45.) Kylesa - Ultraviolet
I'll probably get shit for this, but I only just checked out Kylesa this year with their 2010 release, Spiral Shadow and was ABSOLUTELY BLOWN THE FUCK AWAY, so naturally had to check out their new release. While it's no Spiral Shadow, it's still a force to be reckoned with. This release seems to add more stoner metal elements than before with maybe even a touch of indie dream pop thrown in the mix. All this while never sacrificing their roots as a hardcore infused sludge band. Kylesa truly are one of the most dynamic bands in music today.
We're Taking This
44.) Fleshgod Apocalypse - Labyrinth
After their last release being so disappointing, I'm glad they could come back with an album that can match (and possibly even surpass) Oracles. This album accomplished what I think Agony was trying for, it sounds epic and brutal at the same time without being overly polished or sterile production-wise. "Minotaur (Wrath of Poseidon)" is the most epic song to come out all year, hands down.
Minotaur (The Wrath of Poseidon)
43.) Church of Misery - Thy Kingdom Scum
Some of the grooviest stoner/doom you'll ever hear. Sometimes even bordering on psychedelic. Despite being from Japan, this release sounds like it's straight out of NOLA with Church of Misery channeling the likes of Down and Eyehategod (with a heavy emphasis on the former).
B.T.K. (Dennis Rader)
Cranley Gardens (Dennis Andrew Nilsen)
42.) Mammoth Grinder - Underworlds
A healthy mix of crust punk, sludge and death metal that'll make fans of anything from Discharge to Dismember smile with glee. Mammoth Grinder switches from breakneck, near-grind speed ("Wraparound Eyes") to more a more calculated, sludgy pacing ("Moral Crux") effortlessly. This is to death metal this year what Black Breath's "Sentenced to Life" was last year.
41.) Denouncement Pyre - Almighty Arcanum
A black/death (heavily leaning towards the black) release that shows a lot of attention to atmosphere, at least more so than most bands of its ilk. An amazing example of this is the ominous intro to the album, "Breath of Tehom," that sends a chill down your spine right from the get go which leads into one of the most punishing songs I've ever heard in "An Extension of the Void."
Couldn't find "An Extension of the Void" on Youtube, so here's these instead.