Needless to say, 2016 has not been a great year for music with the loss of David Bowie, Nick Menza, Glenn Frey, Prince, and Leonard Cohen just to name few. But with every great loss, there has been great music as well. Picking albums to go in my top 10 was very hard. I cannot begin to say how frustrating it was to pick only 10 albums especially when so many bands came out with amazing music. Metal has always been an important and therapeutic part of my life, and these are the albums that helped me a lot, so let's get down to business.
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Comparing this year to the past couple of years, there were a few more dark clouds this year than in previous years with quite a number of deaths including the death of Lemmy which happened within the last four days of 2015, but also the deaths of so many other greats, not just in metal, but music as a whole like David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Dale Griffin, Maurice White, Merle Haggard, Keith Emerson, Jimmy Bain, Nick Menza, Leonard Cohen and Prince just to name a few, as well as so many greats outside of music. On a more personal note, I also experienced a loss in my family this year, but like in any tough situation, music was and always will be my therapy, whether it's just listening to music, playing drums, rehearsing with my band or writing lyrics for new songs. On a more bright side, there were still a ton of stellar new releases that came out. This served as redemption for all the dark clouds that appeared throughout this year.
Like every year, whittling down the hundreds of great new albums that came out to 10 is brutally difficult. It was like I was studying for my final exams. I was tossing and turning in bed for days wondering which albums I was going to pick, but after a lot of thoughtful hours, the list I compiled for this year is as follows.
The lists of our favourite albums of 2016 will definitely come in the next few weeks. However, for the time being, I wanted to turn back the clock to 2011 and share with you a list of my favourite albums that turned 5 years old this year, and I would like to do this before the year is over.
Now you're probably asking, why 2011? Well, that year was quite an eventful and memorable year for me. I had a whole slew of new experiences in my life then that were just amazing, but we won't get into those. The only negative part about it was that I lost my grandfather on my dad's side in May of that year. 2011 was also the year I started writing album reviews. It all started on Facebook just for pleasure in the latter part of the year and that led to me joining Metal Master Kingdom a few months later.
Down below are my ten favourite albums that were released in 2011.