Top 20 Heavy Albums of 2011

Honorable Mention:

Indian, Guiltless

Top 20:

20: Skeletonwitch, Forever Abomination

Genre-less pure metal: 1982 Metallica, covering Iron Maiden, with Cronos singing.

 

 

19: Hour of 13, The Ritualist

Totally generic but awesome satanic Sabbath riff-worship.

 

 

18: Septicflesh, The Great Mass

Greek satanic death metal opera.

 

 

17: Dark Castle, Surrender to All Life Beyond Form

The most pot-informed Guru you’ll ever meet.

 

 

16: Archenemy, Khaos Legions

The death metal QueensrŸche of 2011.

 

 

15: Exhumed, All Guts No Glory

Best non-posing death metal album of the year: pure metal fury.

 

 

14: Criminal, Akelarre

Sepultura on Crossfit: death/thrash athletes.

 

 

13:  Landmine Marathon, Gallows

Straight-ahead no-nonsense death/grind.

 

 

12: In Solitude, The World The Flesh The Devil

The Ghost for this year; 1980s European heavy metal.

 

 

11: Rwake, Rest

Crazy screaming southern street preachers, preaching doom.

 

 

10: Atlas Moth, An Ache for the Distance

Innovative, creative psychedelic doom blues.

 

 

9: Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1

Drone masters return with a pure sheer weight and power that doesn’t rely on aggression.

 

 

8: Anaal Nathrakh, Passion

Industrial black metal– the sound of foul things best left undisturbed.

 

 

7: Acephalix, Interminable Night

Crushing D-beat crust doom with RIFFS: Entombed, even further detuned, if they grew up on Agnostic Front, the Cro-Mags… and Candlemass and St. Vitus.

 

 

6: Yob, Atma

The modern shaman, summoning the spirits of the All World with riffs of doom.

 

 

5: Northless, Clandestine Abuse

Son of Godflesh and Crowbar– the sludge blues of major depression.

 

 

4: Lock Up, Necropolis Transparent

Grindcore supergroup goes (well) through their Dark Angel phase– fast and aggressive as fuck.

 

 

3: Fuck the Facts, Die Miserable

Beautiful, swelling, continually growing and changing punked-out grindcore: funhouse-mirror metal.

 

 

2: Revocation, Chaos of Forms

Progressive/death/mathcore thrash metal: the most most genres in one album this year– where all of them mesh perfectly.

 

 

1: Brutal Truth, End Time

The New New Thing– what Coltrane and Dolphy were to jazz critics in the 50s, this beautiful grindcore work of art is to metal.

8 comments

  1. Nice list – I haven’t even heard half of them! Definitely need to check out Brutal Truth, Fuck the Facts and Criminal. Need to sit down and give a proper listen to Landmine Marathon, Yob and Rwake. I just couldn’t get into Atlas Moth.

    Have a great holiday, looking forward to reading your posts in 2012!

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