Monday, January 9, 2012

Top Metal Albums 2011 #66-51


I will be posting over the next few weeks my picks of some of the finest metal released in 2011.

#66 Tombs: Path Of Totality
Sludge metal (USA)

#65 The Atlas Moth: An Ache for the Distance
Sludge metal (USA)

#64 Peste Noire: L'ordure à L´état pur
Black Metal (France)

#63 Midnight: Satanic Royalty
Black/Heavy metal (USA)

#62 Hammers Of Misfortune: 17th Street
Heavy Metal (USA)
Hammers Of Misfortune made my top 66 list mostly because of The Grain.
Recommended for fans of traditional heavy metal.

#61 Before The Dawn: Deathstar Rising / Black Sun Aeon: Blacklight Deliverance
Death Metal (Finland)

#60 Krallica: Diotima
Black Metal (USA)

#59 Amorphis: The Beginning Of Times
Heavy/Progressive Metal (Finland)

#58 Witch Mountain: South Of Salem
Doom Metal (USA)

#57 Belphegor: Blood Magick Necromance
Black/Death Metal (Austria)

#56 Einherjer: Norron
Viking Metal (Norway)
Landing at #56 on my top 2011 list is Einherjer. The band disbanded in 2004, but return to form in 2008.

Norrøn is their first album in eight years and Balladen Om Bifrost is the closer of the album. It has definitely that Bathory vibe to it and sums up the album pretty nicely: this is viking/pagan metal at its finest in 2011, take it or leave it!

#55 In Solitude: The World, The Flesh, The Devil
Heavy Metal (Sweden)

#54 Portrait: Crimen Lasae Majestatis Divinae
Heavy Metal (Sweden)

#53 Uriah Heep: Into The Wild
Heavy Metal (UK)

#52 Pentagram: Last Rites
Traditional Doom (UK)

#51 Vallenfyre: A Fragile King
Death Metal (UK)
When you lose someone dear to you, how do you express sorrow, anger and grief? If you do it the Gregor Mackintosh way after losing his dad suddenly, you fulfill your dream to make that death metal album you always wanted.

True to old school DM roots, Vallenfyre manages to capture all the elements making a fine debut album filled with downtuned guitar, decent growls and Paradise Lostish riffs making my list at position 51.

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