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iTokoloshe's 25 Of 2012

The 25 metal albums that got my fists pumping in 2012. These are in no particular order. Honorable mentions include: Baby Godzilla - Oche; In This Moment - Blood; Rolo Tomassi - Astraea; Polar - Iron Lungs; Soulfly - Enslaved;

Takes the best parts of Hollow Crown and The Here And Now and creates a masterpiece

This is what BFMV should sound like. Liam Cormier and Matt Tuck combine to create a fun album
Yellow and Green

I normally don't like double albums or long albums, but this is majestic. It is slower than Blue or Red, but is so captivating
4 Bury Tomorrow
Union of Crowns

Heavy when it needs to be, melodic when it needs to be. The music feels so natural and fits together so well. Only criticism is the length of the album, could've cut off a few songs
5Cancer Bats
Dead Set on Living

Liam and the lads never disappoint, great slab of crunchy awesomeness. Even better when you add the Basterds of Reality album to it
Koi No Yokan

Another gem from Chino and his crew. Psychedelic, heavy, melodic and awesome
7Devil Sold His Soul
Empire of Light

Absolutely epic, their finest moment to date
8Every Time I Die
Ex Lives

Fast & furious, sarcastic & witty, catchy & brutal
9Fear Factory
The Industrialist

The machines take over again, and its awesome again
10Feed the Rhino
The Burning Sons

Doesn't completely capture their live madness, but comes close which makes this a banger of an album

Disappointingly the last release from these guys. This album shows so much promise
12God Seed
I Begin

Gaahl back to his best with some black metal that will get Lucifer to bop his head
13 Gojira
L'Enfant Sauvage

Wow. A wall of music that smothers you and makes time stand still
14Heart of a Coward
Hope and Hindrance

8 strings of goodness and a great vocalist in the form of Jamie Graham. Wall of death anyone?
Spell Eater

Divisive album. I love it. It feels like there are witches flying around on broomsticks when you listen to it
From the Depths

Like being hit in the face by a baseball bat, awesome
17Lamb of God

LoG continue to dominate metal whilst adding a little bit of experimentation. Classic stuff

More 8 string goodness with great melody
The Myth of Purity

Another suprisingly awesome Metal Hammer covermount debut album. Angela Gossow watch out, Somi Arian is here to rip us all a new one
20Parkway Drive

If you haven't given the Byron Bay boys a listen before, just do it. Fun loving, uplifting and brutal with some of the most natural breakdowns you'll ever hear. A heavy band that doesn't try to look tough, they just enjoy it and make you enjoy it

Technical, progressive, complex, aggressive, intelligent metal. But the album could be at least 15-20 minutes shorter
22The Amity Affliction
Chasing Ghosts

Well balanced music with great energy, melody and aggressiveness. Can fee; a bit repetitive towards the end of the album, but is forgivable as they have a great sound
23The Elijah
I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created

Beauty and the Beast in musical form. Such a pity that these guys called it quits. You won't hear many better albums this year
24Thy Art is Murder

Brutal groovy stuff from these crazy Aussies
25While She Sleeps
This is the Six

Unbelievably catchy, you'll be singing along without knowing it
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