I started putting together my year-end list and I got to a point where I was composing a list of albums that didn’t really fit into the metal category. This list became long enough that I decided to give it its own list (post), separate from all the others. you see, 2011 has been an odd year for me. I have started to experiment with other genres outside of the metal realm. I’ve done this before to an extent, but not as much as I have this year. Some of this is due to a few albums on this list. There is no rule in metal that says that you only have to listen to metal. Sure, you are going to be ridiculed if you are caught listening to some genres, but if you keep your mind open to new, intelligent music, then you open yourself up for new discovery and and a whole new world of musical enjoyment. Just keep that in your mind. With that, lets take a look at some really great albums of 2011 that are not-so-metal. These are by no means in any particular order.
Best Not-So-Metal Albums of 2011
Graveyard – Hinsingen Blues — For the classic rock-blues fan that can really appreciate the sounds of yesteryear. (Read the review)
Beardfish – Mammoth — This album screams early prog with a lot of King Crimson influence. (Read the review)
Riverside – Memories in My Head — 3 songs. Over 30 minutes of listening time. These Pols create some great music with this album and I’ve heard that they have a back catalog of great tunes. Check out the second track from the album on Youtube.
Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning — If you dig Porcupine Tree, then there should be no reason why you wouldn’t like Steven Wilson’s solo work and latest effort. I can’t wait to hear his collaboration with Opeth’s Mikael Akerfeldt (Storm Corrosion).
Yes – Fly From Here — Who, wait, what? Probably the last band you expected to see on this list. Yes are still around, even though they recorded with “stand in” vocalist Benoit David, who has been standing in for a long time for long time singer Jon Anderson. I really don’t know what the story is with him, but this album is good despite what a lot of veteran Yes fans say.
So there you have it. Open yourself up to other music and avoid being a stereotypical knuckle-dragging metal head. Besides, it is always nice to have music you can listen to while your parents are around, especially when you’re my age.