Haunting The Chapel

Haunting The Chapel’s Top 26 Metal Albums Of 2011 So Far

brandon | June 28, 2011 - 9:48 am

Before the quibbling starts: I didn’t include YOB’s Atma because it isn’t out until August. It would be way up there. I’ve also been listening to Dragged Into Sunlight’s Hatred For Mankind quite a bit, but since it has an original release date of ’09 before Prosthetic’s 2011 reissue, I didn’t include that either. On the other side of things, I’ve recently started listening pretty intensely to Servile Sect’s Trvth (Handmade Birds), a collection that feels like it’ll stick around for awhile. Otherwise, this is what I’ve found myself returning to most often in 2011. (Or at least some of it … the list is forever shifting.) Regarding No 1: I always enjoyed Winter Hours, but as mentioned previously, everything comes together on Path Of Totality in the strongest, heaviest, most compelling ways possible. The selection also has something to do with sweating my ass off in a humid, urine-scented NYC for another summer: I appreciate the stoic, uncorking violence on this one. That, and the way a no-bullshit New York noise-rock toughness marries moving, surprisingly delicate “blackened” ambitiousness. (Plus, gotta respect a dude who talks about gearing up for band practice with weight training and protein shakes.) The list:

Portrait - Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae26 PortraitCrimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae (Metal Blade)

Liturgy - Aesthethica25 LiturgyAesthethica (Thrill Jockey)

Negative Plane – Stained Glass Revelations24 Negative PlaneStained Glass Revelations (AJNA Offensive)

Vastum – Carnal Law23 VastumCarnal Law (20 Buck Spin)

KEN Mode - Venerable22 KEN ModeVenerable (Profound Lore)

Maruta – Forward Into Regression21 MarutaForward Into Regression (Willowtip)

Loss - Despond20 LossDespond (Profound Lore)

Burzum - Fallen19 BurzumFallen (Byelobog Productions)

40 Watt Sun – The Inside Room18 40 Watt SunThe Inside Room (Metal Blade)

Autopsy – Macabre Eternal17 AutopsyMacabre Eternal (Peaceville)

Ash Borer – Ash Borer16 Ash BorerAsh Borer (Psychic Violence)

Trap Them – Darker Handcraft15 Trap ThemDarker Handcraft (Prosthetic)

Indian - Guiltless14 IndianGuiltless (Relapse)

Peste Noire - L'Ordure à l'État Pur13 Peste NoireL’Ordure à l’État Pur (Transcendental Creations/Tour De Garde)

Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(s)12 Blut Aus Nord777 Sect(s) (Debemur Morti)

Sonne Adam - Transformation11 Sonne AdamTransformation (Century Media)

In Solitude – The World, The Flesh, The Devil10 In SolitudeThe World, The Flesh, The Devil (Metal Blade)

Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand09 PrimordialRedemption At The Puritan’s Hand (Metal Blade)

Altar Of Plagues – Mammal08 Altar Of PlaguesMammal (Profound Lore)

Gridlink - Orphan07 GridlinkOrphan (Hydra Head)

Morne - Asylum06 MorneAsylum (Profound Lore)

Necros Christos – Doom Of The Occult05 Necros ChristosDoom Of The Occult (Sepulchural Voice)

Krallice – Diotima04 KralliceDiotima (Profound Lore)

Ulcerate – The Destroyers Of All03 UlcerateThe Destroyers Of All

Disma – Towards The Megalith02 DismaTowards The Megalith
(Profound Lore)

Tombs – Path Of Totality01 TombsPath Of Totality (Relapse)