Punk 2011: 14 Best Albums

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13. Crusades The Sun Is Down and the Night Is Riding In (It's Alive)
Ottawa, ON's conservatism inspired a dark and savage debut from Crusades. It helps to know that the band's name is indeed very deliberate; in fact, they had lyrical and thematic intentions from the get-go, inspired by personal and historical experiences with Christianity, and here they've created a narrative through a "spiritual voyage" from belief to rejection and everywhere in between (and beyond). And it's not only lyrically provoking ― musically, The Sun Is Down and the Night Is Riding In is dual intensity and accessibility, running the gamut from three-chord power-punk blasts ("Sacraments") to darker metal-tinged meandering ("Remedy") and '80s gloom-gaze ("Serpentine"), all without losing the thread. As a four-headed creative machine of individuals who have played in various bands together across handfuls of years in the incestuous Ottawa scene, Crusades master diversity as well as they do precision, and their spirit, so to speak, is still so alive. Together they've created a work that's at once expansive and jarringly immediate. Any caution with which you might approach a weighty concept album about religion and atheism disappears when you hear the passion and the focus, and you realize that you're actually being let in on something really personal. There's no preaching going on here. What we're witnessing is an exorcism.
Nicole Villeneuve

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Off! came out in 2010. Just sayin'
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Well being released on December 14 leaves it alittle late to be on 2010 hit lists. Its acceptable.
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Drunk Nor Dead was released Oct 25th 2011. Just sayin.
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The Brains "Drunk not Dead" gets my vote... such an awesome album...
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Where's the Omegas LP!?!
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Crusades!
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My top 14 punk albums:

1. Vacation- BTMI
2. Suburbia- The Wonder Years
3. Joyce Manor- Joyce Manor
4. Shed- Title Fight
5. The Dangers Of Standing Still- Red City Radio
6. North Sentinel Island- The Copy Rights
7. Delusions- Elway
8. Heart Beats Pacific- Banner Pilot
9. Knife Man- Andrew Jackson Jihad
10. Funtitled- Spraynard
11. House Parts- Two Hand Fools
12. Idle Ages- Junior Battles
13. Hieroglyphic Transmissions- Why I Hate
14. DOMESPLITTER- Direct Hit!
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Nazca Lines - Hyperventilation is a great album, but was widely overlooked. What the heck happened to Le Butcherettes - Sin sin sin though? That was easily my favourite punk album of the year.
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I'd just like to recommend Sex Church's GROWING OVER to everyone reading this. It got my #1 vote.
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How did Holy Shit by living with lions not make this list??
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This just exposes just how little "punk" anyone involved with this sad list has heard in 2011. And get off Fucked Up's jock already, it's embarrassing and that record is far from being worthy of the praise it gets around here.
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Whoever wrote this has brilliant music taste!!!


1. Vacation- BTMI
2. Suburbia- The Wonder Years
3. Joyce Manor- Joyce Manor
4. Shed- Title Fight
5. The Dangers Of Standing Still- Red City Radio
6. North Sentinel Island- The Copy Rights
7. Delusions- Elway
8. Heart Beats Pacific- Banner Pilot
9. Knife Man- Andrew Jackson Jihad
10. Funtitled- Spraynard
11. House Parts- Two Hand Fools
12. Idle Ages- Junior Battles
13. Hieroglyphic Transmissions- Why I Hate
14. DOMESPLITTER- Direct Hit!
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If you actually think that Fucked Up doesn't deserve praise, you're probably the kind of moron that puts Direct Hit! in their top 10 list. That band has to be the most unoriginal, unthinking amalgamation of "whoas" and "yeahs" I've ever heard.
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fuck this list, and fuck poler bear club
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King Blues - Punk and Poetry should be at the top of this list. Have to assume that you hadn't heard it...
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No Menzingers? No Wonder Years? Dubious...
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Article Published In Dec 11 Issue