Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Best Of 2012--Music


2012 was an amazing year for me musically speaking I had an incredible amount of music that came across my desk either digitally or in way of a physical cd, either way it was an amazing year of music.
The pictures above are some of my big faves of the year as they were returns from iconic groups of the past(Saga & Soundgarden)with new and surprisingly fresh musical styles, yet still staying within their own unique sounds.
The best part of 2012 is that I got to listen to all these bands that I had not had the pleasure of hearing before this past year.
Finsterforst's album is so grand and epic in scale it is an amazing feat then there is Yurei who's sound is so different than what I had heard before there is really no way to describe it other than you have a listen yourself.I could go on for days on how great this year was.
Most of all I would love to thank all the bands, labels, promoters, & publicist's from all the labels that I have had the honor of reviewing for, yes I am VERY thankful for that.
So here I will provide links for all the albums that made my best of list I will not have numbers by them as I like them all for all different reasons so many different ways these albums spoke to me artists so vastly different within their perspective genres of music that I feel it unfair to list them by number and don't have the time or patience to do a list for each genre of music. Also to give all these great bands a chance to at least have their names viewed I have decided to Not put them in any alphabetical order instead just random spots for each as the list is vast and want you the reader to click all the names of the artists to see what they are about.

Finsterforst--Rastlos

4arm-Submission for Liberty

Moonspell-Alpha-Noir/Omega White

Zodiac-Bit of Devil


Geoff Tate--King & Thieves


Yurei's -Night Vision


Beyond Threshold-Who We Are


Devin Townsend Project-Epicloud



Hexvessel-No Hollier Temple


Beardfish-The Void


Gravedigger-Clash of the Gods

Saga-20/20


3 Inches of Blood-Long Live Heavy Metal


Huntress-Spellhunter


Evocation-Illusions of Grandeur


Varg-Guten Tag


Time & Energy-Strange Kind of Focus



Marty Friedman-Tokyo Jukebox Vols 1 & 2(re-issues)


Jeff Loomis-Plains of Oblivion


The Morningbirds-The Quickening


Sorrows Path-The Rough Path of Nihilism


The Jardines-Someone's Stolen Tuesday


TesseracT-Perspective


Celestial Ruin-The Awakening


Beyond All Recognition-Drop=Dead


Glowsun-Eternal Season


Monuments-Gnosis

Katrin The Thrill-Evil Eye Charm


Gates-of-Dis-Rise of the Heretic


Liv Kristine-Libertine


Kaipa-Vittjar


Graviators-Evil-Deeds


In This Moment-Blood


Stealing-Axion-Moments


Fozzy-Sin & Bones


The Jelly Project-Ugly Dirty


Vulture-Kult-Dont Let Rock N Roll Ruin Your Life


Borknager-Urd


Galactic Pegasus-Mirages



The Como Brothers Band-The Speed of Sound


Lauren-Harding-Heart In A Box


Dark Tranquillity-Zero Distance


Pigeon Park-Pigeon Park


Morningstar-Morningstar


The Agonsist-Prisoners


Oddland-The Treachery of Senses



Paradise Lost-Tragic Idol


EndAnd-Adventures In Low/Hi-Fi In Space



Frostbite-Valentine & Other Stories of Hope


The Flower Kings-Banks of Eden


Headspace-I Am-Anonymous


Affector-Harmagedon

Arjen-Lucasson-Lost in the New Real


It Bites-Map of the Past


Vintersorg-Orkan



Soundgarden-King Animal


Kontrust-Second Hand Wonderland


Candlemass-Psalms For The Dead


Dinah Thorpe-12


Ahab-Giant



Feel Never Real-Vs the Sea of Disease


Kyshera-Made in China


Jodi Shaw-In Waterland



Uhrijuhla-Uhrijuhla



With Smoke They Gave Their Offering-Bloodlines Abandoned


Habit of Force-Habit of Force


Pulse-Show Me The Way

So there we have it 67 albums later and that is my good list, my bad list is a lot smaller.
But that is another time for now we will just leave this where it is.
I have a few more films to watch before I want to start on my Best/Worst lists for the year, but just for the record my favorite of the year of those I did see was:

The Hobbit, but more on that later as well.

Hope this finds you all well
Any chance you care to share you favorites albums for last year please feel free to comment below, Thanks

Sincerely
Anthony Nadeau