Best of 2011 – Arto Lehtinen
#1. HELL – Human Remains
Hell was an obscure band from mid-England and used to be around in the 80’s. The frontman’s suicide led the demise of Hell and the guys didn’t touch their instruments until recently when Andy Sneap stepped into the picture. HUMAN REMAINS is an excellent heavy metal release with the killer catchy songs, killer riff and awesome vocals. Above all the production created by Andy Sneap makes absolutely justify for this album.
#2. Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Event
Even though there was quite a dramatical line-up change in Dream Theater when the legendary Mike Portnoy stepped down and was replaced by Mike Magnini, the new DT album is absolutely fantastic and truly masterpiece for all the Dream Theater fans.
#3. Iced Earth – Dystopia
When Matt Barlow left the band once again, fans were quite shocked. But the Into Eternity frontman Stu Block has turned out to be a great replacement to front the band.
4. Machine Head – Unto The Locust
5. Onslaught – Sounds Of Violence
6. Mortal Sin – Psychology Of Death
7. Autopsy –Macabre Eternal
8. InSolitude – The World The Flesh The Devil
9. The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre
10. Absu –Abzu
11. Krisiun – The Great Execution
12. Tyr – The Lay of Thrym
13. Pestilence – Doctrine
14. Necros Christos –Doom Of The Occult
15. Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory
16. Pentagram – The Last Rites
17. Lord Vicar – Signs of Osiris
18. OZ – Burning Leather
19. Vallenfyre – A Fragile King
20. Amorphis – The Beginning Of Times
Best new band
Vallenfyre – A Fragile King. Gregor Mackintosh’s sideproject is truly interesting feat. members from My Dying Bride, Doom and of course other bands. The debut album returns to the grotesque death metal in the true old school way.
Best concert of 2011
Voivod at the Roadburn festival in Tillburg/Holland
Voivod’s first gig in the Theater was absolutely mind blowing experience from the beginning to the end. The four piece hammered all the classic ones and did a brand new song as well.
Absu and Autopsy at Hammer Open Air Finland
Needless to say both Absu and Autopsy ripped the audience apart by giving lethal lessons of primitive metal from hell
Gwar at Swedenrock 2011
Blood gore and chaos on the stage, what else!
Machine Head at the Circus club in Helsinki
Machine Head never let down on the stage. Bulldozering riffs mauled the audience to arrange the brutal pits.
Best DVD of 2011
SLOW SOUTHERN STEEL. Documentary of the southern metal bands:
I saw it at Roadburn in April and it was interesting!
Disappointments of 2011
Metallica with Lou Reed – There is no need to explain why this spefic album deserves to be named the disappointment of 2011. Frankly I see no hope of getting an awesome album from Metallica like Masters Of Puppers.
Morbid Angel’s latest offering was quite twofold opus containing extreme killer songs, but on the other hand weird and eccentric techno stuff not fitting to the world of Morbid Angel at all. I guess Morbid Angel presents the death metal, not industrial thing.
The new location of the Tuska Festival. The new current place was a real asphalt inferno under the red hot melting sun. The Kaisaniemi Park with the beautiful environment was a perfect metal for the metal onslaught.
Steve Grice pulled out of Onslaught.
Deaths of: Wurzel, Seth Puthnam, Matt Laporte, Scott Columbus, Michael Starr, Phil Kennemore and Gary Moore.
Greatest hopes for 2011
Seeing Coroner finally. The new album from Crimson Glory, No new album from Morbid Angel and Metallica. A full length album from Immolation. Better bands !!!!!!