Okay, I've been cruising around everyone's top 2011 lists, so I thought I'd throw out my own. It's not quite as grim and frostbitten as NPR's, for example. Not as avant garde as Brandon Stosuy's. What it is, though, is the BEST MUSIC FOR PLAYING LOUD.
These are the best albums IMO; I picked the best tracks from all of them and put them up here:
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(Spotify is not very good for this since they only have 7 of the 15 tracks. Spotify needs more metal.)
**AMBIENT/BLACK METAL** DEAFHEAVEN - Roads to Judah LITURGY - Aesthethica ALTAR OF PLAGUES - Mammal
BLACK COBRA - Invernal
THE ATLAS MOTH - An Ache for the Distance
INDIAN - Guiltless
**TECH** VILDHJARTA - Masstaden ANIMALS AS LEADERS - Weightless
GRIND??, HOPE YOU LIKE SHORT SONGS
AMPERE - Like Shadows
MEEK IS MURDER - Algorithms
TRAP THEM - Darker Handcraft
CAPSULE - No Ghost
**SCREAMO/POST-HARDCORE** CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE - Decompositions: Vol. 1 GLASSJAW - "their new album", i.e. Our Color Green: The Singles + Coloring Book EP RAEIN - Sulla Linea d'whatever.