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mankvill
12-09-2011, 02:12 PM
I am in the final stages of finalizing my top albums list, so I figured I'll make the thread.

Content, in order it will be posted:

Best "Surprise" bands I saw this year
Best bands I saw this year
Top songs
Top albums

There are fifty (edit: FIFTY-ONE god damnit) albums, and here are some that did not make the cut. Not because I don't like them, but because I haven't listened:

Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
Deafheaven - Roads To Judah
Landmine Marathon - Gallows
Leviathan - True Traitor, True Whore
Opeth - Heritage
Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Obscura - Omnivium
Tombs - Path Of Totality
Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
Blasphemophager - The III Command of the Absolute Chaos
Machine Head - Unto The Locust
Blut Aus Nord - 777 Sects (unfortunately)

I am actually seeing a concert on Sunday that might make some lists, so until then I will spend time solidifying my rankings!

Natrlhi
12-09-2011, 02:27 PM
...here are some that did not make the cut. Not because I don't like them, but because I haven't listened:

Trap Them - Darker HandcraftMistake.

Obscura - Omnivium
MISTAKE!

Landmine Marathon - GallowsBIG FUCKING MISTAKE!!!


EDIT: Before somebody gets flame-happy, Tombs and deafheaven were good, too - but I doubt Manks would have thought much of them anyway.

larvtard
12-09-2011, 02:28 PM
didn't you say you're a huge TBDM fan :confused:

mankvill
12-09-2011, 02:29 PM
Mistake.


MISTAKE!

BIG FUCKING MISTAKE!!!

I will say that one of those bands is making one of my lists. A good list. And they'll probably be at or near the top!

mankvill
12-09-2011, 02:30 PM
didn't you say you're a huge TBDM fan :confused:

Love em, wasn't too impressed with Deflorate, so skipped on Ritual this year.

elturtleboy
12-09-2011, 02:49 PM
Deafheaven and Trap Them gets the boot! They're better be no pop punk! :flame:

Seventhzealot
12-09-2011, 02:51 PM
The 'Hammers of Misfortune' and 'Blut Aus Nord' albums were really good too.

mankvill
12-09-2011, 02:59 PM
Deafheaven and Trap Them gets the boot! They're better be no pop punk! :flame:

;)

dcmetal108
12-09-2011, 03:02 PM
Love em, wasn't too impressed with Deflorate, so skipped on Ritual this year.

Ritual > Deflorate any day.

SomewhereInTime72
12-09-2011, 06:52 PM
I think Heritage is worth a listen just to see what it's like for the sake of it (probably wouldn't be a "top" contender).

MPF
12-09-2011, 07:06 PM
*Paying attention to what will be a controversial thread*

powerslave_85
12-09-2011, 07:32 PM
Deafheaven and Trap Them gets the boot! They're better be nothing but pop punk! :flame:Fixed.

mankvill
12-09-2011, 08:52 PM
I think Heritage is worth a listen just to see what it's like for the sake of it (probably wouldn't be a "top" contender).

Definitely liked them in concert, which had a good chunk from Heritage.

mankvill
12-09-2011, 08:53 PM
Fixed.

Sadle no Wonder Years either.

jd091
12-09-2011, 09:04 PM
Wow, haven't listened to Black Dahlia yet? Even after all the hype it got? AND your love for Nocturnal?!

Manks, if there's ever a single shred of advice you should ever follow from me, let it be this: LISTEN TO RITUAL. Deflorate was a huge "meh" for me too, and Ritual's probably my album of the year.

elturtleboy
12-09-2011, 09:46 PM
Fixed.

:finger2:

GarageMetal468
12-09-2011, 10:40 PM
Wow, haven't listened to Black Dahlia yet? Even after all the hype it got? AND your love for Nocturnal?!

Manks, if there's ever a single shred of advice you should ever follow from me, let it be this: LISTEN TO RITUAL. Deflorate was a huge "meh" for me too, and Ritual's probably my album of the year.

This. And after you're done, you're going to have 52 albums on your list.

jd091
12-09-2011, 11:09 PM
1. Touche Amore
2. Anaal Nathrakh

Callin' it now.

mankvill
12-10-2011, 12:32 AM
Just finished my list!

51 albums, but from 45 up I pretty much really like. A great year for music! :D

mankvill
12-11-2011, 11:42 PM
BEST SURPRISE BANDS OF 2011

By surprise bands, I either mean bands I had never heard of or bands I wasn't looking forward to that performed exceptionally well!

====

5.

WHITE WIZZARD

opening for Forbidden, along with Revocation, Havok and Vanlade

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/42552665/White+Wizzard.jpg

I think White Wizzard is as close as any of us will get to hearing late 70s, early 80s Iron Maiden without sounding like an uninspired rip-off. Tons of fun.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17274)

Highlight: High Speed GTO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8-zehtCs7U)

IrritatedTrout
12-12-2011, 03:52 AM
I don't get the Iron Maiden comparison. Maybe I've just listened to too much Maiden or maybe I just like them too much but I've never heard another band that sounds like them, hell even Bruce's solo stuff doesn't sound anything like Maiden to me and some of his releases have two Maiden members on them.

Anyways, I've been disappointed by comparisons to Maiden since I first started listening to music after I found them.:hmm: And, NO, Keeper of the Seven Keys II does not sound like Iron Maiden.:bouville:


;)

mankvill
12-12-2011, 12:13 PM
4.

Demized

Opening for Ares Kingdon, with Elctrikchair and El Canero.

http://www.metal-archives.com/images/9/8/1/2/98125_photo.jpg?3609

Demized did what every obscure touring act should do: make your show memorable by making it fun. Not only do they play really fun brutal death metal, but they also covered Behemoth and Brujeria. I think it's the first time I've ever sung along to a band that I didn't know.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17934)

Highlight: Kill Or Be Killed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P86RKzkaNEI)

mankvill
12-12-2011, 12:19 PM
3.

Cannabis Corpse

Opening for The Black Dahlia Murder, along with All Shall Perish and Marasmus.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/5758548/Cannabis+Corpse+partook+in+trainwreck.jpg

Although not an old-school band, Cannabis Corpse plays a brand of old-school death metal that is really infectious. Their brand of metal is why the death metal bands of yesteryear are held in such reverence. Also possibly being the first band I've seen to have lyrics about weed that aren't douchebags about it.

No original review (sry)

Highlight: Skull Full Of Bong Hits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDRRm_fNww)

larvtard
12-12-2011, 12:23 PM
3.

Cannabis Corpse

Opening for The Black Dahlia Murder, along with All Shall Perish and Marasmus.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/5758548/Cannabis+Corpse+partook+in+trainwreck.jpg

Although not an old-school band, Cannabis Corpse plays a brand of old-school death metal that is really infectious. Their brand of metal is why the death metal bands of yesteryear are held in such reverence. Also possibly being the first band I've seen to have lyrics about weed that aren't douchebags about it.

No original review (sry)

Highlight: Skull Full Of Bong Hits (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDRRm_fNww)

...you weren't looking forward to Cannabis Corpse? WHAT IS DIS MADNESS

mankvill
12-12-2011, 12:28 PM
2.

Crowbar

Opening for Saint Vitus, along with Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth, Apehanger.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/57102363/Crowbar+new_band_photo1BW.jpg

Back when I was young and naive (March), I fooled myself into thinking all bands considered "sludge" were boring. Crowbar proceeded to take the stage and forcefully rip out that part of my brain. Insanely heavy and brutal. And Kirk has amazing tattoos!

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16413)

Highlight: Cemetery Angels (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy5UnS6QSo0)

mankvill
12-12-2011, 12:29 PM
...you weren't looking forward to Cannabis Corpse? WHAT IS DIS MADNESS

was but they blew away my expectations

mankvill
12-12-2011, 12:46 PM
1.

Landmine Marathon

Opening for Warbringer, along with LaZarus A.D., Diamond Plate and Vanlade.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/46815899/Landmine+Marathon+l_.jpg

Artists like Landmine Marathon and vocalist Grace Perry are saving women in heavy music. Anyone who labels Landmine Marathon "a chick band" are fucking stupid. They absolutely rip live, a perfect blend of grindcore and death metal. And Grace Perry is one of the best harsh vocalists I've ever heard live. They couldn't have been more out of place on the Warbringer tour, but it was a breath of fresh brutality that left everyone headbanging and speechless.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18472)

Highlight: Shadows Fed To Tyrants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdLAeARPdSY)

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 01:02 PM
Landmine is from here in Phoenix, and I haven't seen them in something like 6 years. I feel like an asshole.

smearCampaign
12-12-2011, 01:47 PM
1.

Landmine Marathon

Opening for Warbringer, along with LaZarus A.D., Diamond Plate and Vanlade.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/46815899/Landmine+Marathon+l_.jpg

Artists like Landmine Marathon and vocalist Grace Perry are saving women in heavy music. Anyone who labels Landmine Marathon "a chick band" are fucking stupid. They absolutely rip live, a perfect blend of grindcore and death metal. And Grace Perry is one of the best harsh vocalists I've ever heard live. They couldn't have been more out of place on the Warbringer tour, but it was a breath of fresh brutality that left everyone headbanging and speechless.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18472)

Highlight: Shadows Fed To Tyrants (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdLAeARPdSY)


You need to go listen to Gallows.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 07:51 PM
WORST BANDS I SAW THIS YEAR

Thankfully, this year was pretty amazing for concerts, so not too many bad bands. But the one's that were bad were REALLY bad.

====

5.

My Chemical Romance

Opening for blink-182, along with Matt & Kim.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/54194503/My+Chemical+Romance.png

As part of the Big 3 of shitty radio emo pop rock bands (the other two being Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy), I always found My Chemical Romance to be the most enjoyable of them. Or at least the least worst. But it definitely didn't translate live. Maybe it's because I only know their popular songs and their new album tracks sound entirely uninspired, but they nearly ruined the 10th anniversary of my first concert.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17977)
Saving Grace: Welcome To The Black Parade (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDWgsQhbaqU)

jd091
12-12-2011, 07:52 PM
inb4 the deathcore bands

mankvill
12-12-2011, 07:57 PM
inb4 the deathcore bands

*looks over list*

Only one "pure" deathcore band is on the list. I had a surprisingly deathcore-free year this year, thank Christ.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 08:15 PM
4.

System Divide

Opening for Eluveitie, along with 3 Inches Of Blood and Holy Grail.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/37165051/System+Divide+systemdiv.jpg

Not sure why this band is getting on a bunch of tours, they're basically a slightly harder version of Evanescence that switches to really boring groove metal/metalcore/deathcore. Would've been huge 10 years ago. Honestly one of the most boring performances I've seen.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=15938)

No saving grace, see how bad they are here. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EefemUS1s9s&feature=relmfu)

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 08:19 PM
I haven't heard Global Flatline yet, but now that Sven has an outlet for shitty music I hope there won't be anymore lame Aborted records.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 08:20 PM
I haven't heard Global Flatline yet, but now that Sven has an outlet for shitty music I hope there won't be anymore lame Aborted records.

I've heard it. I'm not a huge Aborted fan, but I think it's okay.

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 08:27 PM
I've heard it. I'm not a huge Aborted fan, but I think it's okay.

The last one that was really good was Goremageddon... actually, tbh I think that's the only one that was REALLY good.

For what it's worth, System Divide would probably be a lot better (on record at least, haven't seen them live) if it were just the chick. She's pretty hot too. But the deathcore vocals ruin it.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 08:47 PM
3.

Job For A Cowboy

Opening for Between The Buried And Me, along with The Ocean.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/30959289/Job+For+A+Cowboy+upJFAC_Ruination_Photo.jpg

I think this is the fifth or sixth time I've been at a show with JFAC playing. That is far too much. Their bland boring take on deathcore-infused death metal just makes them sound incredibly muddy, the downtuned guitars and the dissonance just adds to the mediocrity. Consistently probably the worst band I've ever seen.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16686)
Saving grace: getting to see this afterwards (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmpqydhf_dI)

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 08:53 PM
Oh, fuck off.

No but seriously, I don't see how you can hate them so much unless you just haven't paid attention to how they've evolved.

I wouldn't even consider myself a fan, but they're local here and I used to hate them more than you ever could. I feel that it is my duty for that reason to give them props for straightening up their act.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 08:55 PM
Oh, fuck off.

No but seriously, I don't see how you can hate them so much unless you just haven't paid attention to how they've evolved.

I wouldn't even consider myself a fan, but they're local here and I used to hate them more than you ever could. I feel that it is my duty for that reason to give them props for straightening up their act.

Son, I have listened to an immense amount of Job For A Cowboy, and I have seen them live a trillion times (well, it feels like that) and they honestly are so boring.

countless deathcore bands now play bland, pandering, uninspired Domination-era Morbid Angel ripoff death metal now. It doesn't make them good or any more legitimate, it just makes them boring.

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 09:00 PM
Son, I have listened to an immense amount of Job For A Cowboy, and I have seen them live a trillion times (well, it feels like that) and they honestly are so boring.

countless deathcore bands now play bland, pandering, uninspired Domination-era Morbid Angel ripoff death metal now. It doesn't make them good or any more legitimate, it just makes them boring.

They may be boring, but that's still a vast improvement on being shitty deathcore.

By the way, I've seen Vektor open for JFAC when they were both nothing but shitty AZ bands :finger:

mankvill
12-12-2011, 09:01 PM
2.

Impending Doom

Opening for Norma Jean, along with Stick To Your Guns, Of Legends and The Runaway Sons.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/48914565/Impending+Doom+The+Newest.jpg

At least with JFAC you still get the Morbid Angel ripoffs. With Impending Doom, you just get straight, no-frills, lame deathcore. I actually had higher than normal hopes (for a deathcore band that is) for them live, but they just played basically the same breakdowns over and over. Yawn.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16255)
Saving grace: None

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 09:03 PM
Christcore :lovedup:

mankvill
12-12-2011, 09:03 PM
They may be boring, but that's still a vast improvement on being shitty deathcore.

By the way, I've seen Vektor open for JFAC when they were both nothing but shitty AZ bands :finger:

>implying you seeing anyone open for JFAC makes me jelly in the slightest

Epidemic Reign
12-12-2011, 09:04 PM
>implying you seeing anyone open for JFAC makes me jelly in the slightest

Well honestly, that was when JFAC seriously sucked hard. But looking back they were probably both opening for Vehemence, so...

BE JELLY.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 09:10 PM
1.

All Shall Perish

Opening for The Black Dahlia Murder, along with Cannabis Corpse and Marasmus.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/53246221/All+Shall+Perish++promo.jpg

I even listened to some of their new album and thought it wasn't horrendous, but man they are live. Supremely boring with supremely boring breakdowns thrown in as well. Where is all this technical amazingness I've heard so much about? How come they were better when I saw them open for JFAC 3 years ago? I couldn't tell you, but they honestly ruined the concert for me.

No original review, sry
No saving grace, they actually made TBDM less enjoyable for me.

larvtard
12-12-2011, 09:37 PM
1.

All Shall Perish

Opening for The Black Dahlia Murder, along with Cannabis Corpse and Marasmus.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/53246221/All+Shall+Perish++promo.jpg

I even listened to some of their new album and thought it wasn't horrendous, but man they are live. Supremely boring with supremely boring breakdowns thrown in as well. Where is all this technical amazingness I've heard so much about? How come they were better when I saw them open for JFAC 3 years ago? I couldn't tell you, but they honestly ruined the concert for me.

No original review, sry
No saving grace, they actually made TBDM less enjoyable for me.

definitely agreed... when I saw them on Summer Slaughter I actually liked 'em a fair bit on record (Awaken the Dreamers is not that bad, honestly), but they were SO. FUCKING. SHITTY. in a live stting.

illuminatus917
12-12-2011, 09:39 PM
So much shit in this thread. It makes my head hurt.

Damnit mankvill you gave me a headache.

slapguitarer
12-12-2011, 09:41 PM
definitely agreed... when I saw them on Summer Slaughter I actually liked 'em a fair bit on record (Awaken the Dreamers is not that bad, honestly), but they were SO. FUCKING. SHITTY. in a live stting.

I'll second this, but I saw 'em at Mayhem Fest. They have some cool tech shit, but they just play the breakdowns for the kiddies at shows. Shit is gay as fuck, nigga.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 09:49 PM
So much shit in this thread. It makes my head hurt.

Damnit mankvill you gave me a headache.

>definition of mad

jd091
12-12-2011, 10:48 PM
Wow, All Shall Perish were one of the best bands I saw live this year. :lol: Maybe 'cause it was in Peabody's and it was packed and everyone was stagediving and having a good time? Definitely a great crowd.

mankvill
12-12-2011, 11:05 PM
Wow, All Shall Perish were one of the best bands I saw live this year. :lol: Maybe 'cause it was in Peabody's and it was packed and everyone was stagediving and having a good time? Definitely a great crowd.

They had tons of pits. Crowds don't influence my liking of a band.

mankvill
12-13-2011, 08:16 PM
TOP LIVE BANDS I SAW THIS YEAR

I'm going to go ahead and preface this category by saying this was probably the best year I've had in terms of amazing bands I've seen. Narrowing this list down to just the top ten is near impossible. But I tried my best. I'm leaving off bands that gave amazing performances, but these ten went that little extra and made their performances truly memorable.

====

10.

Warbringer

10/30 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO

with LaZarus A.D., Landmine Marathon, Diamond Plate and Vanlade.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/4623844/Warbringer.jpg

I'm lucky that the first time I saw Warbringer headling was for their tour for my favorite album of theirs. The group was seriously on fire that night and my voice got hoarse from screaming along. John is still a great frontman and they only reinforced my opinion that they are the best "thrash revival" band out there.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18472)

Highlights: Shattered Like Glass, At The Crack Of Doom, Combat Shock

larvtard
12-13-2011, 08:22 PM
Saint Vitus as #1

mankvill
12-13-2011, 09:05 PM
9.

Mastodon

11/14 - Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO

with Dillinger Escape Plan and Red Fang.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/36987729/Mastodon+54.jpg

They made the list last year, and after another near-flawless performance, they're on it again. Most consistently amazing live band for me performing one of my top albums this year (spoiler alert) was just a fantastic experience. And they're all amazing musicians to boot.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18667)

Highlights: Circly of Cysquatch, Aqua Dementia, Blasteroid

slapguitarer
12-13-2011, 09:21 PM
:rocker:

mankvill
12-13-2011, 09:28 PM
8.

Touche Amore

12/11 - Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS

with Pianos Become The Teeth, Seahaven and Drought Years.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/64839269/Touch+Amor+tommytouche.jpg

I've never seen a frontman leave everything he has up on a stage like Jeremy from Touche Amore does. Not only is there plenty of crowd participation with songs and stagediving, but Jeremy will get right down into the crowd and share the music with everyone in the venue. If TA's performances aren't legendary already, they will be.

Original Thread (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?p=425058#post425058)

Highlights: Method Act, Cadence, Wants/Needs

mankvill
12-13-2011, 09:44 PM
7.

Melt-Banana

10/9 - recordBar - Kansas City, MO

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/_/2895636/MeltBanana+b29d9adf.jpg

It's rare to have a band make such sonically interesting music on album and then translate it flawlessly live. Especially when it's spastic noise rock infused with pop music and grindcore. It's a spectacle in itself to see all the creative ways their guitarist can emit strange noises from his guitar and sea of pedals, but it's even more impressive how it all works; a sort of beauty in chaos. With cats.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18257)

Highlights: Blank Page Of The Blind, Monkey Man (Toots and the Maytals cover), Cat Brain Land

Epidemic Reign
12-13-2011, 09:56 PM
Especially when it's spastic noise rock infused with pop music and grindcore.

Sooooooooooo...




iwrestledabearonce?

mankvill
12-13-2011, 09:56 PM
Sooooooooooo...




iwrestledabearonce?

iwrestledabearonce only wishes they could do what Melt-Banana does

mankvill
12-13-2011, 10:05 PM
6.

Exhumed

07/21 - Aftershock - Merriam, KS

with Cephalic Carnage, Origin, Troglodyte, Upon The Wake, The Roman Holiday


http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2618/3799089123_084334a67b_z.jpg

This legendary band might do Carcass better than Carcass can today. They've inspired some of the best bands I've ever listened to and seen live, so to see them perform their fantastic version of gore-soaked deathgrind was a definite treat. 1980's extreme-gore B-movies in music form. And Matt Harvey can seriously shred.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17493)

Highlights: The Matter Of Splatter, Casketkrusher, Waxwork

slapguitarer
12-13-2011, 10:20 PM
And Matt Heafy can seriously shred

wut

mankvill
12-13-2011, 10:22 PM
wut

LMFAO

I mean Matt Harvey. I do that way more than I should. :lol:

Epidemic Reign
12-13-2011, 10:27 PM
h8 myself for missing Exhumed this year.

mastodon421
12-14-2011, 05:27 AM
The worst live bands list made me lol. All Shall Perish worse than Impending Doom? I know you hate deathcore (and that's completey fine with me, to each his own), but that is just straight-up wrong.

mankvill
12-14-2011, 11:39 AM
5.

Skeletontits

10/8 - Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS

with Wrath and Ruin, The Cast Pattern

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/25585075/Skeletonwitch+live++22709.jpg

Quite possibly my favorite live band ever, Skeletonwitch was better than ever this year. They played great cuts off their new album, the best tracks off their last album, and a whole ton of their classic tracks from the first album. And "Within My Blood" is still my favorite concert closer of all time. Unmatched intensity.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18242)

Highlights: Within My Blood, Crushed Beyond Dust, Fire From The Sky

mankvill
12-14-2011, 11:55 AM
4.

Diamond Head

8/23 - Knucklehead's - Kansas City, MO

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/24804089/Diamond+Head.jpg

It was pretty amazing to see the band that influenced the biggest metal band in the world to form 30 years ago. And they can still rock. A Diamond Head show has that perfect blend of old-school hard rock and heavy metal that make every song memorable, and the members can still play the hell out of their instruments. Everyone pretty much lost it when "Am I Evil?" started, but the small but enthusiastic crowd was going nuts the entire night.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17830)

Highlights: Am I Evil?, Lightning To The Nations, Helpless

mankvill
12-14-2011, 12:04 PM
3.

Weedeater

3/3 - Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS

with Zoroaster and Masses.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/286137/Weedeater.jpg

By far one of the heaviest bands in the world right now, but with their heaviness comes a great groove that can only be achieved by those crazy Southern-folk. All band members participated in their own brand of insanity which made songs like "Jason...The Dragon" and the Lynyrd Skynyrd cover of "Gimme Back My Bullets" so much fun, but true chaos came from the closing song, "Weed Monkey" which ended the night with a bang.

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16166)

Highlights: Jason...The Dragon, Weedmonkey, God Luck and Good Speed

larvtard
12-14-2011, 12:07 PM
And Matt Heafy can seriously shred.


Trivium :lovedup:

Spiner202
12-14-2011, 12:08 PM
4.

Diamond Head


These guys were great! I wasn't sure what to expect but I was really happy with their performance. Am I Evil? is probably the heaviest live song I've ever heard. Also, I loved how the guitar player (can't remember his name right now...) was older than everyone at Heavy TO, but still rocked harder than any of them

:rocker:

makethemsuffer12
12-14-2011, 01:42 PM
Son, I have listened to an immense amount of Job For A Cowboy, and I have seen them live a trillion times (well, it feels like that) and they honestly are so boring.

countless deathcore bands now play bland, pandering, uninspired Domination-era Morbid Angel ripoff death metal now. It doesn't make them good or any more legitimate, it just makes them boring.
Job sound NOTHING like Domination-era Morbid Angel.

larvtard
12-14-2011, 01:46 PM
Job sound NOTHING like Domination-era Morbid Angel.

Yeah, I didn't know that Domination was a generic tech-death album :lol:

makethemsuffer12
12-14-2011, 01:49 PM
Yeah, I didn't know that Domination was a generic tech-death album :lol:

:lol:

At this point, though, how much death metal isn't generic?

mankvill
12-14-2011, 01:55 PM
Job sound NOTHING like Domination-era Morbid Angel.

oh sorry, then just supremely down-tuned dissonant boring death metal

mankvill
12-14-2011, 02:27 PM
2.

Ghoul

10/15 - Aftershock - Merriam, KS

with Troglodyte and Hellevate.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/25324195/Ghoul.jpg

Just like Exhumed a few months before, Ghoul takes the Carcass sound and adds their own spin on it, this time thrashing it out. Not only was Ghoul ripping through thrash songs that sounded like underground 80's metal, but they also had a cast of supporting characters join them on stage, including a giant robot that bopped members of the audience on the head. That would be enough to make the show make my top 10, but Ghoul are just fantastic musicians and make really catchy yet brutal deaththrash, or "Splatterthrash". :fist:

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18315)

Highlights: Rise, Killbot, Rise!, As Your Casket Closes, Maniaxe

mankvill
12-14-2011, 06:38 PM
1.

Saint Vitus

3/28 - Aftershock - Merriam, KS

with Crowbar, Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, The Atlas Moth and Apehanger.

http://userserve-ak.last.fm/serve/500/36040561/Saint+Vitus.png

The best live performance I've ever seen. It's one thing for a legendary band to perform, but Saint Vitus take it above and beyond. Wino lept out into the crowd and was sharing his bottle of Jack Daniel's with everyone. Dave Chandler is by far the best non-technical guitarist I've ever seen live. I've basically listened to Saint Vitus nonstop since I discovered them, and this show only proved that I have to keep listening to them for the rest of my life. Best. Performance. Ever. :fist:

Original Review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16413)

Highlights: Everything

mankvill
12-15-2011, 10:43 PM
TOP SONGS

One post for this. Self-explanatory. No big fanfare or anything. Take a listen and see if you like them as much as I do.

1. Vektor - Tetrastructural Minds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tAbcWrrIQU)
2. Company of Thieves - Death of Communication (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTYWKghs1Y)
3. Warbringer - Shattered Like Glass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wqtSFuGLc&ob=av3e)
4. Taake - Myr (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDveAcqmiYg)
5. Havok - DOA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBsw-vTxs8I)

illuminatus917
12-15-2011, 10:54 PM
Nice picks on #1 & #4.

mankvill
12-15-2011, 11:02 PM
Nice picks on #1 & #4.

dat black metal banjo! :shred:

illuminatus917
12-15-2011, 11:09 PM
dat black metal banjo! :shred:

:lol: I was actually getting ready to post about it...

I'll wait 'til tomorrow though. It's not my favorite track on that album.

slapguitarer
12-15-2011, 11:23 PM
While number 1 isn't my favorite song of the year, it's by far my favorite song on Outer Isolation. :rocker:

mankvill
12-16-2011, 12:19 PM
TOP ALBUMS

Okay. Here we go.

====

51.

Gravewürm - Blood Of The Pentagram

http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/2084/bloodofthepentagramgrav.jpg

A description of this album would make it sound like my album of the year, but sloppy performances and uninspired music make this supremely underground band just come off as bad. Their hearts are definitely in the right place, though.

mankvill
12-16-2011, 12:22 PM
50.

Brutal Truth - End Time

http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/676/595d33fbd7e107fffffbc2e.jpg

I know. But I just can't get into Brutal Truth. They seem content with repeating themselves album after album, filled with the same boring grindcore that lacks all the creativity of the rest of the scene. I feel bad for not liking this, but I can't help it.

mankvill
12-16-2011, 12:26 PM
49.

Exeloume - Fairytale of Perversion

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/6303/exeloumefairytaleofperv.jpg

All this album is is Exeloume's love letter to their favorite thrash bands. It's definitely not a horrendous album, but it's just something we've all heard a million times before.

Highlight: Faceless Children (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTjlJqess0w&feature=related)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 12:30 PM
48.

Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising

http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/3971/surturrising.jpg

Despite having a few great songs, the Motorhead of melodic death metal have cranked out another passable record. Their few albums before this were fantastic, but it looks like they might be falling into a rut now.

Highlight: Destroyer Of The Universe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZtPiRoRRD4)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 01:53 PM
47.

Mitochondrion - Parasignosis

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/4647/mpfront2011.png

Another one I'm pretty surprised I didn't absolutely love. To me, this album just sounds like Portal without the special brand of unpredictable chaos that makes Portal so good. Also not a huge fan of most of the vocals on this album.

Highlight: Parasignosis (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEQMcsS38wo)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 01:56 PM
46.

Cauldron - Burning Fortune

http://earache.com/uswebstore/images/Cauldron%20Pic%20Webstore%20MOSH403.jpg

This album definitely rocks, but there are parts that just don't click at times. It should satisfy both fans of Helloween-type speed metal and cheesy Def Leppard hard rock ballads. Neither of which I'm a huge fan of.

Highlight: Frozen in Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_5MbiT1DFU)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 01:59 PM
45.

Maim - Deceased to Exist

http://img84.imageshack.us/img84/2068/23391017.jpg

This album seriously rips, but if you've heard an album by Dismember or Unleashed, then you will find nothing new or exciting here. It's a shame, because this is a real headbanger.

Highlight: Purged Through Napalm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V13TwBiz_9o)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 02:02 PM
44.

Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/7899/opusmortis.jpg

The same with Maim, I'm upset that this isn't higher on my list. It's solid and a great metal record, but at the end of the day, it's just your standard Swedish death metal. I think Sweden had a great year for death metal in 2011.

Highlight: Hate In A Time Of War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Bbq69EqME)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 02:07 PM
43.

Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of Existence

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1535/abysmalleveling500.jpg

A lot of people slag on them, but I think Abysmal Dawn is great at making really fast, in your face death metal. Leveling The Plane Of Existence is no different. The mix on the album leaves a bit to be desired, though.

Highlight: The Sleeper Awakens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFOvz6p7Z00)

mankvill
12-16-2011, 02:15 PM
42.

Altar of Plagues - Mammal

http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/7180/altarofplaguesmammal.jpg

Hopefully, the first big shock for everyone reading this.

This album is definitely not bad. Not bad at all. But I definitely don't think it lives up to the hype. I think we're at that point that this type of black metal (the long, expansive, ethereal tracks) can have some bands considered "all flash, no substance" and I think this album comes dangerously close to it. The three real black metal tracks on here are great, but it just reminds me of Xasthur, Wolves In The Throne Room, Drudkh, etc. I like the production a lot, but other than that, I don't think it brings much to the table. Also, the third track absolutely kills the momentum of the album.

Sorry Brad.

Neptune Is Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi6znr0VOGQ)

ravenheart
12-16-2011, 02:16 PM
44.

Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/7899/opusmortis.jpg

The same with Maim, I'm upset that this isn't higher on my list. It's solid and a great metal record, but at the end of the day, it's just your standard Swedish death metal. I think Sweden had a great year for death metal in 2011.

Highlight: Hate In A Time Of War (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7Bbq69EqME)

Still the best cover art of the year.

elturtleboy
12-16-2011, 02:24 PM
dat black metal banjo! :shred:

Fuckin love it

xStructualDefect
12-16-2011, 02:39 PM
Really digging Exeloume track. Never heard of them either but it sounds good. I'll probably check out more of their stuff some time.

smearCampaign
12-16-2011, 03:01 PM
I hear you on the Mitocondrian and the Altar of Plagues. All the good write ups still couldn't get me into those records 100%.

jd091
12-16-2011, 03:05 PM
42.

Altar of Plagues - Mammal

http://img535.imageshack.us/img535/7180/altarofplaguesmammal.jpg


What is this artwork from? The vinyl copy I was looking at at Reckless, and everywhere else I've seen online, looks like this:

http://i51.tinypic.com/rqvuo1.png

I think the one you posted looks way better.

ravenheart
12-16-2011, 04:30 PM
Really digging Exeloume track. Never heard of them either but it sounds good. I'll probably check out more of their stuff some time.

Nor had he 'til I gave him that album :lol:

DethMaiden
12-16-2011, 05:00 PM
The one manks posted is the North American release through Profound Lore. The other one is for everyone else via Candlelight. I like them both but the Candlelight one seems to sum up the atmosphere a little better for some reason.

mankvill
12-16-2011, 05:27 PM
I get the Candlelight record artwork mixed up with the new Atlas Moth cover all the time.

mankvill
12-17-2011, 07:37 PM
41.

Cerebral Bore - Maniacal Miscreation

http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/3006/cerebralboremaniacalmis.jpg

England is definitely not the first place I go to for brutal death metal, but Cerebral Bore does a pretty awesome job with it on this album. Completely stupid, but completely fun as well.

Highlight: Entombed In Butchered Bodies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkzOUep4wTQ)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 07:39 PM
40.

Saviours - Death's Procession

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7104/deathsprocession.jpg

I was actually pretty disappointed by this album. Saviours' last couple of records were great headbanging old-school throwback stoner/heavy metal albums, but they really decided to slow it down on this album instead of keeping the tempo up.

Highlight: Crete'n (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6Eq_DR8lVY)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 07:43 PM
39.

Company of Thieves - Running From a Gamble

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2599/companyofthievesrunning.jpg

If all female-fronted alt. rock bands emulated this band instead of shittier bands (*coughFlorencecough*) then I'd listen to a lot more radio. Super rocking in parts, it also has one of my favorite songs of the year.

Highlight: Death of Communication (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYTYWKghs1Y&ob=av2e)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 07:46 PM
38.

Disma - Towards the Megalith

http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/3157/dismatowardsthemegalith.jpg

It features members of Incantation and Funebrarum...of course it's going to be heavy as balls! I wish the songs were a bit more varied, but man this will stomp on your nuts over and over. :bricks:

Highlight: Lost In The Burial Fog (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyKvEfD7t_w)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:02 PM
37.

Root - Heritage of Satan

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/4381/rootheritageofsatan2011.jpg

The dark metal masters take their brand of satanic metal and put a goth/black'n'roll spin on the genre. It's really infectious.

Highlight: In Nomine Sathanas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sZnqKqOIR0)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:06 PM
36.

Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich

http://img337.imageshack.us/img337/4691/vaderwelcometothemorbid.jpg

I think Vader is one of the best death metal bands of all time, and Welcome to The Morbid Reich is a welcome addition to their discography for the '10s. Unbelievably breakneck speed at times.

Highlight: Decapitated Saints (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONyAYSG2dE4)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:12 PM
35.

blink-182 - Neighborhoods

http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/1490/blink182neighborhoods1.jpg

Not quite the comeback album of the year, nor is it the pop-punk album of the year, but I think it's respectable. It's basically the TOM DELONGE SHOW!!!! oh and also two guys named Mark and Travis. Tom needs to take less Angels and Airwaves out of blink-182.

Highlight: After Midnight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAcx8U7MmwU)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:16 PM
34.

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/goblin-cover-art.jpg

Not sure if there was a group that got more press than Odd Future this year, and not sure there was a frontman that came under more scrutiny and praise than Tyler. The album kinda showcases that he really isn't that great of a rapper, but he does have a knack for producing great songs and putting all of his heart into what he raps about, which sometimes trumps talent.

Highlight: Tron Cat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcaXDypNsZQ)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:19 PM
33.

Loss - Despond

http://img685.imageshack.us/img685/5924/lossdespondbig.jpg

This year marked my first foray into the genre of Funeral Doom, and Loss did a pretty good job at it. The overall feeling of the album reminds me a lot of the Australian band Despondancy, which is a really good thing! Only listen to if you're depressed.

Open Veins to a Curtain Closed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk78mkiMD78)

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:22 PM
32.

YOB - Atma

http://img214.imageshack.us/img214/4066/1310932324023e6555dc115.jpg

Wish I would've started listening to these guys earlier. Definitely not what I expected, but a combination of everything good about bands like High on Fire and Black Cobra. Heaviness personified!

Highlight: Atma (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4zydh-PcGA&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL08EC386D494C4EA6)

SomewhereInTime72
12-17-2011, 08:25 PM
That Loss album is pretty fucking awesome. 33 is about where I'd put it too. :cool:

DethMaiden
12-17-2011, 08:26 PM
34.

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/shookdown/goblin-cover-art.jpg

Not sure if there was a group that got more press than Odd Future this year, and not sure there was a frontman that came under more scrutiny and praise than Tyler. The album kinda showcases that he really isn't that great of a rapper, but he does have a knack for producing great songs and putting all of his heart into what he raps about, which sometimes trumps talent.

Highlight: Tron Cat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcaXDypNsZQ)

So I think Goblin, Yonkers, Transylvania, Sandwitches, and Golden would be the best rap EP ever but there's too much fat on this LP for it to really work, BUT I think the worst defense of Tyler is that he "puts all of his heart into what he raps about," considering he raps about rape and murder. I have to hope he's doing the OPPOSITE of putting his heart into it.

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 08:30 PM
Loss and Yob are both excellent picks!

mankvill
12-17-2011, 08:30 PM
So I think Goblin, Yonkers, Transylvania, Sandwitches, and Golden would be the best rap EP ever but there's too much fat on this LP for it to really work, BUT I think the worst defense of Tyler is that he "puts all of his heart into what he raps about," considering he raps about rape and murder. I have to hope he's doing the OPPOSITE of putting his heart into it.

NOT ME

powerslave_85
12-17-2011, 08:48 PM
I'm pretty sure he only says that stuff to piss people off, which is kinda the opposite of putting all of your heart into something.

larvtard
12-17-2011, 09:38 PM
Everyone raves about that Disma record, but Incantation-style death metal is not my bag at ALL.

mankvill
12-17-2011, 09:42 PM
I'm pretty sure he only says that stuff to piss people off, which is kinda the opposite of putting all of your heart into something.

"I'm awesome, and I fuck dolphins"

:fist:

mankvill
12-18-2011, 04:17 PM
31.

Noisear - Subvert The Dominant Paradigm

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2103/coverzd.jpg

Pretty awesome grindcore/powerviolence with a good deal of experimentation thrown in. Every song is extremely memorable and Noisear really is a stand-out among the great grind acts of today.

Highlight: Global Warning (http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/2103/coverzd.jpg)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 04:22 PM
30.

Impiety - Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny

http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/9788/impietyworshippersofthe.jpg

Leave it to Singapore's Impiety to make a 40-minute, single-track, underground blackened death metal record. One 40 minute track might seem a bit pretentious at first, but once you put on the album, it's the same, good ol' Impiety. Sounds a lot like Bestial Mockery, which is a HUGE plus.

Highlight: Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny (excerpt) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iboHrwmnLAE)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 04:28 PM
29.

Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelations

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/647/52088805.jpg

This is really one of the most unique albums I heard this year. If I had to describe it, it'd be like old-school black metal with some psychedelic elements, but not like bands like Nachtmystium. Very occult and very cool sounding.

Highlight: Lamentations and Ashes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x2wev_Jgy4)

GarageMetal468
12-18-2011, 04:36 PM
Jesus christ, it's about damn time SOMEBODY had Vader and Noisear on their best of 2011 lists!

mankvill
12-18-2011, 04:44 PM
28.

Revocation - Chaos of Forms

http://img33.imageshack.us/img33/8604/revocationchaosofformse.jpg

Another one I was a little let-down by. "Existence Is Futile" is one of the best modern metal albums I've heard, and Chaos of Forms does a pretty good job of following it up, but it's kind of apparent they ran out of steam before they hit the end of this album. Some filler here and there, but definitely some killer as well.

Highlight: No Funeral (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bOHF9m0m8k&ob=av2e)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 04:49 PM
27.

Deicide - To Hell With God

http://img267.imageshack.us/img267/3660/tohellwithgodwwwhalifax.jpg

I think "The Stench of Redemption" is the best album released in the 2nd half of Deicide's career, and "Till Death Do Us Part" to be pretty bad. Thankfully, "To Hell With God" follows more in the same style as Stench. Super fast, crazy Ralph Santolla solos and Glen is pissed as ever. Deicide is still a force to be reckoned with!

Highlight: Hang In Agony Until You're Dead (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsX2kJ8tRNU)

John The Drummer
12-18-2011, 05:00 PM
30.

Impiety - Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny

http://img860.imageshack.us/img860/9788/impietyworshippersofthe.jpg

Leave it to Singapore's Impiety to make a 40-minute, single-track, underground blackened death metal record. One 40 minute track might seem a bit pretentious at first, but once you put on the album, it's the same, good ol' Impiety. Sounds a lot like Bestial Mockery, which is a HUGE plus.

Highlight: Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny (excerpt) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iboHrwmnLAE)

As I posted in my review thread, this album shocked me lol. It did take a few listens before I could truly get into it, but yeah, still worth checking out for sure!

mankvill
12-18-2011, 05:08 PM
26.

Inquisition - Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm

http://img254.imageshack.us/img254/515/nc160lp.jpg

Inquisition should be liked by everyone who likes late 90s/early 00s Immortal. Same vocal style, same atmosphere, but definitely more underground. This album has their more mid-paced stuff as well as the fast, more thrashy tracks. Definitely amazing, and Inquisition will be huge in the next few years.

Highlight: Cosmic Invocation Rites (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2F7ABpLEMno)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 05:13 PM
25.

Wrath and Ruin - Mouth of Oblivion

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/5710/1315845645covermouthofo.jpg

What better way to be introduced to industrial metal than by an awesome local band? This album is terrifying, claustrophobic, and has a really eerie atmosphere. It makes for a truly memorable album. Huge recommendation for fans of Godflesh.

Check em out here (http://www.facebook.com/WrathAndRuin)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 05:27 PM
24.

Heavy Rocks (2011)

http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/7938/borisheavyrocks2011.jpg

My favorite album from one of my favorite bands this year, out of the FOUR they released. Should satisfy fans of the original Heavy Rocks, but it's still crazy out there and experimental. Any fan who just wants Boris to make another Pink is obviously not a true fan. They rule so hard.

Highlight: Leak - Truth, Yesnoyesnoyes- (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXF-utrbp6A)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 05:42 PM
23.

Autopsy - Macabre Eternal

http://img20.imageshack.us/img20/3808/autopsymacabreeternallr.jpg

Not sure if Autopsy will ever beat their first two albums, but god damn they had a hell of a time trying with their latest album! Full of all the awesome doom/death metal they're known for, and I think "Dirty Gore Whore" is one of the best they've ever recorded. Autopsy is back!

Highlight: Dirty Gore Whore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7imBe5V9qDc)

mankvill
12-18-2011, 05:49 PM
22.

Origin - Entity

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7151/1311618993.jpg

With no vocalist, recording "Entity" with just input from the core members made for a truly awesome Origin record. Everything we love about Origin is here: insane speed coupled with even more insane technicality, but it's all tight and sounds great. Definitely a step-up from their last album!

Highlight: Saligia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pwn0V9thtM)

jd091
12-18-2011, 05:51 PM
22.

Origin - Entity

http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/7151/1311618993.jpg

With no vocalist, recording "Entity" with just input from the core members made for a truly awesome Origin record. Everything we love about Origin is here: insane speed coupled with even more insane technicality, but it's all tight and sounds great. Definitely a step-up from their last album!

Highlight: Saligia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pwn0V9thtM)

That's a little low for my list...

Spiner202
12-18-2011, 05:59 PM
Not sure if Autopsy will ever beat their first two albums, but god damn they had a hell of a time trying with their latest album! Full of all the awesome doom/death metal they're known for, and I think "Dirty Gore Whore" is one of the best they've ever recorded. Autopsy is back!

Highlight: Dirty Gore Whore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7imBe5V9qDc)
Good call on Dirty Gore Whore, but I think it is second to the epic SADISTIC GRATIFICATION :rocker:

mankvill
12-18-2011, 06:00 PM
Good call on Dirty Gore Whore, but I think it is second to the epic SADISTIC GRATIFICATION :rocker:

:shred: :bricks:

SomewhereInTime72
12-18-2011, 09:03 PM
Son how the fuck does Heavy Rocks not even make the top 20. :bouville: :mad:

mankvill
12-18-2011, 09:30 PM
Son how the fuck does Heavy Rocks not even make the top 20. :bouville: :mad:

This year was awesome for me. Everything basically from 45 and up I absolutely loved. So it was really hard to make a legit top 10 and beyond.

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:31 PM
21.

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

http://img521.imageshack.us/img521/7928/beastieboyshotsaucecomm.jpg

Hip-hop album of the year. The Beasties show that they're as relevant as ever and are still capable of making music just as good as the golden age of hip-hop. It's definitely refreshing to hear such an old-school hip-hop group that can still make great beats with great lyrics.

Highlight: OK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArMGl-kCwng)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:34 PM
20.

Troglodyte - Welcome To Boggy Creek

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/8818/3796ffront.jpg

Infectious deathgrind done right. Some of these songs are some of the catchiest death/grind songs I've ever heard. "Caught (On Super 8)" and "Hit By The Hendersons" will induce as much dancing as they will headbanging and stage diving. HAIL BIGFOOT!

Highlight: Bring Me The Head Of Bigfoot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSK_gUy7nWw)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:41 PM
19.

Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/5868/celestiallineagewolvesi.jpg

Wolves In The Throne Room may just be the best band making this brand of black metal today. Incredibly haunting and really atmospheric, you have to listen to the entire album at once in one sitting to understand just how great it is. It's a bit different than past albums, with female vocals and keyboards now, but it's still killer.

Highlight: Thuja Magus Imperium (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AdfkejJDao)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:43 PM
18.

Burzum - Fallen

http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/1020/2011fallen.jpg

The only gripe I have with this album is that, essentially, it's Belus Pt. 2. Which isn't a bad thing. If you loved Belus, like I did, then you'll love Fallen. Although if the two albums were released as a double album, it'd rival even Burzum's greatest albums.

Highlight: Enhver til Sitt (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eRZYMN16lQ)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:47 PM
17.

Absu - Abzu

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/6440/absuabzucdcolorcovercop.jpg

Sort of disappointed in this. Their "Absu" release was almost an hour of some of Absu's best work, so I can't help but feel like just 35 minutes here isn't as good as they could do. However, it IS Absu, so it's still fantastic. Great occult blackened thrash metal, and the final 15 minute track does wonders.

Highlight: A Song for Ea (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljNhrwGnSrQ)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:52 PM
16.

Havok - Time Is Up

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/7629/havoktimeisup.jpg

Havok does newer thrash right. It has just the right amount of melody and speed and aggression to make it stand out and not be lumped in as merely clones. I think this is much better than Burn, and "D.O.A." is one of the best songs of the year! THRASH!

Highlight: D.O.A. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpiTB9kbg8I)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 04:59 PM
15.

Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination

http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/1892/skeletonwitchforeverabo.jpg

I'm a huge Skeletonwitch fan, so I can confidently say that "Forever Abomination" is a million bajillion times better than "Breathing the Fire". The songs here are more varied and just sound like they have more soul to them. Some different styles here and there, but it still sounds like Skeletonwitch, and that means it still rages like no other.

And random point that doesn't matter: They still have one of the best "small club/bar/venue" shows you will EVER see.

Highlight: Cleaver of Souls (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_XmmOa1Ev8)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 05:02 PM
14.

New Found Glory - Radiosurgery

http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/3442/tumblrlpc0x5uhwq1qzq94x.jpg

This album hasn't even been out 3 months, yet most of its songs are ingrained in my brain more than their earlier stuff ever was. It honestly might be the best pop-punk/melodic hardcore album in the past ten years. Any fan of the genre, casual or not, NEEDS this album. I'll be listening to this all throughout the next year.

Highlight: Ready, Aim, Fire! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJNaIVIaV4w)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 05:05 PM
13.

Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/8673/allgutsnoglory.jpg

It's pretty rare for a pretty underground act like Exhumed to go on hiatus for a few years, reform, get a release that is massively hyped, and then the album and the band completely live up to and exceed every expectation put on them. "All Guts, No Glory" sounds just like the Exhumed of old: gorey, fast, Carcass-worship with it's own personal touch.

Highlight: Your Funeral, My Feast (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUQ5kOpzC0E)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 05:07 PM
12.

Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/1599/weedeaterjasonthedragon.jpg

My review:

:stoned: :bricks:

Highlight: Jason...The Dragon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F21xidkqPM)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 05:11 PM
11.

Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder

http://img808.imageshack.us/img808/3580/warbringerworldstornasu.jpg

Probably my favorite new thrash band, and probably my favorite album they've done. They can still make fast thrash with the best of them ("Living Weapon", "Shattered Like Glass") but this album shows other sides, such as their more melodic side ("Enemies Of The State") and even some progression ("Future Ages Gone") and it's honestly one of the best newer thrash albums you'll hear this year.

Highlight: Future Ages Gone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lydHFkjUMVk)

larvtard
12-20-2011, 05:11 PM
12.

Weedeater - Jason...The Dragon

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/1599/weedeaterjasonthedragon.jpg

My review:

:stoned: :bricks:

Highlight: Jason...The Dragon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9F21xidkqPM)

I knew manks would eventually hop on the weed bandwagon

mankvill
12-20-2011, 05:22 PM
I knew manks would eventually hop on the weed bandwagon

>implying I smoke weed

larvtard
12-20-2011, 07:19 PM
>implying I smoke weed

>implying that using the "stoned" smiley doesn't imply you smoke weed

mankvill
12-20-2011, 07:23 PM
>implying that using the "stoned" smiley doesn't imply you smoke weed

>implying you need to smoke weed to use that smiley
>implying you need to smoke weed to listen to stoner bands
>implying you haven't eaten crack out of your brothers asshole

Pick 3

brutal_descent
12-20-2011, 07:27 PM
>implying you haven't eaten crack out of your brothers asshole

You're welcome :D

larvtard
12-20-2011, 07:46 PM
>implying you haven't eaten crack out of your brothers asshole


wat

MPF
12-20-2011, 07:50 PM
wat

Apparently someone hasn't heard the funniest news story of 2011 yet.

brutal_descent
12-20-2011, 07:52 PM
Apparently someone hasn't heard the funniest news story of 2011 yet.

You're welcome as well!

MPF
12-20-2011, 08:08 PM
You're welcome as well!

:lol:

jd091
12-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Yeah... hate to break it to you, but if you're listening to Weedeater sober, you're doing it wrong, man.

slapguitarer
12-20-2011, 09:31 PM
Yeah... hate to break it to you, but if you're listening to Weedeater sober, you're doing it wrong, man.

:tp:

You don't need THC in your system to appreciate good riffs.

jd091
12-20-2011, 09:33 PM
:tp:

You don't need THC in your system to appreciate good riffs.

That's cute.

slapguitarer
12-20-2011, 09:33 PM
And it's true.

larvtard
12-20-2011, 09:40 PM
That's cute.

:lol:

jd091
12-20-2011, 09:42 PM
And it's true.

Okay, I'll stop this argument here since I know I can't persuade you, but man...

It's called stoner metal for a reason.

slapguitarer
12-20-2011, 09:43 PM
Okay, I'll stop this argument here since I know I can't persuade you, but man...

It's called stoner metal for a reason.

And non-stoners can't enjoy it?

RACIST

masterguy49
12-20-2011, 09:43 PM
:lol: Man I love you guiz

treghet
12-20-2011, 09:46 PM
It's called black metal for a reason.

masterguy49
12-20-2011, 09:48 PM
It's called black metal for a reason.

:lol:

llama lom
12-20-2011, 09:52 PM
It's called black metal for a reason.

It's funny because I remember some of the black people I knew in high school giving me shit for listening to "white people music".

mankvill
12-20-2011, 09:59 PM
Okay, I'll stop this argument here since I know I can't persuade you, but man...

It's called stoner metal for a reason.

i know your posts have been lacking in quality for a good while now

but honestly?

this is probably the dumbest thing you've ever said, if you're serious.

jd091
12-20-2011, 10:01 PM
i know your posts have been lacking in quality for a good while now

but honestly?

this is probably the dumbest thing you've ever said, if you're serious.

Ouch, that hurts man. Really.

Daimonos, where are you to back me up?

mankvill
12-20-2011, 10:08 PM
To even begin to think that you aren't getting the most out of a genre of music unless you're under the influence of anything is absolutely absurd.

It reminds me of the people who only like dubstep when they're high. Drugs are not there to accentuate the music. If that is true, then that music must not be very good.

Dextrimental
12-20-2011, 10:50 PM
I think that something like stoner metal, you enjoy it in a different way when actually stoned, its music made my dudes who like to get stoned a lot, as such, it's obviously enjoyed a lot by people who like to get stoned, but that doesn't mean you can't get an equal level of enjoyment out of it sober, the enjoyment might just feel a little different.

That said, there's very little of it I enjoy anyway, so maybe if I listen to it while stoned, that'll change........ Maybe......

xStructualDefect
12-20-2011, 11:04 PM
I don't listen to stoner metal, although I think it sounds better and more fitting when high.

GarageMetal468
12-20-2011, 11:05 PM
And this is the first list to have Exhumed's new album on here as well! Kind of sad but at the same time I can have high hopes in the rest of your list.

MPF
12-20-2011, 11:31 PM
Coming up next on CBS, Julia Louis Dreyfus in, Now It's Just getting Sad'.

mankvill
12-20-2011, 11:41 PM
10.

Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturn Retrograde

http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/9499/forgottentombundersatur.jpg

Not often can a band change their style of metal and still make a fantastic record. Taking a break from depressive black metal, Forgotten Tomb went and made a fantastic doom/depressive rock album, not so unlike a Katatonia album. I don't know why, but I find this far more accessible than the Katatonia I've heard. Still heavy, but this time loaded with so much doom and gloom. And their cover of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" is the best cover of it I've heard.

Highlight: I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGe0rxeENXg)

Epidemic Reign
12-20-2011, 11:47 PM
Never heard of Forgotten Tomb, but you had me at "Katatonia". Listening now. Good stuff!

mankvill
12-20-2011, 11:47 PM
9.

Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings

http://img263.imageshack.us/img263/816/mournfulcongregationthe.jpg

This was pretty much my introduction to funeral doom metal, and what an intro it was! Only 4 songs long, it clocks in at an excruciatingly gloomy 75 minutes. The last song itself is over 30 minutes. And it is quite the journey. A suffocating atmosphere, depression oozing from the instruments, and haunting vocals. Can't say enough about how great this album is, just be prepared for a long listen.

Highlight: The Book Of Kings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZkhJWNaEZs)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 11:47 PM
Never heard of Forgotten Tomb, but you had me at "Katatonia". Listening now. Good stuff!

Older stuff is quite different. Depressive black metal. I also love it.

mankvill
12-20-2011, 11:53 PM
8.

Black Cobra - Invernal

http://img39.imageshack.us/img39/7374/invernal.jpg

No new High on Fire this year? Black Cobra will do just fine. This album, just like their others, is heavy as balls. Honestly, I'm talking like Bolt Thrower/Asphyx levels of heaviness, and they aren't even a death metal band! Just some of the heaviest doom/sludge/heavy metal you'll find this side of Matt Pike's teeth. This album pulls no punches.

Highlight: Obliteration (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyslr54wINo)

mankvill
12-20-2011, 11:56 PM
7.

Taake - Noregs Vaapen

http://img249.imageshack.us/img249/3113/1323183298.jpg

One of the most consistently amazing norwegian black metal bands around today. Taake has never released a bad album, but this is just fantastic. Most of the songs sound straight from the golden age of norwegian black metal, but some have some interesting parts. Such as the song Myr, which has a banjo in it. It is truly blvgrass, and it's truly awesome.

Highlight: Myr (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDveAcqmiYg)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:00 AM
6.

Aosoth - III

http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/7969/aosoth2b2biii.jpg

I know I've said a lot about bands creating a haunting, suffocating atmosphere, but where some bands give off that impending sense of doom and dread, Aosoth IS that feeling. This is really unlike any black metal album I've heard before. It's the soundtrack to staring into the abyss. Absolutely terrifying, absolutely brilliant.

Highlight: 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol8XwaBjs9M)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:03 AM
5.

Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/4990/radioheadthekingoflimbsg.jpg

Honestly, who wasn't disappointed by this the first time they heard it? But as I kept re-listening, it grew on me more than any album I can think of. There's just so many different sounds on here, from electronic tracks with looped drum beats, to songs that were specifically made to be played in front of a live audience. This has such a soothing feeling and is really heartfelt at times. I like to think of it as the perfect morning album, if that makes sense. Probably my favorite album they've done since Amnesiac. It's just TOO SHORT.

Highlight: Little By Little (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfuXyRFMV4Y)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:09 AM
4.

Vektor - Outer Isolation

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/88/vektorouterisolation.jpg

Will Vektor ever top Black Future? Only time will tell, but Outer Isolation does a damn fine job at following it up. Outer Isolation has a lot of variety in its songs. Still great thrash with extreme technicality, but a bit more progressive elements on this album. The best thing is that the musicians are all still really clean and really are masters of their instruments. Tetrastructural Minds is also my pick for song of the year. If you aren't on the bandwagon yet, GET ON!

Highlight: Tetrastructural Minds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tAbcWrrIQU)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:16 AM
3.

Mastodon - The Hunter

http://img847.imageshack.us/img847/6356/mastodonhunter.jpg

What makes this album great is that it is pure Mastodon. But it doesn't really sound like Mastodon. If that makes any sense. But it has everything makes Mastodon so great. Catchy, radio-friendly tunes (Curl Of The Burl, All The Heavy Lifting), some of the heaviest stuff they've ever done (Blasteroid, Spectrelight), those really odd songs that just seem to work that no one could pull off other than Mastodon (Creature Lives, Bedazzled Fingernails) and everything in between. It perfectly molds together their past albums into one huge crowning achievement. I'm not sure if everyone will consider this Mastodon's greatest album, but The Hunter is exactly what Mastodon needed.

Highlight: Black Tongue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwgqenxNUfs)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:30 AM
2.

Anaal Nathrakh - Passion

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/6678/anaalnathrakhpassion.jpg

This was difficult for me, but after a lot of listening and thinking, Anaal Nathrakh is my #2 for this year. And it's really hard because I honestly think this is my favorite album from them since The Codex Necro, or maybe tied with Hell Is Empty. I say that because I feel like it's really a return to chaotic, abrasive, apocalyptic sounding songs. I mean, even more-so than normal. It also features the best Anaal Nathrakh guest track ever. Honestly, it's insane how good Bethlehem's vocalist does on "Tod Huetet Uebel" that it's almost scary. But at the end of the day, Passion should satisfy every Anaal Nathrakh fan. Fans of each album, fans of the soaring vocals, fans of the harsh vocals, fans of the insane drumming, fans of the explosive intensity that comes from nowhere, etc. I am so excited for my favorite band in 2012.

Highlight: Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_L5AFLsQMY), Drug-Fucking Abomination (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPwOKohNY9s)

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:40 AM
1.

Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

http://img64.imageshack.us/img64/229/91c951338db8740586837a4.jpg

Easy. I honestly don't remember the last time I emotionally connected with an album as much as I do with Touche Amore's latest. There are several songs that I can relate to so much it's scary, but what makes it fantastic is that on the songs I can't relate to personally, they're done in such a good and honest way that I can understand exactly what the music and lyrics are meant to convey. If you can't find at least one song on this album where the lyrics move you, you're either lying to yourself or you have never felt emotions ever.

Aside from the emotional connections, the music here is great. It's short and catchy enough that the songs will get stuck in your head for days (and trust me, they will), but long enough that the album will emotionally drain you by the end. If you really take a listen to this album, from start to finish, you should feel a huge range of emotions. I feel like Touche Amore wrote this album for themselves, but ended up writing it for everyone else as well. A masterpiece.

~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsLUYzKGlZA)
Pathfinder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSnGyuSnTcA)
The Great Repetition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gs5HuhYoU0)
Art Official (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pk_Mxrfrp0)
Uppers/Downers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Z8xknslkM)
Crutch (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM7cM3VJO1Q)
Method Act (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hYma6NVoIo)
Face Ghost (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZcSyTkLq9M)
Sesame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxwfjCz0tPw)
Wants/Needs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2HNKUjVaPk)
Condolences (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NtzR4lpcbU)
Home Away From Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6rGV5p8A2c)
Amends (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO8lF5WxUfE)

MPF
12-21-2011, 12:41 AM
HOW IS Anaal Nathrakh NOT NUMBER 1?????????


Ahhhh, that is why, damn fine list sir, damn fine!

mankvill
12-21-2011, 12:43 AM
HOW IS Anaal Nathrakh NOT NUMBER 1?????????


Ahhhh, that is why, damn fine list sir, damn fine!

<3

SomewhereInTime72
12-21-2011, 03:12 AM
I honestly expected you to put Anaal Nathrakh at number 1 too! :lol:

treghet
12-21-2011, 04:06 AM
1.

Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me

Easy. I honestly don't remember the last time I emotionally connected with an album as much as I do with Touche Amore's latest. There are several songs that I can relate to so much it's scary, but what makes it fantastic is that on the songs I can't relate to personally, they're done in such a good and honest way that I can understand exactly what the music and lyrics are meant to convey. If you can't find at least one song on this album where the lyrics move you, you're either lying to yourself or you have never felt emotions ever.

Aside from the emotional connections, the music here is great. It's short and catchy enough that the songs will get stuck in your head for days (and trust me, they will), but long enough that the album will emotionally drain you by the end. If you really take a listen to this album, from start to finish, you should feel a huge range of emotions. I feel like Touche Amore wrote this album for themselves, but ended up writing it for everyone else as well. A masterpiece.

~ (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsLUYzKGlZA)
Pathfinder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSnGyuSnTcA)
The Great Repetition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gs5HuhYoU0)
Art Official (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pk_Mxrfrp0)
Uppers/Downers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8Z8xknslkM)
Crutch (www.youtube.com/watch?v=xM7cM3VJO1Q)
Method Act (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hYma6NVoIo)
Face Ghost (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZcSyTkLq9M)
Sesame (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxwfjCz0tPw)
Wants/Needs (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2HNKUjVaPk)
Condolences (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NtzR4lpcbU)
Home Away From Here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6rGV5p8A2c)
Amends (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO8lF5WxUfE)




It's weird, a few years back a friend of mine was getting into hardcore and he always talked about Touche Amore. At the time they were just a local band playing in tiny rooms with no stages. I don't even remember knowing anybody else who listened to them. I didn't really get into their music until last year when I actually started exploring hardcore, but it's just odd to witness a band that went from nobodies to one of the biggest names in the genre right now. I can't believe how far they've come since then.

larvtard
12-21-2011, 06:55 AM
Been listening to Parting the Sea so much lately. It's probably creeped into my Top 15.

jd091
12-21-2011, 10:48 AM
Good choices. Personally, I can't really connect with Touché Amore like everyone else, but I think it's really unique, genre-defining music that's gonna be super important 10 years from now.

jd091
12-21-2011, 12:13 PM
Oh, and

http://www.tumblr.com/photo/1280/14565505385/1/tumblr_lsvoz6Masq1qasmcy

Rocco44
12-22-2011, 01:15 AM
Its funny, Touche Amore should be something I love, but for what ever reason I find it boring as shit. Maybe I'll give it another spin, and worse case scenario, I lose 20 minutes of my life haha.