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Notrap's 2012 So Far

These are my favourite 2012 releases so far. No particular order.
1Gojira
L'Enfant Sauvage


One of the most impressive albums of the year so far.
2Atoma
Skylight


Very interesting debut. If they manage to evolve their identity around songs like Atoma, Hole In The Sky or Bermuda Riviera and skip the dispensable harsh vocals, Atoma will be one of the finest bands of the decade.
3Meshuggah
Koloss


Killer album.
4Rush
Clockwork Angels


It's amazing to see that after more than 40 years they've still managed to make such a quality album.
5Soen
Cognitive


Very interesting album conveyed with remarkable musicianship and emotional songwriting, but they need to build a more solid and original identity (the Tool influences are too obvious) to make the step forward.
6Hour of Penance
Sedition


Excellent piece of modern death metal.
7Napalm Death
Utilitarian


Another excellent release from the leaders of the extreme.
8Dying Fetus
Reign Supreme


Excellent piece of modern technical death metal with blistering moments like "Subjected to a Beating", "In the Trenches", "Devout Atrocity" or "Revisionist Past".
9Cattle Decapitation
Monolith of Inhumanity


Songs like "A Living, Breathing Piece Of Defecating Meat", "Forced Gender Reassignment", "Gristle Licker", "Lifestalker", "Your Disposal" or "Kingdom Of Tyrants" help to make Monolith of Inhumanity one of the most interesting albums of the year so far.
10Allegaeon
Formshifter


Smart and interesting songwriting that swings between modern technical death metal structures and extremely catchy harmonies. Allegaeon is definitely one of the most interesting new acts around. Impressive album and a must have for all metal fans out there.
11Nile
At The Gates Of Sethu


Despite the over-compressed sound production, album is a grower.
12Candlemass
Psalms For The Dead


Solid and catchy swansong. Candlemass/Leif Edling fans will not be disappointed.
13Paradise Lost
Tragic Idol


Their best album since Paradise Lost. Very enjoyable effort.
14Sabaton
Carolus Rex (Swedish Version)


One of the best heavy/power metal albums I've heard in quite a while. Enjoyable concept (about the life of the Swedish king Charles XII), solid musical performances and excellent songwriting. "Carolus Rex" is the best power metal release of 2012 so far and a serious contender for metal album of the year. The Swedish version is definitely more interesting.
153 Inches of Blood
Long Live Heavy Metal


"Long Live Heavy Metal" has nearly every metal cliche known to man (musically and lyrically) but still remains a very enjoyable album. Cam Pipes performance, which is somewhere between Rob Halford and Jon Oliva's early years, is quite impressive.
16Accept
Stalingrad


Accept's formula still works. Very interesting album.
17Grand Magus
The Hunt


More solid than the previous effort, "The Hunt" is a very enjoyable and unpretentious piece of classic heavy metal.
18Unisonic
Unisonic


Interesting album with enjoyable 80's retro songs like "Unisonic", "Souls Alive", "Renegade" or "My Sanctuary". Great to see Hansen and Kiske together again.
19Primal Rock Rebellion
Awoken Broken


Far away from Iron Maiden's heavy metal sound "Awoken Broken" is a surprisingly solid effort with great moments like "No Friendly Neighbour", "Tortured Tone", "Awoken Broken", "Search for Bliss" and specially "White Sheet Robes". Adrian Smith's side project deserves far more recognition.
20Lita Ford
Living Like a Runaway


Nice to see Lita going back to her rock/metal roots. Enjoyable surprise.
21Van Halen
A Different Kind of Truth


Revisiting the past proved to be a smart move. A Different Kind of Truth is indeed a very enjoyable album with great moments like "She's the Woman", "You and Your Blues", "China Town", "As Is" or "Honeybabysweetiedoll".
22Overkill
The Electric Age


Their best album since Horrorscope. Excellent piece of thrash with that old school vibe written all over it.
23Kreator
Phantom Antichrist


Excellent piece of thrash with an unusual sense of melody. One of their best albums to date and a serious contender for thrash album of the year.
24Fear Factory
The Industrialist


I don't know their more recent works so I can't tell if "The Industrialist" is a step forward or plain and simple deja-vu. The album itself is very solid.
25Circus Maximus
Nine


Very enjoyable and catchy piece of work, with an excellent performance from Michael Eriksen. Circus Maximus have released their most solid effort to date.
26Be'lakor
Of Breath And Bone


The main problem with the melodic death metal scene is finding space to create something really new, nevertheless "Of Breath and Bone" remains an enjoyable effort that should please genre fans.
27Abnormality
Contaminating the Hive Mind


There are more interesting 2012 death metal releases, nevertheless "Contaminating the Hive Mind" remains a solid debut.
28Firewind
Few Against Many


The first impression wasn't great but after a few spins the album grew on me. Even if it fails to match the quality of the last efforts "Few Against Many" still has nice moments like the title track, "The Undying Fire" or "Destiny". I'm still kinda disappointed.
29Anathema
Weather Systems


Enjoyable music, but once again I feel the band failed to cross that thin line between competence and greatness.
30Hideous Divinity
Obeisance Rising


Despite the obvious similarities with their country counterparts Hour of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hideous Divinity still managed to release a decent debut.
31Jeff Loomis
Plains of Oblivion


Excellent shredding as expected.
32 Exumer
Fire & Damnation


Enjoyable comeback.
33Fleshmould
Interitum


Enjoyable blend of old school and technical death metal with great moments like "The 14th Legion" or "Alexandria". "Interitum" may not be the most original album out this year, but remains a very solid release.
34High on Fire
De Vermis Mysteriis


The concept? Weak. The music? Great.
35Embrional
Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors


This Polish underground band have a lot more to offer than most other death metal bands around. "Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors" is an excellent album that should appeal both old school and modern death metal fans.
36Astra
The Black Chord


Interesting retro progressive rock. A must have to all 70's nostalgia fans out there, but don't expect to find any fresh idea here.
37Cannibal Corpse
Torture


Solid effort.
38Gorod
A Perfect Absolution


A very interesting release that deserves a top spot in the death metal lists of 2012.
39Abominable Putridity
The Anomalies of Artificial Origin


Interesting blend of slam and technical death metal. Matti Way's very deep, guttural, and unintelligible vocals also helps to make "The Anomalies of Artificial Origin" a very distinctive release. A must have for all extreme metal fans out there.
40Goatwhore
Blood For The Master


Fine piece of blackened thrash/death with some enjoyable Sodom (early years) glimpses.
41Sphere (POL)
Homo Hereticus


Despite the lack of originality (Vader comes to mind) Homo Hereticus remains a very solid release.
42Psycroptic
The Inherited Repression


Joe Haley is one of the most interesting rhythm guitarists around. Excellent album.
43Beyond the Bridge
The Old Man and The Spirit


Interesting album with catchy melodies, smart arrangements and solid musical performances. Very enjoyable debut that should please all progressive rock/metal fans out there.
44Alcest
Les Voyages De L'Ame


Enjoyable shoegazing.
45Barren Earth
The Devil's Resolve


Good but also predictable songwriting. That kind of album that grew off quickly.
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