. David Comes To Life is probably my favorite punk album released in the past few years. This album clocks in at almost 80 minutes and though I'm not always gonna want to listen to this in one sitting the whole thing is enjoyable. I understand this is a concept album about some guy falling in love with a woman then she dies or something but I never looked in to it too much. This album definitely made me a fan and I plan to get around to checking out their other stuff. Definitely check this one out.

Recommended tracks:
Turn the Season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgkdvgJEOvQ)
Serve Me Right (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uRXBFNlYJ4)
The Other Shoe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7J4yKS9i6c)

:fist:

Hidden World is where you wanna go next. The Chemistry of Common Life rules, but there's flutes and prog and shit. :tongue:

xStructualDefect
12-19-2011, 12:32 AM
7. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual

For the longest time I ignored this band because I thought they were a deathcore band after hearing one song that was pretty deatchore-ish.

Yeah I have no fucking idea what song you're talking about :lol:

Also I think I'm one of the only TBDM fans who wasn't very impressed with Ritual. Although I do agree with your 3 recommended tracks. Those 3 stood out most to me especially The Window.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 05:13 AM
Yeah I have no fucking idea what song you're talking about :lol:

Also I think I'm one of the only TBDM fans who wasn't very impressed with Ritual. Although I do agree with your 3 recommended tracks. Those 3 stood out most to me especially The Window.

I forgot what song it was but I just remember hearing a song that sounded like deathcore. That and their shirt designs led me to believe they are deathcore.

treghet
12-19-2011, 05:19 AM
I forgot what song it was but I just remember hearing a song that sounded like deathcore. That and their shirt designs led me to believe they are deathcore.

Yeah, I could definitely see how somebody would think they're deathcore if they only listened to the beginning of this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HbZDHfMyXM and looked at their merch store. Some of those shirt designs... man. :lol:

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 06:05 AM
Yeah, I could definitely see how somebody would think they're deathcore if they only listened to the beginning of this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HbZDHfMyXM and looked at their merch store. Some of those shirt designs... man. :lol:

Yup, that's the song I heard.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 06:19 AM
6. Red Fang - Murder the Mountains

http://blog.earbits.com/online_radio/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Red-Fang-Murder-The-Mountains.jpeg

When I first picked up this record around the time it first came out I instantly enjoyed but I honestly didn't expect it to be this high on my end of the year list. This record just got better every time I listened to it. Red Fang are heavily influenced by Mastodon and Kyuss but they are far from being rip offs. These guys have a distinct personality to them that differs from the bands they draw influence from. The more I listened my favorite track kept changing. Instantly my favorite was the lead single "Wires" but now my favorite song has got to be "Dirt Wizard". When that song kicks is my favorite moment on this album :drool:. I consider this my underdog album of the year.

Recommended tracks:
Dirt Wizard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAVHjLTzhRU)
Wires (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQPfQvLIseA&ob=av2e)
Human Herd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ah_H7ERv1s)

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 08:05 PM
5. Tom Waits - Bad As Me

http://c438342.r42.cf2.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/tom-waits-bad-as-me.jpg

This is probably the biggest surprise on my list. Tom Waits is the most unique artist I've gotten into recently. I decided to put a few of his albums that my dad owned on my computer and I fell in love with his music. I love all the variation on his albums and all the crazy voices he does. Then I heard about his new album and saw it getting good reviews all over so I checked out a few songs and decided to pick it up. It may not be one of the best in his discography but this is a great fucking album and Tom's still got it at the age of 62. Tom Waits isn't for everybody. When my older brother heard the 2nd track Raised Right Men he thought it was one of the worst things he's ever heard and didn't believe I could actually listen to this. On some songs like Raised Right Men, Bad As Me, Satisfied, and Hell Broke Luce Tom will turn some listeners off with his insane vocals. There's so many great tracks on here I couldn't just pick 3. I recommend you guys check out Hell Broke Luce which is probably the closest Tom will come to metal on this album. Another fantastic album by one of the greatest singer/songwriters alive.

Recommended tracks: (I can't choose only 3 for the top 5 albums so I'm listing 5)
Bad As Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6Ta3H-ck6s)
Satisfied (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHn_Kb4Dz40&feature=relmfu)
Kiss Me (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qy7Tt84d1Q)
Face to the Highway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH55dm0ooQE&feature=related)
Hell Broke Luce (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1J_U3wgNtlQ&feature=related)

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 08:18 PM
6. Red Fang - Murder the Mountains

http://blog.earbits.com/online_radio/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Red-Fang-Murder-The-Mountains.jpeg

When I first picked up this record around the time it first came out I instantly enjoyed but I honestly didn't expect it to be this high on my end of the year list. This record just got better every time I listened to it. Red Fang are heavily influenced by Mastodon and Kyuss but they are far from being rip offs. These guys have a distinct personality to them that differs from the bands they draw influence from. The more I listened my favorite track kept changing. Instantly my favorite was the lead single "Wires" but now my favorite song has got to be "Dirt Wizard". When that song kicks is my favorite moment on this album :drool:. I consider this my underdog album of the year.

Recommended tracks:
Dirt Wizard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAVHjLTzhRU)
Wires (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQPfQvLIseA&ob=av2e)
Human Herd (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ah_H7ERv1s)

Great pick! :fist:

larvtard
12-19-2011, 08:43 PM
Yeah, I think Waits' voice is love it-or-hate it with most people. I'm part of the latter.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 08:45 PM
Yeah, I think Waits' voice is love it-or-hate it with most people. I'm part of the latter.

:flame:

ShatteredFlame
12-19-2011, 09:08 PM
I think he has the manliest voice there ever has been.

BloodoftheKings
12-20-2011, 06:16 AM
4. Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2

http://potholesinmyblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Beastie-Boys-Hot-Sauce-Committee-Part-Two.jpg

It amazes me how great of an album the Beastie Boys were able to put out after all the complications. The sound of Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is kind of like a modernized version of Hello Nasty. The first 5 tracks on this album are some of the best hip hop I've heard in a long time. That's not to say that the tracks after that are weak. I'm not a huge fan of the reggae influenced single Don't Play a Game That I Can't Win but it doesn't bog down the album too much. Possibly my favorite track is the punk number Lee Majors Come Again. It's also good to hear that the guys are still lyrical geniuses. Nonstop Disco Powerpack is the real highlight lyrically. This is by far the best thing they have put out since Hello Nasty.

And if you haven't seen the "Fight For Your Right Re-visited" video I highly recommend it.

Recommended tracks:
Make Some Noise (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdgLMslbDuY)
Nonstop Disco Powerpack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt52jySHZUM)
Ok (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArMGl-kCwng)
Say It (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6K7bHCkn4oY)
Lee Majors Come Again (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfVqHwjvOsI)

BloodoftheKings
12-20-2011, 06:23 AM
3. Primus - Green Naugahyde

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51QLFynJzkL._SS500_.jpg

Read my track by track review here. (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18138&highlight=Primus)

Recommended tracks:
Last Salmon Man (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR7jyuxt-44)
Trajedy's a Comin' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPjgYX3Ka9s&feature=related)
Jilly's On Smack (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAKZFeX_Sd8&feature=related)
Lee Van Cleef (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqnaLoy1Sh8)
Extinction Burst (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgxLPh8FAbk)

illuminatus917
12-20-2011, 12:13 PM
Never really could get in to Tom Waits.

BloodoftheKings
12-20-2011, 05:59 PM
2. Mastodon - The Hunter

http://cdn.thelineofbestfit.com/wp-content/media/2011/10/mastodonhunter.jpg

There isn't much I can say about this album that hasn't already been said. To me the new Mastodon is different in the sense that it doesn't have the epic feel of the previous albums and the songs sound more like they were made to be singles. This isn't necessarily a bad thing cause this record is really, really, good. Every track on here is fucking great. I know a lot of people were bitching about this song but I even like Creature Lives. I'm not as crazy about Curl of the Burl as some people are but it's still pretty awesome. It's really hard to pick a favorite track from this one. I'd say it's between All the Heavy Lifting, Dry Bone Valley, and Spectrelight at the moment. Another great one from Mastodon, this band can do no wrong. *knock on wood*

Recommended tracks:
Dry Bone Valley (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-HWnKvIj_Y)
Spectrelight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZpCh_9EdMU&feature=related)
All the Heavy Lifting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEL_-5dJqK8&feature=related)
Thickening (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mdEuysyo8E&feature=related)
Black Tongue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkPzOJbAN0A&feature=related)

BloodoftheKings
12-20-2011, 06:25 PM
1. The Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZJjVMtZo9eo/TdBVQFG6dQI/AAAAAAAAAQM/R7Xh7kHaN0I/s1600/cover.jpg

Sorry atheist but there is a god and his name is Devin Townsend. As The Devin Townsend Project Devy made 2 albums that were by far the best albums of the year they were released (Addicted in 2009 being the other one). Deconstruction is Devy's most insane, most over the top record to date. He brings out tons of guest including Ihsahn, Mikael Akerfeldt, Oderus Urungus, Tommy Rogers, and more to create one giant prog metal epic about a man who embarks on a journey for the secrets of the universe only to find it lies in a cheeseburger which he can't eat because he's a vegetarian. Hearing that you shouldn't even have to listen to it to know it's album of the year. This album clocks in at 70 minutes but feels like it's over in 30 because it's so entertaining. At times all the shit going on at the same time can be overwhelming so your going to have to attentive while listening to this, definitely not music to put on when your trying to relax after a hard days work. Another thing I love about this album is all the little details he throws in. I've heard this plenty of times already and i'm still picking out new things I've never noticed before. I knew around the 2nd time I spun this album that it would be my album of the year. I highly doubted anything would come close, not even Primus and Mastodon. This one was a clear winner.

Recommended tracks:
The Mighty Masturbator (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58mv4sP-4TU)
Stand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ole-zxwxQno&feature=related)
Juular (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsT_ePaCJuA&feature=related)
Planet of the Apes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlCtgVexl-Q&feature=related)
Deconstruction (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv0RIwdVrRg)

Stay tuned for More Fun Stuff!

MPF
12-20-2011, 06:27 PM
Let me be the first to say that is one killer fucking list!

I can't complain about any of this. Well Done Sir!

BloodoftheKings
12-21-2011, 06:38 AM
Top 5 live bands!

5. Soundgarden
July 9th -- Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Theater
Support: Coheed and Cambria

http://randyraisch.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/2011-01-13-soundgarden-533x399.jpg

Set and review: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17375&highlight=Soundgarden

4. Kvelertak
October 21st -- Brooklyn, NY @ Club Europa
Support: Skeletonwitch, Barnburner, and 2 other bands I don't remember

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-iXvkt_7oH6c/TibDIFVrlfI/AAAAAAAAAWU/Cmj3MD197fw/s1600/Kvelertak.jpg

Set and Review: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18374&highlight=kvelertak

3. Devin Townsend
July 16th -- New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Support: Children of Bodom, Septic Flesh, Obscura

http://www1.sk-static.com/images/media/img/col6/20100331-151822-214745.png

Set and review: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17440&highlight=Devin+Townsend

2. Suicidal Tendencies
September 17th -- Farmingdale, NY @ The Crazy Donkey
Support: Sick of it All, local bands

http://dampling.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/SUICIDAL_TENDENCIES_0041.jpeg

Set and review: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18044&highlight=Suicidal+tendencies

1. Primus
September 30th -- New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
Support: None

http://www.cackblabbath.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Primus-600x417.jpg

Set and review: http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18162&highlight=Primus

treghet
12-21-2011, 06:45 AM
I never knew Suicidal Tendencies looked so ridiculous.

BloodoftheKings
12-21-2011, 06:56 AM
I never knew Suicidal Tendencies looked so ridiculous.

That's an older picture. They look more ridiculous now cause they're old.