Best Non-Metal Album: Wasting Light (Foo Fighters)
Runner Up: Alpocalypse ("Weird Al" Yankovic)
Most Disappointing Album: Post Mortem (Black Tide)
Runner Up: Th1rt3en (Megadeth) *Please Note*: Even though this album was slightly disappointing compared to their previous releases, you should still totally listen to this one. There just weren’t that many disappointing albums this year for me so that’s why I included it.
Worst Album: LuLu (Lou Reed/Metallica)
Lou Reed: "Hey guys! I'm incredibly old and have little to no artistic integrity left. How about I read off a bunch of nonsense I wrote and you guys can play over it?"
James: "Sounds good to me! I am the table, herp derp!"
Lars: "Since I'm responsible for the majority of bad decisions Metallica's made over the years and why a lot of our former fans hate us, I obviously endorse this wholeheartedly!"
Kirk: "Do I have to play any solos? No? Perfect!"
Rob: "I don't get payed enough for this."
If someone were to ask me "whats wrong with this album?", I would respond with "what's right with this album!?". The opening track alone with it's boring, repetitive riffs on top of listening to a decrepit old man spewing a bunch of gibberish was enough to make me never want to listen to this again. The rest of the "album" follows this trend of Metallica basically having a bunch of jam sessions while Lou tries to remember why he agreed to do this in the first place. What's worse, not only do these songs overstay their welcome, they refuse to leave! The closing track, "Junior Dad", takes 5 minutes to end! Its almost like the album is saying, "we're going to make you suffer for as long as we can, even when you think its over!".
So congratulations, guys. You have successfully achieved a possible low-point in your career. And congratulations, James. You are the table.
Runner Up: Post Mortem (Black Tide)
2011's Album of the Year: Worship Music (Anthrax)
Big shocker, I know. Even if I did make it seem predictable, that does not mean Worship Music is any less deserving of being this year's best album than it already was. The years it took to complete the record in addition to the changing of singers and overall uncertainty of the band made listening to how it great it is all the more satisfying. Everything about it is what you would want from a straight-up metal album. The guitars are heavy, the drums are intense, the bass grooves, and Joey Belladonna's return helps restore the classic Anthrax sound that has been missing from the last few albums. I could go on and on as to why this is not only the best album released this year, but one of the best albums in Anthrax's career. Instead, I'll just tell you to go listen to it so you can better understand what I'm talking about.
Dystopia (Iced Earth)
Iconoclast (Symphony X)
That's all she wrote! Thanks for joining me in the first MAYEA Awards. I promise that next year's will be bigger and better, so look forward to that. I'd also like to thank everyone for supporting me this year and hope you will continue to read the site in the years to come. I have some new things planned for 2012 that I'd like to share soon. In the meantime, have a great New Year!