Hellbound.ca INDIVIDUAL TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2011

Last week we ran our TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2011 list, as voted by the writers of Hellbound.ca. Here are the individual Top 10s that were submitted by our writers for your personal enjoyment…

BILL ADAMS

1. Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers – Teenage And Torture (Knitting Factory)
2. Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
3. Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave (Fat Wreck Chords)
4. Yuck – s/t 2CD (Fat Possum)
5. Jello Biafra and The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – Enhanced Methods of Questioning (Alternative Tentacles)
6. They Had Faces Then – 1977 (independent)
7. NOFX – untitled 10” (Fat Wreck)
8. Letlive – Fake History (Epitaph)
9. Duff McKagan’s Loaded – The Taking (Armoury Records)
10. Head Cat – Walk The Walk, Talk The Talk (NIJI Entertainment)

ADRIEN BEGRAND

1. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life (Matador)
2. Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street (Metal Blade)
3. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire)
4. Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)
5. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner)
6. Obscura – Omnivium (Relapse)
7. Leviathan – True Traitor, True Whore (Profound Lore)
8. Today is the Day – Pain is a Warning (Black Market Industries)
9. In Solitude – The World.The Flesh.The Devil (Metal Blade)
10. The Atlas Moth – An Ache For the Distance (Profound Lore)

LAINA DAWES

1. Tombs – Path of Totality (Relapse)
2. Mastodon – The Hunter (Reprise)
3. Yob – Atma (Profound Lore)
4. Hail! Hornet – Disperse the Curse (Relapse)
5. Red Fang – Murder the Mountains (Relapse)
6. Electric Wizard – Black Masses (Rise Above)
7. Today is the Day – Pain is a Warning (Black Market Activities)
8. Black Tusk – Set the Dial (Relapse)
9. Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
10. Atlas Moth – An Ache For the Distance (Profound Lore)

STEVE EARLES

1. Mastodon-‘The Hunter’ (Reprise)
2. Gates of Slumber-‘The Wretch’ (Rise Above)
3. Steel Panther-‘Balls Out’ (Unversal Republic)
4. Gentleman’s Pistols: ‘On Her Majesty’s Service.’ (Rise Above)
5. Cathedral-‘Anniversary’ (Rise Above)
6. Blood Ceremony-‘Living With The Ancient’ (Rise Above)
7. Motorhead-‘The World Is Yours’ (EMI Distribution)
8. Opeth-‘Heritage’ (Roadrunner)
9. Ghost-‘Opus Eponymous’ (Rise Above)
10. Alice Cooper-‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ (Universal)

JAY H. GORANIA

1. BRUTAL TRUTH – End Time (Relapse)
2. TODAY IS THE DAY – Pain is a Warning (Black Market Activities)
3. ABSU – Abzu (Candlelight)
4. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Deconstruction (HevyDevy/InsideOut)
5. KEN MODE – Venerable (Profound Lore)
6. RETOX – Ugly Animals (Ipecac)
7. SULACO – Build and Burn (Handshake Inc.)
8. KVELERTAK – Kvelertak (The End)
9. KRALLICE – Diotima (Profound Lore)
10. BLOOD CEREMONY – Living With the Ancients (Metal Blade)

GRUESOME GREG

1. Witch Mountain – South of Salem (Mountastic Records)
2. Crowbar – Sever the Wicked Hand (E1)
3. Argus – Boldly Strides the Doomed (Cruz del Sur)
4. Macabre – Grim Scary Tales (Decomposed Records)
5. The Gates of Slumber – The Wretch (Rise Above)
6. Blood Ceremony – Living with the Ancients (Rise Above)
7. YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)
8. Rwake – Rest (Relapse)
9. Gypsy Chief Goliath – It’s A Walk in the Mist (Black Vulture Records)
10. Denizen – Whispering Wild Stories (indie)

ALLAN GRUSIE

1.AMON AMARTH – Surtur Rising (Metal Blade)
2. OPETH – Heritage (Roadrunner)
3. SUBWAY TO SALLY – Schwarz In Schwarz (Universal DE)
4. DREAM THEATER – A Dramatic Turn Of Events (Roadrunner)
5. KARMAKANIC – In A Perfect World (Inside Out)
6. BEARDFISH – Mammoth (Inside Out)
7. DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT – Deconstruction (Inside Out)
8. DC4 – Electric Ministry (Metal Blade)
9. GRAVEYARD – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)
10. GATES OF SLUMBER – The Wretch (Metal Blade)

KYLE HARCOTT

1. RAVENCULT – Morbid Blood (Hell’s Headbangers)
2. UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS – Blood Lust (independent)
3. HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE – 17th Street (Metal Blade)
4. 40 WATT SUN – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire)
5. GRAVEYARD – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)
6. MIDNIGHT – Satanic Royalty (Hell’s Headbangers)
7. SUBROSA – No Help For the Mighty Ones (Profound Lore)
8. PRIMORDIAL – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)
9. BATILLUS – Furnace (Seventh Rule)
10. CAULDRON – Burning Fortune (Earache)

CRAIG HAYES

1. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Metal Blade)
2. Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street (Metal Blade)
3. Disma – Towards the Megalith (Profound Lore)
4. Yob – Atma (Profound Lore)
5. Blut Aus Nord- 777-Sect(s) (Debemur Morti Productions)
6. The Atlas Moth – An Ache For The Distance (Profound Lore)
7. Deafheaven – Roads To Judah (Deathwish)
8. Oranssi Pazuzu – Kosmonument (Spinefarm)
9. Craft- Void (Southern Lord)
10. Loss – Despond (Profound Lore)

ROB HUGHES

1. RED FANG – Murder the Mountains (Relapse)
2. HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE – 17th Street (Metal Blade)
3. PRIMORDIAL – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)
4. THE GATES OF SLUMBER – The Wretch (Metal Blade/Rise Above)
5. GRAVEYARD – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)
6. OPETH – Heritage (Roadrunner)
7. YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)
8. STEVEN WILSON – Grace for Drowning (K-Scope)
9. WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord)
10. OBSCURA – Omnivium (Relapse)

ROB KACHLUBA

1. Voyager-The Meaning of I (Sensory)
2. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)
3. Haken – Visions (Sensory)
4. Arch/Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (Metal Blade)
5. Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
6. Toxic Holocaust – Conjure and Command (Relapse)
7. Cynthesis – DeEvolution (Sensory)
8. While Heaven Wept – Fear of Infinity (Nuclear Blast)
9. Insomnium – One for Sorrow (Century Media)

LAUREN LEUSCHNER

1. Opeth- Heritage (RoadRunner)
2. SuidAkrA- Book of Dowth (AFM)
3. Tyr- The Lay of Thrym (Napalm)
4. Steel Panther- Balls Out (Universal)
5. Turisas- Stand Up and Fight (Century Media)
6. Amon Amarth- Surtur Rising (Metal Blade)
7. Hammerfall- Infected (Nuclear Blast)
8. Anvil- Juggernaut of Justice (The End)
9. Alestorm- Back Through Time (Napalm)
10. Blackguard- Firefight (Victory)

MATT LEWIS

1. Exhumed – All Guts, No Glory (Relapse)
2. Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (Underground Operations)
3. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising (Metal Blade)
4. Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues (Metal Blade)
5. Machine Head – Unto The Locust (RoadRunner)
6. Devin Townsend – Ghost (Inside Out)
7. Fuck The Facts – Die Miserable (Relapse)
8. Obscura – Omnivium (Relapse)
9. Graf Orlock – DoomBox (Vitriol)
10. Trap Them – Darker Handcraft (Prosthetic)

ALBERT MANSOUR

1. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)
2. Destruction – Day Of Reckoning (Nuclear Blast)
3. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner)
4. Ghost – Opus Eponymous (Metal Blade)
5. Septicflesh – The Great Mass (Season of Mist)
6. Obscura – Omnivium (Relapse)
7 Krallice – Diotima (Profound Lore)
8 Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning (K Scope)
9 Anal Cunt – The Old Testament 1988-1991 (2011) (Relapse)
10. Bullet – Highway Pirates (Black Lodge)

OLA MAZZUCA

1. Textures – Dualism (Nuclear Blast)
2. Rhapsody of Fire – The Frozen Tears of Angels (Nuclear Blast)
3. Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever (Nuclear Blast)
4. Archaios – The Distant (Dark Canvas)
5. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner)
6. Untimely Demise – City Of Steel (Sonic Unyon)
7. Chthonic – Takasago Army (Spinefarm)
8. Anvil – Juggernaut Of Justice (The End)
9. Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony (Nuclear Blast)
10. Craft – Void (Carnal)

JUSTIN M. NORTON

1. Altar of Plagues – Mammal (Profound Lore)
2. Amebix – Sonic Mass (Easy Action)
3. Gridlink – Orphan (Hydra Head)
4. Tombs – Path Of Totality (Relapse)
5. Autopsy-Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)
6. The Gates Of Slumber – The Wretch (rise Above/Metal Blade)
7. Mitochondrion – Parasignosis (Profound Lore)
8. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire / Metal Blade)
9. Encoffination – O’Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres (Selfmadegod)
10. YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)

SEAN PALMERSTON

1. YOB – Atma (Profound Lore)
2. Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street (Metal Blade)
3. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)
4. Obscura – Omvivium (Relapse)
5. Arch/Matheos – Synthetic Resonance (Metal Blade)
6. Pentagram – Last Rites (Metal Blade)
7. Deceased – Surreal Overdose (Patac)
8. KEN Mode – Venerable (Profound Lore)
9. Darkest Era – The Last Caress Of Light (Metal Blade)
10. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)

JONATHAN SMITH

1. Altar of Plagues – Mammal – Profound Lore
2. Panopticon – Social Disservices – Flenser Records
3. Echtra – Paragate – Temple of Torturous
4. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage – Southern Lord
5. Heretoir – s/t – Northern Silence Productions
6. Oskoreien – s/t – independent
7. Petrychor – Effigies and Epitaphs – independent
8. ChthoniC – Takasago Army – Spinefarm Records
9. Ulver – Wars Of The Roses – Kscope
10. Embers – Shadows – Amoeba

KEVIN STEWART-PANKO

1. GRAF ORLOCK – Doombox EP (Vitriol)
2. KEN MODE – Venerable (Profound Lore)
3. OBSCURA – Omnivium (Relapse)
4. EXHUMED – All Guts, No Glory (Relapse)
5. INEVITABLE END – The Oculus (Relapse)
6. WORMROT – Dirge (Earache)
7. ED GEIN – Bad Luck (Black Market Activities)
8. FERAL – Dragged to the Altar (Ibex Moon)
9. UNKIND – Harhakuvat (Relapse)
10. FUCK THE FACTS – Die Miserable (Relapse)

JASON WELLWOOD

1. Norris – Great White North (Year of the Sun)
2. Fuck The Facts – Die Miserable (Relapse)
3. Unleash The Archers – Demons Of The Astrowaste (Self Released)
4. Hell – Human Remains (Nuclear Blast)
5. Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Universal)
6. KEN Mode – Venerable (Profound Lore)
7. Death Valley Driver – Choke the River (Diminished Fifth)
8. Scythia – …Of Exile (Self Released)
9. Exes For Eyes – The Amsler Grid (Year of the Sun)
10. Doomeastvan – Songs In The Key of Death (Self Released)

RENEE TROTIER

1. Graveyard – Hisingen Blues (Nuclear Blast)
2. Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination (Prosthetic Records)
3. American Heritage – Sedentary (Translation Loss)
4. Mastodon – The Hunter (Reprise)
5. Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)
6. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner Records)
7. Ghost – Opus Eponymous (Metal Blade)
8. Red Fang – Murder the Mountains (Relapse Records)
9. Chthonic – Takasago Army (Spinefarm)
10. Bloodiest – Descent (Relapse Records)

LAURA WIEBE

1. Enslaved – The Sleeping God EP (Nuclear Blast with Scion A/V)
2. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner)
3. Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction (Inside Out)
4. Wolverine – Communication Lost (Candlelight)
5. Demonaz – March of the Norse (Nuclear Blast)
6. Evergrey – Glorious Collision (SPV)
7. Isole – Born from Shadows (Napalm)
8. Amorphis – The Beginning of Times (Nuclear Blast)
9. Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)
10. Turisas – Stand Up and Fight (Century Media)

ADAM WILLS

1. 40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire)
2. The Atlas Moth – An Ache For the Distance (Profound Lore)
3. Opeth – Heritage (Roadrunner)
4. Mastodon – The Hunter (Reprise)
6. Septic Flesh – The Great Mass (Season of Mist)
5. Subrosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones (Profound Lore)
7. Devin Townsend – Deconstruction (Inside Out)
8. November’s Doom – Aphotic (The End)
9. Amorphis – The Beginning of Times (Nuclear Blast)
10. Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)

NATALIE ZED

1. HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE -17th Street (Metal Blade)
2. 40 WATT SUN – The Inside Room (Cyclone Empire)
3. FALCONER – Armod (Metal Blade)
4. KEN MODE – Venerable (Profound Lore)
5. FUCK THE FACTS – Die Miserable (Relapse)
6. TODAY IS THE DAY – Pain Is A Warning (Black Market Activities)
7. FLOURISHING — The Sum Of All Fossils (The Path Less Traveled)
8. ALL ELSE FAILED – Wouldn’t Wish This On Anyone (War Torn Records)
9. ATLAS MOTH – An Ache For The Distance (Profound Lore)
10. TOMBS — Path of Totality (Relapse)

Sean Palmerston

Sean is the founder/publisher of Hellbound.ca; he has also written about metal for Exclaim!, Metal Maniacs, Roadburn, Unrestrained! and Vice.