Teeth of the Divine’s STAFF PICKS for 2011

Well, another year. Another late year rush to get staff picks together, which is a lot like herding cats. Another year of rotating staff members. Another year of departed metal icons. But despite of all that, another year of seemingly endless awesome metal. Its seems like each year is always better than the last with a mix of old acts returning, newcomers bringing the thunder and of course the perennials and old reliables. Sit back and feast your eyes on this years cream of the crop according to the staff here at Teethofthedivine.com. And of course feel free discuss, dissect and discredit, but more importantly tell us your picks, good and bad of 2011.

by Staff

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1. Fleshgod ApocalypseAgony.
2. Entrails The Tomb Awaits.
3. Kverlertak s/t
4. Light Bearer Lapsus
5. Vildhjarta Masstaden
6. Wolves In The Throne Room Celestial Lineage
7. Ulcerate- The Destroyers of All
8. DismaTowards the Megalith
9. Life in Your Way – Kingdoms
10. Obscura Omnivium
11. Deafheaven Roads to Judah
12. Insomnium One for Sorrow.
13. Origin Entity
14. LossDespond
15. Mitochondrion Parasignosis
16. Anomalous Ohmnivalent
17. Hull Beyond the Lightless Sky
18. Obsequiae Suspended in the Brume of Eos
19. Primordial Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand
20. Mournful Congregation The Book of Kings
21. All Pigs Must Die God is War
22. Alestorm Back Through Time.
23. The Living Fields Running Out of Daylight
24. MorneAsylum
25. Sleeping Giant Kingdom Days in an Evil Age

Albums that I heard in 2011, that would have been sure fire for 2010:
Journal Unlorja, Rhino Weight of Coronation

Sorry guys, you got bumped by a ridiculously good late year flurry of releases and discoveries: Anaal NathrakhPassion, Fen Epoch, Ana Kefr (II) The Burial Tree, Dekadent Venera : Trial & Tribulation.

Sorry guys, I Didn’t Get the Hype: 40 Watt SunThe Inside Room, AbsuAbzu, VektorOuter Isolation, Revocation – Chaos of  Forms.

Sorry guys,  I didn’t have enough time to get to know you properly, but I’m pretty sure you were awesome: UnexpectFables of the Lost Empire, TombsThe Path of Totality , Vale of PnathThe Prodigal Empire , Killing the DreamLucky Me, Flourishing – The Sum of All Fossils,  Saille– Irreversible Decay.

Album I had to find a spot for and at least mention somewhere: Ever ForthrightS/T.
Best Vinyl release: Dead in the Dirt Fear 7″
Best Re-issues: Augury Concealed, Uncanny MCMXCI-MCMXCIV
Best Self Released CD (and best fucking cover art)Vore Gravehammer
Best Demo Hessian Crucible Morbidity
Best comeback: Autopsy Macabre Eternal
Best EP- Corpsessed The Dagger & The Chalice
Biggest surprise: Jungle Rot Kill On Command
Best labels: Dark Descent/ Southern Lord/Profound Lore
Worst albums: Morbid Angel Illud Divunum Insanus, Denial FiendHorror Holocaust.
Best album everyone hated because of the artist, not the actual music: Liturgy Aesthetica


Best Songs: Fleshgod Apocalypse “The Betrayal” and “The Violation”, Light Bearer “Primen Movens”, Augury “Lair of Purity”, Alestorm ” I am a Cider Drinker”, Hessian Crucible “Shame Spiral”, Ulcerate “Cold Becoming”, Kverlertak “Utrid Die Svake”, Subrosa “House Carpenter”, Turisas “Hunting Pirates” and “Venetoi! Presino!” , The Living Fields “Glacial Movements” and “Perseverance”, Woods of Ypres “By the Time You Read This” and “I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery”, Liturgy “Tragic Laurel” and “Returner”, All Pigs Must Die “Death Dealer”, Dekadent “Day of Solace”, Illdisposed “The Taste of You”, August Burns Red “Carpe Diem”, Century “Painting Leprosy”, Vrani Vlossa “Rising Red”, Anaal Nathrakh “Drug Fucking Abomination”, Deafheaven “Tunnel of Trees”, Morne “Volition”, Rose Funeral “Malignant Amour”, Primordial “Mouth of Judas”, Ulcerate “Cold Becoming”, Hull “Earth From Water”, Lock Up “Stigmartyr”, Svartsot “Farsoten Kom”,Hands “Northern Lights”, Monsterworks “Everything You Believe is a Lie”, Thousand Year War ‘Spartacus”, Taake “Myr”, Loss – “Cut Up Depressed and Alone”, Skyrim Theme.

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  1. Commented by: Facial La Fleur

    Apparently there are quite a bit of new staff that I have never heard of. Any of you folks posting in the forum?

  2. Commented by: gabaghoul

    Chuck = globox

  3. Commented by: Devils lettuce

    Fuckin A Jodi! Vintersorg rules

  4. Commented by: terp

    Surprised 40 Watt Sun left so many folks cold. Just picked it up last week & am digging it.

  5. Commented by: Stiffy

    40 watt sun does nothing for me and I am the doom guy. It’s drawn out and whinny to me.

  6. Commented by: bast
  7. Commented by: gabaghoul

    I can always count on Grim to deliver a list that has little to no overlap with anyone else’s… which is a good thing ’cause otherwise I’d have never heard of gems like Slartibartfass. Weird name, great black metal.

  8. Commented by: gabaghoul

    another overlooked 2011 gem: Witheria – thanks Larry! you are 2 for 2 for me this year

  9. Commented by: DWGravityBlaster

    It’s CRIMINAL you left off Novembers Doom. Aphotic was better then most this year, and not even an honorable mention?

  10. Commented by: Wharwulf

    I was lucky enough to see 40 Watt Sun in Chicago this last fall and considering I met up with a bunch of the MetalReview staff it was a great time. Superb show.

    With that said, I can totally see why many out there aren’t into the album much. It is a tad whiny in spots, and the songs do appear to go nowhere on the surface but for me there’s quite a bit of depth in that fuckin’ record. I personally dig it quite a bit and it cracked my top 5… shit just resonates very, very well with me. I hate to use the ol’ cliche, but I truly feel it’s one of those albums where you’re gonna absolutely fucking hate it, or as has been the case with just about every fan of it out there I’ve run across you hold it in very high regard. Seems there’s no in between on this one.

    Lastly, nice lookin’ list, Erik. There are a lot of albums on there I haven’t heard yet and will likely investigate more than a few of them. Also, gonna miss your work over at MR big time, but I look forward to continuing to follow you on Teeth. Cheers!!!

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