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A list of my favorite recent albums in 2011. I'll update this list regularly. In no particular order. I added the rating next to them for the curious ones, but you should check them all.

Created by: Mikyz | 22.04.2011



1. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Doom Metal 9/10
2. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
Post-Death Metal 9/10
3. Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 9/10
4. Ulcerate - The Destroyers of All
Post-Death Metal 9/10
5. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Industrial Black Metal 9/10
6. Blut aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
Industrial Black Metal 9/10
7. Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Black Metal 9/10
8. Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
Violin Driven Sludge Metal 9/10
9. Peste Noire - L'Ordure à L'état Pur
Quirky Black Metal with Punk influence 8.5/10
10. Aenaon - Cendres et Sang
Avant-Garde Black Metal 8/10
11. Dephosphorus - Axiom
Grindcore 9/10
12. Whitehorse - Progression
Sludge/Drone Doom Metal 8.5/10
13. Cave In - White Silence
Post-Hardcore/Alternative Metal 8/10
14. Born of Osiris - The Discovery
Progressive Death/Deathcore 8/10
15. Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelation
Black Metal 9/10
16. Ash Borer - Ash Borer
Atmospheric Black Metal 9/10
17. Infestus - Ex Ist
Atmospheric Black Metal 9/10
18. Verwüstung - Beyond the Watercolor Sunset, We Feel New Life
Blackgaze 9/10
19. Frandy - Relief
Metalcore in the vein of Converge/Trap them 9/10
20. Caïna - Hands That Pluck
Black Metal/Post-Metal/Shoegaze 8/10
21. Heinali & Matt Finney - Ain't No Night
Atmospheric Doom/Ambient/Spoken Lyrics 8/10
22. Destroy Judas - Wake
Sludge/Doom Metal 8.5/10 (for now)
23. Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
Hard/Grindcore 8.5/10
24. Sabbat - Sabbatrinity
Black/Thrash Metal 8.5/10
25. Sonne Adam - Transformation
Death Metal 8/10
26. Deafheaven - Roads to Judah
Blackgaze 8.5/10
27. Njiqahdda - The Path of Liberation From Birth and Death
Psychedelic/Atmospheric Black Metal 8.5/10
28. Ensorcelor - Crucifuge
Blackened Doom/Sludge Metal 8/10
29. Obscure Sphinx - Anaesthetic Inhalation Ritual
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 8.5/10
30. Giles Corey - Giles Corey
Acoustic/Folk/Shoegaze 8.5/10 (Solo project of Dan Barrett from Have a Nice Life)
31. Epheles - Je Suis Autrefois
Atmospheric Black Metal 8.5/10
32. True Widow - As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth
Stoner Doom/Shoegaze 8.5/10
33. Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood
8.5/10
34. Oak Pantheon - The Void
Melodic/Atmospheric Black Metal 8/10
35. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
Symphonic Death Metal 8/10
36. Torchbearer - Death Meditations
Melodic Black Metal 8/10
37. Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising
Melodic Death Metal 8/10
38. Burzum - Fallen
Black Metal 8/10
39. Benighted - Asylum Cave
Brutal Death Metal 8/10
40. Kaoteon - Veni Vidi Vomui
Black Metal 8/10
41. Koloss - End Of The Chayot
Atmospheric Sludge/Doom Metal 8/10
42. Aaskereia - Dort, wo das alte Böse ruht
Black Metal 8/10
43. Altar of Plagues - Mammal
Atmospheric Sludge/Black Metal 8/10
44. Hate Eternal - Phoenix Amongst The Ashes
Death Metal 8/10
45. Yellow Eyes - Silence Threads the Evening's Cloth
Black Metal with Post influences 8/10
46. A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Force Fed Enlightenment
Experimental Grindcore 8/10 (for now)
47. Botanist - I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From the Dead
Eco-terrorist Black Metal 9/10
48. The Crevices Below - Below the Crevices
Atmospheric Black Metal 8/10
49. Djevel - Dødssanger
Black Metal 8/10
50. Flourishing - The Sum of All Fossils
Post-Death Metal 9/10
51. Hateful Abandon - Move
Post-Punk/Black Metal 8/10
52. Before The Rain - Frail
Atmospheric Doom Metal 8/10
53. Soror Dolorosa - Blind Scenes
Post-Punk 9/10
54. Today Is The Day - Pain Is A Warning
Experimental Grindcore 8.5/10
55. Necro Deathmort - Music of Bleak Origin
Dubstep industrial drone with Black Metal influence? 8/10
56. Barghest - Barghest
Black Metal 8.5/10
57. Fell Voices - Fell Voices
(Cascadian) Atmospheric Black Metal 8.5/10
58. False - False
Atmospheric Black Metal 8/10
59. Corrupted - Garten der Unbewusstheit
Sludge/Doom Metal 9/10
60. Nightbringer - Hierophany of the Open Grave
Black Metal 9/10
61. All Pigs Must Die - God is War
Crust Punk/Hardcore Metal 8/10
62. Azarath - Blasphemers' Maledictions
Blackened Death Metal 8.5/10
63. Sutekh Hexen - Luciform
Harsh Noise/Black Metal 8/10
64. A Death Cinematic - Your Fate Twisting, Epic In Its Crushing Moments
Drone/Ambient 8.5/10
65. Midnight Odyssey - Funerals from the Astral Sphere
Cpsmic/Atmospheric Black Metal 8.5/10
66. Ampere - Like Shadows
Screamo 8/10
67. Leprous - Bilateral
Progressive Metal 8/10
68. The Wounded Kings - In the Chapel of the Black Hand
Doom Metal 8.5/10
69. Argus - Boldly Stride The Doomed
Heavy/Doom Metal 8/10
70. Falloch - Where Distant Spirits Remain
Atmospheric Metal 8/10
71. Thrice - Major/Minor
Alternative Rock/Post-Hardcore 8.5/10
72. The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance
Sludge Metal 9/10
73. Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar
Atmospheric Sludge/Black Metal 8.5/10
74. Enslaved - Thorns
Progressive Black Metal 8.5/10
75. Circle Of Ouroborus - Eleven Fingers
Post-Punk/Black Metal 8/10
76. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
Psychedelic Black Metal 8/10
77. Hedon Cries - The End Of The Path Is Nigh
Melodic Death/Doom Metal 8/10
78. Bosse-de-Nage - II
Post-Black Metal 8/10
79. Ave Maria - Chapter 1
Experimental Black Metal 8.5/10
80. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
Melodic Death/Doom Metal 9/10
81. Gorath - Apokálypsis - Unveiling The Age That Is Not To Come
8.5/10
82. Ordo Obsidium - Orbis Tertius
Black/Funeral Doom Metal 8/10
83. Cloak Of Altering - The Night Comes Illuminated with Death
8/10
84. Dolorvotre - Dolorvotre
Black Metal 8/10
85. Lantlôs - Agape
Post-Black Metal 9/10
86. Esoteric - Paragon of Dissonance
Funeral Doom Metal 9/10
87. Omitir - Cotard
Avant-Garde/Ambient Black Metal 8/10
88. Vektor - Outer Isolation
Death/Thrash Metal 8/10
89. Antediluvian - Through The Cervix Of Hawaah
Post-Death Metal 8.5/10
90. Tenhi - Saivo
Neofolk 8/10
91. Cormorant - Dwellings
Progressive Black Metal 9/10
92. Seelenmord - ...And We Will Find Only Solitude - Part I
Melodic Raw Black Metal 8/10
93. Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings
Death/Doom Metal 9/10
94. Aphrenous - Ravaged By The Incessant Scourge Of Deception
Black Metal 8/10
95. Surachai - To No Avail
Industrial Black Metal 9/10
96. Wolvhammer - The Obsidian Plains
Black Metal/Post-Punk/Sludge 8.5/10
97. Battle Dagorath - Ancient Wraith
Atmospheric Black Metal 8/10
98. Unkind - Harhakuvat
Blackened Hardcore/Crust Punk 8/10
99. Uneven Structure - Februus
Progressive Metal/Djent 8/10
100. Ruined - 맞불놀이
Atmospheric Black Metal (Similar to Velvet Cacoon , Clair Cassis) 8.5/10
101. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
Experimental Black 8.5/10
102. Dragobrath - WhisperHerbs
Black/Pagan Metal 8/10
103. Stielas Storhett - Expulse
Progressive Black Metal 9/10
104. Servile Sect - Trvth
Experimental Black 8.5/10
105. Unfold - Cosmogon
Atmospheric Sludge Metal 8.5/10



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InnerSelf - 05.08.2011 at 16:20  
Really cool list and a great reference for this year's top releases
I noticed that your top five are exactly like mine
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.08.2011 at 17:33  
Remarkably similar to mine too. Found a number of gems thanks to Mikyz.
Mikyz - 06.08.2011 at 04:11  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.08.2011 at 17:33

Remarkably similar to mine too. Found a number of gems thanks to Mikyz.


Glad to be of help. XD

I added a few entries today if you want to check them out: Dephosphorus' Axiom, Caïna's Hands That Pluck , Heinali & Matt Finney 's Ain't No Night, Lost Inside's Mourning Wept Beside Me, Botanist's I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From the Dead, The Crevices Below's Below the Crevices, Aphrenous' Ravaged By The Incessant Scourge Of Deception.
InnerSelf - 06.08.2011 at 16:47  
Written by Mikyz on 06.08.2011 at 04:11

Caïna's Hands That Pluck


I only heard "Some People Fall" and I remember that the production sucked but the music was good
!J.O.O.E.! - 12.08.2011 at 14:46  
Written by Mikyz on 06.08.2011 at 04:11

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.08.2011 at 17:33

Remarkably similar to mine too. Found a number of gems thanks to Mikyz.


Glad to be of help. XD

I added a few entries today if you want to check them out: Dephosphorus' Axiom, Caïna's Hands That Pluck , Heinali & Matt Finney 's Ain't No Night, Lost Inside's Mourning Wept Beside Me, Botanist's I: The Suicide Tree / II: A Rose From the Dead, The Crevices Below's Below the Crevices, Aphrenous' Ravaged By The Incessant Scourge Of Deception.

Cool beans, will check them out asap. Got Caina's one, will have to make some time to listen to it properly. It looks... varied on a quick flick through it. Whether varied will translate into inconsistent will remain to be seen.
!J.O.O.E.! - 15.08.2011 at 00:51  
That Dephosphorus album is goooooooooooooooood. (Also thanks to (((O))) for mentioning it too on his list).

And that Giles Corey record keeps popping up on lists everywhere. Guess I'll have to check it out.
Mikyz - 15.08.2011 at 23:17  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 15.08.2011 at 00:51

That Dephosphorus album is goooooooooooooooood. (Also thanks to (((O))) for mentioning it too on his list).

And that Giles Corey record keeps popping up on lists everywhere. Guess I'll have to check it out.


Yeah I've been listening to it non-stop, it's available for free on their website. The Giles Corey album is pretty good, not as good as Death consciousness but has an emotional weight that stands on its own.
!J.O.O.E.! - 18.08.2011 at 15:25  
That Obscure Sphinx album is massive. Definitely a contender to rival SubRosa as the best female-fronted metal band/album of this year. She's smokin' hot too.
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 01:10  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.08.2011 at 15:25

That Obscure Sphinx album is massive. Definitely a contender to rival SubRosa as the best female-fronted metal band/album of this year. She's smokin' hot too.


Yeah, the album is massive and the front-women is hot no doubt, looks hardcore too XD Glad you found something good.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 01:12  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 01:10

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.08.2011 at 15:25

That Obscure Sphinx album is massive. Definitely a contender to rival SubRosa as the best female-fronted metal band/album of this year. She's smokin' hot too.


Yeah, the album is massive and the front-women is hot no doubt, looks hardcore too XD Glad you found something good.

There's a loads I've yet to check out from your list : P I'm drowning in new stuff at the moment.
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 01:17  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 01:12

There's a loads I've yet to check out from your list : P I'm drowning in new stuff at the moment.


Yeah, just be sure to update your list when you hear something good.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 01:20  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 01:17


Yeah, just be sure to update your list when you hear something good.

Well it's nearly doubled in size since about 4 or 5 days ago >.<
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 01:26  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 01:20

Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 01:17


Yeah, just be sure to update your list when you hear something good.

Well it's nearly doubled in size since about 4 or 5 days ago >.<


I noticed, I didn't have time to check all of them out either, I'll update my own list soon enough with some of the titles on your list I'm sure, among others. The longer the list the better.

Edit: I added 4 albums at the end of the list.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 16:03  
That Flourishing record sounds very interesting. Perhaps another notch in the post-death metal belt (well, there's definitely some post-hardcore going on there). Maybe a little too similar to Ulcerate at times?

Also, did you buy that Botanist record because I'm buggered if I can find it. Not even on Soulseek. It's the record that's piquing my interest the most too.
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 16:21  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 16:03

That Flourishing record sounds very interesting. Perhaps another notch in the post-death metal belt (well, there's definitely some post-hardcore going on there). Maybe a little too similar to Ulcerate at times?

Also, did you buy that Botanist record because I'm buggered if I can find it. Not even on Soulseek. It's the record that's piquing my interest the most too.


I didn't buy it, I got the music off someone I randomly met in the university library while in the U.S. I'd send them to you if I could but the internet here is beyond awful, there are some samples available on their website though, it could help you decide on whether you want to order it or not. Someone's bound to upload it somewhere sooner or later.

Btw you should check Aliases' Safer than Reality, Sikth's guitarists new band it's solid not nearly as good as Sikth though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 16:23  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 16:21

I didn't buy it, I got the music off someone I randomly met in the university library while in the U.S. I'd send them to you if I could but the internet here is beyond awful, there are some samples available on their website though, it could help you decide on whether you want to order it or not. Someone's bound to upload it somewhere sooner or later.

Btw you should check Aliases' Safer than Reality, Sikth's guitarists new band it's solid not nearly as good as Sikth though.

Samples would be good, I'll go have a hunt.

Nope didn't know about that but will definitely check them, cheers =]

That's quite a random way to find a new band I have to say!
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 16:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 16:23

Samples would be good, I'll go have a hunt.

Nope didn't know about that but will definitely check them, cheers =]

That's quite a random way to find a new band I have to say!


Not really, not for me When I meet someone usually I always ask them what music they listen to before asking them anything else, and since that guy listened to some metal and other stuff I sifted through his music and took those that peaked my interest (he had his laptop with him since he was studying), this album was one of them, I had actually read a review on the album before hand and couldn't find a online anywhere so I was quite content and surprised that he had it. I gave him some stuff as well, sharing is the best way to discover new music XD I don't get to share much with my Lebanese friends since they're all into commercial dance music or whatever is trendy these days, so I'm always in search of someone with similar musical inclinations.

You can get the samples here: http://www.botanist.nu/discography.html
R'Vannith - 19.08.2011 at 16:45  
I see you've got Sabbat listed there, you don't mean the British band do you?
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 16:49  
Written by R'Vannith on 19.08.2011 at 16:45

I see you've got Sabbat listed there, you don't mean the British band do you?


Nope, the Sabbat I listed is the Japanese Black/Thrash Metal act, you should check them out nonetheless.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 16:50  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 16:35


Not really, not for me When I meet someone usually I always ask them what music they listen to before asking them anything else, and since that guy listened to some metal and other stuff I sifted through his music and took those that peaked my interest (he had his laptop with him since he was studying), this album was one of them, I had actually read a review on the album before hand and couldn't find a online anywhere so I was quite content and surprised that he had it. I gave him some stuff as well, sharing is the best way to discover new music XD I don't get to share much with my Lebanese friends since they're all into commercial dance music or whatever is trendy these days, so I'm always in search of someone with similar musical inclinations.

You can get the samples here: http://www.botanist.nu/discography.html

I gave up asking people what music they're into, lest they reel off a bunch of indie crap : P

Samples do indeed sound interesting though it strikes me as odd that they'd choose such an unusual concept and approach yet deign to have the most obvious black metal styles vocals imaginable. I really like the music though so not a major concern for me.
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 17:31  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 16:50

I gave up asking people what music they're into, lest they reel off a bunch of indie crap : P

Samples do indeed sound interesting though it strikes me as odd that they'd choose such an unusual concept and approach yet deign to have the most obvious black metal styles vocals imaginable. I really like the music though so not a major concern for me.


When music that doesn't agree with me comes up, I just end the conversation in a very natural way, I got used to it over the years

I'm not too sure about the music yet, it might need a couple of more listens on my part but I'm not really having enough time with all the releases that I have yet to check out. There are also movies I want to watch, games I want to play, friends I want to hang out with, too little time to do so much.
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 17:33  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 17:31

When music that doesn't agree with me comes up, I just end the conversation in a very natural way, I got used to it over the years

I'm not too sure about the music yet, it might need a couple of more listens on my part but I'm not really having enough time with all the releases that I have yet to check out. There are also movies I want to watch, games I want to play, friends I want to hang out with, too little time to do so much.

Yeah that's my problem too, just don't get a girl/boyfriend or kiss a lot of your time goodbye : P
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 17:50  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 17:33

Yeah that's my problem too, just don't get a girl/boyfriend or kiss a lot of your time goodbye : P


As if I have time to look for a girlfriend Music is my lady right now XD
!J.O.O.E.! - 19.08.2011 at 18:04  
Written by Mikyz on 19.08.2011 at 17:50


As if I have time to look for a girlfriend Music is my lady right now XD

Good choice >=]

As for Flourishing, it may sound like Ulcerate at times but it sounds so damn good it's hard to care.
Mikyz - 19.08.2011 at 21:35  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 19.08.2011 at 18:04

As for Flourishing, it may sound like Ulcerate at times but it sounds so damn good it's hard to care.


The production in both is very different though, it's murkier and crappier compared to Ulcerate's production (not as brutal either), not in bad way though.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.10.2011 at 23:26  
Thrice eh? I feel less dodgy about putting Evanescence on my list now

Ah, I also just checked and someone's finally put that Botanist record on mediafire so will be giving that a proper listen at last.

That Nightbringer album has a much better sound than the previous one too, I think I'll quite like it.
IronAngel - 22.10.2011 at 01:15  
Wow, great list. Thumbs up for Giles Corey, Ampere and Necro Deathmort especially. Not so sure about that Thrice, nice rich sound but lacking in good songwriting IMO. In that alt-rock/post-hardcore field, I way preferred the new Thursday album. It's not a very good comparison, but just name-dropping it since it's so damn infectious.

I didn't know Obscure Sphinx were female-fronted. Gonna check them out for that reason alone. I had ignored them so far, figuring I had enough doom and sludge to keep track of as is. I guess I'll have to go through your list one by one.
Mikyz - 23.10.2011 at 00:49  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 21.10.2011 at 23:26

Thrice eh? I feel less dodgy about putting Evanescence on my list now

Ah, I also just checked and someone's finally put that Botanist record on mediafire so will be giving that a proper listen at last.

That Nightbringer album has a much better sound than the previous one too, I think I'll quite like it.


I always liked Thrice's albums, so I don't mind putting it on the list, i especially like the guitar work. Nightbringer's album has a more monolithic/grandiose sound, much more than their previous efforts I see absolutely no reason why you wouldn't enjoy it. I've read some good stuff about the new Evanesence album but I highly doubt that I'll be checking it out anytime soon, unless someone convinces that it's worth my precious time.
!J.O.O.E.! - 23.10.2011 at 07:05  
Written by Mikyz on 23.10.2011 at 00:49


I always liked Thrice's albums, so I don't mind putting it on the list, i especially like the guitar work. Nightbringer's album has a more monolithic/grandiose sound, much more than their previous efforts I see absolutely no reason why you wouldn't enjoy it. I've read some good stuff about the new Evanesence album but I highly doubt that I'll be checking it out anytime soon, unless someone convinces that it's worth my precious time.

Actually the Nightbringer album, to me, has a less intense sound - more organic drums / less overblown guitar sound - so the result is something a bit more balanced and listenable. Other's don't seem to see it though,
!J.O.O.E.! - 02.11.2011 at 19:57  
That Ave Maria record is pretty nice, am enjoying it a lot.
Mikyz - 02.11.2011 at 21:30  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 02.11.2011 at 19:57

That Ave Maria record is pretty nice, am enjoying it a lot.


Yeah, I haven't listened to it much though, only about 3 times but it was enough to leave a very good and lasting impression on me.
Ag Fox - 04.01.2012 at 05:36  
Thought i was the only one that likes necro deathmort on this site
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.01.2012 at 00:39  
Looking forward to the 2012 edition 8]

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