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Metalunderground.com's Best Of 2011 Awards Announced

Much like last year, we are officially quite late on getting our “Best of 2011” metal awards out there, but the time has finally come to share our favorite staff picks. As with each year before, we polled our entire list of diverse staff members, whose collective tastes cover every conceivable genre and sub-genre within metal.

2011 was a year in which the underground truly shined, and most of the bands voted on by our staff were on the more extreme side. These albums are definitely not for the faint of heart. So for all the fans of true metal and artistry in music out there, let’s get down to the very best of the best and cover the albums every heavy metal fan should own from last year.

Best Metal Album of 2011

Unlike with previous years when our voting has been quite fractured and it’s been hard to reach a consensus, this year the top album was reach by an almost unanimous vote:

Metallica’s finest opus and Lou Reed collaboration “Lulu”

While some reviewers have panned the genius and avant-garde blending of styles in this epic collaboration, one only has to watch the video below to become a “Lulu” convert. The intensely energetic crowd throughout the entire set and the intense excitement of the band members says it all:

While the top 5 albums of the year had a fairly diverse selection of bands during our voting, there was quite a bit more uniformity in the overall votes this year, mostly due to the high quality of extreme and underground acts that put out new releases in 2011. The overall runner-ups with the most votes went to:

Morbid Angel - “Illud Divinum Insanus”
Emmure – “Speaker For the Dead”
Vampires Everywhere – “Kiss the Sun Goodbye”
Limp Bizkit – “Gold Cobra”
Black Veil Brides – “The Legacy”

We’re still tallying votes for the remaining categories such as “Best DVD,” “Best Newcomer Band,” and “Best Live Show,” and will be back with those figures in the coming days. In the mean time, what did you think of our staff picks, and what were your best albums of 2011?

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Metalfist's avatar

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1. Metalfist writes:

APRIL FOOL'S

Top 10 Best albums of 2011

1. Megadeth - TH1RT3EN
2. Anthrax - Worship Music
3. Evile - Five Serpent's Teeth
4. Onslaught - Sounds Of Violence
5. Warbringer - Worlds Torn Asunder
6. Machine Head - Unto The Locust
7. Lazarus A.D - Black Rivers Flow
8. Trivium - In Waves
9. Havok - Time Is Up
10. Unearth - Darkness In The Light

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Diamond Oz's avatar

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2. Diamond Oz writes:

Megadeth and Trivium? Now I know YOU'RE the one who's joking!

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
Metalfist's avatar

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3. Metalfist writes:

It's not the definitive list dude. It's my opinion. I like what I like. I love both Megadeth and Trivium. What is your best album of 2011?

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Lulu :)

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. duncan hills writes:

i do agree with metalfist, Megadeth's TH1RT33N was pretty damn awesome. As was Worship Music

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. CROMCarl writes:

PRICELESS

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Jimmy John writes:

Stop bagging on Illud Divinum Insanus and give it a few more listens. It grows on you after a few listens, just skip "too extreme".

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 1:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. bull writes:

lulu isn't remotely metal. Megadeth had one of their best albums with 13. I agree with the beginning of that list.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 1:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. pinto_beans writes:

#8: Maybe it's people like YOU that need to give "Lulu" more than just one listen. Definitely, hands down, best album of 2011.

(snicker)

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. mtdoom writes:

i understand they respect Lou very much, but how could they not see that this was a terrible idea, before they even got on a stage in front of people, in public lol. i'm sure some people dig it, but the majority of us laugh at the thought of that collaboration.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. metalunderground.com troll wire writes:

you know this being april 1st, im still waiting for the doug gibson sells metalunderground.com copyright to roadrunnerecords/blabbermouth headline, or
blind greed reunites, hires dj lethal to the band, or
olly hines takes huge sh**e at benny hills grave site
Or
pinto beans arrested in el paso tx in connection with mexican drug cartel.
Now those are believeable headlines.

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 2:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. R10 writes:

I was wondering where MU's best of '11 list was. Not a bad collection of records this year! That LuLu record,although ridiculed,was a pretty sweet record! Good list guys! Ya missed Queensryches and Haunteds piles of dog sh*t though!

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. nob writes:

Hahaha, good one!

# Apr 1, 2012 @ 11:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BrianMN writes:

Brian unofficial best and worst of 2011.
Not a top ten..couldn't think of ten...

7 Korn-Path of Totality......yes I went there STFU.
6 Hate Eternal-Phoenix Amongst the Ashes.
5 Origin-Entity
4 Project Hate-Bleeding the new Apocalypse.
3 Machine Head-Locust
2 Born of Osiris-The Discovery.
1 Septicflesh-The Great Mass


Worst of 2011.

Tied for # 1......Morbid Angel-Illud, Metallica-LULU.

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