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.
4arm-Submission for Liberty
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
Gravedigger-Clash of the Gods
3 Inches of Blood-Long Live Heavy Metal
Evocation-Illusions of Grandeur
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
Celestial Ruin-The Awakening
Beyond All Recognition-Drop=Dead
Katrin The Thrill-Evil Eye Charm
Gates-of-Dis-Rise of the Heretic
In This Moment-Blood
Fozzy-Sin & Bones
The Jelly Project-Ugly Dirty
Vulture-Kult-Dont Let Rock N Roll Ruin Your Life
The Como Brothers Band-The Speed of Sound
Lauren-Harding-Heart In A Box
Dark Tranquillity-Zero Distance
Pigeon Park-Pigeon Park
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
Arjen-Lucasson-Lost in the New Real
It Bites-Map of the Past
Kontrust-Second Hand Wonderland
Candlemass-Psalms For The Dead
Feel Never Real-Vs the Sea of Disease
Kyshera-Made in China
Jodi Shaw-In Waterland
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