Class of 2011: Children of the Damned

Metal, in all of its forms, played a huge part in the 2011 musical landscape.  In fact, it wouldn’t be going too far to say that extreme music in general made up a majority of the highlights in a year that provided too few.  Extreme music brings with it an extreme (and extremely opinionated and protective) fanbase — a base that will find many flaws in the list below.  So once again, this list is just the opinion of this blog and makes no claim on being an exhaustive representation of the past 12 months…this is simply ILSUDH2’s Favorite Metal Albums of 2011.

Spotify playlist at bottom of post

20. Craft – Void / Wolvhammer – The Obsidian Plains (tie)
(Carnal Records, 2011) / (Profound Lore, 2011)

enraged in infinite dimensions

Craft – Serpent Soul
Wolvhammer – The Gleaming

19. Havok – Time Is Up
(Candlelight, 2011)

thrashing with the intention of never letting it stop

Havok – Fatal Intervention

18. Ravencult – Morbid Blood
(Hells Headbangers, 2011)

this abyss underneath my skin is vast

Ravencult – Morbid Blood

17. Burzum – Fallen
(Byelobog Productions, 2011)

darkness surrounds me forever

Burzum – Valen

16. Mastodon – The Hunter
(Reprise, 2011)

we laugh and cry through a brother’s eyes for now

Mastodon – Curl of the Burl

15. Leviathan – True Traitor, True Whore
(Profound Lore, 2011)

every orifice yawning her price

Leviathan – Her Circle Is the Noose

14. Vastum – Carnal Law
(20 Buck Spin, 2011)

‘I re-member

VastumPrimal Seduction

13. Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form
(Profound Lore, 2011)

stare into absence

Dark Castle – Seeing Through Time

12. YOB – Atma
(Profound Lore, 2011)

upon the sight of the other shore

YOB – Prepare the Ground

11. Mitochondrion – Parasignosis
(Profound Lore, 2011)

insurmountable perfection is the unity of all that is opposed

Mitochondrion – Tetravirulence (Pestilentiam Intus Vocamus, Voluntatem Absolvimus Part III)

10. Taake – Noregs Vaapen
(Candlelight, 2011)

jeg svoemte naer bunnen igjen

Taake – Nordbundet

09. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
(Metal Blade, 2011)

bringer of flames and endless hurt’

Amon Amarth – Destroyer of the Universe

08. Belphegor – Blood Magick Necromance
(Nuclear Blast, 2011)

forbidden and driven into fears

Belphegor – Rise to Fall and Fall to Rise

07. Toxic Holocaust – Conjure & Command
(Relapse, 2011)

manifest thoughts of devastation

Toxic Holocaust – Bitch

06. SubRosa – No Help For The Mighty One
(Profound Lore, 2011)

how long must my journey go

SubRosa – Borrowed Time Borrowed Eyes

05. Liturgy – Aesthethica
(Thrill Jockey, 2011)

an abyss spits out another abyss

Liturgy – Generation

04. Loss – Despond
(Profound Lore, 2011)

your words make very private scars

Loss – Cut Up, Depressed And Alone

03. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room
(Metal Blade, 2011)

something that I thought I could never give away

40 Watt SunCarry Me Home

02. Deafheaven – Roads to Judah
(Deathwish Inc., 2011)

bathing in the summer night’s cold and in the black of night, I feel so old

Deafheaven – Unrequited

01. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
(Southern Lord, 2011)

night born songs descend by moonlight

Wolves in the Throne Room – Woodland Cathedral

Unlistables:
Opeth – Heritage
(Roadrunner, 2011)
An album without a home — Opeth’s latest opus does not belong on a metal list, but it does belong among the best albums of the year.

Graveyard – Hisingen Blues
(Nuclear Blast, 2011)
More blues/hard rock than metal — forgetting about Graveyard in 2011 would be criminal.

Favorite Metal Albums of 2011

Remember Class of 2010
Class of 2011: The Freshmen
Class of 2011: The Performers
Class of 2011: The Short Bus
Class of 2011: MVPs
Class of 2011: Children of the Damned
Class of 2011: The Overachievers
Class of 2011: The Soundtrack