Thumbs up: +84
Best (and worst) of 2011 (thus far).
Partially ordered (thus far).
Subject to change, as I see fit.

What a wonderful year, I have to say! This year has seen me expand my tastes like never before. Discovered so many great new acts, while many metal stalwarts delivered the goods as expected. A truly memorable year, and one that I will forever cherish, as far as me being an avid music enthusiast is concerned.

Disclaimer: This list is not exclusively about metal releases. It also has a handful of worthy releases from other genres which I felt must be highlighted.

Also; a special thanks to everyone who contributed to the list. Also have to give due credit to people who had their own (wonderful) lists, where I scavenged stuff from time to time. Thank you.

Note: The Top 89 are ordered as of now. The rest exist in no particular order. The genres are labelled as I see them, and may/may not be similar to the one(s) in MS (eg.: Melodeath contains all variants including Gothenborg, Modern Melodeath, etc.)

Created by: MechanisT | 31.03.2011



1. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Symphonic Death // Masterpiece. Expectations were MASSIVE for this one. It's not often that an album lives up to its immense expectations and delivers in spades.
2. Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
Melodeath // Totally caught me offguard. A well-rounded album from start to finish. A resolute, polished effort. Greatest surprise of the year thus far.
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
Thrash-influenced Melodeath // Amazing riffs... songwriting that captivates you... contagious catchiness... what more could I ask for? Exceptional album.
4. Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece
Symphonic Gothic // Another pleasant surprise. Dark, atmospheric gothic, just the way I like it. The symphonic parts are to die for.
5. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Melodeath // WOW. Finally, Insomnium's got back their consistency after "Since the Day...". To say that this album is awesome is a gross understatement.
6. Anomalous - Ohmnivalent
Technical/Progressive Death // A high quality techdeath album with a unique flare; the eerie, almost dissonant "atmospheric" passages are a stellar highlight, among other things.
7. Lantlôs - Agape
Post-Rock Influenced Black // Absolute gem of an album. From the stifling ambience, to the grandiose songwriting, everything is on an exceptional level. Stunning.
8. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
Symphonic/Technical/Brutal Death // With near-perfect balance between brutality and symphony to add to its glittering resume, THIS is the soundtrack for doomsday, and the clock's ticking...
9. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth
Technical Deathrash // No (metal) circle is ever complete without an amazing display of high-octane deathrash proficiency.
10. Neurotech - Antagonist
Electro/Industrial // Addictively catchy with a very high replay value, this one's a debut worth remembering. Simplicity is the key to success, sometimes.
11. Fallujah - The Harvest Wombs
Technical/Progressive Death // This year's celestial dark horse. A colossal effort that's sure to pay dividends. Is this is a sign of things to come, I wonder...
12. Obscura - Omnivium
Technical/Progressive Death // Seamless, and tastefully complex, this is Obscura at the top of their game.
13. Wolverine - Communication Lost
Progressive // A really beautiful album, make no mistakes about it. The charismatic vocals and the emotions put into the songs are worth mentioning. One of the prog standouts in a year over-saturated with quality prog releases.
14. Torchbearer - Death Meditations
Melodeath-influenced Black // One word: Awesome. Definitely has a Dissection vibe to their music, and that's all I need to place them high here.
15. Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
Avantgarde // Do I honestly need to explain this one? Then again, where do I even begin to explain this tinderbox of madness? I'll keep it plain and simple; this album ROCKS! That is all.
16. Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich
Death // The mighty heavyweights have at last arrived with their follow-up to Necropolis. Relentless and without a shred of mercy; this one's sure to please fans and newcomers alike. The word "solid" just went to a whole new level.
17. I Chaos - The Human Repellent
Brutal Death // A relatively obscure find, but mark my words people; this is some seriously well-executed brutal death. Songwriting is top notch and fresh, and there's a fair bit of technicality thrown around to spice up the (already) delectable concoction. Do NOT miss out.
18. Aquilus - Griseus
Neoclassical-influenced Atmospheric Black // Intricate, sophisticated piece of atmospheric black, complete with extremely eloquent neoclassical arrangements. Mind-boggling scope, coupled with flawless execution. Sah-weet.
19. Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire
Melodeath // In a span of only 1.5 years, Scar Symmetry pull themselves up from utter mediocrity to produce yet another blistering record. Washed up without Christian? Far from it.
20. Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
Grindcore/Death // Good grief! The sheer force on this record is truly astounding! Now I know why Dexter loves to hack n' slash.
21. Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
Progressive/Alternative // A quirky blend of prog and alternative to grace your ears with; brilliantly unique and a great addition to the prog dominance this year.
22. Textures - Dualism
Technical Progressive // Seamless and transcending various genres, yet honing them successfully in their own mold, Textures have put together another gem of an album. Highly recommended.
23. Animals As Leaders - Weightless
Progressive Instrumental // AAL and Weightless? An oxymoron at hand here. This one's heavier than a ten ton hammer approaching full force towards your face! Yes, it's THAT heavy. AND great. AND heavy. A... meh, you got my point already.
24. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
Post-Death // Surely the work of visionaries. This is music that is transcendental, displaying some of the most ingenuous, artistic approach to death with its seamless intermingling with the tactfulness of post-metal, enshrouded in a translucent veil of dissonance that resonates with a certain tempestuous appeal that will draw you in without your awareness. Borderline immaculation.
25. Symphony X - Iconoclast
Progressive // Iconoclast marks the return of the ever-consistent Symphony X, with an aggressive nature that has eluded us up until now, but with virtuosity and quality songwriting oozing everywhere, who can complain?
26. Xerath - II
Symphonic Progessive // Another one of those surprise packages; twisted, contorted, Devin-esque ebb and flow; a lot of positives going for it.
27. Ixion - To The Void
Atmospheric Doom // In a sea of chaos, this album stands as one of those rare, tranquil gems that totally puts you in the mood to relax. Beautiful melodies, as well as hauntingly "void" atmosphere, are just some of its trademarks.
28. Maybeshewill - I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone
Instrumental Post-Rock // Truly a great find. Has a lighthearted, jovial feel to it that just uplifts you, however much you're down. Need more music like theirs, that's for certain.
29. Ulver - Wars Of The Roses
Electronic Avantgarde // Slightly underwhelming than its predecessor, but Ulver are in a league of their own, as they can only be compared to themselves. Very good album and one of those "relaxing" ones that may be best enjoyed in solitude.
30. Lunatic Soul - Impressions
Instrumental Ambient/Progressive // As the name suggests, this album is all about leaving a lasting impression upon the listener. Great for relaxation purposes.
31. Mercenary - Metamorphosis
Melodeath // My first Mercenary album, and I must say I'm very impressed. The vocals, in particular, are powerful and are quite an asset to have on live shows. Add that with good songwriting, and you've got yourself a highly enjoyable album.
32. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
Progressive Power // Europe's answer to Kamelot? I think so! At the same time, however, their uniqueness cannot be disputed. Powerful album.
33. Seecrees - Genesis
Electro/Industrial Melodeath // Young band with a lot of potential. Above-average debut which boasts a lot of good songwrting, although the vocals leave something to be desired. Not one to miss out on, though, if you are into cyber/electro-based music. A special thanks to Starchild for the rec!
34. Vale Of Pnath - The Prodigal Empire
Technical Death // It's albums like this that break the stereotypical, "wankery" image of techdeth. Purposefully driven with stellar technicality. Awesome.
35. Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII
Death // Sickening. And by that, I obviously mean sickeningly grandiose. Duh.
36. Anaal Nathrakh - Passion
Blackened Grindcore // The psycho Brits are back with their latest offering, injecting more melodies into their "music" while retaining all the madness that has been part of their definition. "Passion" WILL drive you mad, in a sadistically pleasurable way.
37. Gigan - Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
Technical Death/Grindcore // Wtf is this I am listening to?! Absolute madness! That is not to say, though, that it's all over the place. Incredibly sophisticated if you put in a good listen.
38. Vektor - Outer Isolation
Technical Thrash // No shortage of ammunition; super-technical riffs along with the frenzied yet precise drumming makes Outer Isolation THE thrash album of the year as far as I am concerned.
39. Polkadot Cadaver - Sex Offender
Alternative // Now this is what I'm talking about! Gelling catchiness with a totally unorthodox approach properly is always a sure shot recipe to success. If you're in need of some crrraaaaiiizzzaaayyyy in your life, go for this one at once.
40. Beyond Creation - The Aura
Technical/Progressive Death // Oh, Canada, how do you do it? Really. How? This album just oozes brilliance, from the fine bass work to the smooth-as-silk approach of the music itself. Exceptional.
41. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Atmospheric Black // For someone who's notoriously indifferent to any form of black metal, Celestial Linage came as an "eye-opener" of sorts. Simply majestic.
42. Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings
Funeral Doom // It's albums like this that make sure you never run out of anti-depressants. Absolutely soul-crushing.
43. SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
Sludge/Doom // Just a bowl of thick, delectable sludge to be had here. Exceptionally catchy yet brooding, this album is more than enough to tingle your taste buds favorably.
44. Havok - Time Is Up
Thrash // Straight up, in-your-face thrash to uppercut your face and then stomp you into submission.
45. Nervecell - Psychogenocide
Deathrash // These desert scorpions have a lot of potency in their music. What?! Don't believe me?! Check out this one and make it out alive!
46. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Brutal Death // As aptly described by a friend, "absolutely crushing!" Violent, angry, volatile; this is brutal death at its archetypical best. A special thanks to Krieg for the tip!
47. Abnormity - Irreversible Disintegration
Brutal Death // Slam dunkin' brutality, the way only Russkis can. Unleash your primal instincts and butcher all opposition with vengeance on your heart, and a sssqqqquuueeeeaaaallll on your throat.
48. Symbolic - Scarvest
Melodeath // Pretty gutsy effort, I have to say. One of the finer melodeath albums this year. Standouts are above-average technical writing and some throughly enjoyable catchiness.
49. Protest The Hero - Scurrilous
Progressive Metalcore // With a band name like that, one cannot help but be optimistic, but it's another thing altogether to live up to it. This one did, thankfully. Great album.
50. Black Sun Aeon - Blacklight Deliverance
Melodic Death-Doom // My first contact with Saukkonen's one-man project, and I like what I hear; aims right at the heart, where solitude dwells.
51. Three - The Ghost You Gave To Me
Progressive Rock // Delicious, like chocolate sundae. If in mood of some unique prog rock with edgy vocals, this is the album to explore.
52. Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times
Folk-influenced Heavy // The new Amorphis is the musical equivalent of Kinder Surprise. Sugarcoated with catchiness and melodies, the new record is downright addictive, much like its chocolate counterpart. The female vocals are seductive to the ears.
53. Memories Of Machines - Warm Winter
Progressive/Art Rock // Found this one completely by accident, but boy o' boy was this one a surprise! Elegant and mezmerizing; if you're a fan of prog rock, get this one as if your life depends on it.
54. Paul Wardingham - Assimilate Regenerate
Electro/Industrial Progressive Instrumental // How come I never heard of this guy before? A really high-quality instrumental album, this, mostly centred around futuristic themes...reminds me distantly of Scar Symmetry without the voice input, but oh well, this one is truly a great surprise.
55. Decapitated - Carnival Is Forever
Technical Death // A new Decapitated, with a revamped line-up, but that doesn't mean they don't kick ass anymore! Riffs after pummeling riffs supported by the bludgeoning behind the drum kit, this album is worthy of bearing the Decapitated name. Relieved, and at the same time, satisfied at the outcome.
56. Deafheaven - Roads To Judah
Shoegaze Black // Let's just say that even in purgatory, you won't be cleansed off it's listening experience. Most punishing, but one for masochists to delight on.
57. Revocation - Chaos Of Forms
Technical Deathrash // Some ballsy, uncompromising techdethrash to cleanse your ears off with, mufuhz.
58. Born Of Osiris - The Discovery
Progressive Deathcore // Gorgeous cover, and music almost on par to match. Forget the "core" tag, and let the music do the talking.
59. Pain - You Only Live Twice
Industrial Gothic // Yeah, yeah, you only live twice and all that, so put it into good use and listen to this album. Above expectations, and how.
60. Archspire - All Shall Align
Technical Death // Too much of no holds barred technical craziness is never enough, is it?
61. Novembers Doom - Aphotic
Melodic Death-Doom // I'd been meaning to check out Novembers Doom for a while and, with this being the introductory album, I can't say I'm disappointed. Aggression and melodic frailty entwine together to produce an album that's laden with emotions. Marvel at it, in joyous rapture.
62. Mastodon - The Hunter
Stoner // Proves that you don't need gimmicks to sustain quality. Stripped-down and simplistic, this one's a fun album for all you jolly good fellows.
63. Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
Atmospheric Sludge // Living up to the standards of Isolation Songs was always going to be an uphill task, and so it is unsurprising to see the follow-up not quite on par with its predecessor. On its own, though, it stands its ground well and is unquestionably one of the better releases of this year.
64. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
Thrash // Machine Head are taking themselves more seriously, it seems. A solid follow-up to The Blackening, and another welcome step in the right path.
65. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
Experimental Progressive // Another wacky concoction from the former skullet master; contains all the trademark Devin characteristics, and more; if you like your weirdness with a dash of awesome, Deconstruction is not one to miss out on. All hail cheeseburger!
66. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
Progressive // Portnoy or no Portnoy, Dream Theater still have enough fuel left in the tank. Like the veterans they are, they deliver yet another proggy delight that can't be taken lightly.
67. Draconian - A Rose For The Apocalypse
Gothic // Draconian continue from where they left off last time, shedding much of their doomish sound and opting for something cleaner, more accessible. Hats off to them for successfully implementing the formula, though. Good album which is sure to keep the fans happy, while attracting newer ones.
68. Gothminister - Anima Inferna
Industrial Gothic // Lying', cheatin', stealin'; that's what the ministry of our times are all about, right? Maybe if they didn't possess the charisma and catchiness of ze Gothminister, we could've given them the boot. Not in this case, unfortunately. Shit's addictive.
69. Benighted - Asylum Cave
Grindcore-influenced Brutal Death // Hide yo wifes, hide yo kids, the French lunatics are back with their latest! This one's a ruthless assault on your brainwaves, so be warned: prepare to get mindfucked, in the best possible way.
70. Wormrot - Dirge
Grindcore // A pocket-sized explosive device, this. Ideal for "Show 'em the finger, then immediately follow that up with a polite nod" moments. Ah, fuck yes.
71. Thulcandra - Under A Frozen Sun
Melodic Black // Dissection imitations are always welcome in my book. Too close for comfort at times, but a solid effort nonetheless.
72. Origin - Entity
Technical Death // Just a solid slab of ear-bleeding techdeth that only Origin know how to deliver. Nothing more, nothing less.
73. Shining - VII - Född Förlorare
Depressive Black // Is there "light" at the end of the tunnel after all? Or is this just another dark chapter in Shining's legacy? You decide.
74. Fen - Epoch
Atmospheric Black // Even though I don't venture much into any forms of black metal, this is one of those rare exceptions that I enjoyed highly. The surreal, bleak atmosphere it invokes is truly noteworthy. Pick this one up asap.
75. Pain Of Salvation - Road Salt Two
Progressive Rock // A fine continuation of the Road Salt saga. Pain of Salvation can do no wrong, it seems. Wonderfully crafted album.
76. Before The Dawn - Deathstar Rising
Melodeath // Yet another solid effort by Before the Dawn. A largely fulfilling blend of well-focused melodeath with a touch of gothic subtlety at show here. The perfect soundtrack for winter, methinks.
77. The Human Abstract - Digital Veil
Progressive Metalcore // Metalcore, of the better kind. Radiates ridiculously complex structures and a sophistication that has eluded others from the aforementioned genre. Highly recommended.
78. Detonation - Reprisal
Thrash-influenced Melodeath // An angry Detonation is an awesome Detonation. No need to delve further.
79. Uneven Structure - Februus
Ambient Progressive // The word that best fits its description is "Djentle". Mathy passages enshrouded by a cloud of serene ambience that grips our attention from start to finish. Very nice.
80. Tesseract - One
Progressive // A band that is starting to turn heads with their brand of music, and deservedly so. Ethereal, soothing, relaxing; this one's perfect for calming your jittery nerves.
81. Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
Black Folk // Witness the uprise, as Primordial return, hoarser, angrier and, most importantly, a shade blacker than ever before...
82. Suidakra - Book Of Dowth
Folk-influenced Melodeath // Eluveitie? Who needs 'em? Suidakra is the name you're looking for when in need of some balanced, well-blended melodeath/folk combo. Furor Celtica!
83. Neuraxis - Asylon
Technical Death // Assembled in Canada, so you know what to expect; lots of kickass techdeth with a lifespan that's going to outlast yours. Guaran-damn-teed.
84. Noctem - Oblivion
Blackened Death // These brutes are hellbent on making your ears suffer with their overpowering brand of filth-laden blackened death, which is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you.
85. Cipher System - Communicate The Storms
Melodeath // Catchy, contagious guitarworks in the vein of Soilwork has my heart leaping in joy. Modern melodeath done right.
86. Myrath - Tales Of The Sands
Progressive // Yet another prog special, embodying the heart of Sahara. The oriental parts give this one a unique identity that is sure to please hearts along the way.
87. Desolate - The Invisible Insurrection
Ambient Dub // Yes. Dub. In Metalstorm. Bite me.
88. KMFDM - WTF?!
Industrial // Put on your dancing pajamas coz here comes KMFDM with some new tunes to dance yourself silly with! Seriously people, WTF?! Get this one. NOW.
89. MyGrain - Mygrain
Melodeath // On paper, the mixture of melodeath with power influences might look like a bad idea, but these guys actually pull it off; recommended to all those who like to indulge in sugar-coated, keyboard-heavy melodic death with a modern-esque edge.
90. Project Pitchfork - Quantum Mechanics
Industrial
91. ASP - Fremd
Industrial
92. Diary Of Dreams - Ego:X
Darkwave
93. Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
Darkwave
94. The Interbeing - Edge Of The Obscure
Industrial
95. Christian Muenzner - Timewarp
Progressive Instrumental
96. Scale The Summit - The Collective
Progressive Instrumental
97. Glen Drover - Metalusion
Progressive Instrumental
98. Continuo Renacer - The Great Escape
Progressive Instrumental
99. Nemertines - Bad Blood
Progressive Instrumental
100. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
Progressive/Power
101. Voyager - The Meaning Of I
Progressive/Power
102. Sons Of Seasons - Magnisphyricon
Progressive/Power
103. Stream Of Passion - Darker Days
Symphonic Progressive
104. Vildhjarta - Måsstaden
Progressive
105. Leprous - Bilateral
Progressive/Avantgarde
106. Haken - Visions
Progressive
107. Redemption - This Mortal Coil
Progressive
108. Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
Progressive
109. Communic - The Bottom Deep
Progressive
110. Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy
Progressive
111. Eumeria - Rebel Mind
Progressive
112. Cynthesis - DeEvolution
Progressive
113. Subsignal - Touchstones
Progressive
114. Mindflow - With Bare Hands
Progressive
115. Grayceon - All We Destroy
Progressive
116. Lazuli - (4603 Battements)
Progressive
117. Beardfish - Mammoth
Progressive
118. Andromeda - Manifest Tyranny
Progressive
119. Epysode - Obsessions
Progressive
120. Karmakanic - In A Perfect World
Progressive
121. Sun Caged - The Lotus Effect
Progressive
122. Sky Architect - A Dying Man's Hymn
Progressive
123. Evergrey - Glorious Collision
Progressive
124. Opeth - Heritage
Progressive Rock
125. Junius - Reports From The Threshold Of Death
Progressive Rock
126. King Crimson - A Scarcity Of Miracles
Progressive Rock
127. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning
Progressive Rock
128. Phideaux - Snowtorch
Progressive Rock
129. Neal Morse - Testimony 2
Progressive Rock
130. Cormorant - Dwellings
Progressive Melodeath
131. Derelict Earth - And So Fell The Last Leaves...
Progressive Melodeath
132. Feared - Rejects
Progressive Melodeath
133. Ordinance - Internal Monologues
Progressive Death
134. Alarum - Natural Causes
Progressive Death
135. 7th Nemesis - Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow
Progressive Death
136. Talanas - The Waspkeeper
Progressive Death
137. Dead Eyed Sleeper - Observing Oblivion
Progressive Death
138. Illogicist - The Unconsciousness Of Living
Technical/Progressive Death
139. Pestifer - Age Of Disgrace
Technical Death
140. Dim Mak - Emergence Of Reptilian Altars
Technical Death
141. Devolved - Oblivion
Technical Death
142. Monumental Torment - Element Of Chaos
Technical Death
143. Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of Existence
Technical Death
144. Face Of Oblivion - The Embers Of Man
Technical Death
145. Pestilence - Doctrine
Technical Death
146. Ana Kefr - The Burial Tree (II)
Avantgarde/Progressive Death
147. Deceased - Surreal Overdose
Deathrash
148. Blood Red Throne - Brutalitarian Regime
Death
149. Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
Death
150. Demisery - Hive Of Mutation
Death
151. Desultory - Counting Our Scars
Death
152. Demonical - Death Infernal
Death
153. Abraxas - Damnation
Death
154. Jungle Rot - Kill On Command
Death
155. Puteraeon - The Esoteric Order
Death
156. Sectu - Inundate
Death
157. Clawn - The Great Excuse To Domination
Death
158. Sonne Adam - Transformation
Death
159. Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
Death
160. Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
Death
161. Disma - Towards The Megalith
Death
162. Encoffination - O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres
Death
163. Krisiun - The Great Execution
Brutal Death
164. Visceral Disgorge - Ingesting Putridity
Brutal Death
165. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
Post-Death
166. Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
Post-Death
167. Antediluvian - Through The Cervix Of Hawaah
Post-Death
168. Thurisaz - The Cimmerian Years
Melodic Death-Doom
169. Ghoul - Transmission Zero
Deathrash
170. Brymir - Breathe Fire To The Sun
Folk-influenced Melodeath
171. Euphoreon - Euphoreon
Folk-influenced Melodeath
172. Deviant Syndrome - Inflicted Deviations
Melodeath
173. Dylath-Leen - Cabale
Melodeath
174. Descending - New Death Celebrity
Melodeath
175. Universum - Mortuus Machina
Melodeath
176. Within Y - Silence Conquers
Melodeath
177. Degradead - A World Destroyer
Melodeath
178. Anterior - Echoes Of The Fallen
Melodeath
179. The Unguided - Hell Frost
Melodeath
180. Minushuman - Bloodthrone
Melodeath
181. Megadeth - Th1rt3en
Thrash
182. Anthrax - Worship Music
Thrash
183. Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
Thrash
184. Destruction - Day Of Reckoning
Thrash
185. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
Thrash
186. Artillery - My Blood
Thrash
187. Lazarus A.D. - Black Rivers Flow
Thrash
188. Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth
Thrash
189. Crisix - The Menace
Thrash
190. Mortillery - Murder Death Kill
Thrash
191. Book Of Black Earth - The Cold Testament
Blackened Thrash
192. Absu - Abzu
Blackened Thrash
193. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Blackened Thrash
194. Byfrost - Of Death
Blackened Thrash
195. Assaulter - Boundless
Blackened Thrash
196. Hell - Human Remains
Heavy
197. Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain
Post-Rock/Folk
198. Russian Circles - Empros
Post-Rock
199. Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling
Post-Rock
200. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
Avantgarde Black
201. Aenaon - Cendres et sang
Avantgarde Black
202. De Magia Veterum - The Divine Antithesis
Avantgarde Black
203. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Industrial Black
204. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
Industrial Black
205. Samael - Lux Mundi
Electro/Industrial Black
206. An Autumn For Crippled Children - Everything
Atmospheric Black
207. Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Atmospheric Black
208. Altar Of Plagues - Mammal
Atmospheric Black
209. Bosse-De-Nage - II
Atmospheric Black
210. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar
Atmospheric Black
211. Infestus - E x
I s t
212. Burzum - Fallen
Atmospheric Black
213. Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelations
Atmospheric Black
214. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Psychedelic Black
215. Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Black
216. Nightbringer - Hierophany Of The Open Grave
Black
217. Chthonic - Takasago Army
Folk-influenced Symphonic Black
218. Alghazanth - Vinum Intus
Symphonic Black
219. Saille - Irreversible Decay
Melodic Black
220. ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
Melodic Black
221. Dornenreich - Flammentriebe
Melodic Black
222. Weeping Silence - Theatre Of Life
Symphonic Gothic
223. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
Symphonic Gothic
224. Angizia - Kokon. Ein Schaurig-schönes Schachtelstück
Avantgarde Gothic
225. Graveworm - Fragments Of Death
Blackened Gothic
226. Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields
Atmospheric Sludge
227. Obscure Sphinx - Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual
Atmospheric Sludge
228. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Funeral Doom
229. Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia
Funeral Doom
230. Before The Rain - Frail
Death-Doom
231. Eye Of Solitude - The Ghost
Death-Doom
232. Ava Inferi - Onyx
Gothic-Doom
233. A Pale Horse Named Death - And Hell Will Follow Me
Gothic-Doom
234. Kauan - Kuu..
Post Folk-Doom
235. Yob - Atma
Stoner-Doom
236. Rwake - Rest
Sludge-Doom
237. Dark Buddha Rising - Abyssolute Transfinite
Sludge-Doom
238. Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturn Retrograde
Black-Doom
239. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Doom
240. Isole - Born From Shadows
Doom
241. Krux - III - He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars
Doom
242. Kypck - Ниже
Doom
243. The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch
Doom
244. Blood Ceremony - Living With The Ancients
Psychedelic Doom
245. While Heaven Wept - Fear Of Infinity
Power-Doom
246. Arkona - Slovo
Folk
247. Tenhi - Saivo
Neofolk
248. Demonaz - March Of The Norse
Black Folk
249. Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
Progressive Folk
250. Vintersorg - Jordpuls
Progressive Folk
251. Týr - The Lay Of Thrym
Folk
252. Turisas - Stand Up And Fight
Folk
253. Azarath - Blasphemers' Maledictions
Blackened Death
254. Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert
Avantgarde
255. Spellbound Dazzle - Unreal FairyTales
Avantgarde
256. Devin Townsend - Ghost
Experimental Ambient
257. Beastwars - Beastwars
Stoner/Sludge
258. A Storm Of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
Stoner
259. SETH.ECT - Godspeak
Industrial Death
260. ID:Vision - Destination Cybermind
Industrial Death
261. The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)
Industrial Death
262. My Dying Bride - Evinta
Neoclassical Darkwave
263. Bloodiest - Descent
Post-Metal/Sludge
264. The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance
Post-Metal/Atmospheric Sludge
265. The Black Dahlia Murder - Ritual
Melodeath-Influenced Metalcore
266. Iced Earth - Dystopia
Heavy/Power
267. Nightwish - Imaginaerum
Symphonic Power
268. Divinefire - Eye Of The Storm
Symphonic Power
269. Rhapsody Of Fire - From Chaos To Eternity
Symphonic Power
270. Borealis - Fall From Grace
Power
271. Versailles - Holy Grail
Power
272. Edguy - Age Of The Joker
Power
273. Stratovarius - Elysium
Power
274. Falconer - Armod
Folk-influenced Power
275. Jesu - Ascension
Post-Rock
276. Mayan - Quarterpast
Progressive Symphonic Melodeath
277. Blackfield - Welcome To My DNA
Progressive Rock
278. Blood Stain Child - εpsilon
Electro Power/Melodeath
279. Blackguard - Firefight
Folk-influenced Melodeath
280. Korpiklaani - Ukon Wacka
Folk
281. Aegaeon - Dissension
Deathcore
282. Devildriver - Beast
Deathcore
283. Kromlek - Finis Terræ
Folk
284. Sepultura - Kairos
Thrash
285. Amoral - Beneath
Heavy/Hard Rock
286. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
Avantgarde
287. Today Is The Day - Pain Is A Warning
Post-Hardcore
288. Tyrant Of Death - Alice's Heroin Wonderland
Electro/Industrial Instrumental
289. Tyrant Of Death - Parasite
Electro/Industrial Instrumental
290. Oblivion Machine - Zero-Gravity
Electro-Industrial
291. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble - From The Stairwell
Ambient Jazz
292. The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation - Antropomorphic
Ambient
293. Tides From Nebula - Earthshine
Instrumental Post-Rock
294. Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Instrumental Post-Rock
295. Grails - Deep Politics
Instrumental Post-Rock
296. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Instrumental Post-Rock
297. Sunchild - As Far As The Eye Can See
Progressive Rock
298. American Heritage - Sedentary
Technical Sludge
299. Baring Teeth - Atrophy
Technical Death
300. Ageless Oblivion - Temples Of Transcendental Evolution
Technical Death
301. Abriosis - Tattered And Bound
Technical Death
302. Cytotoxin - Plutonium Heaven
Technical Death
303. Lord Of War - Celestial Pestilence
Technical Death
304. All Tomorrows - Opilion
Technical Deathcore
305. Mortal Torment - Resuscitation
Brutal Death
306. Funeral Fornication - Pandemic Transgression
Black
307. Spawn From Deceit - At Least We Did Care
Grindcore
308. Epoch Crysis - Rex
Melodeath Instrumental
309. Volumes - Via
Progressive Metalcore
310. Inevitable End - The Oculus
Math-Influenced Progressive Grindcore
311. Gridlink - Orphan
Technical Grindcore
312. Rotten Sound - Cursed
Grindcore
313. Brutal Truth - End Time
Grindcore
314. Beaten To Death - Xes And Strokes
Grindcore
315. Milking The Goatmachine - Clockwork Udder
Deathgrind
316. Sublime Cadaveric Decomposition - Sheep'N'Guns
Deathgrind
317. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Force Fed Enlightenment
Grindcore/Technical Death
318. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Melodeath // The gen-amoric as hell viking troopers do what they do best, play to their strengths and keep it safe and simple. Some great tracks, some boring ones; here's hoping Amarth push some boundaries in their next one.
319. Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Melodeath // Some stellar guitarwork, some solid drumming...that's it, really. Meh.
320. In Flames - Sounds Of A Playground Fading
Melodeath // Too many fillers drag it down to mediocre obscurity. A classic "What could've been..." case at hand here.
321. Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
Blackened Thrash // Never understood what the big hype surrounding them was about. Judging from this album, I guess it's safe to say that I never will. Insanely... underwhelming.
322. Omega Lithium - Kinetik
Industrial/Gothic // A most disappointing follow-up. Apart from the title track, nothing really stuck for me. Inconsistency-riddled album.
323. Children Of Bodom - Relentless Reckless Forever
Power-influenced Melodeath // The once mighty Bodom is going down the drain, it seems. Handful of neat riffs here and there, but nothing of substance to brag about.
324. Trivium - In Waves
Thrash-influenced Metalcore // Shogun had character. This one doesn't. Gosh, how I'm beginning to despise them with every living cell of my body...
325. Believer - Transhuman
Progressive Thrash // Lacklustre and disconcerting. The vocals, in particular, are so abysmal that it'd be better to put on some plugs to escape the ear rape. Ugh.
326. Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus
Industrial/Experimental Death // The horror, the horror...okay, melodrama aside, this album sucks. As in REALLY sucks. Listen to it "for teh lulz", or mark it with your territorial piss. Your choice.
327. The Browning - Burn This World
Trancecore // What is this I don't even...
328. Queensrÿche - Dedicated To Chaos
Pop-influenced Hard Rock // Way to troll everybody with this stinking pile of horse manure. Seriously, what gives?
329. Metallica - Lulu [Collaboration]
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Void Eater - 26.11.2011 at 21:11  
So... Mech... If that IS your real name... My last album reccomendation was posted on Ms Killjoy's thread, so now you get the honor...

MechanisT - 26.11.2011 at 21:45  
Written by Void Eater on 26.11.2011 at 21:11

So... Mech... If that IS your real name... My last album reccomendation was posted on Ms Killjoy's thread, so now you get the honor...




Will comply. Thanks, broski.
P.S. : Everyone over here is using their real name. What did ya think, people were using aliases to look cool or something? n00b. >:[
zero - 01.12.2011 at 09:26  
So... the albums from 243 to the end are certainly the worst 2011 releases! am i wrong ?

btw, perfect lulu description
MechanisT - 01.12.2011 at 11:59  
Written by zero on 01.12.2011 at 09:26

So... the albums from 243 to the end are certainly the worst 2011 releases! am i wrong ?

btw, perfect lulu description


In a way, yes. I still enjoy some of them (Amon Amarth, In Flames for example), but yeah overall they're pretty much disappointing.
And well, words cannot describe my hatred for Lulu, so I figured the heck with that, I'll just illustrate it.
tea[m]ster - 10.12.2011 at 22:23  
Good choice #93, thank goodness someone else actually digs this album! My prog album of the year!
MechanisT - 10.12.2011 at 22:34  
Written by tea[m]ster on 10.12.2011 at 22:23

Good choice #93, thank goodness someone else actually digs this album! My prog album of the year!


Awesome album. And hell, it's not even ranked at that position. Definitely will be going even more upwards.
tea[m]ster - 10.12.2011 at 22:39  
Written by MechanisT on 10.12.2011 at 22:34

Written by tea[m]ster on 10.12.2011 at 22:23

Good choice #93, thank goodness someone else actually digs this album! My prog album of the year!


Awesome album. And hell, it's not even ranked at that position. Definitely will be going even more upwards.


well lets get it up there! i know their is a lot of competition but i truly feel this album is one of the best of year and a ton of metalstormers are missing out...
Lit. - 17.12.2011 at 01:30  
I just realized: Wot? No Saxon? Call to Arms was good.
MechanisT - 17.12.2011 at 01:55  
Written by Lit. on 17.12.2011 at 01:30

I just realized: Wot? No Saxon? Call to Arms was good.


Don't know if I'll like it. Heavy-Power doesn't sound all too enticing. I'll give it a shot, regardless.
Lit. - 17.12.2011 at 03:12  
Written by MechanisT on 17.12.2011 at 01:55

Written by Lit. on 17.12.2011 at 01:30

I just realized: Wot? No Saxon? Call to Arms was good.


Don't know if I'll like it. Heavy-Power doesn't sound all too enticing. I'll give it a shot, regardless.


Saxon ain't really Heavy Power. Just Heavy, more in the veins of Accept and Judas Priest.
MechanisT - 17.12.2011 at 12:07  
Written by Lit. on 17.12.2011 at 03:12

Written by MechanisT on 17.12.2011 at 01:55

Written by Lit. on 17.12.2011 at 01:30

I just realized: Wot? No Saxon? Call to Arms was good.


Don't know if I'll like it. Heavy-Power doesn't sound all too enticing. I'll give it a shot, regardless.


Saxon ain't really Heavy Power. Just Heavy, more in the veins of Accept and Judas Priest.


Ah, I see. Not a huge fan of Heavy but what the heck... will check them out soon. Thanks.
Lit. - 31.12.2011 at 23:46  
Seeing Toxic Holocaust at the bottom has utterly killed my faith in this list.
It's one of the best Thrash albums of the year right with Warbringer's Worlds Torn Asunder, Skeletonwitch's Forever Abomination and Vektor's Outer Isolation.
MechanisT - 31.12.2011 at 23:48  
Written by Lit. on 31.12.2011 at 23:46

Seeing Toxic Holocaust at the bottom has utterly killed my faith in this list.
It's one of the best Thrash albums of the year right with Warbringer's Worlds Torn Asunder, Skeletonwitch's Forever Abomination and Vektor's Outer Isolation.


Meh. I found them really underwhelming. Both of the other thrash albums (Skeletonwitch and Warbringer) were of much higher quality, in my opinion.
Vektor is already a standout in the list.
strade - 02.01.2012 at 03:08  
Yeah, the Toxic Holocaust album isn't good at all. Most modern thrash isn't, though, so no real surprise there. Vektor, Antichrist, Havok (to an extent) and (newer) Helstar are definitely exceptions however.
snake? snaaaake! - 03.01.2012 at 15:43  
SepticFlesh is 263 places too high. :3
MechanisT - 03.01.2012 at 16:03  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 03.01.2012 at 15:43

SepticFlesh is 263 places too high. :3


SEPTICFLESH FUCKING RIPS EVERYTHIN APART BUOY WHATCHU ON ABOUT KILLER ST00F \m/ 666
Misfit74 - 22.01.2012 at 04:53  
Enjoyable to see your perspective on such a variety of music.

I have to think that the only reason Vengeful's "Vengeful" isn't on this list is you haven't yet heard it.
MechanisT - 27.02.2012 at 15:22  
Written by Misfit74 on 22.01.2012 at 04:53

Enjoyable to see your perspective on such a variety of music.

I have to think that the only reason Vengeful's "Vengeful" isn't on this list is you haven't yet heard it.


I wasn't aware of them, actually. Looks like my kinda thing. Will check them out asap. Thanks for the recom.
Oaken - 17.05.2012 at 20:29  
Http://metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=58826&band_id=6682&bandname=Petrychor
I'm disappoint because that one isn't here.
MechanisT - 17.05.2012 at 20:32  
Written by Oaken on 17.05.2012 at 20:29

Http://metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=58826&band_id=6682&bandname=Petrychor
I'm disappoint because that one isn't here.


Atmospheric black was never my hunting grounds. I'll check them out when I have the time.
Oaken - 17.05.2012 at 20:35  
Written by MechanisT on 17.05.2012 at 20:32

Written by Oaken on 17.05.2012 at 20:29

Http://metalstorm.net/bands/album.php?album_id=58826&band_id=6682&bandname=Petrychor
I'm disappoint because that one isn't here.


Atmospheric black was never my hunting grounds. I'll check them out when I have the time.

It's atmospheric black metal infused with flamenco, acoustic elements.
And you should venture into atmospheric black metal. It is a genre where the vndergrovnd is very strong.
MechanisT - 17.05.2012 at 20:40  
I'll break your statement into two components.

Quote:

It's atmospheric black metal infused with flamenco, acoustic elements.

Sounds enticing enough.
Quote:

And you should venture into atmospheric black metal. It is a genre where the vndergrovnd is very strong.

Cute.
snake? snaaaake! - 18.05.2012 at 17:25  
Quote:
Written by MechanisT on 17.05.2012 at 20:40


And you should venture into atmospheric black metal. It is a genre where the vndergrovnd is very strong.

Cute.


Not a fan of the vndergrovnd I take it.
Troy Killjoy - 18.05.2012 at 17:28  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 18.05.2012 at 17:25
Not a fan of the vndergrovnd I take it.

He's not kvlt kewl enough.
MechanisT - 18.05.2012 at 17:49  
Quote:
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 18.05.2012 at 17:25

Written by MechanisT on 17.05.2012 at 20:40


And you should venture into atmospheric black metal. It is a genre where the vndergrovnd is very strong.

Cute.


Not a fan of the vndergrovnd I take it.


Just because I live above your apartment doesn't mean I don't venture vnderground. :|
snake? snaaaake! - 18.05.2012 at 17:51  
Written by MechanisT on 18.05.2012 at 17:49



Just because I live above your apartment doesn't mean I don't venture vnderground. :|

Above my apartment? i could have sworn you were my bedmate..
MechanisT - 18.05.2012 at 17:53  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 18.05.2012 at 17:51

Written by MechanisT on 18.05.2012 at 17:49



Just because I live above your apartment doesn't mean I don't venture vnderground. :|

Above my apartment? i could have sworn you were my bedmate..


Well, uhhhh... let's just pretend it never happened.
Cynic Metalhead - 18.05.2012 at 18:45  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 18.05.2012 at 17:51

Written by MechanisT on 18.05.2012 at 17:49



Just because I live above your apartment doesn't mean I don't venture vnderground. :|

i could have sworn you were my bedmate..


how you guys feel sharing the same panties for a week?
snake? snaaaake! - 18.05.2012 at 18:56  
Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.05.2012 at 18:45


how you guys feel sharing the same panties for a week?


Was pretty fun... until i got jock itch.
Cynic Metalhead - 18.05.2012 at 19:01  
Written by snake? snaaaake! on 18.05.2012 at 18:56

Written by Cynic Metalhead on 18.05.2012 at 18:45


how you guys feel sharing the same panties for a week?


Was pretty fun... until i got jock itch.


For you...super sexy stuff.

MechanisT - 19.05.2012 at 14:35  
I love it how even Itch Guard managed to find its way to my list. A true indication that my list has gone... global.
Erik M. - 07.03.2013 at 23:39  
This list is insane! In a good way that is.

That being said, there are a lot of great albums to be found here, although the majority is unknown to me. I'll be following this list every now and then if I need more new music.

However, I might remove my +1 if you don't remove Lulu!
MechanisT - 07.03.2013 at 23:51  
Written by Erik M. on 07.03.2013 at 23:39

This list is insane! In a good way that is.

That being said, there are a lot of great albums to be found here, although the majority is unknown to me. I'll be following this list every now and then if I need more new music.

However, I might remove my +1 if you don't remove Lulu!


Ah, good old '11. I was at my prime and my zeal for discovering as much "new" music as I could was at it's zenith. Thank you for the kind words.
Lulu is staying, unfortunately. People need to be notified that there are evils far beyond the scope of imagination, in reality itself. :|
LeKiwi - 25.06.2013 at 13:38  
Might want to consider Caligula's Horse. Just to make it an uneven number xD
MechanisT - 25.06.2013 at 13:47  
Written by LeKiwi on 25.06.2013 at 13:38

Might want to consider Caligula's Horse. Just to make it an uneven number xD


Thanks for the rec. And just so you know, the list is always undergoing silent expansion, so that might just inevitably happen anyways. :p
LeKiwi - 25.06.2013 at 13:52  
Written by MechanisT on 25.06.2013 at 13:47

Written by LeKiwi on 25.06.2013 at 13:38

Might want to consider Caligula's Horse. Just to make it an uneven number xD


Thanks for the rec. And just so you know, the list is always undergoing silent expansion, so that might just inevitably happen anyways. :p


Damn that's gonna hurt man Anyways hope you enjoy it. I thought it was a '13 release but turns out it's not. Give it your thumbs up in the suggested bands if you like it at all
MechanisT - 25.06.2013 at 13:55  
Written by LeKiwi on 25.06.2013 at 13:52

Damn that's gonna hurt man Anyways hope you enjoy it. I thought it was a '13 release but turns out it's not. Give it your thumbs up in the suggested bands if you like it at all


I actually did, a long time ago. I liked their sound but forgot afterwards. Too many releases were at hand. :p Will get 'round to giving them a proper listen as soon as possible. Cheers.
b0sse - 02.05.2014 at 07:31  
Thanks for the recommendation of this "Symbolic - Scarvest 2011"...
Really nice one.
MechanisT - 02.05.2014 at 07:32  
Written by b0sse on 02.05.2014 at 07:31

Thanks for the recommendation of this "Symbolic - Scarvest 2011"...
Really nice one.


I concur with you. It's a pretty badass album (and band).

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