It's a joke, get it? I hope so, for your sake. I'm going to breakdown some metal for you bitches, specifically the Best metal albums released over the past year. No, this is not opinion. IT IS FACT. Fact: my musical taste is the best in the world.
Lies. It's biased as shit. Even within genres because it's biased towards subgenres I prefer over other ones. I did not listen to much death metal this year, so no actual death metal appears on the list. You get it? Good. Then, without further ado, the best metal releases of the year 2011, year of the cat.
10. Today is the Day - Pain is a Warning
Today is the Day is a storied extreme metal band with a long history. A long, frenzied history of fucking craziness. Their sound is complex, and their discography is long. Many of their recent releases have been marred by lackluster sound and a withdrawal away from their traditional, complex sound and skill. That said, Pain is a Warning succeeds in rectifying this. It's a bombastic blast of intense noise that grips your brain and skullfucks you into submission. Let's face it, we all need a good skullfucking.
Favorite Track: 3: "Pain is a Warning"
9. 40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
Favorite Track: 4. "Carry Me Home"
8. Ash Borer - Ash Borer
Favorite Track: 2. "Rest, You Are the Lightening"
7. Cave In - White Silence
Favorite Track: 4. "Vicious Circles"
6. Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Favorite Track: 8. "Death of the Gods"
5. Defeatist - Tyranny of Decay
Favorite Track: 8. "World Left Behind."
4. The Atlas Moth - An Ache for the Distance
Favorite Track: 6. "25s and the Royal Blues"
3. KEN Mode - Venerable
This is another Sludgy release, but in the vein of a different band: combine it with some post-hardcore in a blender, and you have the spiritual successors of Sweden's Breach. They were touring with the Atlas Moth, but ultimately, I couldn't make the show. Which was a crime. It is a faster metal, but the crushing tone of sludge is there over the fast-paced brutality. It's a heavy, genre-defying mixture to the core.
Favorite Track: 10. "Mako Shark"
2. Pulling Teeth - Funerary
Favorite Track: 10. "Whispers"
That reason? Because fucking Mastodon decided to release an album this year. And I can't say no to fucking MASTODON
This is unlike any album that Mastodon has done before. To a point. It's not my favorite of their's (Leviathan), and it's definitely one of their more approachable to a wider audience. But it's a killer fucking album. The difference isn't in its sound, it's in its presentation. All of Mastodon's four previous albums were conceptual in nature, following a unified theme and story elements. The Hunter does not. There's nothing wrong with that, necessarily, but it did take me a bit to adjust to after being familiar with previous album structures. That said, another great release by a great band.
Favorite Track: Fuck. Can't Choose. All of them
That said, stay tuned for two more parts. It's a trilogy of posts, bitches. Listen to these albums here, and wait for more great ones to come.