Byrd’s Ten Favorite 2011 Freebies (Part 1)
List season has arrived. Soon the internet will be littered with countless lists of the year’s best albums. After pondering what my own list might be I realised that I couldn’t possibly come up with a truely ‘best of’ list. I haven’t even heard every album that’s come out this year, I imagine no one has. So, to do something a little different I’ve put together a list of my favorite releases from 2011 that were offered for free, including some with a name your price option. Remember, this is a ‘favorites’ list not a ‘best of’ list, I haven’t heard all the free ones either. Of the freebies I’ve heard these are the ten that have kept me coming back and I’ll present them two at a time.
10. – Savage Messiah – A Plague of Conscience
This one just barely made it, but only because it just came out and in the few listens I’ve given it it’s planted hooks. I think it’ll get some good play time from me. This album and even the band itself was brought to my attention by this Free Shit post at TNOTB just a few days ago.
Savage Messiah are based in the UK and play Thrash with a thick mix of traditional Heavy Metal. Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt is our sample tune and comes with a double serving of catchy. The vocal melodies, guitar riffs and lead work are backed with solid bass and drum work to make some memorable songs throughout the album.
09. – Blastanus – Collapse
Finnish Deathgrinders Blastanus first hit my radar when ex-Baboon Tarkan reviewed Odd, their 2009 release, last year. Then, back in July they showed up again. This time at NCS as a review that featured a premier download of their latest, titled Collapse. That was followed shortly by Niek’s review here at The Baboon.
Evolutionary Dead End is one of my favorite tracks from Collapse. Its a powerhouse of grinding Death Metal with kinda techy riffage and plenty of expected blasting in the beat department, though there’s a crushing slower movement in the middle and a blistering solo around the 3:54 mark.
You can download Collapse at the end of the NCS post linked to above and stop by their Facebook, if you can read Finnish.