2011 Metal Storm Awards - Staff Picks

Written by: Doc Godin
Published: 17.03.2012
If you've been around the site for a few years, you know the drill, for all those new around here; this is the staff picks of the 2011 Metal Storm Awards. As you might be surprised to know, there is as much - if not more - bickering in Staff headquarters regarding this Awards business as there are amongst the general public. Well, the dust has settled and we've managed to come to a general agreement as to our collective 2 cents for the various categories. Keep in mind this is just a general, collective outlook from the entire staff & elites. If you are interested in seeing what each individual staff member thought of this year, go here.

2011 Metal Storm Staff Picks

Alternative Metal
Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal FairyTales

Avantgarde/Experimental
Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg

Black Metal
Glorior Belli - The Great Southern Darkness

Death Metal
Benighted - Asylum Cave

Djent/Math Metal
Vildhjarta - Måsstaden

Doom Metal
40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room

Extreme Doom
Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance

Gothic
Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece

Grindcore
Trap Them - Darker Handcraft

Hard Rock
The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre

Hardcore/Metalcore/Deathcore
Born Of Osiris - The Discovery

Heavy/Melodic Metal
Hell - Human Remains

Industrial/Electronic/Cyber Metal
The Amenta - VO1D

Melodeath/Extreme Power/Gothenburg
Insomnium - One For Sorrow

Melodic Black Metal
Saille - Irreversible Decay

Metalgaze
Deafheaven - Roads To Judah

Pagan/Viking/Folk
Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand

Post-Metal
Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields

Power
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy

Progressive
Haken - Visions

Sludge/Stoner
Sleestak - Fall Of Altrusia

Symphonic Metal
Septicflesh - The Great Mass

Thrash
Havok - Time Is Up

Debut
40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room

Clandestine Cut Of The Year
Milk White Throat - Milk White Throat



 



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Mr. Doctor - 20.03.2012 at 14:13  
Written by Doc Godin on 20.03.2012 at 08:45
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 19.03.2012 at 14:24

Just showing what a weak year of thrash this actually was.

Pfft. Just pfft. Sacred Ally, Toxic Holocaust and Skeletonwitch were some great ones. Personally I found it to be a great year for thrash.


I have to agree with Marcel and the rest of the old farts + Troy.The funny thing about your comment is that you managed to write all the bands I found good this year,3... nothing else which to me doesn't mean "a good year" at all.
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.03.2012 at 14:55  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.03.2012 at 10:26

I wonder if a face value of MS guy whatever said it, people start pouring down their following emotions very quickly. yeah, opinions do vary, but whining stupidly about stupidity is utter STUPID. going back 15 years down the line comparing golden years of thrash as of from now is imbecilic wait...2011 wasn't a great year of Thrash? i mean are you kidding me broskies?! Toxic Holocaust, Havok, Skeletonwitch, Vektor (expunging Machine's Locust) they didn't have anything in 11?! Maaan! you'll need to seriously figure it out something.


goign back 15 years we come to 1997 and thrash was about dead and buried than, totally not the golden years of thrash. 28 - 22 years ago to was the golden age of thrash.

TH, Havok, Skeletonwitch all very very very mediocre releases Vektor was okayish but nothing great. Really I listened to about 150 thrash albums this year and the best one was just okayish, go figure.
Troy Killjoy - 20.03.2012 at 14:58  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.03.2012 at 10:26
going back 15 years down the line comparing golden years of thrash as of from now is imbecilic

I find you very difficult to take seriously.
Mr. Doctor - 20.03.2012 at 15:06  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.03.2012 at 14:55
TH, Skeletonwitch


Those two +Sacred Ally were my favorite ones, Vektor was just good and Havok had some ok songs... But oh well, opinons
Cynic Metalhead - 20.03.2012 at 18:20  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.03.2012 at 14:58

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.03.2012 at 10:26
going back 15 years down the line comparing golden years of thrash as of from now is imbecilic

I find you very difficult to take seriously.


now this is embarrassing. its not 15 years, i'm talking about 26 years back. sorry for that shit.
Apothecary - 20.03.2012 at 20:21  
Really wanted to see Oranssi Pazuzu up for black metal, of all the black metal albums I heard last year, Kosmonument struck me as the all-around most interesting. I'm good with anything but Unto the Locust for thrash, because that album after The Blackening was pretty mediocre. Obscura should've won for death metal (though the debate betweeen whether Omnivium is prog or death could get a bit tricky I guess).
My two cents, anyways
But other than that, I more or less agree with the picks staffers
DrunkenFuck - 21.03.2012 at 15:58  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 20.03.2012 at 14:55

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 20.03.2012 at 10:26

I wonder if a face value of MS guy whatever said it, people start pouring down their following emotions very quickly. yeah, opinions do vary, but whining stupidly about stupidity is utter STUPID. going back 15 years down the line comparing golden years of thrash as of from now is imbecilic wait...2011 wasn't a great year of Thrash? i mean are you kidding me broskies?! Toxic Holocaust, Havok, Skeletonwitch, Vektor (expunging Machine's Locust) they didn't have anything in 11?! Maaan! you'll need to seriously figure it out something.


goign back 15 years we come to 1997 and thrash was about dead and buried than, totally not the golden years of thrash. 28 - 22 years ago to was the golden age of thrash.

TH, Havok, Skeletonwitch all very very very mediocre releases Vektor was okayish but nothing great. Really I listened to about 150 thrash albums this year and the best one was just okayish, go figure.

Couldn't disagree more about Havok. Definitely my favorite release above ALL records release last year.
3rdWorld - 23.03.2012 at 10:50  
Written by Doc Godin on 20.03.2012 at 08:45

Written by 3rdWorld on 18.03.2012 at 06:18

Awards/Recommendations are boring imo. If i want an opinion, i would definitely check it out myself than read tons of shiz abt it.

Fascinating. Just fascinating. Do you have like...a newsletter or something I can subscribe to?

Well, that post of mine was dumb really.

I just meant to say that i can't decide for myself which will be the best album in a specific genre without checking it out myself. Cause in the end personal tastes differ and it is all that matters.

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