Mastodon ‘The Hunter’ (Reprise): One of my favorite releases of 2011 was Mastodon’s ‘The Hunter’. This album seemed as though it was a melting pot of Mastodon’s previous styles fused with more rock n’ roll sensibilities. The album is very diversified and minimalist at points. Some of the best songs on the album are ‘Black Tounge’, Curl of The Burl’, ‘Creature Lives’, and ‘The Hunter’.
Bon Iver ‘Bon Iver’ (Jagjaguwar) : After a performance on SNL last weekend my music’s best kept secret came out. I like many others got Bon Iver’s album in 2o11 and fell in love with it. If you don’t know this brainchild of Justin Vernon you soon will.
Van Halen ‘A Different Kind Of Truth’ (Interscope): Full Review Here
In Flames ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’ (Roadrunner): Swedish band, In Flames show why they are the kings of melodic metal with their latest album, ‘Sounds of a Playground Fading’ . As One of my favorite bands I was very surprised to hear this record, which is nothing like anything In Flames has done in the past. With a focus on song structure, this album really drives one to think conceptually. Not only does it make you conceptually think about the lyrics and the songs, but the composition and orchestration of each track. These factors make it a true masterpiece.