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The Year That Was // What’s To Come

I’ll start by saying that I had a HUGE post at the ready for my ‘Best Of..’ but I scrapped it in favor of a more streamlined and digestible approach (which will probably end up being wordy just as well). Moving on…

2011; what an amazing year of music for fans in almost every genre. Great metal, great pop, great rock, etc. I was introduced into several different musical worlds this year and I am grateful to have heard releases from some of my favorites and some newcomers. Besides, say, the top 4 or 5, the albums should be considered interchangeable in that I couldn’t say one was better than the other; it depends on what I’m in the mood for.

 

The Best of 2011

20. The Interbeing – Edge of the Obscure 

19. Memfis – Vertigo

18. The Computers – This is The Computers

17. Trap Them – Darker Handcraft

16. Decoder – Decoder

15. Fake Figures – Hail the Sycophants

14. Sainthood Reps – Monoculture

13. Architects – The Here and Now

13. Dispatch – Dispatch EP

12. Trivium – In Waves

11. Thursday – No Devolucion

10. Blindside – With Shivering Hearts We Wait

9. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

8. Awolnation – Megalithic Symphony

7. World Under Blood – Tactical

6. Thrice – Major/Minor

5. Mastodon – The Hunter

4. Blue October – Any Man in America

3. Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors

2. MuteMath – Odd Soul

1. Stray from the Path – Rising Sun

 

Honorable Mention:

letlive. – Fake History, Epitaph re-release (would be No. 1, but technically would be considered a 2010 release)

In Flames – Sounds of a Playground Fading

Protest the Hero – Scurrilous

Fall in Archaea – Gatherings

Dream the Electric Sleep – Lost and Gone Forever

Bright Eyes – The Peoples Key

 

2012 Most Anticipated:

Every Time I Die – Ex Lives

Enter Shikari – Flash Flood of Colour

Bleeding Through – The Great Fire

The Safety Fire – Grind the Ocean

The Intersphere – Hold On, Liberty!

Lamb of God – Resolution

Celldweller – Wish Upon a Blackstar

What Hands Are For – TBA

The reunions of American Head Charge, He Is Legend, and At The Drive-in

Well, THERE you have it! I am sure I missed a few “Best Of’s…” towards the top. I may have missed a few upcoming releases, so take it up with the errors and omissions department. Which is of course me, and I don’t care!

In 2011, Stray from the Path introduced me to alternative hardcore. MuteMath gave me a great hard soul record. Blue October made me feel something. Fair to Midland showed me that the live show is still alive. Mastodon sent me to another dimension of metal, and Thrice refined their sound on their way out. World Under Blood gave me the Deron Miller I have always wanted him to be in CKY. Blindside returned more mature. Awolnation was my feel good electro rock album of the year, and Foo Fighters proved they are still the best rock band in the world. Thursday went out with a greatly textured album, and Trivium put out one their best. Architects pissed some people off and showed another side, which was amazing and Dispatch came back with a VERY solid EP. Trap Them released one the heaviest albums I’ve ever heard, and Sainthood Reps debuted an intense post-hardcore gem. Fake Figures was a great supergroup album, and Decoder debuted their perfectly balanced sound. The Computers defined ‘garage metal’, The Interbeing showed heaviness with melodic choruses a la the Swedish metal elite, and Memfis finally self released their 70’s influenced metal that was originally recorded in 2008.

In closing, I listen to entirely to much music. Honestly, WAY to much. I used to think listening to anything and everything was the way to be a “true” music fan. I was wrong, and several albums/artists helped change my mind on this issue. This year, Stray from the Path implored me to “Bring It Back to the Streets“, and I will. I promise I will. I bought (and downloaded, sorry :/) more music than I could have ever possibly listened to. How will I ever find anything amazing when I don’t give it the time?

We have too much music in circulation each year, and its getting worse. 2000 song iPods, where the next song is only 30 seconds and a click away. No one LISTENS to music anymore, they just HEAR it and move on. Scenes have taken over, and the market is over saturated and drowning. I can go on forever, and if you’re still reading, when then thank you, and I am sure you probably feel the same way as I do.

So, lets make a pact; we will consume LESS music to LISTEN to more. If it’s good, I’ll buy it. And if not, it won’t enter my collection. BUY the records from the bands that deserve it, from the bands who put their hearts into the music, from the bands who care about their fans. Bring it back to the streets, indeed.

All the best in 2012!

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4 Quick Blasts…

There are several bands that I have come across in the last week, and besides a few other go to albums I can’t get enough of, these are the bands I’ve been listening to. It’s Sunday, and I don’t want to take up to much of your time, but here are 4 Quick Blasts (hence, the clever title) for you to dig in to. Click on the band name and you will be directed to their music.

The ComputersThis is The Computers

This is a solid album, which is the debut full length from these Exeter, UK lads. Simply put (much like the bands sound), this is a fun record that successfully fuses hardcore punk with a garage rock quality and style. In the end, this is a no frills, in your face punk record that should be enjoyed with your stereo on full blast.

HexesWhite Noise / Black Sound

This is a very interesting album, and it comes courtesy of a few angry Brits. It is difficult to pin them down to a specific genre/sound, because while it stays consistent, it does incorporate several elements. The guitars are loud and tight and the drumming isn’t all over the place, yet it still has a metallic vibe. There are electronic elements and synth lines that give the music another layer as well as another sense of melody. Then, from the moment you hear the vocals, you will a) know they are English, b) have to acquire the taste of Daniel P. Carter’s screaming, and c) probably be completely hooked like I was. The album came out in 2009, but from what I’ve read they are working on new material, so stay tuned if you dig this album.

None More BlackIcons

I am not usually one for punk bands, or at least modern “punk”; it always tends to sound way to happy for me, as I live on music that puts out a darker vibe. But, after coming across None More Black on a recent music search, I have found a band that does it well. Icons came out in 2010 on Fat Wreck Chords, and is the perfect blend of modern punk and hard rock. I also love the guitar work, as it combines a punk sensibility with solid rock riffs, helping the tracks standout. The vocals don’t know whether they want to be screamed or sung, which lends to the overall sound of the band and gives it a nice edge. And, with a name that pays tribute to Spinal Tap, you can’t go wrong!

This Time It’s WarTerror Plots

This one is for the metalheads out there, who are sick and tired of the overwhelmingly boring and stale technical metal scene. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE metal, but I’m just over the current scene (8 string guitars, PERFECT recordings, image over substance, etc.). Enter This Time It’s War and their self released 2010 album, Terror Plots. It does modern technical metal without sounding overproduced and devoid of emotion, refreshing your stance on the scene in the process. Great screams and clean vocals, great guitar work and drums that keep everything moving in a frenetic yet comforting way. Once you’re done consuming this album, click on the link above to check out their newly released Rusted Screws EP. It can be found as a ‘name your price’ option on their BandCamp page.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and if there is anything you’re listening to, make it known in the comments section and I’ll check it out!

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