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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What’s heavy, crushing and mind blowing all at the same time? Give up? The answer is Eggnog’s latest release, Moments in Vacuum. Brooklyn’s Eggnog are onto something here. They play non traditional doom rock and within lies some classic and hard rock influences.
“Magog” is more of a traditional doom song but leads into “Raking In The Dough” which offers more 70’s inspired classic rock than you average doom song. “Wheel of the Year” even ventures a little bit to the funky side with a real catchy bass line. The songs seem to alternate between doom and hard rock and that keeps the album from becoming stale.
Moments in Vacuum is a great doom band to grab the traditional non doom fans. It offers enough to get them to consider exploring the doom genre, if (more…)
Today’s daily Bandcamp Featured album is Eggnog’s Nogg EP. Heavy stoner doom, if it’s your thing, this is for you. Look for their full length review of Moments in Vacuum soon.
Eggnogg is a heavy rock trio from Brooklyn, New York. Since their debut album in 2009, Eggnogg has masterfully blurred genre lines, transcending the redundant boundaries of modern rock music. Eggnogg’s effortless merging of melody, discord, psychedelic textures, and irresistible hooks defies expectation and refuses to be type casted.