It’s that time of year again, when metal fans do battle over the “best” albums of 2011 across the Internet. Even though I plan on entering the fray with my own list soon, for now I decided to compile a list of new releases from the area, as well as highlight some of the most exciting metal news for the DMV area.
Major New Releases in 2011 from DC/MD/VA
Animals as Leaders – Weightless (November 8, 2011)
Even though junk like Nickelback and Korn are still topping hard rock charts, a glimmer of hope for heavy music exists with Animals as Leaders. The instrumental ‘djent‘ band masterminded by Tosin Abasi saw their second release move 6,120 units since its debut, and recently has moved 11,129 units cumulatively. Even though I don’t much care for instrumental metal or djent, its nice to see a band that’s not hard rock, christian metalcore, or deathcore move some albums. Animals As Leaders is signed to Prosthetic Records, who have released their debut and sophomore albums. Head over to their Facebook and check ’em out.
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise (July 12, 2011)
Cannabis Corpse is a death metal act from Richmond, VA whose music clearly displays their extreme love of two things: weed and old school death metal. The album is rife with tributes to old classics such as Morbid Angel and Deicide. The music video for Gateways to Inhalation is a “metal party” video, and one of my favorite videos this year. Cannabis Corpse’s latest was released via Tankcrimes. Check out their video below.
Darkest Hour – The Human Romance (February 22, 2011)
Not really my thing, but I saw them at Summer Slaughter this summer and could see why Darkest Hour has so many fans, they do put on a great show for what they are. If you like metalcore and are from the area, you probably already have this album / know everything about this band. The Human Romance was Darkest Hour’s first release for E1 music, after having been with Victory Records for 10 years.
Dying Fetus – History Repeats Itself (July 19, 2011)
So this isn’t an album but it was one of the recordings I got the most excited about in 2011. Dying Fetus is one of my favorite bands of all time, and this was a nice release to tide me over until they finally release their next album (see more on that further down). This EP featured one short new track, and covers of Napalm Death, Bolt Thrower, Cannibal Corpse, and Dehumanized. The EP was released via Relapse Records.
Magrudergrind – Crusher (March 28, 2011)
This isn’t an LP either, just another EP. Magrudergrind is a sick grindcore outfit from Washington DC. I only just started listening to Magrudergrind this year, after hearing their self-titled sophomore LP. That album had been engineered by Kurt Ballou of Converge fame and mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer. That alone was enough for me to check them out. I’m not sure who worked on this album (besides Magrudergrind obviously), but its another six blistering tracks of grindcore. The EP was released via Bones Brigade Records and also Scion A/V.
Anticipating Upcoming Releases:
Some of the area’s staple acts are preparing new albums for 2012. It was revealed way back in July by Metal Injection that Pig Destroyer has a new drummer, Adam Jarvis. If that name sounds familiar, it should, because he is the current (insanely awesome) drummer of Misery Index, another DMV local (and another of my favorite bands). Adam Jarvis is crazy sick with the drums, and this was announced way back in July so I hope a new Pig Destroyer record is well under way. The last thing they released was their departure-from-grind EP, Natasha.
Municipal Waste, the thrash/punk outfit from Richmond, VA also announced today via their Facebook that they have completed work on their fifth album, which will be called “The Fatal Feast”. I love Municipal Waste – their sound reminds me of Reign In Blood-era Slayer only without the cheesy Satanic vibe and replaced with an equally cheesy party vibe. Also this album is gonna be out on Nuclear Blast, their past three albums were out on Earache. Municipal Waste’s albums have all been very solid, so I don’t expect this one to disappoint.
Also announced (also via Facebook) was the album title of Dying Fetus‘ 2012 effort, which will apparently be titled “Reign Supreme”. Dying Fetus’ 2009 (Descend into Depravity) release was their best since the classic 2000 Destroy the Opposition, and from the way Jon Gallagher (mastermind of Dying Fetus) has described the new album, it should top their last effort. Either way I’m very excited for it. The album will be released via Relapse Records.
Last but not least, Lamb of God is set to release a new album called “Resolution” January 24th 2012. I was not a fan of their past two albums, Sacrament and Wrath, but I am a huge fan of their older material. Either way, Lamb of God has got to be the biggest act in the USA as far as metal, so its a big deal any time a new album of theirs is released. I will definitely be scoping it out the day of release, even though their new song called “Ghost Walking” leads me to believe it will sound a lot like Wrath. Anyway, MetalSucks premiered the new track last Monday, be sure to give it a listen! You can already buy the track all over the place, and the new album will be released via Epic Records and Roadrunner Records.
Stay tuned for a follow-up post on these anticipations, as well as my year end list of favorite metal albums.