GutterCandy’s Top 20 Rock Albums of 2011
Here are the 10 picks for 2011 albums of the year as we submitted them to the Village Voice “Pazz and Jop” Poll, plus 10 additional choices we felt were particularly worthy examples of last year’s “rock” music, regardless of sub-genre.
1. Electric Wizard – Black Masses
These Satanic Brits are true sons (and daughter) of Black Sabbath for the 21st Century.
2. Chris Connelly – Artificial Madness
The ex-Revco/Ministry screamer turned Bowie-esque crooner here delivers his hardest rocking set in years.
3. Ghost – Opus Eponymous
Ghost offers up a debut album of melodic metal good enough to create a (Blue Oyster) Cult.
4. Magazine – No Thyself
GutterCandy icon Howard Devoto and the boys rock like it’s 1978 on this comeback effort.
5. A Pale Horse Named Death – And Hell Will Follow Me
Sal Abruscato, ex-drummer for Type O Negative, brings back the gloom and honors fallen comrade Peter Steele.
6. Blood Ceremony – Living With The Ancients
These doomy Canadian prog-metal occultniks remember that Tony Iommi actually started out with Jethro Tull, to our great benefit.
7. Rat Silo – The Great Northern Way
Rat Silo, featuring two ex-members of Canadian rock greats Sons of Freedom, get their funky hard rock groove back on their third release
8. Michael Monroe – Sensory Overdrive
The former Hanoi Rocks singer here expertly evokes rock’s glory days circa 1978.
9. Peter Murphy – Ninth
Ex-Bauhaus singer Murphy rises from the crypt for his strongest solo set in years.
10. Pentagram – Last Rites
Pentagram mastermind Bobby Liebling and guitar hero Victor Griffin get back together for a strong set of classic metal, with (gasp) strong melodies and a psychedelic bent.
11. The Horrors – Skying
The skinny Brit post-punkers go dreamy, and it works a treat.
12. Skinny Puppy – hanDover
The original industrial rock act delivers a darkly cinematic soundtrack to the oncoming apocalypse.
13. Chelsea Wolfe – Apokalypsis
The gothy Ms. Wolfe is an alluring Nico for the cell phone generation.
14. Tearist – Live 2009-Present
This L.A. electronic duo knows that minimalism nevers goes out of style.
15. Edward Rogers – Porcelain
Porcelain serves as an excellent collection of postmodern glam rock by this New York based Brit singer-songwriter.
16. The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicentre
These groovy Dutch hard rockers are like the Jefferson Airplane on a Lucifer trip.
17. Bibilic Blood – Blood Butterfly
Is it grunge, doom, sludge, or psych? Dunno, Suzi Psycho, but we like it!
18. Van Der Graaf Generator – A Grounding In Numbers
These punk-prog masters just get better with age.
19. Red Fang – Murder The Mountains
The Portland grunge-metallers Red Fang have a knack for catchy tunemaking.
20. Tombs – Path of Totality
Tombs offer up spacey black metal with a tinge of shoegaze and side order of goth.
–Johnny “Gutter” Walker