News Top 5 Rock / Metal Releases Of 2011 (So Far)

5. Lower Than Atlantis – World Record

Lower Than Atlantis are probably one of the most hardworking rock bands at the moment. Having changed from an Every Time I Die sound to a hardcore punk outfit, they have been touring ever since their 2010 release ‘Far Q’ hit the airwaves. While the sound is much slower with a greater focus on melody, ‘World Record’ is a well rounded look into the thoughts of vocals/guitarist Mike Duce with simple lyrical themes such as breakups, touring and even nicotine addiction. ‘World Record’ is a triumph and may just be the most honest rock record in ages.

4. And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Tao Of The Dead

Even if they just win the award for Most Bombastic Album Cover Ever, Trail of Dead has made an album that is both accessible to newcomers and an improvement over previous efforts. Like most progressive records, the tracks all flow together which conclude with the 16 minute epic – ‘Strange News From Another Planet’. With standouts like ‘Summer of Dead Souls’, Trail of Dead entered 2011 with a progressive opus filled with catchiness and ambition.

3. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Most rock bands usually reach their creative peak around their fifth release. Metallica became Billboard giants with the black album. ‘Blood Sugar Sex Magik’ skyrocketed the Chili peppers’ already growing popularity. The Beatles released ‘Help!’ and the rest was history. But even a die-hard surely can’t expect their favourite artists to grow creatively after this point. Wait, they can? Fantastic.

2011 in rock music so far can be remembered for when Dave Grohl went back to the garage. Helmed by favourite Gil Norton (Nirvana’s Nevermind), The Foo’s move for a more hard rock edge with tracks like ‘Bridges Burning’ and ‘Back and Forth’. This doesn’t mean that the Foo’s have forgotten their trademark stadium anthems however, as album closer ‘Walk’ has already become a live fan favourite.

‘Wasting Light’ is proof that after such perfect tunes as ‘Everlong’ and ‘Best of You’, Foo Fighters can still release a filler-free great.

2. Funeral For A Friend – Welcome Home Armageddon

Their first album - ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’ – was not only my first introduction to this welsh post-hardcore unit but also to the genre itself. However, many music listeners had written off FFAF who have never quite reached that peak of brilliance again. However, with the induction of two new members (Ex-Guitarist and Bassist of Cult Cardiff band, Hondo Maclean), ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ is a rebirth for the band. Ranging from the catchy ‘Sixteen’ to the thumping circle-pit anthem of ‘Front Row Seats To The End Of The World’, these twelve songs present FFAF at their most energetic, something their previous release, ‘Memory & Humanity’ lacked. ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ is not only a triumph but it’s the best the lads have sounded in years!

1. letlive. – Fake History

A couple of issues of Kerrang! Ago, many teenage readers pulled ‘WTF!’ faces after finding that neither Matt Tuck, Jared Leto or any other big named musician reached the No. 1 spot of Top Rockstar In The World List. Instead this was won by Jason Aaron Butler of letlive., and only after seeing them live and listening to their 2010 re-release that you will understand why. The album is essentially a post-hardcore masterpiece with bombastic punk anthems and glassjaw-like vocals. Containing three new tracks, ‘Fake History’ is an album for those tired of the same breakdowns and harmonics that are looking for fresh anthems. If I was a member of a world-class rock band, I would be scared of letlive., and even more at what they plan to do next.

DIY caught up with letlive. at Reading 2011. Check back in the week for the full interview.

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