Friday, December 23, 2011

Best of the Year, 2011



This year saw me create not one, but two “best of the year” lists at About.com. Chad asked me to select the ten best albums that I covered for the Dave’s Underground Laboratory column in addition to a normal “best of the year” list for the site. I limited the first list to releases covered within my weekly column, and the other list basically consists of everything else. Of the two lists, if I had to choose a top album for the year, that album would definitely be Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm by Inquisition (I’ll ignore the whole “release date” controversy). Close seconds would be the albums from Atriarch, Disma, and Obsequiae. After that, the order starts to get a bit fuzzy, and I did not really try to place the albums in a definite semblance of order. Near misses would be albums from Antediluvian and Krisiun. The best EP, which I neglected to mention on the “formal” list, would be Providence by Immolation.

So, it is what it is. Here’s the list from Dave’s Underground Laboratory (officially published here).

Valedictorian: Atriarch Forever The End

Salutatorian: Obsequiae Suspended In The Brume Of Eos

Phi Beta Kappa: Acephalix Interminable Night, Vastum Carnal Law, Craft Void, Jungle Rot Kill On Command, Nightbringer Hierophany Of The Open Grave, Aosoth III, Ravencult Morbid Blood, Taake Noregs Vaapen

Here’s the “formal” list (officially published here).

Top Five Albums of the Year

1) Inquisition Ominous Doctrines Of The Perpetual Mystical Macrocosm
2) Disma Towards The Megalith
3) Glorior Belli The Great Southern Darkness
4) Blut Aus Nord 777- The Desanctification
5) Avichi The Devil’s Fractal

Label of The Year (tie): Hell’s Headbangers Records/ I, Voidhanger Records
Best Heavy Metal Book: Metalion: The Slayer Mag Diaries by Jon Kristiansen
Best DVD: Cannibal Corpse Global Evisceration
Best Concert: (three way tie) Acephalix/ Undergang at The Blvd., Dodsferd et al at The Black Castle, and Impetuous Ritual/ Ritual Necromancy/ Grave Upheaval at Five Stars Bar
Best Newcomer: Acephalix
Best Comeback: Autopsy
Most Overrated Album: Liturgy Aesthethica
Most Underrated Album: Ravencult Morbid Blood
Album from late last year that deserved to be on last year’s list: Necrite Sic Gloria Transit Mundi
Albums that I absolutely refuse to listen to: Metallica/ Lou Reed Lulu and Morbid Angel Illud Divinum Insanus
Man of the Year: Joey Belladonna
In Memoriam: Michael “W├╝rzel” Burston

Special thanks to Stephannie for putting up with my obsession, Cosmo Lee, Skull, Chris Davison, Strawb, Steve Green, Dave and Liz Brenner, Chad Bowar, Josh Haun, Atanamar Sunyata, James Genenz, Tanner Anderson, Julian Hollowell, Ray Van Horn Jr., Nathan T. Birk, Kim Kelly, Chase at HHR, Chris at Profound Lore, Scott Alisoglu, Ryan Ogle, Ryan Feldman, Paula at Candlelight, Lauren at Season of Mist, Heidi Ellen- Fitzgerald Robinson, Mark at Prosthetic, Vince at Metal Blade, Charles Elliot, Calvin at Pulverised, Christina at Victory, Laura Christine, Betsey Cichoraki at Relapse, the guy at Heavy Artillery, Nikki at Century Media, Mark McKinney, Brian Rocha, Greg Robinson, Etan Rosenbloom, Dan Butler, Thor Ryen, Matthew Schott, William Ganley, Mike Abominator, Scott at Seventh Rule, Farron Loathing, Jeremy from LSOD, Chris Hatewar and his scraggly haired friend from Nokturne that always salutes me with a beer, the long bearded guy that I see at shows all the time, the girl with the camera that I see at shows all the time, the Eternal Roadie, my students for putting up with their weird physics teacher, anyone who plays in a metal band and has devoted their life to perpetuating this art form, anyone else that I forgot, and, last but certainly not least, you for stopping by! Cheers to you all!

1 comment:

Chris Davison said...

You're welcome!