Devin Townsend - Epicloud Mr. Townsend brought us the compilation album of the "Devin Townsend Project". And like these four albums, it's awesome!
Opera Diabolicus - 1614 One of the jewels I found while reading the Dutch magazine "Aardschok". Black/progessive metal meets opera. The story of Elisabeth Bathory is told in a way people have never heard/seen it! (the music video is awesome!)
Kamelot - Silverthorn With the new vocalist Tommy Karevik the band shows that they can keep making awesome albums even without Roy Khan.
Halestorm - The strange case of... Didn't listen it at it's release, but when I came by the single "Love Bites" I realized I almost missed one of the coolest hardrock albums of the year!
Devin Townsend - By A Thread - Live In London 2011 Mr. Townsend playing all four of the masterpieces he released under "The Devin Townsend Project". The small setting gives you the feeling you are at the concert every time and screaming your lungs out!
Anneke van Giersbergen - Everything is changing Anneke should be more famous over here in the Netherlands. She has one of the most beautiful voices in the rock/metal scene. And for her age she doesn't look that bad either! The album has both heavy as more softer songs and really shows Anneke can sing erverything.
Orden Ogan - To the end This is one great powermetal release. The songs are catchy and the second song has an awesome guitar solo battle! Great release from an overlooked powermetal band.
As I Lay Dying - Awakened AILD was the first metalcoreband I really enjoyed listening to. The new album is good, but doesn't have the same "Dark" feeling as "Shadows are Security" & "An Ocean between us". Maybe that's because of the great quality of the sound, it's just to "clean" to my taste.
Sybreed - God is an automaton Haven't listend the whole album, but the first songs are great in my opinion. And it made me more interested in Industrial metal.
In this moment - Blood I have heard some songs from their first releases and compared to Blood it's very differend. I may be in the minority, but I can really enjoy most songs of the album.