Chris Galea
Important releases in 2011
ARTILLERY “My Blood”BENEDICTUM “Dominion”

CYNIC “Carbon-Based Anatomy”

DOOMSWORD “The Eternal Battle”

EVERGREY “Glorious Collision”

FUROR GALLICO “Furor Gallico”

GOLDEN RESURRECTION “Man With A Mission”

HEATHENDOM “The Symbolist”

SEPTIC FLESH “The Great Mass”

OBSCURA “Omnivium” PENTAGRAM “Last Rites”

PRIMORDIAL “Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand”

ROYAL HUNT “Show Me How To Live”

SATAN’S HOST “By The Hands Of The Devil”

SILVER LAKE “Silver Lake”

VENOM “Fallen Angels”

VOYAGER “The Meaning Of I”

WHILE HEAVEN WEPT “Fear Of Infinity”

Best band websites
DEATH SS – www.deathss.com NIGHTWISH – www.nightwish.com/en/ WEEPING SILENCE – www.weepingsilence.com
Best gigs
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORHESTRA at ‘Hammersmith Apollo’ (London) – 28th March ACCEPT + WOLF at ‘The Garage’ (London) – 17th March CATHEDRAL + GRAND MAGUS at ‘The Forum’ (London) – 3rd December
Newcomer 2011
CELTACHOR ROTE MAR
Best films
“Apollo 18” (dir.: Gonzalo López-Gallego) “Le Quattro Volte” (dir. Michelangelo Frammartino) “Monsters” (dir. Gareth Edwards) “Rango” (dir. Gore Verbinski) “The Rite” (dir. Mikael Håfström) “The Tree Of Life” (dir. Terrence Malick)
Best Music-related film or DVD
George Harrison: Living In The Material World” – dir. Martin Scorsese
Wishes for 2012
– Great new albums from, amongst other bands, Pentagram, Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Solitude Aeternus, Accept, Diablo Swing Orchestra and Ayreon. – Also, there’s my ‘Bands To See Before I Die’ list, from while I hope to tick off a few more in 2012, maybe Royal Hunt, Saint Vitus, Mortal Sin, Yngwie Malmsteen, Demon, Stanley Clarke, Keith Jarrett, Venom. – And the full recovery of King Diamond.
Haydee G
Important releases in 2011
Stratovarius – Elysium Rhapsody of Fire – From Chaos to Eternity Edguy – Age of the Joker Visions of Atlantis – Delta Jag Panzer – The Scourge of the Light Andromeda – Manifest Tyranny Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events Myrath – Tales of the Sands Galneryus – Phoenix Rising Symphony X – Iconoclast Animals as Leaders – Weightless Pagan’s Mind – Heavenly Ecstasy Destruction – Day Of Reckoning The Devin Townsend Project – Deconstruction Macabre – Grim Scary Tales Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination Obscura – Omnivium Norther – Circle Regenerated Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony Belphegor – Blood Magick Necromance Ulver – Wars of the Roses Vintersorg – Jordpuls Tsjuder – Legion Helvete Einherjer – Norrøn Turisas – Stand Up and Fight Svartsot – Maledictus Eris Alestorm – Back Through Time
Live show 2011
Keep of Kalessin
Things you could have been without in 2011
Departure of Jeff Loomis from Nevermore and the long and tedious bus rides…
Wishes for 2012The Avengers movie better be epic! As well as Batman 3 and Star Trek 2. For music; good releases from Epica, Necrophagist, Agent Steel, The Kovenant, Pantheon I, John Petrucci, Borknagar, Stam1na, Rage, Freedom Call, Naglfar, Carach Angren, Kalmah, Adagio, Firewind, Cellador, Gloria Morti, Stormwitch, Cryptopsy, Fairyland, and Keep of Kalessin. And of course, for the third time and hopefully the last that I’ll be making this wish – the release of Wintersun’s Time!
Kenn Jensen
Important releases in 2011
Opeth – Heritage Nightwish – Imaginaerum Arch/Matos – Sympathetic Resonance 3 – The Ghost You Gave To Me Neal Morse – Testimony 2
Newcomer 2011
Jolly Moon Safari (I discovered them in 2011…)
Things you could have been without in 2011
Well, to be honest; way too many to mention!
Wishes for 2012
A great metal year with loads of great music! That all the shit thrown at me in 2011 goes away and I can look at the world in a positive manner again… That I somehow find the money to attend my buddy Tye’s wedding in Australia in April!
Kelley Simms
Important releases in 2011
Anthrax – Worship MusicLazarus A.D. – Black Rivers Flow

Evile – Five Serpent’s Teeth

Iced Earth – Dystopia

Arch Enemy – Khaos Legions

Mastodon – The Hunter

Symphony X – Iconoclast

Riot – Immortal Soul

Newcomer 2011
Diamond Plate
Things you could have been without in 2011
Listening to Marilyn Manson on That Metal Show
Wishes for 2012
More metal bands rocking that ’70s vibe
Laurence Y.M.
Important releases in 2011
Einherjer – Norrøn was the last that made an impression this year.
Live show 2011
Nevermore at Elysee Montmartre, Paris, France, 27th February 2011 Opeth at Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium, 26th June 2011
Newcomer 2011
Pass…
Things you could have been without in 2011
The Metallica and Lou Reed project for ex.
Wishes for 2012
More music to follow and play, visiting “new” festivals (Hellfest) and that the festivals in my neighbourhood (Hole in the Sky, Norway Rock Festival) will manage to soar up again somehow. Looking forward to seeing Black Sabbath.
Maria D.S.
Important releases in 2011
1. Fireforce – March On2. Diamond Plate – Generation Why?

3. Курск – Ниже

4. Evile – Five Serpents’ Teeth

5. Generation Kill – Red White and Blood

My wish became truth and many people heard about the funeral doom metal in 2011. This is sick, twisted music which you play secretly at home. It is a reflection of the necrosis of society and a contra point of the fast passing social situation of the modern world. But the people who feel thirst for ideas came upon this stylistics as if crashing into a wall.

Appeared people who decided their message to reach wider audience and although its difficulty of access as music forms they satisfied our discontent. Somehow we can feel that we are not so lonely and still there are people who prefer to think and to have a position. These people did not put restrictions to themselves where to seek more accessible forms to create this music. They used acoustic solos, touched the math metal, made the melody expressive, and founded something in stoner and in the modern sound. They put on test our patience with their long songs and when they became sure that they have our attention they screamed into our faces.

The critics began to search concepts to define this phenomenon in the rock culture.  Serious combinations of concepts have been melted …  and finally we have a new etiquette.

It became clear that in this style there are no debut bands. We witness architectonics which moves the layers in such a way that something which is underground comes out on the surface. Perhaps for the first time from 30 years the modern is not in eclectic decay. It is able to express something more than decline. I propose to your attention three pearls from the world of Sludge metal:

1.      Burnsred – Burnsred (Self-Released)

2.      Unfold – Cosmogon (Division Records)

3.      Fleshpress – Acid Mouth Strangulation (Svart Records).

Live show 2011
On 31st October 2011 in front of 70 fans at club “The Box” in Sofia played the Italian pioneers NECRODEATH. The quartet performed its thrash with VENOM influences intensively and very impressing. Frequently there were introductions from the sound desk. In the framework of Thrashing Mania Festival NECRODEATH had one hour long set. But their performance did not finish with this. Marco Pesenti and Co. promised a free show at “Thrash Zone Bar” on the next day. There is a subway in Sofia in which at around 60 m2 is situated “Thrash Zone Bar”. The place was too small to hold all the metalheads. So the subway was filled up with them. The party was out of time! Even without the show on 1st November NECRODEATH were favourite this year. But after “Thrash Zone” I understood that all of the concerts about which the bands say that they feel the audience are a pose. NECRODEATH played in a bar being smashed by the sweating bodies of the crowd.
Newcomer 2011
With equal points the first two titles are: FIREFORCE (because of the perfect combination of classic heavy metal and modern aggressive sound) and DIAMOND PLATE (because of the exceptional lyrics coming with the good old thrash)!
Things you could have been without in 2011
  • This year I want to go to Wacken again.
  • You were not there the previous year!?!
  • It’s true. But the previous year I also wanted to be there!
Wishes for 2012
Live with no false! Keep the Metal True!
Patrik Skoglund
Important releases in 2011
Work Of Art – In Progress Chris Ousey – Rhyme & Reason Nightwish – Imaginaerum Symphony X – Iconoclast Dream Theater – A Dramatic Turn Of Events Kimball & Jamieson – Kimball & Jamieson SHY –SHY House Of Lords – Big Money Iced Earth – Dystopia Journey – Eclipse Amorphis – In Beginning Of Times Saxon – Call Of Arms Rob Moratti – Victory Chickenfoot – III Astral Doors – Jerusalem Electric Boys – And Them Boys Done Swang
Live show 2011
Mr Big, Evergrey & Ozzy Osbourne @ Sweden Rock Festival, Norje ToTo @ Tradgar´n, Gothenburg Steve Lukather @ Nalen, Stockholm
Newcomer 2011
Summoned Tide
Things you could have been without in 2011
My blood pressure medicine which saves my heart, but affected my race season into disaster.
Wishes for 2012
A warm and sunny summer, specially in the beginning of June when SRF is held. I also wish that  Amorphis, WOA, Appearance Of Nothing will play @ SRF. I wish that Van Halen will get it together and release a magic album in 2012.
Reinier de Vries
Important releases in 2011
Flotsam and Jetsam – The Cold Spellbound Dazzle – Unreal Fairytales Destruction – Day of Reckoning Appearance of Nothing – All Gods are Gone Arrayan Path – Ira Imperium Havok – Time is Up Divinefire – Eye of the Storm Scar Symmetry – The Unseen Empire Cage – Supremacy of Steel Textures – Dualism Fleshgod Apocalypse – Agony  Betraying the Martyrs – Breathe in Life Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra Anubis Gate – Anubis Gate Dragonland – Under the Grey Banner MaYaN – Quarterpast
Live show 2011
Thrash Classics – Romein Leeuwarden Trans Siberian Orchestra – HMH Amsterdam
Newcomer 2011
MaYaN
Things you could have been without in 2011
The shit in my relationship and all the stuff you have to deal with for a divorce.
Things I couldn’t have been without in 2011Meeting my new girlfriend, you are absolutely great!
Wishes for 2012A healthy year for all. A year with love and friendship and without a lot of stress. A Faith no More reunion.
Steen Schön
Important releases in 2011
Opeth – Heritage Blood Ceremony – Living with the Ancients Mastodon – The Hunter Burzum – Fallen Illdisposed – There Is Light (But It’s Not for Me) Uriah Heep – Into the Wild Rising – To Solemn Ash Lake of Tears – Illwill Symphony X – Iconoclast Primordial – Redemption at the Puritan’s Hand Pain of Salvation – Road Salt Two Arkan – Salam Obscura – Omnivium Anubis Gate – Anubis Gate Iced Earth – Dystopia Absu – Abzu Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar Altar of Plagues – Mammal Devin Townsend – Deconstruction Thy Catafalque – Rengeteg
Live show 2011
Lock up at Wacken Open Air Megadeth at CopenHell Blood Ceremony at The Rock, Copenhagen
Things you could have been without in 2011
A lot!
Wishes for 2012
Peace and happiness for the world 😉
Thomas Nielsen
Important releases in 2011
Anthrax – Worship Music Anthrax proved everyone wrong by finally recording the new album with Joey Belladonna – who did a wonderful job and helped bring the good old Anthrax back!
Megadeth – Th1rth3en Dave and Dave still has a lot of power of melody in their aging bones. This album proves it. Fantastic disc!
Machine Head – Unto the Locust Epic. Simply.
Dimmu Borgir – Abrahadabra Amazing piece of art from the north. Can’t wait to see them at Wacken 2012.
Morbid Angel – Illud Divinum Insanus The Tampa four returned with a vengeance…and with a handful of surprises. Daring, artistic, hard as bones.
My Dying Bride – The Barghest o’Whitby Grim, brutal, beautiful and so friggin’ doomy. My Dying Bride canned another classic with this 28 minute piece. I liked the Evinta album too, but this one is just more My Dying Bride by all measures.
Mortal Sin – Psychology of Death Surprisingly brutal and raw. Solid as a rock. Australia’s best.
Primus – Green Naugahyde The music business needs bands like Primus. ‘Nuff said.
Flotsam & Jetsam – The Cold Yes, another thrash band of the past made a powerful re-entry upon the metal scene. Nice one!
Cathedral: Anniversary Now, this is one of the best live albums I’ve listened to in a long, long time! Majestic, no more, no less. Too bad it’s going to be the last from the doomsters.
Metallica/Lou Reed – Lulu Important because it shows how a metal titan like Metallica dares to do something that the majority of their fans won’t like. I like bits and pieces of Lulu, but certainly not all of it – but I certainly respect Metallica for doing what they feel like doing rather than just touring Master of Puppets endlessly.
Live show 2011
Judas Priest and Ozzy at Wacken. These old geezers kicked everyone’s arses!
Newcomer 2011
A Million Dead Birds Laughing – Force Fed Enlightenment Insane, technical, brilliant. Debut of the year from these Australians.
Dr. Living Dead! – Dr. Living Dead! A pastiche of my youth. F**king excellent.
Things you could have been without in 2011
I could always mention some of the shitty music I receive and still have to review, but I don’t want to hurt anyone. Read the reviews and you’ll know 🙂 – oh, wait, I have to mention Queensrÿche! Man, how the mighty have fallen! One of my best friend’s mum fell ill recently and I feel bad about that – that’s probably my top ‘could do without’ of the year.
Wishes for 2012
That I figure out what to do for my 40th (aargh, 40!). Should be a blast, shouldn’t it? Or should I just try to ignore? Also, I really hope that the Black Sabbath reunion doesn’t end up in a scandal. And that I finally get to see Bolt-Thrower…