John The Drummer's top blah blah blah bs bs bs yerp panturruh stuff of 2011
Since everyone else is doing it :party:
1) Top 15 Albums of 2011
2) Top 5 WTF/Son I Am Disappoint Albums of 2011
3) Top 10 Live Bands of 2011
... and maybe some extra shit here and there if I can come up with anything.
I WILL GET STARTED.... NOW!
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I feel that 2011 was a bit of a let down when it came to new releases, so this was a hard list to compile since I am [B]very[/B] picky about my music, but here we go.....
[SIZE="5"]15: Gravehill - When All Roads Lead to Hell[/SIZE]
This was a new band for me this year. My band, Funeral Age, got offered a slot to open for them and Impiety, so I immediately looked into them. I first checked out their album "Rites of the Pentagram" which I fell in love with right away. As I looked into them more I saw they had a new album coming out, so I was stoked. I couldn't find it anywhere, so I bought it from them at the show. Now... I will say, it isn't as good as the prior album, but it is still a kick ass raw dirty death/thrash album, and has a pretty rad AC/DC cover as a bonus track! Check them out if they come to your city, their live show is intense and powerful!
[SIZE="5"]14: Vreid - V[/SIZE]
It's Vreid! How can it not be on my top list. I was an instant fan when i saw them on their first US tour 2-3 years ago (sorry, the exact tour has escaped me... was it with Tyr?). The black 'n' roll aspect of them is catchy, and kick ass at the same time, so how couldn't I be excited for the new album? The entire album from beginning to end is awesome. But sadly, much like Gravehill, the earlier material outshines it, but that does not prevent it from being an enjoyable album! Even their oddly industrialish sounding (the verse at least) single, "The Sound of the River" kicks ass, IMO. I had the honor to open for these guys this year as well, but was forced to miss them due to my van being broken into. I am excited to hear what they come out with next, and I am still hoping they cover Windir at one of their live performances!
[SIZE="5"]13: Samael - Lux Mundi[/SIZE]
I will admit, I love Industrial Metal (yes.... Illud blah blah even has it's moments IMO...but I'll get to that later :D), and Samael does not disappoint in this genre. I liked where they went with their previous album, "Above", which seemed like they were going toward a more straight forward Black Metal sound, but this album brings it back to the Industrial. It is a very fun listen, and I can't hold back when it comes to blasting it while driving down the freeway. I am unsure if all the copies come with it, but I got the version that has the "Anti God" EP as a bonus disc, which was released last year, and is just as good as this full length is.
[SIZE="5"]12: Hate - Erebos[/SIZE]
***WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER SAYS IT WAS RELEASED THIS YEAR, EVERYWHERE ONLINE SAYS OTHERWISE..... OH WILL... I'LL KEEP IT ON FOR NOW***
Yes, I am that guy who used to call Hate "Mini-Behemoth", but after seeing them live numerous times this year and actually listening to them, I will say (I AM SORRY)... I enjoy them more than Behemoth. Not only is their visual show great, but the music is crushingly heavy and I cannot help but pump my fist during the those chuggy polish breakdown parts. I was not expecting to enjoy this album as much as I did. "Wrists" has to be my favorite track off of the album, the chorus is extremely catchy and you cannot help but headbang throughout the entire song.
[SIZE="5"]11: Somnae - Forever More[/SIZE]
Somnae is a band from right here in Seattle, WA and just put out their debut EP this year. The band features members of Seattle, WA symphonic black metal band, Inquinok. It's hard to place what they sound like, I want to say they have an Opeth meets Swallow the Sun sound, but only the heavy death metal parts of both bands. Very melodic and dark sounding. They will definitely go places if they keep up the amazing song writing. Below are some links!
An Ominous Strain (Live) - [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HMavo-rlWQ[/url]
Forever More - [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pte06RE7SM[/url]
Fragile Tomorrow - [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-cFrf7oWe4[/url]
[SIZE="4"]10-6 will be posted... SOMETIME![/SIZE]
[QUOTE=John The Drummer;424503]I feel that 2011 was a bit of a let down when it came to new releases, so this was a hard list to compile since I am [B]very[/B] picky about my music, but here we go....[/QUOTE]
Dude! Everyone here has been fapping over 2011 but I totally agree with you, I think last year was better and next year will likely be better. Not that this was a shit year, but a lot of great bands were dormant this year as far as releasing new material. I can be very picky about my music too.
Also, it's nice to see somebody showing some love for Hate for a change, but Erebos actually came out last November. Still, great list so far! :rocker:
REALLY?! Fuck you Windows Media Player for lying to me X-(
[QUOTE=John The Drummer;424531]REALLY?! Fuck you Windows Media Player for lying to me X-([/QUOTE]
It might not have come out till this year in America so that might be why. Either way it's still a good choice haha :fist:
I've been too busy to keep up with this, so I'll just do three at a time for now :flame:
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[SIZE="5"]10: INQUISITION - OMINOUS DOCTRINES OF THE PERPETUAL MYSTICAL MACROCOSM[/SIZE]
Hailing from the grimm Northern Valleys of Everett, WA, INQUISITION (inside joke). Their newest release, Ominous, is a great musical ride through darkness and evil. It has that Immortal guitar feeling to it, making you cold all over as if you were walking through the snow covered valleys of Skyrim in search for your next Bandit Camp! When I first gave this album a full listen I didn't think much of it, it really just sounded like a darker and more evil version of Immortal, but the more I listened to it the more I fell in love with it. Dagon's vocals do not fail either, his croaks are something that no one, or at least not many others, do, and they add a whole new dimension to their writing style. I cannot wait to finally see them next year, HAILS!
[SIZE="5"]9: KAMPFAR - MARE[/SIZE]
Kampfar comes off as a band that not many people like to take notice of, but their music and live performance (all one minute I witnessed) are absolutely stunning. This was a hard call for number 10 and 9, but I believe I enjoyed this album a little more than the new Inquisition. A lot of hardcore Kampfar fans just gave this album the cold shoulder due to its cleanness and major use of keyboards, but I feel it brings a lot more to the James Hetfield (table). It's hard for me to put my finger on what exactly makes this album such an amazing musical ride, but it just has that feel to it, once you put it in, you want to listen to the whole album. Plus at the end of the title track it has one of my favorite drum beat patterns, so I was hooked (the "Melechesh Beat" as us in Seattle call it). If you want something "kvlt" but still want to keep it clean then check this out. Just wish my van didn't get broken into so I could experience them completely.
[SIZE="5"]8: Ceremonial Castings - March of the Deathcult[/SIZE]
For a band that does not have a record deal these guys know how to do it. Releasing a new album at least every two years and still getting a ton of notice and praise as one of the best underground Black Metal bands in the US. Ceremonial Castings is a Symphonic Black Metal band from Battle Ground, WA (yes, we have a town called Battle Ground) and do not fail on this new album. Although MOTD is mainly a re-recording of demo's and remastering of older material it still comes through as a whole new release and doesn't sound aged at all having it released 7 years after the original recordings. Although some tracks may feel like they go on for a while, its worth it, and in the end works out just fine. This release even has two amazing covers, one of Venom's "Manitou", and the other, Emperor's "Night of the Graveless Souls". I would recommend everyone to contact these guys and pick up this new release, you will not be disappointed.
MORE TO COME! :rocker:
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[SIZE="5"]7: TERRA MORTA - MMV[/SIZE]
Terra Morta is a local band from Tacoma, WA. They have a great mix of melodic death metal and black metal. So far they have only released demo's and EP's in their career, but all have had their own greatness to them. This year they released their EP, "MMV" which is recording of their older songs (much like Ceremonial Casting's new album). Since this recording they have slowly morphed into a different more atmospheric style, but have not trailed too far from this sound of the past. If any of you are into very tasteful guitar leads, then you must check this out, it is a masterpiece. The production is very in your face, but not over the top in the slightest! Below is a link to their Facebook where you can stream the entire disc!
[SIZE="5"]6: MIDNIGHT - SATANIC ROYALTY[/SIZE]
A band known for being around for 8 years and not releasing a single full length album is quite an event, but this year we finally saw the release of Midnight's first full length album, "Satanic Royalty". On my first listen to this album I instantly felt the Motorhead influence. The way the songs were written, the way the guitar leads would come in, definitely Motorhead. Then when I'd listen to it even more I heard the Venom influence. This album was a surprise to me since I first heard Midnight on a Hell's Headbangers compilation and totally dug the track (the title track of the album) so I immediately looked into them and saw they had a full length coming out. If you enjoy a blackened version of Motorhead with that rawness of Venom, then this is for you. Don't expect much from the bonus DVD though ;).
[SIZE="5"]5: IMPIETY - ADVENT OF NUCLEAR BAPHOMET[/SIZE]
I will end this list at number 5, yet another EP from Singapore's very own Black Metal icons, Impiety. Impiety was a band that I recently got into as well this year, although I had heard of them previously I never took the time to look into their music until i found out my band was opening for them. I first picked up their "Worshippers of the Seventh Tyranny" album, which was also released this year, and was a bit let down. The album was one track at over 30 minutes long. I know many bands do this, but a War Metal band? Luckily I saw they had released an EP this year as well, so i had to give it a spin, and I was not disappointed the second time around. The opening track sets the mood for the metal onslaught. I hope they come back this year because they put on so much energy, and come off as an Asian Watain... smell wise :horns:
Amazing choices so far. :fist:
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