Thought I’d make this up for those who want to start shopping early to beat the crowds, or just want to see what happened with this year. Because in reality, 2011’s releases have been sparse compared to the year before. A lot of genres don’t really seem to have had any notable releases on them as of now. I’m going to try and cover what I can, no guarantees. Oh, and these are in no particular order.
>If you like Metal
-Prog Metal lovers should never miss Devin Townsend’s Deconstruction.
-Same with Cynic’s newest EP. Especially if you love hearing Jazz inside.
-Stratovarius’s Elsylum if you enjoy that Power Metal/Iron Maiden type of music.
-Justice’s newest is definitely NOT like their original. But it’s also really good.
-Rustie’s Glass Swords. It’s most likely unheard of for most, but it is amazing to the right ears. It’s a mix of a whole bunch of different types.
-Lapfox Trax has just released an… actually very tereffic compilation album made up of two unfinished projects. It’s completely free, just search for his bandcamp. Also worth checking out is the Darius album while you’re at it (though that one costs you). Once again, a mix of styles. You can try before you buy there too.
>”I like more of the same thing that I’ve always been listening to” (note: not saying if anything is good or bad here, my opinions are not here)
-Nickelback’s stayed the exact same in their newest as the past. And by that, I mean “musical copypasta.” If you want more go get it.
-Megadeth is more Megadeth. There’s nothing really wrong here, and Dave is still Dave. Speaking of which, Mustaine and Ellefson are back together in the music.
-Eminem put out an album with Royce da 5’9’, as promised waaaaay back on the Slim Shady LP. Nothing more really needs to be said about this, it’s not exactly the same as everything, but I con’t find a better place for it. Lighters is recommended.
-Stryper’s newest is the album for you if you like 80s metal, and especially an 80s metal band covering music of around that era. If you’ve already heard they’re a Christian band, and are already shaking your head, don’t worry about this album: it’s even got a Black Sabbath cover in here.
-If you really like older U2, but want to hear something more “modern” in order to talk about with other people or something, get Coldplay’s newest. It’s not the best in the world, but you’ll most likely like it.
-If you enjoy Black Sabbath on a daily basis and can’t wait for that new album, look up Blood Ceremony’s newest. You most likely won’t be disappointed.
>I want something different.
-Once again mentioning Rustie’s Glass Swords, check above.
-Still Devin Townsend Project’s Deconstruction, especially if you like thinking about song meanings a little. You might want to get his Ghost album as well, it’s a polar opposite.
-Like Blues? Post-Hardcore? Trophy Scars released a new EP a few months back. It does sound like a REALLY STRANGE combination, but in my personal opinion I’ve been listening to it since it came out. And I’m always returning back to it.
-I found this one day while searching the web: A completely done by hand chiptune version of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. I’m not one of those who worships this album by any means, but it’s a very well done piece and really captures this famous CD. You can find that here: http://www.ptesquad.com/more/pte030.html