Monday, December 17, 2012

Crinn's Top 30 Albums of 2012



Why such a big number like 30 instead of 15 or 20? Because 2012 is one of THE BEST years the heavy metal genre has EVER seen! This was a hard list for me to put together (except for the album that got the #1 spot), but I finally pulled it together. All of these albums are truly amazing, and they aren't the only amazing metal albums that were put out this year. If I've written a review on the album, click on the album title to view the review. Here are the top 10:

10. The Faceless - Autotheism (Sumerian Records) (Technical Death)












9. Eluveitie - Helvetios (Nuclear Blast Records) (Folk Metal)


8. Enslaved - RIITIIR (Nuclear Blast Records) (Progressive Black)


7. Epica - Requiem for the Indifferent (Nuclear Blast Records) (Symphonic Metal)


5. Katatonia - Dead End Kings (Peaceville Records) (Gothic Metal)




1. Wintersun - Time 1 (Nuclear Blast Records) (Melodic Death)












The rest of them:

12. Nitronoise - Total Nihilism (Self-Released) (Industrial/EBM)
17. Ex Deo - Caligva (Napalm) (Melodic Death)
18. Wide Eyes - Volumes (Self-Released) (Progressive Metal)
19. Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner) (Thrash Death)
22. Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud (InsideOut) (Progressive Metal)
23. Soulfly - Enslaved (Roadrunner) (Thrash Death)
27. Cannibal Corpse - Torture (Metal Blade) (Death Metal)

There are very few "best-of" lists that I've had to do that were harder than this. We even had some AMAZING shows and tours this year, including:

Opeth/Mastodon/Ghost

Summer Slaughter 2012 w/ Cannibal Corpse/Between the Buried and Me/The Faceless/Periphery/Veil of Maya/Job for a Cowboy/Goatwhore/Exhumed/Cerebral Bore

Eluveitie/Wintersun/Varg

Katatonia/Devin Townsend Project/Paradise Lost/Stolen Babies

Marduk/1349/Weapon

Sepultura/Death Angel/Krisiun/Havok

Metal Alliance II w/ DevilDriver/The Faceless/Dying Fetus/Job for a Cowboy/3 Inches of Blood/Impending Doom/Wretched

Dying Fetus/Cattle Decapitation/Cerebral Bore

Origin/Cattle Decapitation/Decrepit Birth/Aborted/Rings of Saturn/Battlecross

Morbid Angel/Dark Funeral/Grave

Epica/Alestorm/Insomnium

SepticFlesh/Ex Deo/Krisiun/Inquisition

And many more that would make this post way too long. 

Albums that I'm looking forward to next year:

Mutiny Within - Synchronicity

Suffocation - Pinnacle of Bedlam

Guttural Secrete - Nourishing the Spoil

Soilwork - The Living Infinite

New Disentomb!