Best of 2011 – Carlos

Best of 2011 – Carlos M. Llanas 2011 has seen some great album releases.  Both from old bands, and new.  It was a strong year for metal, and we can only hope that next year is even better.  All year long, I sit and compare my favorite albums, and making…

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Best of 2011 – Waspman

Best of 2011 – Waspman Top 20 1. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising   It may be more of the same from the Swedish Vikings, but you’ll hear no complaints from me. I still can’t get "For Victory or Death" out of my head. Hail! 2. Diamond Plate – Generation…

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Best of 2011 – Theis

Best of 2011 – Theis TOP 20 #1. Nightwish – IMAGINAERUM Nightwish has produced yet another awesome album! Despite not living up to my extreme expectations it is still very, very good and one of the MUST-hear albums of 2011 for EVERY metal fan. 02. Battlelore – DOOMBOUND Battlelore has…

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Best of 2011 – Rick

Best of 2011 – Rick TOP 20 1. Iced Earth – Dystopia   I have been a huge Iced Earth fan since hearing them back in the late 90s. While I admit that there are some minor bumps in their discography Jon Schaffer keeps the band chugging along with solid…

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Best of 2011 – Aaron Yurkiewicz

Best of 2011 – Aaron Yurkiewicz Top 20 #1. Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce Records)   What else needs to be said about this album that hasn’t already been said?  Worship Music was 100% the album that I’d hoped it would live up to be.  Song for song it’s arguably…

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Best of 2011 – JP

Best of 2011 – JP Another banner year for Metal!  As always, more albums, more tours, more shows, more books, more DVD’s…as Blackie Lawless would say, the torture never stops!  There were a couple of professional highlights for me in 2011.  As co-host of one of the world’s longest running…

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Best of 2011 – Erich

Best of 2011 – Erich Top 20 Albums 1.  Iced Earth – DYSTOPIA   This one was a surprise for a couple of reasons. First, with Barlow leaving so soon after rejoining, people were wondering how could this revolving door of singers continue without a drop in quality?  Stu Block…

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Best of 2011 – Celtic Bob

Best of 2011 – Celtic Bob My list this year incorporates both my Metal and Rock picks of this past year. The vast majority of the year was spent re-discovering old bands and albums mainly through reissues and box sets. I look forward to 2012 and getting back on track…

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Best of 2011 – Arto Lehtinen

Best of 2011 – Arto Lehtinen Top 20 #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…

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Best of 2011 – Robert Williams

Robert Williams – Best of 2011 Top 20 1. Twisted Tower Dire – Make It Dark "Make It Dark" marked the first studio effort for the band with new vocalist Johnny Aune who surprisingly delivers on all fronts, transitioning very smoothly into the role of lead screamer for the traditional…

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