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12.31.13 2013 - Voivod's Random Best Of List12.24.12 2012 - Voivod's Random Best Of List

2012 - Voivod's Random Best Of List

This list is about albums that got to me during 2012. Comments are welcome.
1Kreator
Phantom Antichrist


Kreator did it again with their awesome mixture of thrash and old school metal, I really can't have enough of this.
2Paradise Lost
Tragic Idol


Paradise Lost came up with the album that should have been the successor of "Draconian Times" back in the '90s, period. Analogously to Kreator, the old school metal factor is more than welcome
3Uzala
Uzala


Out of nowhere, this ensemble of dudes from Oregon came with a psychedelic doom metal album that's been spinning my decks throughout 2012. Awesome, any way you look at it. http://uzala.bandcamp.com/
4Windfaerer
Solar


These guys from New Jersey really hit their target with this EP, absolutely fantastic folk/black metal with a most innovative usage of violin throughout the songs. http://windfaerer.bandcamp.com/
5Grave
Endless Procession Of Souls


Another excellent record that came out of the blue, "Endless Procession..." is all about the Celtic Frost groove combined with top notch OSDM. What more can someone ask for?
6 The Devil's Blood
The Thousandfold Epicentre


The Dutch masters of occult rock with the best female vocals in the genre, have returned with a great second album. Check it out, if you haven't already.
7 Graveyard (SWE)
Lights Out


Retro rock is going political. Graveyard combine their furious retro hard rock affair with intimate blues rock in order to cast out global and personal demons out of our/their own system.
8Meshuggah
Koloss


Meshuggah are doomed to produce albums of great quality and their last offering is no exception, even though the simplfication of song structures does take something away from their elegant "industrial" charm.
9Antidrasi
Orkos Tou Misous


Antidrasi (in English: Counter Reaction) are one of the most acclaimed punk/crossover/hardcore acts of Greece. After an absence of many years, they come with "Orkos Tou Misous" (Oath Of Hatred), an album of harsh and vitriolic criticism against all kinds of oppression.
10Resurgency
False Enlightenment


Debut album of Resurgency from Greece is awesome brutal death metal that combines elements from both the European and the US death metal scenes.
11Wardrum
Desolation


Greek power/prog metallers Wardrum have produced a great piece of old school power/progressive metal, comparable to acts such as Vicious Rumors, Riot, Evergrey etc. They are certainly a band on the rise.
12Christian Mistress
Possession


"Possession" is a great piece of old school heavy metal with female vocals. I like their debut a tad better, though.
13Prototype
Catalyst


Prototype came back with their third album after a 6-year absence which leans more to "classic" metal than the prog/power/thrash of previous releases. Still it is a great album.
14OSI
Fire Make Thunder


Although Jim Matheos and Kevin Moore have put an admirable effort in further homogenizing the OSI sound and giving a good album in the process, I really wish there was more diversity and songs like "Invisible Men".
15Municipal Waste
The Fatal Feast


The masters of fun crossover thrash have done it again, although I somehow miss the maturity/diversity of "Massive Aggressive".
16Candlemass
Psalms For The Dead


Swedish doomsters called a farewell to arms with an album that honors their name, but does little to evolve from their universal approach over doom metal.
17Black Swan
Aeterna


Black Swan's ability was unmatched in creating really eerie ambient soundscapes, Aeterna is great in its own right, but nowhere near past albums. Black Swan's rate of churning out new releases must be decreased.
18Katatonia
Dead End Kings


Katatonia's last album has its moments, but a burnt out syndrome from their effort for the previous - and pretty much unmatched - album is somehow apparent.
19Fear Factory
The Industrialist


"The industrialist" is a great album but some steps lower than their previous one, as it is treading through the band's motions. Also, a live drummer is ALWAYS better than than a drum machine, unless of course your name is Thomas Haake and you are programming the drums for "Catch 33".
20Enslaved
RIITIIR


Since the release of "Monumension", this band has always been a soft spot for me, but on "RIITIIIR" they forgot to infuse the prescribed dosage of black metal into the pot. I really hope they move out of prog metal in their next one.
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