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Viking's Choice_ 2011 In Metal And Outer Sound.mp3

November 30th, 2011

Episode 373 of 811 episodes

Viking's Choice: 2011 In Metal And Outer SoundAs NPR Music begins year-end music list season, we normally save producer and Viking's Choice blogger Lars Gotrich's favorite furious blast beats, meditative drones, spiraling riffs and other such unclassifiable sounds for after Christmas. Not this time around. We wanted the noise and we wanted it now.While no one sound or trend truly dominated metal or outer sound in 2011, Lars talks to All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen about a set of field recordings from a Swiss gondola, why strong songwriting always matters in metal, and how sometimes hues are more dramatic than blocks of sound in drone.This episode of All Songs Considered includes highlights from a pair of Top 25 lists. Over on the All Songs blog, you'll find the complete lists of 2011's best metal and best outer sound albums.The Psychic ParamountAlbum: IISong: N5Ernst KarelAlbum: Swiss Mountain Transport SystemsSong: Oberdorf—WeissensteinHammers Of MisfortuneAlbum: 17th StreetSong: GrainGlenn JonesAlbum: The WantingSong: Of Its Own KindTombsAlbum: Path of TotalitySong: Silent WorldWitch MountainAlbum: South of SalemSong: Wing of the LordJulia HolterAlbum: TragedySong: CelebrationYOBAlbum: AtmaSong: Prepare the GroundNicholas SzczepanikAlbum: Please Stop Loving MeSong: Please Stop Loving MeCormorantAlbum: DwellingsSong: The First Man

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