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Posted on Dec 24, 2012 8:57:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 2, 2013 12:48:21 PM PST
Favorite 59 Picks For 2012

PSUEDOGOD - Deathwomb Catechesis
INCANTATION - Vanquish In Vengeance
AMENRA - Mass V
THE SECRET - Agnus Dei
LENTO - Anxiety Despair Languish
NEUROSIS - Honor Found In Decay
DOWNFALL OF GAIA - Suffocating In the Swarm Of Cranes
JODIS - Black Curtain
CONVERGE - All We Love We Leave Behind
ENSLAVED - RIITIIR
LOCRIAN - The Clearing And The Final Epoch
CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS - Abrahadabra
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME - The Parallax
UFFOMAMUT - Oro: Opus Alter
ANHEDONIST - Netherwards
ASH BORER - Cold Of Ages
GAZA - No Absolutes In Human Suffering
NACHTMYSTIUM - Silencing Machine
A FOREST OF STARS - A Shadowplay For Yesterdays
SUTEKH HEXEN - Behind The Throne
AHAB - The Giant
OLD MAN GLOOM - No
HAIL SPIRIT NOIR - Pneuma
NAPALM DEATH - Utilitarian
ATOMSKI RAT - Iluzije Stvarnosti
SECRETS OF THE MOON - Seven Bells
ATRIARCH - Ritual Of Passing
MARTYRDOD - Paranoia
EARLY GRAVES - Red Horse
PALLBEARER - Sorrow And Extinction
DAWNBRINGER - Into The Lair Of The Sun
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT - Widowmaker
ACEPHALIX - Deathless Master
AURA NOIR - Out To Die
REVENGE - Scum*Collapse*Eradication
ECTOVOID - Fractured In The Timeless Abyss
FATHER BEFOULED - Revulsion Of Seraphic Grace
ANGEL WITCH - As Above, So Below
PANOPTICON - Kentucky
SUICIDAL ANGELS - Bloodbath
WITCHRIST - The Grand Tormentor
COFFIN TEXTS - The Tomb Of Infinite Ritual
DEPHOSPHORUS - Night Sky Transform
PROCLAMATION - Nether Tombs Of Abaddon
CHROME WAVES - Chrome Waves
LIBERTEER - Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees
MERRIMACK - The Acausal Mass
SIX BREW BANTHA - Six Brew Bantha
LOINCLOTH - Iron Balls Of Steel
ENABLER - All Hail The Void
SACCAGE - Death Crust Satanique
NAPALM RAID - Mindless Nation
NEGATIVE STANDARDS - VI-XI
NONE OF THE LIVING REAMAIN - Grim To The Brim
DRIP OF LIES - Failure
MUTILATION RITES - Empyrean
MAVETH - Coils Of The Black Earth
VITAMIN X - About To Crack
AGOWILT - Clocks Made Of There Own Bones

....oops how could I forget:

BLACK PYRAMID - II

Posted on Dec 22, 2012 5:54:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 22, 2012 6:02:55 PM PST
Venusfly91 says:
Here's my ten 2012 favorites in no certain order:

Crippled Black Crow - (Mankind) The Crafty Ape
Blut Aus Nord - 777-Cosmosophy
Chapel - Satan's Rock n Roll
Emptiness - Error
Grand Supreme Blood Court - Bow Down Before the Blood Court
Derketa - In Death We Meet
Vomitor - The Escalation
Putrevore - Macabre Kingdom
Wrathprayer - The Sun of Moloch (and other words I'm too lazy to type)
Sigh - Insomniphobia

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 4:07:43 PM PST
no real order on those man

..see I even said.."in no real order" =D

Really good album too..check it out. The production is really clean for an Incantation album as well

I didnt list it, but a couple of my runner ups were the new Minas Morgul and the new Obscurity..good viking/pagan metal. Theres a new Heidevolk out as well, but I havent heard it yet

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 22, 2012 2:33:06 PM PST
Incantation....there's a first.....but it's not at the top....must suck.

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

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 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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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.

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

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.

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?

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

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 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 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 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 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.
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