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2012: An Eclectic Examination of All Things Metal

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This is currently undergoing a year end overhaul. All albums added, but not ordered or commented. Expect completion whenever I get round to it!

Created by: LordFezzington | 28.01.2012

1. Lamb Of God - Resolution
A continuation of all things good on Wrath, plus some new wrinkles. I like.
2. Wilds Forlorn - We, the Damned
This is beautifully composed Atmospheric Black. Flirting with the top spot.
3. Dodecahedron - Dodecahedron
This is a debut? A little dissonance, a little ambience, a little straightforward blasting, a little total weirdness. Something for everyone!
4. Monolithe - Interlude Second
Crushing. That is all.
5. Liberteer - Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees
Cheesegrind? It certainly doesn't grate...
6. Taranis - Kingdom
Boy can Attila Bakos sing! Following on strong from a stellar performance on Thy Catafalque's Rengeteg in 2011, the Hungarian puts out a cracker of his own. Genre-bending epic-ness abound! Though I couldn't help but think I was listening to a song from a Broadway or West End musical towards the end of "Storm". ;)
7. Orange Goblin - A Eulogy For The Damned
Solid, enjoyable stoner stuff from the UK veterans. Great fun to just rock out to.
8. Black Pyramid - Black Pyramid II
Quite liking this sophomore sludge effort. Surprisingly tuneful, with a touch of post-whatever flavouring.
9. Therapy? - A Brief Crack Of Light
Troublegum it ain't, but this record ranges from the sublime, to the bizarre, to the decidedly patchy.
10. Pharaoh - Bury The Light
I haven't listened to any new power metal for a looooong time, but seeing this get a lot of praise by other MSers, I gave it a listen. It's actually very, very entertaining. Epic and powerful without cranking the cheese factor to 11. The vocals sound a bit strained here and there, but otherwise a good performance. Enjoyed the Rush-isms on "The Year Of The Blizzard".
11. Swallow The Sun - Emerald Forest And The Blackbird
First time I've ever bothered to check these Finns out. Seemed decent enough, if occasionally a bit saccharine in places.
12. Owlscry - Owlscry
Props to !J.O.O.E.! for this one. Wild, feral and lo-fi black with a distinctly doomy feel. Not an album you would choose to play at a wedding. Actually, some people on here might, now you come to mention it...
13. Detrimentum - Inhuman DisgRACE
Who says we don't have decent death metal in the UK? Seriously impressed by this effort; it's got quite a few melodic turns, but still manages to retain a respectable amount of brutality too. Engaging lead guitar and a pretty varied vocal approach make this a solid modern death metal album with plenty of nods to genre staples. Listen.
14. Chimp Spanner - All Roads Lead Here
Cross Uneven Structure with Joe Satriani and this is what you get. Impressive.
15. Biohazard - Reborn In Defiance
This was surprisingly decent, and surprisingly energetic for what's basically a bunch of old men. A couple of dodgy vocal passages let the side down a bit, and the boring instrumental closer means the album fizzles out instead of punching you in the jaw and running away.
16. Primal Fear - Unbreakable
I used to love Primal Fear, but drifted away from power metal in general as it all started to sound the same. Primal Fear always used to write Priest-worship songs which were decent enough in their own right. No change here - a mixture of quality songs with some more forgettable ones - but certainly worth a listen if power metal's your thing. If not, then I wouldn't bother.
17. Kells - Anachromie
I don't go in for much female fronted stuff these days so I was expecting to dislike this big time. There is something about Anachromie - in addition to a healthy scattering of decent riffs - that I really liked. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it makes it one of the pleasant surprises of 2012 so far. Perhaps it's because I can't speak French well enough to understand the lyrics...
18. Hexis - XI
New EP by these Danish black/post/sludge guys. Discovered by trawling Bandcamp. A good find - the swirling nature of the blackish elements of XI recall Deathspell and Blut Aus Nord, which can be no bad thing, can it!
19. Alcest - Les voyages de l'âme
This is a beautiful sounding record, but it does tend to wash over you somewhat - though I guess that's pretty much the point of Alcest. Some moments are downright bland, mind you.
20. Blood Of The Spectre - Blood Of The Spectre
Saw the artwork on Bandcamp and thought "Ooh, this looks cool!" Then saw the metalcore tags and went into closed-minded mode and thought "Uh-oh, maybe not." Downloaded it anyway and actually, it's not half bad. Only the occasional chug-a-lug breakdown and some really nice bits and pieces. Still not a huge fan of this vocal style, but I will be keeping an eye on these guys.
21. Savage Messiah - Plague Of Conscience
A solid, if unspectacular Thrash/Power effort from the UK. Will probably listen again.
22. Unisonic - Ignition
Much more of a Pink Cream 69 flavour than Helloween, but nice to have Kiske & Hansen working together again. And Kiske sounds better than ever.
23. Hiemal - Demo IV
Imagine a desolate, frozen wasteland. Perhaps even a dark forest. The atmosphere envelops you and your mind drifts off into the ether. Then you are rudely awakened by a swarm of angry bees, buzzing around your head. Hiemal is like that too: beautiful, wide-open soundscapes -> irritatingly patchy guitar tone. A shame, because music like this should be enjoyed through a pair of headphones.
24. Wolfsbane - Wolfsbane Save The World
Was surprised to find these guys not featured on MS given the identity of their singer. Or maybe that's why they're not? ;). Anyway, this is a bog-standard, by the numbers hard rock album, nothing more, nothing less. Good to see Blaze keeping busy at least.
25. Nothnegal - Decadence
This is going on at the bottom because it rather passed me by on first listen. On paper it has a lot going for it - Marco Sneck; being from the Maldives - but I hear very little special at the moment.
26. Anathema - Weather Systems
27. Rush - Clockwork Angels
28. Testament - Dark Roots Of Earth
29. Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
30. Meshuggah - Koloss
31. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Cosmosophy
32. DragonForce - The Power Within
33. Lurk - Lurk
34. Tort - Tort
35. Chaos Dei - Arising From Chaos
36. Eluveitie - Helvetios
37. Enslaved - Riitiir
38. Kreator - Phantom Antichrist
39. Murder Construct - Results
40. Destruction - Spiritual Genocide
41. Asphyx - Deathhammer
42. Accept - Stalingrad
43. High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis
44. Grave - Endless Procession Of Souls
45. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
46. Psilocybe Larvae - The Labyrinth Of Penumbra
47. Psycroptic - The Inherited Repression
48. Be'lakor - Of Breath And Bone
49. Ørkenkjøtt - Ønskediktet
50. Immolation - Providence
51. Revocation - Teratogenesis
52. RAW - Rodha
53. Australasia - Sin4tr4
54. Brokel - Anthems Of Heresy
55. M-81 - Astral Pilgrimage
56. Napalm Death - Utilitarian
57. Overkill - The Electric Age
58. Neurotech - Decipher Vol. 1
59. Wolves Carry My Name - Amongst Ruins And Ashes
60. Ne Obliviscaris - Portal Of I
61. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
62. Wintersun - Time I
63. Soulfly - Enslaved
64. To-Mera - Exile
65. In Mourning - The Weight Of Oceans
66. Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension
67. Oddland - The Treachery Of Senses
68. In The Silence - A Fair Dream Gone Mad

Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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