So the end of the year is quickly approaching. I think I'm speaking for nearly everyone when I say this has been an incredible year for music. I've been in to metal for about 7 or 8 years now, and while I haven't always paid as much attention to new releases as I have for the past two or three years, I can easily say there have been more stellar to excellent albums released this year than any other year I can remember. And I wouldn't feel right if I didn't credit this site in part. If it were't for you guys I wouldn't have found near what I've found now. Many thanks to Metal Set Lists and to all of you who have aided in exposing me to new and awesome material.
So, I've decided to jump on the "make a list" bandwagon and present my top 55 releases of 2011.
Okay, so here's how this is going to work. I'd originally intended on a 50 album list. After some late listens and revamping, and unwillingness to omit certain albums I'd already written blurbs for that had a spot on the list, I expanded it to 55. Here are some things you should expect, or keep in mind, as you read my list (if you choose to do so):
--No eyebrows should be raised when non-metal albums show up on the list. I assure you, there will be many. Metal should be the predominant genre, though.
--Expect reviews to become lengthier as the list progresses.
--Please keep in mind I haven't heard even a fraction of all the material released this year. In a way I feel guilty for even attempting an end-of-year list being ignorant of so many new releases.
--Know my interests are mostly in doom metal, black metal, and post-rock. If you're in to any -core, including grind, or tech-death, brutal death, deathgrind, power, etc, just don't expect to find a great deal here. There will be some death metal albums in the list, but no -core or sub death genres other than melodeath. ...Just a head's up.
--Please keep in mind my favorite albums are highly assessed on their emotional value to myself. Of course, emotional value is highly subjective. For this reason, this list is strictly "my favorite/what I perceive to be the best albums of the year." Not "the best albums of the year."
--Anaal Nathrakh will not be on the list. So to those of you preparing to give me shit for not including them,
--As you read, please don't hesitate to agree, approve, assess, share your thoughts, criticize, berate, etc anything I post here.
...Please stand by while my list is being finalized...