My annual review of what I’ve most enjoyed listening to during the last 12 months, and my albums of the year.
I didn’t think that I’d acquired many new albums in 2011, but I’ve just checked and my collection grew by 21 items (singles, EPs and albums), which was more than last year.
Here are my highlights, and unlike last year I’m starting with my favourite and working backwards.
30 day song challenge day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year
Cavalera Conspiracy—Must Kill
I have to say that I really like this song, not for the lyrics which are a bit…well, kill-y, but for the music which just grooves.
To be honest, the whole album Inflikted is amazing. This is how Encyclopaedia Metallum reviewed it
Consistently good is probably the best way to sum up “Inflikted”, which establishes Cavalera Conspiracy as a potentially serious player in the modern Metal scene.
Whether they’re pounding out thudding Groove work with a tasteful and measured amount of tribal percussive additives in “Terrorize” and “Dark Ark”, or galloping and riffing into a modern variant on textbook Thrash in “Hearts Of Darkness”, things flow smoothly.
This isn’t quite something that will wow everybody, being more like a good album with a few great elements rather than all out amazing, but it could win over a few older fans of death and thrash, along with roping in all of the newer generation who are more accustomed to an overtly polished production.
In other words, not quite an essential purchase, but definitely something worth looking into if one is inclined towards fast and heavy music with fancy guitar work and raunchy shouts.
I have to disagree with the final paragraph though: this is most definitely an essential purchase.