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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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It’s Been Real // Thrice and Thursday

Yesterday, Thrice. Today, Thursday. Two bands that have been very influential to myself and countless others, are both done in the capacity in which we have become accustomed. Both bands have put out seminal records within their careers, each with a record that had a huge impact on me.

 

As for Thursday, I hadn’t even heard of them until a bargain bin CD sale in the Central Michigan University computer store put me into sonic contact with War All The Time. That album was amazing then, and it still gives me chills to this day. I had never heard vocals like Geoff Rickly’s. He has a voice that can really find it’s way into your soul, and he will always have one of the most unique voices in music.

 

As for Thrice, I had heard samples of their previous recordings, but it wasn’t until Vheissu was released in 2005 that my music world was overturned. Up until that point, I had listened to heavy music, but I had NEVER heard anything with so much passion. It was influential in more ways than I can even count, most prominently in the way I play guitar and even the way I listened and still listen to music. That record was massive, and I can say without a doubt, that Vheissu is one of the best records of all time.

 

I will miss them both, but knowing they have left in their wake such a beautiful body of work is comforting not only for myself, but for future generations of music lovers to discover. Thank you for all the art you’ve laid upon the world; your reasons to stop are most admirable and I think I can speak for many by saying that we will never stop listening.

 

Take a minute and read both statements from both bands by following the links below. Then, find your way to the bottom to check out a favorite song from both of the aforementioned albums.

 

Statement from Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue

Statement from Thursday

 

Here is Music Box, one of my favorite tracks from Vheissu.

 

And here is Division Street, one of my favorites from War All The Time.

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