(NCS contributor Israel Flanders steps up with his nominations for the year’s two best albums of the year to date. Agree or disagree in the Comments, won’t you?)
Let’s just address something here . . . A ton of kick-ass new music has been unveiled in the year thus far, but some of the new releases have obviously been better than others. While my choices are controversial, I’m going to talk about, IMO, the two most essential albums of 2011 to date: Sylosis‘s Edge Of The Earth and Xerath‘s II.
I know, you’re asking me, “No TesseracT!? No Devin Townsend!?” Believe it or not (given my tastes), I liked Deconstruction, but it just felt like Devin repeating himself and starting on the path to self-parody, and I love One, but it was too little too late, on top of suffering from a syndrome of repetitiveness. With that said, let’s dig into these two albums shall we? I’m not going to go into real depth here; instead, I’m gonna let the songs I’m providing speak for themselves. I will give a brief overview of what you are getting yourself into, though, so let’s get started.
SYLOSIS: EDGE OF THE EARTH
This is the best melodic metal you’re going to hear all year. Sylosis has been well on the way to taking their place amongst the metal greats, but this album surely will seal the deal. What we have here is a combination of old school metalcore, early Metallica, and Forbidden that provides a stunningly vicious, thrashing melodic assault. This band doesn’t play around one bit, wasting no time in laying down the punishment with a plethora (and I do mean a HUGE ASS plethora) of riffs — every single one of them memorable, every single one of them hitting hard with technicality and tasteful execution. (more after the jump . . .)