2011 - Album Ratings and Check Out List

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17 jan. 2011, 21h55m

My list of albums of heard from 2011 with links to my review of it, plus a list of other albums I intend to check out. Recommendations are welcome!

Already heard (with ratings and reviews)

The below list is ratings given in a professional sense, and my personal top 2011 albums list may have some variations. Ratings are given based on the standards I hold for release of that genre and if I'm familiar with the artist already, the standard that I hold that artist to.

As such although this list is ranked from the higher scores going down, that DOES NOT always mean that a death metal album scored at 8.0 is a better and more enjoyable release than a folk metal album scored at 7.5, or whatever. I'll post a personal list of albums at the end of the year.


9.5 - 10.0 - Masterpiece/Classic Album

Anubis Gate - Anubis Gate - (Review) - 10.0
Teodor Tuff - Soliloquy - (Review) - 10.0
Factory of Dreams - Melotronical - (Review) - 10.0
Dark Forest - Dawn of Infinity - (Review) - 9.9
Ancient Bards - Soulless Child - (Review) - 9.8
Haken - Visions - (Review) - 9.8
Within Temptation - The Unforgiving - (Review) - 9.8
Mastodon - The Hunter - (Review) - 9.7
Аркона - Слово - (Review) - 9.7
Wolfchant - Call Of The Black Winds - (Review) - 9.7
Obscura - Omnivium - (Review) - 9.7
Iced Earth - Dystopia - (Review) - 9.6
MaYaN - Quarterpast - (Review) - 9.6
Argus - Boldly Stride the Doomed - (Review) - 9.6
Myrath - Tales of the Sands - (Review) - 9.5
Saille - Irreversible Decay - (Review) - 9.5

8.5 - 9.4 - Very Exceptional Album

Iron Savior - The Landing - (Review) - 9.4
Opeth - Heritage - (Review) - 9.4
Turisas - Stand Up and Fight - (Review) - 9.4
Cruachan - Blood on the Black Robe - (Review) - 9.4
Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events - (Review) - 9.3
Hell - Human Remains - (Review) - 9.3
Coronatus - Terra Incognita - (Review) - 9.3
Symphony X - Iconoclast - (Review) - 9.3
Falconer - Armod - (Review) - 9.3
Septic Flesh - The Great Mass - (Review) - 9.3
Alestorm - Back Through Time - (Review) - 9.3
Crimfall - The Writ of Sword - (Review) - 9.2
Twisted Tower Dire - Make It Dark - (Review) - 9.2
Sectu - Inundate - (Review) - 9.2
Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood - (Review) - 9.2
Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody - (Review) - 9.2
Arven - Music Of Light - (Review) - 9.1
Touchstone - The City Sleeps - (Review) - 9.0
Lance King - A Moment In Chiros - (Review) - 9.0
Stielas Storhett - Expulse - (Review) - 9.0
Leaves' Eyes - Meredead - (Review) - 8.9
Shangren - Warriors of Devastation - (Review) - 8.9
Blood Ceremony - Living with the Ancients - (Review) - 8.8
Fen - Epoch - (Review) - 8.8
Beyond Creation - The Aura - (Review) - 8.7
Nephrolith - Xullux - (Review) - 8.6
Arch/Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance - (Review) - 8.5
Abysmal Dawn - Leveling the Plane of Existence - (Review) - 8.5
Am I Blood - Existence Of Trauma - (Review) - 8.5

7.5 -8.4 - Really Great

Dragony - Legends - (Review) - 8.4
Monads - Intellectus Iudicat Veritatem - (Review) - 8.4
Johann Wolfgang Pozoj - Escape of Pozoj (2011 version) - (Review) - 8.4
Johann Wolfgang Pozoj - Birth of Pozoj (2011 version) - (Review) - 8.4
Devin Townsend Project - Deconstruction - (Review) - 8.4
Falkenbach - Tiurida - (Review) - 8.4
Khuda - Iecava - (Review) - 8.4
Nightwish - Imaginaerum - (Review) - 8.3
Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony - (Review) - 8.3
Bloodbound - Unholy Cross - (Review) - 8.3
Pharaoh - Ten Years - (Review) - 8.3
Aurora Borealis - TimeLine: The Beginning and End of Everything - (Review) - 8.3
Xerath - II - (Review) - 8.3
Stratovarius - Elysium - (Review) - 8.2
Demonaz - March of the Norse - (Review) - 8.2
Ashen Reign - An Angels Burden - (Review) - 8.2
Sepultura - Kairos - (Review) - 8.2
Crimson Blue - Iceland - (Review) - 8.2
Enslaved - The Sleeping Gods - (Review) - 8.2
Aenaon - Cendres Et Sang - (Review) - 8.1
Ekho - Spitefull - (Review) - 8.1
Neal Morse - Testimony 2 - (Review) - 8.1
Evergrey - Glorious Collision - (Review) - 8.0
Unbreakable Hatred - Total Chaos - (Review) - 8.0
For All We Know - For All We Know - (Review) - 8.0
Amon Amarth - Surtur Rising - (Review) - 8.0
Christian Muenzner - Timewarp - (Review) - 8.0
Alpthraum - Eyes of a monument - (Review) - 7.9
Darkest Era - The Last Caress of Light - (Review) - 7.9
Liquid Horizon - THE SCRIPT OF LIFE - (Review) - 7.8
DeadLock - Bizarro World - (Review) - 7.6
Battlelore - Doombound - (Review) - 7.6
Dolmen - Anhelos Ancestrales - (Review) - 7.5
Syn Ze Şase Tri - Între Două Lumi - (Review) - 7.5
Elmi - The Psychotropic Witch - (Review) - 7.5

6.5 - 7.4 - Pretty Good, But Could Be Better

Raven Woods - Enfeebling The Throne - (Review) - 7.4
Rain - XXX - (Review) - 7.4
Enid - Munsalvaesche - (Review) - 7.3
Аркона - Стенка на Стенку - (Review) - 7.3
ICS Vortex - Storm Seeker - (Review) - 7.3
In Flames - Sounds of a Playground Fading - (Review) - 7.3
Adrenaline Mob - Adrenaline Mob - (Review) - 7.2
Negură Bunget - Poartă de dincolo - (Review) - 7.2
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions - (Review) - 7.1
Cave Growl - Something Drunk - (Review) - 7.1
Vampillia - Rule The World/Deathtiny Land - (Review) - 7.0
In Extremo - Sterneneisen - (Review) - 6.8
Brymir - Breathe Fire To The Sun - (Review) - 6.8
Disma - Towards the Megalith - (Review) - 6.6
Theatres Des Vampires - Moonlight Waltz - (Review) - 6.5

5.5 - 6.4 - Above Average

Yggdrasil - Irrbloss - (Review) - 6.4
Sons Of Seasons - Magnisphyricon - (Review) - 6.2
Folkodia - Forgotten Lore - (Review) - 6.0
Devin Townsend Project - Ghost - (Review) - 6.0
Folge Dem Wind - Inhale The Sacred Poison - (Review) - 5.8
Varg - Wolfskult - (Review) - 5.5

4.5 - 5.4 - Middle of the Road

Vintersorg - Jordpuls - (Review) - 5.4
Evanescence - Evanescence - (Review) - 5.2
Folkearth - Sons Of The North - (Review) - 5.0
Tangent Plane - Project Elimi - (Review) - 4.8
Almah - Motion - (Review) - 4.5

3.5 - 4.4 - Below Average/Fans Only

40 Watt Sun - The Inside Room - (Review) - 4.2
Morbid Angel - Illud Divinum Insanus - (Review) - 3.9
Sirenia - The Enigma of Life - (Review) - 3.6
The Axis of Perdition - Tenements (Of The Anointed Flesh) - (Review) - 3.5

2.5 - 3.4 - Bad

Pestilence - Doctrine - (Review) - 3.3
Leprous - Bilateral - (Review) - 3.2

1.5 - 2.4 - Very Bad

Van Canto - Break the Silence - (Review) - 2.0
Amaranthe - Amaranthe - (Review) - 1.5

0.5 - 1.4 - Utterly Dismal

Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu - (Review) - 1.0
Liturgy - Aesthethica - (Review) - 0.5

0.0 - 0.4 - Worse than 50 Cent

nothing yet...

All linked reviews are my own work, written for my metal and rock web forum, Heavy Metal Haven. Comments on the reviews are welcome via PM or on the discussion thread via the forum.

Commentaires

  • MusicMagic7

    Try this one Witchburn >> a little bit harder and better than your favorite female metal bands...

    4 fév. 2011, 23h02m
  • adg211288

    Thanks for the recommendations, I'll look them up when I get a moment.

    5 fév. 2011, 9h55m
  • adg211288

    Added Dornenreich to the check out list, couldn't find any evidence that Witchburn has an album due out this year though.

    7 fév. 2011, 18h58m
  • MistressSharon

    Call of the Black Winds and Year of the Blizzard are going to be awesome. :)

    16 fév. 2011, 12h24m
  • adg211288

    Rating and review for Falkenbach's Tiurida added.

    19 fév. 2011, 21h58m
  • wingkon

    There are many bands which I am looking foward to releasing new albums this year. My friends have been raving about Ulcerate and Deicide.

    26 fév. 2011, 1h44m
  • wingkon

    Personally, I'm looking foward to Toxic Holocaust, Charon, Lacuna Coil, Septic Flesh, Arch Enemy, Venom and a few more...

    26 fév. 2011, 2h17m
  • adg211288

    New albums by Arch Enemy, Folkodia and Vintersorg added to check out list. Wolfchant's Call of the Black Winds rated and reviewed.

    26 fév. 2011, 17h20m
  • adg211288

    Rating and review for Folkodia's Forgotten Lore added.

    2 mars 2011, 10h57m
  • adg211288

    Rating and review for Evergrey's Glorious Collision added. Keep those recommendations coming people.

    2 mars 2011, 17h54m
  • adg211288

    Thanks for the recommendations.

    16 mars 2011, 18h36m
  • AbovEviL

    Mercenary - Metamorphosis Heavenwood - Abyss Masterpiece ( Excellent album, one of the best albums in this year) Before The Dawn - Deathstar Rising Crown ov Horns - Infernus Damnatus Dreamshade - What Silence Hides Ritual Of Rebirth - Of Tides And Desert TesseracT - One This is some of my favorites in this year (for now).

    10 avr. 2011, 1h23m
  • adg211288

    Thanks for the recommendations. The only band I have heard before there is TesseracT.

    10 avr. 2011, 8h43m
  • TheArtistBox

    Good list dude, if you want reccommendations my journals can help you :)

    25 avr. 2011, 12h22m
  • adg211288

    To be honest I thought I wouldn't like The Unforgiving but taken for what it is you can't actually fault it, just what it is isn't overly metal. Thanks for your comment!

    28 avr. 2011, 13h07m
  • Eddiethehead_94

    good to see another Obscura fan brother.

    16 mai 2011, 11h28m
  • elliota_shum

    Wow, cool list! Thanks for listening to Crimson Blue!) Looking forward to read your review! :)

    24 mai 2011, 19h03m
  • adg211288

    You're welcome. I'll probably need several listens of it before I can write, it's definitely not your typical release. Pretty strong first impression though.

    28 mai 2011, 17h01m
  • Wonderglue

    Liturgy isn't nearly bad as you described, but they aren't exactly amazing either. I hate them for being pretentious, but i still enjoy their music. Solid album. The same applies to Tenements (Of the Anointed Flesh) from TAOP, but then again, that's my opinion, nothing else.

    5 sept. 2011, 11h17m
  • adg211288

    Liturgy certainly is as bad as I described. That release is absolute trash. Tenements is absolutely godly in comparison.

    5 sept. 2011, 11h32m
  • missmetal86

    Check out Boris - New Album (2011), Heavy Rocks (2011) & Attention Please (2011)

    8 sept. 2011, 10h29m
  • melodicdrama

    vader- welcome to the morbid reich

    25 sept. 2011, 13h19m
  • adg211288

    ^ very possible that one, I've been really into death metal lately.

    25 sept. 2011, 13h21m
  • adg211288

    New visual version of this list available at Rate Your Music: http://rateyourmusic.com/list/adg211288/2011_albums__by_review_score_

    25 sept. 2011, 13h25m
  • Yurijx

    Communic - The Bottom Deep Sun Caged - The Lotus Effect Amorphis - The Beginning of Times Stratovarius - Elysium Korpiklaani - Ukon Wacka

    17 oct. 2011, 19h30m
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