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My Fav albums of 2011

Amplified Man
 
White Silence
White Silence
"There's been virtually no talk about the return of Cave In this year. Heck knows why, I absolutely love this record. 'Sing My Loves'  is a monumental track."
The Destroyers Of All
The Destroyers Of All
"Unbelievable chaotic death metal. Hardly any words to describe this thing; I'll go with - Technical. Dissonant. Eerie. Crushing."
Darker Handcraft
Darker Handcraft
"This one was a big surprise for me. Never heard of them before this year; some of the angriest hardcore-influenced metal you'll hear."
Asleep On The Floodplain
Asleep On The Floodplain
"Ben Chasny's return to stripped back acoustic folk as opposed to his recent psychedelic electric guitar noise. Love it."
Paragon Of Dissonance
Paragon Of Dissonance
"ANother pleasant surprise. A monumental doom album. 2 discs and only 7 tracks of swirling cavernous doom."
Atma
Atma
"Can't imagine Yob releasing a bad album. Finally saw them live this year too. Fantastic."
Angels of Darkness Demons of Light
Angels of Darkness Demons of Light
"Gorgeous transcendental instrumental music. Their best yet in my opinion."
Celestial Lineage
Celestial Lineage
"2011 was the year I got into black metal. This was my favourite; there's an unearthly presence about Celestial Lineage that you cannot ignore."
Deep Politics
Deep Politics
"Similar M.O. to Earth but far more intricate and Grails pull inspiration from so many different sources. Intriguing stuff."
The Archer and the Owle [VINYL]
The Archer and the Owle [VINYL]
"More doom I'm afraid. Most of their back catalogue is available free from their website. One of the most prolific yet consistently brilliant doom bands around."
Cenotes
Cenotes
"Heavy rock with added cello. Great stuff."
Souls At Zero
Souls At Zero
"Neurosis continue reissuing their old back catalogue. A unique album and the first significant release of their influential career."
Iii
Iii
"An absolutely crushingly evil black metal album. So dark and suffocating."
An Ache For The Distance
An Ache For The Distance
"Profound Lore is an insanely consistent label & The Atlas Moth is right up there in quality for them. Textured, emotive & eclectic metal."
Omnivium
Omnivium
"Insanely technical death metal from Obscura. More riffs & time changes than you can shake a stick at."
Tryptych
Tryptych
"Collection of Demdike's three recent EPs. Staggering minimal rhythmic soundscapes from manchester."
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
"Not a band album from Mogwai. Still feel that they'll never release the one dazzling album we know they should be capable of."
Rest
Rest
"Epic sludge metal from the deep south."
Outer Isolation
Outer Isolation
"Crazy futuristic thrash metal. So technical whilst being highly enjoyable & quite melodic at the same time"
Surtur Rising
Surtur Rising
"Notice the lean towards extreme metal this year for me?! Amon Amarth made a pretty big impact too!"
The Harrow & the Harvest
The Harrow & the Harvest
"A late creeper this one. I can't get 'Scarlet Town' out of my head. Amazing song."
Cursed
Cursed
"Massive Swedish-inspired grindcore album. Pummeled much?"
The King of Limbs
The King of Limbs
"Nowhere near as memorable as In Rainbows but some hauntingly beautiful moments contained herein non the less."
B Chuggas May Be Logging
B Chuggas May Be Logging
"I was gutted when Clouds disbanded, fortunately they gave us this cracking little EP as a leaving present."
Bellow
Bellow
"Really good melodic electronic pop with a fantastic vocalist. Some of the catchiest melodies I've heard this year too."