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THE BEST METAL ALBUMS OF 2011, AS CHOSEN BY METAL MUSICIANS THEMSELVES — PART II

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FEATURING MEMBERS OF MACHINE HEAD, EPICA, NAILS, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE, ARGUS, EVERYTHING WENT BLACK, AND WEAPON

Every year year, MetalSucks asks musicians from across the vast spectrum of the metalsphere (or, in a few cases, the almost-metalsphere) what their favorite albums of the year have been. Death metallers, thrash metallers, black metallers, stoners, grinders, and djenters alike graciously contributed lists to MS, and we’ll be running them in groups of nine to ten musicians at a time twice a day for the whole week.

After the jump, check out the next group… we hope you enjoy seeing what some of metal’s heaviest hitters were into this year as much as we have!

PHIL DEMMEL, MACHINE HEAD

1. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
2. Times of Grace, The Hymn of a Broken Man
3. Steel Panther, Balls Out
4. Suicide Silence, The Black Crown
5. DevilDriver, Beast
6. Children of Bodom, Relentless Reckless Forever
7. Whitesnake, Forevermore
8. The Lonely Island, Turtleneck and Chain
9. Unearth, Darkness in the Light
10. Trivium, In Waves

MARK JANSEN, EPICA/MAYAN

1. Opeth, Heritage
2. Dream Theater, A Dramatic Turn of Events
3. Symphony X, Iconoclast

TODD JONES, NAILS

1. Disma, Towards the Megalith
2. Soul Swallower, Devoured
3. New Lows, Harvest of the Carcass
4. Skin Like Iron, Arrival
5. Acephalix, Interminable Night
6. Rotten Sound, Cursed
7. Merdoso, In Silence
8. Harms Way, Isolation
9. Kickback, Et Le Diable Rit Avec Nous (Not out, haven’t heard yet but this will make my list, no question.)
10. Morbid Angel, Illud Divinum Identity Crisis” (psyyyyyych)

ETHAN MCCARTHY, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE

FUCK! it’s so hard to choose only 10! In no particular order:

Chelsea Wolfe, Apokalypsis
Dark Castle, Surrender to All Life Beyond Form
Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
Disma, Towards the Megalith
Elitist, Fear In a Handful of Dust
Burials, S/T
KEN Mode, Venerable
The Body/Braveyoung collaboration record, Nothing Passes. It was a tie between this and Braveyoung’s new record, We are Lonely Animals.
Ritual Necromancy, Oath of the Abyss
Today is the Day, Pain is a Warning

ZACH HARLAN, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE

In no particular order:

Dragged Into Sunlight, Hatred for Mankind
YOB, Atma
Disma, Towards the Megalith
Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1
Dark Castle, Surrender to All Life Beyond Form
Rotten Sound, Cursed
Elitist, Fear in a Handful of Dust
Rwake, Rest
KEN Mode, Venerable
Brutal Truth, End Time

J.P., CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE

No particular order:

Elitist, Fear In a Handful of Dust
Burials, S/T
Today is the Day, Pain is a Warning
Mastodon, The Hunter
Dragged into Sunlight, Hatred for Mankind
Wolves Like Us, Late Love
Black Heart Procession, Fade Away
Rotten Sound, Cursed

BUTCH BALICH, ARGUS

While Heaven Wept, Fear of Infinity – My favorite album this year for sure. Another classic and classy release.

Rounding out the Top 10 of releases in alphabetical order:

Arkham Witch, On Crom’s Mountain
Gates of Slumber, The Wretch
High Spirits, Another Night
Mastodon, The Hunter
Primordial, Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
Saviours, Death’s Procession
Saxon, A Call To Arms
Sinister Realm, The Crystal Eye
Twisted Tower Dire, Make It Dark

BENJAMIN JONES, KAURA

1. Anthrax, Worship Music
2. Mogwai, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
3. Crowbar, Sever the Wicked Hand
4. Machine Head, Unto the Locust
5. DevilDriver, Beast
6. Of Mice and Men, The Flood
7. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
8. Of Mice and Men, The Flood
9. Radiohead, King of Limbs
10. Amon Amarth, Surtur Rising

BRANDON HOFFMAN, EVERYTHING WENT BLACK

1. Craft, Void
2. Acephalix, Interminable Night
3. All Pigs Must Die, God is War
4. Harm’s Way, Isolation
5. Rwake, Rest
6. Ringworm, Scars
7. Weekend Nachos, Worthless
8. Fister / Lion’s Daughter, Split 12″
9. Trap Them, Darker Handcraft
10. Rotting Out, Street Prowl

VETIS MONARCH, WEAPON

1. Rudra, Brahmavidya: Immortal I
2. Mitochindrion, Parasignosis
3. Nader Sadek, In The Flesh
4. Abysmal Dawn, Leveling the Plane of Existence
5. Aosoth, III
6. Loss, Despond
7. Vader, Welcome to the Morbid Reich
8. Nightbringer, Hierophany of the Open Grave
9. Azarath, Blasphermer’s Maledictions
10. Origin, Entity

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