This year for our Top 10 we asked the team to put together their Top 10 albums of 2011, because everyone’s taste is different we decided to approach the ThisIsNotAScene Top 10 scientifically… It was compiled by taking the score (1st place = 10pts – 10th place = 1pt) of the placings in the teams’ Top 10s and then adding the rating from the review. Here is what turned out to be the scientifically compiled Top 10 albums of 2011.

1

Machine Head - Unto the Locust


Machine Head – Unto The Locust

A definite contender for album of the year, The only down point I can see is only seven songs, would have been nice to have more, but that’s just me being greedy again. Essential listening!

2

Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth


Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

This is what we want, kids; this is what we need. Seriously punchy riffing, effortlessly memorable tunes, “Five Serpent’s Teeth” is the sound of a band not just taking several steps forward but making a potentially career defining leap. It is an absolute bloody stormer of a record and and will, in time, be filed under Stone. Cold. Classic.

3

Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning


Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning

Steven Wilson’s “Grace For Drowning” – it’s this year’s best prog album so far! Simply perfect!

4

Mastodon - The Hunter


Mastodon – The Hunter

Gone are the soundtracks to the apocalypse, the tidal wave of guitar on “Crack the Skye” and the unswerving riff of “Leviathan”, but say hello to a richer, condensed Mastodon with many stories to tell, some of them possibly at Christmas.

5

Unearth – Darkness In The Light

This is without a doubt the best work of Unearth to date. “Darkness In The Light” is eleven power packed tracks. Perfect timing of music and vocals remind everyone that Unearth is a true force to be reckoned with. The team of McGrath and Susi are flawless on this release. McGrath and Susi provide a duelling guitar team second to none. Slo and Foley are in lock step but not so much that they don’t allow each other to shine on their respective parts. Phipps is in perfect pitch and delivers with such power and feeling, adding emotion packed layers to their music. When these individuals become a collective it is nothing short of metal magic.

6

TesseracT - One

TesseracT – One

Brilliant, stirring, intellectual, smart-aleccy but curiously emotional and tender at times, TesseracT throw you a whole heap of emotions and textures, often simultaneously, but never without thought or precision. There is some seriously smart brain power being applied here but it’s not math metal, all angles and shapes but no soul or core. This record and the band are going to soundtrack much of your year and will win loads and loads of critical praise and awards. It’s deserved.

7

Anthrax - Worship Music


Anthrax – Worship Music

“Worship Music” is an album that ‘Thrax fans will lap up. It cements their status within the Big 4, and challenges a top three finish. It’s familiar and comfortable and what you would expect from these veterans. It checks all the Anthrax boxes; comic book-esque titles, Zombie and horror film references aplenty, huge faultless rhythms, soaring vocals and the immense power to make the listener want to mosh.

8

Uneven Structure - Februus


Uneven Structure – Februus

At the start of this review I wrote that I wasn’t sure whether I loved or admired “Februus”. In the course of writing this review of this brilliant, uncompromising debut album from a band of serious promise, I have changed my mind. I both admire and love it. The bar has been raised. And how.

9

Opeth - Heritage


Opeth – Heritage

“Heritage” will certainly please the more progressive minded part of the Opeth audience. It’s also good to see Mikael Åkerfeldt and Co. dare to let go of their musical formula that served them so well in the past.

10

Septicflesh - The Great Mass


Septic Flesh – The Great Mass

All in all, this epic masterpiece is one highlight after the next. Surprise of sounds around every corner, drawing us into a web we cannot escape from. This is a piece that must be heard and if you have never experienced SepticFlesh, now is the time. “The Great Mass” firmly establishes this Grecian quartet as metal juggernauts.

Team TINAS’s Top 10 albums:

Ross AllenRoss Allen

  1. Mastodon – The Hunter
  2. Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth
  3. All Pigs Must Die – God Is War
  4. Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist
  5. TesseracT – One
  6. Uneven Structure – Februus
  7. Machine Head – Unto The Locust
  8. Talanas – The Waspkeeper
  9. Black Cobra – Invernal
  10. Fornost Arnor – The Death Of A Rose

Mark WrigleyMark Wrigley

  1. Unearth – Darkness In The Light
  2. Korn – The Path Of Totality
  3. Anthrax – Worship Music
  4. The Devil Wears Prada – Dead Throne
  5. Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth
  6. Skindred – Union Black
  7. Architects – Here and Now
  8. Onslaught – Sound of Violence
  9. Times Of Grace – The Hymn Of A Broken Man
  10. Uneven Structure – Februus

Raymond WestlandRaymond Westland

  1. Obake – Obake
  2. Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sects/777 – The Desanctification
  3. Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning
  4. Septic Flesh – The Great Mass
  5. Textures – Dualism
  6. Wolverine – Communication Lost
  7. Leprous – Bilateral
  8. Cynic – Carbon-based Anatomy
  9. Amplifier – The Octopus
  10. Obscura – Omnivium

Wolfgang MerxWolfgang merx

  1. Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning
  2. Peter Gabriel – New Blood
  3. Jakszyk, Fripp And Collins With Levin And Harrison – A Scarcity Of Miracles
  4. Opeth – Heritage
  5. Keith Emerson – Moscow
  6. Long Distance Calling – Long Distance Calling
  7. Steve Hackett – Beyond The Shrouded Horizon
  8. Nils Petter Molvær – Baboon Moon
  9. Amplifier – The Octopus
  10. Steve Hackett – Live Rails

John ToolanJohn Toolan

  1. Battles – Gloss Drop
  2. Hollie Cook – Hollie Cook
  3. Matt Stevens – Relic
  4. Steve Wilson – Grace for Drowning
  5. Keith Jarrett – Rio
  6. Decapitated – Carnival is Forever
  7. Johann Johannsson – The Miners’ Hymns
  8. Ju Ju – In Trance
  9. Splashgirl – Pressure
  10. The Unthanks – Last

Myron SchmidtMyron Schmidt

  1. Unearth – Darkness in the Light
  2. Novembers Doom – Aphotic
  3. Obscura – Omnivium
  4. Switchtense – Switchtense
  5. Megadeth – Th1rt3en
  6. Hemoptysis – Misanthropic Slaughter
  7. The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual
  8. Mastodon – The Hunter
  9. Hail!Hornet – Disperse the Curse
  10. Diamond Plate – Generation Why

Pete RingMasterPete RingMaster

  1. Skindred – Union Black
  2. Mishkin – Row Away From The Rocks
  3. Max Raptor – Portraits
  4. Circles – The Compass
  5. The Browning – Burn This World
  6. Djerv – Djerv
  7. Retox – Ugly Animals
  8. Iwrestledabearonce – Ruining It For Everybody
  9. Asking Alexandria – Reckless & Relentless
  10. Never The Last Breath – The Price Of Diversity

Steve FallowsStephen Fallows

  1. Firebird – Double Diamond
  2. Devin Townsend Project – Ghost / Deconstruction
  3. Vallenfyre – A Fragile King
  4. Origin – Entity
  5. Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth
  6. Imperial Vengeance – Black Heart Of Empire
  7. Motorhead – The World Is Yours
  8. Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
  9. Karma To Burn – V
  10. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal

Mat DaviesMat Davies

  1. Mastodon -The Hunter
  2. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  3. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  4. Altar of Plagues – Mammal
  5. Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth
  6. Opeth – Heritage
  7. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
  8. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  9. The Black Dahlia Murder – Ritual
  10. Decapitated – Carnival is Forever

Mark Ashby

  1. Trucker Diablo – The Devil Rhythm
  2. Machine Head – Unto The Locust
  3. Chickenfoot – III
  4. Stormzone – Zero To Rage
  5. Last Known Addiction – One Left Standing
  6. Swanee River – Smokin’ Jacket
  7. Rival Sons – Pressure And Time
  8. The Answer – Revival
  9. Xerosun – Absence Of Light
  10. Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus

Sabrina RamdoyalSabrina Ramdoyal

  1. DevilDriver – Beast
  2. Machine Head – Unto The Locust
  3. Nightwish – Imaginaerum
  4. Devin Townsend Project – Ghost / Deconstruction
  5. TesseracT – One
  6. Anthrax – Worship Music
  7. In Flames – Sounds Of A Playground Fading
  8. Septic Flesh – The Great Mass
  9. The Defiled – Grave Times
  10. Decapitated – Carnival Is Forever

Bruce SmeathBruce Smeath

  1. Karmakanic – In a Perfect World
  2. Exit Ten – Give Me Infinity
  3. Machine Head – Unto the Locust
  4. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  5. Opeth – Heritage
  6. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising
  7. Darkest Era – The Last Caress of Light
  8. TesseracT – One
  9. Hammers of Misfortune – 17th Street
  10. Steven Wilson – Grace for Drowning

RoRo

  1. Taake – Noregs Vaapen
  2. Turisas – Stand up and Fight
  3. Oranssi Pazuzu – Kosmonument
  4. Battlelore  -Doombound
  5. Chthonic– Takasago Army
  6. Vried – V
  7. Moonsorrow – Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
  8. Uncreation – Burning Blood
  9. Tsjuder – Legion Helvete
  10. Deathstars – Greatest Hits on Earth