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1. Forefather - Last Of The Line
2011
2. Bloodiest - Descent
Words fail me on this one, prepare for a sludge induced trip across untamed grassy plains and distantmountain ranges. At least that's where this album took me, it might take you somewhere else entirely.The track 'Slave Rule' is one of the most amazing musical experiences I've ever been subjected to.
3. Ava Inferi - Onyx
2011
4. Cormorant - Dwellings
I knew one of my recently discovered favourite bands wouldn't let me down with their new release. Little did I know that they would exceed themselves and craft another fantastic myriad of progressive/traditional/melodeath/black/folk metal with a thoughtful theme. Just as good if not better than their stellar debut.
5. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Some albums just push all the right buttons for you. Oddly enough in the year of 2011 it came from an unlikely source for me, Melodic death, a genre not among my favourites. But this beautifully composed and moving piece of music is one of my top albums from a fantastic year.
6. Giant Squid - Cenotes
Giant Squid certainly won me over with this excellent release. It's on the short side but every moment is pure progressive pleasure that will have you salivating at every note.
7. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
With power metal lacking in 2011 good old Pagan's Mind delivered just what I needed to hear, some catchy melodies that will have you hooked in a flash. Their very best effort.
8. Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
Some like a bit of challenge to their music, so do I. That's why this was such a rewarding experience once you get a grip on this insane slippery creature.
9. Murkrat - Drudging The Mire
Drudging indeed. Once you enter the Mire it will claim your soul.
10. Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich
Thoroughly enjoyable Death metal that will leave you immensely satisfied, you have my word. Frankly if 'Come and See My Sacrifice' doesn't leave a grin on your face there is something wrong with you, or me. Either way I certainly enjoyed myself!
11. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert
Jazzy avantgarde metal fed on a diet of stoner rock, what more could you ask for?
12. Symphony X - Iconoclast
Begads they've done it yet again! Progressive Power performed to the high standard you are almost guranteed from Symphony X and with a nice change in terms of theme.
13. Pantheist - Pantheist
Something about this release just touches my very being, it must be the sombre yet moving doom which slowly evolves into a strange combination of mixed feelings of hope yet sadness. Very unique take on the doom genre with some Anathema type Floydian meanderings.
14. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
Being the Porcupine Tree fan that I am I thought I might check out Steve's 2nd solo effort. Let me tell you I certainly don't regret it, you'll find some inspiring tunes here in this mesmerizing blend of art pop and progressive rock.
15. Tersivel - For One Pagan Brotherhood
2011
16. Leprous - Bilateral
2011
17. Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings
2011
18. Beyond Creation - The Aura
2011
19. In Malice's Wake - The Thrashening
2011
20. Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece
2011
21. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
2011
22. Lunatic Soul - Impressions
2011
23. Orwell - AVOHFASIH
2011
24. Enneade - Teardrops In Morning Dew
2011
25. Myrath - Tales Of The Sands
2011
26. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
2011
27. DoomSword - The Eternal Battle
2011
28. Vektor - Outer Isolation
2011
29. Cruachan - Blood On The Black Robe
2011
30. Tides From Nebula - Earthshine
2011
31. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
2011
32. Random - Todo.s Los Colores Del
2011
33. Brymir - Breathe Fire To The Sun
2011
34. Opeth - Heritage
2011
35. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym
2011
36. Absu - Abzu
2011
37. Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times
2011
38. Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
2011
39. Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Návaz
2011
40. Phideaux - Snowtorch
2011
41. Loss (USA) - Despond
2011
42. Havok - Time Is Up
2011
43. Klabautamann - The Old Chamber
2011
44. Borealis - Fall From Grace
2011
45. Lazuli - (4603 Battements)
2011
46. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2011
47. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
2011
48. Rain Delay - Slumber Recon
2011
49. Liquid Graveyard - The Fifth Time I Died
2011
50. Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
2011



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MechanisT - 24.08.2011 at 23:35  
Nice list. Bloodiest sparked my interest. Will check 'em out soon.
R'Vannith - 25.08.2011 at 10:26  
Written by MechanisT on 24.08.2011 at 23:35

Nice list. Bloodiest sparked my interest. Will check 'em out soon.


Thanks mate! Chances are if you like the unusual vocals of Bruce Lamont, particularly what he did with Yakuza, you'll find it listenable.
Susan - 10.01.2012 at 00:13  
Sweet list! We share many favourites, especially of the lesser-known variety. +1 for Orwell and Lazuli, also. They didn't make it onto my list but maybe they should have. Decisions, decision!

Since there are so many similar albums but in different spots, I'd love it if you added little notes or descriptions talking about what you liked in each album. Makes a list more interesting, to peer into the mind of its creator
R'Vannith - 10.01.2012 at 10:51  
Written by Susan on 10.01.2012 at 00:13

Sweet list! We share many favourites, especially of the lesser-known variety. +1 for Orwell and Lazuli, also. They didn't make it onto my list but maybe they should have. Decisions, decision!

Since there are so many similar albums but in different spots, I'd love it if you added little notes or descriptions talking about what you liked in each album. Makes a list more interesting, to peer into the mind of its creator


Thanks There were far too many notable Prog albums last year such as those of Orwell and Lazuli to account for them all!

That's a good idea, I have seen other lists (like your's) with comments on the albums, makes for a more informative read that's for sure. I'll see what I can do.
R'Vannith - 23.01.2012 at 07:01  
Gradually adding some descriptions for each album.
tea[m]ster - 23.01.2012 at 18:14  
#29 = terrific stuff, love the atmo

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