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Topic: MMA Collaborator's Album of the Year 2011
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Subject: MMA Collaborator's Album of the Year 2011
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 1:08am
Welcome to the Metal Music Archives Collaborator's Album of the Year 2011!

It is my pleasure to announce this year's list of the top 20 releases, as voted by the MMA collaborators. This year saw a close run for the first few places, with two tied placings. There's a healthy mix of established and younger artists, and like always, there should be a few surprises! We had a total of 190 albums ranked by our minions, with scores ranging from 1 to 183 (20 points for 1st, 1 point for 20th).

So without further pause...

1st Arch/Matheos � Sympathetic Resonance



The minds of John Arch and Jim Matheos collide in this new collaboration featuring a fine ensemble cast of musicians, largely descended from existing progressive band, Fates Warning. The result of this alliance was Sympathetic Resonance, an album that stole the show in this year's Album of the Year configurations. Taking classic American progressive metal, Arch's signature soaring vocals and good old fashioned fret work, Arch/Matheos set the early standard in 2011, a standard of high quality and musical expertise, a standard which has seen them take this year's honours as album of the year.

"The musicianship is top notch across the board with rocking riffage and tasty guitar solos, rock solid bass, and tasty progressive drumming with lots of nice little details to enrich the overall experience. The main attraction, to me at least, is John Arch's soaring vocals. His voice is so unique and the vocal melodies so complex and busy." (Time Signature)

2nd Equal: Leprous � Bilateral



When most young metal artists come out of Norway, everyone seems to expect another lo-fi black metal band that look like they are trying to scare your parents. Leprous is not that band. Although young and energetic, Leprous have already proven themselves as talented musicians through their 2009 album, Tall Poppy Syndrome. 2011's Bilateral takes a more experimental twist, at times swinging from the death metal tree, at times from an altogether more avant-garde one. Given the youthful energy of this young Norwegian outfit, hopefully Bilateral is just another step towards further artistic success.

"Leprous is a unique band that succeeds in marrying the attractions of classic prog metal with a fresh approach that is aggressive and modern, avoiding both the cliches and the cheese, and remaining entirely fascinating throughout the entire album." (bonnek)

2nd Equal: Mastodon � The Hunter



Even without the sprawling concept album pretensions, The Hunter is no less of an adventure than we would expect from Mastodon. Powerful, energetic and yet still somehow cerebral, Mastodon continue to confound derision and silence detractors. Unabashed virtuosity and home-town brawn collide in The Hunter; sure, it may not be the same Mastodon of 2002, or even 2009, but it's all so damned infectious. It's pretty difficult to think of another contemporary artist who can make such a heavy album work like a straight-laced pop album, but still kick you in the face at every opportunity.

"The Hunter is also much hookier and accessible than anything Mastodon has previously done. For many progressive minded fans this may cause cringing, but fear not. Shorter, more to the point song writing is not a bad thing. Sometimes it's fine to just hang around town and not go on an epic journey." (The Angry Scotsman)

4th Opeth � Heritage



One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of the year did not fail in creating enough discussion to keep the rumour-mill spinning at frantic pace. Will we ever hear Mikael Akerfeldt growl again? Have Opeth finally become stuck in a timewarp in 1972? Nonetheless, Heritage has its fair share of fans, and even with a tenuous link to 'modern metal', there's plenty of evidence in Opeth's tenth release to prove that there is still plenty of mileage left in old-school tube saturation, moog solos and lyrics about satanism. Ritchie Blackmore would be proud.

"Opeth may have abandoned a large portion of their fanbase with Heritage, but this just shows that these guys are always willing to experiment with new sounds and never succumb to treading on previously covered territory. Fans of retro progressive rock will find plenty to love here, and I think the more open-minded metalheads should be entertained as well. Opeth have really taken a risk with Heritage, and I'd say that they've succeeded for the most part." (J-Man)

5th Symphony X � Iconoclast


Soaring progressive-power metal legends Symphony X have again produced another polished release in Iconoclast. Despite being firmly rooted in a style which has seen plently of mileage over recent years, Symphony X continue to surge ahead with sure-footed authority. In a year that also saw new Dream Theater, Anubis Gate and Haken releases, Iconoclast's success is sure to provide the band even more exposure within an increasingly crowded, but popular and successful area of contemporary music.

"If you like your progressive power metal as raw and heavy as possible yet with a rare melodic sensibility delivered by exceptionally well playing musicians and packed in a powerful and clear production, "Iconoclast" is the answer to your prayers." (UMUR)

6th Equal: Fen � Epoch



With the explosion of post-black metal in recent years, one could be forgiven to ignore all the badges and labels that tend to follow these artists around. British based Fen are no different. Call them atmospheric black metal, post-metal, shoegaze... call them what you want, because what Epoch highlights is that Fen are fast becoming recognised as visionary musicians in an often controversial realm of modern metal. Loud, sometimes extreme, sometimes pretty and always enthralling; there should be no doubt that Fen deserve to be recognised alongside the likes of Agalloch, Drudkh, Alcest and their ilk, not merely as a derivative.

"The music is emotional and bleak but you won't find any cheap or imitative solutions used to achieve the result. Everything stays in balance, just like in nature. Softness and harshness merge in one consistent and unique piece of art." (Bartosso)

6th Equal: Haken � Visions



London based Haken have become somewhat of a semi-permanent fixture here at MMA. Haken have forged a name for themselves inside the progressive metal community since their debut release, and through their latest effort � Visions, there appears to be no signs that they are slowing down. Taking numerous stylistic clues and musical influences, there is little doubt as to their musical ability and integrity. Indeed, if the polished nature of their first two releases is a benchmark, then any further expansions shall be nothing less than glorious.

"On Visions, we hear a theatrical spectacle of progressive metal that goes from bombastic technical metal to inspiring passages of heartfelt prog rock. A new emphasis in Haken's sound are recurring motifs, or ideas throughout the album; dramatic themes to get the feelings in the story across." (ConorFynes)

8th Devin Townsend Project � Deconstruction



The third chapter in the Devin Townsend Project's quadrilogy of releases is quite a step out from the recent form shown by the Canadian metal maestro. Channeling the choatic, metallic and epic past of Townsend's mind, Deconstruction is Townsend's attempt to summon the same kind of power formerly seen in his early solo work, and of that with Strapping Young Lad. Foregoing the softer new age edges and pop arcs of recent years, Townsend's humouristic approach to chaos is refreshing, challenging and above all; fun.

"It�s a complex and massive album full of everything. However, they are still some classic Devin elements, like the surreal melodies, the vocals, and the typical wall of sound that makes Townsend�s music so mind blowing." (Phonebook Eater)

9th Dream Theater � A Dramatic Turn of Events



Surely no other release this year developed as much talk as Dream Theater's latest effort, A Dramatic Turn of Events. Optimism was balanced with more than a heady dose of apprehension; would Mangini transition into such a well established and loved band? Basically, yes he did. But that's not all there is to mention here. The music seems tighter, less aimless and a little edgier than the last few Dream Theater releases. While most will accept that they are never going to be everyone's favourite, when Dream Theater are strong there is a sense of fullness in their music; a kind of poise which made them one of the most cherished artists of recent years.

"There is a saying in the rock industry that you are only as good as your last album, and Dream Theater have proved with "A Dramatic Turn of Events" that the magic definitely remains; the spirit carries on." (AtomicCrimsonRush)

10th Animals as Leaders � Weightless



Animals as Leaders is no longer simply a vehicle for Tosin Abasi to flex his not inconsiderable songwriting and performance ability; with Weightless, Animals as Leaders has transformed into a fully functional three-piece machine. Weightless feels more composed and more dynamic, without losing any of the ultra-precise mathematic charm of the debut. There should be no doubt that Abasi and his swag of merry men are taking experimental metal to new heights, which is astonishing given how effortless they seem to be capable of doing so.

"The music takes you up and down and in and out and back and forth constantly, but it is all bound together by a certain consistency in sound and approach, and this makes the album incredibly enjoyable to listen to." (Time Signature)

11th Unexpect � Fables of the Sleepless Empire



Canadian avant-garde metal artists Unexpect are about as difficult to pin down as any others today, part extreme metal, part neo-classical, part everything else, any new Unexpect release is going to be, well, unexpected. Fables of the Sleepless Empire is no different, taking diverse arrangements sometimes in purely chaotic form is inherently challenging, but also immensely rewarding to open-minded listeners. Unexpect once again show that they are at the cutting edge of deconstructing barriers and writing their own rules. And that's pretty metal if you ask me.

"I'll be completely honest when I say that it's rare to come across an album this weird, technical, and chaotic that actually works. Unexpect's tremendous talent as songwriters makes Fables of the Sleepless Empire work not only as a vehicle for their odd arrangements, but it also lets the album come across as a modern musical masterpiece." (J-Man)

12th SubRosa � No Help For The Mighty Ones



If female fronted stoner-doom with violins doesn't grab your attention, then the substance of SubRosa's 2011 release No Help For The Mighty Ones should. Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, SubRosa are capable of bellowing some of the darkest and densest metal of the year. Taking the sludgy roots of Southern doom metal and mixing in twisted psychedelic folk, there's no denying that SubRosa have an alluring sound and intriguing sonic presence. Although not yet widely known, SubRosa are one of those artists begging for a cult following, and given this evidence, they aren't far off.

"Flirting with stoner, shoegaze, folk and indie, this band spices up their doom with an out-worldly space-rock feel, electric violins, majestic vocal melodies and ear-catching songs... Subrosa creates a unique style that is thoroughly catchy, and in places stunning and beautiful." (Bonnek)

13th Anubis Gate � Anubis Gate



2011 has been a strong year for power/prog metal, Denmark's Anubis Gate adding another polished release to the growing list. Their self-titled fifth album bears all the hallmarks of another solid effort. The melodic phrasing is catchy and memorable, but Anubis Gate aren't afraid to go over the top with their flawless production, big sound and enveloping volume. The beauty of Anubis Gate is that it can be lush and totally immersive; even if you aren't a massive fan of the style, few will argue that the band don't deserve to be recognised as top-class musicians.

"As per usual for Anubis Gate the album treads the line between being progressive and being accessible.  Anubis Gate isn�t going to wow you with lengthy and technical compositions, but neither is their music only really flirting with progressive tendencies. Instead they find a balance between the two, and their song based progressive metal sounds extremely powerful on this album." (adg211288)

14th Obscura � Omnivium



German tech/death band Obscura have been around for a few years now, and following a few line-up changes, we have been graced with Omnivium. There's a vicious thrash metal base to the sound of Omnivium, but it's also laced with less-derivative riffs and melodies that make it much more than simple thrash or death metal. There is little doubt that Obscura have become more polished and mature as they progress along their musical path, and while Omnivium shouldn't be the end-point, one can do worse than to enjoy the grinding, powerful and sometimes virtuostic musicianship. That is the art of the beast.

"Sometimes utterly brutal and other times softer, though I find it hard to classify any of this as soft, Obscura has reached their peak in both creativity and musicianship." (The Block)

15th Devin Townsend Project � Ghost



While not a metal album in any sense (even if you want to go into postmodern territory, it's a fair stretch), to ignore Ghost completely seems like a fallacy. The final chapter in the Devin Townsent Project quadrilogy, Ghost's ambient and new-age approach is the ying to Deconstruction's yang. Exquisitly composed, performed and produced, Ghost again proves that formerly 'metal orientated' artists should never be bound to a single style or character. The fact that Ghost has been recieved with fair regards by many, should be enough to convince most of the lucidity and intrinsic worth of Devin Townsend's softer, elegant edges.

"Think of it as a walk through your local forest or nature preserve right after a good rainfall. The sun is peeking out of the clouds, there�s not a soul around, the water droplets are still fresh on the leaves, and the air is abundant with that fresh spring smells that lets you know that you�re alive. That�s more or less the feeling I�m getting listening to Ghost; undoubtedly upbeat, but in a more serene and blissful manner."  (diogenes)

16th Russian Circles � Empros



When it comes to instrumental rock/metal, Chicago based three-peice Russian Circles have been the benchmark for several years. With their latest release Empros, they have well and truly solidified their position as one of the foremost exponents of dynamic, crushing and cerebral music. Not content with being labelled and boxed into one genre, the ephemeral nature of their compositions alludes to influences wide and varied. At times tricky and technical, others simple and meditative, Russian Circles continue to enthrall with expansive compositions that keep the listener at the mercy of their whim.

"Empros is a heavy, sludgy, post-metal album that moves with a classic mid tempo pace through to a slow crescendo. There is some great riffing, drumming and the songwriting is atmospheric and perfect. " (The Angry Scotsman)

17th Myrath � Tales of the Sands


The concept of Tunisian progressive metal seems to overflow with arid themes, mythical overtones and sun-drenched vistas. Myrath execute this vision with great flair. A relatively young band, Myrath are beginning to make an international name for themselves from their humble beginnings in Tunisia. Tales of the Sands complements their discography well, mixing ornate folk elements with the westernised edges of modern metal. Although still young and developing, Myrath's niche is sure to attain followers with their increasingly polished and unique releases in an area of metal that seems to be overflowing with countless others.

"It would be great to hear this band take their exciting blend of styles past the four or five minute mark and compose something even more ambitious, but Myrath's work is consistent and expertly produced. This is a great album from Tunisia's contribution to the metal scene, and I've been pleasantly surprised by this band's sound." (ConorFynes)

18th TesseracT � One



Technical progressive metal is in safe hands with the likes of Animals as Leaders, Cynic and Meshuggah, but that hasn't stopped British band TesseracT from pushing a few more boundaries with One. Mashing time signatures with the kind of self-indulgent bravado that seems to have come back into favour among ambitious artists, One is an album for 2011 and beyond. The youthful cadence of TesseracT is easy to see, they aren't afraid to try and engage, immerse and push their listeners. They have the talent and they let you know it. Having said this, there's still plenty of room to move for TesseracT in the future, they could become even more technical, more -core orientated or even a little more sedate. It would probably still sound good.

"Due to the atmospheric elements and fluid melodies, the tracks on this album are not exactly catchy, and some listeners might not find this feature appealing (I like it though). However, I think that the many quirky rhythms and odd riffs will have an attractive effect on those who have a penchant for musical quirkiness." (Time Signature)

19th *shels � Plains of the Purple Buffalo



Following 2007's Sea of the Dying Dhow, post-metal outfit *shels deliver another expansive romp into the etherial worlds of their creation. Big in almost every sense, Plains of the Purple Buffalo is a pure example of artistic ambition succeeding through artistic merit. Take the boundless energy of the late ISIS, the delicate soundscapes of GY!BE, the technical edges of Russian Circles and fuse it with an almost ornate oriental precision, and you may come close to understanding the scope of *shels' latest creation. It's powerful, sensitive and pretty; what more could you want?

"Their attitude towards this kind of music is haunting, dreamy, but especially very sincere, in almost a juvenile sort of way, while at the same time, it becomes one of the most earthly and visceral experiences you'll ever have." (Phonebook Eater)

20th Dark Forest � Dawn of Infinity



In an age of extreme metal and 'progressive' artistry, Dark Forest are a bit of an anachronism. With more in common to NWOBHM than most modern others, one could be forgiven for thinking that they lack a certain primacy. Dawn of Infinity argues against that. Taking the old-school twin guitar attack, but employing the benefits of a decent production (that still doesn't over-polish things) does wonders for the enjoyability of the music. It also should keep you from switching back to your favourite Iron Maiden album (for a while). Although it crept in at 20th on our list, it's fitting that such an album can still be recognised today, for there's no doubt Dark Forest have their heart and soul in every riff.

"It�s only when an album as old school as this comes along that one really realises how polished modern heavy and power metal has become. Don�t get me wrong, modern bands can produce some really amazing music, but there�s an extra level of honest passion in the music of Dark Forest that I just don�t detect in some overproduced artists music, and the release is still professionally done in that they�ve intentionally gone for this sort of sound, and nailed it perfectly." (adg211288)

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Finally, I wish to thank a few people. [email protected] and Phillipe, our benevolent overlords for all their work here at MMA (and PA and JMA). Colin (Triceratopsoil) for being my faithful comrade, who made sure my vote counting wasn't too slack, and finally, all the collabs at MMA who contributed to this list. It's for you. 
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Posted By: The Angry Scotsman
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 1:43am
Well done Bropeth!

The list is what it is, I have not heard of some of these but I will check them out!
Happy to see The Hunter, Heritage, and Iconoclast crack the top 5!


Looks like most of my personal list made it on so always good there!

Now onto 2012.


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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 8:58am
LOL, is this  an album of the year list or a progressive metal album of the year list?




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Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 9:17am
Awesome job, Ben! Lots of my favorites are up there! Thumbs Up

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Posted By: Stooge
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 9:18am
Since last year's list is in the announcements portion of this forum, I've moved this topic there as well.  

It's hard to say which list is more prog, the last one or this.


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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 9:28am
Well Im expecting a lot of angry non prog metal fans to sign up for Collab duties, so they get to vote next year and bring in some other genres tooBig smile.

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Posted By: The Angry Scotsman
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 10:08am
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

LOL, is this  an album of the year list or a progressive metal album of the year list?




Well this site is quite heavily skewed towards a progressive mindset, considering most of us come from PALOL


Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Well Im expecting a lot of angry non prog metal fans to sign up for Collab duties, so they get to vote next year and bring in some other genres tooBig smile.


Hopefully!






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Posted By: Diogenes
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 10:22am
I'd just like to point out that I only voted for 5 of the progressive metal albums that made the list, so please don't blame me.

But yeah, having more collabs would be awesome sauce.

Thanks to Ben and Colin for taking the time to count the votes and edit the list.




Posted By: Colt
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 11:17am
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

LOL, is this  an album of the year list or a progressive metal album of the year list?




Can you explain why an album of the year list with a lot of progressive metal albums is funny?

If the list was full of death and black metal bands, I assume, would thern provide you with further amusement?

It might just be that the collabs on this site listen to progressive metal more than some of the other sites dedicated to heavy metal, that they are not close minded and finally they are ACTUALLY the top albums released this last year.

I've seen many a list so far, many of which include releases that are extremely surprising, if not laughable.

Fucking purists! Angry







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Posted By: adg211288
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 2:38pm
I've heard 14 out of 20, 6 of which I gave 5*. Result, even if my #1 is down in 13th. Will have to check out the rest sometime. I'm especially intrigued by that Subrosa album.

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Posted By: Andyman1125
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 5:22pm
I voted for a number of those, cool! Good list! Thumbs Up

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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 5:36pm
Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Well Im expecting a lot of angry non prog metal fans to sign up for Collab duties, so they get to vote next year and bring in some other genres tooBig smile.


I sure hope too Jonas!Big smile

Originally posted by The Angry Scotsman The Angry Scotsman wrote:

Well this site is quite heavily skewed towards a progressive mindset, considering most of us come from PALOL


H, quite. LOL

Originally posted by Colt Colt wrote:

Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

LOL, is this  an album of the year list or a progressive metal album of the year list?


Can you explain why an album of the year list with a lot of progressive metal albums is funny?

If the list was full of death and black metal bands, I assume, would thern provide you with further amusement?

It might just be that the collabs on this site listen to progressive metal more than some of the other sites dedicated to heavy metal, that they are not close minded and finally they are ACTUALLY the top albums released this last year.

I've seen many a list so far, many of which include releases that are extremely surprising, if not laughable.

Fucking purists! Angry


What the hell? Stern Smile I just pointed out that the list mostly has prog albums and that such coincidence is funny. I don't think that's something worthy of getting worked up about, really.




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Posted By: Wilytank
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 6:25pm
Who's to say which site is more or less close minded anyway?

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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: 24 Jan 2012 at 6:50pm
Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

I'm especially intrigued by that Subrosa album.


It's a gooder.


By my count, this year there were 190 albums ranked, with scores ranging between 1 and 183
(scoring being 20pts for a #1 ranking, 1pt for a #20 ranking)

Much better collab turnout than last year Thumbs Up


Posted By: Colt
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 1:55am
Originally posted by Wilytank Wilytank wrote:

Who's to say which site is more or less close minded anyway?


Are you serious, Liam?


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Posted By: Colt
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 1:58am
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

Well Im expecting a lot of angry non prog metal fans to sign up for Collab duties, so they get to vote next year and bring in some other genres tooBig smile.


I sure hope too Jonas!Big smile

Originally posted by The Angry Scotsman The Angry Scotsman wrote:

Well this site is quite heavily skewed towards a progressive mindset, considering most of us come from PALOL


H, quite. LOL

Originally posted by Colt Colt wrote:

Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

LOL, is this  an album of the year list or a progressive metal album of the year list?


Can you explain why an album of the year list with a lot of progressive metal albums is funny?

If the list was full of death and black metal bands, I assume, would thern provide you with further amusement?

It might just be that the collabs on this site listen to progressive metal more than some of the other sites dedicated to heavy metal, that they are not close minded and finally they are ACTUALLY the top albums released this last year.

I've seen many a list so far, many of which include releases that are extremely surprising, if not laughable.

Fucking purists! Angry


What the hell? Stern Smile I just pointed out that the list mostly has prog albums and that such coincidence is funny. I don't think that's something worthy of getting worked up about, really.




Ciao, your first post in ages can be misconstrued as taking the piss out of the MMA collabs choice of albums of last year.

Now, whether you meant it that way or not, it ruffled my feathers, as this is not the first time you have caused issues on a board. Be warned.




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Posted By: rushfan4
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 8:55am
I have actually listened to 12 of these albums, which is kind of surprising, but I guess with most of them being progressive that makes it less surprising.

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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 9:38am
What? Are you serious Steven? Head on wall Your statement has so many wrong misconceptions that I don't even know where to start. . . .

This was supposed to be different from ProgArchives in more than one way, you know.


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Posted By: Colt
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 9:47am
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

Are you serious Steven?


Deadly!

I won't repeat myself.


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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 11:02am
Jeez, such a waste of energy just because I typed "lol" before my post. Ermm




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Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 2:12pm
Nope, the "LOL" portion isn't the whole problem, Caio. The nature of the post itself was unnecessary trolling as usual.

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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 2:30pm
Originally posted by J-Man J-Man wrote:

Nope, the "LOL" portion isn't the whole problem, Caio. The nature of the post itself was unnecessary trolling as usual.


Arg, when stating the obvious becomes troling things have really went downhill.


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Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 2:34pm
I've only heard nine of the albums on the list actually - most of my votes didn't make it to the list.

It is true that the list reflects a bias towards progressive metal among the collabs. I do not see that as a problem or as a reflection of close-mindedness - but it does show that we need more non-prog metal-lovin' collabs, and I hope a lot of those will sign up.


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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 2:55pm
And, mind you, I have never mentioned close-midnessness, that was completelly constructed by Steven based on my post; I have only commented that all albums on the list are progressive metal albums.


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Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 3:03pm
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

Originally posted by J-Man J-Man wrote:

Nope, the "LOL" portion isn't the whole problem, Caio. The nature of the post itself was unnecessary trolling as usual.


Arg, when stating the obvious becomes troling things have really went downhill.
 
Caio, the negative implication of your post was pretty obvious.


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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 4:13pm
Calm down, kiddies.


Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 4:46pm
Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

And, mind you, I have never mentioned close-midnessness, that was completelly constructed by Steven based on my post; I have only commented that all albums on the list are progressive metal albums.


My closemindedness comment was not directed at you.


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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 4:55pm
Originally posted by Time Signature Time Signature wrote:

Originally posted by CCVP CCVP wrote:

And, mind you, I have never mentioned close-midnessness, that was completelly constructed by Steven based on my post; I have only commented that all albums on the list are progressive metal albums.


My closemindedness comment was not directed at you.


Neither my coment was directed at you, I was simply complementing it / making an adendum.  Smile


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Posted By: The Angry Scotsman
Date Posted: 25 Jan 2012 at 5:50pm
Can't wait to try some of these albums, I've always been so bad about keeping up with current music (in 2010 I listened to like 20 metal albums from the year which was a massive shock for me) but as usual I'll get around to 2011 somedayLOL
Great job with the descriptions and choice of review blurbs, really have me interested to try a few.


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Posted By: SKwid
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 2:44pm
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Calm down, kiddies.


easy now boys, dont want to start a flame war here

Sad to not see immolation's album up here
it was soo goodCry


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Posted By: Triceratopsoil
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 3:03pm
I never got around to listening to it


Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 3:36pm
Originally posted by SKwid SKwid wrote:

Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Calm down, kiddies.


easy now boys, dont want to start a flame war here

Sad to not see immolation's album up here
it was soo goodCry
 
The free EP? Yeah that was a great release.


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Posted By: SKwid
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 4:23pm
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

I never got around to listening to it
Angry

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Posted By: Andyman1125
Date Posted: 26 Jan 2012 at 6:17pm
Originally posted by SKwid SKwid wrote:

Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Calm down, kiddies.


easy now boys, dont want to start a flame war here


Indeed, you just have to take all of Caio's posts sarcastically and everything is just fine. Clown
But seriously, this has gotten out of hand. Yes, the list is overwhelmingly prog. End of discussion.


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Posted By: Sheavy
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 5:54pm
What happened to the 7th album?....


Posted By: Sheavy
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 5:55pm
Ahha I see. So Mastodon and Leprous have a tie for 2nd, therefore fuck whoever was in seventh place? Amirite?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Big smile


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 5:56pm
Can I say that I am happy that 9 out of 20 in my list made it to the Years list?
Oh and that was directed at me.

Ouch Wink

By the way, sometime tonight I am going to make a Playlist of all the winners so everyone
can sample, looking forward to the stuff I havent heard yet myself Big smile.

I say YES, more new collaborators to get an interesting mix.

I do agree that many "Metal" lists at other sites tend to be too mainstream.

And . . .
Are we allowed (us collabs) to put up our original lists?  Some of you had some cool ones
with little write-ups so it be a shame to waste them unseen Smile.




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Posted By: Sheavy
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 5:57pm
Oh oh wait wait I see. Third AND seventh have been screwed. I see there was a tie for 6th place as well.


Posted By: Sheavy
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 5:59pm
Also, needs moar grindcore.


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 6:58pm
                                                         Alright Metal Heads and Future Collaborators . . .


      :deathbang: The MMA Collaborators Album of the Year 2011 PLAYLIST :deathbang:
                             http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL75C78340BA37D797&feature=view_all" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL75C78340BA37D797&feature=view_all


   A great way to hear what you missed or get pissed!  I guess it was the year for Sludgy, Proggy, Djenty and maybe
   . . . something completely different Metal.

                              Keep an open mind, an open ear and put the volume WIDE FUCKIN' OPEN!!! 

      Start makin' your list for this year if you think we missed out on YOUR type of Metal Wink  But we hope you enjoy.


                              (Note: Playlist is via-1 of 2 YOUtube Channel accounts I have. Maybe MMA can have a Channel???)


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Posted By: Time Signature
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 7:18pm
Sounds like a very good idea with the MMA channel :-)

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Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 7:26pm
I Vote Time Sig starts a MMA YOUtube Channel Big smile!!!
(I wouldnt have the time, at-least for the next few months).

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Posted By: Sheavy
Date Posted: 27 Jan 2012 at 8:01pm
Ahah. I see I jumped the gun on claiming that there was accidently two 2nds and two 6ths. I can't read apparently.
 
 
Also cool idea.


Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 2:37am
Originally posted by MAVIIIVAM MAVIIIVAM wrote:

                                                         Alright Metal Heads and Future Collaborators . . .


      :deathbang: The MMA Collaborators Album of the Year 2011 PLAYLIST :deathbang:
                             http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL75C78340BA37D797&feature=view_all" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL75C78340BA37D797&feature=view_all


   A great way to hear what you missed or get pissed!  I guess it was the year for Sludgy, Proggy, Djenty and maybe
   . . . something completely different Metal.

                              Keep an open mind, an open ear and put the volume WIDE FUCKIN' OPEN!!! 

      Start makin' your list for this year if you think we missed out on YOUR type of Metal Wink  But we hope you enjoy.


                              (Note: Playlist is via-1 of 2 YOUtube Channel accounts I have. Maybe MMA can have a Channel???)
 
AwesomeHeadbanger


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Posted By: Kingcrimsonprog
Date Posted: 28 Jan 2012 at 7:35am
The only one I've heard is The Hunter LOL

I've got some serious listening to to...


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Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 02 Feb 2012 at 11:19pm
Here was my List for 2011,

I'll post it at the other Best of 2011 too if ya'all dont mind Embarrassed . . .


Well, 2011 . . .

It came and went like an arpeggio down a guitar neck on a Solo!
It wasnt a particular good Year for me on one side, on the other the most Freelance Art gigs I ever got 
within a Year, yet they paid nothing Confused so I hope 2012 will be more prosperous and less stress.
And for others still dealing with last years disappointments (prayers are on-going my friends).

In-turn, I missed out on the extreme side of Metal, as my Internet Station leans to the Prog Metal side
of things, but soft! Let us partake into the realms of complexity, sublime and aggressive behavior
that is . . .

:deathbang:METAL!!!!!!!:guitarbang2:

Here we go . . . My TOP 20 Metal Albums of 2011:
(The Top 6 are on my CD player Weekly) . . .

1. Arch / Matheos - Sympathetic Resonance
Everything I want, aggression, complexity, and basically Fates Warning with their original vocalist
extraordinaire John Arch brought through the gate of time to create a contemporary masterpiece.
Its amazing we are to be blessed with an actual FW album with Alder as well!

2. TesseracT - One
These guys are more than a Djent band, full of emotion, and atmospheric bliss all enveloped in
mathematical aggression.

3. Haken - Visions
These Britts are being compared to Dream Theater but I think Haken has more of a
"Proto-Prog/Metal" sound at times, but one minute they are totally Progressive Rock, then Prog
Metal then something else. Great Storytellers and unbelievable musicians, this album could
easily move up in ranks.

4. Opeth - Heritage
Well Opeth are in a space where the old fans are leaving and gaining new ones, pissing off
others but are doing what they want, and I have been a fan since the release of "Still Life".
But this album seems like a natural progression, who knows, the next may be an all out Death
Fest.  I think Akerfeldt and the boys have a firm grasp what Proto-Metal was and could be in our
modern times.  For A HUGE Rainbow/Deep Purple and Uriah Heep fan, I love it.

5. Sun Caged - the Lotus Effect
This one is all over the place, the opening Track is as if Prog met Thrash and Death Metal
sensibilities, as the rest fly from Prog rich ballads and gorgeous melodies of Tech-Prog Metal
prowess. A gorgeous album rich with soundscapes.

6. Subsignal - Touchstones
Well, we have the vocals from Sieges Even and its sound a bit enhanced, again, it can go from
pure Progressive Rock and in the same song, total Prog Metal aggressive passages, yet they are
not DT or Haken.  Full of esoteric lyrics and prose, gorgeous.

7. Alarum - Natural Causes
Man! Was I LATE finding out about this! This is an incredible album, to be treated to this Math Metal
group again is a blessing to the ears and the mind. From Fusion, Djent, Death infused in a Math Metal
structure are Math lessons I would totally show up on time for :).

8. Andromeda - Manifest Tyranny
Andromeda, like Sun Caged is soo consistent with quality, you wonder if they are human. But
Andromeda have always teetered on Math Metal territory, but manage to make things Technical yet
digestible with plenty of aggression.

9. Leprous - Bilateral
Yes, they can be "Opeth-like" yet add that Proto-Metal aspect again, a tinge of Gothic spices and even
some technical brilliance, atmospheres and total full-fucking aggression's.  The vocals seal the deal.

10. Voyager - The meaning of I
These guys came out of nowhere, some tight technical playing in this Prog Metal outfit, this is a band
to watch in the future, I really like the vocals as he plays within some interesting melodies.

11. Dynahead - YOUniverse
Starting off as a Brazilian Meshuggah-like Math Metal Band, the sophomore effort finds the same yet
exploring the space with some beautiful work within the brutality.  This one may move up the ranks as
well.

12. Eumeria - Rebel Mind
Another that will move up as I have been enjoying these new guys on the block, with their dose of Tech-
Prog Metal.  But they have a unique sound that has me listening again and again.

13. Vangough - Kingdom of Ruin
Vangough have been around a few years and gathering a following.  This time around you can hear the
obvious growth and maturity without losing their soul, and are destined to be a name in the Prog Metal
world.

14. Borealis - Fall from Grace
Seems these Prog Metallers have been around a few years too, but their big debut is one that has a
young fresh sound, but musicianship beyond their years.  Another to watch grow into greatness.

15. Myrath - Tales of the Sand
The Tunisian Marauders strike again!  This one is growing on me more and more and will be yet
another to rise in the ranks.  The indigenous instruments just add soo much to their music to make
them stand apart from the rest.

16. Continuo Renacer - The Great Escape
So many "Djent" Instrumental Bands have come these past few years, but these Spaniards were
doing this since 2004 with their Math Metal along with the likes of Gordian Knot, Canvas Solaris and
Spiral Architect - just without the vocals.  It was thought we'd have to wait a millennium- like a new
Spiral Architect album, but we got Confessor, Cynic, Atheist, Mekong Delta and now Continuo beating
them to the punch (With Watchtower and Fredrik Thordendal's Special Defects II coming soon!). 
This is another great album sure to wow its listeners. A Math/Fusion album of EPIC proportions.

17. Symphony X - Iconoclast
I know many want them to go back to their more "Neo-Classical/Power Metal" days but I think these
guys just keep growing, and if more aggressive, so be it! But man, they still know how to create solid
"ballads" as Russel leads the way with his Godly vocals.  And that its a Concept album about the
Madness of Computers/Ai Machines . . . I'm there to sit and listen.

18. Redemption - This Mortal Coil
Redemption has been one to be a consistent force in Prog Metal, with beautifully constructed melodies
that can turn aggressive and beautiful to majestic and epic.  This Album is growing on me and those
are the ones who usually last the test of time.

19.  Dream Theater - A Dramatic turn of Events
It would be hard to NOT include DT in my list after being a huge fan since "When Day and Dream Unite"
(on LP!).  But I must say it, without Portnoy and his ASTOUNDING Fills and drum compositions, I just
feel part of DT's "Soul" is gone.  But the music is lush, huge and all DT. But let us see what Mangini can
write for the next album . . . I'm willing and ready.  But I cant help to hope Portnoy is asked back, but I
think we could only imagine what Minneman, Wildoer and Donatti couldve enhanced to re-invent them.

20. Obscura - Omniviume
I need to soak this one up more but again, they just dont disappoint.  Some great extreme Math/Death
Metal with VERY Progressive characteristics to the 10th power.  Some complexity with groove and left
turns to keep it cerebrally  interesting.


Honourable Mentions.
These can  easily take over some spots as I am still in need to purchase these and devour them
after a few weeks:

21. Unexpect - Fables of the Sleepless Empire
22. Primus - Green Naugahyde
23. Cynic - Carbon Based Anatomy
26. Mekong Delta - Wanderer at the edge of Time
27. Diamond Plate - Generation Why?
28. Anubis Gate - self titled
29. Devin Townsends Projects
30. Riverside-Memories In My Head 
. . . sorry I missed out on the more Avant-Garde and other extremes Embarrassed.

If you are feeling adventurous, please go here as I created a link from my YOUtube account as a playable
Playlist of my TOP 20 (+6) of 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD3C7E25C65657C9" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBD3C7E25C65657C9
Same order as my List above Big smile.


I hope all enjoy and have a Full-Fucking Aggressive New Year!  :guitarbang2:
. . . but with a lot of goodness thrown in Wink.

Also:
Here is my List and Playlist for my Top 20 Progressive Rock Albums of 2011 . . .

List:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Progulus4#grid/user/B00A6B18E458769E" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/user/Progulus4#grid/user/B00A6B18E458769E

Playlist:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB00A6B18E458769E" rel="nofollow - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB00A6B18E458769E

. . . almost the same as above Smile.




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Posted By: CCVP
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 5:08pm
Just a heads up: honourable is written  honourabl.

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Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2012 at 5:28pm
Youre kidding right???

You made a post JUST for that . . .

Yet all this time (I've bit my tongue since you put it up) if you look at your own Banner 
"CATHOLIC CHURCH" it says:
"So Metal The Workship Inverted Crosses". (and, So Metal? Soo Metal . . . Wink).

By the way, as an American, I'm supposed to spell it as "Honorable" but I also spell color as "colour"
as the rest of the World Tongue.
I have no problem editing my stuff (which I do CONSTANTLY Tongue)  But yours will take longer :laugh:.






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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 3:43pm
The winner is now placed on the frontpage of MMA. Better late than neverSmile.

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Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 02 Mar 2012 at 9:48pm
Nice!

A Band that deserves recognition all these years Big smile.  And a Fates Warning album soon!

. . . damn it, I peed me Kilt! Embarrassed


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Posted By: Diogenes
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 12:39pm
Originally posted by UMUR UMUR wrote:

The winner is now placed on the frontpage of MMA. Better late than neverSmile.


Fashionably late!


Posted By: MAVIIIVAM
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 1:14pm
And was posted at the Arch / Matheos FB Page by me . . .

Then the guys themselves Big smile
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Posted By: UMUR
Date Posted: 03 Mar 2012 at 4:06pm
I simply dont understand how to read Facebook pages. They are completely confusing to me.

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Posted By: progshine
Date Posted: 05 Apr 2012 at 8:25pm
I was really sad by knowing I wasn't able to vote, I've been in so many things this last year and a half that I barely now what I'm doing anymore LOL

Even Colin (Triceratopsoil) warned me about it Unhappy (thanks again btw)

I guess I wasn't metal enough on 2011, cause on those 20 names I've listened 3 of them, and disliked a lot of 2 Embarrassed

In my 2011 list I would vote for:

- Opeth (but as a Progger, that would be obvious LOL)
- Cangao ( http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/cangaco.aspx" rel="nofollow - http://www.metalmusicarchives.com/cangaco.aspx ), their first EP was released last year and WoW, by the way, it can be free downloaded on their Myspace.
- Dr. Sin deserves a vote on my side as well, Animal is a very very good album.

And many of you will now say out loud 'WTF THIS GUY'S SAYING?!?!' but I would vote up for Lulu, for sure, I almost love it Smile

I'll try to be more present here guys, well, I'm still doing minor fixes here and there Handshake


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