Sunday Sesh: 2011 – Never Forget

Change makes for horribly clichéd quotes” – Everyone (Always).

Last month, a member of our community who goes by the name Jom posed (no, not that pose) a question to the group asking what we were all listening to five years ago. As a relatively young dude, he said his “uncultured buttocks” were into what he described as “surface level prog,” noting that he didn’t really branch out until some years later. We had a little bit of discussion going on, and it got a few of us pondering the topic. As a slightly older and infinitely more stupid lizardude, an accurate answer to the question took me a little while longer to reach. After an interminable 13 minutes, I concluded that 2011 me was coming down from a four year weird shit and tech-death high and relaxing into some more familiar older favourites. After completing a degree at uni, I can only assume my mind craved things that would foster a certain sense of relaxation. Bands such as Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia, Cephalic Carnage and Psyopus kinda fell out of favour as a result. This brought me to the question, what then from 2011 do I still listen to regularly today?

[Yes, this song is from 2012, you canny fuckstain].

And to be honest, the answer is not a great deal. Sure, there’s obviously a tonne of stuff from before then that I still revisit quite often, but I can’t really pinpoint much from that particular period that has stuck with me. Now, I’m fairly sure this is just a function of my age and/or time that I’d been into metal before then. I’m sure that if I were just getting into the genre around that time, I’d have developed a greater affiliation and reverence for some of the albums from then. Things would have been fresh and exciting. However, this is not to say that nothing I appreciate came out around then. In fact, there are a bunch of albums I love from 2011, but what I’m getting at here is that I wasn’t listening to them at the time.

The only albums I can really say that I was jamming at the time that have stuck around to any extent are Origin‘s Entity, Vektor‘s Outer Isolation, and maybe a couple of tracks from Decapitated‘s Carnival Is Forever. Looking back, I can also remember feeling a a little disappointed with the follow-up to Animals As Leaders‘ exciting debut, and thinking Mastodon‘s The Hunter was so lacklustre that I didn’t need to just hop off the their train so much as I had to violently dive out at full-speed, with the knowledge that if I died during the resulting fall it would be an improvement over having my “burls” curled ever a-fucking-gain. There are albums that I have since discovered that really should have been on my radar at the time, some of which have only been brought to my attention through the power of the flush. Mitochondrion‘s Parasignosis (thanks Dubs), Revocation‘s Chaos Of Forms, Ulcerate‘s Destroyers Of All, and that absolutely crushing split from Mammoth Grinder/Hatred Surge (thanks Joe!).

So today we’re going to be looking back five years, discussing what you were spinning that year and whether any of it has stood the test of time. Maybe there are some 2011 albums you have stumbled upon since that you would have preferred to know about at the time? Let’s hear it.

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  • Lacertilian

    Seems this may mark my 100th TovH post.
    Know that I’ll be celebrating by trudging through yet another dismal Monday morning breaking my back/spirit at work, thinking of all of you people reading this while lighting Cuban cigars with trillion dollar bills dipped in pure coke on board luxury yachts off the Maldivian archipelago. You bastards.

  • This monster of a Death Metal album got a lot of plays.

    • Abradolf Lincler


      hey, btw they had three Black Witchery LPs. I did only pick up Upheaval

    • Super Nintendo Chalmers

      Tyree and I are the greatest.

  • Super Nintendo Chalmers

    If I look back at my LastFM, it was a lot of the first Wodensthrone album, a lot of Wolvhammer and dbeat, Yob’s Atma, Disma’s debut and this.

    • AOTY

      • Super Nintendo Chalmers

        I went through a really gut-wrenching, heart-rending break up that involved lots of attempted and failed break up moments that eventually culminated in a giant blow up and never speaking to each other again in 2011. This album got me through it and pulled me out of a dark spot where I was on the verge of some serious self-harm.

        • Damn, I’m sorry to hear that! Sounds like something I went through in 2012. At least we have sweet sweet sounds to keep it all in check.

          • Super Nintendo Chalmers

            Rye whiskey fuelled break up arguments are something else, man. But, yea, music is one of those great healers.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      recently picked up a used copy of Wolvhammers The Obsidian Plains on wax. Hopefully they can return to form. wasnt as big on crlawing into black sun

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      This is fucking excellent! Kinda sounds like a power metal version of A Forest Of Stars, and a pinch of Atlantean Codex.

  • Abradolf Lincler
    • Abradolf Lincler
    • Lacertilian

      Damn, forgot about that one. Prob my fave RC album too.

      • Abradolf Lincler


        • Lacertilian

          Still haven’t spun the new one in full. Have you?

          • Abradolf Lincler

            nah i havent

  • I’m having a hard time finding stuff from 2011. I know I made a mental list that I’ve obviously forgotten. This album for sure and still listening today.

  • This supremely underrated album was released that year too. I remember playing the fuck out of this on my old iPod Classic. Just recently got the vinyl.

  • Fuck! Among others already mentioned, Tombs, Dragged Into Sunlight, Blut aus Nord, Altar of Plagues, Yob, 40 Watt Sun, Loss, Subrosa, Indian, Krallice, Batillus, Anaal Nathrakh, Omnium Gatherum. 2011 was a damn good year. And screw everybody, I really like Primordial’s ‘Redemption at the Puritans Hand.’

    • Abradolf Lincler

      omg yes. 2011 brought us 777 Sect(s) & The Desanctification

      • Love the 777 trilogy. You already mentioned Wolves, another phenomenal album.

  • tigeraid

    Interesting question. I had to actually go back and look at what came out. Iced Earth – Dystopia, comes to mind, being our resident IE nerd. Lean year for metal. Oh, and Mastodon’s The Hunter.

  • This one still gets plays as well

  • Abradolf Lincler

    2011 saw me spin this doom masterpiece a lot. still do from time to time

  • Tom Warriors Beanie

    I think 2011 saw the height of my Strapping Young Lad obsession. Besides that I remember being blown away by Heirs to Thievery by Misery Index and the first Triptykon album.

    • Sy-Klone

      Not to be a jerk, but I’m pretty sure both the Misery Index & Triptykon albums you mentioned came out in 2010.

      • Abradolf Lincler


      • Tom Warriors Beanie

        True but its still what I was listening to. I didn’t say I wasn’t behind the curve.

  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    I listened to Misfits – Static Age a lot that year.

  • Sy-Klone

    This scratched all my itches five yeas ago, and still gets played every few months or so.

  • Sy-Klone

    I still listen to this today, and it definitely blew my mind five years ago when it came out. Oh, and while some my think it atrocious, this cover of Carcass is one of my all time favorite covers:

    • Count_Breznak

      Some are right.

  • Count_Breznak

    Ulcerate – Destroyers of All
    Gigan – Quasi-Hallucinogenic Sonic Landscapes
    Suleco – Build and Burn
    Vaulting – Nucleus
    uneXpect – Fables of the Sleepless Empire
    Archspire – All shall align
    Wormrot – Dirge
    Cyotoxin – Plutonium Heaven
    Necros Christos – Doom of the Occult
    Orthodox – Baal
    Baring Teeth – Atrophy

    …and a whole lot of other shit, t`was a good year.

    • tertius_decimus

      Upvoting for “Fables of the Sleepless Empire”. Very creative musicianship here.

    • Hans Gruber

      Wormrot changed a lot for me, starting my affection for grind.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    I probably listened to the same stuff I listen to now

  • tertius_decimus

    “Outer Isolation” was rad and still is. Listened to it yesterday.

    Continuo Renacer – The Great Escape
    Special Providence – Soul Alert

  • ME GORAK!!!™


    • tertius_decimus

      May I, please, argue? Dream Theater was boring, Return of Primus was also lackluster compared to their previous works, however I deeply respect Les Claypool for his out-of-the-box way of thinking.

      • ME GORAK!!!™


        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Green Naugahyde is good.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      wasnt my fav dragonland but Gorak rite!!!!

  • Origin – Entity fo sho. Cattle’s Monolith. Abysmal Dawn. Cannibal Corpse. TRON LEGACY SOUNDTRACK.

    • Stanley

      That Derezzed tune is pretty banging.

    • Lacertilian

      Cattle Decap was 2012 tho?

      • Well…..replace CD with just about anything else and it checks out. Mgla, Turd/Cutter, Spineshank; its no biggie

  • Pentagram Sam

    First part of 2011 was alot of Within Temptation’s Unforgiving album. I just thought it was really cool how they actually ADDED way more guitar leads, melodies, and solos. Like every song (no radio edits) is full of cool guitar work.

    Summer / Fall got into Skull Fist who I still listen to today. Actually officially bought the Chasing the Dream album last week. Laugh my ass off at the back pic where the band is doing dumb ass poses and the music credits are listed as : Shit, Stuff, Bass (they used a sesh drummer)

    Also got a whole lot into acoustic music but not folk stuff or Jackson Browne type of shit even tho I’m downe with Browne. Alot of altered tunings, Michael Hedges, for old school referene, Candyrat guys, Mark Kroos for newish.
    Found this outlet and tuned the acoustic to DADGAD and been off n on with this style since. Playing this is actually almost more rewarding than metal stuff when I’m by myself.

    Enforcer is prob in there too.

    • Lacertilian

      I’ve had fun in that tuning too! Might do it again soon, as it only takes a minute to do, unlike a bunch of other ones.

  • JWEG

    I don’t think my metal-oriented musical taste has changed that much. In 2011 it was dominated by both atmospheric (and post and Cascadian) black metal and all manner of sub subgenres (and micro-genres) of DOOM. In 2016 it’s the same but slightly more jumbled in priority between the nuances.

    A few representative 2011 releases I definitely still listen to from time to time: (it’s just listed as 2012 on the bandcamp) (including Panopticon side, as I have it on tape & cd)

    Since it was also asked here are two (one LP, one EP) equally-representative ones from 2011 that I found several years later (in the latter case possibly too late given Haggatha released one more album the next year then stopped):

    I didn’t actually start using Bandcamp until 2013 so the first two links above are albums I own in a physical format only, but the rest are in my collection.

    That’s all I can come up with easily, without digging into my CD collection for a complete list of the 2011 albums I own. Maybe I’ll add that later, just for kicks, then compare to current listening.

    • Abradolf Lincler

      that Haggatha album is fire.

      also hails to USBM/Cascadian BM

    • JWEG

      Here’s that list of 2011 CDs I own. 2010 CDs I was probably still listening to had to be left out to avoid lots of scrolling. My CD collection shows a lot more exploring other subgenres to see what else I liked, but I’m not sure what really definitive conclusions I can draw from it.

      First the ones I have revisited or will revisit often:

      – Abriosis: Tattered and Bound
      – Alestorm: Back Through Time (I offer no justification except drunken fun times)
      – Amorphis: End of Times (cheese, but fine cheese)
      – Antediluvian: Through the Cervix of Hawaah
      – Archspire: All Shall Align
      – Arkona: Slovo
      – The Atlas Moth: An Ache for the Distance
      – Autopsy: Macabre Eternal
      – Barnburner: Bangers II
      – TBDM: Ritual
      – Black Tusk: Set the Dial
      – Cannabis Corpse: Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
      – Draconian: A Rose for the Apocalypse
      – Falkenbach: Tiurida
      – Gross Misconduct: The Disconnect
      – Indian: Guiltless
      – Kampfar: Mare
      – Mitochondrion: Parasignosis
      – Mournful Congregation: Book of Kings
      – Opeth: Heritage
      – Origin: Entity
      – Primordial: Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
      – Red Fang: Murder the Mountains
      – Scythia: …Of Exile
      – Skeletonwitch: Forever Abomination
      – Threat Signal (S/T)
      – Turisas: Stand Up And Fight
      – unexpecT: Fables of the Sleepless Empire
      – Unleash the Archers: Demons of the AstroWaste
      – Wolvhammer: Obsidian Plains
      – YOB: Atma
      – Bell Witch Demo
      – Conan / Slomatics Split
      – Iskra & Doom Siren Split

      Then albums just bought to maintain Complete Discographies but haven’t gone back to in a few years:

      – Amon Amarth: Surtur Rising
      – Decapitated: Carnival Is Forever
      – Exhumed: All Guts No Glory
      – Mastodon: The Hunter
      – Revocation: Chaos of Forms

      – Tyr: Lay of Thrym. I kept hoping for a return to “Land” and earlier quality but got three sub-par albums instead. I am not really interested in the upcoming one, even if it is only just being recorded.

      – White Wizzard: Flying Tigers

  • Xinen

    Interesting topic. My biggest transitions occurred earlier in the 2000’s, I’d say 2009’ish saw my biggest development. By 2011 I’d been pretty comfortable bouncing around between my favorite genres, techdeath, oldschool death, nwosdm, and the black/death and bestial stuff that does the trick. I really have the blogosphere to thank for exposing me to so much great stuff, otherwise I’d never really have discovered or even maybe been in the right mindset to enjoy some albums. I just wish some of those writters were still going. This place is among the few I know that cover the stuff I like.

    • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

      Curious if you heard the new Omnium Gatherum. A lot more melodic, but pretty good.

      • Xinen

        Yeah, though not as much as Redshift or New World Shadows, those are my faves for sure. I do really like Beyond as well, I need to give Grey Heavens more listens though. From what I heard it sounded good if slightly different.

  • Brock Samson

    Absu – Abzu, Altar of Plagues – Mammal, Krallice – Diotima, Obscura – Omnivium, Vanhelgd – Church of Death, Sub Rosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones, Vastum -Carnal Law, Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(s)

  • brokensnow

    Trap them, Liturgy,TBDM

    • has your opinion of Liturgy changed since then?

      BTW, mr. not on facebook (that i know of)… where do you live? i’m just curious since i’ve seen you around for years now and still don’t think i know the answer!

      • brokensnow

        To be honest I like 1 song off the album(generation). I am on facebook. I live in NE Ohio. (Alliance). Im on the TOVH FB page.

  • At first I couldn’t remember a single thing from 2011. After some investigation, I’ve concluded that it was a banner year, replete with shit I still play with fair regularity. At the time I was:

    Getting super weird with Circle of Ouroborus – Eleven Fingers.
    Getting goth with Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
    Getting my marine biology on with Giant Squid – Cenotes
    Getting all trees n’ shit with Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
    Getting looooooow with Woburn House – Sleep Summer Storm
    Getting pissed about shitty production value with SubRosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones
    Continuing to feel ambivalent with Ulver – Wars of the Roses
    Getting even more goth with Soror Dolorosa – Blind Scenes

  • Commodus, Flusher Of Worlds

    Alot of synthpop and power metal around that time. Some of the usual stuff: Melotron, VNV Nation, Wintersun, Blind Guardian, Oingo Boingo, Manowar, Love Like Blood, X Mal Deustchland, Krisiun, etc.

  • Hans Gruber
  • According to Lastfm:

    Death – Individual Thought Patterns
    Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions
    Aeon Spoke – Aeon Spoke
    Death – Human
    Gojira – The Link
    Cynic – Carbon-Based Anatomy
    Animals as Leaders – Animals as Leaders
    Cynic – Traced in Air
    Periphery – Periphery
    Aeon Spoke – Above the Buried Sky
    Pestilence – Spheres
    Obscura – Omnivium
    HIM – The Greatest Hits 1997 – 2004
    Gojira – The Art of Dying
    Holy Moses – World Chaos
    At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
    Spiritual Beggars – Demons

    Less listenings, but still on the top: AFI, Obituary, Pat Metheny Group, Porcupine Tree, Dark Tranquillity, Scar Symmetry, Steven Wilson, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Nightwish, Textures, Charlie Parker, Between the Buried and Me, Carcass and Xandria.