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treghet
01-05-2012, 09:15 PM
Finally going to get this started. First review will come soon. I will keep this post updated with the list as it progresses.

25. Burzum - Fallen
24. Cruciamentum - Engulfed in Desolation
23. Tsjuder - Legion Helvete
22. Necros Christos - Doom of the Occult
21. Naysayer - Laid to Rest
20. Immolation - Providence
19. Sargeist - Lair of Necromancy
18. Soul Search - Bury the Blame
17. Assaulter - Boundless!
16. Disma - Towards the Megalith
15. Wormrot - Noise
14. Antichrist - Forbidden World
13. Rotten Sound - Cursed
12. Horna - Adventus Satanae
11. New Lows - Harvest of the Carcass
10. Vektor - Outer Isolation
9. Integrity - Detonate World's Plague
8. Vader - Welcome to the Morbid Reich
7. Morbus Chron - Sleepers in the Rift
6. Archgoat - Heavenly Vulva (Christ's Last Rites)
5. Satanic Warmaster - Winter's Hunger / Torches
4. Blasphemophagher - The III Command of the Absolute Chaos
3. Harm's Way - Isolation
2. Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
1. Deceased - Surreal Overdose

slapguitarer
01-05-2012, 09:31 PM
List sucks

hellawaits77ny
01-05-2012, 09:46 PM
lookin forward to the read.

elturtleboy
01-05-2012, 10:34 PM
Why can't people just it quick and dirty like me!

Sepultura69
01-06-2012, 01:03 AM
Looking forward to this. :rocker:

ravenheart
01-06-2012, 01:31 AM
Why can't people just it quick and dirty like me!

Because we're not all as quick and dirty as you.

treghet
01-06-2012, 03:53 AM
25.
Artist: Burzum
Title: Fallen
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Byelobog Productions

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Merely a year after the release of Belus, Varg has put another offering on the table, albeit different from the predecessor. Fallen marks a change of pace in the Burzum discography in an attempt to oppose the imagery and ideas behind the modern black metal scene. This shift has sparked controversy among fans, with some calling it a welcomed transition from Belus and others are claiming that a once monumental pillar in the scene has “fallen” from grace. In this sense, Varg has achieved his goal: to challenge his fan base. While some will say this new side of Burzum is insignificant in comparison to the classics it’s hard to ignore the fact that there is nothing out there that resembles it. With the amalgamation of conventional black metal riffs and traditional folk inspired vocal melodies Varg has managed to stay relevant in a time where the black metal scene has stagnated.

“Jeg Faller” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt9Vvj1ZEOQ

treghet
01-06-2012, 04:04 AM
24.
Artist: Cruciamentum
Title: Engulfed in Desolation
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Winter Records

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In the underground death metal world there is a new force emerging from England, cementing their name in the scene with their first EP. Amongst the hordes of ‘90s worship bands, Cruciamentum stands independently by pushing the old school customs to a new level. While taking influence from the local pioneers, Bolt Thrower, they add their own unique seasonings to the pot to keep the overused style appetizing. The endless barrage of driving riffs rejuvenates a stale sound which has more recently revolved around meticulously imitating the celebrated records of the past. Cruciamentum has proved to be a cut above the rest of the resurgence of death metal bands, stomping out the imposters and gaining praise among the old school fanatics.

“Thrones Turned to Rust” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZiiVt8Sx2c

treghet
01-07-2012, 06:54 AM
23.
Artist: Tsjuder
Title: Legion Helvete
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Season of Mist

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In 2006, at the peak of their career, Tsjuder disbanded. They went out on a formidable note, with their last sigh, Desert Northern Hell, receiving the highest ratings of their three albums. Only four years later the band would reassemble and begin to write material for an extremely anticipated fourth full length. Many questions arouse regarding how they could match their last record or if reforming was really a wise decision. Although the band had only been separated briefly and kept all of the original members intact upon the second incarnation I kept my expectations at a neutral level. All I counted on was a solid black metal album, and that is exactly what we got. “The Daemon Throne” opens the record with blasting fury and a whirlwind of tremolo picking. The blazing pace does not subside as Tsjuder treads onward. Legion Helvete did not disappoint. Although it doesn’t reach the same quality of their masterpiece, it remains as a worthy follow up to it.

“The Daemon Throne” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMdYjYCZ5cM

treghet
01-07-2012, 06:59 AM
22.
Artist: Necros Christos
Title: Doom of the Occult
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Sepulchral Voice Records

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With their first full length Necros Christos established themselves as one of the premier occult bands and now they have bestowed upon us a second monolithic relic. In many ways Doom of the Occult resembles the debut, with its winding passages, possessed vocals, and esoteric atmosphere, however it also represents a striking change. While the lyrical content of Triune Impurity Rites focused on death and anti-Christian themes, this second offering presents a mystical journey through the ancient Middle East as well as hymns to Egyptian and Hindu deities. Rarely is there such lyrical brilliance in underground metal and it’s obvious much time and effort has gone into composing these narratives so articulately. Unfortunately it is a challenge to decode the dialogues without any background knowledge of the subject at hand. Of course, the lyrics are only one constituent of the supremacy that is this album. If it were not for the equally effective aura augmenting the lyrics the album would not be worth such praise. The doom laden guitar work, eerie keyboards, and folk instrumentals all take their part in this beast. Then the heinous vocals seal the tomb, giving the record a genuinely timeless sound. This will surely stand as an obelisk for years to come in the history of occult death metal.

“Succumbed to Sarkum Phagum” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooOxWG0b32w

treghet
01-08-2012, 02:50 AM
21.
Artist: Naysayer
Title: Laid to Rest
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Reaper Records

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After two crushing EPs Richmond, Virginia’s Naysayer has presented their first full length effort. Recently there has been a revival of the classic NYHC sound, but only a handful of these young bands are worth their salt. Naysayer clearly emulates the style of the early Madball records and others of that time frame, but they do not come off as one of the many worship bands out there today. They offer a grittier, heavier take on the popular ‘90s sound. The chunky riffs more closely resemble the modern sound of Terror and Trapped Under Ice, while the vocals are much more raspy than the those of the aforementioned bands. Laid to Rest shows this determined band in top form and they have only gotten better with each of their releases, so I look forward to what they have in store for the future.

“Undertow” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW2A5VSq7Zk

hellawaits77ny
01-09-2012, 10:22 PM
More praise for Naysayer, I definately need to check these guys out.

treghet
01-10-2012, 01:17 PM
Yes, you do! They are pretty damn good.

treghet
01-10-2012, 01:24 PM
20.
Artist: Immolation
Title: Providence
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Scion A/V

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Bands that have managed to stay true to their roots and continually release remarkable albums throughout their entire careers are few and far between, but Immolation has done exactly that. To commemorate the band’s 25th anniversary they set out on a brief tour and released a new EP for free, courtesy of Scion A/V, and it has not wavered from the trademark style they have become so renowned for. The writing and production are in the same vein as Majesty and Decay, with dynamic song structures and a crystal clear, yet equally crushing presentation. Bob Vigna’s unmistakable guitar work shines through here and is complemented exceptionally well by precise drumming and Ross Dolan’s purring growls. With twenty-five years of creating music now behind them, Immolation shows no signs of letting up. The band has maintained the excellent quality of their past releases, allowing Providence to fit in comfortably with the rest of their discography.

“Still Lost” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfAC6yHJ-f0

jd091
01-13-2012, 02:18 AM
21.
Artist: Naysayer
Title: Laid to Rest
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Reaper Records

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After two crushing EPs Richmond, Virginia’s Naysayer has presented their first full length effort. Recently there has been a revival of the classic NYHC sound, but only a handful of these young bands are worth their salt. Naysayer clearly emulates the style of the early Madball records and others of that time frame, but they do not come off as one of the many worship bands out there today. They offer a grittier, heavier take on the popular ‘90s sound. The chunky riffs more closely resemble the modern sound of Terror and Trapped Under Ice, while the vocals are much more raspy than the those of the aforementioned bands. Laid to Rest shows this determined band in top form and they have only gotten better with each of their releases, so I look forward to what they have in store for the future.

“Undertow” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW2A5VSq7Zk

:party:

Was just rocking this earlier today. I really hate that cover for some reason, but the album is fantastic.

treghet
01-13-2012, 02:19 AM
:party:

Was just rocking this earlier today. I really hate that cover for some reason, but the album is fantastic.

Yeah, I don't care for the cover either.

I've been slacking on this list. I'm going to post more stuff soon!

treghet
01-14-2012, 03:17 AM
19.
Artist: Sargeist
Title: Lair of Necromancy
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Hospital Productions

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Throughout the past decade Sargeist has remained a prominent force in the Finnish black metal scene by releasing three remarkable albums, the most recent being 2010’s Let the Devil In. Riding on the praise of the last full length, they have offered a two song EP to follow it up. Lair of Necromancy is essentially a continuation of Let the Devil In, with the same direction and production style. However, this should not be viewed as a con, as these songs are just as effective as those on the full length. The striking melodies remain compelling despite their simplistic nature and the snarling vocals deliver them a powerful supplement of chaos. Although Sargeist’s formula does not deviate from the parameters of the usual black metal style it manages to engage the listener just as any of the classic records of the past do.

“The Moon Growing Colder” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM_RyaTsE_M

treghet
01-14-2012, 06:09 AM
18.
Artist: Soul Search
Title: Bury the Blame
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Triple-B Records

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I’ve noticed that in the vast LA hardcore scene there are only a few bands that really stand out as something remarkable. Among the few is Soul Search, who has already made a tremendous impact despite being a newcomer to the game. In 2010 they released their first demo, which even gained the attention of Scott Vogel, who commented that it blew him away. The demo quickly circulated around and by 2011 they had struck a record deal. With that they headed out on a full US tour for the release of their first EP. Bury the Blame shows the band’s progression from their demo, which was already outstanding in its own right. The riffs hit even harder and the crunchy guitar tone only amplifies their pulverizing execution. The lyrics contrast the tough outer shell, focusing on personal struggles and realizing the mistakes you’ve made. Bury the Blame is a crushing experience from beginning to end and it has brought Soul Search into the light as one of the frontrunners of Southern California hardcore.

“Nobody’s Nothing” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n-bBjtaotc

jd091
01-14-2012, 12:51 PM
That Soul Search EP is pretty awesome. I actually own it, physically!

treghet
01-14-2012, 02:33 PM
That Soul Search EP is pretty awesome. I actually own it, physically!

As do I. :fist:

jd091
01-14-2012, 02:43 PM
I should add some "honorable mentions" to my top hardcore albums of 2011 that I got way into after I made the list, like Stick Together, Soul Search, and Turnstile. Great year.

treghet
01-14-2012, 02:51 PM
Do iiiiiiiitttt. Stick Together played a show here with Soul Search a couple weeks ago.

treghet
01-16-2012, 05:58 AM
17.
Artist: Assaulter
Title: Boundless!
Genre: Thrash Metal / Black Metal
Label: Metal Blade Records

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Between Assaulter and Deströyer 666 you might say that Australia specializes in blackened thrash and with this record that has held true. This is Assaulter’s sophomore album and it is even more sinister than the debut. What this three piece has created will rip you to shreds. The snarling vocals and gritty guitar tone scorch your flesh until it is no more. Boundless! is a bit different from Salvation Like Destruction, focusing less on the black metal aspects and more on medium paced thrash. The riffs are dynamic, utilizing both tight thrash rhythms and the blistering speed that is found on the debut. There are also some intriguing melodic leads that have a distinct Middle Eastern feel to them. The production is a major improvement over the first album, which felt very thin. Now the guitars have power behind them and the drums are not buried in a deluge of noise. Overall Boundless! is a positive evolution for the band and should not be passed up by fans of blackened thrash metal.

“Dying Day” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwbcpdXgff0

treghet
01-16-2012, 01:41 PM
16.
Artist: Disma
Title: Towards the Megalith
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Profound Lore Records

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From the start Disma was a tremendously respected band, with their demo solidifying their reputation and taking the underground by storm. With ex-Incantation vocalist Craig Pillard holding the reigns they had birthed a monster. This one release had gained them a strong following and they were even invited to play the second Rites of Darkness festival. Only two years after the demo they set out to put a full length under their belts. The album was highly anticipated and justly so, as they had already proved what they were capable of writing devastating material. From the opening moments the album bombards you with curdling riffs and thundering drums. Craig’s abominable gutturals envelope the massive sound. The destructive songs hammer away through tumultuous passages, swinging their colossal momentum and decimating all who fail to escape their path. With Towards the Megalith Disma has one upped Incantation in every shape and form. This immense debut has squashed any doubt that they are one of the best new bands in the scene.

“Purulent Quest” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qb38CDQDQOo

treghet
01-16-2012, 01:42 PM
15.
Artist: Wormrot
Title: Noise
Genre: Grindcore
Label: Scion A/V

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Wormrot is one of those bands that seems to get better with every release they divulge, commanding the attention of fans on an international scale. This past year they gained the attention of Scion A/V, who brought them out to the third annual Scion Rock Fest and later paid for all of the expenses to release this EP for free. Their sophomore record, Dirge, which also came out in 2011, was an immense album, however this five minute experience of blasting insanity has managed to be stronger yet. In terms of length this does not compare to the full length, but all of the songs here completely rip like never before. After the feedback intro for “Loathsome Delusions” they put it into fifth gear with an eardrum shattering power. The frantic drumming, sporadic riffs, and macabre growls and screams all mesh together for total chaos. Plowing onward at breakneck speed, Wormrot has once again impressed the grindcore scene with another fantastic release. This is easily the best abomination that the Singaporean trio has spewed forth thus far.

“Outburst of Annoyance” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa70MJ6FwFw

treghet
01-16-2012, 01:47 PM
14.
Artist: Antichrist
Title: Forbidden World
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: High Roller Records

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I admit that for the most part I am not fond of the “retro thrash” movement, so when I heard about this album I was a bit cautious, however, upon listening I was totally enthralled by the essence of the music. It was actually the complete opposite of what I expected. It’s not an attempt to modernize the ‘80s thrash sound, it is the ‘80s thrash sound done to perfection. Simply put, this is not anything like one of the terrible albums with uninspired riffs, weak vocals, and sterile production that we have been showered with in recent years. Sweden’s Antichrist combines elements of early Destruction (Sentence of Death and Infernal Overkill) and Slayer (Show No Mercy) with a renewed agility. Every song is full of punchy riffs and lethal solos. Then there are the menacing vocals, which are performed remarkably well. They sound like they came straight from the depths of hell and you’ll hear a few of those falsettos reminiscent of Tom Araya and Schmier. The production puts a nice finish on the album, giving the guitars a crunchy sound and the vocals an ominous feel. It is thrash metal executed exactly as it was meant to be, raw and unforgiving.

“Victims of the Blade” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usg6K95Ha2I

Rocco44
01-16-2012, 01:48 PM
The last three are all on my list to check out, especially Assaulter due to my love for D666.

hellawaits77ny
01-18-2012, 09:38 PM
I definately gotta check out that Disma. Heard they rule.

treghet
01-20-2012, 06:12 AM
I definately gotta check out that Disma. Heard they rule.

They do. :rocker:

treghet
01-20-2012, 06:17 AM
13.
Artist: Rotten Sound
Title: Cursed
Genre: Grindcore / Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records

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Rotten Sound has been churning out their hybrid of grindcore and Swedish death metal for years now and they have been extremely consistent at keeping the quality to an untouchable level. Cursed continues the trend, delivering twenty-eight minutes the trademark sound that satisfies both old school death metal and grindcore fans alike. “Alone” opens the record with furious blast beats and insane riffing and then leads into the next mammoth, “Superior.” The intensity does not subside. As on past releases there are a few numbers that drop down the pace, such as “Declare,” employing a disease ridden sludgy sound. The production on Cursed is a bit thicker than on previous albums, but it maintains the Sunlight Studios style, giving it a bit of a heavier feel. Rotten Sound has excreted another repulsive slab of grinding death and it is clear they have not lost their touch after all these years.

“Plan” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRkwVqukkbA

treghet
01-20-2012, 06:20 AM
12.
Artist: Horna
Title: Adventus Satanae
Genre: Black Metal
Label: World Terror Committee

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Horna has been one of the longest running Finnish black metal bands, but they have also had the most lineup changes. To date the only original member is guitarist Shatraug and they are now on their third vocalist. Despite this, the band has never put out a bad album. In fact, their most recent, the eighty-five minute beast, Sanojesi Äärelle, is among their strongest. However, since that record vocalist Corvus has left the band. Spellgoth was admitted as the band’s new vocalist and Adventus Satanae is his second appearance, the first being a split in 2009 with Nefarious. Some have questioned if he is a suitable replacement, but he handles the job with ease, spewing demented screams that even come close to rivaling those of Corvus himself. The new EP continues the style of the last album with the sadistic riffs and an impeccable atmosphere. They uphold the tradition of writing the lyrics in Finnish, making it all the more unique. There’s nobody who does black metal quite like Horna, and with lineup changes aside, they continue to release wretched black metal.

“Adventus Satanae” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qittihe0bkM

treghet
01-20-2012, 06:28 AM
11.
Artist: New Lows
Title: Harvest of the Carcass
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Deathwish Inc.

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Boston’s hardcore scene has more or less been the focus of the youth crew movement, but there are a few bands who do not adhere to the militant straight edge preaching and music standards. New Lows is on the opposite spectrum of hardcore, inspired by bands like Ringworm and Bolt Thrower instead of DYS and SS Decontrol. With their first full length they manage to consolidate all of their influences into their own unique sound, making them by far the heaviest band in their local scene. They don’t sound too much like Bolt Thrower’s In Battle There Is No Law or Ringworm’s debut, but you can definitely hear characteristics of the aforementioned records. Their sound centers around the conventional hardcore rhythms while utilizing sections of double bass and a gritty guitar tone akin to early Bolt Thrower. With pulverizing riffs one after another Harvest of the Carcass does not let up for a second. If you’re into old school death metal and looking to try out some hardcore, this is the band for you.

“Born and Razed” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZL-Maz8iPI4

jd091
01-20-2012, 11:06 AM
I can't get too into that record personally, but New Lows were really freakin' good live.

treghet
01-20-2012, 07:36 PM
I can't get too into that record personally, but New Lows were really freakin' good live.

It's just too awesome for you to handle. ;)

Top 10 will start later tonight.

treghet
01-27-2012, 09:28 PM
I have not abandoned this. I will continue posting later on tonight.

jd091
01-28-2012, 12:05 AM
I have not abandoned this. I will continue posting later on tonight.

I was about to say... I really want to see the rest!

hellawaits77ny
01-28-2012, 01:46 AM
Keep it comin'

treghet
01-28-2012, 03:28 AM
10.
Artist: Vektor
Title: Outer Isolation
Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal
Label: Heavy Artillery Records

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Two years after their masterpiece debut album, Black Future, Vektor would return to the studio to record their second cosmic concoction. The question was, could they really top Black Future? It seemed like an ambitious move to record another album so soon. Two years may seem like a relatively normal time span between albums, but for a band that released an hour long beast full of technical prowess it seemed to happen too quickly. I was a bit apprehensive about it, but excited at the same time. As I listened the wariness began to subside and I found myself enjoying the album almost as much as Black Future. The multitude of weaving melodies and assailing riffs echo those of the debut. Then David Disanto’s vocal assault leaves a blistering aftertaste on the already exhilarating platter. Stylistically there is not much of a change between Outer Isolation and Black Future, but there doesn’t need to be. Vektor’s distinguished formula has already sent them to the forefront of modern thrash. There has been a few complaints about them re-recording three older songs, but I’m pleased that they did as they sound far superior to the low quality of the demo. Overall Outer Isolation doesn’t surpass the debut, but they have not fallen into an ever dreadful sophomore slump. The album still packs a solar storm of expertise that is rivaled by no other.

“Tetrastructual Minds” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tAbcWrrIQU

AnataFan4Life
01-28-2012, 07:13 AM
I guess that just leaves Moonbase for the next Vektor album. I'm actually really excited to hear how that song will turn out re-recorded.

treghet
01-28-2012, 12:15 PM
I guess that just leaves Moonbase for the next Vektor album. I'm actually really excited to hear how that song will turn out re-recorded.

Yeah, I'm looking forward to hearing that too.

And I'm hoping they can get on some decent tours with the new album out. I'm really surprised bands like Bonded by Blood, Evile, and Warbringer are able to get on tours with well established bands, yet Vektor is stuck playing shows with local bands opening for them.

treghet
01-28-2012, 01:44 PM
9.
Artist: Integrity
Title: Detonate World’s Plague
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Label: Holy Terror Records

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Throughout the past few decades and numerous member changes Integrity has endured as one of the leaders of metallic hardcore. In 2010, with vocalist Dwid being the only founding member left, the band released their first album in seven years and proved that they were still relevant. Not long after the album Dwid would collaborate with Rob Orr for a new EP, Detonate World’s Plague. What was to come would be the band’s most important release since their 1997 album, Seasons in the Size of Days. The title track opens the EP with an explosive force and immediately takes you back to the band’s roots. The destructive riffs and phenomenal solos in “+Orrchida” and “All is None” are reminiscent of the days of Systems Overload and Humanity is the Devil. The production exemplifies the classic sound with a stripped down and gritty approach. I can only hope that Dwid continues to work with Rob, because the direction they have taken on Detonate World’s Plague has breathed new life into the band.

“+Orrchida” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7gDxDPFVRA

treghet
01-28-2012, 01:46 PM
8.
Artist: Vader
Title: Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

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I found myself a bit underwhelmed by Vader’s previous album, Necropolis. It just felt like it was lacking something, especially when compared to Impressions in Blood. Don’t get me wrong, there were still great songs on it, but it was a mixed bag. So when news of a new album came around I was hoping it would be an improvement. The title, artwork, and use of the old logo all alluded to a return to form and that is exactly what it turned out to be. Now it should be noted that it is not so much of a throwback to the early days, but more or less an evolution of the sound they have built upon throughout the course of their career. After a short intro “Return to the Morbid Reich” kicks off the album with vehement hostility. By the time you get a few songs in you’ll find yourself immersed in the cyclone of tremolo riffs and blasting, but you may notice something different as well; the solos. Alongside the perplexing insanity and whammy bar use are a number of melody driven solos. The dueling leads of Piotr and Spider intertwine miraculously, forging a demented brew. Welcome to the Morbid Reich consolidates Vader’s past and present into a superior product, proving the band has not lost any steam.

“Don’t Rip the Beast’s Heart Out” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa9i6XHd2dE

treghet
01-28-2012, 01:49 PM
7.
Artist: Morbus Chron
Title: Sleepers in the Rift
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Pulverised Records

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Many bands have worshipped the Swedish death metal legends, but few have paid dues to Autopsy’s early albums, or more specifically, the impeccable Mental Funeral. The malpractitioners in Morbus Chron have visited the cemetery and exhumed the twisted sound, dusting off the remains and revitalizing it with a Swedish tinge. On the operating table the psychotic riffs are sewn together with surgical precision, traversing from frenzied rhythms to anesthetizing deliriums. Overseeing the carnage is axeman Robba, spewing painful, deranged growls from behind the sanitarium doors. The excruciating sounds emanate from the infirmary, conceiving an uncanny aura like no other. Morbus Chron’s debut brings back a sound long forgotten and injects it full of catalysts. It has taken the form of a masterfully reconstructed carcass, appearing similar to the glory days of Autopsy in both touch and feel while utilizing borrowed limbs from their Swedish brethren, Entombed and Dismember.

“Red Hook Horror” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToLtylIID5k

El Gordo
01-28-2012, 01:56 PM
8.
Artist: Vader
Title: Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

I found myself a bit underwhelmed by Vader’s previous album, Necropolis. It just felt like it was lacking something, especially when compared to Impressions in Blood. Don’t get me wrong, there were still great songs on it, but it was a mixed bag. So when news of a new album came around I was hoping it would be an improvement. The title, artwork, and use of the old logo all alluded to a return to form and that is exactly what it turned out to be. Now it should be noted that it is not so much of a throwback to the early days, but more or less an evolution of the sound they have built upon throughout the course of their career. After a short intro “Return to the Morbid Reich” kicks off the album with vehement hostility. By the time you get a few songs in you’ll find yourself immersed in the cyclone of tremolo riffs and blasting, but you may notice something different as well; the solos. Alongside the perplexing insanity and whammy bar use are a number of melody driven solos. The dueling leads of Piotr and Spider intertwine miraculously, forging a demented brew. Welcome to the Morbid Reich consolidates Vader’s past and present into a superior product, proving the band has not lost any steam.

“Don’t Rip the Beast’s Heart Out” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa9i6XHd2dE

Couldn't have said it any better myself, although I had it at #2 on my list. :D

Oh, and how insane does the re-make of Decapitated Saints sound?

hellawaits77ny
01-28-2012, 08:50 PM
9.
Artist: Integrity
Title: Detonate World’s Plague
Genre: Metallic Hardcore
Label: Holy Terror Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/integrity.jpg


Definately wanna check these guys out, they sound solid. I usually like metallic hardcore. Can't do YouTube at work, will try elsewhere.

treghet
01-28-2012, 09:11 PM
Definately wanna check these guys out, they sound solid. I usually like metallic hardcore. Can't do YouTube at work, will try elsewhere.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :D

OraclesofAgony
01-29-2012, 12:14 AM
8.
Artist: Vader
Title: Welcome to the Morbid Reich
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Nuclear Blast

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/vader.jpg

I found myself a bit underwhelmed by Vader’s previous album, Necropolis. It just felt like it was lacking something, especially when compared to Impressions in Blood. Don’t get me wrong, there were still great songs on it, but it was a mixed bag. So when news of a new album came around I was hoping it would be an improvement. The title, artwork, and use of the old logo all alluded to a return to form and that is exactly what it turned out to be. Now it should be noted that it is not so much of a throwback to the early days, but more or less an evolution of the sound they have built upon throughout the course of their career. After a short intro “Return to the Morbid Reich” kicks off the album with vehement hostility. By the time you get a few songs in you’ll find yourself immersed in the cyclone of tremolo riffs and blasting, but you may notice something different as well; the solos. Alongside the perplexing insanity and whammy bar use are a number of melody driven solos. The dueling leads of Piotr and Spider intertwine miraculously, forging a demented brew. Welcome to the Morbid Reich consolidates Vader’s past and present into a superior product, proving the band has not lost any steam.

“Don’t Rip the Beast’s Heart Out” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa9i6XHd2dE

YES! :rocker:

In the same position as my list too.

treghet
02-03-2012, 01:05 PM
6.
Artist: Archgoat
Title: Heavenly Vulva (Christ’s Last Rites)
Genre: Black Metal / Death Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/archgoat.jpg

Archgoat has remained immune to time since their inception. All of their releases after reuniting have stayed true to the rotten essence and occult principles they established themselves with in the early ‘90s. In this respect, the new offering does not deviate. After a short intro the first ritual is set in motion for bestial annihilation. The sacrilege accelerates into an impetuous climax as the profanation begins. The relentless drumming and an abominable disposition produce an unparalleled primordial atmosphere. Pure blasphemy has unraveled itself in the most vile form. Continuing onward, the churning doom riffs in “Day of Clouds” develop ever slowly amidst the heinous vocals of Lord Angelslayer. “Passage to Millennial Darkness” returns to the destructive blasting and ravaging guitars, concluding the EP on a high note. In accordance with all of their past releases, Archgoat has disgorged yet another immaculate presentation, complete with their distinguished style and crude production.

“Penetrator of the Second Temple” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJJEJFDyBnw

treghet
02-03-2012, 01:07 PM
Anybody want to take a stab at the top five? I won't confirm or deny anything, I'm just curious if anybody can guess what they might be. ;)

jd091
02-03-2012, 05:14 PM
SPEAKER OF THE DEAD

Seventhzealot
02-04-2012, 04:35 PM
6.
Artist: Archgoat
Title: Heavenly Vulva (Christ’s Last Rites)
Genre: Black Metal / Death Metal
Label: Debemur Morti Productions

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/archgoat.jpg



Fuck, there was a new Archgoat last year? Man I still have some listening to do :(

7.
Artist: Morbus Chron
Title: Sleepers in the Rift
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Pulverised Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/morbuschron.jpg





Awesome pick! Was one of my favorite DM albums of the year

jd091
02-04-2012, 09:38 PM
Seriously though... Harm's Way or Weekend Nachos in top 5? :snivel: Not sure of what else. I'm really looking forward to it.

treghet
02-10-2012, 06:50 AM
5.
Artist: Satanic Warmaster
Title: Winter's Hunger / Torches
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Northern Heritage Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/satanicwarmaster.jpg

When I was first discovering black metal I somehow stumbled upon Satanic Warmaster. At the time I was hardly knowledgeable about the genre and knew of very few bands, most of which were recommended to me by a friend. Alongside the big names of the Norwegian scene, Satanic Warmaster was part of my introduction to black metal, and actually extreme metal as a whole, since I had yet to venture into death metal. Initially it was the name that drew me in, but I was quickly seduced by the primitive music. The hypnotizing riffs, petrifying screams, and overwhelmingly rough production all came together so flawlessly. To me, this was exactly what black metal was supposed to sound like, and to this day my feelings on that matter remain the unchanged. In the era of sterile, overproduced albums, Satanic Warmaster brings back the raw sound I have so longed for, a sound that for the most part has been left to rot in the past. The twisted, trance inducing riffs and blast beats intertwine with the archaic sound to forge black metal perfection. I hold Satanic Warmaster in high regard, as this two song EP does what so many modern bands fail to do; create an iniquitous, purulent atmosphere.

“Winter’s Hunger” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTU_5vM24pQ

treghet
02-10-2012, 06:51 AM
4.
Artist: Blasphemophagher
Title: The III Command of the Absolute Chaos
Genre: Black Metal / Death Metal
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/blasphemophagher.jpg

The Italian horde, Blasphemophagher, has become an undeniable force in the relatively small circle of war metal bands, which has remained completely underground since its incarnation. The III Command of the Absolute Chaos is their third full length, and the title is an accurate description of the content. This is the equivalent of Blasphemy and Sarcófago infected by radiation poisoning. Blasphemophagher releases biochemical terror in the form of extremely lethal riffing. Their arsenal of riffs bombard unforgivingly with no sign of yielding. They are constantly on the offensive and do not relent until a desolate wasteland is left behind. The apocalypse is more than enough to annihilate all in sight, but any who may have managed to survive through the destruction will be subjected to the toxic levels of radiation and ensuing storm of acid rain. Blasphemophagher have established themselves as one of the most chaotic bands of today, and they are among the strongest to emerge from the war metal scene. With that said, The III Command of the Absolute Chaos should be approached with caution and may be fatal in high doses.

“Beyond Absolute Chaos” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRXYLu1bw_I

smearCampaign
02-10-2012, 08:33 AM
7.
Artist: Morbus Chron
Title: Sleepers in the Rift
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Pulverised Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/morbuschron.jpg


:rocker: This one was just short of my top ten. Great album.



5.
Artist: Satanic Warmaster
Title: Winter's Hunger / Torches
Genre: Black Metal
Label: Northern Heritage Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/satanicwarmaster.jpg


They somehow created an even more lo-fi production sound than on their previous releases, which is really saying something. Good songs, but I preferred the 2010 EP.

Seventhzealot
02-10-2012, 08:38 AM
4.
Artist: Blasphemophagher
Title: The III Command of the Absolute Chaos
Genre: Black Metal / Death Metal
Label: Nuclear War Now! Productions

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/blasphemophagher.jpg

The Italian horde, Blasphemophagher, has become an undeniable force in the relatively small circle of war metal bands, which has remained completely underground since its incarnation. The III Command of the Absolute Chaos is their third full length, and the title is an accurate description of the content. This is the equivalent of Blasphemy and Sarcófago infected by radiation poisoning. Blasphemophagher releases biochemical terror in the form of extremely lethal riffing. Their arsenal of riffs bombard unforgivingly with no sign of yielding. They are constantly on the offensive and do not relent until a desolate wasteland is left behind. The apocalypse is more than enough to annihilate all in sight, but any who may have managed to survive through the destruction will be subjected to the toxic levels of radiation and ensuing storm of acid rain. Blasphemophagher have established themselves as one of the most chaotic bands of today, and they are among the strongest to emerge from the war metal scene. With that said, The III Command of the Absolute Chaos should be approached with caution and may be fatal in high doses.

“Beyond Absolute Chaos” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRXYLu1bw_I

Stoked to see this here. Very underrated record.

treghet
02-10-2012, 11:40 AM
They somehow created an even more lo-fi production sound than on their previous releases, which is really saying something. Good songs, but I preferred the 2010 EP.

I really enjoyed the last EP, but I like this one more. The writing reminds me a lot of Strength & Honour and Opferblut.

Stoked to see this here. Very underrated record.

Glad someone else here is into them! :fist:

Natrlhi
02-10-2012, 12:11 PM
7.
Artist: Morbus Chron
Title: Sleepers in the Rift
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Pulverised Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/morbuschron.jpg

Many bands have worshipped the Swedish death metal legends, but few have paid dues to Autopsy’s early albums, or more specifically, the impeccable Mental Funeral. The malpractitioners in Morbus Chron have visited the cemetery and exhumed the twisted sound, dusting off the remains and revitalizing it with a Swedish tinge. On the operating table the psychotic riffs are sewn together with surgical precision, traversing from frenzied rhythms to anesthetizing deliriums. Overseeing the carnage is axeman Robba, spewing painful, deranged growls from behind the sanitarium doors. The excruciating sounds emanate from the infirmary, conceiving an uncanny aura like no other. Morbus Chron’s debut brings back a sound long forgotten and injects it full of catalysts. It has taken the form of a masterfully reconstructed carcass, appearing similar to the glory days of Autopsy in both touch and feel while utilizing borrowed limbs from their Swedish brethren, Entombed and Dismember.

“Red Hook Horror” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToLtylIID5kWow. I'd never even heard of these guys. Your description is spot-on, too. It's like old-school Autopsy filtered through the buzzsaw guitar tone of Swedish death metal. Fucking brilliant.

:party: :rocker: :party:

Oh, and that album art is sick as fuck, too. :fist:

Seventhzealot
02-10-2012, 12:22 PM
Glad someone else here is into them! :fist:

Same! NWN records carry some impressive yet underrated bands. Embrace of Thorns are another very good death/black metal act.

treghet
02-12-2012, 07:04 PM
Same! NWN records carry some impressive yet underrated bands. Embrace of Thorns are another very good death/black metal act.

I haven't listened to Embrace of Thorns. I'll have to check them out!

treghet
02-12-2012, 07:09 PM
3.
Artist: Harm’s Way
Title: Isolation
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Closed Casket Activities

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/harmsway.jpg

Animosity, disdain, and resentment of mankind are the thoughts that occupy the mind when spinning this record. Many bands can produce heavy music, but few have the anger behind them to back it up. This is what hatred sounds like. This is the end of humanity. Harm’s Way has always had a crushing sound, but Isolation takes it to the next level. There isn’t a major change in direction on this album, but the songwriting has vastly improved and the production is out of this world. The guitar tone is absolutely massive and the drums are much more prominent than in No Gods, No Masters. Each song is easy to differentiate from the others, as they all have extremely memorable riffs. The song structures do not follow the typical hardcore format; instead of being centered around a simple chord progression they utilize an array of rhythms that build suspense for the destructive finale. This brings the songs to around three or four minutes, which is quite lengthy for hardcore, but they have pulled it off brilliantly. What Harm’s Way has achieved here is nothing short of remarkable. It’s original, incredibly powerful, and full of rage. After listening to Isolation you’ll come to the realization that people are of no value.

“Breeding Grounds” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZnIxO0LBXI

treghet
02-12-2012, 07:10 PM
2.
Artist: Exhumed
Title: All Guts, No Glory
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/exhumed.jpg

After a five year hiatus Exhumed is back with more bone grinding gore metal. The chainsaws have been pulled out of the storage unit and put to use once more. The limbs of expired bodies are dismembered, exposing the undulating sea of maggots gorging on the rotten flesh. Hacking away with the axe, Matt Harvey has fabricated a full spectrum of styles, ranging from death metal and thrash metal to grindcore. All Guts, No Glory is much like an extension of Anatomy Is Destiny, as it continues the more death metal driven formula with heavy influence from Michael Amott, yet still embodies a grindcore essence. The solos are highly diverse, with some being reminiscent of the Gore Metal and Slaughtercult eras and others focusing on enticing melodies that bring about latter Carcass nostalgia. Danny Walker of Intronaut and Murder Construct handles the drums, providing a basis for the carnage. With ripping blast beats and meticulous fills he delivers a cataclysmic impact. Then Matt Harvey’s necrotic screams are at the forefront of the album, butchering the cadavers into mutilated remnants and serving them on a platter. Eight years have passed since Anatomy Is Destiny and Exhumed has made an astounding return, leaving no corpse unscathed.

“Distorted and Twisted to Form” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CXq-wdkCr0

Seventhzealot
02-12-2012, 07:30 PM
I haven't listened to Embrace of Thorns. I'll have to check them out!

Their latest album, "Praying for Absolution" is my favorite of theirs so it might be a good starting point.

2.
Artist: Exhumed
Title: All Guts, No Glory
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/exhumed.jpg

After a five year hiatus Exhumed is back with more bone grinding gore metal. The chainsaws have been pulled out of the storage unit and put to use once more. The limbs of expired bodies are dismembered, exposing the undulating sea of maggots gorging on the rotten flesh. Hacking away with the axe, Matt Harvey has fabricated a full spectrum of styles, ranging from death metal and thrash metal to grindcore. All Guts, No Glory is much like an extension of Anatomy Is Destiny, as it continues the more death metal driven formula with heavy influence from Michael Amott, yet still embodies a grindcore essence. The solos are highly diverse, with some being reminiscent of the Gore Metal and Slaughtercult eras and others focusing on enticing melodies that bring about latter Carcass nostalgia. Danny Walker of Intronaut and Murder Construct handles the drums, providing a basis for the carnage. With ripping blast beats and meticulous fills he delivers a cataclysmic impact. Then Matt Harvey’s necrotic screams are at the forefront of the album, butchering the cadavers into mutilated remnants and serving them on a platter. Eight years have passed since Anatomy Is Destiny and Exhumed has made an astounding return, leaving no corpse unscathed.

“Distorted and Twisted to Form” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CXq-wdkCr0

Loved this record and can't wait to see these songs live. Awesome write-up btw! :fist:

jd091
02-12-2012, 08:10 PM
3.
Artist: Harm’s Way
Title: Isolation
Genre: Hardcore
Label: Closed Casket Activities

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/harmsway.jpg

Fuck yeah, man! :fist: After listening to this way more and more, it's probably my favorite hardcore record of last year. I need to modify my list. Every song is unique, awesome, and unbelievably crushing. Perfect description.

After listening to Isolation you’ll come to the realization that people are of no value.
FUCKING BEST BREAKDOWN OF 2011

hellawaits77ny
02-12-2012, 09:43 PM
I really gotta checkout Harm's Way.

treghet
02-25-2012, 07:02 AM
This last album is one that I haven't seen on anybody's list, on this site and elsewhere. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to read and reply. :)

1.
Artist: Deceased
Title: Surreal Overdose
Genre: Death Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Patac Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/Deceased.jpg

Throughout a career spanning more than twenty-five years Deceased has only released six albums, but every one of them has been no less than exceptional. Surreal Overdose is their first album since 2005, and in that time frame they have conjured some of their strongest material yet. The last few albums have focused on a heavy metal infused sound. Surreal Overdose combines those elements with the speed of the band’s earlier straight death metal albums, Luck of the Corpse and The Blueprints for Madness. There’s much more to it than that, though. Deceased is deeply rooted in the ‘80s and that shines through here. They incorporate aspects from multiple genres and combine them effortlessly for an original take on modern metal. The solos resemble those found on thrash metal classics and there are plenty of melodic leads reminiscent of the NWOBHM days. “Skin Crawling Progress” hits off the album with a plethora of killer riffs and solos. The phenomenal guitar work is accompanied by King Fowley’s unmistakable, horrifying vocal performance. From the Iron Maiden styled approach of “Cloned (Day of the Robot)” to winding, epic closer “Dying in Analog” the band does not relent for a second. Each track is unforgettable from start to finish. Deceased has perfected their sound here and it’s a shame that such a great band has received insufficient acknowledgement for their remarkable work.

“Off-Kilter” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEwMBbJ4_aM

hellawaits77ny
02-25-2012, 08:59 PM
Didn't know those guys were still around. Truth be told, I've never check them out, but will have to based on that review. Cool list, Man :rocker:.

GarageMetal468
02-25-2012, 11:16 PM
2.
Artist: Exhumed
Title: All Guts, No Glory
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Relapse Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/exhumed.jpg

After a five year hiatus Exhumed is back with more bone grinding gore metal. The chainsaws have been pulled out of the storage unit and put to use once more. The limbs of expired bodies are dismembered, exposing the undulating sea of maggots gorging on the rotten flesh. Hacking away with the axe, Matt Harvey has fabricated a full spectrum of styles, ranging from death metal and thrash metal to grindcore. All Guts, No Glory is much like an extension of Anatomy Is Destiny, as it continues the more death metal driven formula with heavy influence from Michael Amott, yet still embodies a grindcore essence. The solos are highly diverse, with some being reminiscent of the Gore Metal and Slaughtercult eras and others focusing on enticing melodies that bring about latter Carcass nostalgia. Danny Walker of Intronaut and Murder Construct handles the drums, providing a basis for the carnage. With ripping blast beats and meticulous fills he delivers a cataclysmic impact. Then Matt Harvey’s necrotic screams are at the forefront of the album, butchering the cadavers into mutilated remnants and serving them on a platter. Eight years have passed since Anatomy Is Destiny and Exhumed has made an astounding return, leaving no corpse unscathed.

“Distorted and Twisted to Form” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CXq-wdkCr0

So that's 3 people on here that have this in their best of 2011 list! It's really a killer album, and for the first time for a band's new album I can say that leaning heavily on the new album live still makes it an amazing performance regardless.

Seventhzealot
02-26-2012, 01:01 PM
This last album is one that I haven't seen on anybody's list, on this site and elsewhere. Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to read and reply. :)

1.
Artist: Deceased
Title: Surreal Overdose
Genre: Death Metal / Thrash Metal
Label: Patac Records

http://i924.photobucket.com/albums/ad86/treghet/2011%20List/Deceased.jpg

Throughout a career spanning more than twenty-five years Deceased has only released six albums, but every one of them has been no less than exceptional. Surreal Overdose is their first album since 2005, and in that time frame they have conjured some of their strongest material yet. The last few albums have focused on a heavy metal infused sound. Surreal Overdose combines those elements with the speed of the band’s earlier straight death metal albums, Luck of the Corpse and The Blueprints for Madness. There’s much more to it than that, though. Deceased is deeply rooted in the ‘80s and that shines through here. They incorporate aspects from multiple genres and combine them effortlessly for an original take on modern metal. The solos resemble those found on thrash metal classics and there are plenty of melodic leads reminiscent of the NWOBHM days. “Skin Crawling Progress” hits off the album with a plethora of killer riffs and solos. The phenomenal guitar work is accompanied by King Fowley’s unmistakable, horrifying vocal performance. From the Iron Maiden styled approach of “Cloned (Day of the Robot)” to winding, epic closer “Dying in Analog” the band does not relent for a second. Each track is unforgettable from start to finish. Deceased has perfected their sound here and it’s a shame that such a great band has received insufficient acknowledgement for their remarkable work.

“Off-Kilter” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEwMBbJ4_aM

Didn't know they had an album out this year. I checked it out on Spotify and it was pretty damn good. Thanks!

Good list btw! :fist: