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Best Metal of '11

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Parasignosis
Parasignosis
"Brutal death metal with moments of creeping dark ambience, this is a complex, monsterous album."
Fallen
Fallen
"It took a while for me to come around to this one but it is indeed a grower, as time passes the riffs become more and more entrancing and you play this one more and more."
Sever the Wicked Hand
Sever the Wicked Hand
"Pummeling riffs and fiery energy, the best Crowbar album since the 90s."
Roads to Judah
Roads to Judah
"A black metal band on Deathwish may seem strange but the atmosphere and emotions this band conveys makes them fit right in with their labelmates. Musically similar to Wolves in the Throne Room and Altar of Plagues."
Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
Ominous Doctrines of the Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
"Establishes Inquisition as one of the elite forward-thinking black metal bands in America, a little strange at first but a deep and rewarding album."
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"If V doesn't establish Vreid as a powerhouse in black metal then there's something wrong with the genre and its scene because this and their other albums have been near perfect."
The Destroyers of All
The Destroyers of All
"More epic death metal, technical but not showy about it."
Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1
Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1
"The introduction of cello to Dylan Carlson's creeping riffs makes for an incredible and beautiful listen that greatly rewards long, close listens."
Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
Subvert the Dominant Paradigm
"Vicious, intricate grindcore. Shreds."
Black Rivers Flow
Black Rivers Flow
"Young band part of the thrash revival, but not as single-minded as many of their peers and they benefit from the diversity of influences."
Cursed
Cursed
"Europe's premier grindcore act makes their acclaimed Relapse debut."
To Hell With God
To Hell With God
"The infamous death metal band has faded over the years but this is easily one of their strongest albums."
Stoned
Stoned
"Stoner metal inspired by horror flicks."
Grim Scary Tales
Grim Scary Tales
"Veteran horror metal group gathers inspiration from more classical sources. A little goofy at times but one of their stronger efforts."
Haters
Haters
"One of my favorite grindcore bands. They play fast and hard like the rest of their peers but aren't afraid to make their music catchy and even fun."
Venerable
Venerable
"Heavy riffs, occasionally melodic and shredding. It's clear why this is one of the more hyped hardcore bands in recent memory."
Evil Walks
Evil Walks
"Dark ambient and blackened noise from the always reliable Crucial Blast Records."
Opus Eponymous
Opus Eponymous
"The ultra-hyped Opus Eponymous finally made it state-side January and for the most part I wasn't disapointed. Satanic trad metal that's catchy, fun, and a little mysterious."
Sjukdom
Sjukdom
"If there was a genre called "emotional black metal" these guys would be its face. Sjukdom gets better when it gets more intense and depressive."
Jason the Dragon
Jason the Dragon
"The tone these guys acheive with their riffs is reason enough for me to keep coming back to this one, and it also contains some of Weedeater's best material yet."
Omnivium
Omnivium
Diotima
Diotima
The Lay of Thrym
The Lay of Thrym
"Not usually a huge fan of viking or power metal, but these guys are too talented and their music too catchy to ignore."
Murder the Mountains
Murder the Mountains
"High on Fire left some big shoes to fill when they left Relapse, but this band shows a ton of promise and ability and may just fill that void perfectly."
Path of Totality
Path of Totality
"Closer to a more traditional black metal sound then their breakout Winterhours but no less crushing or powerful. Amazing album."
Passion
Passion
777 Sect(S)
777 Sect(S)
Illud Divinum Insanus
Illud Divinum Insanus
Aesthethica
Aesthethica
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
Cold Testament
Cold Testament
In the Flesh
In the Flesh
Under Saturn Retrograde
Under Saturn Retrograde
Wretch
Wretch
Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
Weatherhead
Weatherhead
Entity
Entity
Gathering Strengths / Blood Seed
Gathering Strengths / Blood Seed
Redemption at the Puritans Hand
Redemption at the Puritans Hand
As Valley of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories
As Valley of Death Becomes Us Our Silver Memories