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Johnny's 2012

I didn't hear enough to make a proper list (I missed out on btbam, swans, rconverge etc), but here's some stuff that ruled. Not ranked
1Anathema
Weather Systems


There hasn't been anything from 2012 that struck me as an outright best album, but these first three have left the biggest impression on me. Anathema's most recent offering is far from perfect - the songs sound formulaic and lack the variation that We're Here Because We're Here used so masterfully - but when it succeeds, it is a dream of an album, as beautiful and captivating as anything else from their discog. Internal Landscapes is without a doubt the best song of 2012 and other highlights - the Untouchables and The Storm Before the Calm - are guaranteed to make an impression on the listener
2The Gathering
Disclosure


Aoty#2, Disclosure is - in a word - dreamy. Everything about it feels both calm and powerful, and it moves at its own pace, creating peace and tranquility effortlessly. Heroes for Ghosts is one of 2012's greatest songs, but the album is so consistent that it's hard to notice when listening to it as a whole
3Rush
Clockwork Angels


The final part of my aoty trilogy, there's not much to say about Rush's latest masterpiece that hasn't already; it's slick, badass and sounds like they're having a load of fun and really, that's all anyone could have asked of it
4Coheed and Cambria
The Afterman: Ascension


A return to form from scifi rockers that contains some of their best tracks to date and a great deal of variety, distinguishing itself through the ferocious Vic the Butcher, the grandoise Domino the Destitute, the hook-laden Goodnight, Fairlady and relaxing Subtraction, whilst proving that the band's catchy, accessible edge is as strong as ever
5Cloudkicker
Fade


Possibly his weakest output yet, which says a lot; Fade is more upbeat and full of positive vibes. An excellent climax remains one Ben Sharp's many fortes, as shown by Seattle and Our Crazy Night
6 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!


GY!BE's fourth album was possible 2012's biggest surprise, and although it had been inevitably overrated and praised in excess, it is easily powerful enough to fit comfortably in their legendary discography.
7Apart
Gray Light


A passionate screamo release with hooks and effectively contrasting dynamics
8Circle Takes the Square
Decompositions: Volume Number One


Hyperbolic claims return!! This should have been my album of the year, but it lost the raw passion and chaotic awesomeness of As the Roots Undo, in favour of a slicker, more refined sound, which - whilst being very impressive - didn't do as much for me as their debut. Still an excellent album and highly recommended, Spirit Narrative, North Star Inverted and Prefaced By the Signal Fires being highlights of their discog
9 Direwolves
Me From Myself to Banish


The French hardcore crew put themselves very firmly on the map with this frantic chunk of energy, and I look forward to any future output
10Mendel
Subliminal Colors


Wanky prog metal that actually bloody works!! This somehow manages to blend self-indulgence with serious quality, and almost succeeds enough to mask the fact that it's about half an hour too long
11Reka
Renaissance


I gave the new Neurosis a miss, since I'm listening through their discog chronologically and am still a few albums away, and Amenra somehow passed me by, so this is really my post-metal album of the year. Crushing, well-paced and atmospheric, give D?convenue a listen to be convinced
12The Used
Vulnerable


The Used have never been a particularly good band; their songs are nothing original, most of their lyrics are a load of rubbish and their decisively mainstream edge can be more hindrance than help. However, what has always marked them out to me is that no matter how trashy the music might be, it is pretty damn fun to listen to. This album exemplifies this more than ever; songs like Shine incorporate electronics that might have failed awkwardly with other bands but here add extra bounce and flair
13Solterra
Soul, Earth, Sun


Without a doubt the coolest album of 2012, from the beautifully chilled acoustic tracks to the crushingly cool hard rock moments to the all-out party songs
14Cotillion
The Debutantes (pt. III)


A blend of post-hardcore and metal, with some synths and some electronica moments thrown in. Highly addictive, very fun and definitely something fresh
15Where Mountains Meet
Journey Well


A really great orchestral sound that is executed concisely and cohesively, easy to listen to and still enjoyable after hearing several times
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