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Our favorite music and other things in 2011.
To me, 2011 was a great year for metal. September, in particular, was a busy month and full of quality releases. The following list is my personal Top 15 for the year with a brief explanation for each. I hope you had a great 2011. I look forward to another year of concerts, awesome metal albums, and more importantly chatting with you about everything metal!
If you are surpised to see that a particular band you like didn’t make my list, it might just be that I didn’t get a chance to listen to that album, such as Moonsorrow for example. I just never got it, but I see it on many blogger’s lists. I wish I had all the time in the world to sample new stuff, but taking into consideration where I am now compared to about 4 years ago…my horizons have been seriously broadened and I owe that to fellow bloggers (especially Matt) and readers who post about the bands they like. Thank you for tuning in this year. We look forward to a new and exciting 2012 in metal!
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Hey all!!! Hope everyone had an awesome holiday season and kick off to the New Year. Now that we are at the start of 2012 I think it’s fair that we release our personal Top 15 Albums of 2011. Making this years list was quite a difficult charge. I’ve been seeing around on the internets that many were disappointed in 2011… Myself, this was one of the best years in metal, ever, making the narrowing down of the best around a bit tricky. There were great follow-ups, amazing breakthrough albums, and some wonderful debut albums. I also discovered many new bands to listen to this year with a good handful cracking my Top 15. If anyone is complaining that “new music sucks”, well they aren’t listening. There is an innumerable amount of great stuff to check out, you just have to have an open mind and give anything that catches your ear a listen (or eye if the album has great artwork). If you do a little searching for your tunes every year will be the best year in music for you(and with the internet finding awesome tunes is so much easier and cheaper than before, until you start finding music you love and going on some shopping sprees 🙂 ). Positive thinking and law of attraction and all that stuff.
When making my list the criteria I used was how often I listened to each album, initial impact and how long that first impression lasted, and how well the album grew on me. I hope you all enjoy my picks and hopefully find some cool new music to listen to. And if you look at my list and think of a band that would be right up my alley, let me know!! And let us know what some of your favorite albums were for 2011. Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
Other than metal, I do have other entertainment interests. This is why this (best of) list is titled Top 10 Nonmetal Things of 2011. I am sure you have other interests outside metal. What are they? This list includes anything that has piqued my interest throughout the year. In some cases, the item may not be a specific new release in 2011, but was new to me this year.
10. Pirate Latitudes
This is the book that Michael Crichton never had published. The reason for that is because it doesn’t meet the expectations of his later works. I think this might have been one of his first attempts at a novel that got shelved for many years. After he died it got some help and was released. It’s basically a pirate story from the depths of the dirty pirate-ridden Caribbean hundreds of years ago. There is no scientific message or anything that makes you go hmmmm, like you would see in Prey, Timeline, or Jurassic Park. It’s just a story; I like it, but also the only book I read this year that didn’t have anything to with music.
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Here’s a list of a bunch of other random things like movies, books, and video games that I enjoyed in 2011. To make this list I just to have has seen/played/read/etc in 2011 so a handful of these aren’t super current releases. What were some of your “other” favorite things of 2011? Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!
10. Stephen King
I don’t know how I kept myself away from reading Stephen King for over 30 years, especially since A. I usually enjoy the movies his books are turned into, and B. The Dark Tower. After reading a couple of his books this year (Tommyknockers and starting The Dark Tower) I know I will be backtracking quite a bit with his gargantuan catalog of novels. Any suggestions?
Videos are a great marketing tool; a way for people to see the band. It’s hard to catch good metal on TV these days, so we tend to rely on places like YouTube to see our favorite band videos or live footage of them playing. Personally, it has done wonders for broadening my musical horizons. Without videos, I probably wouldn’t have found some of the music I enjoy today.
For the most part, videos are kind of cheesy. They are often silly and do not serve the song any justice. That’s fine, I still get to see the band and form some kind of opinion. Other times, videos are very well done and honor the intent of the song for which the video was created. Below are my 5 music video favorites of 2011 in no particular order. Unlike “Best Video Countdown” you might have seen on MTV and VH1, these are my favorite videos because they are good videos, not a plug for a good song.