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WORMWOOD WRITERS' TOP 10 RELEASES OF 2011


WORMWOOD WRITERS' TOP 10 RELEASES OF 2011!


We have once more arrived at that auspicious time when we, the esteemed scribes of Wormwood Chronicles eZine, come up with what each of us believe to be the best examples of sonic art from the year just past. 2011 was the most momentous year in our history and brought many new writers into the fold. This has resulted in us having the most eclectic collection of top releases ever, as you shall soon see. Consensus was very difficult, if not impossible, to find on these lists, but we all encourage you humanoids to seek out and sample all of these musical delights.

And now, with no further blathering from the Good Doctor, here are our selections for best releases of 2011:





OCTOPI MILLS' TOP 10 OF 2011


1. JERRY MARCHAND                                    "The Crossing At Rainbow Bridge

 2. ARKAZUM                                                  "Muzarka"

3. ARKAZUM                                                   "Zekond" EP

4. CATHEDRAL                                                "Anniversary"

5. MARC GUNN                                               "Don't Go Drinking With Hobbits"

6. SKINNY PUPPY                                            "hanDover"

7. COUNT BEETLE                                           "Clairaudience"

8. NACHTFALKE                                               "Wotan's Return"

9. BURZUM                                                      "Fallen"

10. TOM WAITS                                                "Bad As Me"





EARTHDOG'S TOP 10 0F 2011

1. THE WOUNDED KINGS                              "In The Chapel of the Black Hand

2. THE GATES OF SLUMBER                           "The Wretch"

3. CARDINAL'S FOLLY                                    "Such Power Is Dangerous"

4. YOB                                                             "Atma"

5. LORD VICAR                                               "Signs of Osiris"

6. ORCHID                                                       "Capricorn"

7. ELDER                                                          "Dead Roots Stirring"

8. LOSS                                                            "Despond"

9. NEVERTANEZRA                                          "NTNR"

10. WO FAT                                                     "Noche de Chupacabra"





DARK STARR'S TOP 10 OF 2011



1. GANDALF'S FIST                                          "Road To Darkness"

2. PHIDEAUX                                                    "Snowtorch"

3. JON ANDERSON                                            "Survival and Other Stories"

4. WILLIAM SHATNER                                      "Seeking Major Tom"

5. DJINN                                                            "Last Wish"

6. ELECTRIC WIZARD                                        "Black Masses"

7. AGENTS OF MERCY                                        "The Black Forest"

8. BLUE MAMMOTH                                            "Blue Mammoth"

9. MYSTICITY                                                     "Ambassadors of the Hidden Sun"

10. KURT MICHAELS                                           "Soaring Back To Earth"





DR. ABNER MALITY'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. ABSU                                                                "Abzu"

2. VICIOUS RUMORS                                           "Razorback Killers"

3. ENTRENCHED                                                   "Pre-Emptive Strike"

4. HELL                                                                 "Human Remains"

5. CIANIDE                                                           "Gods of Death"

6. IN SOLITUDE                                                    "The World, The Flesh and The Devil"

7. AUTOPSY                                                           "Macabre Eternal"

8. DISMA                                                               "Towards The Megalith"

9. THE HORDE                                                        "Thy Blackened Reign"

10. VEKTOR                                                            "Outer Isolation"

Honorable Mention To:  Ilsa, Deceased, Exxplorer, Tsjuder, Evile, Gates of Slumber, Looking For An Answer




THRASH-HEAD'S TOP 10 OF 2011


So first off, let me just say this...this was a damn tough year to make a top 10 for. I first thought, “yeah, how many awesome releases can I even remember from this year?” Then, when I gave it some thought, it turned out I had a helluva lot of amazing releases that I had heard this year and it was tough to whittle the list down! Ultimately, the top 5 became a given...there were easily 5 CDs I had cranked more than others this year, but then I had to carve down a list of about 30 amazing albums down to the last 5. That, was truthfully an undertaking. Here's my best attempt at summing up my feelings for the year with the albums that spoke to me the most.

1. HARM                                                                  "Demonic Alliance"

2. AMARANTHE                                                       "Amaranthe"

3. VADER                                                                 "Welcome To The Morbid Reich"

4. D.R.U.G.S.                                                            "Destroy, Rebuild Until God Shows"

5. HATESPHERE                                                       "The Great Bludgeoning"

6. TYR                                                                       "The Lay of Thrym"

7. BLOOD STAIN CHILD                                           "Epsilon"

8. ICED EARTH                                                         "Dystopia"

9. BURN HALO                                                          "Up From The Ashes"

10. CYNTHESIS                                                         "DeEvolution"




JENS HELLROUTE'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. TRUE SONS OF THUNDER                                     "Spoonful of Seedy Dudes"

2. DEATH TOKEN                                                       "All Dreams Are Nightmares"

3. TOTAL CONTROL                                                   "Henge Beat"

4. ANTICHRIST                                                          "Forbidden World"

5. FLYING TRICHECOS                                               "Flying Trichecos" 12"

6. RAW NERVE                                                            "Tall Tales" compilation

7. LUST FOR YOUTH                                                    "Solar Flare"

8. MOHAMMED                                                             "Spiriti" 3LP box set

9. HUMAN EYE                                                             "They Came From The Sky"

10. ICEAGE                                                                   "New Brigade"





COLONEL ANGUS' TOP 10 OF 2011


1. EVERGREY                                                                "Glorious Collision"


2. ARCH/MATHEOS                                                      "Sympathetic Resonance"


3. WHITESNAKE                                                           "Forevermore"


4. SAXON                                                                      "Call To Arms"


5. ANTHRAX                                                                  "Worship Music"


6. DREAM THEATER                                                       "A Dramatic Turn of Events"


7. VOODOO CIRCLE                                                       "Broken Heart Syndrome"


8. MACHINE HEAD                                                         "Unto The Locust"


9. RUSH                                                                          "Time Machine--Live in Cleveland, 2011"


10. MINDFLOW                                                               "With Bare Hands"





JOE WHO?'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. AUTOPSY                                                                    "Macabre Eternal"

2. DISMA                                                                         "Towards The Megalith"

3. CIANIDE                                                                      "Gods of Death"

4. EXHUMED                                                                    "All Guts, No Glory"

5. BRUTAL TRUTH                                                           "End Time"

6. MASTODON                                                                 "The Hunter"

7. HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE                                       "17th Street"

8. GENTLEMAN'S PISTOLS                                              "At Her Majesty's Pleasure"

9. THE GATES OF SLUMBER                                             "The Wretch"

10. AMON AMARTH                                                           "Surtur Rising"




THE SUN JESTER'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION                                    "2"
Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, and company build on the success of their self-titled first album with a powerhouse follow up.

2. MEGADETH                                                                    "Th1rt3en"

The return of bassist Dave Ellefson re-energizes Dave Mustaine and the legendary metal outfit responds with their best album in many years.

3. BRAND NEW SIN                                                           "United State"
These New York-based rockers release a collection of swaggering, confident songs cutting across genres. Serious, tough-minded, and uncompromising.

4. ANTHRAX                                                                       "Worship Music"
 Recording with Joey Belladonna for the first time in over 15 years, Anthrax solidifies their legacy as a Hall of Fame caliber band and assembles a vital collection of songs that ranks among the best the band has ever written.

5. URIAH HEEP                                                                   "Into The Wild"
The classic English outfit follows up 2008's surprising Wake The Sleeper with another strong album that successfully mixes the band's pop elements with classic hard rock motifs. The Mick Box/Phil Lanzon songwriting partnership scores again with this release.

6. MOTORHEAD                                                                  "The World Is Yours"
 Another blistering affair from Lemmy and his partners in crime. The band and its songwriting might not be widely varied, but it maintains such a consistently high level that it is little wonder the band is still writing, recording, and releasing such electrifying hard rock in 2011.

7. CHICKENFOOT                                                                "Chickenfoot III"
They don't make good time party rock and roll like this anymore. Some might say that it is a good thing, but Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith  release an album epitomizing everything appealing about unabashed "let's have a good time" hard rock.

8. LOU REED AND METALLICA                                            "Lulu"
 Oh yeah. At age 69, Lou Reed has ventured into this savage musical landscape before, but there's an added edge of weary rage in his croaking voice that wasn't there years ago. Whether you dislike this album or not, Metallica has moved so far outside of their comfort zone with this unusual project that they demand praise for that fact alone, if nothing else. This is a harsh, dissonant piece that will piss off more than it pleases, but I think it is the single most shocking development in Metallica's long career.

9. FOO FIGHTERS                                                               "Wasting Light"
Rock and roll's Everyman, Dave Grohl, returns with the be6st Foo Fighters album in years, a strong collection of songs that should dispel any lingering doubts about his credentials.

10. BRIAN ROBERTSON                                                     "Diamonds and Dirt"
Legendary former Thin Lizzy and Motorhead guitarist Brian Robertson releases a top notch effort featuring fantastic guitar playing, naturally, and strong songwriting. The album contains covers of Thin Lizzy's "It's Only Money" and two different versions of "Running Back".





THOR'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. DEICIDE                                                                         "To Hell With God"
A return to form for one of American death metal's most important bands

2. NOISEAR                                                                        "Subvert the Dominant Paradigm"
Crazy, creative, blistering grind

3. LOOKING FOR AN ANSWER                                           "Eterno Treblinka"
Circle-pit inducing, catchy grindcore from Spain

4. HATE ETERNAL                                                               "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes"
Great production...ambitious, evil death metal

5. AGNOSTIC FRONT                                                          "My Life, My Way"
Modern cross-over...solid, heavy and inspiring

6. DYING FETUS                                                                  "History Repeats"
A DxFx cover album? Yes, and they cover Broken Hope's "Gorehog"!

7. EXHUMED                                                                         "All Guts, No Glory"
Brash, gory, fun "old school" death metal

8. REIGN OF VENGEANCE                                                     "Disemboweling Swine"
High-concept, strange brutal death metal.

9. CAVALERA CONSPIRACY                                                   "Blunt Force Trauma"
Max and Iggor...playing thrash...yeah!

10. GORGASM                                                                        "Orgy of Murder"
Brutal and full of huge slams...best album yet from these guys




LORD RANDALL'S TOP 10 OF 2011

1. ABHOR                                                                               "Ab Luna Lucenti, Ab Noctus Protecti"

2. BRENDAN PERRY                                                               "The Ark"

3. DEVIL                                                                                 "Time To Repent"

4. YOB                                                                                     "Atma"

5. FOREST OF THE SOUL                                                         "Restless In Flight"

6. GLORIOR BELLI                                                                   "The Great Southern Darkness"

7. NADIWRATH                                                                        "Nihilistic Stench"

8. TAAKE                                                                                   "Noregs Vaapen"

9. HEXVESSEL                                                                           "Dawnbearer"

10. KORPERSCHWACHE                                                           "Ignore The Need"





PROFESSOR JOCKO'S TOP 10 OF 2011

The following are not in any particular order of importance; just the releases that I felt that kicked ass!

1. ANAL CUNT                                                                           "Fuckin A"

2. CANNIBAL CORPSE                                                               "Global Evisceration"

3. BLACK LABEL SOCIETY                                                         "The Song Remains Not The Same"

4. MORBID ANGEL                                                                     "Illud Divinum Insanus"

5. THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER                                                "Ritual"

6. SEPULTURA                                                                            "Kairos"

7. UNEARTH                                                                                "Darkness In The Light"

8. ALL SHALL PERISH                                                                 "This Is Where It Ends"

9. ANTHRAX                                                                                 "Worship Music"

10. VENOM                                                                                   "Fallen Angels"


SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!!!