18
Mar
11

Dr. Lemmy (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love 2011)

Oh, Lemmy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You grizzled Adonis. You Saint of Beer. You destroyer of ear drums.

The last time I saw Motorhead was nine years ago and it was amazing. The moled man you see before you opened the Concord Pavillion with a question:

“Con-cord, eh? Never been here before.”

Then they proceeded to whoop everyone’s ass for an hour. It was the best opening act I could have seen as a 16-year old, especially seeing as how Dio and Iron Maiden were next.. The power trio finally made sense and witnessing those same three men playing just as fast at a higher volume nearly a decade later was most excellent. In my review, I mention how the band is very cross-generational, something that grabs attention from all shapes and sizes, but I think they are in an echelon only shared with the great AC/DC. Maybe greater!

Enough hyperlinking…let’s get onto the longwinded portion of today’s topic: 2011 album releases!

Now this is mostly a metal heavy post, focusing on the roughest, toughest, rootinist, tootinist sons of guns in the rock world. Sorry if I don’t mention the 134th Ani DiFranco album, or the double-disc Lady Antebellum frisbee that may or may not be coming out this year. No list can be complete, but here are a few highlights of a year that hopefully makes up for the year prior’s dismal output.

March:

New albums from viking gods Amon Amarth, moody Blackfield, and Christ-like Becoming the Archetype should hold most over, and the best-of Between the Buried and Me compilation is out on 3/29.

April:

NEW BTBAM OMG!!! Also, Bootsy Collins!

May:

Dredg, Fleet Foxes, Moby,  Death Cab, and Beastie Boys should be enough to make the shitty month of May go by. Just kidding. I don’t hate May.

June:

Potentially a new Tool album and the final two albums in the grand Deconstruction Project by Devin Townsend: 2 discs, one heavy, one soft, and both amazingly released on the same day. Add in Arctic Monkeys’ new record “Suck It and See” and June rocks.

September:

Steven Wilson has a solo follow-up to last year’s “Insurgentes” due around my birthday, and another solo album potentially by the end of the year.

TBA

A ton of bands have announced studio time and songwriting without giving a firm date other than “late 2011.” We may potentially see albums from all of the following bands:

Metallica

Opeth

Queens of the Stone Age

Devin Townsend’s sequel to ZILTOID!!!!

Megadeth

Steven Wilson + Mike from Opeth

Rumplestilskin Grinder

The Mars Volta

OSI

Necrophagist

Pig Destroyer

Mastodon

Gojira

NINE INCH NAILS

Bjork

Battles

Fiona Apple

Kraftwerk

Muse

My Morning Jacket

and maybe the best of the year…

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