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MMXI: Handpicked by MechanisT

Best (and worst) of 2011 (thus far).
Partially ordered (thus far).
Subject to change, as I see fit.

What a wonderful year, I have to say! This year has seen me expand my tastes like never before. Discovered so many great new acts, while many metal stalwarts delivered the goods as expected. A truly memorable year, and one that I will forever cherish, as far as me being an avid music enthusiast is concerned.

1. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
2. Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
3. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
4. Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece
5. Insomnium - One For Sorrow

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Created by MechanisT on 31.03.2011



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Post-stonersludge Fun

the "genres" of stoner metal, sludge, and post-metal all seem to bleed/flow together at various times so playing metal bartender, i've cooked up this list of albums those interested in the genres can use as suggestions/starting points. this is just a basic primer with 25 albums... not a definitive list by any stretch. just albums i love. some are landmark releases that helped define the genre... while others are recent releases from cool bands that MS/labels have helped me uncover. Enjoy.

1. Acid Bath - When The Kite String Pops
2. Baroness - Blue Record
3. Down - NOLA
4. High On Fire - Death Is This Communion
5. Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun

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Created by Xnoybis on 27.09.2011



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2011 Suggestions For The Eclectic Metalhead

If you're like me and can't sit still with just one or two genres, perhaps you'll find some ideas in this list. I kept the variety with genres, but also by including all worthy bands from unknown newcomers all the way up to big names. Basically, everything I liked this year.

Since there are so many genres here, don't get too worked up about specific rating and placement. They're generally in order, but more importantly they're all amazing.

1. Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Návaz
2. Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
3. Autumn - Cold Comfort
4. Shadowside - Inner Monster Out
5. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room

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Created by Susan on 06.01.2012



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Top 30 of 2011

My favorites from 2011
I still need to check out (Smohalla - Fell Voices - Sleestak - Arizmenda - Owl - Cloak Of Altering)

1. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
2. Dirge - Elysian Magnetic Fields
3. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
4. Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
5. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification

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Created by InnerSelf on 16.09.2011



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2011 Selections

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.

1. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
2. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
3. Born Of Osiris - The Discovery
4. The Psychic Paramount - II
5. Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils

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Created by Ag Fox on 30.04.2011



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BitterGOld - The Top 25 Of 2011

blah blah blah just another list words words words explaining my superior tastes and begging for validation by the pressing of the +1 button yada yada yada fuck it, afk getting beer.

1. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
2. Ulver - Wars Of The Roses
3. Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument
4. Sleestak - The Fall Of Altrusia
5. Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods

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Created by Xnoybis on 14.01.2012



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Underground Insurgence: Profound Lore Best Albums

Profound lore is one of the most important labels in the underground extreme metal scene. In this list are some discs that have excelled (personal opinion). One album per band.

1. Agalloch - Marrow Of The Spirit
2. Alcest - Souvenirs d'un Autre Monde
3. Amesoeurs - Amesoeurs
4. Subrosa - More Constant Than The Gods
5. Evoken - Atra Mors

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Created by DoomRules on 04.09.2014



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Faff

Well I'm sitting here bored at work and I figured I would make a list too.
These are pretty much my favourite metal releases over the years(in no particular order)
It's pretty much dominated by sludge/stoner releases.

1. Gojira - From Mars to Sirius
2. Mastodon - Leviathan
3. Baroness - Red Album
4. High on fire - The Art of Self Defense
5. Sleep - Dopesmoker

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Created by Spirit Molecule on 03.05.2012



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2011: Favourite To Least

Purely subjective list based on personal preferences for the year, unrelated to mass opinion of an album or a band's abilities (e.g. Trivium, Oranssi Pazuzu) - many albums lined up to listen to so will increase in size. Also, not entirely in order, middle order mainly just an approximation.

1. Sylosis - Edge Of The Earth
2. Protest The Hero - Scurrilous
3. Infestus - E x I s t
4. Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times
5. Ouroboros - Glorification Of A Myth

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Created by musclassia on 18.11.2011



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A Completely Incorrect Ranking of 2011 Albums

Ordered best to worst. This is entirely my opinion.

1. Insomnium - One For Sorrow
2. Graveyard - Hisingen Blues
3. Havok - Time Is Up
4. Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
5. Deafheaven - Roads To Judah

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Created by Fade To Black on 24.10.2011



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Top Albums Of 2011

1. Opeth - Heritage
2. Mastodon - The Hunter
3. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
4. Pain Of Salvation - Road Salt Two
5. Machine Head - Unto The Locust

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Created by Drew23 on 29.08.2011