After a proper sit-down-shut-up-and-listen session I came to a valid conclusion on what albums I should list here. This 25 album list consists of the albums that were produced in 2011 and were important to me in a strong manner. The list does not show them in an order from the best to worst because in my opinion a comparison between various genres of music is just impossible. Instead it shows them in an order on how much impact they had on my life - how they shaped my past year of 2011.
In (nearly) every picture I have included a link to an album review of the album at hand - written by yours truly - if you wish to read more on how I felt about the individual album in detail. I have also included a link to a song from each album, which will direct you to a random copy of the song on Youtube.
If you have any comments or opinions on the list, please drop a comment! I hope you can find something on the list that you haven't tried before and support the artists by buying their music. Enjoy!
*shels - Plains of the Purple Buffalo
(post-rock / shoegaze / atmospheric sludge metal)
"A piece of art with somber melancholia, serrated distortion and simple euphoria combined."
Fair To Midland - Arrows and Anchors
(alternative rock / progressive metal / avant-garde metal)
"The time spent with this album trickled from my hands as the sand does from an hourglass."
Mastodon - The Hunter
(progressive metal / sludge metal)
"A sludge metal shotgun - the shot explodes onwards as a blunt entity, splinters into shards of single heavy pieces of metal and strikes the target triumphantly straight into the heart."
Ghost Brigade - Until Fear No Longer Defines Us
(atmospheric sludge metal / progressive metal)
"The repentance and penitence of a man on his knees, waiting for the sunlight to burst into his heart."
Tenhi - Saivo
(dark folk / ambient)
SBTRKT - SBTRKT
(future garage / wonky)
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Grails - Deep Politics
(post-rock / instrumental rock)
"The way I see it, feel it and hear it, the album is the story of a dead town at the Western end of the world."
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
(electronic / ambient / post-rock)
Times Of Grace - Hymn of a Broken Man
"Intense drumming, vocals that make you want to raise your fist up just like back in the day, and the echo-rotation of the lyrics sung."
Myrath - Tales of the Sands
(symphonic metal / power metal / arabian folk music)
"Standing on the brink of greatness, Myrath showed an oasis at the end of a three album march."
Thursday - No Devolución
Cave In - White Silence
(post-hardcore / noise rock / sludge metal)
"I don't know how Cave In does it, but they are able to shift their musical style from port to starboard without any complexities along the deck."
Long Distance Calling - Long Distance Calling
(post-rock / instrumental rock)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen
(modern classical / ambient)
Uitgezonderd - Burning Giraffes at Sea
(drone / ambient)
Like Rats From A Sinking Ship - We Get Along Like a House on Fire
(screamo / hardcore)
Vektor - Outer Isolation
(technical thrash metal)
CunninLynguists - Oneirology
(conscious hip hop)
Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning
(progressive rock / alternative rock)
Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
(atmospheric black metal / blackgaze)
Sobre A Máquina - Areia
(drone / drone doom metal / industrial)
"Some sadistic part of myself was already enjoying the cacophony created by the music bouncing off the empty walls of my flat, creating a vortex of echoes that made me balance on the verge of sanity."
Logreybeam - Perhaps
"An afternoon stroll in the warmest of all autumns where the bright, orange leaves are but tiles of the forest floor."
柏 大輔 - 88
A Storm Of Light - As the Valley of Death Becomes Us, Our Silver Memories Fade
(atmospheric sludge metal / post-metal)
"Drums like hammerfalls on an anvil, vocals brushed with rust and wavering, sludgy riffs that penetrate the sides of clean execution and granular mass of sounds without ever reaching the end of either side."