2012 in metal

If you’ve met me for longer than about 5 minutes, you will be well aware that I heart heavy metal very dearly. I enjoy most musical styles, but heavy metal occupies a particularly special place in my heart. I also enjoy lists, because nothing gets internet keyboard warriors as angry as a list that is CLEARLY WRONG. Therefore I present to you my Top 20 Metal (and related) albums of 2012, plus a few bonus mentions. I have also compiled the top 20 into a Spotify playlist for you, because I’m nice.

EDIT: list originally for the Snakenet Metal Radio 2012 Members’ Chart

01. Diablo Swing Orchestra – Pandora’s Piñata
02. Hail Spirit Noir – Pneuma
03. Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
04. Napalm Death – Utilitarian
05. Jess and the Ancient Ones – Jess and the Ancient Ones
06. Sear Bliss – Eternal Recurrence
07. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
08. A Forest Of Stars – A Shadowplay for Yesterdays
09. Killing Joke – MMXII
10. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
11. Witchcraft – Legend
12. Pallbearer – Sorrow and Extinction
13. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
14. Evoken – Atra Mors
15. Ihsahn – Eremita
16. Enslaved – RIITIIR
17. Baroness – Yellow & Green
18. Meshuggah – Koloss
19. Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost
20. Malignancy – Eugenics

Near misses (no specific order, asterisks by particularly good ones):
Dodecahedron – Dodecahedron*
Dawnbringer – Into the Lair of the Sun God
Vindicator – United We Fall*
Sigh – In Somniphobia*
Tenochtitlan – Sotvorenie Mira
Master – The New Elite
Wodensthrone – Curse
Blut Aus Nord – 777 – Cosmosophy
Unleashed – Odalheim
Paradise Lost – Tragic Idol
Gorod – A Perfect Absolution*
Hooded Menace – Effigies of Evil
Krallice – Years Past Matter
Borknagar – Urd
My Dying Bride – A Map of All Our Failures
Anaal Nathrakh – Vanitas
Dordeduh – Dar De Duh*
Katatonia – Dead End Kings
Nachtmystium – Silencing Machine*
Accept – Stalingrad
Overkill – The Electric Age
Christian Mistress – Possession*
Corrosion of Conformity – Corrosion of Conformity*
Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned*
Kälter – Ubuntu
Monolithe – Monolithe III*
Nile – At the Gate of Sethu

EPs that would have made the top 20 if I were including EPs:
Inverloch – Dusk / Subside
Orchid – Heretic
Deathspell Omega – Drought

Loved but not metal enough:
Storm Corrosion – Storm Corrosion
Kylie Minogue – The Abbey Road Sessions

 

I realised that I also have my lists for 2011 and 2010, so if you’re interested (duh, obviously you’re interested), then here’s how I felt about the heavy metal in those years, too.

2011:

01. Vektor – Outer Isolation
02. The Devil’s Blood – The Thousandfold Epicenter
03. Devin Townsend – Deconstruction
04. Opeth – Heritage
05. Beardfish – Mammoth
06. Blut Aus Nord – 777 Sect(s)
07. Blut Aus Nord – 777 The Desanctification
08. Blood Ceremony – Living With The Ancients
09. Mastodon – The Hunter
10. Krallice – Diotima
11. Thy Catalfaque – Rengeteg
12. Primordial – Redemption At The Puritan’s Hand
13. Dornenreich – Flammentriebe
14. Taake – Noregs Vaapen
15. Mitochondrion – Parasignosis
16. liturgy – Aesthethica
17. Arkan – Salam
18. Doomsword – The Eternal Battle
19. Symphony X – Iconoclast
20. Forefather – Last Of The Line

Honourable mentions (no order):
Aosoth – III
Burzum – Fallen
Cannabis Corpse – Beneath Grow Lights Thou Shalt Rise
Decapitated – Carnival is Forever
Esoteric – Paragon of Dissonance
Exhumed – All guts no Glory
Red Fang – Murder the Mountains
Rotten Sound – Cursed
Rwake – Rest
Sólstafir – Svartir Sandar
Absu – Abzu
Anaal Nathrakh – Passion

 

2010:

01. Deathspell Omega – Paracletus
02. Aborym – Psychogrotesque
03. Orphaned Land – The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR
04. Star One – Victims Of The Modern Age
05. Ihsahn – After
06. Todtgelichter – Angst
07. Triptykon – Eparistera Daimones
08. Ghost – Opus Eponymous
09. Enslaved – Axioma Ethica Odini
10. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
11. Sahg – III
12. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
13. Impaled Nazarene – Road To The Octagon
14. Overkill – Ironbound
15. StarGazer – A Great Work Of Ages
16. Griftegard – Solemn. Sacred. Severe.
17. Nachtmystium – Addicts: Black Meddle II
18. Sigh – Scenes From Hell
19. Atheist – Jupiter
20. Finntroll – Nifelvind

Honourable mentions (no order):
Burzum – Belus
Gnaw Their Tongues – L’Arrivée De La Terne Mort Triomphante
Cathedral – The Guessing Game
The Meads Of Asphodel – The Murder Of Jesus The Jew
WolfP.A.C.K. – I
Slough Feg – The Animal Spirits
Rotting Christ – AEALO
October Tide – A Thin Shell
Leng Tch’e – Hypomanic
Lantlôs – .Neon
Keep of Kalessin – Reptilian
Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned
Immolation – Majesty And Decay
Galar – Til Alle Heimsens Endar
Electric Wizard – Black Masses
Agalloch – Marrow Of The Spirit
An Autumn For Crippled Children – Lost
Negura Bunget – Virstele Pamintului
Grand Magus – Hammer Of The North
Hesper Payne – Unclean Rituals
Alcest – Écailles De Lune
Celestiial – Where Life Springs Eternal
Deftones – Diamond Eyes