When I say favorite albums in 2011, I hope you don’t think I’m going to mean only the ones released this year, because that would be a mite too predictable and professional on my part to actually give a bunch of new albums a listen when there’s so much else out there.
Extol – Burial (1998)
A band everyone loves to hate for the wrong reasons because they’re unabashed in their Christian faith. I’m gonna say it right here, I don’t give a damn if you’re Christian, as long as you’re cool, and judging from this progressive blend of melodic Black/Death Metal with hints of many other styles, they’re good in my biblos.
Aegaeon – Dissension (2011)
Holy fuck, is that the Creator and the Destroyer having an eyebeam war!? Perhaps, but that’s not as awesome as the music contained within. Punishing and breakdown laden, yet it seems like it was inspired rather than copied. Definitely check ’em if you like The Contortionist and wish they were consistently heavier.
Defiler – Pangaea (2010)
I know there’s not much outwardly likeable about a Deathcore band that insists on playing in standard tuning, but they’re just too damn catchy and fun for their own good, despite the trite ruined relationship lyrics. And oh my fuck, is that a lense flare over an Asiatic temple? WHY!?
Frenzal Rhomb – Forever Malcolm Young (2006)
Sadly underrated punk band from Down Undah that goes after stupid people, corporations, and non-vegans. How many other people can honestly say they found out about a band from Dragonforce guitarist Sam Totman’s shirt?
Ramlord – Stench Of Fallacy (2011)
And we meet again, Ramlord. I’ve said enough about ’em in other posts for anyone who reads this junk to know about them already, so I’ll just leave it at them beinga very good Blackened Crust Punk band coming to a basement near you this summer.
World In Arms – Strong At Heart EP (2011)
Melodic Hardcore that has heart. What more is there to say?
Nails – Unsilent Death (2010)
This cement mixture of Grind, Hardcore, and Powerviolence will rip you V to A, and it’s only 15 minutes long. Thankfully it’s short, because it lends itself to some insane replayability. Listening to it 4 times is painless. Or painful, depends on if you want to view it from the masochistic standpoint.
Rotten Sound – Cycles (2008)
Much like Unsilent Death, this album is pretty short, or at least feels that way being little over a half hour long. It’s by far the catchiest album by Rotten Sound, whose name would imply otherwise. Savvy?
Terminally Your Aborted Ghost – Inanimately Soundless (2006)
TYAG were a pretty good experimental Slam Death Metal/Deathcore outing that occasionally went overboard with influences as different as Primus and The Red Chord. They have long since broken up, but not before releasing several very strange albums, each with a unique charm and way to fuck with your head.
Revocation – Existence Is Futile (2009)
I know, I know, it’s not Chaos Of Forms, but leave me be, I’ve listened to this countless times and have yet to make a complete run through the latest.
Type O Negative – Life Is Killing Me (2003)
Mister Steele, please come back. I found out how good Type O Negative was too late, and I seek forgiveness.
Born Of Osiris – The Discovery (2011)
There’s no doubt about it, Born Of Osiris seem to get better with each release. I thought they’d never top A Higher Place, but then I took The Discovery to the ear.
Neuraxis – Asylon (2011)
Neuraxis seems to have few haters, and this album is a prime example why, blending a keen sense of melody and a lust for carnage that keeps it interesting.
Tyler The Creator – Bastard (2009)
Hot damn, now Tyler may not necessarily be a “good” rapper, but he’s purely for entertainment, and this is him at his most deranged and goofy. Tracks like Sarah are genuinely scary and make you ask a few questions about Tyler’s sanity though, so keep that in mind. Rainbows!
The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual (2011)
The Black Dahlia Murder have done it again, and this time they’ve chosen yet another color scheme! Ritual is poised to become my favorite TBDM album by far, since it took my interest right off the bizzat.
The Contortionist – Exoplanet (2010)
Chugging In Space: The Musical
Exhumed – Anatomy Is Destiny (2003)
Exhumed are the best intentional Carcass rip-off I’ve heard yet. The County Medical Examiners should’ve stepped their game up.
Coffins – Buried Death (2008)
To all who think Japan’s music scene is all J-Pop idols, Dir en grey, and Sigh, this is a nailbomb to the senses.
Scar Symmetry – The Unseen Empire (2011)
Is it likely that Lars and Roberth collectively fill Christian Älvestam’s shoes as vocalists? Yes, and hell yes. If Dark Matter Dimensions did little to impress you, this may not change your opinion, but check it out anyway because I’m fucken Lord.
Acaro – The Disease Of Fear (2011)
Modern Metalcore heroes from right here in Boston, MA. If you haven’t heard honesty in music yet, then you’re looking in the wrong places, and Acaro will show you.
Devin Townsend – Deconstruction (2011)
Because it’s Devin fucken Townsend and features just about every major Progressive Metal vocalist of today including Joe Duplantier of Gojira, Paul Masvidal of Cynic/Death, Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me, Greg from Dillinger Escape Plan, and Ihsahn from Emperor. Holy smorgasbord of guest musicians, Batman, I need a hard drink. Cheers and a happy new year to all you fucks!