Hey Guys! I have a crazy way of going about things to make sure I included all of my favorite albums this year in comparison to the rest of us. Bare with me though, I have nothing but good things to say. I apologize for my lengthy list and intro, but with a year so monumental, the time it takes to read this will pale in comparison.

I’d like to make special mentions to Leprous, Devin Townsend and Protest the Hero. Thanks for capturing 2011 with your amazing talent. Your albums will forever live on in my heart and through my speakers.

As far as fan service goes, I think Mr. Townsend is also worthy of 2011’s most fan oriented award. With live sets, box sets, several in depth interviews, an outstanding touring record and a flood of content, Devin really has raised the bar this year for everyone. I congratulate him and everyone who benefits from his hard work. It is a shame my youth prevented me of his discovery earlier in life. I would have much enjoyed to have known of him 5 years ago. Regardless, my hat comes of to you sir.

Alright. This year has been so fantastic for music that you can’t coherently make one list and not have entries conflict. So I came up with a way to fit my favorites on a list while maintaining that the hierarchy between albums is both present and disregarded as the list is subjective. I have “Platinum”, “Gold”, “Silver” and “Bronze” lists. I used doubles and considered ties and draws on some lists to provide context. You see Corelia is a number one on the Silver List, but a 4 on the Gold list. Etc. I also want to disclose that my basis for the lists is memorability. If something was good but lacked memorability, it falls on the list. It needs to have lasting power or else it is simply a cornerstone of the year. The best albums will be listened to many times over for years to come and I tried to capture those qualities.

Most Memorable and Most Revisited — Top 10 Albums

1. Leprous – Bilateral
2. Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
2. Devin Townsend Project- Deconstruction
3. Tesseract – One
4. Anaal Nathrakh – Passion
5. Revocation – Chaos of Forms
6. Animals as Leaders – Weightless
7. The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne
8. Betraying the Matyrs – Breathe in Life
9. Trivium – In Waves
10. Fall of the Albatross – Entanglement

 

Most Likely to Revisit on a Regular Basis
& Highly Recommended Listens

 

1. Opeth – Heritage
2. Vildjharta – Masstaden
2. iwrestledabearonce – Ruining it for Everybody
3. Born of Osiris – The Discovery
4. Corelia – Nostalgia
5. Betraying the Martyrs – Breathe in Life
6. Gridlink – Orphan
7. All Shall Perish – This is Where it Ends
8. Dead Letter Circus – This is the Warning
9. Red Seas Fire – Self Titled
10. Friend for a Foe – Source of Isolation

Leftovers

 

1. Sithu Aye – Cassini & Corelia – Nostalgia [TIE?!]
2. The Odious – The Night a Forest Grew
3. Heretoir – Self Titled
4. Junius – Reports From the Threshold of Death
5. Scale the Summit – The Collective
6. Windhand – Windhand
7. Between the Buried and Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
8. Evan Brewer – Alone
9. Blotted Science – The Animation of Entomology
10. Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II

Leftovers Pt. II: Things I Overlooked

1. Fall in Archaea – Gatherings
2. Paul Wardingham – Assimilate Regenerate
3. Flagitous Idiosyncrasy in the Dilapidation – Kakusei
4. Disfiguring the Goddess – Circle of Nine
5. Periphery – Icarus Lives

Albums That I Am Aware I Missed But Simply Did Not Enjoy Personally:

White Arms of Athena – Astrodama
The Human Abstract – Digital Veil

Music Video of the Year:

Protest the Hero’s “Hair Trigger

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– Cody Dilullo

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