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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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Review – Multiple EPs

Time once again it’s time for a few EPs that need some reviewing. The first one up is the latest by Slowtorch called From Radiation They Came. This 5 piece from Italy plays a very hard and southern rock style. “Hillbilly” starts it off, “Piledriver” gets your head banging and when you get to “Hellboozer” you’ll be ready to hit repeat and keep the party going.

Home is a three piece from Austria. They were recently featured as a New Band To Burn One To and are currently offering this 2010 Promo for free. The sound is some brutal heavy and hardcore metal that will make you scared to go out at night after listening. Three tracks that come in at 13 minutes long make you crave more. Go get yours and listen for yourself.

These guys here first got my attention on stonerrock.com. I’m glad they did because after listening to their latest self titled EP, I’m convinced that there is more than just the Calgary Flames and Stampede Wrestling in Alberta. With their debut EP, Chron Goblin give you the best 20 minutes you’ll spend in probably ever. The guitars are tight, heavy and fuzzy. The drums have that perfect rhythm to get you to pretend you’re behind the kit. The vocals sound something like you’ll hear off of a Fu Manchu or even Atomic Bitchwax album. “Mirrors” kicks it off in style. A heavy and catchy tune that will get stuck in your head. “Walk With Me” is a slower paced and adds a bit of a doom element. “Flat-Footed Hypocrite” closes off the album with a heavy 4 minute rock your balls off track. A definite must listen.

Next we have a 5 piece from the United Kingdom. They play a heavy dirty southern rock. Cinco Hombres (Diez Cojones) is their 2009 EP. It’s lead track, “Stay Down” gets you going fast and heavy. A great way to start off an EP. “Jitterbug” has some punk elements to it while staying true to a rock song. It sounds similar to an Amputators album. “Kicked in the Teeth” is a pretty epic song coming in at just under 6:30. The albums closes off with a hidden track which mixes a bit of classic rock with a tad bit of AC/DC “A Whole Lot Of Rosie” sounding song.

Last up but certainly not least is Peanut Butter Lovesicle. This is their debut EP titled Heavy Daze Wildcat Craze. The opening track, “Colorblind” is very similar to “Dr. Smoke” by Asteroid with a little less fuzz and a little more classic rock guitar. “State of I” shifts in speed and temp throughout but will get you feeling the tune. “Sicamore Trees” has a similar beat to the song “Lake of Fire” that was covered by Nirvana on the Unplugged album. “Hiroshima” closes it off with a somewhat funky upbeat rock tune and contains an acoustic hidden track. The band does have a live EP that they are offering for free to make sure you check that out as well.

Slowtorch links Myspace / Official / Facebook

Home Links Facebook / Myspace (download free EP)

Chron Goblin Links Myspace / Facebook

Black Spiders Links Official / Myspace / Facebook

Peanut Butter Lovesicle Links Bandcamp / Myspace / Official