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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.
100Loma Prieta
I.V.


screamo.
99The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


folk.
98Niechec
Smierc w miekkim futerku


jazz.
97Swans
The Seer


slow.
96Full Moon Ritual
Summoning a Cursed Moon


black metal.
95A City Sorrow Built
Songs


skramzz.
94Iron Wolves
Iron Wolves


grind. free here: http://ironwolves.bandcamp.com/
93The Water Witch
The Heavens In Traction


black metal/folk. Featuring ex and current members of A Forest of Stars.
92Calvaiire
Rigorisme


hardcore.
91Islands (AUS)
Islands


post metal. Extremely solid and free: http://islandsaus.bandcamp.com/album/islands
90Aerugo
Demo MMXII


kvlt.
89Deafknife
VI ER DODE


black metal/post-whatever. amazing.
88Church of Wolves
Kentucky Fried Jesus


Really liked this, great band name/cover too. And free! http://churchofwolves.bandcamp.com/album/kentucky-fried-jesus
87Joey Bada$$
1999


hip-hop.
86Strangers [US]
Dead Hand


sludge/hardcore. Free here!: http://strangers716.bandcamp.com/album/dead-hand
85ClariS
BIRTHDAY


j-pop.
84Light Black
Ex Wives


emo.
83Sudatsuga
Blue Moon Saiyeed


potsy.
82Kishi Bashi
151a


indie.
81moumoon
No Night Land


indie/j-pop.
80Thyrkron
Descendente Arcanjo Gabriel


raw bm.
79Kowloon Walled City
Container Ships


sludge.
78Dan Deacon
America


Dan Deacon.
77naps
earthsea


ambient.
76Pathfinder
Fifth Element


power metal.
75Urbangarde
Geiger Counter Culture


j-rock/pop.
74Vales
Clarity


emo.
73 Tommy february6
February & Heavenly


j-pop. very 80's.
72Vulture Smile
Catholic Guilt (Demo)


emo.
71Victor Shores
Sports In General


emo.
70Birds in Row
You, Me, and the Violence


screamo.
69Karg
Apathie


black metal. A really cool bm release that went under the radar.
68Girl's Day
Everyday 2


k-pop.
67Whirr
Pipe Dreams


gaze.
66Lord Mantis
Pervertor


sludge.
65Carach Angren
Where The Corpses Sink Forever


symphonic black metal.
64Hoax
3rd EP


hardcore.
63Diablo Swing Orchestra
Pandora's Pinata


???
62Deathspell Omega
Drought


black metal.
61False Light
False Light


hardcore.
60Cabin Fire
Humid City


grind/emo. !!!
594minute
Volume Up


k-pop.
58Kendrick Lamar
good kid, m.A.A.d city


hip-hop.
57Maranatha
Incarnate EP


hardcore/sludge. free here http://maranathaisheavy.bandcamp.com/album/incarnate-ep
56Miss A
Touch


k-pop.
55Slow Magic
Triangle


chillwave.
54Spraynard
Exton Square


emo. RIP
53The Whoopass Girls
Headacher


emo.
52Addaura
Burning for the Ancient


black metal.
51Apart
Gray Light


emo. I liked their ep from last year more but this is still great.
50Hexis
XI


hardcore/black.
49Downfall of Gaia
Suffocating in the Swarm of Cranes


emo/black.
48Cathedraal
Voix Blanches


emo/black.
47Enslaved
RIITIIR


black metalz.
46T-ara
Jewelry Box


T-ara had a ton of stuff from this year, couldn't fit more than this
45You Blew It!
Grow Up, Dude


emo.
44Pride And Ego Down
Cloud Moving Mind


screamo. The first song is sooo good. Free here!: http://prideandegodown.bandcamp.com/
43Slime Girls
Vacation Wasteland


chiptune/punk/kawaii shit. Really cool and there?s an evangelion cover. Freeee!: http://slimegirls.bandcamp.com/
42Murder Construct
Results


grind.
41Lindstrom
Smalhans


heavily nostalgic stuff like this gets me everytime.
40Lost Years
This Year Brought Out The Worst In Me


pop punk. Andcas hasn?t rated this!!!
39Little Sister
Little Sister


hardcore/sludge. One of the best album covers of the year.
38f(x)
Electric Shock


k-pop.
37Elizabeth
Where Vultures Land


crust/black/hardcore. Free here!: http://music.throatruinerrecords.com/album/where-vultures-land
36Der Weg Einer Freiheit
Unstille


black metal. Not much progression from their past stuff here but still amazing.
3530XX
GORE FUTURE


future goregrind from japan with heavy references to bubblegum crisis/blade runner.
34Goto Mariko
299792458


j-pop/punk/???. It?s sad that midori is no more, but this is pretty much just as good.
33Dead Branches
Dead Branches


jam rock/instrumental/metal. Free: http://deadbranches.bandcamp.com/
32Basement
Colourmeinkindness


emo. RIP
31Alcest
Les Voyages De L Ame


pretty stuff.
30Bruce Springsteen
Wrecking Ball


Bruce.
29Dads
American Radass (this is important)


emo.
28Infected Mushroom
Army of Mushrooms


psytrance. Even with the added dubstep-ish elements, this is a phenomenally produced album. Infected Mushroom once again does not disappoint.
27Krallice
Years Past Matter


progressive/rock/black metal. Love this album.
26Hello Venus
Venus


k-pop. Both 2012 Hello Venus releases can go here, I don?t have room.
25George Costanza
Summer of George demos


emo. Makes me happy. Don?t slip on any invitations.
24State Faults
Desolate Peaks


screamo. Some of the best vocals of the year for sure
23Solar Fields
Random Friday


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.
22Orloff
Apparitions Among the Graveyard Skies


death metal. Great old school sound and cool cover
21Die Antwoord
Ten$ion


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
20Night Sins
New Grave


post punk/darkness. Fantastic
19JJ DOOM
Key to the Kuffs


hip-hop.
18Orange Caramel
Lipstick


best k-pop.
17Idylls
Farewell All Joy


grind. Check it for free!: http://idylls.bandcamp.com/album/farewell-all-joy
16Meg
LA JAPONAISE


j-pop.
15Meg
WEAR I AM


j-pop. If you like kyary or perfume check this out asap, some of the best j-pop of 2012
14Horseback
Half Blood


cowboy metal!
13Tokyo Girls' Style
Limited Addiction


j-pop/funk/way too hard to describe.
12Tawny Peaks
Tawny Peaks


emo. This might be my favorite emo from 2012, or it?s at least tied with Everyone Everywhere.
11Serpent Ov Old
Withering Hope


noodly as fuck black metal sort of like krallice but even better maybe. Also has a great cover.
10Column of Heaven
Mission From God


grind. Stream it!: http://survivalistdeathcult.bandcamp.com/album/mission-from-god
9Xanthochroid
Blessed He With Boils


epic black metal. Has fantastic instrumentation.
8The Hirsch Effekt
Holon: Anamnesis


post-hardcore/post-rock/progressive. The best post-whatever album I?ve heard from 2012, this is fucking amazing please check it out.
7Obsidian Kingdom
Mantiis


black metal/experimental. This blew me away, it has a few missteps, but overall it?s overwhelmingly creative and original.
6Chatmonchy
Henshin


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
5The Locust
Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs


:)))))))))))))
4Bone Dance
Bone Dance


hardcore. Waited a while for this and it delivered hard.
3Bell Witch
Longing


sludge. This really surprised me, fantastic in every way.
2Everyone Everywhere
Everyone Everywhere (2012)


emo/indie.
1Kyary 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.
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