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Top 20 of 2011 – Bill’s Picks

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to name my favorite albums of 2011. 2011 brought us a lot of good stuff by a lot of great bands. 2011 also brought on a lot of surprises from bands that were really unknown until their material was released or well afterwards. Bandcamp played a huge role in music discovery for me. It turned out hundreds of great albums not only released in 2011 but in years past as well. This list, my favorites as well as honorable mentions, is no way a complete list of what was released this year. There is just to much out there that I don’t either have time to get to, never heard of or won’t discover until well after this year is completely over. I know there’s going to be a few surprises. Let it be known that I listened to a LOT of new albums this year and picking my top 20 out of the hundreds was very hard to do.

20. The Sade – Damned Love – (review) I really didn’t know what to expect when this one came across my desk but I needed to check it out. And check it out I did. I was pretty damn impressed that I listened to the album at least 10 times in a row. In my review I stated “The majority of the album is all alchchol fueled hard rock. Throughout my listening of the album I couldn’t help but think that this is what Social Distortion may sound like if they were more rooted in 70′s hard rock as opposed to their punk roots.” Granted it’s been a few months since I’ve listened to it, it still has a strong spot in my top 20.

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Current Rotation 9/13/2011

Lots of great music to be had. Years ago I would have never thought that there would be so much great music out there if I hadn’t decided that the radio wasn’t doing it for me anymore. I’m glad I came to my senses. The problem now though is that there is so much out there, what do I listen to? Well below are a few of the highlights that I’ve had playing though my speakers as of late.

The first one really caught my attention with the first track. The band is Wrecked. Their new EP titled ‘Tis Life. At first listen I wasn’t to sure I had liked it or not. I was also listening to my kids fight over the Wii and other senseless garbage. When I finally sent them off to bed I decided to listen again and get down to the nitty gritty of it. What I heard was a really good and layered album. The bulk of the album is heavy progressive metal. There are a few elements of hard rock, thrash, hardcore and perhaps some black metal but the bulk of it lies on the progressive side. Listening to this EP it’s clear that Ronnie James Dio was an influence. The EP is just under 30 minutes and seems short to me but that’s perhaps due to me enjoying it and wanting more.

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APE MACHINE Premieres New Song “THE SUN” From Upcoming LP “WAR TO HEAD”

APE MACHINE Premieres New Song “THE SUN” From Upcoming LP “WAR TO HEAD”

BEERTOWN HEAVY HITTERS TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Portland, OR hard rock band APE MACHINE will roll out its sophomore album War to Head on September 20 via its guerrilla label Ape Machine Music.  Recorded at The Magic Closet Studios with Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (Mastodon, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio) and mixed at Supernatural Sound (The Thermals, Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse), the album delivers nine tracks of heavy, organic music that melds exhilarating ambitiousness with a well-honed accessibility.  Today, AOL Music‘s Noisecreep gives music fans a first listen of new APE MACHINE material, premiering the new song “THE SUN“.  Check out “THE SUN” now at this location.

APE MACHINE “War to Head”

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APE MACHINE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “WAR TO HEAD” ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MANIACS SET TO “BLOW IT UP” WITH SOPHOMORE LP

Portland, OR hard rock band APE MACHINE will roll out its sophomore album War to Head on September 20 via its guerrilla label Ape Machine Music.  Recorded at The Magic Closet Studios with Isaiah “Ikey” Owens (Mastodon, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio) and mixed at Supernatural Sound (The Thermals, Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse), the album delivers nine tracks of heavy, organic music that melds exhilarating ambitiousness with a well-honed accessibility.

APE MACHINE “War to Head”

The name APE MACHINE is a nod to the days of reel-to-reel magnetic tape audio recording; a fitting moniker for the heavy-hitting quartet as the band plays through vintage tube amplifiers and lays down its songs using exclusively throwback quality studio equipment.  With a heady mix of animal aggression and technical precision, APE MACHINE‘s music carries an organic depth and (more…)