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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Via Sawtooth Wave:
The Speed of Smoke is psychedelic sludge rock– a new musical permutation (emphasis on mutation): there’s definitely sludge here, and it’s assuredly psychedelic, yet sounds like rock, rather than metal. There’s as much hip-shaking as head banging. (more…)
March 29, 2011 | Categories: Album Reviews, Free Music | Tags: atlanta, Blue Cheer, Live rock in hell, Martin Walkyier, music, psychedelic, rock, sludge, Sludge Metal, the speed of smoke, Wizard Smoke | Leave a comment
Feel free to call me nerd and wedgie/ swirlie me, but I love statistics. I love reading them, interpreting them, thinking that I actually learned something from them. SO, I’ve attempted to analyze (descriptives only) the contents of my “Top 20 of 2010” by genre, and see what I could derive from said analysis. (more…)
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So many bands have passed by my ears. They’ve played. They haven’t said much. They’ve gone away. They’ve grown old, wretched, sluggish, each in some corner of the world.
Wizard Smoke, who came from Atlanta, were different: thick ass doom riffs played with a rock vibe. Tuned down to D. Five song titles: I, II, III, IV, and V. “I” had a Herculean riff that made Tony Iommi slap his mother.
Full length due out in January….
(Thanks to guest pseudonym LF Céline.)