So, here we are once again, faithful fanatics of the Forbidden! Another grueling 365 days have dawned and disintegrated into dust just in time to do it all over again. Some would say this year was “slow” or even “dead” when it comes to the presence of extreme music and its creators. I beg to differ. In fact, there were so many releases that blasted my brain into mush, that a short list of 10 records simply wouldn’t do justice to what I think was an undeniably kick-ass year for the underground. So, on that note, what follows is a list of what I (after much scrutiny in some cases) believe to be my very own Top 40 of 2011, the crucial contributions to the soundtrack of my survival of the past 12 months, in no special order. If something totally mind-blowing seems to be missing, there’s a heavy chance that it’s either because I simply haven’t gotten to it yet, for whatever unfortunate reason…or I just didn’t dig it as much as you did. Whatever the situation may be, this year was absolutely packed with ragers. Enjoy, and stay tuned to Forbidden Magazine in 2012! No fucking prisoners! Cheers!!

– Nate of the Living Dead

The Gates of Slumber – The Wretch
Batillus – Furnace
Demiricous – 2011 Demo
Dismemberment – The Condemned
Ghost – Con Clavi Con Dio

Thorr-Axe – Wall of Spears
Book of Black Earth – The Cold Testament
Hot Graves – Knights in White Phosphorus
Wormrot – Dirge
Entrails – The Tomb Awaits

In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.
Craft – Void
Disma – Towards the Megalith
Trap Them – Darker Handcraft
Late August – Not for Human Consumption

Acephalix – Interminable Night
Vastum – Carnal Law
Weekend Nachos – Worthless
Skeletonwitch – Forever Abomination
Mastodon – The Hunter

All Pigs Must Die – God is War
The Dream is Dead – Punk is a Mental Disorder
Kata Sarka – The Great Dereliction
Ulcerate – The Destroyers of All
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise

Dragged Into Sunlight – Hatred for Mankind
Fistula – Loser
Ancient VVisdom – A Godlike Inferno
Ptahil – For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory
Rotten Sound – Cursed

Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
VYGR – Hypersleep
Cianide – Gods of Death
Autopsy – Macabre Eternal
Yob – Atma

Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
Rwake – Rest
Tombs – Path of Totality
Untimely Demise – City of Steel
Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness