2011 goes pop

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 20, 2011


CRAFT, "SUCCUMB TO SIN" | Rock has by 2011's close really been backed into a corner — the closest thing to it on the Billboard year-end charts is "Pumped Up Kicks," and every major rock album and tour is by some old band refusing to get out of the way, leaving the genre to thrive underground in complete squalor, with the best rock and metal emerging from the depths all dark and grimy. These Swedes' aptly-titled Void is the best kind of slime, wedding its black-metal heart to a melodic bride of pure molten rock fury, avoiding the howling atonality that makes most modern BM (ahem, Liturgy) unlistenable.

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