Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TMHTimes Top 50 Albums of 2011: Part 4

Part 4 is now here! Who made the list for 20 to 11? (No pun intended! Bahaha)
Facebook has also been giving me shit since yesterday and won't let me post a proper link anymore. I think it thinks I'm trying spam bands. Fuck the world. Anyways, check out the recap from Parts 1 - 3 below.

50) The Bunny The Bear - If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say (June 28th, 2011 via Victory Records)
49) Suicide Silence - The Black Crown (July 12th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
48) Periphery - Periphery (April 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
47) The Devil Wears Prada - Dead Throne (September 13th, 2011 via Ferret Music)
46) August Burns Red - Leveler (June 21st, 2011 via Solid State Records)
45) Big Business - Quadruple Single (2011 via Gold Metal Records)
44) The Browning - Burn This World (October 4th, 2011 via Earache Records)
43) Tonight Alive - "Little Lion Man" (Single from Pop Goes Punk 4 via Fearless Records)
42) In The Midst Of Lions - Shadows (November 22nd, 2011 via Facedown Records
41) Thomas Giles - Pulse (February 1st, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
40) Chelsea Grin - My Damnation (July 19th via Artery Records)
39) Lower Than Atlantis - World Record (April 25th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
38) Gallows - "True Colours" (Single)
37) Betrayal - Abandonment (April 26th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
36) Monsters - Monsters (s/t) (January 11th, 2011 via False Prophet Records)
35) As Blood Runs Black - Instinct (March 15th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
34) Wormrot - Dirge (May 3rd, 2011 via Earache Records)
33) The Plot In You - First Born (April 19th, 2011 via Rise Records)
32) The Human Abstract - Digital Veil (March 8th, 2011 via eOne Music)
31) Emmure - Speaker of the Dead (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)
30) Whitechapel - Recorrupted (November 8th, 2011 via Metal Blade Records)
29) Jedi Mind Tricks - Violence Begets Violence (October 25th, 2011 via Enemy Soil Records)
28) Confession - The Long Way Home (November 8th, 2011 via Mediaskare Records)
27) Betraying The Martyrs - Breathe In Life (September 20th, 2011 via Sumerian Records)
26) A Plea For Purging - The Life & Death of A Plea For Purging (November 8th, 2011 via Facedown Records)
25) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (September 27th, 2011 via Geffen Records)
24) Dead & Divine - Antimacy (August 2nd, 2011 via Distort Entertainment)
23) Architects - The Here & Now (January 25th, 2011 via Century Media Records)
22) Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra (June 28th, 2011 via Interscope Records)
21) Protest The Hero - Scurrilous (March 22nd, 2011 via Underground Operations)

Part 4: 20 - 11

20) Stick To Your Guns - "Bringing You Down" (December 2011 via Sumerian Records)

Here we have the first taste of STYG since their last release, The Hope Division. STYG have always been one of my top bands since their first release and I was naturally excited to hear new material. "Bringing You Down" is a demo for their upcoming release Diamond, due out in the beginning of 2012. This single is exactly what you would want from STYG but it actually has a bit more edge than their extremely positive previous release. "And now we're shit outta luck and they don't give a... FUCK!", too awesome, but you don't generally here STYG using profanity in their music. The addition of Carl Schwartz's vocals from another one of my favourites, First Blood, makes the song even more badass.

19) Liferuiner - Sons of Straight Edge EP (December 2011/Self-released)

If I were giving out medals, I would give Liferuiner's latest release, the S.O.S.E. EP, a medal for the most improved band of 2011. Now it might have something to do with the fact that they have 4 out 5 new members (of course Johnny OC is still on vocals) but the music and songwriting in general has gone up, way up. These songs are Liferuiner's most distinct and original (maybe with the exception of the Intro track) tunes to date. Even with the EP's title being what it is, the EP doesn't come across as having too much of an edge preachy sound which makes it listenable for someone like me. I would post one of the 3 videos they made but instead I'm going to post the true highlight. Their cover of "Revolution" by The Beatles.

The band released this EP for free. You can download it here.

18) For The Fallen Dreams - Back Burner (May 24th, 2011 via Rise Records)

I was interested to see what FTFD first release w/o drummer and primary songwriter, Andrew Tkaczyk, would sound like. FTFD promised fans their 'heaviest' release to date. I would say it's the opposite, but that doesn't mean it's bad. There are more singing parts and repeating chorus which make them sound like heavier version of A Day To Remember sometimes. Perhaps this is because ex. ADTR guitarist Tom Denny produced and co-wrote the album. Regardless, the songs are pretty catchy and distinct from each other.They still include plenty of melodic and chuggy breakdowns. This is a new and in some ways improved version of For The Fallen Dreams.

17) Like Moths To Flames - When We Don't Exist (November 8th, 2011 via Rise Records)

I was a moderate fan of their EP, so I wasn't expecting much from this LP. What I ended up getting was one of my favourite releases of the year! The album material mostly deals with vocalist Chris Roetter's descision to leave his strong religious beliefs behind and focus on living his life "freely". Amen brother. This in a way ends up becoming a concept album that has a nice flow from beginning to end. The guitar work is much more technical and interesting than on EP. Lance Greenfield's double-kick patters are as deadly as ever and there is a real sense of angst behind the music. The first half of the album plays much easier than the second but in the end this is one of the most solid releases of the year.

16) The Acacia Strain - The Most Known Unknown (Live) (June 21st, 2011 via Prosthetic Records)

This album was actually recorded at the very end of 2008! It wasn't released in a CD format until June of this year to help promote The Acacia Strain's run on Warped Tour. This is purely an audio version of the 2010 DVD. With all that being said, this is one of the best sounding live records I have heard in ages. The production is outstanding especially on the guitar and drum sound. Bennett's voice never lets up once either throughout the hour long show. Quite impressive. This features all the hits any fan could crave for (lots of oldies) up until Continent. It also features one of the last times the band has toured with guitarist DL Laskiewicz, who is at home writing and spending time with family.

Play this video in HD!

15) Architects - Devil's Island (October 31st, 2011 via Century Media Records)

This is a 2 song release by British band Architects (the only band to appear twice on the Top 50). Inspired by the rioting and looting in England that became a world-wide media spectacle this summer, the band wrote a song conveying their thoughts and emotions on the events that transpired. The result is one of the most heart-felt and genuine releases of 2011. "Devil's Island" was accompanied with a video that depicted many of the grisly and moving scenes captured by news cameras and amateur photographers. The result is bloody well brilliant and shows off the true talent this band has as songwriters. The other tune "Untitled" I really don't care for unfortunately.

14) Legend - The Pale Horse (May 17th, 2011 via Rise Records)

Many might be surprised to see this so high, but I absolutely think it deserves this spot. I wasn't much of a fan of their first release Valediction so I wasn't sure what to expect with the addition of new guitarist Aaron Bagby (ABACABB) into the mix. The Pale Horse might not sound technical in the sense of it being a "shred" album but it is extremely technical rhythmically and puts bands like Emmure and Bury Your Dead to shame. To hear what I'm talking about check out the intro track "Diagnosis: Doom" or "Shadow Stalker". There are also plenty of guest spots on the album including Caleb Shomo and Myke Terry. One of my favourite albums to drive and rage to!

*"Circle of Friends", the only single, is one of my least favourite tracks on the album. Check out the others.*

13) Dr. Acula - Slander (February 15th, 2011 via Victory Records)

Dr. Acula is back, with only 1 original member and 1 vocalist from their last TERRIBLE album, but that's okay! Why? Because Slander is the way Dr. Acula was always suppose to sound. With the addition of vocalist Casey Carrano, the band is heavier than ever. Their songs also have less of a 'random' feel and actually flow as one song beginning to end, which I'm sure upset many old fans. There are still plenty of movie clips, which have always defined Dr. Acula's sound. What I love is that all of the songs are distinguishable from each other which makes this album a hit beginning to end. This album is seriously heavy but at the same time not serious at all! Lots of metal party anthems.

12) Attila - Outlawed (August 16th, 2011 via Artery Recordings)

Something about this album is just loads of fun, beginning to end. It reminds me a lot of The Holly Springs Disaster. Everything about this album just cries sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. While obviously some lyrics like "She's a crazy bitch, I like the way she rides this dick," seem like pure trash, I'm positive Attila wouldn't deny that their music is anything but the trashiest stuff out there. Sometimes you just need an album you can drink a beer to and that's Outlawed. 2011 was a big year for the band getting on some serious tours and lots of exposure. I'm sure the band will continue with this new sound on their next release. Gotta love those fast spitting vocals.

11) Dancing With Paris - The Drought (September 20th, 2011 via Self-released/Unsigned)

This band is a local favourite of mine from Toronto, Canada. Dancing With Paris self-released an entire full length this fall and it is an amazing debut from this up and coming band. Dancing With Paris has used 8 strings throughout their career but they do not fit into the emerging 'djent' scene we've seen so much of in 2011. They use these instruments to create a truly unique sound that compares to no one else. They brilliantly fuse heavy down-tuned riffs with other elements of pop-punk and hardcore. The vocals are raw and frantic with the occasional singing bit. The album also features a few tracks with girls from Courage My Love which add a truly chilling end to this strong debut.

That's all for Part 4! We're almost at the end finally! Check back tomorrow for the next part!
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Here is one of our main contributors, Dan "The Grinder" Hurtubise's Top 5 of 2011. He's also going to be doing a segment later this week on the worst albums of 2011. I'm sure a lot of my Top 50 albums will make his list :).

1. The Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction/Ghost 
2. Agoraphobic Nosebleed/Despise You - ...And On, And On
3. Mastodon - The Hunter
4. Fuck The Facts - Die Miserable
5. Weekend Nachos - Worthless

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