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I am making a list for 2011. Like every one else. Originality is overrated anyway.
This is the very top of the year and still a work in progress.

Created by: Qube | 23.11.2011



1. Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
Black/Shoegaze (Blackgaze is an horrible name for a genre BTW). This one puts my ass on the floor with every listen. Great music, great atmosphere, great everything.
2. Beyond Creation - The Aura
Technical Death. Excellent album where Mr Lapointe abuses my bass fetish. It's Cosmogenesis all over again, maybe even better.
3. Benighted - Asylum Cave
Brutal Death. Four words. BETWEEN MY BROKEN TEEEEEEEHEEEEEEHEEEEETH. My favorite song of the year on an awesome album.
4. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
Symphonic Extreme. Not the successor to Oracles and Mafia that I expected but very good in its own right. I cannot for them to do better (because they will... or I'll riot)
5. Obscura - Omnivium
Progressive Technical Death. Feels like a natural evolution from where they left us with Cosmogenesis. I wonder where they will go from here.
6. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth
Technical Death/Thrash. *bangs head with very serious look on its face*
7. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
Electro-dark-pop-folk-whothefuckcares-metal. I want to go out in the streets at night and dance with people to that music. A unique blend of sound.
8. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
Funeral Doom. Less directly enjoyable than The Maniacal Vale… Okay, scratch that, you should not compare it to the Maniacal Vale. This is great music.
9. Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
Slightly Blackened Brutal Death. Crushing. Period.
10. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
Heavy Devin. The album that never lets you know where it's going to take you next. Plus the lyrics are strangely touching.
11. Gigan - Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
Technical Death/Grindcore. The Earth crust has broken releasing toxic fumes. Lovecraftian entities have invaded our world. My skin has turned grey and I'm breathing through gills. And yet I've never felt better.
12. Noisear - Subvert The Dominant Paradigm
Grindcore/Noise. Rapes your ears (in a good way) and then sends you to space. My favorite grincore release of the year.
13. Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Progressive Metalcore. I just love it.
14. Leprous - Bilateral
Progressive. Crazy songs with lots of energy.
15. Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
Atmospheric Black. This one will swallow you and digest you into a desperate, happy ice cube. I don't know if that makes sense.
16. Metallica - Kill 'Em All
Not a 2011 release. But if Lulu taught us anything, it's that we should remember how awesome Kill 'Em All is.
17. Skeletonwitch - Forever Abomination
Blackened Thrash. I did not find any "straight thrash" release that excited me this year. However, this one makes me want to break stuff with a smile on my face.
18. Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Black. Too good to be just "solid", not enough to be awesome but deserves a place here for the f***ing banjo solo \m/
19. Appearance Of Nothing - All Gods Are Gone
Progressive Power. Has the merit of being one of the few "proggy" albums I liked. Is corny but feels manly.
20. Alestorm - Back Through Time
Folk Power. OK, this is not on the same level as the other. But this was my first Alestorm album. I mean, how did I live ignoring the existence of Pirate Metal before. With a song about rum (the greatest drink in the world).



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Troy Killjoy - 24.11.2011 at 10:43  
16 is by far the best entry of any list I've seen this year.

And in case this list changes and 16 turns out to be something lame, I should point out it's Metallica's Kill 'Em All.
Qube - 24.11.2011 at 10:57  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.11.2011 at 10:43

16 is by far the best entry of any list I've seen this year.

And in case this list changes and 16 turns out to be something lame, I should point out it's Metallica's Kill 'Em All.

But... but... but... The Browning would look so "feng shui" in that spot
Troy Killjoy - 24.11.2011 at 20:23  
Written by Qube on 24.11.2011 at 10:57
But... but... but... The Browning would look so "feng shui" in that spot

That's exactly why I'm covering my ass.
Qube - 11.01.2012 at 22:16  
Last update before the awards (during which I hope to discover new stuff).
Rengeteg, Bilateral, Torn Beyond Reason and Forever Abomination come in. QHS Landscapes goes down a bit.

Kill'Em All still number 16

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