Hereâ€™s my TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2011…maybe in specific orderâ€¦maybe not..:-)
- Fractured – Beneath The Ashes
- UCNX- Generation Damaged
- Aesthetic Perfection – All Beauty Destroyed
- TraKKtor – Force Majeure
- W.A.S.T.E. – Liquor, Drugs and HateÂ
- Synapscape – traits
- Skinny Puppy – hanDoverÂ
- Vigilante – The New Resistance
- Necro Facility – Wintermute
- inline.seX.terror – The Architecture of Madness
Until Death Festival (Denver, CO 13-14)Absolutely the best show I was at this year…it was a three day festival in Denver, Colorado featuring many of the best bands/artists in the underground scene. A nice balance between the Industiral/Harsh EBM/Noize/Experimental/IDM sounds throughout the three days and awesome performances from Icon of Coil, Mono-Amine, Combichrist, Komor Kommando, W.A.S.T.E, Diverje, The Strand, DeadHandProjekt, Kontrolled Demolition, Northborne, Cervello Ellettronico, Blackcell and more. The show, and music was a HUGE PART OF IT, but also, the get together, partying and hanging out with the various bands, and DJ’s and fans of the scene was so fun and great to meet so many people that I had only talked to online before. Overall a memorable/ amazing time and very well put together festival from Dave Vendetta and company…
Combichrist/iVardensphere @ The Sun Shine Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico – We didn’t get many touring acts here in Albuquerque this year and that was disappointing…but we did get Combichrist and iVardensphere and that was definitely the BEST LOCAL SHOW OF 2011. A great mix of styles and energy and the crowd here was electric all the way through!
Favorite newly discovered artists
Encephalon- I had heard of this project before but they had never released anything other than some MP3s, so when I picked up The Transhuman Condition album from Artoffact I was pretty surprised at how diverse, well produced, and how strong the songwriting was for a DEBUT album this has to be the best one for me in 2011.
Say Just Words – another “new” band that has had some songs in the underground and some download releases, but this new EP (THE PERFECT KILLER on ENGRAVED RITUAL/ DSBP) that came out in the last month really shows their strength, sound and songwriting.. South American band with a dark, eerie, harsh ebm sound, string arrangements, melodies and deep bass to shake the club floors.
Nahtaivel â€“ This Brazillian totally impressed me with his “midnight sessions” CD…each track is different and mixes Dark Electro, Harsh Industrial, Hard EBM, Black Metal, Ethereal, IDM, and yes, all of it is done real well. Look for lots more from this upcoming artist!
Angels of Suicide – a very interesting Harsh Industrial/EBM project from Texas…they aren’t doing the typical sound or sticking to club music only. This band is trying some different angles at harsh industrial and the beats are dispersed in non-typical ways. I been hearing a lot of growth, creativity in this band and see them with a good future!
and some more notable mention….ANDRO-DIOXIN, GOD DESTRUCTION, BIND.TORTURE.KILL, SCAR LIMIT, AUXILIARY CONTROL, CRITICAL SYSTEM ERROR, DETUNED DESTRUCTION, KNOWN REBEL, ERODE, SUBLIMINAL CODE..lots more i forgot too.
Thanks for support of the underground in 2011!!