|Very Late Top 50 Of 2012|
I still have a few albums left to re-listen to, so this is subject to change, but here's my top 50 of the year.
|50||Macklemore and Ryan Lewis|
fun and diverse hip-hop album that got unexpectedly huge. Thrift Shop is one of the best songs of the year.
I Am Gemini
Don't know why this didn't get more love. It's classic Cursive guitar play that just lacks any big standout moments.
Yellow and Green
I definitely prefer their older sound, but this is a great album to chill out too. I just hope they don't keep getting softer.
Boys & Girls
Solid roots rock revival. Surprised at the lack of attention it received on this site.
|46||If These Trees Could Talk|
An improvement from their very solid debut.
Always need at least one silly math rock album in the mix.
This grew off me, but a solid album from Adam Thomas and company. I do miss Javier's vocals though.
No Love Deep Web
Grew on me, but not as good as the Money Store. It will be interesting to see how they follow up on 2012.
Honestly I was bored and disappointed the first time I listened to his. But upon further listening it's actually one of Sigh's better albums (though the worst since Gallows Gallery). Gotta love the Transfiguration Fear.
Surprised how much I liked this. Much better production than Time Waits For No Slave, and something about Barney Greenway's vocals really get me.
Life is Good
A solid offering from an all-time great MC who has finally found a good mix of rhymes and beats.
So it was a little monotonous and badly produced. Who cares? This is death fucking metal, right? MVD kicks ass eternally.
I Bet On Sky
A step down from Farm, but J Mascis is probably my favorite modern guitar player. His solos can improve any song tenfold.
A very solid post-rock album in a year that was lacking in them.
I don't like this as much as Supporting Caste, but this record is furious. I don't know if there's as much to be pissed about in Canada as there is here, but Propagandhi can turn anything into a rallying cry for change.
They finally figured out when to end songs!
One RYM reviewer said "where others see merriment and celebration in this record, i'm reminded of a damp, wet, overcast day in may, wearing sweatpants. you wake up and your sinuses hurt. your boyfriend is gone. and then there's celebration rock doing a keg stand across the room, and you kind of just want to watch him fall over."
That's not entirely inaccurate, but on the other hand: fuck that guy. I could jam the House That Heaven Built any day.
|32||Suis La Lune|
Very heartfelt screamo with some surprisingly great bass playing.
Just a solid 30 minutes of emotional hardcore.
We Don't Even Live Here
Stephan trades in guitar riffs for loud electro beats, but it's mostly good. Not as mind-blowing as Never Better or Audition, but he's still my favorite MC.
Civil Disobedience For Losers
Tremendously underrated stoner metal duo. Definitely have to thank this site for turning me on to them.
Koi No Yokan
Deftones always sound the same, but something about it is always good.
Great female-fronted heavy metal revival. This band will probably be solid for a while.
The Money Store
I feel like I should hate everything about Death Grips. MC Ride sounds like Special Ed. Their fanbase doesn't seem to listen to other hip-hop. They try way too hard to be shocking. But something about hearing YO WE CAME TO BLOW YOUR SYSTEM followed by harsh blasts of electronic noise just works for me.
|25||Dark Time Sunshine|
A big step forward from Vessel with an array of great guest spots. Onry can hold the mic with the best of them too, and the beats are fantastic.
The Sleep of Reason
Almost makes we want to take science classes again.
A little overlong, but Aesop keeps your attention as he takes on everything from bathroom scrawls to vegetables.
|22||The Saddest Landscape|
After the Lights
A step up from You Will Not Survive. Solid skramz.
|21||Code Orange Kids|
Love is Love // Return to Dust
Heavy as hell, and I'm really looking forward to this band's career.
Cancer 4 Cure
Hell of a year for El Producto, huh? The beats here are insane.
Weird concept executed brilliantly through Weiss' always-wonderful storytelling.
Sorrow and Extinction
Seems like every website's metal album of the year, and it's a deserving candidate. Fantastic sorrowful doom.
Sentenced to Life
A great kick in the ass that gets a little monotonous by the end.
Cauldron of the Wild
Uta Plotkin deserves some serious attention for her vocals. WM are a solid band instrumentally, but she could push them to do great things.
The Black Code
Riffs riffs riffs
Key to the Kuffs
I was over the moon the first time I heard this, but it's fallen off a bit since the summer. Still, DOOM is on top of his game and the beats are mostly strong. Love the Regular Show sampling in Guv'nor.
That stretch of songs from Reagan to Butane is the best sequence on any album this year. But it starts a bit too slowly to make it into top 10. Still, if you listen to one hip-hop album this year, make it this one.
Suffocating and intense.
A step up from Songs For Singles, Torche have really hit their stride in the cross between doom and pop.
|10||...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead|
Can't pinpoint what I love about this album, but it's got a great atmosphere and rolls through in its 45 minutes.
Fantastic OSDM in the Swedish mold.
No Absolutes in Human Suffering
|7||Every Time I Die|
Was surprised at how this resonated with me. It's weird that I'm enjoying ETID more with age and not less, considering their style.
|6||High On Fire|
De Vermis Mysteriis
Their best album, but not much to describe here if you already know High on Fire. Riffs everywhere, bitchin' drums.
All We Love We Leave Behind
Dear lord this album was like being hit by a freight train. I still think Jane Doe is highly overrated (though good), but I definitely consider myself a bigger Converge fan after listening to this.
|4||Between the Buried and Me|
The Parallax II: Future Sequence
More cohesive songwriting makes it easier to get through the long, long songs here. Not as good as Alaska or Colors, but a solid album from one of my all-time favorites.
I don't think any band can be expected to produce something this good on album number 19. This is one of their heaviest records, with a killer bass tone and meaty riffs galore.
Portal of I
They threw everything at the wall and it worked. A high school musician's wet dream with songwriting to back it up.
Every once in a while a metal album just totally kicks my ass while reminding me why I listen to the genre in the first place. No, it doesn't have the atmosphere of PitY or Terrifyer, but I don't care. This rules.