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Thread: The Unfan's official unofficial top 200 metal things of 2011

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    2011 was a great year for metal, but these 200 (actually more) things (be it EPs, singles, LPs, whatever) are releases I could see giving spins for years to come. Putting this in any sort of order would be difficult, so this isn't in least to greatest or anything. The main thing I hope happens with this thread is that at least 1 person finds 1 more piece of metal music to add to their collection from 2011 that they may have missed.

    Immolation - Providence [EP]
    Death metal veterans releasing death metal, as would be expected. This EP is a bit more technical than some of their previous efforts but still has enough old school sensibilities to keep it sounding brutal.

    Shub Niggurath - A Deadly Call From The Stars [LP]
    Blackened death metal from Mexico, a bit more melodic than most of their contemporaries.

    Oranssi Pazuzu - Kosmonument [LP]
    Tripped out avant-garde black metal with a lot of 70s psychedelic influences going on, also some drone, some ambient, a bit of doom, and a hint of djent. This album is all over the place, but also strangely coherent. It might require headphones to squeeze every last drop out of this album since there are lo-fi soundscapes that seem to just pop into existence in weird spots and not last very long. Definitely a grower and worth the patience put into it, though I could see this not being everyone's cup o' tea.

    Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance[LP]
    Amazing debut from this prog-metal group. If you're into Dream Theater odds are you'll also enjoy this stuff.

    Vanhelgd - Church Of Death [LP]
    A lesson in death metal proper. These Swedish bastards have an extremely old school sound that kinda brings me back to my youth.

    Venom - Fallen Angels [LP]
    Yep, they're still awesome.

    Njiqahdda - ...And One By One Crept Silently To Rest [EP] | Disciples Of Flames (Agni Yoga)[LP]
    One of a few artists I'll willingly list multiple releases from under number to make space for more artists to make the list. Njiqahdda play a brand of avant-garde black metal that is jazzy and frantic.

    Alestorm - Back Through Time[LP]
    Rum is the power, rum is the key!

    Oblivionized - Abhorrent Evolution [EP]
    Debut EP from this technical metal act. It comes and goes in just under 20 minutes but in that short time they leave quite a first impression.

    Liturgy - Aesthethica [LP]
    For some reason this album is fairly hated among metal elitists. Often times the complaint is that this isn't "true black metal" or some such. While I can see the things that are generally labeled as the faults of the album, like the intentional watering down of the black metal sound to make it something more appealing to the hipster crowd, I actually think that isn't a bad thing. The outside the box thinking and creativity on this album puts it above and beyond that, and for once Pitchfork was right. Get over your hatred for scene kids and give this a spin because it's leagues ahead of your silly mime paint tr00 kvlt nekr0gr1m black metal.

    Amorphis - The Beginning Of Times [LP]
    Once again Amorphis lives up to their name. This album, like other Amorphis albums, blends together many styles into a unique listening experience. With a highly melodic blend of melodeath, power metal, gothic metal, and pop sensibilities they've created an album that is both accessible and deep.

    Earth - Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light I[LP]
    I hesitated to include this album since there isn't actually much metal to be found, but these guys are typically a drone metal act so I figured I'd associate this with the band's background just to slide it on to the list because I do love this album to death. This time around Earth abandons their typical metal and delivers their drone with a side of blues and a hint of the ol' west.

    Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance [LP]
    Some of the heaviest doom metal of 2011, but also some of the most melodic. If I cared about order this would actually be pretty close to number 1. If you only listen to one album from this list consider this one.

    Ecliptyka - A Tale Of Decadence [LP]
    Super catchy power metal with some melodeath influences.

    Smohalla - Résilience [LP]
    Black metal with a few avant-garde leanings. Definitely some unusual time signatures for black metal and extremely dissonant synth work going on here.

    Giant Squid - Cenotes [LP]
    Highly under rated progressive metal band with doom leanings. The use of cello on this album is phenomenal.

    Periphery - Icarus [EP]
    Math metal/djent, whatever you want to call it.

    Vildhjarta - Mĺsstaden [LP]
    The debut album from this Swedish djent band. Solid all the way through.

    Abstract Spirit - Horror Vacui [LP]
    Funeral doom metal like only the Russians could produce.

    The Gates Of Slumber - The Wretch [LP]
    Traditional doom metal, very Black Sabbath-esque.

    Doomraiser - Mountains Of Madness [LP]
    More traditional doom metal. This album's one downside is that Cynar isn't a particularly good vocalist and the mixing makes that apparent. If you can get past that this album has tons to offer.

    Lord Vicar - Signs Of Osiris [LP]
    More traditional doom, more greatness.

    **** The Facts - Die Miserable [LP] | Misery [EP]
    Two releases from one band, taking up one slot because that's how this list rolls. Grindy goodness.

    Before The Rain - Frail [LP]
    Extremely melodic progressive doom from Portugal.

    Encoffination - O' Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres [LP]
    Doom/death is as doom/death does.

    Opeth - Heritage [LP]
    Even if this album moves quite a bit away from metal for an Opeth album I feel it has enough metal moments to qualify as a metal album. Since I'm essentially a walking hard on for Opeth it should come as no surprise that it makes my list.

    Mournful Congregation - The Book Of Kings[LP]
    At this point I'm probably boring you guys with all the doom metal but MOAR DOOM!

    Leviathan - True Traitor, True Whore [LP]
    Atmospheric black meta.

    Rwake - Rest [LP]
    Doomy sludge greatness.

    Bloodiest - Descent [LP]
    Another debut album made my list. This is seemingly a good year for first timers.

    Necros Christos - Doom Of The Occult[LP]
    Blackened death metal with a hint of middle eastern influence. In some ways fairly similar to Nile but in other ways totally different. The metal on this album are broken up with beautiful instrumentals which keeps this hour and 15 minute behemoth from growing stale. I'll include a track of each style to show the diversity of the album.

    Farsot - Insects [LP]
    Well written black metal with enough musicality to make it sound a step above the rest.

    Evilfeast - Wintermoon Enchantment [LP]
    Raw atmospheric black metal.

    Devin Townsend Project - Deconstructed [LP] | Ghost [LP]

    Technically only one of these releases should make my list since the other isn't metal, but I'm including both because I don't feel like being pedantic over it. They're both great albums, Deconstructed being a huge epic prog-metal album and Ghost being is an ambient rock album. If you're not familiar with Devin Townsend and his various projects you should get familiar with him now.
    from Deconstructed. from Ghost.

    Amon Amarth - Sutur Rising[LP]
    Spell check is telling me it should be "suture".

    Black Tusk - Set The Dial [LP]
    I <3 sludge.

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    Lantlôs - Agape [LP]
    Post black metal.

    Omega Massif - Karpatia[LP]
    Beautiful instrumental sludge and post metal.

    Amebix - Sonic Mass[LP]
    Although the band typically plays crust this album cuts back a bit on the punky elements and it's more of a modern metal sound they've got going on here.

    Shining(SWE) - VII: Född Förlorare[LP]
    Experimental black metal like no other. Not to be confused with the Norwegian band.

    Nervecell - Psychogenocide[LP]
    Death metal with a hint of thrash.

    Moar to come. I'll just keep updating this OP until the full list is here.

    Altar Of Plagues - Mammal [LP]
    Post black metal.

    Vektor - Outer Isolation [LP]
    Progressive thrash metal that blows my mind. Sounds kind of like a super modern Voivod.

    Myrath - Tales From The Sand[LP]
    A unique blend of middle eastern folk and progressive metal. This album is less prog-oriented than their others but also features some of their catchiest writing to date.

    Mastodon - The Hunter [LP]
    The usual Mastodon album, and by that I mean it doesn't sound like any other Mastodon album.
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    I'm excited to see what you'll post on here. You've got one of my favorite tastes at this forum because you listen to a lot of bands that aren't very well known, which opens my mind to a lot of great bands and makes my list even longer.

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    OP updated. Can I please get a temporary sticky until I get the list fully filled it?

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    Not gonna lie, this is pretty amazing.

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    OP updated again and a thought occurred to me that I should probably include here when posting about the Swedish band Shining in the OP.

    There is a band called Shining from Norway who didn't make the list since their release this year was a live DVD and I didn't know if I should include DVDs in my list of metal releases and I decided against it. The DVD is called Live Blackjazz, and should be picked up for people into black metal or jazz music. The performances on that DVD are phenomenal and I can not recommend it enough.

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    Part deux. I didn't know MF had a character limit until just now.

    Red Fang - Murder The Mountains [LP]
    Stoner metal with a hint of grunge. Equal parts Melvins and Sleep.

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    And the rest of the list at a glance (at least what I think the rest of the list was). Trying to recover the list for real now. / and | represent my inconsistency on how to list multiple releases by one band. As far as the list I was listing bands and all of their releases as one just to extra room on the list. This is what I remember of the list but I'm having a hard time recovering the list for real (computer problems and also why I haven't been on in days).

    Black Pyramid - Stormbringer and II
    Ancient Bards - Soulless Child
    Ulcerate - The Destroyers Of All
    Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
    Alcest - Le Secret/Autre Temps
    Theocracy - Wages Of Sin/As The World Bleeds
    Martyr Lucifer - Farewell To Graveland
    Exhumed - All Guts, No Glory
    Obscura - Omnivium
    Toxic Holocaust - Conjure And Command
    Ghoul - Transmission Zero
    Rye Wolves - Species Battle In The Branches
    Omit - Repose
    Deafheaven - Roads To Judah | Libertine Dissolves
    Blood Ceremony - Living With The Ancients
    My Dying Bride - The Barghest O' Whitby
    Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
    Origin - Entity
    Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
    Krux - III: He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars
    Beyond Creation - The Aura
    Animals As Leaders - Weightless
    Cynic - Carbon-Based Anatomy
    Haken - Visions
    SkeletonWitch - Forever Abomination | The Skullsplitter/No Rest For The Dead | Onward To Battle/The Infernal Resurrection | Tragedy of Days
    Textures - Dualism
    Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
    Redemption - This Mortal Coil
    Dream Theater - A Turn Of Events
    Anterior - Echoes Of The Fallen
    Fen - Epoch
    ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker
    Ava Inferi - Onyx
    Vader - Welcome To The Morbid Reich
    Revocation - Chaos of Forms
    Anthrax - Worship Music
    Megadeth - Th1rt3en
    Anvil - Juggernaut Of Justice
    Nader Sadek - In The Flesh
    Symphony X - Iconoclast
    Wolverine - Communication Lost
    Lost In Thought - Beyond The Flames
    Jag Panzer - Scourge Of The Light
    Necrophagia - Deathtrip 69
    Brymir - Breathe Fire To The Sun
    Septic Flesh - The Great Mass
    Gernotshagen - Weltenbrand
    Eumeria - Rebel Mind
    Aenaon - Centres Et Sang
    Machine Head - Unto The Locust
    Sons Of Seasons - Magnisphyricon
    Sólstafir - Svartir Sandar
    Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
    Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Navaz
    Korpiklaani - Ukon Wacka
    Cormorant - Dwellings
    Ildra - Eđelland
    Endestille - Infektion 1813
    Malchus - Caput Mundi
    YOB - Atma
    Indian - Guiltless
    Sonne Adam - Transformation
    In Solitude - The World, The Flesh, The Devil
    Peste Noire - L'Ordure ŕ l'état Pur
    40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
    Loss - Despond
    Witch Mountain - South Of Salem
    KEN Mode - Venerable
    Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street
    SubRosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
    The Atlas Moth - An Ache For The Distance
    Tombs - Path Of Totality
    Maruta - Forward Into Regression
    Benighted - Asylum Cave
    Negative Plane - Stained Glass Revelations
    Krallice - Diotima
    Portrait – Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae (
    Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)| 777 - The Desanctification
    Petrychor - Effigies And Epitaphs
    Lake Of Blood - As Time And Tide Erodes Stone
    Morne - Asylum
    Panopticon - Social Disservices
    East Of The Wall - The Apologist
    Dim Mak - The Emergence Of Reptilian Altars
    Sabbat - Sabbatrinity
    Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn Of Events
    Blaspherian - Infernal Warriors Of Death
    Disma - Towards The Megalith
    Tesseract - One
    Destruction - Day Of Reckoning
    Vreid - V
    Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
    Belphegor - Blood Magick Necromance
    Essence - Lost In Violence
    Power Quest - Blood Alliance
    Hibria - Blind Ride
    Neuraxis - Asylon
    A Million Dead Birds Laughing - Force Fed Enlightenment
    Moonsorrow - Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
    Rotten Sound - Cursed
    Trap Them - Darker Handcraft
    Anomalous - Ohmnivalent
    Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows
    Mercenary - Metamorphosis
    Gorgasm - Orgy Of Murder
    Anaal Nathrakh - Passion
    Gridlink - Orphan
    Crowbar - Sever The Wicked Hand
    Heretoir - Heretoir
    Woods Of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason
    Wo Fat - Noche del Chupacabra
    Abysmal Dawn - Leveling The Plane Of Existence
    Helrunar - Sól
    Wooden Stake - Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades
    Virus - The Agent That Shapes The Desert
    Doomsword - The Eternal Battle
    Cauldron - Burning Fortune
    Maveth - Breath Of An Abomination
    Visions Of Atlantis - Delta
    Hidden - Dead Land Energy
    Scar Symmetry - The Unseen Empire
    Evergrey - Glorious Collision
    Monkeypriest - The Psalm
    Weedeater - Jason... The Dragon
    Impiety - Worshippers Of The Seventh Tyranny
    In Solitude - The Word. The Flesh. The Devil
    Blasphemous Noise Torment - Ancient Insignias
    Vintersorg - Jordpuls
    Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods | Thorn
    Demonaz - March Of The Norse
    Wormrot - Dirge
    Miasmal - Miasmal
    Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII
    Falconer - Armod
    Abacinate - Genesis
    Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
    Primordial - Redemption At The Puritan's Hand
    Protest The Hero - Scurrilous
    Angizia - kokon. Ein schaurig-schönes Schachtelstück
    Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
    Antediluvian - Through the Cervix Of Hawwah
    Blasphemophagher- The III Command Of The Absolute Chaos
    Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils
    Vengeful - Vengeful
    Havok - Time Is Up
    Obsequiae - Suspended In The Brume Of Eos
    Falls Of Rauros - The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood
    Aloeswood - The Forsaken Landscapes
    Grown Below - The Long Now
    Klabautamann - The Old Chamber

    Sun Devoured Earth (released a lot of **** in 2011) - Good Memories Are The Hardest To Keep | I Wish I Would Never Wake Up | All Things Come And Go But We Won't Break | Untitled | Apathy And
    Hopelessness | Day After Day, Year After Year, When Will It End| Autumn Songs

    Owl - Owl
    The Flight Of Sleipnir - Essence Of Nine
    Stoned Jesus - Stormy Monday
    Stoner Kebab - Superdoom

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    Hey, nice thread. Gonna check the songs out more carefully another day. CUrrently listening on an album of My Dying Bride. FIrst time actually.

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    Oh man, I'm really looking forward to checking out that Omega Massif album. I didn't realize they had a new one out!

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    You managed to post one of a very small number of Liturgy songs I actually like.

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    No plans on making an unofficial official list for all the Dooms-year metal we probably have missed?

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    I might make a top of 2012; it's weird though because with 2011 I felt like I had properly experienced it and the music kinda settled in fairly fast. With 2012 I don't know how I'd rank things, we're almost a month into 2013 and it hasn't really felt like it for some reason.

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    I'm impressed you managed to do a 200 songs ranking for 2011 anyway, I suck at doing top lists, that's why I only do everything in a random order. I haven't really found anything new in 2012, that is new as in music made last year.....or maybe I just haven't paid enough attention to notice it while I've been listening to me old records.

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