Thumbs up: +15
Each year countless of albums come out. This is obviously by no means a definitive guide because as of 14/12/2011, I've only heard 364 releases from 2011, but do check these albums out if you haven't already! Feel free to throw stuff at my direction. In a rough order right now and rankings get rearranged every now and again. Will be trimmed around again in January / February. Note that I still have plenty to check out though.

Created by: Ag Fox | 30.04.2011



1. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
Atmospheric Experimental - Sinister, oppressive atmospherics with sludge undertones.
2. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Funeral Doom - A massive slab of doom that demands to be listened in one go.
3. Born Of Osiris - The Discovery
Progressive Deathcore - forgotten it's deathcore that I'm listening to. Fantastic keyboard lines and arrangement.
4. The Psychic Paramount - II
Noise Rock - trippin'
5. Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils
Post Death - so far ahead of its time it's still leading the pack despite being recorded 6 years ago
6. Orwell - AVOHFASIH
Progressive - combination of prog, melodic death, sludge with plenty of driven riffs
7. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Industrial Black - It's a trance
8. Infestus - E x
I s t - Atmospheric Black - fragile beauty cloaked in darkness.
9. The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)
Industrial Melodic Death - modern Melodeath done right. Powerful vocals, epic song of twisted beauty with plenty of progression.
10. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
Avantgarde Black / Folk - beautiful avantgarde easy to digest, yet also of many layers that commands repeated listens
11. Textures - Dualism
Math / Progressive Death
12. Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturn Retrograde
Doom Black - not just about tremolos
13. Epheles - Je Suis Autrefois
Atmospheric Black - breathe of fresh air.
14. Colosseum - Chapter 3: Parasomnia
Funeral Doom - the perfect requiem for the composer himself.
15. Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
Symphonic - very unkvlt of me to have this here, but it's just that good for casual listening
16. Medeia - Abandon All
Death - groovy, groovaliscious, groovetastic...
17. Xerath - II
Djent - different brand of Symphonic metal
18. Leprous - Bilateral
Progressive - Atypical melodic prog that I can't describe. Even when I'm not lazy
19. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
Industrial Black - It's a ritual
20. Krallice - Diotima
Black - pretty avantgarde moments that sets it apart. and it works
21. Novembers Doom - Aphotic
Melodic Death Doom - captures both the essence of melodeath and doom and blends them well + top notch production
22. The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance
Sludge - I get heartaches that so little people know about this
23. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
Post Death - New direction of death metal
24. A Storm Of Light - As The Valley Of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
Stoner Doom - all star project
25. Cave In - White Silence
Avantgarde
26. Neurotech - Antagonist
Cyber
27. Rwake - Rest
Sludge Doom
28. The Devil's Blood - The Thousandfold Epicentre
Psychedelic Hard Rock
29. Symphony X - Iconoclast
Progressive
30. Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate
Progressive Power
31. Uneven Structure - Februus
Djent
32. Altar Of Plagues - Mammal
Atmospheric Black
33. Barrows - Imprecari Island
Post Rock
34. Ash Borer - Ash Borer
Black
35. Surachai - To No Avail
Black
36. Today I Caught The Plague - Lore
Progressive
37. Illdisposed - There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)
Melodic Death
38. Ensorcelor - Crucifuge
Sudge Doom
39. Tyrant Of Death - Alice's Heroin Wonderland
Industrial Math
40. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
Thrash
41. Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
Death
42. Fluxious - Why So Serious?
Fusion
43. Lunatic Soul - Impressions
Atmospheric Rock
44. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
Progressive Power
45. Before The Rain - Frail
Post Doom
46. Obscure Sphinx - Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual
Post
47. Verwüstung - Beyond the Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
Metalgaze / Atmospheric Black
48. illuminatus - Glasnost
Alternative Post
49. Fallujah - The Harvest Wombs
Progressive Death
50. Omega Massif - Karpatia
Atmospheric Sludge
51. Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times
Melodic
52. Portrait - Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae
Heavy



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MeloDeathViking - 03.10.2011 at 19:50  
Hahaha I like that you've ONLY heard 202 albums from 2011, I've probablly only heard 20-30 lol. 202 would be way more than I could ever listen to in a year.
Troy Killjoy - 03.10.2011 at 20:09  
Bastard has heard a lot more than me. >>

Nice list. Varied.
Ag Fox - 03.10.2011 at 22:22  
Written by MeloDeathViking on 03.10.2011 at 19:50

Hahaha I like that you've ONLY heard 202 albums from 2011, I've probablly only heard 20-30 lol. 202 would be way more than I could ever listen to in a year.

Well, there's so much that I want to check out, but don't have time to (plus I lost my ipod for a while, so it's very inconvenient for me to check out new music), hence the "ONLY" is justified.

Thanks Troy (for calling me a bastard lol)
Ag Fox - 15.12.2011 at 03:47  
Trimmed but with some new additions
Troy Killjoy - 15.12.2011 at 03:54  
This is quite literally the most bizarre list I've come across this year. Some of the albums you choose that represent their respective genres (like Within Temptation and Forgotten Tomb) baffle me, but I really dig the variety (unlike my own list where like 90% of the top albums are black metal).
Ag Fox - 15.12.2011 at 03:57  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 15.12.2011 at 03:54

This is quite literally the most bizarre list I've come across this year. Some of the albums you choose that represent their respective genres (like Within Temptation and Forgotten Tomb) baffle me, but I really dig the variety (unlike my own list where like 90% of the top albums are black metal).
it seems like i have a serious case of bipolar disorder, right? =P
But I can't deny a spot for the music I love. Hope you'll find something here
R'Vannith - 20.12.2011 at 17:59  
The list of a metal polymath if there ever was one, very broad mix of styles/genres.
That new Bloodiest album I couldn't recommend enough, you might enjoy also enjoy Cormorant's latest, nice mix of black/melodeth/traditional.
Oh and I almost forgot about that Orwell release, thanks for the reminder!
Ag Fox - 21.12.2011 at 02:37  
Written by R'Vannith on 20.12.2011 at 17:59

The list of a metal polymath if there ever was one, very broad mix of styles/genres.
That new Bloodiest album I couldn't recommend enough, you might enjoy also enjoy Cormorant's latest, nice mix of black/melodeth/traditional.
Oh and I almost forgot about that Orwell release, thanks for the reminder!
just can't deny the stuff I enjoy =P
I am actually getting into Bloodiest right now (listened twice in the past week) and it's definitely unique Post stuff going on there
Cormorant is in my wish list, but the folk tag is putting it further down my to-check list (and I'm really lagging behind in terms of Death, core, Power, Heavy and Black) =P
the new Orwell is bloody good!
Mikyz - 04.01.2012 at 09:19  
Written by Ag Fox on 21.12.2011 at 02:37

Cormorant is in my wish list, but the folk tag is putting it further down my to-check list (and I'm really lagging behind in terms of Death, core, Power, Heavy and Black) =P
the new Orwell is bloody good!


There's no folk in Cormorant's Dwellings, so you can go ahead bump it up to the top of your list.
Susan - 13.01.2012 at 15:27  
Terra Tenebrosa is your album of the year? That's awesome! I really like that one, too, but hadn't really give it such a critical listen. I'll analyze it differently when I listen next time.

Great list, lots of quality albums that I enjoyed, too! Yeah, I know what you mean about my list but I just tried to include too damn much from every genre and I didn't want to go above 50 There was tooooo much great metal this year so when I read your list I feel a little bad for all the wonderful albums I see here that I didn't find room for on mine. Like Orwell. In many ways I should have included them. Oh well, too late now.

I really enjoyed the comments you put on the first few. I hope you continue those! Very nice and interesting list
Ag Fox - 13.01.2012 at 16:18  
Written by Susan on 13.01.2012 at 15:27

Terra Tenebrosa is your album of the year? That's awesome! I really like that one, too, but hadn't really give it such a critical listen. I'll analyze it differently when I listen next time.

Great list, lots of quality albums that I enjoyed, too! Yeah, I know what you mean about my list but I just tried to include too damn much from every genre and I didn't want to go above 50 There was tooooo much great metal this year so when I read your list I feel a little bad for all the wonderful albums I see here that I didn't find room for on mine. Like Orwell. In many ways I should have included them. Oh well, too late now.

I really enjoyed the comments you put on the first few. I hope you continue those! Very nice and interesting list
>Terra
Good hifi or earphones/headphones would do it justice :3

>I know what you mean about my list but I just tried to include too damn much from every genre and I didn't want to go above 50
I'm doing the same, but I have just exceeded 50 lol But there are still albums that I want to listen to, so I'll leave it for now before wrapping it up for good

>I really enjoyed the comments you put on the first few
I'm no good at writing, but they'll be there eventually. I've added a couple more already =P
InnerSelf - 13.01.2012 at 21:48  
Haven't you checked out Dirge yet ?
Ag Fox - 14.01.2012 at 00:01  
Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:48

Haven't you checked out Dirge yet ?
not yet, but rest be assured I will lol
InnerSelf - 14.01.2012 at 00:35  
Written by Ag Fox on 14.01.2012 at 00:01

Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:48

Haven't you checked out Dirge yet ?
not yet, but rest be assured I will lol


Do it ! soon
Darkside Momo - 17.01.2012 at 03:22  
Indeed, you might enjoy it
tea[m]ster - 17.01.2012 at 03:40  
Written by InnerSelf on 13.01.2012 at 21:48

Haven't you checked out Dirge yet ?


^THIS

Elysian Magnetic Fields is terrific post/sludge/doom/atmo....stuff lol
Oaken - 08.06.2012 at 21:58  
How many spins have you given each album before putting it here?
Troy Killjoy - 09.06.2012 at 01:59  
Written by Oaken on 08.06.2012 at 21:58
How many spins have you given each album before putting it here?

My guess is one or two.
Ag Fox - 09.06.2012 at 06:53  
Written by Oaken on 08.06.2012 at 21:58

How many spins have you given each album before putting it here?
at least 3

never consecutively. usually with at least one week's interval in between each spin to let things sink in and I can enjoy the music in different moods.
Oaken - 09.06.2012 at 14:29  
Written by Ag Fox on 09.06.2012 at 06:53

Written by Oaken on 08.06.2012 at 21:58

How many spins have you given each album before putting it here?
at least 3

never consecutively. usually with at least one week's interval in between each spin to let things sink in and I can enjoy the music in different moods.

Never consecutively? Wow, thanks dude, I know what makes me tired of some albums quickly. I sometimes spin an album four-five times consecutively, which makes it a big boring.
And thanks again.
Ag Fox - 11.06.2012 at 10:49  
Written by Oaken on 09.06.2012 at 14:29
I sometimes spin an album four-five times consecutively, which makes it a big boring.
That sounds like you are trying to force yourself to like an album or something haha. I prefer variation. And other than the mood affecting my appreciation of different types of music, having some time in between makes the bits that standout actually standout more.

Also, I think not everyone one can digest music the same speed. Just like reading. Some people read faster, some people read slower; some people require more spins, some less.

You're welcome

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