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Favorite Albums of 2011

Discussion in 'Katatonia' started by scentofdeath, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. scentofdeath

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    It's almost over, so line'em up!

    Here's my faves this year, in no particular order:

    Puteraeon - The Esoteric Order
    Helrunar - Sol
    Vallenfyre - A Fragile King
    Subrosa - No Help For The Mighty Ones
    Sinister - Legacy of Ashes
    Kampfar - Mare
    40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
    Hate Squad - Katharsis
    Autopsy - Macabre Eternal
    Wolves In The Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
    The Flight of Sleipnir - Essence of Nine
    Sarke - Oldarhian
    Septic Flesh - The Great Mass
    Kate Bush - 50 Words For Snow
    Taake - Noregs Vaapen
    Absu - Abzu
    PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

    Big Disappointments:
    Tori Amos
    Opeth
    Morbid Angel
     
  2. BlueSky

    BlueSky New Metal Member

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    1. Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (Best thing he's done since In Absentia imo.)
    Amplifier - The Octopus
    Puscifer - Conditions of My Parole
    Ulver - War of the Roses
     
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    loved it but I thought Insurgentes was better. They are different though...
     
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    Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings
     
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    15:Cathis Ord - The Far Shore.
    14:Forgotten Tomb - Under Saturns Retrograde.
    13:Novembers Doom - Apoctic.
    12:Torchbearer - Death Meditations.
    11:Turiaz - The Cimmerian Years.
    10:VNV Nation - Automatic.
    09:Solstafir - Svartir Sandar.
    08:Lantlos. - Neon
    07: Heirtor - Heirtor
    06:Omnium Gatherum - New World Shadows.
    05:Ghost Brigade - Until fear no longer defines us.
    04:Insomnium - One for Sorrow.
    03:40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room
    02:Woods of Desolation - Torn Beyond Reason.
    01:Anathema - Falling Deeper.

    Good albums but nothing special:
    Amorphis - the Beginning of times.
    Amon Amarth - The rise of Sutur.
    Before the Dawn - Deathstar Rising
    Evergrey - Glorious Collision.
    Old Silver Key - Tales of Wanderings.
    Vintersorg -Jordpuls
    Dammerfaben - Im Abenrot
    Black Sun Aeon - Blacklight Deliverance.

    Disapointing albums..or down right bad ones

    Arch Enemy - Kaos Legions
    Draconian - A Rose for the Apocalypse.
    Lake of Tears -Illwill
    Opeth - Heritage.
     
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    I actually thought Lake of Tears Illwill was pretty good. Sure, it's no Headstones, but it's still good.

    As for Amorphis, if they dropped the poppy songs, that album would be kickass. But they gotta sell, don't they. I hate them for giving in. They found this formula of making hit records, whereas they used to experiment so much when Pasi Koskinen was in the band. They were much more exciting with every album.
     
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    Lisra starlight spectre

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    I haven't bought many new albums from this year..

    Really good:

    Toh Kay - Streetlight Lullabies, acoustic versions of songs from his normal band Streetlight Manifesto. Dude with a guitar sings softly. When in mood, this delivers.

    Anathema - Falling Deeper, I just really dig it

    Okay:

    Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions, it's an arch enemy release

    Disliked:

    Opeth - Heritage, the songs are alright but it feels so.. odd..

    In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading, the single I found just plain offensive. Some other songs are ok, but it's a letdown after the quite good Sense of Purpose. Artwork has improved though. ^^
     
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    'you having a bad day? :lol: There has to be something you liked this year.
     
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    I thought that Lake of Tears album was absolutely horrendous, not that I have been much of a fan to anything post-forever autumn, but the songwriting on Illwill just sucked bigtime

    Amorphis needs to stop with the formulaic rut they've been caught in, and they also need to put like 8 good songs on an album rather than 12 average ones and a few great ones.
     
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    Primordial - Redemption at the puritans hand (best album of 2011 for sure)
    Wolves in the throne room - celestial lineage
    October Tide - a thin shell
    Taake - Noregs Vaapen
    OBSEQUIAE - Suspended In The Brume Of Eos

    The Septic Flesh album was really good, but no matter how good I think it is, I still prefer everything before A Fallen Temple
    The Opeth album was interesting but it got a bit boring after a few listens
     
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    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    Not my list but pretty accurate of how I think too:

    Ad Absurdum
     
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    :lol: i actually wasnt. i saw this thread and asked myself what new albums came out this year that i listened to and enjoyed.....and for some reason i cannot think of one.


    maybe i should get the new opeth, although i hear it is disappointing

    new anathema is also tempting
     
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    nimicitor Idle Blood

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    My albums of 2011 in alphabetical order:

    Anubis Gate- Anubis Gate
    Blackfield- Welcome to My DNA
    For All We Know- For All We Know
    Frostmoon Eclipse- The End Stands Silent
    Insomnium- One for Sorrow
    Lifelover- Sjukdom
    Novembers Doom- Aphotic
    Shining- VII: Född Förlorare
    Synkletos- Spiritual Alchemy
    While Heaven Wept- Fear of Infinity
     
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    you have all missed the album of the year (and possibly decade..);
    Leprous - Bilateral.
     
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    Skaldir formerly known as Unicorn

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    Its a really good album!


    I think my fav album of the year was MOON SAFARI's "Lover's End"
    Also the new ARENA album just came out and I get it for x-mas. Excited how this will be.
     
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    Just checked them out, sounds not bad at all! Interesting video...:D

    My favourite album of 2011:

    I.C.S. Vortex- Storm Seeker :worship:
     
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    Defiance I vårens ljusa kvällar

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    Oh yeah, it's brilliant; love it!
     
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    Also check out their previous album,Tall poppy Syndrome.
    It´s nothing short of brilliant.
     
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    Hate to agree about Lake of Tears - their other albums have a unique 'magical' touch and more of a melodic melancholy; this one too rogue, no depth - . Opeth's latest is pretty bad. The October Tide album is very solid not as strong as the Renkse days though.

    Thought Draconian's Album Rose for the Apocalypse was a very good album - prefer their first two albums with the more 'winter tone' - but some very good music no less.
     

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