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|2012: What Everyone Slept On|
My initial plan for my year-end list was to just list my favorite albums like
everyone else and go on at length about how albums like The Seer,
'Allelujah, and Honor Found in Decay were markedly good, but far from
the highest points of each group's respective career, but I decided that
was selfish and that it would be much more responsible to specifically
highlight the great releases that didn't get circle-jerked like the
aforementioned. So without further ado...
|1||Asobi Seksu/ Boris|
Dream pop, experimental - Much like their tour last year, this split just makes a lot of sense.
It may only two tracks, each band covering one of the other's songs, but both tracks are
really quality. Boris take on Asobi Seksu's "New Years," wonderfully and noisily contorting it to
their own will, while Asobi Seksu steal the show by revisiting the shoegaze-y opener on Boris'
Pink, "Farewell," and giving it the pulsing, ethereal sheen of a glowing nighttime Tokyo.
|2||Boris / Joe Volk|
Experimental, folk - Unlike the above, this split makes absolutely no sense. But again, both
sides are truly excellent. Boris try their hand at ambient for the first time, beautifully
sandwiching the split's definite highlight in the magnificent "Cosmos Pt. 2," a trippy and
roaring epic, barely comparable to anything else the trio has done. On the flip side, Joe Volk
of Crippled Black Phoenix goes For Emma on us with two beautiful folk reveries, earnest and
glistening with just the right amount of intertwining accompaniment. The two sides don't fit
together at all, but it's hard to care, given how strong each group's contribution is.
|3||Vampillia and Nadja|
The Primitive World
Drone, experimental - I had never even heard of the eclectic Japanese outfit Vampillia
before getting this release, but they seem to have been just what Nadja needed to creep
out of a rut of forgettable albums. The Canadian duo's signature crashing waves of guitar
are injected with thoughtful touches of ambient and post-rock, elevating The Primitive World
into a unique, standout release, highlighting the best attributes of both bands.
The End of Greatness
Dark ambient - Expertly brooding and subtle, Mulm deliver one of the only great dark ambient
albums in some time. The End of Greatness creeps along with an understated eeriness and a
sincere atmosphere to truly get lost in.
Drone, dark ambient - Troum rule. That's about all there is to say. Different elements push
and pull against the overall direction of this album, but the surface tension is never broken,
the body as a whole, steadfast in its course with no catharsis ever really achieved.
Noise, black metal - A lot of people didn't get into this as much as me, but I still think it's
one of the year's best releases, especially pertaining to black metal. Recorded sounds and
tape loops are spliced and manipulated into eerie ambience before emulating Corrupted's
"Gekkou no Daichi" with the texture of added sounds and then going full on noisy black metal.
The album boasts unique sound and atmosphere and is certainly worth a listen if you're
looking for something a bit different.
|7||Grinning Death's Head|
Black metal - I used to think no good black metal would ever come from my home state,
but Grinning Death's head have convinced me otherwise with their very raw and very
heavily Bone Awl-influenced brand of krieg. GDH continue to keep things nasty and
aggressive before trying on something a bit more creeping and drone-y, and it suits them
Hardcore - Snarling and gritty, this band continues to deliver hardcore the way it should
be. This and their 3rd EP are both must-gets if you're a fan of the genre.
|9||Muknal / The Haunting Presence|
Blackened death metal - This split just rules face from beginning to end. Muknal improve
upon what they offered on their debut full-length, delivering a supremely evil and
bludgeoningly heavy vortex of blackened death metal. On the flipside, The Haunting
Presence opts to go the more traditional route, gratifyingly mimicking the great forefathers
of the genre with riff after tasty riff. Hard to beat.
Blackened death metal - Much like the abovementioned, this side of Rhinocervs brings forth
a dark, pummeling, and unique slice of blackened death metal. One of the best and most
consistent offerings from the mysterious demo-peddling label and up there with the best
metal releases of 2012.
Sludge - Hands down one of my favorite releases of the year. This one-man project out of
Portland continues to improve upon its own dark, gloomy, and atmospheric brand of sludge.
Elements are plucked from funeral doom, black metal, and elsewhere to wonderfully accent
one of the genre's most unique and satisfying entries from one of its most consistent
Sludge - The very definition of crushing. The self-titled debut from this Perth outfit is about
as an impressive rookie outing as one can hope to have. Their approach is simple,
straightforward, and un-fucked-around with -- they start punching you in the eardrums
immediately and don't let up for over an hour. And it couldn't be better.
Funeral doom - I was actually anticipating this release and it still almost slipped by me.
Five years after Dooom, Worship return with all the sorrow and despair that they always
bring with them, even without the presence of Mad Max. Terranean Wake is gripping,
unsettling, and wholly melancholy -- equal parts elegy and eulogy, showing that funeral
doom's premiere act hasn't lost a step.
Death rock - This 7" and the group's demo from this year are both really good bits of
revivalist death rock. Anasazi succeed in changing around tempos and moods from high
energy to more melancholic and introspective.
Post-punk - Energetic, unique, and fun, Infinite Void's self-titled debut is just about
everything I want from a modern post-punk release. Great female vocals and tight
musicianship help this Melbourne crew stand out from the pack.
|16||Cult of Youth|
Love Will Prevail
Neofolk, post-punk - A somewhat eclectic album, Love Will Prevail mixes a good number of
elements, with the primary blend being neofolk and post-punk. Cult of Youth do a stellar job
of culling influences from past decades while offering an overall sound that feels more than
welcome in the modern era. The group's third full-length is a dreamy stroll through time and
style that comes as a welcome change of pace from many of their contemporaries.
|17||Lust for Youth|
Minimal synth - Minimal synth/wave done right. The sometimes noisy (but appropriately so)
tracks give nice texture to pulsing and driving synth lines that are as relaxing as they are
dark and mysterious. A perfect listen for a desolate drive at night.
|18|| ||Vatican Shadow|
Ghosts of Chechnya
Ambient techno - Chill, haunting ambient techno from the mastermind behind Prurient.
Ghosts of Chechnya foregoes some of the throwback industrial usually seen showcased
through this project, but manages to convey a lot of similar atmosphere. Pretty much
everything released under the Vatican Shadow name is great, so it's worth checking out
some his other releases from this year, as well. Between VS, Prurient, and Christian
Cosmos, it seems like he was very busy.
Experimental - Keiji Haino, Stephen O'Malley, and Oren Ambarchi get together to make weird
music. Surprising? No, not really. But it's probably one of the best releases any of the three
contributing parties have been associated with for some time. Any fan of Les Rallizes
Denudes, Fushitsusha, etc. will want to have this.
Psyche - This little L.A. trio serves up dreamy psychedelic rock that far outplays its peers.
Lush, beautiful, and varied, post-rock and shoegaze come together in a unique and
interesting way on Kitsune, making Marriages not only a band to watch out for in the future,
but one to go and check out immediately.
|Finally got some time to do this, being stuck at home sick and whatnot.|
|good shit good write ups|
lotsa metal though, i'm surprised ;3
|sweet list bro. 3, 4 and 13 made my year end lists. gonna check some of these out, especially 10 and 14 which I had on my to listen list during finals.|
|Yeah, and I wouldn't even call it a good year for metal. Actually, this year was kind of weak, in general, compared to last year.|
|good list, feature is imminent|
will check some of these
|Black metal was strong, death not so much and sludge was decent. Didn't hear much doom or thrash if any.|
|Always remember, I posted on this list before it got featured.|
|When are there ever any good thrash releases? This ain't '87.|
|Volcanic Slut is the only thrash band of any relevance to me and it's a stretch to call them just thrash.|
|that lust for youth album is really good|
|8 is fantastic|
|I've only heard 12, 16, 20 from this list- all were amazing, especially 20. 11 really has me interested because it sounds like exactly what I need right now.|
Nice work, Angel.
|Nice list Angel. 14 is great. I liked what I heard of 16 too.|
Gonna check out 20 and maybe a few others.
|Yeah, 11 is the shit. Get on it.|
|You'll like 20, Jamie, really spacey stuff.
I'll look for it now, thanks.|
|Sounds great, I'll probably check it out tomorrow if I get a chance.|
|need 2 get dat new WORSH-l-P|
|BORIS AND ASOBI SEKSU RELEASED A SPLIT WHAT|
HOW DID I MISS THAT
|I don't know any of these|
|"@Angel I'll look for it now, thanks."|
It's available here to stream:
|Nice job. 20, 1, and 13 were all rad. Will definitely check out the rest.|
|listening to 20. pre cool. |
|5, 6, 7, 14, 16, 17 were all stand outs for me as well. others i havent heard or dont like. vatican shadow got really old really fast. i liked the first few cassettes that fernow put out under that name and then it got tired.|
Troum is so fucking awesome. that release stands out even amoung their stellar discography.
have you heard the other sutekh hexen release out this year? i got it, and its on reel to reel tape :)
|12 is really good|
didn't know 1 existed, I'll probably check that out
great list man, you're pretty much the best listmaker on this site
|Many thanks, Adrian.|
I just finished "Mourn" and is "Decedere" is about to end, and it was a pretty good listen. It's really heavy and dissonant, like you mentioned. I really liked the guitar sound. "Decedere" was probably my favourite track. Anyway, thanks for the rec.
|"have you heard the other sutekh hexen release out this year? i got it, and its on reel to reel tape :)"|
That's pretty cool. Didn't even know about it. Thanks.
|Awesome list. 15 & 16 were amazing, tho 15 is a bit more death rock than post-punk. |
|What to say, this is a really interesting list. I'd to admit that I have not heard about several of the bands on it.|
Btw agree on 1 and 20. Boris' version of "new years" is really good.
Kitsune is a great album that deserves more recognition that's for sure
|GRinning death's head was just brilliant nice. Out of curiosity, what was your favorite release of the year? Any fives?|
|13, 15 and 16 are all super great. |
didn't know Grinning Death's Head had a new EP coming out this year dam
|I meant last year of course*|
|Loved the Boris/Asobi split. Felt like no one knew about it. I tried to post a news story to Sputnik, but they never accepted it. |
|woo finally a AOD list where I'm missing nothing|
|Marriages...wow. I'm glad I checked them out. |
|and I had to be the one to add Infinite Void on the database|
|Not sure what my favorite album from 2012 is. But I didn't 5 anything. Or even 4.5.|
|i slept on a pillow in 2012 HEheHA|
|hey i had 19 very inaccurate list title|
|lust for youth and infinite void swee|
|nobody has heard drug honkey - ghost in the fire and it disappoints me, filthy sludge|
list has good shit though, and i'm on a bit of a death rock kick right now so anasazi will be getting a listen
|list needs daighila.bandcamp.com/album/transitions-cd|
|also, angel (and anyone else for that matter) if you haven't heard these, they may be worth your time|
necroven - worship of humiliation (filthy, pounding osdm with a great production job)
degial - death's striking wings (aggressive, destructive blackened death metal)
azoic - gateways (really strange and avante garde blackened death)
diskord - dystopics (some really strange death metal from Norway that has some similarities to demilich)
|7 through 10 along with 12 and 17 will probably be on my 2012 list if I ever make it. Sweet list though I'd like to hear some of these others soon. Axis of Light's EP and Ataraxy's full-length would fit in with this list|
|Marriages on a small tour this February. Definitely going to see them.|
|"Mulm deliver one of the only great dark ambient albums in some time. "|
Bullshit. Did you even hear Desiderii Marginis' new album?
|That said, I didn't know Hell released a new album. I gotta get on that shit.|
|AoD and Brandon... in one thread... on the same day.|
|I missed out on 1 and 2 which will need to be corrected. The rest (judging the book by the cover) look like they aren't up my alley. |
|Actually 8 and maybe 20 look pretty good too, great list Angel. |
|You should also hear:|
je suis le petit chevalier - An Age of Wonder
|Got 9 and 10 off here but nothing else, like most years i spend most of my time buying older releases and catching up on stuff i missed the year before. I'll probably end up checking out a few of these at some point though. 6, 7 & 13 all sound right up my street.|
|Good list. Nice variation. Actually have most of these but only heard a couple so far. Will have to get on that but im lazy and gay.|
|"Marriages on a small tour this February. Definitely going to see them."|
They really ruled when I saw them with Chelsea Wolfe.
"Bullshit. Did you even hear Desiderii Marginis' new album?"
Yeah, it wasn't as good. The Troum album is the best, though.
|Listened to 20 today, good stuff.|
|What did you think of Bish Bosh Angel?|
|most of these made it onto my end of year list also, so nice|
|FUCK! I forgot the Townes Van Zandt cover album.|
|much love for 13|
|my copy for 1 came a couple days ago. rules. sweet list angel, will check some of these out.|
|Good list, but needs Ten Kens... Nobody ever listened to them.|
|wow 5 is so good|
|i still think its weird u chose goc over iraqi praetorian guard or even september cell.... |
|heard 3 and 14|
|good list as always, will get that drowning horse album|
|yeah list is fuckin swee bro fuckin faith|
|by the way hells label woodsmoke is kvlt as fuck can barely contact them unless by carrier pigeon|
|Carrier pigeon is the most elite form of contact.|
|i ordered a few cassettes via smoke signal last month|
|bookmark'd for later|