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slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 07:31 PM
Long have I awaited this moment. I joined the forum right when all the 2010 lists were rolling in, and it was a great way to be introduced to the forums. Everybody reading each other's lists, giving each other internet brofists 'n' such gave a off a sense of camaraderie that I really liked. This was a refreshing enviornment, since I had just come off of the Mayhem Fest forums. Now I get to participate in this event, and it's super chill.

So, what can one expect from my year end list? Here's a list(in no particular order):
My Top 50 Albums of 2011
Top 10 live acts w/honorable mentions
Most disappointing album of 2011
Worst album of 2011
Best riff of 2011
Top 5 EP's
My dad's Top 5 albums of 2011

I'll start with my Top 50 and all the other stuff will come in between.

street_burial
12-17-2011, 07:32 PM
im looking forward although i think i already know your top 3 for the year

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 07:33 PM
im looking forward although i think i already know your top 3 for the year

I'm pretty sure a lot of people do at this point.

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 07:42 PM
Actually, to start things off these are some albums I never got around to, but probably would've enjoyed.

Junius - Reports From the Threshhold of Death
Rwake - Rest
Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings
Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil
Saviours - Death's Procession
Tombs - Path of Totality
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Black Cobra - Invernal
The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance
Russian Circles - Empros

Rocco44
12-17-2011, 07:57 PM
Actually, to start things off these are some albums I never got around to, but probably would've enjoyed.

Junius - Reports From the Threshhold of Death
Rwake - Rest
Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings
Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
In Solitude - The World. The Flesh. The Devil
Saviours - Death's Procession
Tombs - Path of Totality
Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Black Cobra - Invernal
The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance
Russian Circles - Empros
Yeah, I've listened to half of those and they are all really good especially The Atlas Moth, Russian Circles, Black Cobra and Rwake

Natrlhi
12-17-2011, 08:05 PM
Nice thread title, you plagiarizing bastard (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=15624).

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 08:15 PM
Nice thread title, you plagiarizing bastard (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=15624).

Hey, you should take it as a compliment that I subconciously named something after one of your works. :D

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 08:32 PM
Until I get to my Top 5 or 10, I'll be doing the Top 50 list in increments of five.

http://meatmeadmetal.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/old-silver-key-cover-290x290.jpg
50) Old Silver Key Ė Tales of Wanderings
Neige sure is one busy guy. Iíve only heard his names circulating the intrawebs for maybe a year, but this is the third project Iíve heard him in. Like Lantlos, Neige only provides vocals for Old Silver Key. The band really is the guys from Drudkh. Unlike Lantlos, Old Silver Key features little to no elements of black metal. Sure, they throw in some tremolo picking and blast beats every blue moon, but itís never distorted and Neige never uses his black metal shrieks on this album. Essentially, this album is a post-rock/shoegaze album. Itís in no way a metal album, and thereís nothing wrong with that. The only problem I have with the album is that it is pretty much just Alcest sans the black metal. There are some really cool tracks on the album, but Iíd rather just listen to Alcest. But if you like Alcest, but wanna hear something similar to it without the whole black metal thing, I highly recommend it.
November Nights Insomnia (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VjcYXz7x0A)

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49) Thomas Giles Ė Pulse
Although I wasnít there to experience the reactions to Thomas Giles Rogersí first solo effort, Giles, I know for a fact it wasnít pretty. And when Tommy Rogers announced that heíd be releasing another solo album, I knew a lot of people werenít looking forward to it. Neither was I at first. I had listened to some of the material on Giles, and to be frank, it sucks. But I then heard the single off the album, Sleep Shake, and fear I did not. For the most part, Tommy Rogers abandonís all the elements of the putrid Giles on Pulse. Pulse is full of different colors, emotions, and moods. You canít really fit this album into one genre. On Pulse, you hear alt-rock, electronica, acoustic singer/song writer, metal, and much more. I like the album a lot for that reason, but itís also why itís this low on the list. Pulse doesnít really feel like an album, but a random collection of songs. That may be because thatís precisely what it is, but still. You have your good moments and your shit moments, but the good outweighs the shit. If you like alternative/experimental rock music, Iíd recommend giving Pulse a shot.
Hamilton Anxiety Scale (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOmJNqwQ-0I)

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48) Witch Mountain Ė South of Salem
With South of Salem, Oregon doom-metallers Witch Mountain takes us down to the crossroads in the Mississippi delta. Their style of doom metal is very bluesy and of course, slow. Their combination of slow riffs and high-range female vocals is an approach to doom that I havenít heard and is pretty solid. Now, the reason this album is low on the list is because I donít feel that album really progresses over time or really goes anywhere. Most of the songs sound a little too similar for my taste. Considering this album was a decade in the making, youíd think they could write more concentrated songs that progress and evolve, but that didnít happen here. If youíre into groove oriented metal, or wanna hear some modern metal with a bluesy twang, go for it, but other wise you arenít missing anything great by skipping South of Salem, just something fairly good.
South Sugar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M53u1FxZYU)

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47) The Gates of Slumber Ė The Wretch
The Gates of Slumber are a time machine. Their form of traditional doom metal is similar to any doom metal album you would hear in the 80ís; being equal part Vitus, Pentagram, and Candlemass. The singer/guitarist, Karl Simon, sounds a lot like Ozzy too. The Gates of Slumber door a good job of writing awesome riffs and bitchiní solos. All the songs here are good. They guys do nothing wrong. The reason they are at this place on my list is because I feel that I could be listening to another band, such as Vitus, Sabbath, or Candlemass, and get the same, if not better satisfaction than I do while listening to The Gates Of Slumber. But if youíre a fan of retro doom metal, and want to get your hands on something newer, check these guys out.
Day of Farewell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YJaKwlCTDA)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/b/b8/Amon_Amarth_Surtur_Rising_album_cover.jpg/220px-Amon_Amarth_Surtur_Rising_album_cover.jpg
46) Amon Amarth Ė Surtur Rising
Itís hard to hate Amon Amarth. Their strain of melodic death metal is well written, catchy, and brutal. You can always rely on Amon Amarth to release solid melodic death metal for all of us to enjoy, and that is just what they did with Surtur Rising. Not much has changed this time around. But that is to be expected. People often call Amon Amarth the most consistent band in death metal, which is both good and bad. It is good because if you like Amon Amarth, you never have to worry about them writing a shitty album, but itís bad because when a band is so formulaic, you never get to see how the band could grow and evolve. You get the same product as last time, just newer and a little shinier. So like I said, itís hard to hate Amon Amarth, but itís also hard to love them.
TŲck's Taunt - Loke's Treachery, Part II (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1H5ZgOJKE&feature=related)

Natrlhi
12-17-2011, 08:48 PM
Hey, you should take it as a compliment that I subconciously named something after one of your works. :D
Fair enough - nice recovery. Carry on. :D

larvtard
12-17-2011, 09:34 PM
I like me some female-fronted doom but I did not like that Witch Mountain record at all. Her vocals annoy me.

illuminatus917
12-17-2011, 09:37 PM
48) Witch Mountain Ė South of Salem
With South of Salem, Oregon doom-metallers Witch Mountain takes us down to the crossroads in the Mississippi delta. Their style of doom metal is very bluesy and of course, slow. Their combination of slow riffs and high-range female vocals is an approach to doom that I havenít heard and is pretty solid. Now, the reason this album is low on the list is because I donít feel that album really progresses over time or really goes anywhere. Most of the songs sound a little too similar for my taste. Considering this album was a decade in the making, youíd think they could write more concentrated songs that progress and evolve, but that didnít happen here. If youíre into groove oriented metal, or wanna hear some modern metal with a bluesy twang, go for it, but other wise you arenít missing anything great by skipping South of Salem, just something fairly good.
South Sugar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M53u1FxZYU)


I really couldn't get into this record. Mostly for the two reasons you cited here. And for some reason, though incredible in their own right, the vocals somehow seem out of place with the band's sound.

slapguitarer
12-17-2011, 10:32 PM
I really couldn't get into this record. Mostly for the two reasons you cited here. And for some reason, though incredible in their own right, the vocals somehow seem out of place with the band's sound.

Yeah, I kind of feel that way sometimes. There are moments I think it works fine but other moments, not so much.

King Slender
12-18-2011, 10:20 AM
48) Witch Mountain Ė South of Salem
With South of Salem, Oregon doom-metallers Witch Mountain takes us down to the crossroads in the Mississippi delta. Their style of doom metal is very bluesy and of course, slow. Their combination of slow riffs and high-range female vocals is an approach to doom that I havenít heard and is pretty solid. Now, the reason this album is low on the list is because I donít feel that album really progresses over time or really goes anywhere. Most of the songs sound a little too similar for my taste. Considering this album was a decade in the making, youíd think they could write more concentrated songs that progress and evolve, but that didnít happen here. If youíre into groove oriented metal, or wanna hear some modern metal with a bluesy twang, go for it, but other wise you arenít missing anything great by skipping South of Salem, just something fairly good.


Love the bluesy vibe on this one and think the female vocals fit perfectly. They have recently signed on with Profound Lore and will have new album out summer of 2012.

illuminatus917
12-18-2011, 11:04 AM
Love the bluesy vibe on this one and think the female vocals fit perfectly. They have recently signed on with Profound Lore and will have new album out summer of 2012.

It took them a decade to produce their debut and now they're coming out with another one 1 year later?

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 04:57 PM
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Worst album of the year: Trivium Ė In Waves
Iím sure itís no surprise to anybody that I dislike Trivium, so one might wonder why I listened to this album. Well, I listened to this album for the same reason I listen to other shit bands or albums such as Design the Skyline, Emmure, etc; for shits and giggles. Sometimes Iíll listen to obviously bad music for laughs. Over the course of the song or album Iíll normally think these three thoughts: Itís funny that people actually like this, itís funny that anybody could be proud of making this, itís funny that this band considers themselves to be a legitimate musical act. But In Waves didnít leave me with thoughts. Instead my thoughts over the course of the album were: Itís sad that people actually like this, itís sad that anybody could be proud of making this, itís sad that this band considers themselves to be a legitimate musical act. In Waves pretty much takes all that is bad about the current metal scene, sans the synths, and wraps it into to gargantuan shit burrito. All the songs are incredibly uninspired and theyíre all just even shittier versions of shitty metalcore songs that weíve already heave 1,000 times before. This album isnít bad, itís flat out pathetic.

street_burial
12-19-2011, 05:29 PM
you go fuck yourself.

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 05:39 PM
you go fuck yourself.

I know these guys are one of your favorites, but I thought you didn't like this album at all. :confused:

street_burial
12-19-2011, 05:45 PM
I know these guys are one of your favorites, but I thought you didn't like this album at all. :confused:

i didnt but you made it sound like the worst album ever made

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 05:45 PM
i didnt but you made it sound like the worst album ever made

I'd say it's one of the worst albums I've ever listened to. But that's just like, my opinion, man.

larvtard
12-19-2011, 05:51 PM
>hates the album
>gets mad at someone for hating the album too much

dcmetal108
12-19-2011, 06:07 PM
>hates the album
>gets mad at someone for hating the album too much

Exactly what I was thinking.

street_burial
12-19-2011, 06:10 PM
i don't hate the album. i was just majorly disappointed by it. if you would have read my list you would know that

MPF
12-19-2011, 06:33 PM
It's by far the worst Trivium album, but it's nowhere near the worst album ever made.

larvtard
12-19-2011, 06:33 PM
i don't hate the album. i was just majorly disappointed by it. if you would have read my list you would know that

I did read your list, as evidenced by my comment in your thread ;)

either way...

>is majorly disappointed by the album
>gets mad at someone for hating the album

My point still stands, no? ;)

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 08:15 PM
It's by far the worst Trivium album, but it's nowhere near the worst album ever made.

Didn't claim that. Just worst album of the year.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 08:16 PM
In Waves was pretty shitty but dude, Emmure, Winds of Plague, and Brokencyde had new albums out this year.

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 08:17 PM
In Waves was pretty shitty but dude, Emmure, Winds of Plague, and Brokencyde had new albums out this year.

I explained why I thought In Waves was first in my review.

BloodoftheKings
12-19-2011, 08:18 PM
I explained why I thought In Waves was first in my review.

Maybe that applies to Emmure and WoP but there's nothing funny about Brokencyde.

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 08:21 PM
Maybe that applies to Emmure and WoP but there's nothing funny about Brokencyde.

Well, I didn't get around Brokencyde, but either way, Trivium makes pathetic metal where as Brokencyde make pathetic rap, which is a genre I don't care about.

masterguy49
12-19-2011, 09:11 PM
In Waves isn't that bad. I enjoyed it to some extent. You just insulted everyone who liked it though, which is fucked up.

slapguitarer
12-19-2011, 09:23 PM
In Waves isn't that bad. I enjoyed it to some extent. You just insulted everyone who liked it though, which is fucked up.

I had no intentions of insulting anybody that. Sorry if you found something I wrote offensive.

IrritatedTrout
12-20-2011, 12:30 AM
Good review.:lol:

masterguy49
12-20-2011, 08:49 AM
I had no intentions of insulting anybody that. Sorry if you found something I wrote offensive.

I didn't :lol:
But you basically insulted everything related to the album instead of saying why you didn't like it.

mastodon421
12-20-2011, 09:03 AM
INNNNN WAVVVESSS CHUG CHUG CHUG CHUG

idrinkwine732
12-20-2011, 09:18 AM
I didn't :lol:
But you basically insulted everything related to the album instead of saying why you didn't like it.

Please, there's at least one album every year that makes each one of us do that.

GarageMetal468
12-20-2011, 09:21 AM
I dunno man, I really enjoyed reading that In Waves review :lol:

slapguitarer
12-20-2011, 10:27 AM
I didn't :lol:
But you basically insulted everything related to the album instead of saying why you didn't like it.

In Waves pretty much takes all that is bad about the current metal scene, sans the synths, and wraps it into to gargantuan shit burrito. All the songs are incredibly uninspired and they’re all just even shittier versions of shitty metalcore songs that we’ve already heave 1,000 times before.

That's why I didn't like it. It takes all of the things I don't like about the current metal scene, with the exception of synth pop, and meshes it into one record. It takes all the bad things about genres like metalcore and puts into one record.

slapguitarer
12-21-2011, 05:11 PM
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45) Indian Ė Guiltless
These guys sure are some noisy motherfuckers, thatís for sure. Indian make a very interesting form of sludge metal, combining heavy-as-hell-riffs with blackened vocals and lots of noise. They actually have a band member who has been assigned the duty of providing noise. And that, I think is my main gripe with this band. Not that they have a special noise dude, but their love for noise. The production is a too noisy for my tastes, and seems to come off as this faux-lo fi thing. One might think, ďA metalhead complaining about a sludge record being too noisyĒ? Damn right I am. Iím all for bands getting a colossal sound. But, loud noise =/= colossal sound. But if you enjoy yourself some angry/noisy sludge metal, Indian is the band youíre looking for.
No Grace (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGfDrO3b4v4&ob=av2e)

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San Francisco doom metal band, Castle, have a sound that is not unlike some of their neighboring doom metal brethren. I know a comparison to Acid King might seem inevitable due to the fact that both bands are female fronted, but itís not my fault both bands write catchy doom metal songs featuring excellent riffs and groove. But Castle also sound like Saviours, in they way they some times speed things up a bit, and arenít afraid to get on the thrashy side of things. So, if youíre looking for a versatile doom trio who kick-ass at all speeds and tempos, Castle are for you.
Devil's Castle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptJhEbziY60)

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43) Havok Ė Time Is Up
Havok are a good thrash metal band. While itís one of a the few thrash metal albums I listened to this year, Time is up is definitely better than most of the material nu-thrash bands have been releasing these last few years. With Time Is Up, Havok have written a good collection of thrash songs that showcase good riffs, interesting drum parts, and excellent solos. Thatís pretty much all I can say about these guys for now. I think they have the potential to become a great thrash metal band, but for now, theyíre only good.
Killing Tendencies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMqx_kOMD_o)

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/reviewpics/projecthatebleeding.jpg
42) The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)
The Project Hate make the most interesting death metal Iíve heard. For starters, their two vocalists provide quite the contrast. On one hand, youíve got punishing gutturals and on the other youíve got beautiful clean, female vocals. Musically, they combine elements of death metal, groove metal, and industrial. While Iím not a fan of the industrial, it definitely adds a creepy vibe, which Iím pretty sure is what theyíre going for. Their more metal components are awesome. They write heavy death metal with a great sense of groove. But the thing is, most of these songs stretch past the 10 minute mark, and there isnít much change going on from track to track. So, getting through this 65 minute behemoth is a little grueling if youíre not a rabid fan.
A Revelation of Desecrated Heavens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG8XbngVui4)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-09TwBvu1ONE/TX_9QKOamiI/AAAAAAAABYo/o8thqJSKXf4/s400/Primordial%2B-%2BRedemption%2Bat%2Bthe%2BPuritans%2BHand.jpg
Irelandís Primordial create an interesting mix of celtic, doom, and black metal on Redemption At Puritans Hand. The album is full of lengthy songs that go through many different feelings and textures. They combine both powerful clean vocals and black metal vocals, the guitars are playing huge, full chords, and the drums keep a pounding groove throughout most of the album. On paper, this seems like a kind of music Iíd really like, but I often find myself getting bored about half way through album. Again, this is a long one, so itís not that easy to get through if you donít already love these guys. But, Primordial showcase excellent songwriting on the album, so Iíll give Ďem that.
No Grave Deep Enough (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcMCbOW7u1k)

slapguitarer
12-22-2011, 11:03 AM
So is this thread only interesting when I talk shit on albums? :(

idrinkwine732
12-22-2011, 11:10 AM
http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/reviewpics/projecthatebleeding.jpg
42) The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)
The Project Hate make the most interesting death metal Iíve heard. For starters, their two vocalists provide quite the contrast. On one hand, youíve got punishing gutturals and on the other youíve got beautiful clean, female vocals. Musically, they combine elements of death metal, groove metal, and industrial. While Iím not a fan of the industrial, it definitely adds a creepy vibe, which Iím pretty sure is what theyíre going for. Their more metal components are awesome. They write heavy death metal with a great sense of groove. But the thing is, most of these songs stretch past the 10 minute mark, and there isnít much change going on from track to track. So, getting through this 65 minute behemoth is a little grueling if youíre not a rabid fan.
A Revelation of Desecrated Heavens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG8XbngVui4)
@ early 40's
booooooooooooooooooooo

slapguitarer
12-22-2011, 11:27 AM
@ early 40's
booooooooooooooooooooo

I can say the same thing about your placement of albums like Lapsus and Scurrilous, so shush.

slapguitarer
12-26-2011, 06:09 PM
Favorite riff of the year

Tesseract - Concealing Fate Part 2: Deception (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF_YIiRoRFM)

From 2:51-3:18

I'm sure a whole lot of you won't agree with me here, and some of you may even be disappointed that of all the great riffs to come out of 2011, I choose one from a djent band :eek:.

The reason I choose this riff as my favorite riff of 2011 is because no other riff hit me quite like this one did. It is aggressive, heavy, technical, and proggy. That alone makes a great riff to me, but it's juxtaposition in the song is what really makes it. For the most part the song is full of atmospheric chording and lots of chugs. So to one, it might seem kind of a monotonous piece, but then that riff comes out of nowhere and smacks you in the face. Every time I hear it, I can't help but bang my head, and the two times I've seen Tesseract live and the 4 times I've heard it (they use it in two songs that are part of one large, cohesive piece) I've gone completely apeshit. Simply, it is an awesome riff that thrives not only on aggression but also complexity and makes for an amazing combination. From 2011 there are plenty of songs that are better than Deception, plenty of albums better than One, but no riffs struck me quite like this one did. :rocker:

slapguitarer
12-27-2011, 07:31 PM
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Most Disappointing Album of the Year) Megadeth - TH1RT3EN

When I heard that David Ellefeson had re-joined Megadeth back in 2010, my initial reaction was excitement for their next album. Ellefeson did help in the song writing process back when he was part of the band, and I was really excited to see what he could bring to the table. Their album before this was great, so I thought that having both Daves back in the band would make for a great record. And I think it would have if Megadeth had more time to work on the album, but that wasn't the case.

With Thirteen, we get about 30 minutes of material we haven't heard before and 4 songs that had already been released before. All of the originals tunes that Megadeth wrote for this record all feel rushed and uninspired. Now, I know this may be due to the fact that the record companies put the pressure on them, and they can't really be blamed for that, but that doesn't erase the fact that Thirteen was overall a pretty disappointing record. A lot of the tracks are being recycled and all of the actual new songs are uninspired and most of the time, very cheesy. Maybe next release will show what the band can truly do with both Daves.


Also, my computer is being cleaned out, so I won't be able to continue with the Top 50 'til about friday.

BloodoftheKings
12-27-2011, 07:38 PM
Today I accidentally erased Th1rt3en from my computer. I don't think i'm gonna bother re-downloading it.

idrinkwine732
12-28-2011, 01:12 AM
I can say the same thing about your placement of albums like Lapsus and Scurrilous, so shush.

You haven't seen my final list yet foo.

hellawaits77ny
12-28-2011, 01:32 AM
Wow dude, you REALLY hate In Waves.

hellawaits77ny
12-28-2011, 01:33 AM
http://medias.2kmusic.com/uploads/2011/09/08/img-1315499316-b88ad5fa7c7423e7116d27e3cf96a9dc.jpg
Most Disappointing Album of the Year) Megadeth - TH1RT3EN

When I heard that David Ellefeson had re-joined Megadeth back in 2010, my initial reaction was excitement for their next album. Ellefeson did help in the song writing process back when he was part of the band, and I was really excited to see what he could bring to the table. Their album before this was great, so I thought that having both Daves back in the band would make for a great record. And I think it would have if Megadeth had more time to work on the album, but that wasn't the case.

With Thirteen, we get about 30 minutes of material we haven't heard before and 4 songs that had already been released before. All of the originals tunes that Megadeth wrote for this record all feel rushed and uninspired. Now, I know this may be due to the fact that the record companies put the pressure on them, and they can't really be blamed for that, but that doesn't erase the fact that Thirteen was overall a pretty disappointing record. A lot of the tracks are being recycled and all of the actual new songs are uninspired and most of the time, very cheesy. Maybe next release will show what the band can truly do with both Daves.


Also, my computer is being cleaned out, so I won't be able to continue with the Top 50 'til about friday.


Was one of my biggest disappointments, too.

slapguitarer
01-06-2012, 08:14 PM
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40) Helms Alee Ė Wheatherhead
If I had to lump Helms Alee into one genre, Iíd probably go ahead and say Avant-Garde. But theyíre not Avant-Garde the same way a band like Unexpect is. They just combine a ton of genres such as sludge, punk, shoegaze, and other styles. Their mix is pretty seem less, which produces kind of an unconventional sound, but it works for them. The band I hear most in them are Kylesa but thatís not even half of the time. These guys can go from a fast-paced punk tune straight to an acoustic guitar song, and it sounds pretty great. But I think it is best when the band actually does have a line of songs that actually do all mesh together. That happens in the middle of the album, starting with the song Anemone of the Wound and ending with Revel! . If the band could buckle down from showing off all of their influences, which they do quite well Iíll admit, and focus more on writing songs that all fit together, they could make a really good album.
8/16 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWOENia9J0&feature=related)

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39) Mogwai Ė Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will
Mogwai were on of the first few post-rock bands I started listening to along with GY!BE sleepmakeswaves. Their style of post-rock is different from those two bands. Mogwai often riffs for a while, allows the song to build on itself, but never really have the huge crescendo and climax. That doesnít make it a bad thing at all, because sometimes when bands make an effort to include their crescendo and climax in every song it gets boring, but it often leaves me with an empty feeling. Itís good thinking music though, and definitely has its good qualities. Mogwai are excellent song writers, but forget that vital element of post-rock that really completes it. Also, best album title of 2011 right here, so props for that.
You're Lionel Richie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFm1j0R8lko)

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38) Red Hot Chili Peppers Ė Iím With You
With John Frusciante leaving for a second time, Red Hot Chili Peppers are entering into a new epoch; one where Josh Klinghoffer is filling the role as guitarist. With most bands, a change in the line-up is always an opportunity to explore new ground and to enhance your sound. Red Hot Chili Peppers did that with Iím With You, to an extent. They definitely explored new ground. A lot of these tracks feature a lot of back up vocals and vocal harmonies from Josh. His voice is in a higher range, and it took a few listens for me to fully notice this. It became most evident in the track Did I Let You Know, but at first I thought it was a guest vocalist, only to find out from the album booklet that there were no guest vocalists. Piano is also used quite a bit on this record, appearing in at least 5 tracks. They also experiment with some new genres, like bossa nova, that we havenít heard on any RHCP track before. So while they do some experimenting, as a whole, they donít really enhance their sound. Iím With You really is just your standard RHCP album. Anthonyís lyrics still donít make any damn sense, a lot of the songs still start out with Fleaís funky basslines, and the songs are still simple funk rock tunes. Red Hot Chili Peppers donít really re-invent themselves on this album; they just add a few bells and whistles to their signature sound.
Did I Let You Know (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DB-sqpFIAM)

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37) Foo Fighters Ė Wasting Light
Yíknow, I think this is the album Iíve listened to most this year. The day my dad put Wasting Light into his 6-slot CD player in his car was a day that started a new epoch. Dad would no longer blast Crack The Skye, for Dave Grohl and gang were too busy seeping into his brain and become his new obsession. So, on most mornings on the way to the gym and on the way to school, Wasting Light is what I was listening to. And itís a fine record. Foo Fighters have produced my favorite rock album of the year with Wasting Light. It is full of catchy tunes that will rock your socks off. Itís got a pretty decent mix of material from songs that are fast and furious like White Lime, to ballads like I Should Have Known, and rock anthems like Dear Rosemary. There really arenít any duds on the album, but a fair amount of the songs are pretty average to say the least. But that doesnít erase the fact that all of these songs are incredible catchy and each could probably a radio single on their own. Wasting Light is the best a radio rock album can be.
A Matter of Time (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHbX3ukV6dI)

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36) Autopsy Ė Macabre Eternal
Let it be known that I am some what new to the whole death metal thing. So, when it came time to listen to the new Autopsy record, Macabre Eternal, I didnít really know what to expect. I still havenít listened to their older records, so I couldnít compare Macabre to anything. So my opinions on this album are solely based on the quality of the music, and not how it may compare to previous works, which I try not to do, but end up doing anyways sometimes.

So, Macabre Eternal is a really great record. Itís heavy, sinister, and even a bit sludgey. It definitely has its fast moments, but I feel for the most part is a slower form of death metal, which is my favorite. Thatíll be evident in some other choices I have further up in the list. This album combines horrifying vocals that vary from death growls to tortured screeches, with pulverizing guitars, filthy bass, and great drum work. These guys definitely have chops. The only reason I have this album this low on the list is because of the 11 minute track Sadistic Gratification. Being the progfag I am, when I saw an album that reached the 11 minute mark I immediately thought, ďOoooh, an epic!Ē, and Sadistic Gratification definitely isnít that. It is pretty much a typical Autopsy song, but extended a little too much for itís own good. If it were cut, the album would be easier to get through and I wouldnít have much to complain about. Even with that issue, it is a great record and Iíll do my homework and check out their previous albums!
Dirty Gore Whore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7imBe5V9qDc)

NecroRob
01-06-2012, 08:39 PM
Mogwai often riffs for a while, allows the song to build on itself, but never really have the huge crescendo and climax. That doesn’t make it a bad thing at all, because sometimes when bands make an effort to include their crescendo and climax in every song it gets boring, but it often leaves me with an empty feeling...Mogwai are excellent song writers, but forget that vital element of post-rock that really completes it.


Sooooo it must be kind of a bad thing then, eh?

slapguitarer
01-06-2012, 09:15 PM
Sooooo it must be kind of a bad thing then, eh?

Sort of. I tried to explain how it can both a pro and a con. It's not really bad, but just a little incomplete.

slapguitarer
01-08-2012, 06:38 PM
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35) Vreid Ė V
Vreid arenít like most of the Norwegian black metal bands out there. They donít spend most of their time furiously tremolo picking their way from song to song, and donít use blast beats all too often. Theyíre often labeled Black Ďní Roll and melodic black metal, but of those two I find melodic a lot more fitting and even then I donít that label alone captures their vibe. These guys use a wide array of sounds, including classic rock, disco drum beats, and psychedelic influences. This is album is something that most black metal purists would have a hard time digesting. It sounds very clean, has melody, and feels like a 70ís rock album at times. This is definitely a great choice for all of those looking for something new with their black metal.
Arche (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgc9qHVlIIM)

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34) Battles Ė Gloss Drop
Most of the time when people think Math Rock, they think of bands like Giraffes? Giraffes!, Hella, or Lava Land; bands that play their instruments like madmen, shredding their way through every odd time signature imaginable. But Battles arenít that. They use their instrument in a way thatís very unconventional, basically creating cool music loops and progressively add more and more as a song goes by. They do use odd time signatures and lots of syncopation so that is why they are labeled math rock. But letís get down to the music. Webster should adopt Battles as another definition for the word 'fun'. Or 'playful'. These guys make me want to eat a pile a sugar as big as the pile of cocaine Tony Montana snorted at the end of Scarface and just jump off the walls. Their music is very energetic and just all around a fun time. Unfortunately, the fun vibe kind of dies down near the end of the album, but everything prior to that is great fun.
Ice Cream (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAbc5yhbBFQ)

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33) Long Distance Calling Ė Long Distance Calling
Long Distance Callingís eponymous record is an interesting one. Theyíre grouped with all the post-rock groups because their style does include the post-rock ethos of building on an idea for a whole song, dramatically making the piece sound more and more intense through crescendo until the song erupts into its climax and then dies down. But the band isnít as laid back as most other post-rock groups. They have rockiní groove and experiment a little bit. Not once have I heard a funk breakdown with slap bass in a post-rock song before. They remind of Scale the Summit sometimes, not due to technical ability or anything, but the tone they have and the melodies they create are very similar to ones you would hear on Carving Desert Canyons. This albums is highly infectious and a great listen.

The Figrin D'an Boogie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeUflQcGk1I)

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32) Weedeater Ė JasonÖ The Dragon
This album is a rocker. Weedeater write awesome riffs that punch you in the face and scream ďI AM A MOTHERFUCKERĒ! Both the guitar and the bass have awesome tones that are just gritty and filthy as can be. And the drum work is in-your-face awesomesoness that pounds against your eardrums. This album takes you down to the boonies with tracks like Palm & Opium and banjo driven closer Whiskey Creek. This album is badass and there is no other way to describe it. There is only one problem with it. It is way too short. I donít think these guys got them memo that stoner metal feeds on repetition. These guys write riffs that could easily be extended another minute or two, because the riffs are just that good. If you take away all the filler tracks, you have maybe 25 minutes of actually material. Thatís not nearly enough. If these guys extended some the songs, this could be a Top 20 release, but alas, itís too short.
Mancoon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjzs3sCUhdY)

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31) Fear the Fiasco Ė Hatch
Hereís an album I can assure is on nobody elseís list. Fear the Fiasco are a Santa Rosa metal band. They are a pretty unique group. They are sort of a combination of math rock and progressive metal with jazz influences. They have both a singer who uses a very high register and a guy who uses low death growls, which of course provides quite the contrast but it work out really well. Musically, these guys combine very technical riffs, slamminí metal riffs, soulful guitar solos, funky basslines, and lots of jazzy interludes. At about an hour long, the album is full of varying material and really shows that these guys have multiple strengths in both technical and song-writing ability. I highly recommend that fans of bands like Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero, and The Fall of Troy check these guys out. The album is available on iTunes to anybody who is interested.
Fear the Fiasco (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/FEAR-THE-FIASCO/104475007529)

metallicbrian666
01-08-2012, 06:49 PM
"Here’s an album I can assure is on nobody else’s list." Shut the fuck up

Punkass ain't even gonna mention BearTrap or Gridlink

slapguitarer
01-08-2012, 06:56 PM
"Hereís an album I can assure is on nobody elseís list." Shut the fuck up

Punkass ain't even gonna mention BearTrap or Gridlink

Well we just lost the forum hipster, so I gotta try.

You should use your thread to mention those shitty core bands. I ain't wastin' my time on 'em, ya dig?

metallicbrian666
01-08-2012, 07:00 PM
Well we just lost the forum hipster, so I gotta try.

You should use your thread to mention those shitty core bands. I ain't wastin' my time on 'em, ya dig?
I started to, but then I gots lazy halfway through.

xStructualDefect
01-08-2012, 07:00 PM
"Hereís an album I can assure is on nobody elseís list." Shut the fuck up

Punkass ain't even gonna mention BearTrap or Gridlink

mad

metallicbrian666
01-08-2012, 07:03 PM
mad
I'm just yanking his chain, all of the shows listed in your sig are terrible

slapguitarer
01-08-2012, 07:14 PM
I'm just yanking his chain, all of the shows listed in your sig are terrible

Symphony X> your favorite band

metallicbrian666
01-08-2012, 07:15 PM
Symphony X> your favorite band
MACHINE FUCKING HEAD

xStructualDefect
01-08-2012, 07:18 PM
Lulz at attacking my taste in music cuz mad

My bad for not being tr00 like you and listening to enough grind.

On topic related, alot of these albums descriptions sound really interesting. Gotta check some of these out some time.

Crionics
01-08-2012, 08:03 PM
Slap, this is going to be a strange and overdue comment, but I love your avatar ;)

slapguitarer
01-08-2012, 08:19 PM
Slap, this is going to be a strange and overdue comment, but I love your avatar ;)

:cool:

illuminatus917
01-08-2012, 08:37 PM
I'm shamed to admit I didn't listen to that Long Distance Calling record. I'm going to give it a spin tonight.

MPF
01-08-2012, 08:49 PM
I'm shamed to admit I didn't listen to that Long Distance Calling record. I'm going to give it a spin tonight.

It's not as good as Avoid The LIght, but it is still damn good.

Rocco44
01-08-2012, 09:17 PM
It's not as good as Avoid The LIght, but it is still damn good.

I remember being pretty underwhelmed by it but I gotta give it another shot.

idrinkwine732
01-09-2012, 11:12 AM
mad

I'm just yanking his chain, all of the shows listed in your sig are terrible

No one understands you Brian.

Also, this list is gayer than Tom Cruise in that one awful movie.

metallicbrian666
01-09-2012, 01:48 PM
No one understands you Brian.
They don't know the struggle :bouville:

slapguitarer
01-09-2012, 04:08 PM
Also, this list is gayer than Tom Cruise in that one awful movie.

That's not what you said on Metaluprising... :confused:

idrinkwine732
01-09-2012, 07:07 PM
That's not what you said on Metaluprising... :confused:

Well, so far.

slapguitarer
01-09-2012, 07:12 PM
Well, so far.

Well, NO U.

slapguitarer
01-20-2012, 09:53 PM
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30) Explosions in the Sky Ė Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Explosions in the Sky create a very relaxing and hypnotic experience with Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. The songs are fleshed out by the three guitarists in the band, whether theyíre layering harmonies on top of riffs or layering riffs on top riffs. EitS do a great job of letting the songs build-up in intensity and wait for the right time to burst into a distorted climax. Unfortunately, a lot of the songs donít vary too much with sound. Most are very serene and innocent then eventually mature into distorted riffs. They do it well, but the songs are too similar and it keeps them from having their own identity. Still, Take Care is a good time and nice to listen to when you need a break from your blast beats.
Trembling Hands (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F0QsjIflZw)

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29) Iron & Wine Ė Kiss Each Other Clean
It seems that itís very hard to describe a certain style of music with one word now-a-days. Most people on this site wouldnít label their favorite band as just ďmetalĒ. And thatís simply because music isnít that simple. If youíre wondering why Iím writing a kind of bullshit intro, itís because I donít know how to introduce Iron & Wine. If you take a look at their facebook page, Sam Beam doesnít even bother trying to describe the music he makes with project. Genres like folk, indie, funk, and adjectives like experimental and electronic come to mind. There are many different sounds going on and many different elements to this album. You have thinks that come standard to folk like acoustic guitar and rich vocal melodies, but you get lots of that are affiliated with traditional folk, like synthesizers, samples, and tons of instruments you donít even think of when you hear folk, like saxophones, vibraphone, and tons of percussion. Many of the songs do have a straight forward folk feel, but others donít even come close and feel like funk rock or indie. This album has a lot of different flavors and theyíre all done extremely well.
Walking Far From Home (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MissOQv5ApQ)

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28) Alarum Ė Natural Causes
After youíre not even 4 minutes into Natural Causes, youíve already heard 2 guitar solos, a bass solo, and a drum solo. And you know for a fact that there is a whole lot more to come. Alarum are often described as jazz metal, because they use a lot of elements that are featured in fusion, such as odd time signatures, lots of key and tempo changes, and lots of jazz chords that are beautifully voiced. This album also features some middle-eastern elements, and even implements a sitar solo. Natural Causes some of the best musicianship and technicality that I heard on any other album in 2011. These Aussies know how to write great progressive metal that features balls out heavy moments, melody, and great solos. This album is a huge step up from their previous album. Iíd highly recommend this to anybody who is a fan of Atheist, Cynic, or later Death.
The Signal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2tjCoFBH8Q)

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27) Hammers of Misfortune Ė 17th Street
The Bay Area is a wonderful place. Itís produced some of the best bands of all time, some of the most talented musicians, and this year, some of the best albums. 17th Street is another prime example of the great music that not only comes from the Bay, but is also inspired by it. The album is named after John Cobbettís favorite place in the city, which happens to be home of the great venue, Thee Parkside :D. Musically, Hammers of Misfortune are a progressive metal band in the more traditional sense. Their music isnít based around technicality, but good songwriting. Itís progressive in the traditional sense, that theyíre writing songs that take metal to new boundaries in the arena of songwriting. John Cobbettís song writing prowess is quite impressive. A lot of these songs are have a retro feel and are really catchy, which isnít something you find in this kind of music. This album is a great listen, and prog fans should pay special attention to this album.
17th Street (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXRunMfRPgY)

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26) Wood of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Post-black metal aka blackgaze aka atmospheric black metal aka is becoming one of my favorite genres of music right now. The combination of raw aggression, melancholy, and an almost serene atmosphere is practically perfect. Australian post-black metallers Woods of Desolation take all of these elements into blender and create a pretty good post-black metal smoothie. A lot of these songs focus a lot on a raw atmosphere with the vocals being extremely gritty, lots of double bass and blast beats, but keep up with the atmospheric elements by way of the higher chords. Only issue with this album is that the songs are kind of samey, and the production is kind of bad. Yeah, yeah, yeah, itís a black metal album, but that doesnít mean it should sound like shit. But anywho, Torn Beyond Reason is definitely is a great record and is a good introduction into this genre.
The Inevitable End (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA-TLekogvk)

illuminatus917
01-21-2012, 09:01 PM
This is the first list I've seen with EITS on it.

slapguitarer
01-21-2012, 10:36 PM
I guess I'm the only one who liked it.

treghet
01-22-2012, 12:30 AM
I thought wine liked it, but apparently not enough to put it on his list.

MPF
01-22-2012, 12:44 AM
If this was the first EITS album I ever heard, I would love it. But it's not and I know what they capable of, this isn't it.

slapguitarer
01-22-2012, 08:41 PM
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25) Fleet Foxes Ė Helplessness Blues
Fleet Foxes are band that captured a lot of peopleís attention last year. Helplessness Blues was ranked #4 in Rolling Stoneís top 50 albums of 2011, and was Anthony Fantanoís favorite album of 2011. These guys are folk, in a very traditional way unlike Iron & Wine. The album is full of great guitar work and rich, amazing vocal harmonies that are border-line angelic. Robin Pecknold is a great songwriter. These songs are beautiful, romantic, and really fleshed out. These guys arenít straight up just acoustic guitar, bass, vocals and percussion, there are a lot of other instruments brought in like hammond organ, flute, violin, and other instruments that arenít foreign to folk but some that are like woodwinds. This album is a really great play through, and I highly recommend it to anybody who is a fan of folk, baroque pop, and just really beautiful music.
Lorelai (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtFrGCJrnKc)

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24) The Seven Mile Journey Ė Notes for Synthesis
There was a time where this album was number 2 on my mist, above albums that are still in my Top 10. So then why did it drop so low? Hereís the story behind it. So when I first listened to this album, I think the main reason I loved it so much was because how eerie it is. A lot of the sound-scapes and a lot of the atmosphere and environment that The Seven Mile Journey creates are incredibly eerie and sinister. A lot of the chord choices and pounding drums build up this really tense sound, and the way they work piano into the mix only adds to the creepy vibe. But after a few listens, something didnít feel right. The Seven Mile Journey are masterís in the craft of building up a song, really fleshing it out and creating and intense wall of sound. But after these build-ups, there isnít a climax to end the song, there is no huge explosion of sound that concludes the piece. So after a while, it started the songs were no longer seven mile journeys, but seven mile drags. But then again, the album clicked with me. Not as much as the first time around, but I still do really love the intense and eerie music these guys create. And a lot of the songs do flow into each other, so I really dig that too. So, this is a awesome post-rock album, even with the clichť climaxes.
The Alter Ego Autopsies (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWSZUoZbSgE)

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23) Revocation Ė Chaos of Forms
Chaos of Forms is a musical melting-pot. You hear tons of different genres in this album, ranging from extreme metal genres like death metal, thrash, prog, and black metal; to non-metal genre like blues and even a little big band. They also get plenty of different flavors from their metal influences, not only going fast all the time but even using some mid-paced stuff. They have song that mix these different genres quite well too, when you hear the guys going from death metal riffing to a more progressive style that reflects that of Scale the Summit. And of course, a lot of the material showcases their technical ability to the fullest extent. A lot of the riffs are technical as can be and the solos absolutely shred! The drum work is also quite impressive and this album has some really sweet basslines. This album is a helluva listen, and is highly recommended to those who enjoy themselves some technical deathrash with plenty of other influences.
The Watchers (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0t3adWDee0)

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22) Tesseract Ė One
It shouldnít really come as much of a surprise that a bass player loves an album thatís extremely rhythm-based. One of the few djent bands that I deem acceptable, Tesseract are really good at making something really boring, the chug, and making it entertaining. Itís not just because of their keen sense of creating awesome polyrhythms, but their ability to create a really cool atmospheric vibe around all the chugging. I donít know if itís the tone they get, or the echoed melodies, beautifully plucked from the guitar that they often have going during the chug-heavy sections. Some that also adds to the atmospheric element of the music is their then-vocalist, Dan Tompkins, whose voice is really hard to describe, but extremely versatile. He uses rough vocals for the really heavy parts, and soaring clean vocals most of the time, and it just really completes the music. Heís got a really definitive voice. The combination of atmosphere and relentless heavy riffing, and great musicianship from the band, especially vocals and drums, is an awesome combination that makes One a unique djent album that doesnít focus so much on technical ability, but great songwriting.
Concealing Fate Pt. 2 - Deception (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1m5jHyeZOw)

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21) Vallenfyre Ė A Fragile King
The UKís Vallenfyre were a nice treat to end 2011 with. If it werenít for the positive review in the December issue of Decibel, this wouldíve gone unnoticed by your truly. Vallenfyre are a death metal band that take elements from death and sludge metal and add it to their mix of brutality. For the most part itís still rather fast-paced death metal, but the tone these guys get with their guitars is really gritty, much like youíd find with a sludge band. They do have some slower section in some songs, which provide really huge, monolithic riffs that just absolutely crush. The vocalist is probably one of my favorite aspects of the band. Heís got a really great growl thatís just incredibly low and brutal. Along with awesome vocals, this collection of pummeling riffs and powering drums makes for a great death metal album that is a must listen if you enjoy death metal with a doom twist.
Seeds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPAeR-QwZvM)

idrinkwine732
01-23-2012, 10:07 AM
I thought wine liked it, but apparently not enough to put it on his list.

It was #52. Didn't make the cut.

slapguitarer
01-25-2012, 04:32 PM
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5) Ancients Ė Ancients EP
I donít remember who it was, but someone on this forum recommended these guys on the ďNow PlayingĒ thread. They advertised that the band had their debut EP for free on their bandcamp, so I decided to give it a shot. Smart move on my part. Ancients are a progressive metal band, whose sound I canít really compare to any other band. Whether thatís due to my lack of knowledge or the fact that these guys are thuper duper original, I donít know, but I dig it. They combine both on clean and harsh vocals, using clean more. The two tracks on this EP are full of awesome guitar melodies, and theyíre often harmonized! Definitely a must listen for fans of progressive metal with a modern take.
Ancients' Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/ANCIENTSmetal?sk=app_178091127385)

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4) Cynic Ė Carbon-Based Anatomy
Instead of going on another 10 year hiatus to retreat to the mountains in Tibet and meditate, Paul Masvidal decided to keep Cynic alive for another release. With Carbon Based Anatomy, we hear Paul without the vocoder, and Cynic straying even further away from metal. This is very much a progressive rock/fusion record more than anything else. Now, with this EP, we really only get three songs, and three filler tracks. But even the fillers are interesting, as they explore musical styles from different parts of the orient. The three actual tracks on here are odd and experimental in typical Cynic fashion. They implement a lot of vocal harmonies and even a choir. If you like Cynic, especially Traced in Air, youíll definitely dig this.
Carbon-Based Anatomy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKqvViz4jes)

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3) Trundler Ė Trundler
Trundler are a now defunct progressive rock band from Santa Rosa, CA. One of my good friends is the drummer/vocalist. Now, I know that may make this choice come off as a little biased, but this truly is great music. Itís a mellower/more melodic form of prog rock that thrives on incredible vocal harmonies, often incorporating all five members of the band that creates a rich, full sound. The three tracks on this EP are all varied, which makes it quite an enjoyable listen. You can download it at their bandcamp.
(http://trundler.bandcamp.com/)

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2) Giant Squid Ė Cenotes
Our favorite crustaceans return from their Donner Party and bring forth some more nautical nonsense. Cenotes, a concept EP relating to their sophomore album, The Ichthyologist, presents us with Giant Squidís heaviest release yet, making Neonate seem like, well, a neonate. This release is more focused than its predecessors and offers more variety. They take their obvious middle-eastern influences to a new extreme, bringing in some sitar on a couple of the tracks, which adds a great atmosphere. The musicians on the album have also stepped up their game. Aaronís riffs are getting more technical, as are Bryanís bass lines, and Jackieís cello parts are crazier than anything Iíve heard on any of Grayceonís albums. Also, their vocals on this album are absolutely incredible. This album really shows that band progressing, and I canít wait to here what comes next.
Tongue Stones (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JV-tIhF64B8)

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1) Between the Buried and Me Ė The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.
*applying flameshield*
Now, I know a lot of people give me crap for placing any other EP over Cenotes, but it should be a known fact that BTBAM are one of my favorite bands. Their combination of progressive metal, death metal, and all other genres of music out there is one that I find to be truly unique. Most of the musicians in this band are my favorite of the metal genre, and this EP just further showcases their musical prowess, both in the field of technical ability and songwriting. Musically, this release is probably the heaviest thing that BTBAM have released. I feel that they instead writing badass, heavy-as-hell, riffs that transition into writing quirky prog parts or vice versa as they have on past releases, they focused on combining the two elements on this release, and it result is phenomenal. Thatís not to say that both elements in their music donít get some of their own time, thereís a polka section in one of these songs, but itís definitely more conjoined on this record, and makes it feel fuller and doesnít give off a pretentious vibe that most modern prog metal bands canít seem to mask. Lyrically, this EP introduces the concept that will appear on their next full-length, which tells the tale of two protagonists from two separate galaxies that fall under similar circumstances, and somehow intertwine. I think itís about the two characters in the songs Sun of Nothing and Swim To The Moon. So, with this EP, BTBAM have improved on their sound and have released their heaviest material yet. If youíre a fan of progressive metal and donít mind all the screaminí and the shoutiní, check this EP out if you already havenít.
Augment of Rebirth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF2WJwSOz-k)

Epidemic Reign
01-25-2012, 06:17 PM
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21) Vallenfyre Ė A Fragile King

:rocker::party::rocker:

Excellent choice! Glad somebody else enjoyed this awesome record as well :fist:

slapguitarer
02-04-2012, 06:54 PM
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20) Unexpect Ė Fables of the Sleepless Empire
Itís not too often you hear violins in metal, but itís even less common to hear 9-string basses in the mix. Along with a keyboardist, a drummer, two guitarists which both do vocals and a female singer with an operatic voice, Unexpect create some of the most unconventional music that the metal scene has to offer. The Canadian avant-metallerís third album, Fables of the Sleepless Empire, is probably their quirkiest record to date. While not as frantic or flat-out freighting as its predecessor, Fables still leaves the listener in a state of blissful confusion and a tad uncomfortable. As one could guess, there is a wide array of sounds on this album, from calm ambient, to frantic tech-riffs, brutal slams, classical or electronic interweaved into metal riffs, and much, much more. The thing that shines most on this record is ChaotHís insane bass playing. He uses the 9-string in many ways, from 2 hand tapping, to slapping, or just creating awesome bass grooves. This album is very interesting and has a lot of cool ideas, but isnít exactly the most accessible one out there. If youíre interested in all things weird and avant-garde or just wanna listen to some great musicianship and interesting song-writing, give Fables of the Sleeples Empire a listen.
Words (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wl1Ks7EnZ_E)

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19) Hunters Ė From Birth To Soil
One of the main attractions to metal for many people is the fact that it allows people to cut loose and get rowdy. People often go to metal shows so they can get crazy in a comfortable environment and just revert to their primal instincts. Hunters create the perfect music for that with From Birth To Soil. Musically, theyíre a really heavy, groovy sludge metal and their vocalists uses really low, deep gutturals, occasionally using some high screams as sort of a harmony to accompany the low growls. The riffs are absolutely killer and the breakdowns are brutal. Simply put, this death/sludge metal bands kicks ass and you need to listen to them now.
Predatory Skin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMzbys1HAk&feature=related)

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18) Bloodiest Ė Descent
Most of the time when people think post-metal, they think of music thatís an atmospheric sludge type thing, like Isis or Neurosis. But if there ever really was a post-metal, as in what type of extreme music came out after metal died or something, Bloodiest would fit the bill. They have all the things that make up a metal band - assaulting guitars that are often tremolo picking or creating sinister, heavy chords, a vocalist who uses screaming/shouting vocals, and a pounding rhythm section - but they donít really sound like a metal band. Itís as if metal evolved out of its reptilian brain. The music has a really eerie atmosphere surrounding it that sends kind of sad, painful and distraught vibes. It is pretty slow-paced, but the guitars are often picking a lot of notes. Like some post-rock bands, they often build entire songs off of one idea and really flesh it out and little it build on it-self like in Dead Inside, but like a lot of disappointing post-rock songs I heard this year, they often end abruptly, like Dead Inside. My favorite thing about this album is that it ends where it started off. They donít use the same riff twice per-se, but the first and final tracks have very similar ideas going on, and I like who it makes the whole album feel like one piece with several movements. Overall, this is a really interesting and unique take on metal music, and is a must listen for fans of the abstract.
Slave Rule (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2al5dFrPR8)

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17) Disma Ė Toward The Megalith
Both Dismaís and Vallenfyreís debuts were death metal with elements of sludge/doom metal thrown in the mix. So what makes Dismaís Toward the Megalith better? Well for one, the over all tone of the album is just a lot of punishing. Itís slower, heavier, a lot more insidious and all around just way more brutal than A Fragile King. The tones the guitars and basses get on this album are just the filthiest, grittiest things I heard in all of 2011. Itís so muddy and fuzzy that I canít help but just adore it. The vocals are really low and guttural, and remind me of those of Daniel Droste of Ahab. Whether theyíre grooving on a really slow, doomy riff, or blasting their way through a fast death metal passage, the band always sound like pure fucking evil, which is exactly what somebody wants from their music when theyíre listening to a genre called ďdeath metalĒ. This album rips and is a must listen to all fans of death metal.
Vault of Membros (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1cxoD5U514)

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16) Red Fang Ė Murder the Mountains
Red Fang are the next big thing in the metal community. Their infectious, catchy form of stoner/sludge metal landed them on the biggest US hard rock/metal tour, and now theyíre opening up for the likes of Mastodon both in the North America and Europe. Weíre already seeing them in the video game scene; Number Thirteen is on the popular music video game Rocksmith. And all of this is for a good reason, as Red Fang are an incredibly deserving band. Their music sounds like a combination of all the projects that Josh Homme has been a part of and then some. Theyíve got the catchiness of QOTSA and the heaviness and stoner rock aesthetic of Kyuss. There are a lot of sounds on the record, from the slow, sludginess of Throw Up, the stoner rock anthem Wires, and the borderline thrash of Painted Parade. This is a band that all fans of stoner metal and hard rock should check out.
Wires (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQPfQvLIseA&ob=av3e)

illuminatus917
02-04-2012, 08:54 PM
'Bout time you updated this. ;)

Great description on # 15.

slapguitarer
02-04-2012, 08:56 PM
'Bout time you updated this. ;)

Great description on # 15.

Trying my best, I've been really busy recently.

Also, I haven't posted 15 yet :eyes:.

illuminatus917
02-04-2012, 09:11 PM
Trying my best, I've been really busy recently.

Also, I haven't posted 15 yet :eyes:.

:eyes: I meant # 18...

slapguitarer
02-05-2012, 09:23 PM
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15) Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
This album is epic. No, not in the 15-year-old ďOMG this is so EPIC, lolĒ way, but in the true meaning of the word. Moonsorrow are a blackened folk metal band from Finland. Unlike many foreign bands metal bands, they donít bother making their album titles or writing the lyrics in English, which I think is pretty cool, even if it makes it hard to pronounce the track titles. The music does feel like folk music, as it is paced on the slower side of the spectrum. With that being, said, the music never feels empty. It is always full, with guitars that play big chords, drums that are always pounding often using double bass, and keyboard supplying chords when it isnít being used for melody. Itís is very dark and cold music, which also really helps with the epic aspect of the music. Even though it feels rather barren, the pieces always kind of end on a high note, which makes you feel like you just completed and epic quest. There are only 4 real tracks on this album, but all surpass the ten minute mark, so even without the 3 filler/transition tracks, you still get a little under an hour of epic music.
Huuto (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTMNuKzINDw)

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14) Deafheaven Ė Roads to Judah
Most always when a band tries to create an atmospheric sound, they tend to keep things on the slower side of things, and let the ambiance of slow music do the job for them. Not Deafheaven. Throughout the majority of Roads to Judah, these sharp-dressed gentlemen are blasting their way through intense black metal passages. But while these guys are tremolo picking away, theyíre still creating a huge, atmospheric sound that beautifully blossoms through your speakers and takes you to a place of bliss and harmony, but also reeks of pain and sorrow. How is this accomplished? Itís the song-writing. Like most black metal bands, Deafheaven rely a lot on minor chords, to get a really sinister, evil sound. But what really helps bring the atmospheric element to the music is that these guys utilize the grim tools used for black metal, and use them in creating pieces that are very post-rock in nature. They often sit on one idea or chord progression for a long time and allow it to build up, and create an awesome crescendo, then let the song explode and come to a nice end. Of course, thatís an oversimplification of whatís going on, because there are also plenty of other things these guys do like change keys, layer guitar harmonies and such, but by essentially making post-rock songs out of black metal, they get the melancholic and sad aspect of black metal, but also the feel good vibes of post-rock. This is truly an awesome album.
Unrequited (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOH_ORa0po4)

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13) Obscura Ė Omnivium
Going into 2011, I knew that Obscura were coming out with a new album, and expected it to be Top 10 material. Not too far off, but there was a time this album was very low on the list. And it was for a pretty stupid reason, but weíll get back to that later. So, progressive/tech-death metallers Obscura created my favorite technical metal piece with Cosmogenesis, so they had some pretty big shoes to fill with Omnivium. And they came pretty close to filling those shoes. This album has everything that I loved about its predecessor: Tons of great musicianship, awesome guitar melodies that overlap in a very baroque way when theyíre not harmonizing, fantastic fretless bass lines, great solos, remarkable drum work and balls out heavy riffs. I feel on this album they get a little slower at times and get really heavy, but itís not too noticeable. The vocals are more often low and guttural, which is my preference in death metal, and they also use clean vocals more often, like on Prismal Dawn. Now, back to my main gripe that I have with this record and really bothered me at first. The snare. Listen to it; it sounds horrid. Ii is a constant click-click sound that can really bother you if you pay too much attention to it. But, even with that, the matter at hand here are the songs. And the songs are awesome. They may not reach the material on Cosmogenesis, but they come close.
Euclidean Elements (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpN9nkDw5Mw)

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12) Fen Ė Epoch
Fen enter the new epoch that is the 2010ís decade with their sophomore album, Epoch. Like most groups in the post-black metal game, Fen combines the serenity or post-rock and combines it with the raw aggression of black metal. But like many of the favorite blackgaze bands, they do more than just that. Fen also adds elements of progressive metal and folk. On many of these songs, we hear odd time signatures being toyed around with, as well as guitar solos and very innovative bass parts, which is cool because bass never really gets a chance to shine in this genre. We hear acoustic guitars being faintly strummed in the background. Occasionally, we also here some strings like violin and cello. One thing I really love about this record is that we donít only get the feeling of melancholy from their music. Sometimes, the music just feels very nostalgic, much like Alcest. The album varies a lot, and throughout the whole thing, I get vibes that remind me of Agalloch, Enslaved, Alcest, and Lantlos. This album takes influence in all that is good about black metal and post-black metal and spreads it across 8 beautifully sculpted songs, and that makes for the best post-black metal album of 2011. Fen have started this new Epoch with an incredible album, and Iím sure they have plenty more to come.
Carrier of Echoes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AHtaeNC0lM)

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11) Loss Ė Despond
Funeral Doom is another genre of heavy music that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. While I was listening to Ahab first, Loss are the band that really sparked my interest in the genre. You could say Iíve always liked melancholic music, but the stuff on Despond is a completely different animal. Loss takes the essence of pain and puts it in a sonic environment with this record. The music they create seeps sadness, depression, and even suicidal tendencies, and they use these negative feelings to create really epic, strong, and beautiful doom metal that is majestic, while still keeping the overall vibe very depressing and lonely. The music is also very creepy. The guitars and bass feed off really slow, minor chords and the drums follow the same slow, eerie vibe that the rest of the band is producing. The band also throws in organs, and even some of the interludes haunting pieces. Also, I canít remember who said it, but somebody on here said that the vocals sounded like a tomb being opened, and thatís extremely true. Itís hard to believe that these sounds are being emitted from a human being. The lyrics on this album only drive the overall depressing, suicidal vibe over the top. What I think is so great about this album, is the fact that the guys in Loss take the most dreaded feeling humans are capable of, pain, and turn it into something really extravagant, majestic, and beautiful. One might think that listening to music such as this would make you depressed, but it doesnít really. I think the music almost kind of works like a flu vaccine does. It gives your body a dose of the flu, in this case depression, then your body builds immunity and then can fight the real thing off. So fear not people, this slab of epic funeral doom wonít make you depressed, but itíll keep you from it. Fans of the slow, the melancholic, and the heavy, pick up Lossí Despond if have not already.
Cut Up, Depressed and Alon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-xLfhnC-l0)

Natrlhi
02-06-2012, 10:19 AM
This is the first list I've seen with EITS on it.Mine will. ;)

24) The Seven Mile Journey – Notes for Synthesis
There was a time where this album was number 2 on my mist, above albums that are still in my Top 10. So then why did it drop so low? Here’s the story behind it...It moved, but in the opposite direction for me.

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18) Bloodiest – Descent

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17) Disma – Toward The Megalith

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16) Red Fang – Murder the MountainsLoved 'em all. :fist: :fist: :fist:

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15) Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
This album is epic.Indeed. I just checked it out recently, and much to my surprise, I really liked it. I don't know what I was expecting, but whatever. I'm gonna have to add this to my "Would Have Probably Loved This If I Had Had a Chance to Listen to It More" list.

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14) Deafheaven – Roads to Judah

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13) Obscura – OmniviumLoved 'em both. :fist: :fist:

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11) Loss – Despond
Funeral Doom is another genre of heavy music that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.Not yet, for me. I'm getting there slowly, I think, but I really have to be in the mood for this kind of music, I find. It's not something I can just listen to anytime. This album is obviously a grand example of what the genre is all about, though. It's definitely not a feel-good album, that's for fucking sure. :D

Seventhzealot
02-06-2012, 05:34 PM
Not yet, for me. I'm getting there slowly, I think, but I really have to be in the mood for this kind of music, I find. It's not something I can just listen to anytime. This album is obviously a grand example of what the genre is all about, though. It's definitely not a feel-good album, that's for fucking sure. :D

I agree with you on this. I suppose it can be different for different people but I've been going through a rather low phase in life and I feel I've been able to appreciate this album more because of it.

Seventhzealot
02-06-2012, 05:55 PM
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15) Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa

A really solid album :fist: I think they achieved a lot of what they wanted to on this one especially the atmospheric elements. Huuto is the standout track for me too :party:

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14) Deafheaven Ė Roads to Judah
Another good pick and a fair description too. Although it can sound chaotic at times they capture the melancholy of the sound they wanted to create pretty well through this record. Excited to see them live with Alcest!


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13) Obscura Ė Omnivium
Obscura have become one of my favorite bands of late so I'm pleased to see this here :D I agree with you that I'd still rate Cosmogenesis to be more enjoyable than Omnivium unlike a lot of people actually.




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11) Loss Ė Despond
Always nice to see some love for Loss! Especially after this album being in the works for seven years. Generally people advise not to listen to music such as this when you're depressed fearing it could make you worse but as I said earlier I was going through a low point in life lately and I found this album helped me face my problems with a sense of inexplicable strength! Cut up is probably one of the saddest songs I've heard. Another standout for me on this is "Silent and Completely Overcome" where Brett's clean vocals really complement Mike's otherworldly gutteral vocals.

illuminatus917
02-06-2012, 06:39 PM
It's great to see my top metal album of the year getting some love. :fist:

When I first listened to it, as soon as I got to Open Veins To A Curtain Closed, I thought it was going to be an impenetrable monster of an album I'd wear myself out getting through. But as time passed I found it so easy to listen to. (Which might say more about me than the album, I'm not sure). But I've listened to it so much it's like "easy listening" to me at this point.

The last 2:45 of Silent And Completely Overcome is so damn emotional words can't even describe it. And Brett's vocals in the last 1:00 are just icing on the cake.

Phenomenal record.

slapguitarer
02-07-2012, 07:14 PM
Honorable Mentions
Powerglove
Tesseract
Dispirit
Giant Squid
Red Fang

10. Yob w/Dark Castle, Dispirit, Worm Ouroboros. @ 924 Gilman
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The main reason I went to this show were for the openers, but I left digging Yob the most. What can I say? They're the heaviest band I've seen since Sleep. The absolutley destroyed the place with their awesome riffs.
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=17660)

9. Ozzy Osbourne w/Slash @ HP Pavilion
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Ozzy is a mad man. He's extremely entertaining to watch, and he still sounds great. Along with an awesome band, and a good sense of what the people want to hear, Ozzy was a great time.

Sorry, no original review available

8. Soundgarden w/The Mars Volta @ Bill Graham Center
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I wasn't really all too excited so see Soundgarden at first, but after being blown away by The Mars Volta after being so sure they'd just suck again, I had nothing but good feelings about Soundgarden. And for good reason too. They played all of my favorites tunes, and plenty of other really heavy material to accompany that. Cornell sounded great, and the rest of the band ripped it up.
Original review (http://metaluprising.com/discussion/comment/556571#Comment_556571)

7. Protest the Hero w/Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Tesseract @ Slim's
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After putting out another awesome record, I was really excited to see Protest the Hero. They were an amazingly energetic band. Once they started, the crowd erupted. They played a lot of my favorite tunes and Rody was hilarious as usual. Wish they played longer than an hour though...
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16512)

6. Cormorant w/ In Virtue, Solaria, other local bands @ The Phoenix Theater
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Cormorant at my all time favorite venue. How was I not going to absolutley love this? While they may have played longer when I saw them earlier in the year with Giant Squid, I actually recognized the some of the songs they played this time around. With a set that included at least one song off each of their releases, they blazed through some of the best 30 minutes of 2011.
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18042)

5. Symphony X w/Powerglove, Blackguard @ Regency Ballroom
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The main reason I went to this show was so see Powerglove, a band I had been dying to see for 4 years. And while their set was awesome, Symphony X was much, much better. Michael Romeo and Russell Allen are incredible, as is the rest of the group. Hearing them rip threw the Odyssey was also magnificent
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=16829)

4. Foo Fighters w/Cage the Elephant, Mariachi El Bronx @ Oracle Arena
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Foo Fighters were just incredibley fun. They played almost 3 hours, blasting through extremely catchy rock tunes and had everybody in the crowd singing along. Dave Grohl is a great showman.
Original review (http://metaluprising.com/discussion/comment/616358#Comment_616358)

3. Between the Buried and Me w/Animals as Leaders, Tesseract @ The Fillmore
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Between the Buried and Me are put on a extremely captivating show. Running threw 10 minute + songs left and right, they showcased both great musicianship and showman ship. Hearing Viridian/White Walls live was just awesome.
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showthread.php?t=18814)

2. Judas Priest w/BLS, Thin Lizzy @ Concord Pavilion
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It was sad that this would be the only time that I get to see Judas Priest, but the show was intense. The band can still play as good as ever, and Rob Halford is just a something other than human. His voice is still incredible. They covered material from their whole discography, had a great stage show, and a great set-list. I will remember this night forever.
Original review (http://metaluprising.com/discussion/comment/621043#Comment_621043)

1. Mastodon w/DEP and Red Fang @ The Warfield
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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that my favorite band was my favorite performance from 2011. They played a great set that covered all of their full-lenghts and this was probably the best I've heard them. Something that made this special was I didn't know the setlist before hand, so it was great to be surprised by songs like I Am Ahab. Phenomenal performance!
Original review (http://www.metalsetlists.com/showpost.php?p=410941&postcount=4)

slapguitarer
02-11-2012, 04:44 PM
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10) Symphony X Ė Iconoclast
After being blown away by their live set and falling in love with their 1997 masterpiece, The Divine Wings of Tragedy, I had at lot to look forward to with Symphony Xís Iconoclast. And did it deliver! I love the amazing musicianship that Symphony X showcases in Iconoclast. Michael Romeo is a freak of nature who writes awesome riffs in many different forms, whether itís heavy traditional metal like in Dehumanized, prog/tech riffs that melt the brain in Iconoclast, or catch power metal lines in The End Of Innocence, heís got it all down pat. And the man is can play a guitar solo like no other. Every solo is memorable and drops my jaw. Russell Allenís voice really shines in a lot of the music. His voice is as majestic as ever and fits every mood the album goes through. Michael Pinnella solidified his spot as my favorite keyboard player in metal with his work on this album. He does a great job with adding symphonic elements in the music, providing harmonies and his solos are incredible. Mike and Jason make an incredible rhythm section, as each create very intriquite parts and allow their technique to shine while getting the job done of keeping the songs tight. But overall, I think my favorite thing about this album is that itís just plain heavier than the rest of the material Iíve heard from Symphony X. With a combination of incredible musicianship, catchy tunes and relentless heaviness, Symphony X achieved something really incredible here.
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9) Yob Ė Atma
My interest in Yob was another result of an awesome live performance. As stated previously, their set was the heaviest Iíve seen since Sleep. I had started to listen to them before the show, and was impressed with what they had to offer. Really heavy, slow stoner doom metal that rocks, rolls, and melts your face. Atma is another great installment in Yobís discography that provides that and sum. Mike Scheidtís riffs are absolutely pulverizing, and his vocals are quite unique and have some range. They range from a low growl to a very Ozzy-like sound, and those two styles fit perfectly with such heavy music. And what really puts the icing on the cake for the monolithic riffs, is an awesome rhythm section. The bass adds an awesome low end and the drums just pound along with the riffs so effortlessly, itís amazing. So, the combination of heavy-as-fuck riffs, great vocal work and a thumping rhythm sections makes Atma a force to reckoned with, and the heaviest record of 2011.
Atma (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4zydh-PcGA&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLB851CAD3ED59ED5B)

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8) Grayceon Ė All We Destroy
Grayceon are a very unique band, not just sonically, but as a whole. First of all, thereís a female member :eek:. Also, instead of a bassist, Grayceon uses cello as the low end. That being the case, two out of the three members sit while playing. And, the guitarist doesnít use a pick. So like most recent Bay Area metal bands, this group is a bit on the quirky side, and theyíre also an extremely talented band.

Grayceon are classical metal, not in the sense that they play the kind of music that was first considered metal, but their music is very much like classical music. Thatís not to say they sound completely like classical, but thereís an obvious Baroque influence with the intertwining melodies that the guitar/cello trade off. Along with this Baroque feel, they band incorporates elements of progressive and sludge metal, to create a sound that canít be heard from any other band. Jackieís cello playing is just out of this world and she uses her extremely versatile voice on this record, ranging from high vocals, mid vocals and growls. The guitar playing is also quite marvelous, is it ranges from plucking out chords, ravaging through riffs, and much more. The drumming on this album is really cool, and you hear everything from blastbeats to very doom metal-esque drumming. Songwriting is also very key with this band, as they write very long pieces, the longest being the 16 minute, We Can. Many of the songs feel like theyíre written in different movements, which again shows influence from classical music. Even though most arenít super long, they feel quite epic. The music here is kick ass and I recommend it for anybody who takes interest in prog, sludge, and classical.
Shellmounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY_mO_QkcDc)

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7) Mastodon Ė The Hunter
Who is ready for a little essay? :D

Ages ago, in the year 2010, a good friend of ours, WolverineKills, posted on his now defunct blog that Mastodon were in the works of a new album, using many excess riffs from the Blood Mountain session. Later down the road when the album was closer to being released, Mastodon would compare the new album to Leviathan, seeing as it is more stripped down, but the former would be the truest in the end. But both stories imply that there was change going on in Camp Dong. This was seen at the very beginning of announcing the new album, with the album artwork. They ditched prior artist Paul Romano, and went with a very different style with AJ Fosik for the album cover. Then was the announcement that The Hunter wasnít a concept album. The next step was the release of the track titles. Blasteroid, Stargasm, Bedazzled Fingenails. These arenít names of Mastodon track titles; these are names of scenecore track titles. Finally, the release of the official single, Curl of the Burl, was an obvious sign of change. Unlike Black Tongue which was just a heavier CTS feel, Curl of the Burl is a catchy, radio rock song. Yeah, itís stripped down, but that ainít no Leviathan like they said. When this was released, I started to have my doubts. Had Mastodon reached their artistic peak on Crack the Skye? Was The Hunter going to be their equivalent to Metallicaís Black Album? Fortunately, when the full album was released and I was able to listen to the whole thing, my doubts vanished and I was a happy camper.

So, yes Ė The Hunter is definitely a more stripped down version of Mastodon. They abandon the 10+ minute songs we hear on Crack the Skye, and trade it in for short songs. In my opinion, the majority of the material on this album most resembles Blood Mountain, but there are elements of all their past works here. Songs like Spectrelight ooze of the heavy sludge that we heard on Remission/Leviathan, and tracks like Black Tongue still has the heavy, atmospheric sound that a lot of Crack the Skye has. Also, tracks like The Hunter and The Sparrow are very similar to the odes to Joseph Merrick we found on their first three full lengths. But it in full, I think the bulk of this is like Blood Mountain. Blasteroid and the main riff in Octopus Has No Friends have the same spastic vibe of Bladecatcher; Stargasm has the really spacey feel of Sleeping Giant; and All the Heavy Lifting has the similar constant 16th note riffs that are on Crystal Skull. But even with the album being most similar to Blood Mountain, itís not like it much. Blood Mountain overall has a really reckless, untamed vibe, but The Hunter is a lot more tame and simpler. Over all, The Hunter isnít a very complex and highly imaginative record. Itís simple to the point and a little poppy for Mastodon. Itís like the guys kind of pushed these songs out with out much effort and just used very similar molds for each song. The Hunter is Mastodon on auto-pilot.

But with that said, a lot of this stuff is fantastic. Specrelight is the heaviest Mastodon have been in half a decade; Stargasm is a perfect mesh of spacey prog rock and heavy sludge; the opening riff in Octopus is one of the craziest riffs Brent has written in his career, Thickeningís intro sees Mastodon writing something oceanic for the first time since Leviathan, All The Heavy Lifting showcases the heaviness or Remission and proggy goodness of Blood Mountain; Curl of the Burl is catchy as a motherfucker, and The Sparrow is on par with the beauty of the rest of the closing tracks of their discography. Sure, Mastodon may have been on auto-pilot on The Hunter, but Mastodon on auto-pilot is better than most bands going full speed, completely concentrated on the road.
Spectrelight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZpCh_9EdMU)

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6) Subrosa Ė No Help For The Mighty Ones
Hailing from a land where unorthodox is probably a dirty word, itís interesting to see band create such an unorthodox form of sludge/doom metal. Much like Grayceon, Subrosa have a very unique line-up. 3/5 members are female :eek:, all three of which we hear both instrumentally and vocally, two of the girls play violin, which act as lead as the rest of the band is kept as a rhythm section.

What really makes this album is unique and incorporates many things into their music not only make the music heavy, but sinister and abstract. The easiest to point out is the use of violins. Not only are they used for melodies, but theyíre also used to create evil shrieking sounds that help create a really creep atmosphere in a lot of the music. Also, the violins vary a lot in sound. The violinists switch between bowing their violins and sometimes going pizzicato, plucking the strings to create twisted melodies. Also, I donít know if itís distortion that helps, but there are times where violins sound like horns. Now we focus on the rhythm section. The guitar and bass are for the most part uniform in what they do, but it helps create a thicker, heavier sound, because thereíd be too much going on if guitar and bass acted like the violins and played different parts. The guitar and bass are what really makes this album so heavy. The riffs alone are awesome, but the tones these guys get are just filthy and gritty, which really compliment down-tuned guitars. The drumming on this album is amazingly executed. They pummeling and heavy, and the drummer doesnít play the same beat twice, which isnít something weíre used to in doom metal. Now to the vocal department. Subrosa has a lead vocalist, but there are obviously 3 members that contribute a lot vocally. The two violinist provide sweet vocal harmonies, and that is best showcased on the a cappella piece House Carpenter. So, with soaring violins that are extremely versatile, fine vocalists, the guitars tuned down low and the tempos kept slow, Subrosa create one of the heaviest, sinister and abstract albums that even the mighty ones would have a hard time competing with.
Beneath the Crown (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzYqGAzunME)

SomewhereInTime72
02-13-2012, 01:27 AM
SX are absurdly good live.

Natrlhi
02-13-2012, 12:29 PM
I like your descriptions of Grayceon and SubRosa - the aspects of both of those bands which are interesting to you, are among the many reasons I like them so much as well.

Jackie Gratz may be no Anneke van Giersbergen, but she's definitely coming into her own as a vocalist, and her voice lends a haunting quality to the music that's pretty much unmatched in metal. Plus, she has some pretty damn good screams on this album - the best examples of which are probably between 2:45 and 3:15 in "A Road Less Traveled".

Similarly, Rebecca Vernon probably isn't going to win any awards on national TV (thank Satan) for her vocal work, but those growls that start at around 4:45 in "Beneath the Crown" are some of the most awesome sounds I've ever heard come out of any metal artist's mouth - male or female - period. Holy fuck - are you kidding me?

Plus, the instrumentation on both albums is just so well done. There are tons of non-stereotypical metal instruments being used very creatively - and not in a contrived way, but in a way that actually adds something to the music. The violins in SubRosa just add this incredibly syrupy layer of sadness that just drips all over everything, and as you point out, the low-end in Grayceon is actually Jackie's cello. She and Zack are a rhythm section that can truly tear shit up together with the best of the standard "bass-n-drum" duos out there.

Anyway, just had to agree with you wholeheartedly on those two. You can definitely expect to see them towards the top of my list for 2011 as well. :fist:

Seventhzealot
02-13-2012, 12:40 PM
I like your descriptions of Grayceon and SubRosa - the aspects of both of those bands which are interesting to you, are among the many reasons I like them so much as well.

Jackie Gratz may be no Anneke van Giersbergen, but she's definitely coming into her own as a vocalist, and her voice lends a haunting quality to the music that's pretty much unmatched in metal. Plus, she has some pretty damn good screams on this album - the best examples of which are probably between 2:45 and 3:15 in "A Road Less Traveled".

Similarly, Rebecca Vernon probably isn't going to win any awards on national TV (thank Satan) for her vocal work, but those growls that start at around 4:45 in "Beneath the Crown" are some of the most awesome sounds I've ever heard come out of any metal artist's mouth - male or female - period. Holy fuck - are you kidding me?

Plus, the instrumentation on both albums is just so well done. There are tons of non-stereotypical metal instruments being used very creatively - and not in a contrived way, but in a way that actually adds something to the music. The violins in SubRosa just add this incredibly syrupy layer of sadness that just drips all over everything, and as you point out, the low-end in Grayceon is actually Jackie's cello. She and Zack are a rhythm section that can truly tear shit up together with the best of the standard "bass-n-drum" duos out there.

Anyway, just had to agree with you wholeheartedly on those two. You can definitely expect to see them towards the top of my list for 2011 as well. :fist:

Pretty much all of this :D

slapguitarer
02-20-2012, 01:54 PM
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5) sleepmakeswaves - Öand so we destroyed everything
Post-rock is a genre thatís well known for being on the melancholic side of the spectrum, so I find it odd that music that could be synonymous with depressive makes me so damn happy and puts me in a good mood. As Iím listening to sleepmakeswavesí debut album, Öand so we destroyed everything, Iíve got a huge smile on my face similar to this little guy :D. What I likes most about sleepmakeswaves, is that theyíve got a real cool, unique spin on post-rock. They use the basic frame for the music, add elements of speed, technicality and electronic and with these extra ingredients create some of my favorite post-rock Iíve heard to date. While these guys do pay plenty of attention to post in post-rock, they magnify the rock more than most. A lot of the shorter tracks really showcase their ability to rock out while still keeping the post-rock aesthetic in place. But where the band really shines the most is the longer piece. Those are the ones in which the bands truly showcases their incredible songwriting ability. Each go through many movements, and have awesome surprises at hidden in Ďem. Whether itís the trumpet on a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun, or the vocals we hear on the title track, they throw in nice touches that arenít heard on most post-rock albums. But that isnít what makes these songs so great. Itís the superb songwriting. sleepmakewaves are probably the best in the game at the moment when it comes to really building on ideas and fleshing songs out. With both their sense of technicality and ambience, they masterfully throw in all sort of things into each song and do it so well. I canít really explain how cool it is. I think my favorite thing on the album is the drummer; to be frank, heís super fuckiní good. He creates the coolest drum beats Iíve heard in post-rock and really grooves when the music calls for a good groove. He interplays really well with the bass and it just really makes the music. Overall, Iíd say Öand so we destroyed everything is the best post-rock album of 2011. Dig it.
a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jx99TTWFrpo)

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4) Protest the Hero - Scurrilous
This album held the spot of number 1 on my list for a solid 7-8 months. That by itself should speak volumes of how kick-ass this record is. But Iím assuming you want to read more than a couple sentences, so Iíll go ahead and write a few more.

So in case youíre unaware, Protest the Hero are a progressive/technical metal band from up north. Theyíve got a keen sense combining guitar wizardry with melody and catchiness thatís unlike anything Iíve heard of in any band. Scurrilous introduces some change thatís quite refreshing to the band. For one, almost all elements of metalcore have vanished from their music. There are no breakdowns or chugs on this album, which never really was a problem because PTH did metalcore right, but the absence of those elements shows that theyíre really maturing as a band and writers. Also, there very, very few growls on this album. The change is welcomed because Rody has an excellent singing voice, but I do know that the departure of the rough vocals did erk few people, but there arenít too many moments on the album where I think growls fit the music. Lastly, bassist Arif Mirabdolbaghi only writes lyrics for three of the tracks on this album. Lyrical duties are mainly in the hands of singer Rody Walker now, and heís just as witty as Arif, so thereís nothing to complain about. Along with those ďmajorĒ things, it seems Protest the Hero have exchanged a little of their heaviness for their innate catchiness and a greater sense of melody.

Even with all the change that went on between Fortress and Scurrilous, the band is still the same for the most part. All the members of the band are extremely talented musicians who write cool, interesting parts in each song and keep it fresh as far as songwriting goes. The music is very riveting and keeps the listener engaged. This dynamic bunch of progressive misfits is one of the best, most refreshing bands the current music scene has to offer, and I high encourage everybody who is a fan modern progressive metal to give this shot if they havenít already.
Tandem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zqoy5v5ukI)

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3) Vektor - Outer Isolation
Way back when I started to listen to metal, thrash metal was my shit. I loved the intensity, aggression, and energy it brought to the table. But soon after that I was attracted to the progressive side of metal. Virtuosic playing, changing keys and time signatures, unorthodox ideas, influences from multiple genres out side of the metal realm were probably the things to attracted me most to prog. So, when I first heard of Vektor and heard people calling them progressive thrash metal, I was intrigued. At the time, I hadnít heard any thrash bands that displayed any elements that I loved about thrash or and prog bands there were as rapid or aggressive as my favorite thrash bands. I bought a copy of Vektorís Black Future, and instantly fell in love. As far as Iím concerned, thatís the best thrash album to come out since Rust in Peace. Vektor reached grounds I didnít think any thrash band was capable of with Black Future. Youíve got thrash masterpieces like Hunger of Violence and awesome epics like Accelerating Universe. This band was toying with the likes of jazz and flamenco guitar, fluctuating from time signature to time signature with ease, doing all this complex musical stuff while keeping everything extremely aggressive, and that really blew me away. So, like many of you on Metalsetlists, I was weary about a new Vektor album. I found it hard to believe that any band could even come close to the majesty of Black Future, but Vektor accepted the challenge and succeeded in matching the prowess that is displayed on Black Future.

Like its predecessor, Outer Isolation takes songs from the bandís self-released album, Demolition. This time they re-work Tetrastructural Minds, Venus Project, and Fast Paced Society. Saying that the new versions do the old justice is a huge understatement. The re-worked versions of course sound better than the originals, but are also just better written. Whether it was speeding some up or trimming Ďem a bit, those three songs are just magnificent. And the new songs that Vektor are awesome too. The first track, Cosmic Cortex, which is the only song that exceeds 10 minutes on this album, is a wild ride. It goes all over the place, from relaxed sections to sections where theyíre blasting away at full-speed. The band also focuses a little more on this record, and writes some of the heaviest riffs that weíve heard from Vektor. They also create sounds that donít sound like any of the instruments which are featured on this album. Thereís a part in the title track where I couldíve sworn they threw in some piano, but it was just guitar and bass. My favorite thing about this album though, is frontman David Disantoís banshee howls. Theyíre bountiful on this record. I donít mean to demean anything from the songwriting and how incredible it is, but Vektor wouldnít be quite the same without them. This album is full of great new ideas from Vektor and the same sci-fi thrash metal we know and love. Did they outdo Black Future? No, but they came pretty damn close. And think about it; could anybody?
Tetrastructural Minds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tAbcWrrIQU)

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2) Light Bearer - Lapsus
This album was a complete surprise. I remember hearing something about Cult of Luna working on an album in the first fourth of the 2011, and expressing that I could dig some new post-metal. A fellow former on Metaluprising posted a link to Lapsus. He didnít know a thing about the album, just saw that it was labeled post-metal and decided to be a cool guy and send me a link to it. Best blind decision Iíve made. This album captures everything I love about post-metal and all of the music it derives from. It is border-line perfect.

Light Bearer rose from the ashes of Fall of Efrafa, another post-metal band. The two do sound similar, but Light Bearer does a better job of capturing the tension and melancholy an album band like this is supposed to. The album comprises of six songs, and is just under an hour long. Half of the songs go over 10 minutes, the longest being a little under 18, and another goes a little past 7. One of the other tracks serves as an intro which does feature music, and the other is a little transition track. The 4 main songs absolutely capture the feeling of tension and betrayal, which is what this album is all about. Lyrically, the album is about our best buddy Satan being banished to Hell, for not agreeing with God about the whole Jesus thing. It kind of sides with Lucifer, the OG light bearer, which is of course something every metal band should do. Back to the musical aspect of this album, it combines all that we love about the two genres that make up post-metal, sludge and post-rock, and really creates something magical. All the songs features super heavy riffs, clean interludes with beautifully plucked chords, vocals that perpetuate the pain that Beelz went through as he was banished from paradise, huge crescendos that donít drag or are short, a gargantuan atmosphere, and the tightest rhythm section ever. Seriously, the drummer on this album is incredible. He plays some of the most imaginative drum beats Iíve heard to date. Ghost notes for days, son. The bassist also writes some awesome lines. Also, the addition of instruments like piano, violin, and cello add a really huge, filling sound that haunts. One last thing I should mention is that is that in a way, the album kind of makes a full circle. The closing track, Lapsus, goes to a variation of a riff that is played in the first actual song, Primum Movens. Theyíre similar enough to where it kind of makes the album seem like a huge piece cut into epic pieces, but not alike. This album is beautifully written and one of the most sincere, emotionally compelling albums Iíve ever heard. I simply can not wait for the sequel.
Primum Movens (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiB4zlQumVs)

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1) Cormorant - Dwellings
Surprise, surprise! Bet you didnít see this coming.

So, Iím sure youíre all fairly familiar with Cormorant by now. There are fair amount of people on here who canít keep them out of their mouth, myself included. The reason behind that is that they achieve something that very few other bands do. Theyíre unique. I know I may have used that word in a few other reviews, but when you get down to it, the word best fits these guys. Iíve yet to hear a band that reminds of Cormorant and Iíve never listened to Cormorant and thought of another band. Cormorant takes influence from all types of music, and instead of picking at what they like from each genre and mimicking it through their own music, they actually create something new.

With Dwellings, Cormorant take on a simpler approach to their music. The music is definitely stripped down. With the exception of one song, the only instruments you hear on this album are guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. No rainstick, mandolin, cello, or guest vocalists. Now, where to being about the album on a musical standpoint? Firstly, the album feels angrier and more primal than its predecessor. I donít know if they do that to emphasize on the vocals in a lot of these songs, or if it just came naturally, but it works like a charm. It also does a great job of embodying emotions like bliss & fulfillment, sorrow & melancholy. The majority of these songs are on lengthy side, on average ranging from 7-12 minutes. Through this, the songs always finish where they began from an emotional stand point. This technique in songwriting is cool because the band often kind of ventures out during the song, turning it into a musical expedition. Another thing to point out is that this album feels angrier and more primal than its predecessor. I donít know if it is to accompany the lyrics or if it just happened naturally, but it really works. A lot of the music also varies. You have pissed off black metal-esque pieces like The First Man, epics like Unearthly Dreamings, and prog jams like Confusion of Tongues. And the variation doesnít stop from a song-to-song level, there is also multiple things going on within each piece. This may sound kind of hectic and spastic, but it comes off beautifully. Another thing worth mentioning is that this album features the entire band vocally. Bassist, Arthur Von Nagel, is of course the main man on vocal duties like in all their previous works, but we really hear drummer Brennan Kunkel taking on a more obvious role providing the clean vocals, and guitarist Matt Solis aiding Arthur in with shouts when it comes to the gang vocals/trade-off we hear on Junta and Unearthly Dreamings.

From a lyrical standpoint, this album is genius. Normally, I couldnít give a shit about lyrics. There are few lyricists that make me pay attention to their words. Arthur Von Nagel is one of those few. Dwellings very well could be a thesis on humanity. It goes over everything the darker side of humanity with The First Man and A Howling Dust, and the good in humanity with the Funambulist and Unearthly Dreamings. I donít feel like going into extreme detail right now, but go check the lyrics out for yourself, youíll be blown away.

Overall, this is the best, most unique album released in the metal realm in 2011. Full of great songwriting, memorable riffs, amazing lyricism, and superb variation, these Tiberian Ass Bastard Folks have created something really special. Not just with Dwellings, but with Cormorant.
Junta (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLaNL5_yg1g)

brutal_descent
02-20-2012, 02:10 PM
Speaker of the Dead > Dwellings

BloodoftheKings
02-20-2012, 02:11 PM
Speaker of the Dead > Dwellings

We're really killing the Emmure meme. Lets slow down a bit.

Seventhzealot
02-20-2012, 02:38 PM
All of those five were among my favorites from the year. Good list man! :party:

hb420
02-20-2012, 10:37 PM
Awesome thread man, enjoyed it from beginning to end. :fist:

illuminatus917
02-21-2012, 04:43 PM
Yep, overall a pretty decent list. :party:

Well done Slap.

slapguitarer
02-21-2012, 07:30 PM
All of those five were among my favorites from the year. Good list man! :party:

Awesome thread man, enjoyed it from beginning to end. :fist:

Thanks for reading guys!

Yep, overall a pretty decent list. :party:

Well done Slap.

Decent? That's the best you could come up with? :tp:

Just messin', thanks man.

Now I can finally focus on 2012.