|Nameless 2012 List|
List is NOT ranked except for #1. I put some genre tags on everything as just a rough indication of sound in case you want to check any of these out. 2012 was an unbelievably good year in music for me. There?s still a ton of albums I loved that didn?t make it in the list. If there?s anything you think I really need to hear feel free to rec.
|99||The Tallest Man on Earth|
There's No Leaving Now
Smierc w miekkim futerku
|96||Full Moon Ritual|
Summoning a Cursed Moon
|95||A City Sorrow Built|
grind. free here: http://ironwolves.bandcamp.com/
|93||The Water Witch|
The Heavens In Traction
black metal/folk. Featuring ex and current members of A Forest of Stars.
post metal. Extremely solid and free: http://islandsaus.bandcamp.com/album/islands
VI ER DODE
black metal/post-whatever. amazing.
|88||Church of Wolves|
Kentucky Fried Jesus
Really liked this, great band name/cover too. And free! http://churchofwolves.bandcamp.com/album/kentucky-fried-jesus
sludge/hardcore. Free here!: http://strangers716.bandcamp.com/album/dead-hand
Blue Moon Saiyeed
No Night Land
Descendente Arcanjo Gabriel
|79||Kowloon Walled City|
Geiger Counter Culture
|73|| ||Tommy february6|
February & Heavenly
j-pop. very 80's.
Catholic Guilt (Demo)
Sports In General
|70||Birds in Row|
You, Me, and the Violence
black metal. A really cool bm release that went under the radar.
Where The Corpses Sink Forever
symphonic black metal.
|63||Diablo Swing Orchestra|
good kid, m.A.A.d city
hardcore/sludge. free here http://maranathaisheavy.bandcamp.com/album/incarnate-ep
|53||The Whoopass Girls|
Burning for the Ancient
emo. I liked their ep from last year more but this is still great.
|49||Downfall of Gaia|
Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes
T-ara had a ton of stuff from this year, couldn't fit more than this
|45||You Blew It!|
Grow Up, Dude
|44||Pride And Ego Down|
Cloud Moving Mind
screamo. The first song is sooo good. Free here!: http://prideandegodown.bandcamp.com/
chiptune/punk/kawaii shit. Really cool and there?s an evangelion cover. Freeee!: http://slimegirls.bandcamp.com/
heavily nostalgic stuff like this gets me everytime.
This Year Brought Out The Worst In Me
pop punk. Andcas hasn?t rated this!!!
hardcore/sludge. One of the best album covers of the year.
Where Vultures Land
crust/black/hardcore. Free here!: http://music.throatruinerrecords.com/album/where-vultures-land
|36||Der Weg Einer Freiheit|
black metal. Not much progression from their past stuff here but still amazing.
future goregrind from japan with heavy references to bubblegum crisis/blade runner.
j-pop/punk/???. It?s sad that midori is no more, but this is pretty much just as good.
jam rock/instrumental/metal. Free: http://deadbranches.bandcamp.com/
Les Voyages De L Ame
American Radass (this is important)
Army of Mushrooms
psytrance. Even with the added dubstep-ish elements, this is a phenomenally produced album. Infected Mushroom once again does not disappoint.
Years Past Matter
progressive/rock/black metal. Love this album.
k-pop. Both 2012 Hello Venus releases can go here, I don?t have room.
Summer of George demos
emo. Makes me happy. Don?t slip on any invitations.
screamo. Some of the best vocals of the year for sure
ambient. At first I found this album to be a bit disappointing, but the more I came back to it, the more I got out of it. Now I really enjoy this, it?s probably my favorite of his stuff since the ME soundtrack.
Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies
death metal. Great old school sound and cool cover
hip-hop. Despite this being inconsistent and having a lot of filler for a 38 min record, I still loved this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Uee_mcxvrw
post punk/darkness. Fantastic
Key to the Kuffs
Farewell All Joy
grind. Check it for free!: http://idylls.bandcamp.com/album/farewell-all-joy
WEAR I AM
j-pop. If you like kyary or perfume check this out asap, some of the best j-pop of 2012
|13||Tokyo Girls' Style|
j-pop/funk/way too hard to describe.
emo. This might be my favorite emo from 2012, or it?s at least tied with Everyone Everywhere.
|11||Serpent Ov Old|
noodly as fuck black metal sort of like krallice but even better maybe. Also has a great cover.
|10||Column of Heaven|
Mission From God
grind. Stream it!: http://survivalistdeathcult.bandcamp.com/album/mission-from-god
Blessed He With Boils
epic black metal. Has fantastic instrumentation.
|8||The Hirsch Effekt|
post-hardcore/post-rock/progressive. The best post-whatever album I?ve heard from 2012, this is fucking amazing please check it out.
black metal/experimental. This blew me away, it has a few missteps, but overall it?s overwhelmingly creative and original.
Despite having lost their drummer, Henshin might be Chatmonchy?s most consistent album yet. If you?ve never heard this band and have any interest in excellent all female 90?s-ish j-rock check them out, here?s an old song that?s a great place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwgz0XhN_XY
Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs
hardcore. Waited a while for this and it delivered hard.
sludge. This really surprised me, fantastic in every way.
Everyone Everywhere (2012)
|1||Kyary Pamyu Pamyu|
Pamyu Pamyu Revolution
Do you remember how it felt to be a young child? When time was meaningless and even the most frivolous of physical objects could inspire an immeasurable sense of wonder and mystery? As we age we often inevitably become jaded to the world around us, and are forced to conform to entirely pointless standards and rules set by ourselves and others. For many of us that are both still young, yet old enough to be an adult fending for ourselves in the world, we are faced with a bit of an identity crisis. What or who am I really? Am I just a product of everything around me? If I strip away the fictitious layers of identity and self I?ve accumulated through my experiences, what am I truly left with? Music is often both my escape and my solution to these questions, especially when creating my own music. Enter Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. As if from another dimension entirely, Kyary burst onto the scene and in an extremely short amount of time, has already become the personification of everything Harajuku and kawaii. But it?s much more than that. This is not just simply happy, frivolous feel good music, at least for me. Never before has music inspired such a distinct feeling within in me. Largely due to mastermind Yasutaka Nakata?s indescribable production skills, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution exists seemingly outside the boundaries of normal music. It can almost be described as ?transcendent?, for the lack of a better word. In this realm, the world is still precious and magical. This is achieved not though most conventional methods, like powerful lyrics or brooding song structures, but through a culmination of everything present on the record that I still can?t entirely grasp. If anything, Pamyu Pamyu Revolution has offered me a new perspective on music and how I relate to it, and has inspired me to believe that maybe there is still some sort of magic and wonder left in this world.