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Old 12-11-2011, 08:12 AM
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Worship Music rules, my second favorite album of the year.
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Nice call on Scurrilous. Although I'd say it's a little too low.
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Awesome list so far!
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:58 PM
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Top 5 E.P.'s Of 2011

5. Adrenalin Mob - Adrenalin Mob

As much as Mike Portnoy is a complete tool, his musical ability is undeniable. When I found out he was in a new band with members of Fozzy and Symphony X, I was apprehensive, as I'm not a huge fan of either band, but this E.P. kicks a fairly decent amount of ass. Very much on a groove/hard rock side of things, this is a more than acceptable set of songs, and provides a very good platform for future releases, this is definitely a project to watch.

Psychosane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO7ON_5SIck


4. Cynic - Carbon Based Anatomy

This is Cynic doing what they do best, and that's make beautiful music that no other band could truly get right the way they do. I'm quite a big fan of Traced In Air, so this really excited me, and it did not disappoint. Unfortunately I had to miss their tour in support of it, but with a new album due next year, this is hardly the last we'll see of Cynic!

Carbon Based Anatomy - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKqvViz4jes


3. Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge

Sweet Jesus how I want this to be higher, but it being an E.P., so I can't give it a spot it would have definitely had in my top 25, and practically just out, I have to be fair and put it where it belongs, and that's behind two releases who have been out longer and thusly have proven themselves when I returned to them for a second evaluation. This is a beautiful piece of music, from start to finish, and is Cloudkicker doing what he does best, and that's surprise you at every turn. This is as close to a musical hug as I have yet encountered, and if you haven't listened to this yet, wait until that last track lands, and you'll understand.

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2. Vile Regression - The Pattern Evolves

These guys are one of the brightest stars of the Dublin scene at the moment, and for good reason. This E.P. is a professional slab of technical metal with groove, melody and hooks a-plenty, served on a plate of well thought out rhythms and traditional growled vocals. There's very little else I can say about this other than to please check them out, they deserve it!

Prolong The Decay - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAGuYrljumU


1. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues

If you don't know who Between The Buried And Me are, I'm not sure why you're on this site and reading this, but how and ever, they are one of the best prog-metal bands on the go at the moment, and this E.P. does nothing but accentuate that opinion. I'll just tell you to listen to it and see for yourself.

Specular Reflection - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAGuYrljumU
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Old 12-12-2011, 02:06 PM
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20. Primus - Green Naughahyde



When I first sat down to listen to this record, I really wasn't sure what to expect, but that's nothing unusual about sitting down to a Primus record. What followed was a dam good listen, and a record that I continue to try and figure out more and more every time I listen to it. Les Claypool's song-writing is on perfect form, as are the rest of the band, and it actually felt really refreshing to hear a band as old as Primus progress in all the right places, while still retaining their identity musically, and releasing what is one of their best records, in my opinion. Larry LaLonde is still as tasteful as ever, only adding to the madness, instead of trying to outdo or directly keep up with Les, both of which would be a fruitless task. This is just a joyous, happy listen from start to finish.

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Old 12-13-2011, 01:53 AM
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I have that album waiting at home for me as a coming home gift to myself. Looking forward to hearing it.
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Green Naugahyde is fantastic. It's pretty high up there on my list. I'd say it's their 3rd best record behind Frizzle Fry and Seas of Cheese.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:23 AM
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5. Adrenalin Mob - Adrenalin Mob

As much as Mike Portnoy is a complete tool, his musical ability is undeniable. When I found out he was in a new band with members of Fozzy and Symphony X, I was apprehensive, as I'm not a huge fan of either band, but this E.P. kicks a fairly decent amount of ass. Very much on a groove/hard rock side of things, this is a more than acceptable set of songs, and provides a very good platform for future releases, this is definitely a project to watch.

Psychosane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO7ON_5SIck
This just missed out on making my list. Psychosane and the Sabbath cover are immense, but the other three tracks just aren't as memorable. Very close to cracking my top 5 though.
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19. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk



I have no qualms about saying that I fucking love this record. This was either going to be really good or really bad, and thankfully it was the former. Hugh Laurie is a man of many talents, as seen in his televisual roles, and evidently, creating an album of dam catchy hooks is also one of them. I'm a big jazz and blues fan, and this album really is now one of my favorite blues records, with the guest vocalists, including Tom Jones and Irma Thomas, and the guest musicians Vincent Henry and Kevin Breit, this album is just a really awesome, fun listen, with songs such as 'You Don't Know My Mind' and 'Triptina' staying in your head for days after your first listen. It also helps that it is the perfect fireside album for this Christmas!

You Don't Know My Mind - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQsfwqIJuj8
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:29 AM
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18. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes



I have all the time in the world for Erik Rutan, he is truly one of my favorite Death Metal artists, and this album totally reinforces that love. Hate Eternal are a band known for being absolutely brutal, 100% in your face death metal, and while this album does that, and does it dam fucking well, it also showcases a melodic side to the band, with songs like 'Haunting Abound' and 'Lake Ablaze' really showing how you can still be hitting the listener in the face with a sledgehammer of distortion and tremolo picking, and still retain a big melodic aspect to your music. This is a modern death metal album done right, and bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide (though I did really enjoy 'To Hell With God') could do well to pay attention.

Lake Ablaze - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHtnGqmBd1Q
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