got-djent.com's favourite releases of 2011: part 2
Yesterday, we announced positions 20 through 11 in the got-djent.com top 20 releases of 2011. Today, we're announcing positions 10 through 6. From tomorrow on, we will announce one more album per day, for five days, until we reach number one. At that point we will also announce the top 10 of freely downloadable releases.
An unexpected highlight of 2011, the debut release of Bristol-based Red Seas Fire took djent by storm. Perpetually writhing and kicking out, the album is in constant metamorphosis: savage riff-work and soaring guitar solos twist effortlessly into serene pools of calm and control, flowing with streams of melody. Its free-to-download availability paid off spectacularly: the band have built up a strong fanbase who follow their every twitch, trying to learn what makes the music tick. The answer is an intrigue for exploration, but with balance: as a whole, the album offers very solid ground in terms of memorable passages of pure riffs and total headbanging, whilst at the same time you can only admire the craftsmanship with which the songs are constructed. Good production propels the album forward, and atmospheric touches give a feel of drifting in an eerie limbo of hallucination, always leading to something new and exciting. However, there is still room for development: I hope they deliver. - Zyglrob
Red Seas Fire - Red Seas Fire: high-impact stuff with a plentiful mix of musical elements, drawn together with a purpose. Circle pit: ready!
Vocals are a hot button issue in our community. Whether it be a preference for vocal-less versions of songs or debates about various vocalists (who shall remain nameless), vocals seem to get people all riled up on both sides of the argument. Well here is an EP where vocals are almost definitely technically and compositionally on par with the guitar and drum-work. Vocalist Ryan Devlin delivers what is possibly the stand out performance of the year with a seemingly limitless range, tasteful harmonies and solid growls. The music surrounding him is effortlessly complex; the songs seem to glide from one riff to another, from one virtuoso lead to the next, never overwhelming the listener but still giving them plenty to chew on. Almost definitely my favourite song of the year, ‘The Sound of Glaciers Moving’, combines all these elements into an addictive formula that is both memorable and epic. If these guys can match the quality of this EP on upcoming releases, they will go very far. - Klonere
Corelia - Nostalgia: djent Protest the Hero if you so will, vocals and riffs and more riffs.
If all bands were able to be as intrepid and as clinical as Ever Forthright, music would be a very bland artistic medium. It is thanks to long-cultivated shards of perfection such as this that we are able to appreciate true artistic dedication and genius. In five minutes of Ever Forthright, you will hear more musical ideas than in a four-movement classical symphony. This approach can be extremely hard to interpret well - most artists would lose all clarity in attempting something like this - but this band have got it bang on. Your mind will be crushed by riffs akin to those of Meshuggah or Vildhjarta, singed by scorching guitar solos, savaged by Chris Barretto’s prehistoric roaring, bedazzled by the beauty of his cleans, calmed by the tearfully beautiful jazz interludes and lyrical clean guitar passages, and awed by the faultless self-production and the sheer scale of the album (one hinderance of the album is its length; a full listen may be a little demanding). Make no mistake about it, however: this album is a landmark release for music, in a way that no previous work has been. - Zyglrob
Ever Forthright - Ever Forthright: goes at your brain with a scalpel and tweezers, but never fails to amaze.
Volumes' debut EP 'The Concept of Dreaming' appeared in last year's top 20 releases, and they are back here again with their follow-up album 'Via'. Taking straight up hardcore aggression, adding the djent sound and some atmospherics, Via is a very heavy trip. Opener ‘Paid In Full’ is probably one of the best metal openers ever; the creepy, rising ambience with some absolutely ridiculously bottom heavy riffs and unrelenting vocals make this song a crushing way to introduce a new listener to the band. Some standout tracks: Limitless, The Colombian Faction and the far and away best song on the album, Edge of the Earth. Edge of the Earth’s huge chorus is the bands first true foray into making clean vocals (I realise they appear on The Colombian Faction but here they are the centerpiece of the song) a big part of their sound, and it works perfectly. Hopefully it's a direction that they can continue to explore. The other tracks are all well put together and have the requisite amount groove and breakdowns but have a propensity to sounding like one another. - Klonere
Volumes - Via: crush, crush, crush, clean vox, crush.
Released earlier in the year, 'The Discovery' is an album that may have slipped a few people's minds, but its placing in the poll here proves that it certainly has staying power compared to some of its more recent contemporaries. The band still builds off a base sound of technical deathcore with keyboard flourishes now and then, but The Discovery shows the band have gained confidence in implementing some of the ideas present on 'A Higher Place', with far more expansive use of big, melodic leads, especially on the track 'Recreate', which features an almost constant snaking and well thought out lead. Born of Osiris have always been well known for the presence of keyboards, courtesy of Joe Buras. However, on The Discovery, keyboards mostly cease being a singular entity that merely adds small details to songs without much attention to the rest of the composition, and instead become an integral part to most songs. I must also commend the vocal performance from Ronnie Canizaro, which has grown into a delicious low, throaty and meaty growl that adds a lot to the entire experience. While the 15 tracks might be a touch too difficult to digest all at once, it does make a nice change from previous album's almost extreme brevity. - Klonere
Born of Osiris - The Discovery: chug with Dream Theater, competent production and a dubstep bit.
Ever Forthright and Corelia share the 8th spot, seeing as they both received the same number of votes.
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