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Initial post: Nov 4, 2012 6:57:51 PM PST
With the release calendar coming to a close in the next couple of months, I think the time has come to formulate our "Best of" lists for this year.

I'll admit, I was kind of surprised by several of the albums that came out this year. Killer releases by established veterans, up and coming acts rising up from the underground, and other surprising finds. Here are some of mine (yes, in some kind of order)...

1) Katatonia- Dead End Kings
2) Barren Earth- The Devil's Resolve
3) Between the Buried and Me- The Parallax II: Future Sequence
4) Gojira- L'Enfant Sauvage
5) Meshuggah- Koloss
6) Daylight Dies- A Frail Becoming
7) The Contortionist- Intrinsic
8) Swallow the Sun- Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
9) Allegaeon- Formshifter
10) The Foreshadowing- Second World
11) Stealing Axion- Moments
12) Periphery- Periphery II: This Time It's Personal
13) Be'lakor- Of Breath and Bone
14) Kamelot- Silverthorn
15) Epica- Requiem for the Indifferent

That's how it stands, right now. There are more, but these lists always shift for me...we'll see how this one changes.

Alright, enough from me. Now, it's your turn...

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:33:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 4, 2012 9:35:03 PM PST
jgamerfl says:
Here it goes:

1. Angel Witch- As Above, So Below
2. Grave Digger- Clash of the Gods
3. Adrenaline Mob- Omerta
4. Down- Down IV Pt.1: Purple EP
5. Luca Turilli's Rhapsody- Ascending to Infinity
6. Sabaton- Carolus Rex
7. The Sword- Apocryphon
8. Periphery- Periphery II: This Time it's Personal
9. Wintersun- Time 1
10. DragonForce- The Power Within
11. Eluveitie- Helvetios
12. Epica- Requiem for the Indifferent
13. Devin Townsend Project- Epicloud
14. Saint Vitus- Lillie: F-65
15. Korpiklaani- Manala
16. Christian Mistress- Possession
17. Witchcraft- Legend
18. Lacuna Coil- Dark Adrenaline
19. Lillian Axe- XI: The Days Before Tomorrow
20. Shadows Fall- Fire From the Skies

And my top hard rock:
1. Kiss- Monster
2. Rush- Clockwork Angels
3. The Cult- Choice of Weapon
4. Flying Colors- Flying Colors
5. Van Halen- A Different Kind of Truth
6. Storm Corrosion- Storm Corrosion
7. Halestorm- The Strange Case Of...

These lists will probably change when I get my hands on the new Doro, Ensiferum, Elvenking, Kamelot, Bloodbound, Aerosmith, and more. I just listed all the albums I got from 2012 so far and ranked them. (had about 23 metal albums total) My tastes are more towards clean vocals and the list reflects that. The ones that did not make the list: Sonata Arctica, Delain, In Solitude.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 11:39:50 PM PST
The Electric Age-Overkill

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 12:08:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2012 12:11:48 PM PST
L. Bazan says:
Weapon- Embers and Revelations
Testament- The Dark Roots of Earth
Municipal Waste- The Fatal Feast
Dethklok- Dethalbum 3
Revocation- Teratogenesis
Kill Devil Hill(Self titled)
Shadows Fall- Fire From the Sky
Lamb of God- Resolution
Gojira- L'Enfant Sauvage
Havok- Point of No Return
Kreator- Phantom Antichrist
Pantera- Piss
Psycroptic- The Inherited Repression
God Forbid- Equilibrium

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 5:12:16 AM PST
Justin G. says:
I'm working on my list, but I feel like I should hold a spot for the new Graveyard, which should be in my mailbox this week.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 6:09:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 6:49:29 AM PST
For me it's been an easy year because most of my favorite bands have released something; which also means that my list is biased, because it contains my favorite bands; whom I'm always going to rate higher than most.

So:

converge-all we love we leave behind
dying fetus-reign supreme
napalm death-utilitarian
pig destroyer-book burner

Are my favorites that I actually own and have given repeated listens to.

life once lost-ecstatic trance
pathology-time of great purification

Are bands that are my favorites, that I've only heard samples of, that I will own, and that I'm biased for, because they're my favorites.

aura noir-out to die

Is a new favorite band; who I'm now biased towards.

asphyx-deathhammer
bereft-leichenhaus

Are releases that I bought this year and liked pretty well; but as the year progressed, lost steam with me; and now, they'll probably be sold off.

The new dinosaur jr (i bet on sky) is pretty good too. One of my favorites of the year.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 8:33:04 AM PST
Carach Angren - Where the Corpses Sink Forever
Marduk - Serpent Sermon
Carrie Underwood - Blown Away
Ex Deo - Caligvla
Nachtmystium - Silencing Machine
Sectu - Gerra
Wodensthrone -Curse
COF - Manticore
Aura Noir - Out to Die
Sister Sin - Now and Forever

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 10:11:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 5, 2012 10:48:08 AM PST
Bobage says:
Charon - Sulphur Seraph (The Archon Principle)
Witchrist - The Grand Tormentor
Ahab- The Giant
Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
Cannibal Corpse - Torture
Putrevore - Macabre Kingdom
Weapon - Embers and Revelations
Behexen - Nightside Emanations
Blut Aus Nord - What Once Was... Liber II
Wrathprayer - The Sun of Moloch: The Sublimation of Sulphur's Essence Which Spawned Death and Life
Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis
Father Befouled - Revulsion of Seraphic Grace
Ignivomous - Contragenesis
Proclamation - Nether Tombs of Abaddon
Deathspell Omega - Drought
Purtenance - Sacrifice The King
Ash Borer - Cold Of Ages
Doctorshopper - Degenerate Utopia
Pallbearer - Sorrow & Extinction
Anhedonist - Netherwards
Wodensthrone - Curse
Sul Ad Astral - S/T
Imprecation - Jehovah Denied
Teitanblood - Purging Tongues
Desecresy - The Doom Skeptron
Funebrarum/Undergang - The Dead of Winter
Satan's Satyrs - Wild Beyond Belief!

Non-Metal

Rush - Clockwork Angels
Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Caulbearer - Haunts
Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 12:22:05 PM PST
Asphyx - Deathhammer
Barren Earth - The Devil's Resolve
Before the Dawn - Rise of the Phoenix
Borknagar - Urd
Candlemass - Psalms for the Dead
Cannibal Corpse - Torture
Drudkh - Eternal Turn of the Wheel
Ensiferum - Unsung Heroes
Enslaved - Ruun
Hour of Penance - Sedition
Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
Marduk - Serpent Sermon
Meshuggah - Koloss
My Dying Bride - A Map of all our Failures
Old Silver Key - Tales of Wanderings
Paradise Lost - Tragic Idol
Paganizer - Into the Catacombs
Purtenance - Sacrifice the King
Puteraeon - Cult Cthulhu
Spawn of Possession - Incurso
Swallow the Sun - Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
Unleashed - Oldalheim
Wintersun - Time I

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 10:40:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2012 10:43:01 AM PST
Ash Krueger says:
I liked:

Neurosis- Honor Found in Decay
Rush- Clockwork Angels
Kiss- Monster
Down- IV Part 1: The Purple EP
Exumer- Fire and Damnation
Saint Vitus- Lillie:F65
Candlemass- Psalms for the Dead
Overkill- The Electric Age
Orange Goblin- A Eulogy for the Damned
Running Wild- Shadowmaker
Accept- Stalingrad
Paradise Lost- Tragic Idol
UFO- Seven Deadly
Marilyn Manson- Born Villain
Angel Witch- As Above, So Below
Demon- Unbroken
Flying Colors- S/T
Ministry- Relapse
Prong- Carved into Stone
Kreator- Phantom Antichrist
In This Moment- Blood
Delain- We are the Others
Tygers of Pan Tang- Ambush
Dethklok- Dethalbum III
Om- Advaitic Songs
Icarus Witch- Rise
Testament- Dark Roots of the Earth
Dokken- Broken Bones
Kamelot- Silverthorn
Ahab- The Giant
Sigh- Insomniphobia
Kill Devil Hill- S/T

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 5:55:44 PM PST
Hmmmmmm....... I love In this Moment, but Blood? Best of 2012? That was probably the worst cd I bought this year. What about it did you like?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 6:26:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2012 6:28:04 AM PST
Ash Krueger says:
I found it ridiculously catchy and I kind of hate myself for it. I was not a fan of the last two albums. "The Dream" was too poppy and that last record I didn't dig at all. I don't know why because it was closer to the first album in terms of style but I just didn't feel any of the songs. I do like Maria as a singer and look forward to hearing the tune she just recorded for Jake E. Lee's solo album.

I need to go listen to some Judas Priest, Death, Mercyful Fate, Motorhead, Venom, Slayer, and Iron Maiden now before I lose my metal cred. lol.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 4:34:36 AM PST
Nobody listed Abiotic... Why?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 6:13:39 AM PST
Ash Krueger says:
Not my kind of music. I have no idea what the singer is saying. If it was instrumental I'd prefer it actually.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 7:42:56 AM PST
A Star Crossed Wasteland is my favorite album by them. Ha! I love Maria Brink. But.....Blood sounds exactly like Korn with Maria on vox. The title song is the ONLY song I like. The bland songwriting and riffs are just dreadful. My opinion.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 11:24:02 AM PST
Ash Krueger says:
Ah man, don't say that! Korn? I hate myself even more now because I loathe Korn. No love for "Adrenalize?" Oh well. Did you hear about her lending vox to the new Jake E. Lee disc? Her, Ronin Zander of Cheap Treak, and Paul Di'Anno of Iron Maiden. That's going to be one crazy record.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 11:29:18 AM PST
Fair enough, But as far as new and upcoming bands they would have to be top 10 this year IMO. I havent heard many new bands that i actually enjoy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 6:04:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 6:04:24 AM PST
C. Harding says:
I don't know anything about them, but I looked them up on Encyclopedia Metallum, which states they play deathcore. That's probably why no one has listed them. I'm not knocking deathcore, it's just not something most of the posters here care for.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 4:01:56 AM PST
Beirne, Surge.........waiting? What say you?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 12:43:26 PM PST
Theres been so much music this year. Im still trying to narrow down my top picks

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 5:23:45 PM PST
A customer says:
I guess Torture was my favorite. It topped Evisceration Plague (no easy task). Koloss was great, too.

This MUST be mentioned: Marilyn Manson - Born Villain. Fan-fwiggin'-tastic album, right up there with Antichrist and Mechanical. A true return to form, and definitely worth anyone's time.

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 10:27:48 PM PST
Kevin Beirne says:
I missed a lot of the 2012 releases you cats speak of. So, naturally, I can only comment on the stuff that I picked up.

I definitely dig Torture, but feel it did not meet Evisceration Plague, just like that one better.

Meshuggah's Koloss is indeed effing fantastic, and excellent followup to Obzen.

I really dig At the Gate of Sethu, and feel that the negative internet vibe surrounding it was totally bogus and unnecessary. Great album. Did not top Those Whom The Gods Detest, but that does make it as bad as people made it out to be.

Aeon's Aeon's Black is fantastic.

Goatwhore's Blood For the Master, great album.

I do not like Cattle Decapitation's Monolith of Inhumanity...some heavy stuff - but, that lame singing voice needs to go.

Overkill - The Electric Age - like it waaay better than Dark Roots of Earth

Behold...The Arctopus - Horrorscension

Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Now I do not have the new Cryptopsy, or the new Mekong Delta, among other releases I missed....

Posted on Dec 21, 2012 11:08:59 PM PST
A customer says:
I still disagree on Sethu. The album just sucks to me. It's the only bad thing Nile has ever done in their career, so it's not unforgivable.

Monolith of Inhumanity just came out this year, and it's already in the running for most overrated extreme metal album ever. Congratulations are in order.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 4:30:00 AM PST
At the Gates of Sethu was lackluster! I played it prolly 20 times and there was no connection. To me, everything was just out of place. ( I know you love that though Beirne. Ha!) The clean vocals weren't even that bad either...no debate to hate....

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 7:39:43 AM PST
My top 20..in no real order

Ectovoid - Fractured In The Timeless Abyss
Chapel - Satan's Rock 'N' Roll
Pseudogod - Deathwomb Catechesis
Wrathprayer - The Sun of Moloch: The Sublimation of Sulphur's Essence Which Spawned Death and Life
Witchrist - The Grand Tormentor
Binah - Hallucinating In Resurrecture
Eroded - Engravings Of A Gruesome Epitaph
Faustcoven - Hellfire and Funeral Bells
The Graviators - Evil Deeds
Mgla - With Hearts Toward None
Incantation - Vanquish in Vengeance
Charon - Sulphur Seraph
Deus Otiosus - Godless
Unleashed - Odalheim
Rust - Damned Hellish Voids
Arkham Witch - Legions Of The Deep
Wodensthrone - Curse
Rahu - The Quest for the Vajra of Shadows
Panopticon - Kentucky
Revenge - Scum.Collapse.Eradication
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