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MPF
10-28-2012, 11:59 PM
Yes, it is only October 29th. A lot of people would say that is way too early to start doing a review thread for 2012. Some have already started. But I think its the perfect time for me to get into the groove and show off the Best, Worst and Meh in music.

As you guys have to know by now with how much i promote it, I have a weekly syndicated radio show. One of the best and worst things about the show is getting promos. For the average person that's "FUCK YEAH, I DON"T HAVE TO PAY FOR MUSIC, WAAAAAAH HOOOOOOOO!" for me it's awesome to get to check out so many bands, but it is also a gigantic burden to try to get to every single album that I get. Including music I got as promos, albums I got from bands, music I got from labels, and music I bought myself Without including the music I have yet to load into iTunes. I have 45GBs.....yes, you read that right 45 GIGABYTES of music this year. Over 4700 songs!!!!

Don't get nervous I'm not reviewing all of them. By the time I got to do that It would 2015, and I wouldn't have had the chance to check out any of the music from 2013-2014 music scene. So instead what I will be doing is somewhat similar to what I have done in past years. I will be picking random albums from iTunes Shuffle and reviewing them based off of what pops up first. and review until I hit all the albums I wanna cover, or at least have been able to check out more then twice.

This excludes my Top 20 of year, which is set in stone at this point. The reason for that is on January 1st, 2013, my radio show will be airing my top 20 of 2012, and I will not be releasing those until then *Unless you read my Facebook, then you probably know what it all is*

Starting when i wake up tomorrow I will be making this thread start. My goal behind this is to show off some music you may not have known about otherwise. It is all set in Rock and Metal *It's all I have had time for this year*

I hope you guys will dig what you will read and discover new music!

MPF
10-29-2012, 01:42 PM
Alright, Let's Get Busy.

*Reminder, none of these albums are in any order, it is all randomized through iTunes. It is a rating scale out of 10, as I normally do. And honestly, if you don't see this or particular album it is either because they are in my Top 20, or I never knew it existed.*

1.) Circus Maximus- Nine

At first I wasn't a Circus Maximus fan. From what I heard on their first two albums I just thought of them as Dream Theater clones with no inspiration. But when Nine came out, I decided to give this one a real fair chance....and I'm glad I did. It didn't make my top 20 this year but It did make my top 30 for sure. there is so much Prog goodness going around, and they have found their own real true sound now. Nine is easily their most accessible album to date. If you need some really good Prog Metal from different sources. This is one that deserves your attention!

9/10

2.) The Night Flight Orchestra- Internal Affairs

Speed from Soilwork playing Classic Rock and 70's inspired Prog Rock, what honestly could be better? Internal Affairs seems to me has not been promoted much at all, and it should be. This is an absolute throw back 1975. Classic Guitar leads, catchy accessible Poppy Rock, Piano driven, some double bass. Boston meets Fleetwood Mac meets Yes Meets Elton John meets Thin Lizzy. Its overall just a real feel good album from beginning to end. For the classic Rock fans, or Soilwork fans who want something non-metal. Pick this up immediately!

8/10

3.) Del Ammand- Cosmic Gods Episode I: Hyperspeed

If Therion added Djent to their sound, Or Meshuggah played Power Metal, you get Del Ammand. Its the only way I know how to describe it. It's Symphonic Power Metal played on 7-8 strings. The idea of it is pretty awesome if done right. This wile pretty cool is a bit much to really take in upon first listen, it takes a bit of time to fully grasp everything going on on this album. I think by the time of their next album it might be a bit more digestible, but this album does feel like a cluster at times. I'm not saying its bad by any means, but just a bit too much going on. That said if you feel adventurous, check this one out.

6/10

4.) Vaura- Selenelion

Toby Driver playing bass with Dysrhythmia. Yeah it is as sexy as it sounds. It's a very experimental album. It combines the best of both worlds, the experimentation of Kayo Dot and maudlin of the Well, with the musicianship of Dysrhythmia. And it turns out fantastic. This is the kind of album where if you are like me, aren't too big into Kayo Dot and miss the maudlin of the Well days. This should be right up your alley. I love it.

8/10

5.) Apocalipsis- Apocalipsis

Instrumental Sludge Metal/Post Metal. One of the first, if not the first album I heard this year all the way back in January. It is a fantastic album to listen to in short doses. when listened to all the way through, it does get a bit one sided and almost bland. I think a lot of that has to do with the genre of music and lack of vocals. But when listen to 3-4 songs at a time. It is brilliant. Excellent musicianship and songwriting and one hell of a debut album.

6/10

6.) Black Pyramid- II

Somewhat like the name suggests, Black Pyramid is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath and Stoner/Sludge Doom Metal. Don't be scared, its all clean vocals. There is a lot of Stoner jams in, the last song alone is 15 minutes long. But the Sabbath, real Black Sabbath influence is undeniable here. It is a very good throw back to the late 70s Metal scene, and I am honestly surprised I don't hear more love for these guys. Its very catchy Heavy Metal that doesn't get boring. Iommi fans take notice!

7/10

7.) Black Breath- Sentenced To Life

Black Breath is a very Blacked Death Metal, Hardcore band. Its very high energy like Hardcore, but with an undeniable Blackened Death Metal overtone. The vocals unlike most music in this genre are very understandable and fit the music quite well. If you wanna hear a Venom, Slayer and early day Corrosion of Conformity mixture, it is Black Breath. And this album is no different. Its a great album to put on when you are pissed and wanna thrash for a good half hour or so. Again like most bands in this style, there is not much dynamics going on, but fits the mood when you need something chaotic.

6/10

8.) Gespenst- The Bloodline

Very dynamic Post Rock here. Unlike a lot of post Rock bands that do like to stay at the same tempo. Gespenst does actually change things up a bit here. They aren't reinventing the wheel, but what they do is pretty damn fantastic. It gets quite heavy at time, all while keeping the Post Rock edge, which is quite appreciated. This is definitely a band worth checking out for very dynamic Post Rock, which is absolutely needed more.

7/10

9.) Kayo Dot- Gamma Knife

Funny enough this does pop up so close to Vaura, and in the first 10 albums no less. This I do have to say is my favorite Kayo Dot album, but with that said, I'm still not really into it. The song, Rite Of Goetic Evocation is my favorite Kayo Dot song to date, and one of my favorite songs of the year, but the rest of the album/EP does really fall short to me. I miss maudlin of the Well so much, and Kayo Dot does try to continue on, but it's just not the same. If you are a Toby Driver fan, by all means give this a listen and buy it, but at the same time don't go in full expectations. Hopefully you do dig Rite Of Goetic Evocation.

4/10

10.) Propaghandi- Failed States

Very Heavy Politically influenced Punk Rock. When it comes to political bands. I don't like to hear music on either side of any issue, but at long as the music is good I can dig it. and that is thee case for Propaghandi. Its metal influenced amongst the Punk Rock vibe and it gels so very well together. Bad Religion meets Kill Em All era Metallica. That's definitely my bag, baby. If you the kind of person who is like me and doesn't like Politics in your music, just listen for it musically, I swear its worth it if you like Fast paced Metal influenced Punk Rock.

7/10



And that's it for now. I plan on doing this roughly 10 albums at a time, and there is bound to be at least 2 bands up there that you haven't really heard of before. That's a good start!

Will be back with more later....at some point!

MPF
10-29-2012, 04:38 PM
11.) Xandria- Neverworld's End

One of the better Female Fronted Symphonic Metal bands around. I have a really hard time getting into this genre for the sheer operatic vocal style that is just really hard for me to handle for long periods of time. Xandria does it right though. It's not overbearing and fits right along with the music. While there is nothing really groundbreaking on this album it is a very solid piece of Symphonic Metal that those who enjoy the genre will love.

6/10

12.) Narrows- Painted

Mathcore that is somewhat understandable. Those who have created Mathcore in the past are the only ones capable of pulling this off right. and with the supergroup featuring members of Botch, These Arms are Snakes amongst other bands) have created what would sound like if Every Time I Die didn't have the poppy sections yet didn't try to be brutal either. they are just writing a genre they love to play, and it comes off fantastic. Intelligent, head bang worthy Mathcore. Not album of the year worthy, but a great listen.

6/10

13.) Coldworker- The Doomsayer's Call

Deathgrind, a style of music that is really hard to comprehend when listened to for the first time but after divulging in it, it makes all the sense in the world....of metal. Coldworker did it right on this album. Its not just Death Metal blasting and Grinding, there is a lot of dynamics on this album as well, which makes the music that much better. It fits the mood when you want some crazy spastic music, that makes sense. A very killer album!

7/10

14.) The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza- IIII: The Alpha- The Omega

I've always considered TTDTE to always have the Djent sound ever since their first album, this time around, they decided to make themselves a bit crazier with adding their Meshuggah vibe mixed with Psyopus (if you haven't heard of them....just listen to the guitars) Its quite an insane album. Those who love the genre will call it one of the best of the year. For me it's another album that can be only really enjoyed in small doses. it becomes a bit much if you listen to more then half an album at a time. Chaos is great....in small doses. That said, it is an awesome album and I dare say their best to date!

6/10

15.) Les Discrets- Ariettes Oubliees

A side project of Alcest for member Winterhalter. Les Discrets is a very Atmospheric Post Metal band. No screams in this band. This is the kind of album i do imagine Alcest making next year, with more of the Black Metal Blast Beats are now synonymous with Atmospheric Post Metal, or Blackgaze. There is a lot of emotion and heartfelt laying throughout this album and you can hear it in every song. It takes you on quite the journey if you go all the way through and doesn't let go. If you do enjoy the likes of Alcest, there is no reason not to love Les Discrets!

8/10

16.) Wretched- Son Of Perdition

Technical Death Metal and some breakdowns is an easy way to describe Wretched. but there is a lot more to them then that. The vibe I get from these guys is if The Faceless or BTBAM stayed only brutal. Sure, there are dynamics all over this album, but it is still very much in the brutal vein that it should stay in. They have only gotten bigger and bigger over the years and if they keep putting out albums with the same quality of Son Of Perdition, they will be one of the biggest bands of the genre. This is some badass stuff.

7/10

17.) Hung- Hung

*Insert random pen15 joke here* Hung is one of the most impressive bands I have heard in quite some time. Very much in the vein of predecessors to the genre, in Vain and Ne Obliviscaris, Hung take their brand of Progressive Death Metal to different dynamics and characteristics that really make them stand out. Everyone in the band is absolutely stellar at their instruments, which is part of what really makes this album stand out to me. I will be severely disappointed if these guys don't make it huge in the next few years, they really deserve it. And their self titled album is their best reason why.

8/10

18.) Stick To Your Guns- Diamond

Stick To Your Guns is one of the very few Hardcore bands that I love and care about. Their style of Hardcore is so damn pleasing to the ears. Diamond is done absolutely right, great dynamics, great songwriting, great everything. A very solid melodic hardcore album. If you can dig that, this will be right for you!

8/10

19.) 3 Inches Of Blood- Love Live Heavy Metal

With a name like Long Live Heavy metal, how can you NOT love this album? Well here's how....haha. Actually no, it is a fantastic album, and of course in the 3IOB style, it is all falsetto vocals, very power metalish. They aren't breaking any new ground on this album at all, but they don't need to. They know their style and they are fantastic at it, sometimes that's all you need a band to be, solid! Put on your leather Jacket, drink some cheap beer and party, LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL!

7/10

20.) Unleashed- Odalheim

Oh yes, Unleashed, one of the finest Swedish Death Metal bands to ever exist. These guys have everything to love about Death Metal and oh so much more! Viking and Pagan themed brutality, and Odalheim is exactly that. The songs sound absolutely killer, the production is top notch, and Unleashed is at the top of their game. A US tour with Amon Amarth or Enslaved couldn't hurt (HINT HINT....PLEASE). Honestly if you love Death metal that is not standard and boring and love a good epic battle death metal visual, get Odalheim, and if you haven't check out the rest of Unleashed's work!

8/10



And that's 20 albums down! I may be doing more tonight if the mood strikes!

OraclesofAgony
10-29-2012, 06:27 PM
Holy shit! I never listened to the new Unleashed, completely forgot about it. What's wrong with me!

MPF
10-29-2012, 08:56 PM
21.) Saint Vitus- Lillie: F-65

The legends of Stoner, Sludge, Doom Metal are back, and as strong as ever. Wino and co. released a 33 minute album, their first since 1995. The songs live are even better in a live setting but on record the songs definitely capture the 70's/80's Doom Metal that they made so recognizable. While a short album, it is an awesome record to kick back and relax to, and partake if you are into that kind of thing, I'm not but I know some are. definitely give this one a spin!

7/10

22.) The Elijah- I loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created

This is normally a style of music I wouldn't be into, but there is something about it that sucks me and doesn't let go. In short it does have a Post Hardcore, almost feel to it. But it's all done over Post Rock. A combination that on paper doesn't sound like it would work that well for guys like me, but upon listening to it, I'm drawn to it. Its a dark themed concept album like the title suggests. There is a big Deftones influence from it along with most Post Hardcore, but all while keeping a very Post Rock feel. Its definitely something I didn't expect to love, but I really, really do.

8/10

23.) Spawn Of Possession- Incurso

Spawn Of Possession is THE Technical Death Metal band. They were one of the real originators of the genres and innovated it to new heights. The great things about SOP is that they are never ever boring, no matter how many notes they hit and scales they can master. Each song sounds very fresh and indeed refreshing compared to most Tech Death bands out there today. for the real deal, for what it's all about this is the band to check out!

8/10

24.) Primal Rock Rebellion- Awoken Broken

A lot of people took a crap on this album, especially Maiden fans because they do not like the vocals coming from Sikth frontman Mikee Goodman. I being the huge Sikth fan that I am, LOVE the vocals on this album. the music isn't the most inspired to come out this year but it serves its purpose quite well, a great batch of badass Hard Rockin' songs. If you like Iron Maiden, and like Sikth, there's no excuse not to love this!

8/10

25.) All Hail The Yeti- All Hail The Yeti

The best way to describe this band is if Mastodon instead of going in a Prog route went into a Pantera style Groove Metalcore route. And also the kind of band Vinnie Paul should have made Hellyeah to be. This is a fantastic album from a great band. Its a very southern Groove Metal album with some Metalcore thrown in. This is another album that really is great in separate listens. Make sure to check this one out if you love Southern Groove Metal.

7/10

26.) Epica- Requiem Of The Indifferent

A great title because that's exactly how I feel about this one....indifferent. It's a very solid Epica release, and of course Simone is one of the hottest women in all of Metal, but this time around it feels like some new band progression wouldn't be a bad thing. But then again it could also very well be because it takes a lot for me to enjoy female fronted Symphonic metal. It's not bad by any means, just not reinventing any kind of wheels for Epica. But then again I suppose they don't really have to, they're Epica.

5/10

27.) Judgement Day- Polar Shift

Now THIS is String Metal. Those of you that think Apocalyptica is the best band of this style need to get your head examined. Judgement Day is a powerhouse trio from California who first blew me away back when they opened for Dredg in December 2008 and I have been a diehard fan ever since. Polar Shift is meant to be more of a mixture between their Metal sound and their acoustic sound, and I think it has been pulled off perfectly. Its quite heavy and laid back at the same time. I repeat if you want some REAL String METAL, check out Judgement Day, and make sure to check out Polar Shift! I still recommend their last album Peacocks/Pink Monsters the most, but this is second place!

8/10

28.) Bejelit- Emerge

DAAAAAAAAAAMN, now this is some HEAVY Power Metal. I guess you could almost categorize it as Extreme Power Metal. Dragonforce meets Symphony X with a bit of Mutiny Within thrown in. I'm honestly surprised I never heard of these guys until this year as they have been around for 10 years kicking ass. Check these guys out for some heavy, HEAVY, HEAVY Power Metal!

8/10

29.) Corrosion Of Conformity- Corrosion Of Conformity

The original COC is back and as Hardcore as ever. Gone are the days of the Pepper years. A lot of people are disappointed about it. I for one am not. I love both sides to COC and I've been waiting for them to get some of the hardcore roots back, and they finally did. The whole album is just a throw back to the late 80's Hardcore scene. Hardcore bands of today should take this album as a lesson of what to play. It's so damn good all the way through.

9/10

30.) Eclipse Eternal- The Essence Of Hopelessness

This is a very depressing, yet upbeat, Black Metal album. when you look at the song titles and when you can understand the lyrics, it is very raw and evil, yet the production is actually very damn good....so it can't be real Black Metal right? haha. This is another example of a band I never would have discovered if it wasn't for my radio show, which I am truly grateful for. This is some killer Black Metal, and in this case, the pun is intended.

7/10


30 albums in just a few hours. I might be up for another ten later tonight. Still pondering the idea.

kalfitegrdan
10-29-2012, 11:33 PM
Oh, shit. Didn't know Propagandhi released a new one. Gonna have to check it out.

Some good shit, dude. A few I absolutely love and a bunch that I'm gonna have to check out.

MPF
10-29-2012, 11:37 PM
Holy shit! I never listened to the new Unleashed, completely forgot about it. What's wrong with me!

There has been so many good releases this year, it was bount to happen where one had to fall through the cracks. :D

Oh, shit. Didn't know Propagandhi released a new one. Gonna have to check it out.

Some good shit, dude. A few I absolutely love and a bunch that I'm gonna have to check out.

Thanks man. I got soooooooooooooo many more to go. I literally will be reviewing every album I have from 2012 that I checked out more then once. Which is 39GBs of music....



....The fuck am I thinking? :lol:

MPF
10-30-2012, 04:52 PM
31.) Red Lamb- Red Lamb

A lot of people, including myself forgot about this album. This is Dan Spitz new project that was originally done with the help of Dave Mustaine doing production and writing lyrics (which makes a lot more sense now in hindsight). It is a very Thrashy album with a lot of Pop Rock, Alternative Metal, and other mixtures. Definitely not something you would automatically assume would be made by Spitz and Mustaine. It is absolutely an album that is easy to forget about and put on the wayside, but if you actually check it out, it's really damn good for what it is, Mid 90's clash of Anthrax and Megadeth.

7/10

32.) House Of Fools- Versus The Beast

Arguably the lightest album on the entire list *sans some post rock albums* This is a great Alternative, Pop Rock band that really knows how to write some catchy Rock that anyone in any fanbase of music can enjoy. Fabulous songwriting and musicianship on this one with a lot of different genres covered. One band that really stands out as an influence, although not really vocally, is Queen. I also hear a lot of Pink Floyd and even Maroon 5 as well. Its an amazing achievement to be able to capture the sound they have and its worth checking out if you need some non-metal music to enjoy. This takes the silver medal for my favorite Non Metal album of 2012.

9/10

33.) Amberian Dawn- Circus Black

Here is another Female Fronted Symphonic Metal band. The one advantage this band has is that there is very few operatic vocals in the style of Nightwish, which is always a major plus to me. While the music is very set in stone in the Symphonic Metal route, there is more to it, kinda like the name suggests it feel like a circus of metal. Not in a BTBAM or Devin Townsend kind of way, but more like magical and theatrical circus kind of way. I like it a lot and its definitely worth checking out!

6/10

34.) Klone- The Dreamer's Hideaway

I thank Stef Brooks of Textures for helping me discover this band. It is fantastic Alternative Progressive Metal. In a way Faith No More meets Fates Warning meets today's Alternative Rock. It is a very odd mixture in text but upon hearing it, it all makes since. This is some very cool stuff that really needs to be checked out Today's Prog fans should be gushing over this album like I am.

9/10

35.) Soulfly- Enslaved

Anyone remember the Nu Metal days of Soulfly? Yeah I have forgotten about it too. Their last 4 albums have been brutal as hell, just as Max Cavalera should be doing. Enslaved is easily the heaviest and most brutal Soulfly album to date. The songwriting is also improving with age as well. The songs all concise and precisely accurate. I really hope Max can keep up this pace for as long as he keeps Soulfly going. This really is some of his finest work!

8/10

36.) Stone Sour- House Of Gold & Bones Part 1

I went into this album with expectations that this was going to suck. I couldn't have been more wrong. I love the first album, the second had some OK moments. Audio Secrecy sucked! but this.....this is one of the finest Hard Rock Albums made in the last 20 years, I dare say since Alice In Chains' Dirt. I was not expecting this quality of music anymore but its there from start to finish, and next year when Part 2 comes out, I can only hope it's of the same quality and not a let down like most sequels, haha. But seriously. Even if you hate Stone Sour, and hate mainstream music, actually give this album a chance, I did, and I couldn't be happier. I'm still in awe.

9/10

37.) Mental Architects- Celebrations

If Hella made Post Rock.......it's the only real way I can describe it. Its nowhere near as chaotic as Hella, but it is so very much in a heavy Math Rock feel compared to most Post Rock. If you combine the two it is Mental Architects. Easily, without question, one of the best Post albums of the year Stellar all the way through and they deserve much more appreciation then they are getting. Hell, I'm the only one i know of that digs them, THAT'S NOT RIGHT! Check this out ASAP if you need something as awesome as the great mixture that is Math Rock and Post Rock.

9/10

38.) Moonspell- Omega White

Even though Alpha Noir/Omega White was released on one dis, I am reviewing them separately as they are two very different styles. Omega White just happened to come up first. Omega white is a very dark, doomy, gloomy, Gothic Rock album in the vein of Type O Negative. It really showcases the dark beauty of Goth Rock, yes there is beauty in REAL Goth Rock, not Hot topic style Radio Goth Rock. I think Peter Steele would be very proud of this album as it matches the mood of the music he always made. While it is pretty much the polar opposite of Alpha Noir, it fits together very well, and if you can dig real Goth Rock, you will love this!

7/10

39.) Liam- MMIX

A side project of Lantlos. This Post Rock/Shoegaze is a very dark, beautiful album that is really fits the mood for a night where you are really bummed out. Again nothing groundbreaking here. Just very beautiful, dark Post Rock and Shoegaze. Something that is totally up my alley and any fan of the genre will love. Put this on tonight and you will love it.

8/10

40.) Oak Pantheon- From A Whisper

Atmospheric Black Metal, very much in the vein of Alcest. Although it gets more atmospheric then anything else throughout the album. The promo copy I received isn't the best in quality (its a web rip, so cymbals sound very, very bad) but the real version of this album sounds fantastic and fits the mood for all the Atmospheric, Folk Black Metal that those who enjoy it for. Give it a spin, its very much worth it.

7/10

41.) Job For A Cowboy- Demonocracy

Say what you want about Job for A Cowboy, they get knocked every single day just for their name alone, let alone their music. But after I got to interview Jonny Davy back in August, he gave me one of the best interviews I have ever done, all about the current state of music. JFAC has gone from a Deathcore band into a very brutal Death Metal band, and I will say it because not a lot of people will. I love every damn release from JFAC, and I have since I discovered them in 2007. Demonocracy is exactly as I just said a brilliant brutal Death Metal album. And for as much crap as these guys get, they are fantastic songwriters and musicians and you really should give them an honest chance if you don't already have your opinions set in stone about them.

7/10

42.) Dirge Within- There Will Be Blood

Not entirely sure if this is based on the film or not. I never really got into these guys before. No real rhyme or reason for it, just one of those bands I always heard about but never really checked out their stuff before. I finally did with this album and I'm glad I did, its really damn good Metalcore, Thrash Metal and Groove Metal. They have some really catchy almost radio Rock friendly songs mixed in with their heavy as hell songs. Its worth checking out if this is your bag, it's definitely mine and I can see these guys making it far if they keep up this pace.

6/10

43.) Oddland- The Treachery Of Senses

If Fair To Midland really went relentless with their Metal side and kept the Prog, they would be Oddland. the vocal style is obviously very, very different than that of FTM, but music there is a lot of similarities, just more crushing Prog Metal. I can also hear a lot of Influence from Evergrey and Mastodon as well. Its a very well thought out Prog Metal album that I hope launches them into new found stardom, because given the right chance, they could be huge. I hope it happens.

8/10

44.) Fire And Ice- Not Of This Earth

Once again I must stress that it takes a lot for me to enjoy the new era of Hardcore as it is usually not my bag by any means. But Fire and Ice does it right. Its very heavy, but very catchy at the same time. There is none of the annoying Hatebreed style vocals and some very well written songs, like old school thrash and 80's Hardcore used to be. Fire and Ice hit the nail on the head for this one. If you can tolerate any kind of Hardcore, check this out because you will very much appreciate the music that is being played. Very cool stuff.

8/10

45.) Mysteriarch- Mournful Embrace of Aeons

Atmospheric Symphonic Black Metal done right. I am highly impressed with this album for everything that it captures. It's the kind of music that I can imagine Emperor being if they were still around now and added the Atmospheric Black Metal element to their sound. For Black Metal fans and those who love Atmospheric Black metal pick this one up, it is a fantastic album that deserves attention.

8/10

46.) Gaza- No Absolutes In Human Suffering

Not just one of the most brutal albums of the year. I'd dare say one of the most brutal albums of the past decade. HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY Sludge Metal and Grindcore mixtures all over. Its almost criminal that these guys aren't bigger then they are. A great way i heard this described is if The Dillinger Escape Plan and Napalm Death made an album together, and I think that is an absolute fair assessment. So very killer all the way through and never gets boring. If you love chaos, this is for you. You actually feel like you are in Gaza while they are playing.

8/10

47.) The Seer- The Prologue

Progressive Black Metal. What an oddly awesome combination. You could also say that about Emperor's last couple albums as well. Although it is not just a black Metal album, its a heavy influence. there is a lot of Prog, Math Metal and Thrash throughout as well. I can only see these guys getting bigger and better if they stick to their guns and keep making brilliant music like is showcased on The Prologue. Also their cover of Emperor's In A Wordless Chamber *My favorite Emperor song*....PERFECTION!

9/10

48.) Napalm Death- Utilitarian

WOW, Napalm Death has only gotten crazier and better. Death metal, Grindcore, and back to the Noise Metal as well. this is absolutely one of the best chaotic albums of the year. Its everything you have come to know and love *or hate* from Napalm Death with added influences like Saxophone on one of my favorite songs of the year, Everyday Pox. Imagine the Norwegian band, Shining, writing music with Napalm Death, you get Utilitarian, it is obscenely awesome!

9/10

49.) Destinos- Fireflies For Fireworks

The first real "Djent" album showcased in this list. And I really, Really, REALLY hate using the term Djent. But it has become so Synonymous that its not worth trying to explain Progressive Math metal to people who don't know what I'm talking about, so the purpose of trying to move things along, I'll be saying Djent for this and the other albums that fit this mold. This is a pretty heavy influenced by Djent album with lots of soundscapes and all instrumental. That said it is very damn good with a lot of cool songs on here. Luckily this is just an EP or it would get a bit overbearing with no vocals or just the style itself, but for how long this EP is, it's the perfect timing. For some killer instrumental Djent, check this one out.

7/10

50.) Ex Deo- Caligvla

All the way from Ancient Rome *COUGH, Canada....it's Kataklysm, COUGH* comes some very badass heavy Power Death Meta. It is cheesy, there is no denying that, with all the roman soundclips of battle, the soundtrack synths, etc. But that's what makes it so awesome. It feels like you are fighting in the Roman Coliseum. The songs are not drastically different from each other, but they are much different then you'd ever hear from Kataklysm, no blast beats what so ever. And the music is much more simple. And that is exactly what is called for here. It's a great album of Roman style Death Metal that makes you wanna stand up and fight. check it out!

8/10

Well, that's 20 albums in a row, 50 albums altogether so far. and so many more to go. I'll probably be doing more later tonight. now my mind needs to rest for a little bit. haha

MPF
10-31-2012, 01:38 PM
51.) Bend Sinister- Small Frame

Canadian Alternative Prog Rock. It is damn cool stuff. I have been a fan of these guys for a few years now, and only recently have they gotten any kind of attention since Mike Portnoy Tweeted about them. This is a killer album all the way through, but really picks up near the end of the album. I would describe them as Spock's Beard with the quirkiness of The Mars Volta. Its a great album to check out if you want a roller coaster of a Prog Rock album.

9/10

52.) Stealing Axion- Moments

If Fates Warning and Periphery joined up in a band, you'd get Stealing Axion. I honestly couldn't be more impressed with these guys. Yes there is a lot of Djenty moments throughout the album, but there is so many great Atmospheric Progressive Rock moments that just makes everything flow together so well. There is a lot of Ray Adler style vocal moments as well, which I am always a sucker for. Since Djent will be around for a little bit longer till the heard starts to get thinned down, I hope it starts going in this direction, like The Contortionist started doing. If this is the future of Progressive Metal, I love where it is going.

9/10

53.) Skyharbor- Blinding White Noise: Illusion And Chaos

Wow, a lot of my favorite non Top 20 albums are popping up right now. Like Stealing Axion there is some Chug Chug Djent Djent riffs throughout this album, BUT this album is way more than that. It is a Pure Progressive Metal album that is one of the most impressive debuts to come out in quite some time. If Marty Friedman wants to do a guest solo on your album, you are doing something right. If you have a prejudice against any music with Chugs in it, this album should be able to throw that out the window. This is so damn good. I should also note, it's all clean vocals, just another reason to check this out!

9/10

54.) Serj Tankian- Harakiri

If it wasn't for the politics on this album, this would be in my top 10 albums of the year. But since it is so heavily layered in Politics, it didn't even crack my top 30. I KNOW I KNOW, don't start with me on political issues. I have my own opinions, I just keep them out of music. And I am fully aware that is what everyone attached to System Of A Down does. But musically, this is a brilliant record. the most rocking album Serj has been a part of since Toxicity. There isn't a weak point musically, and Serj's vocal styling is the best in years as well. It just makes me wish that he would start singing about abstract ideas again. Oh well...

6/10

55.) Empires Of Eden- Channeling The Infinite

A power Metal supergroup to say the least. Some of the biggest names in Power Metal are covered on this album including one of my favorite singers of all time Sean Peck of Cage. This is a very epic Power Metal album that covers the entire gambit of the genre. Its very damn heavy and every song fits together so well. Its too bad this project is the way it is, because of how many singers are on this album, they won't be able to tour. I would have loved to have seen this stuff live, Especially the songs sang by Sean Peck. Any real Power Metal fan should pick this up immediately! I can't imagine you being disappointed by this.

8/10

56.) Wake Of Redemption- Earthshaker

There's no better feeling to me then discovering a brand new Progressive Metal band I never heard of before and enjoying the hell out of them. That is Wake Of Redemption for me. Very much in the vein of similar named Redemption, Wake Of Redemption divulges into more styles then just Prog Metal. The title track for examples covers a lot of Blues Rock territory in the solo. I should add there is some Screams on this album, but like nude art, its done very tastefully and done at the right spots. And unlike a lot of screams, you can actually understand the words being said. I hope these guys make it far. They are too damn good not to!

8/10

57.) Maladie- Plague Within

If Iron Maiden started making Black Metal, it would be Maladie. This is very layered in Maiden and of course the tremolo picking and blast beats that are Black metal. I think it very well could be the next phase of Black Metal once the Atmospheric Black Metal dies down a bit (Although I don't think that will go away, at least I hope not). Its very intricate throughout and some very brilliant songwriting. If you dare venture to know what would happen when you mix Iron Maiden and Emperor. Check out Maladie!

7/10


58.) Fozzy- Sin and Bones

I never really checked out Fozzy until this year. I just had a feeling it would be cheesy Hard Rock that I just wouldn't care about. And again, I was proven wrong. This is a very damn solid Hard Rock album, a throw back to the 80's Hard Rock (not Glam Rock) scene, all while staying contemporary. a rare feat to pull off. Chris Jericho and Co. really know how to write classic Hard Rock in today's world. I really dig it a lot.

7/10

59.) Chapel- Satan's Rock And Roll

Speed Metal, Black Metal and Motorhead style Rock and Roll. It is a great combination. Yes it is a cheesy Satanic Metal album. But the music more than makes up for it. It is exactly as I described it, and it is a very fun listen to when you just wanna be metal and party. Give it a spin if you got some PBR and all your metal friends are coming over tonight!

6/10

60.) Earthlimb- Origin

This is exactly how I would want Scale The Summit to sound if they ever incorporated vocals. It is very tasteful mastery of Progressive Rock and Metal, not overbearing on scale and "LOOK WHAT I CAN DO" style riffs. It feels like great Prog Rock and Metal written for fans of Rock and metal. As I said, check this one out if you want Scale The Summit with vocals.

8/10

MPF
10-31-2012, 05:14 PM
61.) The Samuel Jackson Five- The Samuel Jackson 5

Yup, this is based on Samuel L. Jackson and the Jackson 5. But it's all Post Rock with a little bit of Electronica. Europe is one of the few ears of the world that can combine Electronica to music and not have it suck. There is nothing really on this album that really stands out to me other then the fact that it is a very solid album. I like to think of it if 65daysofstatic kept the post rock in their sound instead of abandoning it for Electronica and also with occasional vocals. It's great stuff.

7/10

62.) Exotic Animal Petting Zoo- Trees Of Tongues

Very Experimental Post Hardcore combine with some Prog. If Mr Bungle went to Hot Topic. Musically, this is a great album but the vocals do ruin it for me. For those that love Post Hardcore this is right up your alley vocally. Its worth a listen if you think you might dig it, for me, I was hoping to like it more then I did, which really didn't happen.

4/10

63.) Fear Factory- The Industrialist

As the name suggest, this is the most Industrial sounding Fear Factory album in quite some time. Its a good album. I'm quite bummed that there isn't real drums on this album. But I am glad they have a real drummer live, or else that would have been incredibly lame. Musically, I do like Mechanize a lot more, but The Industrialist. The one turn off on this album more then anything is the instrumental 9 minute final track that goes absolutely nowhere. Much like Strapping Young Lad's Alien where Info Dump was just synths and guitar distortion and feedback. Maybe I'm just missing out on something? But it is a good album sans those aspects, Fear factory fans should love this album!

5/10

64.) Carach Angren- Where The Corpses Sink Forever

Experimental Black Metal. It can sometimes come out sounding like a complete cluster, other times it comes off brilliant. This occasion it comes out brilliant. This is one of the finest Black Metal albums to come out this year. its not just about blast beats, shrieking vocals and tremolo picking. There is a lot going on in this album that anyone with an open mind can appreciate. it's really hard to describe the album further then that without hearing the album for yourself. Go for it, If you dig Black metal you will love this.

8/10

65.) T.R.A.M.- Lingua Franca

Ah yes. 2/3s of Animals As Leaders, the Saxophonist of The Mars Volta and Drummer Eric Moore. This is a Fusion band that was destined to happen. This all instrumental album is a great mixture of all 3 of the styles these bands represent into a Instrumental Fusion Rock band. No one overplays on this album, so its not really free form Fusion, but it is very damn tasteful. it only really loses steam on the last song, Inverted Ballad, where there is no drums at all. Other then that its perfection. I highly recommend this if you love tremendous musicianship though powerful Fusion

8/10

66.) Soen- Cognitive

Tool meets Opeth. There is no better way to describe this band. Martin Lopez, formerly of Opeth wanted to start playing again so he formed this group to get back out there and play again. While all the songs on the album are good in their own right, its not very imaginative. Mikael Akerfeldt singing over Aenima. To most Prog Metal fans, that's a double dip cream dream. for me...I've never really been that much into Tool, just not my bag. But that said the musicianship is awesome and Martin Lopez is indeed a monster on this album. I'm hoping by the time of their next album they will expand on their sound. Or perhaps this will be their niche?

5/10

67.) Yakuza- Beyul

This is definitely a good example of Avant Garde Metal. Its a collective hodgepodge of Metal and other influences. Much heavier than something like Kayo Dot but just as experimental and messed up as Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Its not an album you can really digest in one sitting unless you are major fans of Merzbow or Boris or Dog Fashion Disco. For Experimental Music, this may be one of the highlights of the year....if you are into it!

7/10

68.) Akphaezya- Anthology IV: The Tragedy Of Nerak

And inspeaking of Experimental Avant Garde Music, take everything I said above for Yakuza, and add a female lead singer and bit less Heaviness and you get this band. This really is Sleepytime Gorilla Museum meets UneXpect. Is very much a mindfuck of an album, but in a very sexy way. If you are feeling a bit frisky for Avant Garde Metal fronted by a frontwoman, check this out, its definitely a circus of music.

7/10

69.) Dantalion- Return To Deep Lethargy

Not the sexiest album to have come up for number 69, although someone out there will think so, haha. This is some more of the Atmospheric Black Metal that I love. It also has a mid era Paradise Lost feel at times amongst the Black Metal going on. its very dark and atmospheric. The one thing that does drive me away from this album, despite how good the music is, is the vocals. That is something that doesn't happen to me often. It has a barking dog feeling that doesn't really fit in my eyes. But its worth it for the music alone. Not the best Atmospheric Black Metal album to come out this year, but worthy of at least a listen.

6/10

70.) God Forbid- Equilibrium

Metalcore album of the year, its not even an option. God Forbid has always been one of my favorite Metalcore bands along with Shadows Fall. For a couple albums, they lost me. but Equilibrium brought me back in a HUGE way. Scraping The Walls is one of my favorite songs of the year. Besides the Metalcore sound that will always be in their sound, there is a lot of elements of Prog, Death Metal, hell in catchy rock and blues type solos. This is a band that I find criminal that they aren't at Lamb Of God type popularity, they should be, and Equilibrium should be regarded as one of the best albums of the year. yes it didn't make my top 20, but it's in my Top 25.

9.5/10

John The Drummer
11-01-2012, 12:22 PM
63.) Fear Factory- The Industrialist[/B]

As the name suggest, this is the most Industrial sounding Fear Factory album in quite some time. Its a good album. I'm quite bummed that there isn't real drums on this album. But I am glad they have a real drummer live, or else that would have been incredibly lame. Musically, I do like Mechanize a lot more, but The Industrialist. The one turn off on this album more then anything is the instrumental 9 minute final track that goes absolutely nowhere. Much like Strapping Young Lad's Alien where Info Dump was just synths and guitar distortion and feedback. Maybe I'm just missing out on something? But it is a good album sans those aspects, Fear factory fans should love this album!
5/10


REALLY!? Wow, I don't think I'll rush into checking this one out then.

On a different note, nice list!!!... even though I don't know a majority of these bands :lol:

MPF
11-01-2012, 12:33 PM
REALLY!? Wow, I don't think I'll rush into checking this one out then.

On a different note, nice list!!!... even though I don't know a majority of these bands :lol:



Yeah I bummed about it. Instead of getting a session drummer, Burt and Dino just used a drum machine.

That is why I make this list every year, to show off bands people may not know about yet. :D

MPF
11-01-2012, 02:29 PM
71.) Towards Darkness- Barren

Funeral Death Metal...It's slow, it's heavy, it's depressing as all hell; but when it's done right its one of the most rewarding musical genres to enjoy. It's like watching Breaking Bad, there are parts of it that are quite slow, but it always builds up and the impact moments take your breath away. That's what Towards Darkness has done with barren. it's only 4 songs, 3/4th of them over the 10 minute mark. It's a hard genre to get into, especially if you have A.D.D. But that said if you take the time it is so rewarding, and that's how I feel about Barren. Give it a fair chance and ti will be worth it!

8/10

72.) Fornorst Arnor- The Death Of A Rose

If Opeth kept up in the style of Still Life, it would be this album. Its a very depressing Progressive Death Metal album with a major Opeth vibe. Along with acoustic passages, death inspired lyrics *as the album title suggests* and overall a hauntingly beautiful soundscape. It is a great album for fans of this style, which I know I am, and it should please anyone who misses this era of Opeth.

8/10

73.) Behold...The Arctopus- Horrorsension

With their 2nd full length, the masters of WTF? Metal are back. Every single song is utterly and baffling insane. Anyone who can cover a song off this album is definitely a master of their craft. The songs like a lot of Math Metal and Avant Garde Metal is quite hard to get into if you aren't already a fan of the genre, but if you can get into it.....WOAH! Again this is another album that's fits in the "Can't listen to it all in one sitting" category, but a couple songs here and there definitely fits the mood. Did I mention how insane this album is?

7/10

74.) Shadows Fall- Fire From The Sky

For the last couple Shadows Fall albums I was kinda lost. They aren't bad albums but not really my bag either. Shadows fall won me back over again with Fire From The Sky. It's back to being a pure Thrash/Metalcore album which is what made me a fan in the first place. Considering they are currently on a headlining tour for this album, I hope it will win them back some fans that have been gone for a while as they deserve to be playing to good size crowds and kicking ass everywhere in the country. Needless to say if you miss the days of The Art Of Balance, they are back and in greater numbers!

8/10

75.) Krisiun- Arise From Blackness

A very damn Raw and Groovin' Death Metal album from one of my favorite Death Metal bands. as much brutality is on this album it is balanced out with a lot of groove in the right spots, some flamenco guitars and even some speed punk vocals near the end. It is a fantastic fast and heavy album that any real Death metal fan will love. And once again it is very, very raw. Gotta love it.

9/10

76.) The Darkness- Hot Cakes

A not so guilty pleasure of mine is The Darkness. They write badass Rock And Roll. When I heard they got back together, I couldn't have been happier because I know they have it in them to keep writing badass Rock and Roll. Hot Cakes is no different. This is the current band from England that should be selling out arenas in the states, not Muse (I'll get to them later). Its very solid all the way through and every song just as catchy in a good way. When you need a break from Prog and Metal, check this one out! It fits the mood for any time you want a good time!

9/10

77.) Aborted- Global Flatline

Absolutely Brutal Death Metal and Grindcore. Aborted is definitely not a band for the faint of heart. This album in particular feels like a global assault from start to finish, just as the title implies. Amongst all the brutality shown, there is a lot of melodies as well, which is not something you'd normally expect from this genre. It fits the mood if you want some controlled chaos, while killing zombies and stuff. haha

7/10

78.) Meldrum- Lifer

The last album from guitarist, Michelle Meldrum. This was written all the way back in 2008 before she was sent to the hospital and found a cystic growth on her brain that inevitably killed her. Lifer was finally finished and released this year in tribute to her, and it is a fantastic female fronted band. Gene Hoglan, in one of his many albums he recorded this year, played on this doing a fantastic job as well. It is a very groovy Heavy Metal album, SYL meets Motorhead, more aligning with Motorhead. Make sure to give this album a good listen to hear that awesomeness that was Meldrum.

7/10

79.) Siamese Fighting Fish- Breathe: See: Move

Another great Alternative Prog band that HIGHLY deserves attention. Like another great band that will get mentioned soon enough, For The Imperium, Siamese Fighting Fish is the kind of bands that stays in a catchy, light hearted style while staying heavy and exploring new territories. I love it when a band can explore different genres while still having a core element (core as in a central sound, not "core" as in hardcore, deathcore, etc). THis is a very fun listen and deserves a lot of attention. Check this stuff out!

9/10

80.) My Dying Bride- A Map Of All Our Failures

One of the Masters of Doom Metal are back in My Dying Bride. As they do on every album, they prove they know how to write a dark, beautiful Doom Metal album. While with most Doom Metal there is no real diversity in the sound, it flows together quite nicely and always fits when you need some Dark depressing Metal playing through your speakers. Give it a spin, it feels very underrated already!

8/10

MPF
11-01-2012, 06:12 PM
81.) Kristoffer Gildenlow- Rust

I had no idea that Kristoffer was going to keep going with music after he left Pain Of Salvation, which I am still very, very bummed about. This is about the most mellow album that I have enjoyed (outside Post Rock) in a very long time. Like his brother Daniel, Kristoffer has a very soothing voice, but unlike Pain Of Salvation, this is 100% laid back, Mellow, relaxing and Folky. Its the kind of album you put on just as you are about to head for bed. there are those that feel the dimension of POS changed after Kristoffer left, but this album proves that Daniel really was in charge the whole time and would have went into the direction they did anyways. Kristoffer pulled a Ritchie Blackmore on us, and that's totally cool with me.

7/10

82.) Lacuna Coil- Adrenaline

WHY DO I KEEP TRYING WITH THESE GUYS?!?!?!?! Every album I get suckered in a by a song or two that is ok, followed by such mediocrity/ It starts off good then just dies off very quickly, like every other Lacuna Coil album since they got recognition. It depresses the hell out of me because I know they are capable of so much more but choose not to. I will fall for it again on the next album again I'm sure. Oh well....

3/10

83.) Call Me No One- Last Parade

Who says good Hard Rock is dead? It's not, it just smells funny! haha Badass Radio hard Rock is out there but most stations choose not to accept it in favor of well...crap! Call me No One is a side project of Sevendust that is just so damn killer. It's very catchy, heavy, and simply awesome from start to finish. Its not groundbreaking Rock or anything of the likes its just solid Hard Rock that deserves to be heard check it out and keep good Radio Hard Rock alive.

9/10

84.) Dragony- Legends

Symphonic Power Metal is usually really one sided and has two speeds. Metal and Ballad. And that is the case here as well. If you are a symphonic Power Metal fan, there is nothing new here but it fits in with all Symphonic Power Metal that you love and enjoy. the epic symphony, the speed, the heroic vocals. It's got it all. I think once the band develops and releases more album there will be more imagination behind it, but this is good stuff.

6/10

85.) Vesperian Sorrow- Stormwinds Of Ages

Symphonic (Well Synth driven anyways) Death Metal This is surprisingly good stuff. It mainly focuses on the Symphonic side of Metal with Death Metal just a tad out of the foreground. There is also moments of Black Metal as well but I believe a lot of that has to do with the Symphonic moments I'm not too familiar with the combination presented before me, but it really fits well together. If you need the wild combination of Synth Driven Death Metal, go forth and check this out!

7/10

86.) The Pilgrim- Misery Wizard

Oh yes, another fantastic Doom Metal album. There is a very heavy Sleep vibe on this album and of course mixed with Sabbath. The one good feature on this album compared to most in the genre is that the vocals are for the most part clean and understandable, which makes it a lot more fun to listen to. I really advise checking this one out for some standout Stoner Doom Metal.

8/10

87.) Stolen Babies- Naught

Stolen Babies is one of the finest Avant Garde Metal bands going today. Naught definitely is more in the Metal vein while keeping all the Vaudeville and Circus styles they are known for. It is a fantastic album full of dynamics and great songwriting. Its very understandable why Devin Townsend wanted them on the DTP/Katatonia tour. Get it!

9/10

88.) Slash- Apocalyptic Love

Myles Kennedy has taken over for full vocal duties in Slash's live band and on this album. He is my favorite hard Rock singer currently going and I dare say one of my favorite singers ever. But this album is absolutely Cock Rock. It's not meant to be one of those albums that is meant to deep or though provoking. It's from the guitarist of Guns N Roses, its going to be a Cock Rock album full of cheese and 80's flavor. And that is ok. It does kinda knock it down for me in the rock rock category, but it is a good album none the less. Check it out for a fun Rock album.

7/10

89.) Pig Destroyer- Book Burner

What is there to say about Pig Destroyer that hasn't already been said? they are one of the finest Grindcore bands to ever exist. Book Burner is actually one of the more, if not the most accessible Pig Destroyer albums. There is a lot of dynamics for a Grindcore band that's not just random noise and blast beats. There are actually songs on this one! haha While not my favorite album of the genre to come out, its is very badass and deserves a good listen. If you wanted a reason to enjoy Grindcore, Book Burner should be able to help you out.

8/10

90.) Eye Empire- Impact

Simply Put I love these guys. it is a Hard Rock Supergroup featuring members of Sevendust and Submersed. Its very though provoking Hard Rock. My favorite thing about this album besides the over all hard Rock vibe is the life dynamics, it goes from depressing to happy and everything in between, and fires on all cylinders. It's a very impressive album and I can see these guys making far if they choose to pursue it more then just a side project.

8/10

91.) Prong- Carved Into Stone

Prong has been one of my favorite bands for quite some time. They are much more then Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck. They are very badass Groove Metal and a very damn technical band at that. Carved into Stone is just a fun, killer album that hits very pinpoint you'd want from Prong, and I'd say one of their most well balanced albums to date. Enjoy this one, it's so very rare for a band to be around as long as Prong and write this damn good of an album!

9/10

92.) Grave- Endless Procession Of Souls

One of my favorite things about Grave is that they are not about being the fastest, or most technical, or the most brutal Death Metal band. They are about wring damn good Death metal songs, and that is why they have always been one of my favorite Death Metal bands. There is zero need for blast beats in Grave. Its Groovin' it's heavy, it's damn good songs. And it's exactly what I want in a death metal album. Great songwriting and Dynamics. While not my favorite Death Metal album of the year, it's super close.

9/10

93.) Naglfar- Teras

While this is an album in particular I haven't been able to give my full attention to, I do know this is one seriously killer Black Metal album. The production is nice and very tight, the musicality and songwriting is awesome and it should suit the needs of all Black Metal fans out there. it has the right atmosphere for all subgenres of Black Metal. Gotta love it!

7/10

94.) Suspyre- Suspyre

Prog Metal fans rejoice! Suspyre is back and kicking more ass than ever before. If Symphony X didn't just focus on the Metal side about them, they would be what Suspyre are now. It's an outstanding Prog Metal album that I don't get why it's not getting more praise. Maybe in due time...I Hope

8/10

95.) Bonded By Blood- The Aftermath

Int he Aftermath of yet another lineup change, I think BOB has finally found their sound. it's very much a Thrash Metal album, but it's a bit more as well. there are some slower paced songs and Mid-Tempo. its not just about speed and technicality, although that's in here as well. it's a dynamic Thrash album, and again, not my favorite Thrash album, but still very damn good.

7/10

96.) Dumbsaint- Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form

This is a very strange Post Rock album to me. In that there is not the typical HIGH LOW HIGH LOW, or LOW HIGH LOW HIGH Post Rock songwriting. It sometimes stays heavy all the way through, or soft all the way through. it's a much more aggressive Post Rock album than you would normally find. To me that is a great thing because it shows there can be even more dynamics in Post Rock than there already are. Definitely check this one out for some aggressive Post Rock, it will take you by surprise.

8/10

97.) Pepe Deluxe- Queen Of The Wave

I....I have no idea how to categorize this album. There is every single type of ROCK genre in this album, Hard Rock, Surf Pop, Blues, Hip Hop. This literally can please any music fan out there, especially those of you with an open mind. It does take a couple listens to really appreciate this album if you don't know what to expect from it, but once it clicks....OOOOOOOOOOOH YEEEEEEAAAHHHHH. This is probably 3rd in my favorite non-metal albums of the year, but that said I rank it very damn high. GET IT, GET IT NOW!

9/10

98.) Swallow The Sun- Emerald Forest And The Blackbird

Oh yes, Folk Metal. This is an album i am once again surprised not to see more people drooling over. This may very well be their finest work and it feels as though it fell to the wayside. It has impeccable musicianship and songwriting and damn good production at that. The only downside I can see for some people is the length of the songs, but given that it is Swallow the Sun, what did you expect? Give this very underrated album a chance, it deserves it.

8/10

99.) Eluveitie- Halvetios

This album is at number 21 for me. It was in my Top 20 pretty much all year since it was released. The only reason it is at number twenty one and not in my top 20 is a few surprise albums that I never expected to make it that far. A fantastic Folk Metal concept album that hits all the right spots and draws you in and doesn't let you go. this is the best Eluveitie album, without a shadow of a doubt. it makes you wanna go into an epic battle and come out victorious!

9/10

100.) Aviyn- Aviyn

Given the description that was in the promo, I did not expect to like these guys much. Breakdowns, Djent and Post Hardcore style cleans. But I am actually pleasantly surprised by it. Not as much as I could have been but this is actually quite impressive for the genre. It's not something I would go back to all the time, but upon hearing it, I quite enjoy it and is one of the finer albums to come out of this style, also their cover of Deftones Diamond Eye is the best Deftones cover I've heard to date. If you can withstand breakdowns and Djent at all, check it out!

6/10



Ok that's 100 album down, which is about 90-75 more albums then most people I know will check out in a year. and I still have almost 27GBs of music left to go through. I hope you guys have found at least one album to check out and enjoy in this list, if you have, I have done my job so far. if not. I got a lot more to show you.

SomewhereInTime72
11-01-2012, 11:01 PM
This thread is a pretty fantastic effort.

MPF
11-01-2012, 11:20 PM
This thread is a pretty fantastic effort.


Thanks man! :rocker:

Spiner202
11-02-2012, 04:16 AM
95.) Bonded By Blood- The Aftermath[/B]

Int he Aftermath of yet another lineup change, I think BOB has finally found their sound. it's very much a Thrash Metal album, but it's a bit more as well. there are some slower paced songs and Mid-Tempo. its not just about speed and technicality, although that's in here as well. it's a dynamic Thrash album, and again, not my favorite Thrash album, but still very damn good.

[B]7/10

It's nice to find someone else that actually likes this album. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't suck and I listen to it quite often. It's still my least favourite of theirs, but it's still pretty awesome.

adamclark52
11-02-2012, 07:26 AM
61.) 63.) Fear Factory- The Industrialist

As the name suggest, this is the most Industrial sounding Fear Factory album in quite some time. Its a good album. I'm quite bummed that there isn't real drums on this album. But I am glad they have a real drummer live, or else that would have been incredibly lame. Musically, I do like Mechanize a lot more, but The Industrialist. The one turn off on this album more then anything is the instrumental 9 minute final track that goes absolutely nowhere. Much like Strapping Young Lad's Alien where Info Dump was just synths and guitar distortion and feedback. Maybe I'm just missing out on something? But it is a good album sans those aspects, Fear factory fans should love this album!
[B]
5/10

That's just a Fear Factory thing I've come to expect. They did it on Demanufacture and Archetype. I agree, the album was a five.

300%_Density
11-02-2012, 08:49 AM
91.) Prong- Carved Into Stone[/B]

Prong has been one of my favorite bands for quite some time. They are much more then Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck. They are very badass Groove Metal and a very damn technical band at that. Carved into Stone is just a fun, killer album that hits very pinpoint you'd want from Prong, and I'd say one of their most well balanced albums to date. Enjoy this one, it's so very rare for a band to be around as long as Prong and write this damn good of an album!
[B]
9/10


Right on point w/ this. Best they've done since Cleansing easily. Shame, I have a feeling this won't be on too many end of the year lists but it is such a great return album for them.

MPF
11-02-2012, 12:40 PM
It's nice to find someone else that actually likes this album. I was pleasantly surprised that it didn't suck and I listen to it quite often. It's still my least favourite of theirs, but it's still pretty awesome.

Its my favorite of their vocally because the first couple I had a really hard time getting past the vocal style. Musically its my least favorite as well, but still awesome.

That's just a Fear Factory thing I've come to expect. They did it on Demanufacture and Archetype. I agree, the album was a five.

Yeah, that is true. Although my copy of Archetype ends with their cover of Nirvana's School. That is still my favorite FF album, although I'll never get to hear any songs from it live.

Right on point w/ this. Best they've done since Cleansing easily. Shame, I have a feeling this won't be on too many end of the year lists but it is such a great return album for them.

Very much agreed. I think one of the biggest reasons it will not show up much on any Top Lists is because it was released so early. if it had come out in September/October it would be. But then again they wouldn't have been able to do the tours they have this year. it's a catch 22.

Spiner202
11-02-2012, 12:59 PM
Its my favorite of their vocally because the first couple I had a really hard time getting past the vocal style. Musically its my least favorite as well, but still awesome.


Really? I loved the old vocals. They were probably my favourite part of the band.

MPF
11-02-2012, 01:09 PM
Really? I loved the old vocals. They were probably my favourite part of the band.

To be fair it's been a while since I've heard them so it might be different now, but I remember having a hard time liking them at the time.

MPF
11-02-2012, 05:31 PM
And here comes the next 100 album....not all at once of course.

101.) Dethklok- Dethalbum III

The great thing about Dethklok as a real band and not just the animated series, Metalocalypse, is that musically they have only gotten more Melodic and have written better songs with each album. Skyhunter may be the best Dethklok song to date. Mayne will disagree with me on this whole review but it's the best Dethklok album to date. It's not just about being funny and brutal, although the first Track, I Ejaculate Fire, how can you NOT laugh at that? haha. If Queen ever wrote Death Metal, they would be Dethklok. This is a MDM masterpiece in my eyes.

9/10

102.) Asphyx- Deathammer

Martin Van Drunen continues on as the modern day Chuck Schuldiner. Whether it is Asphyx, Hail Of Bullets, or any other project that he does, the spirit of Death is alive and well in him, and Deathhammer. This is absolutely one of the best death Metal albums of the year, but if you already knew about Asphyx, that should have been o surprise. Everything you could want in a Death metal album is one here without any of the stereotypes that makes the genre sometimes boring. Check it out for yourself....AWESOME!

9/10

103.) Breach The Void- The Monochromatic Era

Basicialy carrying on in the way i wish Sybreed would have stayed (although their direction is cool too) This is how the Cyber/Modern Metal sound should sound. It is somewhat a throwback to 2003-2004 when this style was the most popular with bands like Sybreed and Mnemic. The drumming is absolutely outstanding as is the songwriting. The vocals seem a bit young, and I do mean that in a good way, they are only going to improve with age. If you like a little cyber or industrial in your Melodic Death metal, pick this one up, it's pretty damn awesome.

8/10

104.) Monuments- Gnosis

Another band that fits into the Djent sound. This is one band that I think has a lot of creativity in their sound. It does have some high pitched vocals that people don't like, especially with Periphery, but when it comes to this Genre, I rarely if ever have had a problem with it. In Post Hardcore and Pop Rock is annoys me to no end, but it fits here. A very fair Assessment is that Monuments is the British Periphery (which is quite funny as 1/3 of Periphery is now from England.) If you like Djent, Math Metal, Prog Metal, Check it out. I can dig it.

7/10

105.) Minus The Bear- Infinity Overload

A band that did start from the ashes of the Mathcore band Botch, to become one of the biggest Indie bands around. Quite a switch eh? since the album Planet Of Ice, in my humble opinion, these guys have only gotten better and better. They have found their niche and are sticking with it, and they don't need to change from it. While it takes a lot for me to like Indie Rock, there is more to it than that with Minus The Bear. There is Prog and Alternative Rock and very tasteful keyboards in the right spots. I love these guys and I think fans of Alternative Prog should love Minus he Bear as well. it will be right up your alley.

9/10

106.) Dordeduh- Dar de Duh

A very....strange album. It's Folk Metal, with clean vocals for the most part. It's very....actually I'm not really sure what I expected from this album at all. It's not bad by any means, but it's an album that does need to click with you It somewhat reminds me of what would happen with Eluveitie and Opeth made an album together. it sounds like it should be a killer combination, and it is, but it's gotta dig into your brain first for it to be appreciate it. So give it a few spins before passing judgement. it's pretty epic stuff.

7/10

107.) Shinedown- Amaryllis

....So very long gone are the days where Shinedown writes music that I would ever care about. This album proves that point even more. It feels like there is no integrity in this album at all, just a lot of cliche's. the music is performed good there is no denying that but its one of the most empty albums I've hard all year, which really sucks because I was a big Shinedown fan at one point. Oh well, at least there is still Good Radio Hard Rock still around.

3/10

108.) Cloudkicker- Fade

Another album that was in my Top 20 for quite some time. Cloudkicker is one of those types of bands where if they incorporated vocals, they would be the biggest band around....BUT, if that were to happen the music would feel so empty. Cloudkicker, now a full band took on the 90's grunge era as a big inspiration for this album, which was a pretty cool choice as it adds a lot of influences that weren't already in the Cloudkicker sound. While I do think the days of over the top Meshuggah lovin' is gone from Cloudkicker, that is all good with me as they are writing music from their own creation and making it just awesome. It's heavy, it's beautiful, it's Cloudkicker. I want nothing else.

9/10

109.) Moonloop- Deeply From The Earth

If you can't guess where the name of the band comes from....you are not a Prog fan. And yes there is a heavy influence from Porcupine Tree, but even a BIGGER influence from Opeth. In a way this is what I was hoping Storm Corrosion would have sounded like. It's insanely brilliant Progressive Death Metal. I really hope these guys can do a tour around these parts one day, if they get big enough. this would be huge opening for Opeth, or Agalloch and the likes. I heavily recommend this one.

9/10

110.) New Death Sensation- ...New Horizons...

If Animals As Leaders made Post Rock instead of Progressive Metal. A fantastic instrumental release that refuses to get boring. This has been a favorite album of mine this year since the second I finished the first listen, this is insanely good stuff for Prog and Post fans alike. Nothing is overdone hear, everything is purely tasteful and done right. Definitely check it out.

9/10

111.) Borknagar- Urd

Wanna know the secret to making your Progressive Black Metal band not suck? You make ICS Vortex your clean vocalist. This band has been on absolute FIRE since ICS Vortex has joined full time. You need no further proof than hearing hearing Urd. While yes, it is predominately Black Metal with Progressive Metal thrown in for good measure, like Enslaved, the clean vocals make it so much more epic and enjoyable than it already was. This is bound to get your girlfriend who loves Hot Topic very giggity upon first listen. Don't believe me? try it for yourself!

9/10

112.) Screaming Savior- Infinity

Chinese Symphonic Black Metal....it's just as sexy as it sounds. Lots of foreign to American ears instrumentation. Just like how everyone goes gaga (yeah I'm bringing that back, screw Lady Gaga) over CthoniC, this is how people should be for Screaming Savior. If they ever get the means to tour America they will blow people's heads off with their sheer brilliance. If you are an open minded music fan, listen to this on their bandcamp page, you will not regret it!

8/10

113.) Sylencer- A Lethal Dose Of Truth

The Thrash/Heavy Metal debut of the year. Pretty much all the biggest names in Metal have some kind of guest spot on this album, much too long to list without forgetting someone important. For a debut album this is beyond fantastic. There is so much dynamics and musicality amongst the pure heavy metal that is showcased. If they ever make this a full time project, this is the kind of band that should be opening for Metallica and getting the crowd going crazy! Do I even need to say if you are a Heavy metal fan that you need to check this out Immediately? well if I do....CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!

9/10

114.) Barren Earth- The Devil's Resolve

The Finnish Progressive Death Metal Supergroup is back with their second album. This is also sadly an album that I haven't been able to give it's fair share as it was released pretty damn early in the year. It is fantastic from start to finish and exactly what you would want from a supergroup like this. Progressive Doom Folk it's all there in the Opeth-y vibe they have. I simply love it, and you should too!

8/10

115.) If Trees Could Talk- Red Forest

If you need a textbook definition of heavy Post Rock, it's If Trees Could Talk. A very nature inspired Post Rock band that knows how to use dynamics to move you and shake you to the core. While yes every album from these guys does kinda have this same vibe, I think they have done it the best here. Excellent production and songwriting which creates a very surreal atmosphere. Its great stuff that should be heard.

7/10

116.) Holy Knights- Between Daylight and Pain

Epic Power Metal mixed with Thrash, no it's not Iced Earth or Demons and Wizards but it is pretty damn cool. it fits the mood when you want something thrashy in your Power Metal. A Blind Guardian meets Rhapsody vibe that works very well. While there has been better power Metal this year. Its really hard for me to knock this album, because there is no need to. These guys will only get bigger and better!

7/10

117.) West Of Hell- Spiral Empire

Miss the days of Painkiller style Heavy Metal? Well first of all bands inspired by Painkiller have never left and second it's featured very heavily by the band West Of Hell. Like other bands similar like Cage and 3 inches of Blood, Its a very good lethal does of Power Metal and Heavy Metal like Judas Priest laid down the foundation for so many years ago. Get your spiked leather jacket on and your Halford style sunglasses and of course some PBR to drink and party to Spiral Empire, it's an 80s throwback for the ages.

7/10

118.) De Profoundus- The Emptiness Within

A band that leaves me scratching my head in some ways, while I headbang, not a good combination to actually try, haha. Like a band I discovered and loved a few years ago, Wrath and Rapture, It feels somewhat like a hodgepodge of Metal going on in an epic battle metal type vibe. Lots of Progressive Thrash Folk, Black Metal going on but not done in a way you have heard before, or at least not often. Maybe if Mikael Akerfeldt back when he wasn't sick of Death metal joined up with Enslaved for an album? I think that is a very fair assessment. While this is actually much easier to digest than i have lead on, It is pretty damn progressive in the fact that it doesn't give you what you expect. Give it a shot if you can dig any of what I have said above!

8/10

119.) Don't Worry I'm A Doctor- Create. Divide. Consume

About one of the few if only Death metal albums I will ever enjoy. I had the honor of playing with these guys during my last REAL show back in November 2010 and i became a fan of the band ever since. It's not your typical only breakdowns and pig squeals Deathcore, it's much like the new Whitechapel album where it takes the idea of Deathcore and expands on it while still keeping that core element. It's not my favorite genre by any stretch of the imagination, but it is very cool stuff and if you want some Smart, Brutal Deathcore, support the local Minnesota scene and check these guys out!

7/10

120.) Axel Rudi Pell- Circle Of The Oath

80's inspired Heavy Metal with the element of Power Metal in the background. Axel does it again. I really dig this a lot. Its much more laid back and straight forward then your power Metal albums, but much heavier then 80's Glam Rock and Hard Rock. it's a good throwback to the days of your (or however it is spelled in this example). Give it a shot if you haven't heard Axel before because you should. And he is the one Axel that is guaranteed not to let you down with a Chinese Democracy.

7/10

20 more albums down. Will I do another 20 tonight? Maybe.

adamclark52
11-02-2012, 05:47 PM
80.) My Dying Bride- A Map Of All Our Failures[/B]

One of the Masters of Doom Metal are back in My Dying Bride. As they do on every album, they prove they know how to write a dark, beautiful Doom Metal album. While with most Doom Metal there is no real diversity in the sound, it flows together quite nicely and always fits when you need some Dark depressing Metal playing through your speakers. Give it a spin, it feels very underrated already!

8/10

Underrated and under-advertised. I didn't even know it was out coming out until a few weeks after it had been released.

Spiner202
11-02-2012, 06:08 PM
120.) Axel Rudi Pell- Circle Of The Oath[/B]

80's inspired Heavy Metal with the element of Power Metal in the background. Axel does it again. I really dig this a lot. Its much more laid back and straight forward then your power Metal albums, but much heavier then 80's Glam Rock and Hard Rock. it's a good throwback to the days of your (or however it is spelled in this example). Give it a shot if you haven't heard Axel before because you should. And he is the one Axel that is guaranteed not to let you down with a Chinese Democracy.

7/10

How does this compare to some of his other stuff? I listened to a few songs on youtube but wasn't all that impressed, although I'm a huge fan of Nasty Reputation, Eternal Prisoner, The Masquerade Ball, and Kings and Queens (haven't heard any others).

Fates Guardian
11-02-2012, 07:21 PM
98.) Swallow The Sun- Emerald Forest And The Blackbird[/B]

Oh yes, Folk Metal. This is an album i am once again surprised not to see more people drooling over. This may very well be their finest work and it feels as though it fell to the wayside. It has impeccable musicianship and songwriting and damn good production at that. The only downside I can see for some people is the length of the songs, but given that it is Swallow the Sun, what did you expect? Give this very underrated album a chance, it deserves it.

[B]8/10



Enjoying your very thorough list, MPF! Just one question though: Swallow the Sun - folk metal?! Granted, I haven't heard the new album, but everything else I heard of theirs was doom/death. Did they do something different this time around?

MPF
11-02-2012, 07:24 PM
Underrated and under-advertised. I didn't even know it was out coming out until a few weeks after it had been released.

I can imagine. I have no idea why there is so little advertising and publicity for it.

How does this compare to some of his other stuff? I listened to a few songs on youtube but wasn't all that impressed, although I'm a huge fan of Nasty Reputation, Eternal Prisoner, The Masquerade Ball, and Kings and Queens (haven't heard any others).

It's a bit different than those. I'm not sure how to describe it without just hearing it, but the last few albums I have dug the most.

Enjoying your very thorough list, MPF! Just one question though: Swallow the Sun - folk metal?! Granted, I haven't heard the new album, but everything else I heard of theirs was doom/death. Did they do something different this time around?

Thanks man. They added more of a folky Element this time around, more so than before. its a welcomed change.

Fates Guardian
11-02-2012, 07:32 PM
Interesting, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the reply!

El Gordo
11-04-2012, 04:03 AM
105.) Minus The Bear- Infinity Overload

A band that did start from the ashes of the Mathcore band Botch, to become one of the biggest Indie bands around. Quite a switch eh? since the album Planet Of Ice, in my humble opinion, these guys have only gotten better and better. They have found their niche and are sticking with it, and they don't need to change from it. While it takes a lot for me to like Indie Rock, there is more to it than that with Minus The Bear. There is Prog and Alternative Rock and very tasteful keyboards in the right spots. I love these guys and I think fans of Alternative Prog should love Minus he Bear as well. it will be right up your alley.

9/10



I really need to give this a listen. I loved Planet of Ice, but from what I heard of Omni I was disappointed in their direction. That said, I should probably give Omni a few full listens too! From what I remember, Omni seemed a lot more keyboard-heavy and poppy than Planet of Ice. Is that the case, or am I on glue?

W0unds
11-04-2012, 06:15 AM
Really nice job on this list man! I definitely missed a few solid releases this year (Aborted, My Dying Bride, Stone Sour, Cloudkicker to name a few), time for some catching up.

Rocco44
11-04-2012, 08:39 PM
Great job so far. But every album in your top 20 was either a 9.5 or perfect 10? Maybe I just have a different idea on what a perfect/near perfect album is.

MPF
11-04-2012, 11:46 PM
Interesting, I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the reply!


No problem man. If someone takes the time to reply, I have the time to reply back.

Really nice job on this list man! I definitely missed a few solid releases this year (Aborted, My Dying Bride, Stone Sour, Cloudkicker to name a few), time for some catching up.


Thank you good sir! I still have a fuckload of albums to go. but yeah start checking out those albums sooner rather then later, or you'll end up like me, missing out on a lot of music. :lol:

I really need to give this a listen. I loved Planet of Ice, but from what I heard of Omni I was disappointed in their direction. That said, I should probably give Omni a few full listens too! From what I remember, Omni seemed a lot more keyboard-heavy and poppy than Planet of Ice. Is that the case, or am I on glue?

No i can say Omni was like that, but I loved Omni, The new Minus The Bear isn't really keyboard heavy, it's the instrumentation of Planet of Ice with the son quality of Omni. That's a win to me.

Great job so far. But every album in your top 20 was either a 9.5 or perfect 10? Maybe I just have a different idea on what a perfect/near perfect album is.

That is a fair assessment, and you are right to an extend. Except rather then giving it a rating for all time use, when I rate an album a 9.5 or 10, I usually just mean that more towards the best of the year rather then the best ever (although one album in particular is one of my favorites of all time)

But I probably won't rate my top 20, as they are my top 20. Rating them the highest seems redundant.



Also don't expect any more reviews until at least Wednesday, with Napalm Death Mordwolf, and Insomnium interviews (among what could be more tomorrow with Insomnium) and recording the radio show by 4am Tuesday mornig. I have no time to review anything.

Rocco44
11-05-2012, 09:08 AM
No i can say Omni was like that, but I loved Omni, The new Minus The Bear isn't really keyboard heavy, it's the instrumentation of Planet of Ice with the son quality of Omni. That's a win to me.



That is a fair assessment, and you are right to an extend. Except rather then giving it a rating for all time use, when I rate an album a 9.5 or 10, I usually just mean that more towards the best of the year rather then the best ever (although one album in particular is one of my favorites of all time)

But I probably won't rate my top 20, as they are my top 20. Rating them the highest seems redundant
I enjoyed OMNI but it is probably my least favorite of theirs. I agree that the new album is a good blend of their different eras.

Makes sense, thanks for the clarification.

MPF
11-09-2012, 12:48 PM
....and I'm back:

121.) Korpiklaani- Manala

A folk Metal band that only has some Folk Metal to them, or at least it is in the background. This album contains a lot of different elements of Metal all rolled up into a big Finnish Folk Metal extravaganza. This is an example of a band that isn't meant to be taken seriously, just a fun band to be "Metal". It does get a little samey after a while, but while it is same, it is high energy and fun, and we need these kinds of albums in the world. Take a break from being serious and have fun with Koriklaani!

7/10

122.) The Cory Smoot Experiment- When Worlds Collide

This is one of the most unfortuneate albums of the year, not in the music it is badass. But the fact it was made the way it was. This album is basically all the demos and final tracks that Cory Smoot had left for this album before he died on tour with GWAR. That said, don't expect a GWAR type album at all with this one, it is a very Progressive Metal style album, that is indeed left unfinished. IF you were ever a fan of his style you should abasolutely check this out. Don't expect a full sounding album out of this one, but the songs individually are very damn good.

8/10

123.) The 11th Hour- Lacrima Mortis

This is an album that is definitely in my Top 25 and was in my top 20 for the longest time. This is a very depressing Doom/Death Metal project from one of the best drummers around, Ed Warby (Who does everything on this album except the screams). The first album from The 11th Hour is a concept album about a man dying from Lung Cancer, this album, while not a concept, is just as depressing but just as heart felt, depressing and hauntingly beautiful. FOr a new spin of Death and Doom Metal pick this one up and enjoy it, as long as it doesn't make you depressed lyrically. haha

9/10

124.) Gatherer- So Be It

Definitely one of the strangest albums to come out in a while. I'm not even really sure what to classify these guys as. Whenever the music gets heavy they get into clean vocals, when the music gets light, comes the aggressive vocals. Its a heavy, proggy style album, but at the same time it feels Indie and poppy. There is no way I can articulately describe this album, you just gotta check it out for yourself. If you do, at first you will be so confused but in the 2nd or 3rd listen, you will love it.

9/10

125.) Deathspell Omega- Drought

It wouldn't be a new year without a new release from Deathspell Omega (which makes me scared what will happen when they stop making music). Deathspell Omega is such a great definition of Progressive Black Metal. While only at 20 minutes long, it is a great listen that really captures the darkness of Progressive Black Metal they do so very, very well. The EP in general also contains a lot of atmospheric moments as well. PIck it up and love it, it's short but so very sweet.

8/10

126.) Andre Matos- The Turn Of Lights

Progressive Power Metal is back again thanks to the ex Angra frontman (The only other man who could take over for Queensryche besides Todd La Torre). This album is a shining of example of what makes Matos so damn good. the songwriting, the production, the songs themselves. If you love what he has done in the past, there is no reason not to love this. To those who have never heard of Matos before Picture what Queensryche is suppose to sound like, just heavier. This album is absolutely fantastic. get it!

9/10

127.) M-Pire Of Evil- HEll To The Holy

While Kronos wanted to go more punk in Venom, Venom wanted to get back to being a dark evil Blackened Thrash band, and they did it with this album. I think a fair assessment of this album is if Testament's Demonic and The Gathering focused on Black Metal rather than Death Metal, and you get this album. For Thrash fans and old school Venom fans, pick this one up!

7/10

128.) Taproot- The Episodes

When did Taproot get heavy? I am pleasently surprised by this album Its not only heavy, its quite experimental, If I didn't know any better I could have sworn Mike Patton wrote this album (I'm just as shocked as you saying that). Taproot has always been one of those bands that were mainstream accessible that makes you go. I like them, not much but they are better then the other stuff out there. The Episodes feels like a very Dark experimental hard Rock concept album and actually regained my faith in the band. IF there are any Taproot fans who love the song Poem, and that's it, this album is NOT for you. This is actually a under appreciated Hard Rock album that most will not hear.

8/10

129.) Crippled Black Phoenix- (Mankind) The Crafty Ape

Experimental Post Rock. If UneXpect made Post Rock instead of Post Metal. While this album has a ton of great songs on it, it does tend to get a bit long, but if you love the style it is up your alley with all 78 minutes of it. Post fans should be going crazy for this if they aren't already.

8/10

130.) Vertigo Steps- Surface/Light

This is definitely one of the favorite discoveries of the year for me. It's as if Dream Theater, Faith No More, and Kevin Moore made an album made an album together, throw in some female vocals in sections and make it dark, and it all fits together so very well. I am very surprised these guys aren't blowing up yet as this album is phenomenal. For a band that you wouldn't have discovered otherwise, get this album NOW! Prog fans, there is no reason not to love this album start to finish.

9.5/10

And that's it for now, going to see Skyfall tonight and get my mind off music for a few hours.

Spiner202
11-09-2012, 01:12 PM
126.) Andre Matos- The Turn Of Lights[/B]

Progressive Power Metal is back again thanks to the ex Angra frontman (The only other man who could take over for Queensryche besides Todd La Torre). This album is a shining of example of what makes Matos so damn good. the songwriting, the production, the songs themselves. If you love what he has done in the past, there is no reason not to love this. To those who have never heard of Matos before Picture what Queensryche is suppose to sound like, just heavier. This album is absolutely fantastic. get it!

[B]9/10

I have to admit that I have only heard one album that Matos was on (Symfonia + some Avantasia live stuff), but I never saw him as a good fit for Queensryche. In fact, I rarely ever read of anyone that actually likes his vocals. I like them, but I definitely don't think I'd want to hear him singing "Eyes of a Stranger".

MPF
11-09-2012, 01:30 PM
I have to admit that I have only heard one album that Matos was on (Symfonia + some Avantasia live stuff), but I never saw him as a good fit for Queensryche. In fact, I rarely ever read of anyone that actually likes his vocals. I like them, but I definitely don't think I'd want to hear him singing "Eyes of a Stranger".

I'd rather have Todd do it honestly. But I love Andre's vocals and I see it as a good fit. But I much prefer his solo work like what I reviewed above.

MPF
11-12-2012, 12:07 AM
131.) Just Like Vinyl- Black Mass

A very experimental Alternative Rock/Metal album. The Lead singer, guitarist of The Fall Of Troy is fronting this band. Its like if Coheed And Cambria wanted to be Every Time I Die, or if Every Time I Die wanted to be Coheed and Cambria. it's very....different. I recommend it for a fan of any of the three bands mentioned above, for me it's not my bag, but I know someone out there will like one of those 3 bands and will dig this, so give it a good listen.

6/10

132.) Mono- For My Parents

It's very hard to top perfection. Mono tried topping Hymn To The Immortal wind with For My Parents. It doesn't beat it in my opinion but it gets very damn close. This album is full of sheer brilliance. Its a symphonic, soundtrack tour de force. So much emotion is packed into this album its hard not to sit back and let your emotions get the better of you. For a fan of any style of REAL music, this should be held high. Don't forget about this one, it's a keeper!

9/10

133.) Primalfrost- Chapters Of Time

Canadian Folk Metal. You'd think it would just be an ode to Rush and Kraft Dinner right? Nope, it is a very Alestorm meets Primordial EP that I am digging a lot. Its a very heavy album but lots of cleans amongst the Folk Metal, and Black Metal which makes it easier to digest. As you can imagine the songs are about Winter and at time maybe a tad bit cheesy, but again it's Canada, so it's all good. Check it out!

7/10

134.) Luna Amara- Pietre in Alb

Just got this album a few days ago and I am quite impressed. its a lighter progressive Metal album. Lots of Alternative Rock thrown in amongst some Dream theater and Opeth style moments (no screams). I am still digesting the album but it is very damn good. Its the kind of album where you think, this should be on mainstream radio, if mainstream radio didn't absolutely suck. The only thing I would say is that the vocal style at times is a bit jarring, trying to hit low notes he can not hit, but from the sounds of it, these guys will make it far as long as they keep up the great songwriting and above all keep polishing their work.

7/10

135.) Yossi Sassi- Melting Clocks

From the guitarist of Orphaned Land comes a Epic Hebrew Prog Rock album that in a lot of ways reminds me of bands like Camel, Porcupine Tree and some Dream Theater. It reminds me a lot of the Daniel Jakubovic album last year that was number 2 for me last year. Although this time around its a bit more one sided. yes it is a varied Prog Rock album but it does start to feel long after a while, but its an album where enjoyed in pieces is a damn masterpiece. Prog fans, don't miss this one.

8/10

136.) Psycroptic- The Inherited Repression

Ever since last year, its been really damn hard for a Technical Death Metal band to impress me as much as it used to. I am well passed the LOOK HOW MANY NOTES I CAN PLAY PHASE. I have been for years, I like a band who can make a solid yet varied Tech Death Metal album, and that's exactly what this is. There is a lot of unexpected dynamics throughout this and lots of melodies and harmonies that are not heard in this style much anymore. While this is another album I haven't been able to give my full attention, it is by far a killer album and should not be overlooked. it will be underrated this year. that is a given, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check it out.

7/10

137.) Every Time I Die- Ex Lives

I don't know if it is just from the bad experience I had meeting these guys or I just grew out of these guys but Every Time I die just doesn't hit home like Hot Damn! did for me. The one thing this album has going for it is the amount of dynamics and not just chaos, its quite varied, as if These Damn Things had an affect on the band, which is a good thing. Nowhere near a favorite for me but it is better for what it is worth.

6/10

138.) Lethian Dreams- Season Of Raven Words

Atmospheric Doom Metal sung with Female vocals. This was one of the first albums to grab my attention this year and I gotta say it is still impressive after all this time. No screams on this one either. While its not album of the year worthy for me, someone out there will discover this (hopefully thanks to this thread) and will love it and call it the album of the year, and they wouldn't be wrong in saying that. Its a very dark atmospheric all clean female vocal departure from what you normally hear and it deserves some great attention. Give it a shot.

8/10

139.) Ides Of Gemini- Constantinople

A very different take on Sludge Metal. There is a lot of Doom and minimalistic Indie rock on this one. Its a very odd combination to me, it's an odd mix for sure. It is also a female clean vocal driven album which explains a lot of it actually. I dig it a lot although it takes a few spins to it to click. If you want a new approach to Sludge metal without the stereotypes, get it and love it.

7/10

140.) Adaliah- Broken Families

This is the closest thing to Brocore I will ever....EVER like. It is as if Periphery made a Deathcore/Hardcore album. Also kind of similar in style to the early days of The Contortionist, which is why I love it. Amongst the Deathcore style riffs there are moments of pure beauty and perfection thrown in. If Deathcore could be made like this I would have never hated it, but they love their open note chuggs and breakdowns too much to change. This is as close as you will get to a Deathcore album that Prog fans will love. Embrace it!

9/10

MPF
11-13-2012, 12:23 AM
141.) Seven Kingdoms- The Fire Is Mine

Female Fronted Power Metal. On record they are awesome, live....not so much, at least not back in 2010 when I saw them open for Blind Guardian. This album is vast improvement from their first album. While its nothing you wouldn't hear on any standard Power Metal album, it is done right, very catchy and fun to listen to, as Power Metal should be. If you dig Power Metal, check it out.

7/10

142.) Atoma- Skylight

There is Progressive Post Metal like Long Distance Calling, then there is Progressive Post Metal like Atoma. Kinda going in the opposite direction of LDC, Atoma has more of an science/outer space feel throughout. It also helps that Christian ─lvestam on backup vocals and guitar. Another good way to look at this album is if Scary Symmetry or Solution .45 did Post Metal. It's a very damn good album and a fan of anything described here needs to check this out immediate. It didn't make my top 20 but it's top 30 material for me, and could be your new favorite album.

9.5/10

143.) Lamb Of God- Resolution

I haven't really been a fan of Lamb Of God since As The Palaces Burn. Every album since then has had a few songs that are great with a lot of songs I just don't care about.....this album is no different. Yes I feel bad about what has happened to Randy Blythe, there is no denying that, and if they get the opportunity to write another album it could be their best, but this isn't it. Granted there is some killer songs on here, specifically the first couple and last couple songs. Everything else is the standard LOG songs. It's not bad, just not my bag. if you like the previous LOG albums this album is totally for you.

7/10

144.) Astra- The Black Chord

This is a nice, HEAVY, throwback to 70's Prog Rock. Definitely in the vein of Zappa, Rush, Yes, King Crimson, etc; but done in a modern way that modern day Prog fans will also love. I dig this album a lot and it's a great gem in the world of Prog bands trying to be nothing but technical. This you can kick back and enjoy. Real Prog Rock fans take notice of this and pick it up immediately.

9/10

145.) Firewind- Few Against Many

Firewind has been on a Sonata Arctica type downhill slide for a while now. While they aren't nearly as bad as the newest SA, Few Against Many just doesn't live up to their older albums in my eyes. Its a bit too focused on the Rock side instead of The Power Metal that I discovered them with. It's not a bad album by any means and may get you into the band if this is your first time hearing about them, but just disappointing to a long time fan.

5/10

146.) Terrorizer- Hordes Of Zombies

One of the finest examples of Death Metal/Grindcore currently going. It has everything you want in the genre. It's super fast and heavy, its about Zombies, it doesn't get old. it's just a perfect, killer Death Metal/Grindcore album. Short Sweet and and sexy. The Other kind of Triple S.

9/10

147.) Zero Absolu- Automn

This is a very laid back Post Rock/Electronic album that reminds me of the mellow side of Kevin Moore and O.S.I. When it is really mellow all the way through the dynamics do show up just by adding drums or other instruments. Which does add a lot in this style. This is not a Metal or Hard Rock album,so don't go into this one expecting it to be that way. it's a relaxing mellow album that fits the mood when you don't want something rockin' or heavy. I dig it, you might as well.

8/10

148.) Hail Spirit Noir- Pneuma

Here comes more Black Metal, but not in the standard way. In a lot of ways this album reminds me of present day Borknager. And I mean that in the best way possible. its very dynamic and progressive at the same time. the vocals that are normally in Black Metal are either loved or completely hated. In this instance They are very bearable for anyone who may hate Black Metal for that reason alone. The production isn't the best but it's still worth a listen. Try it out.

7/10

149.) As I Lay Dying- Awakened

The one thing I will give AILD is that they've only gotten heavier over the years. Sometimes the vocals completely blow, like the clean vocals on their last album,. but this album particular showcases bot their vocal ability and heavy songwriting skills in what may be their best album (Although An Ocean Between Us is still a favorite of mine) Don't write this one off because it is Christian Metalcore. It's well worth the listen for some great songs.

7/10

150.) Merkaba- A Lament For The Lamb

A very...."What the hell is this?" kind of album. Math Metal and Improv Jazz. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it. If Meshuggah added John Zorn and Mike Patton to the band, it would essentially be this. It's not an album you can wrap your head around on the first, second or third listen, but if you let it sink in, it is stellar, until then it will leave you scratching your head. I love it.

9/10

John The Drummer
11-13-2012, 12:23 PM
I'm not a "Post"-anything fan, TBH, but I was introduced to Atoma earlier this year, and they are sooo rad.

MPF
11-13-2012, 03:47 PM
I'm not a "Post"-anything fan, TBH, but I was introduced to Atoma earlier this year, and they are sooo rad.

Awesome

You should loo more into it, there are a ton of great bands like this in this style that you would dig.

MPF
11-14-2012, 12:11 AM
151.) Flying Colors- Flying Colors

I'm surprised this didn't come up sooner, but hey it's here now. This is the best Mike Portnoy release of 2012. It has everything a Prog fan could want and a stellar lineup at that. 5 Excellent songwriters writing Prog, ah yeah! There is some heavy moments like All Falls Down, there is some very Alt Rock moments like Kayla and The Storm, and some epic Prog like Infinite Fire and Blue Ocean. It has it all and Real Prog fans, how could you not have this already?

9.5/10

152.) PostHumanBigBang- PostHumanBigBang

This is a great example of a band who will only get bigger and better from this point out. Another fantastic debut album from an unknown source, those are usually the best ones. This is a super unknown Progressive Metal Masterpiece that many people will not hear simply because no one knows about it. There are moments of Opeth, Periphery, Dream Theater, Faith No More, Fates Warning (Almost all clean vocals by the way). Give this one a shot, I know this is one I know I will feel responsible for you liking.

9.5/10

153.) God Seed- I begin

Remember when Gaahl quit Metal to be with his male Fashion designer companion? Well apparently he felt the need to be evil again with God Seed, his post Gorgoroth band. Its Black Metal for sure. a bit more Traditional Black Metal but still kinda brutal. I think if nothing else it is worth a novelty listen, I can't take the man seriously but the music is not bad.

6/10

154.) Tenacious D- Rize Of The Fenix

Let's be honest here, nothing beats the self titled debut from these guys. No matter how good they are, that album can't be topped. That said this has some of their best written songs, only some people will truly know about this as Tenacious D isn't as well accepted as they once were. Its a very funny album that again like the album above deserves at least a novelty listen. Many people have already forgotten about it, but it should be heard and enjoyed.

7/10

155.) Dragonforce- The Power Within

The most diverse Dragonforce album to date, if you listen real closely you can actually hear notes being played and possibly even be able to tell what riffs are being played. haha But seriously. This is a damn good album for as much as I make fun of Dragonforce, they are a fun band. About half the album is mid tempo and slower ballads, the rest of the album has them playing faster than ever before. They aren't reinventing the wheel, just reinventing how they use a metronome. haha But again I digress, its a fun killer album chalk full of fun Power Metal, check it out!

8/10

156.) Hurt- The Crux

One of my favorite Radio bands that never got the recognition they deserve. Well they were popular for about 6 weeks then dropped off the face of the mainstream Earth, and there is no reason for that, as they are a fantastic band. In my humble Opinion, if Pain Of Salvation came from America, they would be Hurt. My one complaint about this album is a bit heavy on the pop side instead of the Rock side, but they make up for it in other sections of them being very heavy and rockin'. Hurt is basically what I wish Pain Of Salvation would return to be, heavy, poppy and epic. I don't think Hurt will ever reach top 40 standards again sadly, but they deserve it and this album while not their best, is a great example of why.

8/10

157.) Ancients- Star Showers On The Euphrates

Here comes more Post Rock, although except for the final track, it's shorter more to the point Post Rock. The album increases in length as the album goes on (The final track is 23 minutes long) but it is quite an awesome adventure. Another album I never would have discovered if it wasn't for the radio show. It makes me so happy to hear bands like this kicking ass. Give this a listen, it is very damn good. If you want Godspeed You! Black Emperor, there's a tack for you, If you want God Is An Astronaut, there is a song for you, if you want Explosions In The Sky, again, there is a song for you.. If you ever wondered.....what the hell is Post Rock? This is the album for you. Get this and enjoy it now.

9.5/10

158.) Beyond Terror Beyond Grace- Nadir

This is another album that is really hard to categorize. It's Djenty but its very doomy. If Cloudkicker added Doom Metal and screams, I think that could be a fair assessment. While it does take a bit to make it though the album, it is quite good with some good songs. for a different apporach to Djent, check this out.

7/10

159.) Maserati- Maserati VII

This is an album I was not expecting to come out at all, hell I thought the band was over. in 2009, Drummer Jerry Fuchs fell to his death from a broken elevator. They released Pyramid Of The sun in 2010 with his final recordings, after that, I thought they were done. Low and behold, this year they have a new album, it sounds like nothing happened at all. It is classic Post Rock and Space Rock that they are known for, and they are still at their prime. Support this band and check this album out. It's awesome.

8/10

160.) Hammer Horde- Vinlander

There is Viking Metal like Amon Amarth. There is Viking Metal like Enslaved, and then there is Viking Metal like Hammer Horde. This is still very much heavy and Viking inspired, but there is much more of a pure Heavy Metal influence on this album. As if Iron Maiden started writing like Enslaved. while the production isn't the best, the songs more than make up for it. Its like you are caught int eh middle of a Nordic Viking War against their enemies. get some brew and some wenches and enjoy Hammer Horde!

8/10

Spiner202
11-14-2012, 04:01 AM
154.) Tenacious D- Rize Of The Fenix[/B]

Let's be honest here, nothing beats the self titled debut from these guys. No matter how good they are, that album can't be topped. That said this has some of their best written songs, only some people will truly know about this as Tenacious D isn't as well accepted as they once were. Its a very funny album that again like the album above deserves at least a novelty listen. Many people have already forgotten about it, but it should be heard and enjoyed.

7/10

I would agree with this. It's ok but nothing special. I like the first two albums better.

[b]155.) Dragonforce- The Power Within

The most diverse Dragonforce album to date, if you listen real closely you can actually hear notes being played and possibly even be able to tell what riffs are being played. haha But seriously. This is a damn good album for as much as I make fun of Dragonforce, they are a fun band. About half the album is mid tempo and slower ballads, the rest of the album has them playing faster than ever before. They aren't reinventing the wheel, just reinventing how they use a metronome. haha But again I digress, its a fun killer album chalk full of fun Power Metal, check it out!

8/10

I'm happy people who weren't huge Dragonforce fans before are enjoying it, but I think this record is a masterpiece. After Valley of the Damned it is my favourite of theirs. The band sounds totally energized again and Marc Hudson did a great job replacing ZP.

Rocco44
11-14-2012, 08:54 AM
Good to see you liked Ancients album. I still have to check it out but I'm sure it will be great if the dudes in *shels released it and say that it is good.

Not to be a genre nazi but I definitely wouldn't say Ides of Gemini sound remotely sludge. Probably more black influenced than sludge.

John The Drummer
11-14-2012, 12:01 PM
God Seed released a real album and not a live one!? DAH-FUG!? Man... I am so out of the "New Releases" loop :lol:

MPF
11-14-2012, 12:56 PM
I would agree with this. It's ok but nothing special. I like the first two albums better.


I'm happy people who weren't huge Dragonforce fans before are enjoying it, but I think this record is a masterpiece. After Valley of the Damned it is my favourite of theirs. The band sounds totally energized again and Marc Hudson did a great job replacing ZP.

Agreed.

The best thing Dragonforce could have done is replace ZP and get some new energy into the band and it shows.

Good to see you liked Ancients album. I still have to check it out but I'm sure it will be great if the dudes in *shels released it and say that it is good.

Not to be a genre nazi but I definitely wouldn't say Ides of Gemini sound remotely sludge. Probably more black influenced than sludge.

Yeah when you get the chance to check out the new Ancients, go for it.

I hear lots of Sludge in Ides Of Gemini, but I also hear Black Metal as well. Kinda combined.

God Seed released a real album and not a live one!? DAH-FUG!? Man... I am so out of the "New Releases" loop :lol:


I'm just as surprised as you. haha

MPF
11-16-2012, 10:27 PM
161.) Worm Ouroboros- Come The Thaw

This is the thing when it comes to Post Rock that almost comes off as Funeral Doom Metal. it takes a loooooooooooong time for songs to kick in, if they ever do. This album (and really every album they have) while very good, is the kind of album that you put on when you need some music to fall asleep to at night. It doesn't kick in much at all, but its an oddly soothing experience. There is very little dynamics or variety on this album, but when you need a break from traditional Rock or Metal or Post music. Put this on. It puts you to sleep.....in a good way not because its boring way.

7/10

162.) Huntress- Spell Eater

Female Fronted Power Metal that incorporates a lot of thrash and black metal. Having seen them twice this year, once for Paganfest, the other opening for Dragonforce....They are either a hit or a big miss. the first time it was a big miss, during Dragonforce it was better. Much like Seven Kingdoms mentioned earlier in this thread, great on the album, not so much live. And having heard them live first, it kinda takes things away for me on the album, although it is quite good. Had I heard the album first I may feel differently. But don't avoid this album because of that, check it out, it's a fun listen.

7/10

163.) Master- The New Elite

Ah yes, Master. One of the Masters of Death Metal are back and as strong as ever. This has all you need in old school Death Metal. Hast heavy, thrashy Death Metal. Not the most original music of course but it fits the need for any real Death Metal fan. Old School Metal Fans, get this and enjoy it.

8/10

164.) Whitechapel- Whitechapel

This is one of the albums that caused one of my favorite bad quotes of 2012. "I want my ignorant Deathcore back." Whitechapel has been the one real Deathcore band that I have never hated. IS till think to this day This Is Exile is a fantastic album. This album is also very, very damn good. it's not just breakdowns and squeals. There is actually substance behind this album and where can you hear that in Deathcore otherwise? This is more of a Death METAL album more than anything and I'm totally cool with that. The br00tal kids hate this album from what I can tell, guys like me that care more of music than just breakdowns and squeals will enjoy this album much more. This is some good stuff.

7/10

165.) The Levitation Hex- The Levitation Hex

This is another album that is hard to categorize. It contains some Proggy passages, but it contains a lot of Death Metal and Hardcore style vocals over Thrash Metal. So let's go with that....Progressive Hardcore Death Thrash. haha. Its not an album that is easy to comprehend at first but if you give it a chance it is indeed worth it. it's nowhere near for everyone, but for those that are willing to give it a chance, You'll dig it.

6/10

166.) Cattle Decapitation- Monolith of Inumanity

Oh yes, the Death Metal and Grindcore band for the Ages, Cattle Decapitation. I dare say one of the best albums of the genre for the year. The album is very well produced and mix and the songs are top notched. everything else about them is well......well just look them up if you really wanna know more about them. the name alone should give you an idea. It's not an album for the faint of heart. It's brutal as all hell and the lyrics and even more specifically the song titles will show you that. If you need brutal, this is your album.

8/10

167.) In This Moment- Blood

Oh I have been waiting for this album to pop up.....It sucks so much! This is an example of a band that had so much potential that went out of their way to sell out with tits and singing about being a whore and not just taking away what made them good (a good mix of Thrash and Metalcore with female vocals) they added fucking electronics and autotune to the album. Not just on the single which has it the most, but the whole damn album. The only reason you should hear this album is if your girlfriend wants to bang to this album, even then she should be nice and give you some ear plugs. They turned into Five Finger Death Punch.....with titties.

2/10 (the two is only for 1 for one each boobie, because they are nice)

168.) Muse- The 2nd Law

And what are the odds this one would be next. I caught a lot of crap for this because I could only make it through the first half of the album before I gave up on it. And even after getting all that crap I went back and gave it m\one more full listen. It's like watching the transformers movies. When you watch the original cartoon movie, you think awesome, this is how it should sound. Then someone decides they need to be redesigned and remade 4 times (including the upcoming movie) and with each album you keep getting more and more depressed, the first movie breaks your heart, the second album steps on it, the third movie takes a hot steamy dump on it....you get my point. This is how I feel about Muse withe very album after Absolution. Why mess with success? that's what they did again and it gets progressively worse. The electronics involved this time are even more annoying than before. The lyrics are even more pretentious (and those usually never bother me) and the songs are just....eww no. So give me crap if you really have to about this one. i will disagree. Muse sucks now!

1/10

169.) Testament- Dark Roots Of Earth

BEST DAMN THRASH METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR! I know there are some people are disappointed in this album compared to The Formation Of Damnation. To me, this is the album I wanted. It was in my Top 20 for a good long time and its in my top 25 without question. Chuck Billy and Co. are again at the top of their game. I love it so much. Pure unadulterated Thrash!

9.5/10

170.) Jazzkamikaze- The Return of Jazzkamikaze

Jazz, Alternative Rock, Math Rock and a bit of Post Rock. In sense kinda like The Reign Of Kindo, although done differently. Unlike their last album this one is purely instrumental, which alienated some fans. for me, I love it just the same because it focuses on the music more. And it's great stuff. Jazz fans will love it, Prog fans would love it, Rock fans in general with an open mind can appreciate it. If you are in need for something completely different, please check this out. its so well worth your listen.

9.5/10

Addicted2metal
11-16-2012, 11:55 PM
In This Moment- Blood

Oh I have been waiting for this album to pop up.....It sucks so much! This is an example of a band that had so much potential that went out of their way to sell out with tits and singing about being a whore and not just taking away what made them good (a good mix of Thrash and Metalcore with female vocals) they added fucking electronics and autotune to the album. Not just on the single which has it the most, but the whole damn album. The only reason you should hear this album is if your girlfriend wants to bang to this album, even then she should be nice and give you some ear plugs.

2/10 (the two is only for 1 for one each boobie, because they are nice)
Agreed I hated this album I listened to it only once and deleted it. and their last album was very good.

Also glad to see I am not the only who likes the new whitechapel.

mastodon421
11-17-2012, 03:45 AM
Your thoughts on the new Whitechapel mirror mine exactly I would give it an 8 instead of a 7. That album is by far their best imo. They have progressed so much as a band (especially in the songwriting department) since Somatic Defilement it's almost mind-boggling.

Spiner202
11-17-2012, 05:26 AM
162.) Huntress- Spell Eater[/B]

Female Fronted Power Metal that incorporates a lot of thrash and black metal. Having seen them twice this year, once for Paganfest, the other opening for Dragonforce....They are either a hit or a big miss. the first time it was a big miss, during Dragonforce it was better. Much like Seven Kingdoms mentioned earlier in this thread, great on the album, not so much live. And having heard them live first, it kinda takes things away for me on the album, although it is quite good. Had I heard the album first I may feel differently. But don't avoid this album because of that, check it out, it's a fun listen.

7/10

It's refreshing to hear somebody not bash this. Because of their image (ie: Jill Janus) it seems like a lot of people hate them for the sake of hating them. I don't think they are particularly brillant, but Jill is a good vocalist and the black metal influences are pretty cool. The real problem with the album is that the songwriting isn't that consistent. There are a few killer songs and then quite a few average ones.

169.) Testament- Dark Roots Of Earth[/B]

BEST DAMN THRASH METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR! I know there are some people are disappointed in this album compared to The Formation Of Damnation. To me, this is the album I wanted. It was in my Top 20 for a good long time and its in my top 25 without question. Chuck Billy and Co. are again at the top of their game. I love it so much. Pure unadulterated Thrash!

[B]9.5/10


This is another surprise to me. I actually really enjoyed this one and would give it somewhere between 8.5-9, but this is a pretty big statement. I would say there's at least 1 better thrash album, maybe 2 depending on how much you like thrash. I won't reveal them though, because I'll be doing my list in about a month.

IrritatedTrout
11-17-2012, 08:53 AM
The Testament album rules.

MPF
11-17-2012, 07:59 PM
Agreed I hated this album I listened to it only once and deleted it. and their last album was very good.

Also glad to see I am not the only who likes the new whitechapel.

I don't know what the fuck happened to In This Moment, but its fucking baaaaad! But yeah the new Whitechapel is damn good.

Your thoughts on the new Whitechapel mirror mine exactly I would give it an 8 instead of a 7. That album is by far their best imo. They have progressed so much as a band (especially in the songwriting department) since Somatic Defilement it's almost mind-boggling.

That's what I like in a band is progression in sound. very few bands can be like AC/DC and Slayer where variation does not matter before it gets stale. In Deathcore, you gotta do more than breakdowns and pig squeals. Whitechapel hit it out of the park.

It's refreshing to hear somebody not bash this. Because of their image (ie: Jill Janus) it seems like a lot of people hate them for the sake of hating them. I don't think they are particularly brillant, but Jill is a good vocalist and the black metal influences are pretty cool. The real problem with the album is that the songwriting isn't that consistent. There are a few killer songs and then quite a few average ones.



This is another surprise to me. I actually really enjoyed this one and would give it somewhere between 8.5-9, but this is a pretty big statement. I would say there's at least 1 better thrash album, maybe 2 depending on how much you like thrash. I won't reveal them though, because I'll be doing my list in about a month.

I can only knock Huntress live. She got shitfaced the night before my show for Paganfest and it showed. the Dragonforce show she did much better. It's a good album. And my guess is that Overkill took over this one as best Thrash album?

The Testament album rules.

INDEED!

W0unds
11-18-2012, 06:13 AM
I definitely agree with your opinions on the new Whitechapel and Testament albums. Dark Roots of Earth was fantastic all around. The Whitechapel s/t showed a great level of progression musically over their previous releases and I would probably give it a bit higher rating.

Interested in seeing your opinion on some other releases - Cryptopsy, BTBAM, The Faceless, Devin Townsend, Enslaved, The Contortionist, etc. Unless I have to wait for your top 20 thread for some of these. :)

MPF
11-18-2012, 11:44 AM
I definitely agree with your opinions on the new Whitechapel and Testament albums. Dark Roots of Earth was fantastic all around. The Whitechapel s/t showed a great level of progression musically over their previous releases and I would probably give it a bit higher rating.

Interested in seeing your opinion on some other releases - Cryptopsy, BTBAM, The Faceless, Devin Townsend, Enslaved, The Contortionist, etc. Unless I have to wait for your top 20 thread for some of these. :)

:lol: Yup. But if I get this done soon enough I will just post the Top 20 as well instead of waiting for January 1st.

zgodt
11-19-2012, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the list! I dropped by hoping to find some albums to check out, and now I've pulled about a dozen from this thread to rustle up. Cheers.

Also, I second your thoughts on the Eluveitie album. I found it at my local public library of all places and checked it out on a whim. I was flabbergasted by how good it is.

MPF
11-19-2012, 07:39 PM
Thanks for the list! I dropped by hoping to find some albums to check out, and now I've pulled about a dozen from this thread to rustle up. Cheers.

Also, I second your thoughts on the Eluveitie album. I found it at my local public library of all places and checked it out on a whim. I was flabbergasted by how good it is.

Awesome man thank you. I have a lot more albums to go. I will be adding more later tonight. THe last couple weeks I havent been able to do much due to band interviews and now this this week, thanksgiving, but I will do my best to get to 250 or so album this week *not 250 more, I mean the number 250*.

And yeah the new Eluveitie rules!

MPF
11-20-2012, 09:50 PM
Ready for 30 more albums?

171.) Coheed and Cambria- The Afterman: Ascension

This is part one to a double disc album much done like what Stone Sour and Wintersun are also currently doing, release part 1 now, release part 2 a few months later. It's a good business strategy. Although many fans look at that only as a business ploy. It also helps you appreciate both albums as they are released rather than skipping over what could be some great tracks just because of the length of the thing. With Coheed an Cambria, I only like about an albums worth of material from the band. It's just not my bag to enjoy for more than a couple songs at a time, if that. With this though it is done in a different and perhaps better way. The vocals aren't nearly as Geddy Lee sounding, and the music has dome good dynamics. Even with the short length of this basically EP, It still doesn't do it for me. Although many C&C fans will see this as their best work to date. Which it very well could be.

5/10

172.) I Am I- Event Horizon

This is the new project for the former lead singer of Dragonforce, ZP Theart....and wouldn't you know it, it's not much different at all than Dragonforce. Sure it's not as nerdy and Techy as Dragonforce, but the feeling of the Power Metal is all there. In a way it reminds a lot of listening to early day Sonata Arctica. It's not the most original sound in Power Metal but it is pretty damn good for what it is, fun Power Metal. you can absolutely tell it's ZP doing vocals. Considering this band just got together this year and released an album, it's quite impressive. There is a lot of room to grow though as I am sure they will. Power Metal should love this album, as they should.

7/10

173.) Twelve Foot Ninja- Silent Machine

The Mutant Bastard Offspring of the two headed child that could of been if Mike Patton and Fredrik Thordendal started a band. If you couldn't figure out what I meant by that, Twelve Foot Ninja sounds like Mike Patton took over for Meshuggah. There is a lot of Faith No More influence all over on this bad boy, and its awesome. Yes there is some Djenty Meshuggah style riffs on songs, and most people seem to be turned off by that now a days (funny how no one has a problem when Meshuggah does it but when any other band does it....) but don't let it turn you away if you don't like that, the rest of the album more than makes up for it. It's an insanely fun listen all the way through and it deserves all the attention it gets and more. Alternative Prog Metal, is there anything more erotic?

9/10

174.) Diablo Swing Orchestra- Pandora's Pinata

The way I have described Diablo Swing Orchestra for years is if a band got inspired by Devin Townsend's Bad Devil and wanted to have a hot chick sing for the band. Just as the name suggest, it sounds like a demented Metal Swing Orchestra. Another very fun listen all the way through, although sometimes hard to comprehend. If you don't have enough Metallic Devil's sing music to listen to\, get this and enjoy now!

8/10

175.) Loch Vostok- V: The Doctrine Decoded

Fates Warning meets Emperor. There is no better way to describe it. It s Symphonic Black Metal, meets Melodic Progressive Metal album. It really sounds like Ray Adler is singing on this album with Ihsahn. I just discovered these guys this year and I wish I had years ago. It's fantastic and so is the 4 albums before this. If you like Prog or Black Metal, or even better BOTH; get this and enjoy it now!

9.5/10

176.) Ash Borer- Cold Of Ages

Black Metal with elements of Sludge and Doom Metal at times. With only 4 tracks on this album and the whole thing being almost 62 minutes long. It is a very epic album, unless you are a big Black Metal fan that loves very long songs, this may be a chore for you to listen to all the way through, but if you are a fan, this is a masterpiece. For me, It's kinda in between. It's spectacular, but long and more enjoyable one song a time. If you are up for it, check this out and enjoy!

8/10

177.) Havok- Point Of No Return

Arguably the best new Thrash band going right now. Havok released a very short but awesome 4 track EP this year, Point Of No Return. There is only two original songs on it plus two covers from Sepultura and Slayer. All 20 minutes of this is pure Thrash Heaven. Havok needs more love than they are getting and should be one of the biggest bands going, I hope that will happen soon. This is the perfect starting place to discover the new era of Thrash.

9/10

178.) Becoming The Archetype- I Am

I don't know too much about this band other than the fact they are a Christian Metal band who had one album produced by Mr. Devin Townsend. To me this album while not being bad at all, just isn't my bag anymore. A few years ago I would have been all over this, but today, not so much. It reminds me a lot of an unquirky Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza that likes being serious, Which I know some people love. If you are into that, this album is for you!

6/10

179.) When Icarus Falls- Aegean

Very Isis style Post Metal here. It's very dark, yet dynamic. The name makes you think it will be some majestic Power Metal, that is not the case, well except lyrically. It's a new spin on Mythology and a very cool one at that. Since Isis is gone, we need Post Metal like this, these guys are doing the job quite well filling in that void in our lives. pick this one up!

7/10

180.) The Safety Fire- Grind the Ocean

I first heard of these guys as they were opening for Protest The Hero and Periphery earlier this year. It is very cool Djenty style Progressive Metal, that like the new Periphery focuses more on being Proggy than Djenty. While these guys are still young as a band, they have room to grow with an album like this, and that will shine more as the years goes on. Pick this one up if you are a fan of the Djent Style Prog Metal, you will not be disappointed.

8/10

181.) Sigur Ros- Valtari

I had no idea that Sigur Ros had a new album coming out until i got the promo for this album. It is one of the more dreamy albums to come out this year, which is tradition with Sigur Ros. There is a few moments of Electronica type drums, but those do not last. Like a few albums I have mentioned on this list, this is an album that is great to just kick back and relax to. it puts you into a great meditative state that is perfect to fall asleep to. Don't expect much dynamics in this Post Rock album, its not really their style. Just picture a beautiful, dreamy album to listen to right before or as you are going to sleep. Its the perfect album for that.

8/10

182.) Paradise Lost- Tragic Idol

It's somewhat of a shame this is not in my top 20 of the year, as it is absolutely indeed worthy of it. But a couple other albums beat it this year. This a very heavy and doomy Paradise Lost album. Ever since their self Titled album which was the last kinda Electronic style album, they've only been getting heavier and doomier which is never a bad thing. Its just as catchy as any of their material is, all while not losing it's touch. It really is one of the best albums of the year, but I'll let your ears judge for you.

9.5/10

183.) Overkill- The Electric Age

Many people say that this album is the best Thrash album of the year. As you may have read earlier in this thread, I feel Testament did a much better album this year. But that is in no way saying this isn't one one of the most badass albums out there this year. There a couple songs on this album that do make this album drag to me, and I do feel their previous album Ironbound is the best Thrash album of the 2000s so far. The Electric Age comes very very close, and it does have some of their coolest songs, but it's not the best Thrash album this year in my eyes. Feel free to debate me on the subject....although again that said IT'S AWESOME!

9/10

184.) Earthrise- Eras Lost

Earthrise is a local Twin Cities Post Metal band that is much more than that. There is so much dynamics in the heaviness to this band it's unreal and this album simply kicks ass from beginning to end. in a sense it reminds me of the heavy side of Long Distance Calling, with Harsh, early day Mastodon style vocals. That's a winning combination to me. This album is perfectly produced and polished that it should be heard by anyone into this style. I know a few people reading this should be drooling over this idea. Just wait till you hear this thing!

9/10

185.) Cryptopsy- Cryptopsy

Did somebody say MAJOR COMEBACK? Well it's probably not about Cryptopsy, haha. But seriously I love this album, but nobody know about this thing due to some kind of lack of promotion. Technical Death Metal is back after their much panned The Unspoken King. For Tech Death Metal this is one of the better albums of the year by far. Some say it sounds forced, to me, it sounds completely natural for Tech Metal. that is a rarity in and of itself. But again, unless you are into this thing, it will sound just like a bunch of random noise and scales and blast beats to you. If you can look past it, you should love this baby!

8/10

186.) Van Halen- A Different Kind Of Truth

NOW THIS IS A MAJOR COMEBACK!!!!! BEST HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR, HELL YEAH, CAPSLOCK!!!! This again was in my top 20 albums for MONTHS but slide down in place for other albums. The only down side to this album is the lyrics to the opening track, Tattoo, they are simply bad and cheesy, not in a good way. Every other little thing about this album makes up for that in a huge way. There is some very heavy songs in here, there is some standard Van Halen tracks as well, but overall, it's the best comeback album of the year as well. And there is no reason why you shouldn't love this album as well, unless you hate Classic Rock, then you just suck! haha

9.5/10

187.) Manowar- The Lord Of Steel

This is umm........Power Metal. The cheesy stereotypes that you see in all Power Metal bands today. It's not as bad as I was expecting it to be, a few songs I actually do like. But it's the cheesiest thing that has come out this year. Which can be good or bad depending on the listener. For me, its something I can't take seriously at all as there is much better, non cheesy Power Metal out there. I'd happily take that. This on the other hand....Well it's a Manowar album, what else needs to be said?

5/10

188.) Evans Blue- Graveyard Of Empires

This band suffered one of the worst non-death things that can happen to a band....losing a powerful lead singer. And vocally, like their last album, it really makes the overall band suffer. It sucks saying that as the first Evans Blue albums are perfection in my eyes. Musically the music is just as good as ever, but it doesn't have the same impact as they used to. It sounds like a much heavier Hard Rock style now than previously done. they replace the high soaring vocals that were done with some screams. If this was their first album I'd be all over that, but knowing what they were before, it feels wrong. Again, it's not bad, but it doesn't feel right.

5/10

189.) All That Remains- A War You Cannot Win

To quote the end of one of my favorite Family Guy conversations "...Better?" there are some moments on this album that are great, but it suffers the same fate as the song Two Weeks...uninspired Pop Rock with technical solos. Forever gone are the days of The Fall Of Ideals and This Darkened Heart. They are never coming back. There are 3 songs that contain any kind of older style ATR and the rest is Two Weeks and the last album rehashed. it's basically how I feel about Avenged Sevenfold since the self Titled album. A couple good songs with rehashed filler for the rest. Unless you really love the Hard Rock stylings of ATR, this album isn't for you, for me it's not

4/10

190.) Miss May I- At Heart

I will be completely honest. I didn't think I would like Miss May I squarely based on the band name and song titles alone, But I was proven wrong. They are a very heavy, As I Lay Dying style band that kicks a lot of ass. They definitely aren't posers (my chat with Bassist, clean vocalist Ryan Neff, I had after our official interview proves that to a T) These guys are keeping the good spirits of Metalcore alive when in a world of bad Metalcore like Asking Alexandria and I See Stars are around. Many people won't be able to tell the difference, but I can and these guys should be where Asking Alexandria are, simply on the basis that they do not suck. look past the name and some song titles and give this a shot, you will be pleasantly surprised.

8/10

191.) Apathy- Ghost Light

Very dark Progressive Death Metal. It borders on Doom Metal at times in a Daylight Dies/Opeth kinda way. This is a bit of a short album at 32 minutes long. But it is very damn good. the promo copy I received does sound like a web rip, but the real version is quite stellar. Its an unexpected surprise that grabs you and holds you in for all 32 minutes. Give it a fair shot, it is quite awesome and will keep your attention!

8/10

192.) Cyclamen- Memories, Voices

Another Djent style Progressive band that has some of the finest musicianship in the entire genre. The one downside to these guys is the screaming style, at times. It sometimes fits, other times, not so much, but the cleans are very damn good on this EP. Its a short 22 minute EP that is well worth the listen if given a chance. They are only really known for Djent fans but this could crossover.

7/10

193.) Constants- Pasiflora

I'm usually not into Shoegaze music that doesn't have some kind of Metal attached to it, and I think I figured out why. It gets very, very samey after a while. In small doses, it is great. A full album would make me a Emo Hipster kid. That thinks I'm better than everyone else, all while being severely depressed. I wish there was more dynamics on this album, but then I remembered, Shoegaze is not about dynamics, its about atmosphere, which is why I only like it attached with Metal. If you are into Shoegaze, you'll love this.

5/10

194.) Weapon- Embers And Revelations

This is a killer Black Metal album that really feels like a Blackened Death Metal album. I saw these guys open for Marduk and 1349 earlier this year, and I've been a fan ever since. Its very creative Black Metal that should be given a real chance. It's quite worth it, and the live experience is even better. I recommend this one very high in terms of Black Metal, creativity is rarely a bad thing.

8/10

195.) Bane- The Acasual Fire

No this is not the Hardcore Punk band, this is pure Heavy Black Metal. I went into this album thinking it was the American band Bane, and was blown away with this. Again, this is creative Black Metal that should be getting huge recognition right now. If you need something different I praise this album as being one of the best Black Metal albums of the year and sadly, not many people will hear it, prove me wrong and check it out.

9/10

196.) Down- Down IV Part 1- The Purple EP

Its been way too long since Down III: Over The Under came out. This somewhat fills the void until the next two parts come out. It's Dark, heavy sludgy and pure DOWN. Anselmo and Co. have done it again and it is fantastic. While the EP is a bit one sided (as it should be as all three EPs showcase the three sides of Down) it does not get old. Its Pure Metal and it should be regarded high. I know I do.

9/10

197.) AEGES- The Bridge

Spelled /-EGES, Ages is a bit of a Post Hardcore tip for me. I can't stand most Post Hardcore as it is usually quite whiny, and I can never relate to 15 year old kids crying about their girlfriends. This is actually quite listenable and not whiny. It also contains some pretty poppy Alternative Rock and some Post Rock moments which helps balance out the dynamics. Overall, not something I'd normally like, but this is pretty cool and worth checking out.

7/10

198.) Vanisher- Unbound

A Very Heavy Hard Rock/Metal album. Somewhat like All That Remains, Bullet For My Valentine, Avenged Sevenfold style band. It has all the makings of a radio band that doesn't suck. Considering this is their first album, I can imagine them getting some notoriety in the next couple years or so. While it's a bit too commercial for my usual tastes, listening to this all the way through, its quite good and I dig it a lot. for a more commercial, yet underground bad, check this out.

6/10

199.) Pyramid Theorem- Pyramid Theorem

I'm a bit biased on this album as they are good friends of mine. But this Canadian Progressive Rock/Metal band will be the next Dream Theater, MARK MY WORDS! This album is pure and utter perfection, and I feel even I don't support these guys enough. I have had their first EP for a couple years now and this debut album blows it away. Their final track, The Dream, is a Half hour of pure Prog Heaven. The only reason this is not in my top 20 is because It feels way too biased to put this in my top 20, because it would be right at the top, where it belongs. If you want pure unadulterated Prog, and damn it, I won't be happy until they are the opening band for Dream Theater on their World Tour. They deserve it.

10/10

200.) Tremonti- All I Was

One of the best Hard Rock albums of the year. Besides Creed. Mark Tremonti can do no wrong. He plays guitar and lead vocals on this album, and he excels at both with precision. It's nearly criminal that not many people know about this album, and the fact the majority will not love this album like they do with Creed and Alter Bridge (this generation's best Hard Rock band) This is heavy as Hell, and also commercial enough to sell. This should be win win for both sides. Give it a fair shot, it is very damn badass!

9/10




200 albums down. Hot Damn! And I still have 16GBs of music to go, plus other albums I am getting sent to me. It. I'm pretty sure it is half over by now. and if there is demand for it. I will post my top 20 as well before January 1st, but that's on you guys if you want it.

BloodoftheKings
11-20-2012, 10:16 PM
I'm not quite sure I get your rating system. How can you have albums that are 9.5s and 10s that don't even make your top 20? I would give my favorite album of the year a 9.5/10.

MPF
11-20-2012, 10:24 PM
I'm not quite sure I get your rating system. How can you have albums that are 9.5s and 10s that don't even make your top 20? I would give my favorite album of the year a 9.5/10.

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That is a fair assessment, and you are right to an extend. Except rather then giving it a rating for all time use, when I rate an album a 9.5 or 10, I usually just mean that more towards the best of the year rather then the best ever (although one album in particular is one of my favorites of all time)

But I probably won't rate my top 20, as they are my top 20. Rating them the highest seems redundant.

slapguitarer
11-20-2012, 10:29 PM
Yeah, I see your point but side with Blood. I mean, I don't really know how your scale works, but if the majority of the albums I heard I consider to be like 8's and 9's, then I'd reasses my rating scale. Maybe you see 7/10 as average, when maybe you can see average as like 5/10, in the middle, then go down or up accordingly. I know it seems kind of stupid to argue about the rating, and it's better to focus on the actual mini-review, but there are probably a good chunk of people who read the number first to see if they wanna read the review or not. So when there are tons of 8's 9's it can seem overwhelming.

MPF
11-20-2012, 10:33 PM
Yeah, I see your point but side with Blood. I mean, I don't really know how your scale works, but if the majority of the albums I heard I consider to be like 8's and 9's, then I'd reasses my rating scale. Maybe you see 7/10 as average, when maybe you can see average as like 5/10, in the middle, then go down or up accordingly. I know it seems kind of stupid to argue about the rating, and it's better to focus on the actual mini-review, but there are probably a good chunk of people who read the number first to see if they wanna read the review or not. So when there are tons of 8's 9's it can seem overwhelming.

Duly Noted. and the middle of your post is what I'd hope most people would focus on. I think even without the Rating System it would still have the same effect, but again, that's just me.

Although I must say, of all the places I post this thread at, which is why I have it clean without the fucks and shits, This is the only place I see complain about the rating systems. It's not a bad thing, just a funny thing to focus on. Most people I see posting usually are just asking me how the fuck I have time to review all these albums. :lol:

dcmetal108
11-21-2012, 07:20 AM
Good to see you liked Miss May I and Diablo Swing Orchestra like I did but surprised you didn't care much for the new Coheed.

MPF
11-21-2012, 12:43 PM
Good to see you liked Miss May I and Diablo Swing Orchestra like I did but surprised you didn't care much for the new Coheed.

Really? I could have sworn my disdain for C&C has been known for a while.

dcmetal108
11-21-2012, 04:06 PM
Really? I could have sworn my disdain for C&C has been known for a while.

I thought you just didn't like one of their albums. Their newest album might be the one I like most.

MPF
11-26-2012, 12:26 AM
Thank you guys so much for checking out the thread so far. I promise I will get to reviewing more albums. Tragedy struck my family on Friday when my cousin (who was one of my best friends in high school) passed away from a overdose of Oxycontin. So I am letting everything take its course right now and letting time heal this tragedy. I'm hoping to get more reviews done in time I promise I will.

I'm also thinking of doing this for 2013 in the beginning of the year as I get new albums. Good idea or bad idea?

Onioner
11-26-2012, 12:51 AM
How about just a general MPF's album reviews thread? That way you're not limited to the year, you can just give us batches of reviews of current albums around the general time they release.

MPF
11-28-2012, 03:00 PM
And I'm back....


201.) Adrenaline Mob- Omerta

When I first heard the EP, I was severely disappointed, now I am overall very happy with Adrenaline Mob. I'm not sure what really changed from the EP to the album, but something did and it's a hell of a lot better than I could have imagined. The Mike Portnoy/Russell Allen lead band is yes a very straight Hard Rock band with influences from bands like Disturbed, Black Label Society, etc but I think it was needed. A lot of Hard Rock bands on the radio today suck, plain and simple, this does not, although it is not on the radio. This is a very solid Hard Rock album, there's nothing more you could really ask for.

8/10

202.) Panopticon- Kentucky

Black Metal, Folk Metal, and.....BLUEGRASS? Yes you read that right. This album is a very strange combination for sure. When you think of Black Folk Metal you don't think of North American Bluegrass as well, until now. This album is just plain awesome. It is very damn original and not what you would expect, again something that has needed to happen in the genre for a while now. For a new spin on the genre, pick this up, it is so very damn good!

9/10

203.) Nachtmystium- Silencing Machine

Nachmystium has been the leaders in experimental Black Metal for a long time now. Whether it be their Psychedelic Days, or their Electronic areas. This is not boring Black Metal. This album in particular is all across the board covering the areas of Black Metal that some have never dared to do. Like Panopticon above this review, pick this one up for a new spin on Black Metal.

8/10

204.) Car Bomb- w^w^^w^w

What the Hell is this? IF The Dillinger Escape Plan went more in a Grindcore route rather than their current more mainstream sound, this would be Car Bomb. It's not boring by any stretch of the imagination. Grindcore, Mathcore and some odd breaks of Melodic Metal. It's not for the faint of heart, this is a brutal album.

8/10

205.) Exumer- Fire & Domination

Very cool Thrash Metal. When if first got this promo, I read it wrong and thought it was the new album from Exhumed, then I realized they weren't putting out an album this year. Upon listening I heard very Testament and Exodus inspired Thrash Metal. While not reinventing the wheel, it is very solid all the way though and a good dose of heavy Thrash.

7/10

206.) Devil Sold His Soul- Empire Of Light

Ambient Progressive Post Hardcore. That's my best description of it. I really don't like the screams (like almost all Post Hardcore) but the music is so damn good. If they ever made an instrumental version of this album it would be one of my favorite albums of the year. The clean vocals are very good though, I will give it that. If you can withstand Post Hardcore screams, I HIGHLY recommend this one, the music is too good to ignore.

8/10

207.) Star Monarchy- Volume I

This is a Progressive Metal project featuring guest appearances from Rody of Protest The Hero, Dan formerly for TesseracT, and Speed from Soilwork amongst others. This album runs the gambit for Progressive Metal. I am really surprised NO ONE has talked about this album, because it is a fantastic album. It's a very damn heavy Progressive Metal album (with some Djent in it at times) but don't ignore this one if you like Soilwork, Protest The Hero and TesseracT.

9/10

208.) Pallbearer- Sorrow And Extinction

This is a band that I predict will be taking over the Doom Metal world next year when they get the main support slot for the upcoming Enslaved tour. This is one of the finest Doom Metal albums in quite some time. Unlike a lot of Dom Metal, this doesn't feel like it drags on, it all feels natural and enjoyable, amongst the dark despair. Also the inclusion of Clean vocals makes this one stand out. Pick this one up if you want to hear some damn good Doom Metal.

9/10

209.) What the Blood Revealed- Harbour Of Devils

Post Rock with a lot of Metal thrown in as well. It almost feels like an instrumental A Perfect Circle album in some ways. While most of the album does have this vibe, it all works and flows very well together. While I have heard a lot of Post Rock this year, this one was put in the way side for a long time, now a I regret it because this is fantastic.

8/10

210.) Nile- At the Gates of Sethu

The best Nile album since Annihilation Of The Wicked. It is actually quite diverse, something I've been wanting for a long time. Don't get me wrong, it is still Nile, and it is still Technical Death Metal, but there is a lot more dynamics in the band that haven't been there in a while. I would actually recommend this album for anyone who wants to get into the band, It is a great album to get someone into the band. I am pleasently surprised!

8/10

211.) Vision Of Disorder- The Cursed Remain Cursed

One of my favorite Hardcore bands is back. What I have always loved about Vision OF Disorder is that they have so many dynamics to the band. It's much more than a Hardcore band. Hardcore bands of today could learn a HUGE listen from VOD. They really, really need to. Pick this one up for very dynamic and awesome Hardcore.

8/10

212.) Effloresce- Coma Ghosts

If you made Opeth into a Female Fronted band, they would be Effloresce. It is a very damn good Progressive Death Metal album. I wish Female fronted Metal bands could sound like this rather than ripping off Nightwish every chance they get. This is how it should sound. Heavy Opeth inspired Progressive Death Metal. Just the way I like it.

9/10

213.) Beardfish- The Void

It puzzles me so much how Beardfish are not as big as Dream Theater. They have everything that people could want in a Prog band. Heavy when it calls for it, Frank Zappa style quirks, 99% clean vocals (some of the earlier albums have growls, as does this album, but very sparingly), and the music itself.....DAMN! the Void in particular, is a good heavy groovin' Prog Rock album that will go over a lot of people's heads, and that is just not fair. I love these guys and you should too. pick this up immediately!

9.5/10

214.) Elvenking- Era

Almost all of the Folk Metal is out of this band and it is almost pure Power Metal at this point. This is one of the first bands I got into for Folk Metal and Power Metal, so I will always have a soft spot for them. I will say though that the album sometimes drags, but it is made up for it by the surprisingly amount of killer songs on it. Nothing groundbreaking, just awesome Power Metal. I love it.

8/10

215.) Tyrant Of Death- Re Connect

One of the two albums that came out from this project this year. This album is the equivalent of Meshuggah making an Industrial album. It's another example of a band that's awesome to listen to in small doses. Its a chaotic, yet dynamic album, and don't forget brutal as all hell. Check it out!

6/10

216.) Tyrant Of Death- Cyanide

haha, what are the odds the other Tyrant Of Death album would come up right after? Cyanide is a bit closer to the sound I am more familiar with. Still brutal as all Hell, but a lot more proggy and diverse. a lot of Electronica influence amongst the chaos. Normally I wouldn't be a fan of this combination, but the way it is used here. it's awesome. A great band people don't know about.

7/10

217.) Alice Through The Windshield Glass

Technical Deathcore that is awesome. I should note that I don't like normal "Brocore" kinda Deathcore. Where the riffs are easy enough for me to play, everything is breakdowns and pig squeals, it's boring! Music like this is up my alley because there is actually substance behind it. While yes, like Deathcore itself, I can only take so much of it before I wanna hear something else, it is killer stuff.

7/10

218.) Jodis- Black Curtain

Anyone miss Isis as much as I do....well this won't tide you over for a return. Aaron Turner of Isis made this project to focus on the Ambient and Drone side to Isis, and well, I do love it sometimes, I wish there was more to it. REAL Drone fans will love this album to Death for me. I was hoping for a bit more. I'm hoping Aaron does some other projects besides this to keep me preoccupied over the loss of Isis.

4/10

219.) Kamelot- Silverthorn

Tommy from Seventh Wonder is now in Kamelot (and THANKFULLY still in Seventh Wonder). I never would have imagined he would sound so much like Roy Kahn, which is not a bad thing at all. I've never been a big Kamelot albums because I started with Ghost Opera and was let down after the first 2 songs and the albums after that kept that up that tradition. This album though I can actually enjoy all the way through (something that is a first for me....yes I know about the early Kamelot material, I have it). Tommy is the man for the job to make this band even better than before. Huge kudos!.....AND CHECK OUT SEVENTH WONDER DAMN IT!!!!

7/10

220.) Dying Fetus- Reign Supreme

Like every single Dying Fetus release. it's short, brutal, to the point, and awesome. I would even dare to say the best release of their career. Death Metal and Grindcore formed to make this Blasphemous band and I love it. And it's a great length (37 minutes) that makes me not want to change it half way through. Such killer *no pun intended* stuff!

8/10

MPF
12-04-2012, 05:17 PM
221.) High On Fire- De Vermis Mysteriis

Ah yes, Matt Mike and Co came back this year with a brand new album for all the Stoner Metal fans that want something faster then 90 BPM. For some reason everyone stopped talking about this album pretty much right after it came out. And that is a shame because it is a fantastic album. There is some great dynamics and songwriting that you expect from Matt Pike. Snakes For The Divine is probably my favorite HOF album, but this isn't far behind. Hopefully people will come back to this album and enjoy it because it's worth it. Every song is badass and of prime High On Fire quality.

8/10

222.) Sonata Arctica- Stones Grow Her Name

"I GOT A SHITLOAD OF MONEY!" What else do you need to know about this album? If you can stomach that, well you are a stronger person than I. This is in my top 5 for most disappointing albums of the year, event he last album was good, this is just....awful. Granted a couple songs are listenable and enjoyable, but still not worth hearing the whole album. This is the St. Anger of Sonata Arctica's career.

3/10

223.) Krallice- Years Point Matters

One of the best Black metal albums to ever be released. Krallice is an experimental Black Metal band that actually knows how to capture a person's interest. It's a long album, there is no denying that. also given that the song titles are ridiculous IIIIIIII is the shortest title and expands on that. Despite that, again like most things a band should be able to do, the music makes up for any shortcomings that make you skeptical. This is a pure Masterpiece of Experimental Black Metal.

9.5/10

224.) Bison B.C.- Lovelessness

One of the best bands no one ever talks about. Bison B.C. is carrying on in the tradition that Mastodon would have carried on with if they didn't go full on Prog (I'm not saying that in a bad way I love Mastodon). It's a very heavy and thought out Metal album with tons of dynamics. It's a sludgey album for sure, which can be a positive or negative thing if you like the style. but overall it's a nice, big Heavy Metal album that should be kicking your ass right now!

9/10

225.) NOFX- Self Titled

The best Punk album I have heard all year. Although in my defense, I don't listen to much Punk anymore, just the classic bands. There is nothing out of the ordinary with this album, it's a NOFX album, nothing you haven't heard before, but that's what makes Punk music Punk. It is fantastic. Basically if you know who they are, you know how this sounds.

7/10

226.) From Oceans To Autumn- Oath Of Eternals

Very Heavy, Metal influenced, Instrumental Post Rock. This is a fantastic album that I have yet to see ANYONE talk about. it has the dynamics of Post Rock with lots of Heavy moments that grab you and don't let go. If you dig Post Rock at all, you should fall in love with this album. It is quite fantastic all around.

8/10

227.) Bad Salad- Uncivilized

Honestly, I don't like the name at all and it kept me away from the band for a while. But that said once I gave it a shot, it is a killer Prog Metal album. I guess it is fair to say that Prog Metal bands don't usually have the best names, but it's not fair to judge them on band name alone. It's a big Dream theater influence in this band mixed with Porcupine tree as well.. They aren't Pyramid Theorem, but they are going to be a huge name int eh Prog Metal world if they keep up this quality of music.

8/10

228.) Sabaton- Carolus Rex

Easily, without question, Power Metal album of the year. Sabaton has been one of my favorite Power Metal bands for years and they just keep outdoing themselves every time. Even with losing 4/6ths of the band this year, they wrote a fantastic album that lives up to the Sabaton name. War Metal at it's finest, well besides Bolt Thrower, but that's Death Metal. If you like your Power Metal epic heavy and full of fun, get this album now.

9/10

229.) Rush- Clockwork Angels

I don't even think I have mentioned this album to anyone this year. Anywhere I go on the internet, my Facebook, etc. I just haven't talked about it. I have no clue why either. Clockwork Angels is easily the best Rush album since Signals, that's right, i said it! This masterpiece of a concept album took 30 years after signals to make (and several albums in between) but besides Snakes and Arrows (which I actually like a lot) nothing else since that time has Rush done anything that actually captured my interest and made me as big of a fan of the band. Rush, you have written your finest work in decades. I hope you can keep up this momentum for as long as you can. Prog Rock at its purest and finest form

9.5/10

230.) Goatwhore- Blood For The Master

Blackened Death Metal, you can't top this! Goatwhore is the finest band in Blackened Death Metal, and every album just gets better and better. This was in my Top 20 of the year for several months and it is still worthy of it to this day, although it's not in it. Like the name suggests, it is blasphemous Metal, and it's so damn good. If you're into this style of music, you will not find anything better to date, pick this up and hail satan!

9.5/10

231.) Sigh- In Somniphobia

One of the strangest albums I've heard in quite sometime that is so oddly catchy. Sigh is known for their Experimental blend of Metal. Avant Garde, Black Metal and Prog Metal all rolled into one. Japan is known for their better electronics, and usually better proficient bands, this is one shining example of how that is very, very true. pick this up for some oddly catchy experimental Progressive Black Metal.

9/10

232.) Suffer Well- Sorrows

A supergroup consisting of members of Anaal Nathrakh, 18Visions, Combichrist, Bleeding Through & Imperative Reaction. The best way to describe it is Blackened Metalcore. Kinda like what Bleeding Through has become. this is insane music that is awesomely good. A bit much to take if you are not familiar with any of the bands mentioned but worth checking out if it sounds like it can get your attention at all. So very damn impressive.

9/10

233.) Cannibal Corpse- Torture

This was and in a lot of ways still is, My Death Metal album of the year. Many older fans, and hipster young kids will disagree with me. but Kill is Cannibal Corpse's finest work. And I feel this album captures a lot of what was on that album in sheer brutality. There is no reinventing the wheel for Cannibal Corpse they have two speeds, killer fast, or brutally slow. Both equal out to some amazing Torture (pun intended). If you don't like this album, you are not a real Death Metal fan.

9.5/10

234.) Sybreed- God Is An Automation

Nothing from Sybreed will ever impress me as much as their debut album. It was the right mixture of Modern Metal at the time and it can't be touched. This gets kinda close, but it's still not the same to me. It's technically proficient and good songwriting, but it's just not for me. If you like the Modern Metal of the early to mid 2000's (Mnemic for example) then this is totally for you. It is a good album, there is no denying that, and many will argue this is their finest work to date. It might just take more listens for me to totally enjoy it as much as their first album. But it is worth the listen.

6/10

235.) Mombu- Zombi

What The bloody Hell is this? It's Improv Djenty Jazz Metal. You read that right. This was all improv like the great Jazz albums of yesteryear used to be. But it's as heavy as any Meshuggah album. for a lack of a better term, it's a complete and utter mindfuck For fans of John Zorn, Mike Patton and Meshuggah, this is for you. But to comprehend it, it will take a few weeks.

8/10

236.) The Mars Volta- Noctourniquet

This is most likely the best Mars Volta album in a decade. The dynamics on this album are awesome and something that has been missing over the last few albums. Either they have been pure chaos or over the top mellow. This is a mix of both, and that's what the fans really want. Dynamics are huge, even though most people don't think about that when it comes to music. TMV got it right this time around. While I'm not as big of a fan as I used to be. I can totally appreciate this album and enjoy it. It's great stuff.

8/10

237.) Troglodyte- Don't Go In the Woods

One of the best things to ever come out of Kansas. It's pure unadulterated Death Metal that utters barbaric lyrical content (usually about Sasquatch) The fact these guys aren't doing support slots for Death Metal tours across the country yet is heart breaking to me. They deserve to be one of the biggest names in the new era of Death Metal. And maybe in 2013 theyw ill.

9/10

238.) Halestorm- the Strange Case Of...

Halestorm....actually as I am writing this up they are on stage at First Avenue in Minneapolis. I stayed home. I like the first album a lot. The Covers EP is fantastic as well, the new album...the music is fantastic, but I am sick of Lzzy Hale. She has great pipes and of course hot as all Hell. But her lyrics are god awful. "Look at me, I'm hot, I wanna singing about sex so you buy our albums." If they are not about cheating on a girl who will give you better sex, it's about missing being in an abusive relationship. It's annoying, and it takes a lot for me to say that an album is ruined because of the lyrical content. That's the one advantage to Female Fronted Symphonic Metal, all they need to do is be hot to sell albums, not have to write about sex in every song. I'm not giving up on Halestorm, their next album will be make or break for me, but right now. I don't need to hear about sex to buy an album, that's no better than Nickelback.

3/10

239.) Knives Out!- Black Mass Hysteria

When anyone that was a part of Dog Fashion Disco makes an album i have no choice but to check it out. Knives out features members of Dog Fashion Disco and Nothingface and it is basically the heavier side of Dog Fashion Disco. Its Poppy but very Metal. While I don't even think this album would be in my top 100 albums of the year, it's still good. just a bit one sided. It's very much worth the listen if you think you'd dig this.

6/10

240.) Rumpelstiltskin Grinder- Ghostmaker

These guys have drastically changed their sound from their debut album. They started off as a Thrash band with some Melodic Death Metal thrown in. They now sound a lot like a Blackened Death Metal band with an occasional Thrash riff in a song or two. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just very strange to me that a band can change that much. I haven't been able to give this album a lot of listens, but I absolutely love what I have heard. In a lot of ways it's as if testament stuck with the Demonic sound and added some Black Metal to it like Eric Peterson's side project Dragonlord has.

7/10

mankvill
12-04-2012, 05:43 PM
237.) Troglodyte- Don't Go In the Woods[/B]

One of the best things to ever come out of Kansas. It's pure unadulterated Death Metal that utters barbaric lyrical content (usually about Sasquatch) The fact these guys aren't doing support slots for Death Metal tours across the country yet is heart breaking to me. They deserve to be one of the biggest names in the new era of Death Metal. And maybe in 2013 theyw ill.
[B]
9/10

YEAH NIGGA!

MPF
12-04-2012, 05:45 PM
YEAH NIGGA!

You know them, and they wrote a song about Minnesota, tell them to get their asses up here!

MPF
12-05-2012, 05:46 PM
So after 70 more albums, I've only had 2 people comment about the lists. Should I just take it that since everyone else is doing their own lists that people lost interest in mine?

I still have 11Gbs of music left and I do wanna share them, but only if people actually wanna see the rest. Otherwise I can do my top 20 and be done with it.

SerpentineVIVIVI
12-05-2012, 05:52 PM
Comments mean nothing, if that were the case I'd have given up on mine since I started. You shouldn't do this to get comments, you should do it to get people to view it and take something out of it. Look at your views, they're super high. That's a good thing. I'm sure you do have that mentality, but don't just stop because of the lack of comments. I for one have looked at all of your posts when I have the chance, because even if I only enjoy 1% of everything posted, that's 1% that I would have never found otherwise. And frankly, the few that I've found have been very high quality (for the most part). You have some real diamonds in the rough in here.

mastodon421
12-05-2012, 05:52 PM
Kill is also my favorite Cannibal Corpse record, but Torture wasn't anything too special. Scourge of Iron and Demented Aggression are great, but the rest of the album is just pretty good.

MPF
12-05-2012, 05:57 PM
Comments mean nothing, if that were the case I'd have given up on mine since I started. You shouldn't do this to get comments, you should do it to get people to view it and take something out of it. Look at your views, they're super high. That's a good thing. I'm sure you do have that mentality, but don't just stop because of the lack of comments. I for one have looked at all of your posts when I have the chance, because even if I only enjoy 1% of everything posted, that's 1% that I would have never found otherwise. And frankly, the few that I've found have been very high quality (for the most part). You have some real diamonds in the rough in here.

:rocker::rocker::rocker:

That's exactly why I keep doing this thread every year. Although it does get discouraging when people are actively on this thread and then stop. I actually didn't even look at the views until you mentioned it. DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN!

I'm not doing it for the comments, well I kinda am, but I am doing it for exactly what you said, to share good music people may not know about, even if it is 1% for some people. And it the whole basis behind my radio show. I'm glad to see you dig it as well.

Kill is also my favorite Cannibal Corpse record, but Torture wasn't anything too special. Scourge of Iron and Demented Aggression are great, but the rest of the album is just pretty good.

I like it more than Evisceration Plague, and I thought that was a great album. Torture just does it for me.

smearCampaign
12-05-2012, 06:04 PM
So after 70 more albums, I've only had 2 people comment about the lists. Should I just take it that since everyone else is doing their own lists that people lost interest in mine?

I still have 11Gbs of music left and I do wanna share them, but only if people actually wanna see the rest. Otherwise I can do my top 20 and be done with it.

I've been reading every post. Sorry that you haven't stirred much discussion, but you've led me to some cool stuff I hadn't heard or confirmed suspicions about shitty albums. Thank you for that. Keep it up, it's bean a valiant effort to cover all that music.

SerpentineVIVIVI
12-05-2012, 06:06 PM
Sure thing. I mean I've only taken 5 out of the 200+ that you've posted, so you're at 2.5%-ish. That's not bad, I'm pretty uptight with my music so that's definitely a good thing. I'm looking forward to see if there's any other tricks up your sleeve, so to speak.

MPF
12-05-2012, 06:14 PM
Thanks guys.

I just counted. I have give or take 150 albums left, including my top 20. I may take some out that I haven't heard too much or can't really comment on for lack of hearing them. But I hope to get this done relatively soon so i can start focusing on 2013, which i very well may keep going throughout all year so it's not a burden this time next year.

Spiner202
12-05-2012, 06:16 PM
228.) Sabaton- Carolus Rex[/B]

Easily, without question, Power Metal album of the year. Sabaton has been one of my favorite Power Metal bands for years and they just keep outdoing themselves every time. Even with losing 4/6ths of the band this year, they wrote a fantastic album that lives up to the Sabaton name. War Metal at it's finest, well besides Bolt Thrower, but that's Death Metal. If you like your Power Metal epic heavy and full of fun, get this album now.

9/10


Interesting take on this one. I enjoyed it, but felt it was not as good as Coat of Arms (their best album IMO). There are some good songs, but only one classic (the title track). I initially rated it an 8.5, but would probably give it a bit lower now.

Also, the 4/6ths of the band that left did record that album, but none of them are songwriters for the band, so the songs should sound the same on Sabaton's future records.

233.) Cannibal Corpse- Torture

This was and in a lot of ways still is, My Death Metal album of the year. Many older fans, and hipster young kids will disagree with me. but Kill is Cannibal Corpse's finest work. And I feel this album captures a lot of what was on that album in sheer brutality. There is no reinventing the wheel for Cannibal Corpse they have two speeds, killer fast, or brutally slow. Both equal out to some amazing Torture (pun intended). If you don't like this album, you are not a real Death Metal fan.

9.5/10

Agreed. This one really set the bar high early in the year. This is probably one of the most noticeable death metal records where each song is different. I'll have a lot more to say about this record in my end of year thread as well.

MPF
12-05-2012, 07:38 PM
241.) Municipal Waste- The Fatal Feast

The Best Crossover Thrash album of the year. Municipal Waste has never ever let me down, and this album proves that once again. For those that pay attention to my radio show. For most of my episodes, the song, You're Cut Off is the ending theme, very appropriately so. Nothing revolutionary about this album, it's crossover Thrash, but it's some of the best damn Crossover Thrash you'll hear all year, unless you discover older bands/album.

9.5/10

242.) TesseracT- Perspective

This is an acoustic focused E from the Djent/Prog Metal band featuring some reworkings of songs off the first album a couple new songs as well. For an acoustic EP, it is pretty well balanced, although without saying, one sided. for those that like a softer driven Prog Rock EP, this is it!

7/10

243.) Bleeding Through- The Great Fire

I haven't paid attention to Bleeding Through in a good long time. probably since Love in Slow Motion was a single....when the Hell did they add Black Metal to their style? It actually made them a very interesting band again. without the Black Metal influence, this would be a pretty standard Metalcore/Hardcore album, but with it, it adds a ton of dimensions that I wouldn't have ever guessed could be involved. Its a very damn good album, and I was never expecting to say that. Kudos!

8/10

244.) Save Us From The Archon- How terrible, the Undergrowth's Jaw Tangle

If Protest The Hero made Djenty Prog Metal....well even more so. There is even some Post Rock moments on this album as well.But this has the Protest The Hero proficiency over some Post Rock and Prog Metal. it's a very cool combination. Like Protest, it does get a bit one sided, but its very awesome to listen to in mall doses. I'm hoping by the time of their second album they will be huge, but this is fantastic debut album

8/10

245.) Arjen Anthony Lucassen- Lost To The New Real

Arjen can never do any wrong. every single one of his releases has been a Power Prog Metal epic masterpiece. This is no different. A concept album that rally strikes a nerve to those that hear it. Arjen takes all the styles he is known for and made it into one cohesive album The covers on this album as well are very badass. Of course like everything Arjen does, there is a level of cheese to it, but it is overshadowed by everything else this album has to offer. And look out for new Ayreon coming out in 2013!

9/10

246.) Shining- Redefining Darkness

As he title suggests, this is a dark, evil Black Metal album. the first of Shining's discography since the debut not to have a numbered album title attached to it. While I don't think they will ever match the truly sad, depressing Black Metal they did in their early days, this comes pretty damn close. The productrion is top notch (how does that work in Black Metal? haha) the songwriting is killer and everything about it is sheer, evil awesomeness. While many people either forgot, or didn't know about this album, they should check it out asap. It's so very well worth it.

8/10

247.) Primal Fear- Unbreakable

This was the first Power Metal album i heard this year. And it lives up to the Primal fear name. It's a fantastic album I don't hear anyone talk about. It has all the good and bad aspects in Power Metal that you eitehr love or hate. I happen to love it all (Manowar being an exception in some cases) but Primal fear does it right. They hit a home run with this one, pick it up if you haven't already.

7/10

248.) Primate- Draw Back A Stump

a Great album that very few have heard, featuring Bill from Mastodon. This is an awesome album that a mix of Crossover Thrash, Grindcore and Hardcore with some Sludge elements. my only downside to this album is that it ends way too quickly, it's only 20 minutes long, but that gives way for repeated listens. You can definitely hear a lot of Mastodon influence in this album, which is no way a bad thing. This is a killer EP, and if you like any of the genres listed, you should check this out immediately

8/10

249.) Kreator- Phantom Antichrist

One of the best things to ever come out of Germany, and what I wish Megadeth would have came if they stuck to their original style, KREATOR. there is no denying that they do have an AC/DC quality to them, their albums do sound a lot alike. But that works for some bands like AC/DC, Slayer, etc. Kreator pulls that off flawlessly and every album in that regard is equally enjoyable. Phantom Antichrist is a great German Thrash Metal album that any real Thrash fan will dig. Ya Dig?

8/10

250) Trioscapes- Seperate Realities

I am surprised this didn't come up sooner. This trio (haha, get it?) is a side project of BTBAM bassist, Dan Briggs. It is drums, bass and Saxophone. It's 100% Instrumental Jazz Fusion Metal. It's not unlike BTBAM but it is it's own entity. this wasn't a big release or well known but Jazz fans, fusion fans Prog fans and even some Metal fans will absolutely dig this album if given a chance. And it is well worth it. This is how Jazz Metal should sound.

9.5/10

251.) Secrets of the Moon- Seven Bells

Dark, Evil Black Metal. There is actually a lot of Atmosphere around it as well with a lot of dynamics. This is absolutely one of the better Black Metal albums to be released this year. I hope this review will actually draw some attention to this album because it deserves it. It's very well written like latter Day Emperor. Black Metal fans should be drooling over this when they get the first taste of it. You won't wanna let this one go. So get it!

9/10

252.) Horrendous- The Chills

The second best Death metal album of the year. Like Asphyx, this is taking early day Death into the 2000s. You can't hear this and not think that they wouldn't go along great with Death during the Scream Bloody Gore tour. Horrendous is doing us a favor by bringing back Death metal to what it is suppose to be about, Great Riffs, catchy at that. Awesome songwriting and over just brutal. I love this album so much

9.5/10

253.) Microfilm- AF127

This is Instrumental Post Rock with lots of Prog elements, and sound clips where normally vocals would be. They go from Sex Ed class videos to other very obscure references that make the songs every interesting to listen to and enjoy. This is not your every day run of the mill Post Rock, this is a lot quirkier and and much more enjoyable. If you want something different, check this one out.

8/10

254.) Wo Fat- The Black Code

Ah yes Wo Fat. the perfect mixture of Black Sabbath and Mastodon. It's Doom Metal with some Sludgy Prog Rock thrown in. This stuff is totally killer to listen to in small doses, unless you like to get high, then it's perfect all the way through. I got into these guys last year with their debut album, and this is a fantastic step up. they are only getting better and better. And for fans of the genre. This is for you!

8/10

255.) Neal Morse- Momentum

I will defend myself to the day I die. I listen to as much Neal Morse as I do Deicide and Behemoth. I love music. I don't care what they preach both good or evil, if it is good music I will love it. Neal Morse is the king of Christian Prog Rock. there is absolutely no denying it, and this is some of his best work post Spock's Beard. The one downside to this, and every Neal Morse album is the lyrics. before you start, i don't mean the content. I mean that every album has the same story of someone who is lost in life and finds God. that is a great message, but not for every album. Luckily in the case of Momentum, it doesn't matter, the whole album is firing on all cylinders and is fantastic. Amazing Prog Rock.

9/10

256.) Morglbl- Brutal Romance

Fabulous Instrumental Prog Rock written in the style of Freak Kitchen and Frank Zappa. It's quirky, its amazingly well written and overall, just fun to listen to. It does get a tad long without vocals if you can't stand music not having vocals for a long period of time. For us Instrumental fans. it flows together so very well and it is awesome all the way through. Get this!

8/10

257.) Sear Bliss- Eternal Recurrence

Black Metal with a brass section. What are the odds? Well Symphonic black Metal is so very good, why not make a Black metal band with some Trombone for good measure. Sear Bliss proves that this can make the music even better. This is not your average Black Metal filled with Tremolo picking, deah shrieks, and blast beats. Not this is a very Progressive Black Metal album that feels like a dark evil Jazz album. While some could find this gimmicky, I do not. it flows together so well and should be heard by anyone who loves the brass section, regardless if you love Metal or not.

9/10

258.) Self Spiller- Worms In the Keys

This is what Agalloch does in their free time when not in Agalloch or teaching in college. this is some very messed up avant garde music. Electronica meets Death Metal to Post Rock to Circus music to smooth jazz. it's all over the board, and with that said, they seem like the kind of guys who would at least try to promote this album, they should have anyways. as a guy who likes music to be different, this almost borders on being too out there for me, but not quite there. After a few listens it flows together naturally. But those first few listens, it's a mind screw for sure.

7/10

259.) Counter-World Experience- Music For Kings

Instrumental Progressive Metal that sounds like if Liquid tension Experiment got back together, and made darker Prog Metal. its really the best way i can describe it. Again with instrumental music, it may feel long to you with no vocals, but at the same time, for instrumental fans like myself. the music does all the talking, and there is no need for anything else. This is killer Prog Metal.

8/10

260.) Arbor- The Plutonian Shore

Get ready for one long ass genre description.....Atmospheric Folk Progressive Black Metal. I can't make it any shorter than that without leaving something very important to the sound. this is an album I haven't been able to spend too much time on when I first got it, but with each listen I gave it it gets better and better. it's got everything you'd want from all the genres listed, all while being completely catchy and enjoyable. Like another band that will be brought up at some point, Obsidian Kingdom, these guys are making Black Metal worth listening to from any music fan. And doing it right. Please check this out!

9.5/10

BloodoftheKings
12-05-2012, 07:43 PM
241.) Municipal Waste- The Fatal Feast

[B]9.5/10


Really? I think it's their worst album to date. Everything MW has released since The Art of Partying has been very mediocre.

MPF
12-05-2012, 07:54 PM
Really? I think it's their worst album to date. Everything MW has released since The Art of Partying has been very mediocre.

Really Really. The Art of Partying is their best album, but they don't suck. they never will.

mastodon421
12-06-2012, 04:25 AM
Really? I think it's their worst album to date. Everything MW has released since The Art of Partying has been very mediocre.

I'm with you to an extent. I think it's better than mediocre, but it's absolutely their worst album to date.

kalfitegrdan
12-06-2012, 04:27 AM
Yeah, I've read everything in here. I'm just usually on my phone at work, so I don't comment. A few things:

> I half-agree with you on Cannibal Corpse. Kill is their best post-Barnes album followed by Torture.

> Bleeding Through's new one was the worst album I've heard all year.

> I disagree that Kreator have the same sound for every album.

> I completely agree on Sabaton and Horrendous and Goatwhore and quite a few others on here.

> This thread has given like 10 or 15 bands that I NEED to check out. Keep up the awesome work, dude! :fist:

Spiner202
12-06-2012, 06:15 AM
247.) Primal Fear- Unbreakable[/B]

This was the first Power Metal album i heard this year. And it lives up to the Primal fear name. It's a fantastic album I don't hear anyone talk about. It has all the good and bad aspects in Power Metal that you eitehr love or hate. I happen to love it all (Manowar being an exception in some cases) but Primal fear does it right. They hit a home run with this one, pick it up if you haven't already.

7/10


Only 7/10? This album really surprised me with its awesomeness. Also, I think we need to take a moment to acknowledge how great of a song "And There Was Silence" is. That is among the best power metal songs I've ever heard and is a blueprint of how to do power metal properly.

kalfitegrdan
12-06-2012, 06:22 AM
Only 7/10? This album really surprised me with its awesomeness. Also, I think we need to take a moment to acknowledge how great of a song "And There Was Silence" is. That is among the best power metal songs I've ever heard and is a blueprint of how to do power metal properly.

I personally thought the album was a little meh. I much prefer the album that came before it.

W0unds
12-06-2012, 11:04 AM
Great work so far man, keep the list coming. :rocker:

I checked out the releases you suggested from Nachtmystium and Secrets of the Moon - awesome stuff.

I also agree that Torture is very close to Kill in terms of quality, one of my favorites this year for sure.

MPF
12-06-2012, 01:57 PM
I'm with you to an extent. I think it's better than mediocre, but it's absolutely their worst album to date.

Meh, saying there is a worst Municipal Waste album is like saying there is a worst Quentin Tarantino movie. There's no such thing.

Yeah, I've read everything in here. I'm just usually on my phone at work, so I don't comment. A few things:

> I half-agree with you on Cannibal Corpse. Kill is their best post-Barnes album followed by Torture.

> Bleeding Through's new one was the worst album I've heard all year.

> I disagree that Kreator have the same sound for every album.

> I completely agree on Sabaton and Horrendous and Goatwhore and quite a few others on here.

> This thread has given like 10 or 15 bands that I NEED to check out. Keep up the awesome work, dude! :fist:


I just don't like Chris Barnes that much. And I don't mean just because of the whole Cattle Decapitation thing, I've never really liked his vocals.

If Bleeding Through is the worst thing you've heard all year....You are having a good year.

I can't help but hear it in Kreator, it's not as bad as some bands, but in my ears its unavoidable to hear.

glad you dig Sabaton, Horrendous and Goatwhore.

And make sure to check out all the albums that capture your interest.


Only 7/10? This album really surprised me with its awesomeness. Also, I think we need to take a moment to acknowledge how great of a song "And There Was Silence" is. That is among the best power metal songs I've ever heard and is a blueprint of how to do power metal properly.

Basically if it is above a 6, I listen to it a lot. and I listen to Primal Fear a lot. They were the first Power Metal band I ever saw. I just think some other bands put out slightly better albums.

I personally thought the album was a little meh. I much prefer the album that came before it.

Kinda. There are some better songs on this one, but the last album was solid all the way through.

Great work so far man, keep the list coming. :rocker:

I checked out the releases you suggested from Nachtmystium and Secrets of the Moon - awesome stuff.

I also agree that Torture is very close to Kill in terms of quality, one of my favorites this year for sure.


Glad to see you are digging those bands so far. And Torture is fucking awesome.

MPF
12-08-2012, 11:59 AM
261.) Katatonia- Dead End Kings

Another album that was in my top 20 and definitely still deserves to be, but it did get knocked out for one other album. Over the last few albums Katatonia has really added a Tool inspired Dark Progressive Metal sound which unlike Tool, I love. While this isn't my favorite Katatonia album, this has some of their best songs and every song in general is completely solid and perfect in their own ways. It's a phenomenal album that should be appreciated. I see why it's already in so many people's top 20. It took one album to knock it out of mine.

9.5/10

262.) The Sword- Apocryphon

I am in awe of how many people don't like Warp Riders. I think that is their crow2ning achievement. Its one of the most solid Prog Rock albums I have heard in a long time. On Apocryphon, they are continuing on with similar themes to Warp Riders, but going all across the board musically. It is still the Sludgy, Sabbath style that got them notoriety, but they are venturing off to new lands and different styles as well. To me, it is a very damn good album that a lot of people are already forgetting about, I think the late release of the album has something to do with it sadly. But to those who hear it, they should love it. But I gotta say again, they may never top Warp Riders in my eyes.

9/10

263.) Storm Corrosion- Storm Corrosion

Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt together again to make their first full length album together. You'd think this would be the greatest album of the year based on these two working together..........totally not the case. What I get from this album is that it is a lot like a Tim Burton Soundtrack to an atmospheric depressing album without Johnny Depp. In other words.....BORING! there are only two dynamics to this album, laid back, atmospheric acoustic depressing folk vibe.....and a quick 2 minutes drum solo (that's it for drums on the entire album) An EP or just a couple tracks of this style would have been perfect, but since it is a full length album, it goes on for way too long and goes absolutely nowhere. I knew going into this album it would be either a masterpiece or a bomb, and in my eyes, BOOOOOM. My biggest disappointment of the year. I still prefer it over other albums I have heard, but this made me sad in the wrong way.

3/10

264.) Wilton & Akerstache- Storm Corrosion (Of Love And Emotion)

Now THIS is the album I wish Storm Corrosion would have been. It is the cheesiest Prog Rock/80s Electronic album ever made. It is hilarious. The vocals are of Rick Astley style bad (so bad it's awesome) and the music behind it, once you get past the parody aspect, is actually damn good. Its very impressive musicianship (from one guy) and songwriting. And it has the exact same tracklisting as the album, Storm Corrosion. If you are not a Porcupine Tree or Opeth fan, you will not get this album at all or find it funny, but if you are. This is a hidden, FREE gem that you will love. STORM CORROSION OF LOVE AND EMOOOOOOTION, BAY-BAY-UH!!!

8/10

265.) A Life Once Lost- Ecstatic Trance

A Life Once Lost has always been one of the those bands that I never really got into despite the talent I do hear, and on this album it is still the case. It's not bad by any means, just not my bag. A Life Once Lost has always been one of the bands that never really got recognition either for their style of Groove Metalcore, but they are still hard at work and kicking ass everywhere. I do wish i could get into it more, and maybe in time I will, but for fans of Groove Metal and Metalcore, if you haven't heard it yet, check it out, it may be right up your alley.

5/10

266.) Hooded Menace- Effigies of Evil

Dark, evil, Doom Metal in the style of early day Paradise Lost. I know they have some good notoriety over in the UK, I wish that would come over to the states as well. This is a fantastic, well thought out, Doom Metal album. Unlike a lot of Doom Metal albums, there is a lot of tempo changes on this album and it helps make the album that much more fun to listen to. Its deep and heavy and above all else, very underrated. check this out for one of the best damn Doom Metal albums of the year!

9/10

267.) OSI- Fire Make Thunder

OSI lost my interest on their last album, Blood, but because I love Kevin Moore for everything he has done with Dream theater on the 3 albums he was a part of, I will always give his work a chance. This album is like the newest All That Remains album.....Better? Even with the fantastic line up on this album, it does nothing for me. When you got past and present members of Fates Warning, Dream theater and Porcupine tree on an album you expect it to kick ass. And for many people it does. To me, it does nothing. It's better than Blood, but not by much.

5/10

268.) To-Mera- Exile

If Evergrey was a Female Fronted band, they would be To-Mera. These guys are a killer band that I wish more people would check out. Exile is a great starting point. It captures pretty much everything there is to know about the band in one album. Its Dark, heavy and proggy, with fantastic vocals. Check them out if you were at anytime an Evergrey fan, you will not be disappointed (No operatic female vocals, which is another huge plus).

8/10

269.) Pelican- Ataraxia/Taraxis

This short, but sweet EP from the Instrumental Post Metal band showcases the shorter side to Pelican's sound they have developed over the years. It's more to the point and even heavier than before. 4 songs and 5 seconds shy of 18 minutes long. This is a great intro to get into this abnd if you have not already. they are one of the finest Post Metal bands going.

8/10

270.) Black Country Communion- Afterglow

Like all supergroups, BCC is all but over at this point, which sucks. This is probably my favorite of the 3 BCC albums. It is such killer Classic Rock done with a modern edge. Maybe there is a way for this band to keep going strong but it is not looking good at this point. Check this out if you want to hear some of the finest Hard Rock and Classic Rock you'll hear from the 2000s (and of course their first two albums as well).

9/10

I would normally be doing 20 albums. But I'm starting to feel sick as a dog, so I'm going to take a nap and hopefully feel better tonight.

MPF
12-08-2012, 05:59 PM
271.) Whoretopsy- They Did Unspeakable Things

Yes this band sounds a lot like the similar named Cryptopsy, although nowhere near as technical. Lyrically, there is almost no difference as you can tell by the song titles, just more comedic.It's a very solid Death Metal album with Chris Barnes style vocals. that kinda kills it for me, but the music makes up for, which is something Six Feet Under could never do.These guys are young so it will take a while for them to develop their sound more, but this is a great album to start off with.

7/10

272.) Angel Witch- As Above, So Below

Another album I am shocked no one is talking about considering they were one of the founders of the NWOBHM. This is such a great Heavy Metal album. As it should be it sounds just like it came out of the late 70s/early 80s. I hope there are some kids out there who were looking up music stumbled upon this album and will enjoy it because the founders of the NWOBHM don't seem to get noticed anymore which is a damn shame, considering they are writing music of this caliber. put on your studded vest, slam some beer, and enjoy Angel Witch!

8/10

273.) Reflections- The Fantasy Effect

There is no way around it. This is the textbook definition of a Djent Metal band. These guys are from the twin Cities and are about to be picked up to Sumerian Records. the drummer is actually 17, which blows my mind. I could go into a Djent rant, but I will save that for a Facebook post or something. These guys are a great band who are young and developing into their own sound. I love what they are doing and they will only get bigger and better. Maybe you'll dig them too.

7/10

274.) Old Man Gloom- NO

Now this is what I expect from the breakup of Isis. Yes the band has been around for well over a decade, but they are just now starting to get noticed after the breakup of Isis. it also helps it's their first album in 8 years. The album is even more heavy and experimental than Isis, which when you hear it, is a good thing. Aaron Turner seems to have a few new pots cooking band wise and this is the best of them all currently going. As I keep eluding to Isis fans should love this album to death, I know I do.

9/10

275.) Soundgarden- King Animal

They've been away for too long (haha, get it?). This album is definitely killer. the songwriting is topnotch, which is tradition in Canada...I mean Soundgarden. I do have one beef with the album...the track order. Every song is awesome, but it really starts to mellow out about half way through the album and it gets very slow all the action packed songs are in the first half. If they had switched up the order, the album would have been unstoppable, it still is, but its a big factor to me. Regardless, Soundgarden is back and kicking just as much ass as ever. get this now!

9/10

276.) Mnemic- Mnemisis

Although I haven't been much of a fan since the Audio Injected Soul (actually the only album from Mnemic I love all the way through) I will always give them a chance because they helped me get into Modern Industrial, and Proto-Djent Metal. I hate saying this but they sound so very watered down now a days. This album in particular sounds like they knew The Audio Injected Soul was their best album and they tried to remake it. The problem is that they lost several of their key members that make that sound come alive, so it doesn't come off anywhere near as good. I can't say it's disappointing as I wasn't expecting much, but it would have been refreshing to enjoy a Mnemic album again. Oh well.

3/10

277.) Blut Aus Nord- 777- Cosmosophy

Where has this been been all my life. I didn't even know about them until I got the promo for this album and I instantly feel in love. Its experimental Black Metal, but not in the way you would imagine. it's very 80s Electronic sounding at times and the lack of Screams also helps in this regard (although there is some, just not a lot). Almost as if The Cure made a Black Metal album. Its not an album that can be enjoyed all the time but when the mood is right, nothing is better. I love this band, check them out!

9/10

278.) Veil Of Maya- Eclipse

On their previous albums, I could not get into Veil Of Maya. After seeing them live and getting this album. I still have my reserves, but they are getting better. Another band that fits well in the Djent category. It still has some of their Deathcore sound they are known for, which I do not dig much. But this is pretty cool stuff for what it is. Not much of a fan, but they are getting better.

6/10

279.) Cloudscape- New Era

If Nevermore started playing in the style of Dream Theater and Pagan's Mind. I am pleasently surprised by this album. For me its hard to find Progressive Power Metal that I can really, really dig, and so far, Cloudscape.Its quite dynamic. When its heavy it is damn heavy, when its epic, it gets damn epic I highly recommend this for the Progressive Power Metal fans, you aren't going to find anything this good int he genre until the next Pagan's Mind album.

9/10.

280.) A Sound Of Thunder- Out Of The Darkness

There is not much sexier than a female singer who can wail like Bruce Dickinson. In my own sick twisted mind, Halestorm should have went in this direction so they could have had some respect left. At least A Sound Of Thunder does it and does it well. Awesome Heavy Metal and early day Power Metal rolled into one. And again, no operatic vocals like Nightwish, which scores automatic win points for me. by the time of their next album, I hope they can make it onto more tours and get some recognition, they deserve it.

8/10

280 albums down and still 6.81 GBs of music to go, without including my Top 20. And to think, if I had a girlfriend I wouldn't have even heard 28 albums this year. haha

IrritatedTrout
12-08-2012, 06:38 PM
Soundgarden and BCC are both in my top 5 for the year.

MPF
12-10-2012, 12:34 AM
281.) A Hero, A Fake- The Future Again

Progressive Metalcore. I just heard of these guys this year and I gotta say this is pretty fantastic stuff. Its too Metalcore to be Prog, its too Prog to be Metalcore. Its a great combination of both. This album isn't for everyone as both Metalcore fans and Prog fans will see something not to like about this, but being a fan of both, this is right up my alley and it kicks ass. Definitely underrated and worth the listen.

9/10

282.) The Casualties- Resistance

Like NOFX earlier in this thread, The Casualties do their brand of Punk Rock and do it well. Its very hardcore as well, especially in the vocals. It like most Punk Rock is not the most original, but it fits the mood and its fast and fun to listen to, and sometimes that's all you need to have. Punk fans, if you don't have this yet, you are missing out.

8/10

283.) Horn Of The Rhino- Grengus

Stoner Metal, Doom Metal and Soundgarden style Hard Rock. Stoner Grunge Metal? I guess that's a good way to call it. Horn Of The Rhino is a very damn heavy band that pulls no punches, they play what they wanna play, and they do it well. This is a fun record that has a lot of dynamics and tempo changes that are missing this style of music. I think I've seen 3 people talk about this album which is just sad because it is so damn good. Check it out for yourself and enjoy!

8/10

284.) Panzerballet- Tank Goodness

This is one heavily messed up album. It is Progressive Metal for sure, Djenty at times but its as if Frank Zappa discovered Djent and made an album in that style. There is also a messed up cover of the theme from Dirty Dancing on this album, it's so out there, it's awesome. Mattias from Freak Kitchen also guest vocals on a song and plays a badass solo. It's not your typical Prog album, this Zappa inspired Prog Metal.

9/10

285.) Emmanuel And The Fear- The Janus Mirror

One of my favorite non-metal discoveries of the year. Emmanuel And The Fear are back and they made an epic album to say the least. it covers the whole gambit of Music from pop to classical to Orchestral to Folk to Post... its just a fantastic album. While I do like the first album more than anything else, this album is awesome as well and just as good. I highly recommend these guys for when you are in a non-metal mood. You'll be glad you did.

9/10

286.) Marduk- Serpent Sermon

One of the first real Black metal bands I got into besides Emperor and Dimmu Borgir. I will always have a soft spot for Marduk. They have two speeds, mid tempo and fast as hell. They don't need anything else. This album is just as blasphemous as the rest of their discography. its just simply good evil Black Metal. It really fits the mood for when you need a little evil in you.

8/10

287.) Hypomanie- Calm Down, You Weren't Set On Fire

Instrumental Blackgaze. there's no better way i can put it. Black Metal, Shoegaze and Post Rock all done instrumentally. I think this album could be a good gateway for Post Rock fans to get into Black Metal and vice versa. This is done very dynamically and with a lot of great songwriting. Instrumental fans should love this album upon listening to it, or at least I hope they would. Simply put its a great mood album that you may enjoy if this entices you.

8/10

288) Abraham- The Serpent, The Prophet, The Whore

Do you wish the Ocean stayed as a Sludge Metal band? They would be Abraham. This is the closest thing I have heard to anyone sounding like The Ocean. Very Dynamic Sludge Metal that captures your interest no matter what style of music you are into. I am surprised to not see many people talk about these guys as they are fantastic. Maybe within the next year and possible touring they can get the fan base they deserve. One can only hope so, until then check this out and love it.

9/10

289.) Daniel Jakubovic- Surrounded By A Million Goats

Last year's album Elef Kirot, is one of my favorite albums of all time. It is the perfect blend of Pop Rock and Prog Metal. Surrounded By A Million Goats is a lot more subdued of an album. It is quite good but it takes a few listens to really appreciate it. Not to say there isn't some rockin' songs on it, but it's not like Elef Kirot. It seems as though all the heavy from that album went onto the new album from Daniel's other band Against the Wall (which will be coming up eventually). Its like how Aaron Lew is keeping all the heavy music for Staind now and the light stuff is for his solo work. not a bad idea when done right, and like everything Mr. Jakubovic does, he nailed it out of the park. Great job sir, great job!

8/10

290.) Ensiferum- Unsung Heroes

There is Viking Metal like Amon Amarth, there is Viking Metal like Enslaved. And then there is Ensiferum. They are one of the bands that you either see the absolute epicness of their style, or you hate it. Just like Wintersun in many ways. I for one love them and are quite happy they are headlining Paganfest this year. They've earned it. The new album is bloody awesome, literally, lots of blood spilled lyrically on this one. Its the right amount of folky, with lots of Viking Power. If you haven't heard these guys before, start with this album and check out the rest, if you aren't into this, you're missing out on some very badass metal.

9/10

291.) Winterfylleth- The Threnody Of Triumph

One of the best Black Metal, Atmospheric Metal bands you will ever hear in your life. This is the crowning achievement of this style of music and it will be amazingly hard to beat. Like I have eluded to many times, this barely missed my Top 20 list because of late entries. But DAMN this is phenomenal. Rather then just go on and on about how good this is, you should check it out for yourself. If you like Alcest, Deafheaven or other Atmospheric Black Metal bands, this will be your new favorite (unless you like the Post Rock side more).

9.5/10

292.) Ahab- The Giant

As the name of the band and the album title eludes to, this is big epic Doom Metal about the leviathan, Moby Dick. Maybe not entirely lyrically but all you gotta do is look at the names, haha. This is slow and crushing Doom Metal that takes you on an epic voyage. this is definitely only for Doom fans and those who may be intrigued to check out doom Metal, if you hate Doom Metal you'll hate this, if you like it, you'll love this.

8/10

293.) Jute Gyte- Isolation

This is an oddball album for me. It's a black Metal album, without question but it's played like a Hard Rock album. Like if you took a few random hard Rock artists and asked them to put together a Black Metal album. It's quite brilliant. The songs are longer, the longest being 11 minutes, but it feels catchy and very enjoyable. One of those odd albums you wouldn't expect unless you heard it. Take a chance and check this out. I'm glad I did.

8/10

294.) Oedipus- Viscous Little Smile

This again is a very experimental Hard Rock album. Like a few other albums mentioned in this thread, they are taking Hard Rock ideas and taking them to unexplored territory. Punk Rock, Hardcore, Prog Rock, Prog Rock, Pop Rock all formed into one sound that is rarely if ever heard. It takes a couple listens to grasp onto everything going on on this album, but it's worth it if you give it the chance. its a very refreshing album that more bands in hard Rock should be striving for.

9/10

295.) Disrhythmia- Test Of Submission

When they aren't doing Vaura, Dysrhythmia is hard at work making Instrumental Progressive Metal, and they created another damn fine album this time around. I love these guys but I haven't been too much into them just basically due to lack of time (think about it, this is my 295th album of 2012 music I have reviewed, without including the rest, my top 20, and non 2012 music I discovered) but with every album I have heard they write fantastic music that proves you can create great Metal without vocals. At times it gets a little one sided but that is to be expected unless you strive to be as diverse as possible. But an album at a time, they hit it out of the park.

8/10

296.) Undersmile- Narwhal

Like Ahab before them in this thread, Undersmile writes some crushing Sludgy, Doomy Drone Metal. If Sun O))) added a drummer and played somewhat faster, they would be Undersmile. this is a heavy and crushing album that will put your speakers through a workout. I love this to death and is one of the best Doom Metal albums of the year. A bit much to hear all at once, but worth it.

9/10

297.) Daylight Dies- Frail Becoming

The American Opeth are back at it again and damn did they write a masterpiece. A lot more diverse this time around, Frail becoming takes their dark evil Progressive Death Metal and expands upon it like never before. If you miss what Opeth used to be in Progressive Death Metal (I love their Prog Rock style now, but I miss the old stuff as well) there is Daylight Dies to help ease the pain. Dismantling Devotion is still my favorite Daylight Dies album, but is BY FAR my other favorite album from the band. So hauntingly beautiful. Please check these guys out,t hey should be on headlining tours by now, Lets get them there!

9.5/10

298.) Words Of Farewell- Immersion

Pretty damn cool Progressive Melodic Death Metal. I didn't know about these guys till I got the promo but I am very impressed. I guess a good way to describe them after repeated listens is Wintersun meets Insomnium with some Opeth thrown in for good measure. I really hope these guys make it big with this or their next album, because this is so very damn impressive and deserves some touring exposure. If you dig Melodic Death Metal and some Prog, check these guys out, it's very much worth it.

9/10

299.) Legacy Of Disorder- Last Man Standing

I loved these guys when I got this album, I loved them even more when I saw them live, and became some of my favorite people to hang out with when I drank with them during Devildriver's set during their tour with GWAR. Legacy of Disorder, in my humble opinion takes the best parts of Testament and Lamb Of God, and makes it their own brand of New Zealand Thrash Metal. These guys are only going to be getting bigger and better. and should be on some pretty big tours next year. Be sure to check them out, they are awesome!

8/10

300.) Low-Pass- Trimurti

If Hella had Melody and Harmony. this is Math Rock for the Post Rock crowd. It's nowhere near as crazy as Hella but there are still those elements in there, somewhat like Don Caballero used to be. While this is another album I haven't got to sit down with much,e very time I've heard it, I loved it and definitely fit the mood every time. For some accessible Math Rock, check this out.

8/10


DAAAAAAMN! 300 albums. And I am still in for another 4GBs of music, my top 20 and other albums that I may or may not add. It's sad to see this thread almost come to the end. But I am also relived I can sit back and relax eventually sometime soon.

kalfitegrdan
12-10-2012, 05:31 AM
272.) Angel Witch- As Above, So Below[/B]

Another album I am shocked no one is talking about considering they were one of the founders of the NWOBHM. This is such a great Heavy Metal album. As it should be it sounds just like it came out of the late 70s/early 80s. I hope there are some kids out there who were looking up music stumbled upon this album and will enjoy it because the founders of the NWOBHM don't seem to get noticed anymore which is a damn shame, considering they are writing music of this caliber. put on your studded vest, slam some beer, and enjoy Angel Witch!


That's exactly how I found Angel Witch's self-titled album like 5 years ago. :lol:

Reflections. That was that band that opened up the Milwaukee Summer Slaughter, right? I didn't really like them at all, but good for them for going places.

I'm glad that someone else actually really liked Ensiferum's new album. No one else seemed to at all.

MPF
12-10-2012, 08:52 PM
301.) Sylosis- Monolith

It's a sad state in today's world when you ask the average kid about British Metal, they start talking about Bullet For My Valentine. Screw that! I'm hoping with the tour that they just did with Lamb Of God and In Flames that Sylosis will be getting some much needed recognition. I've been a fan of these guys for a few years and they deserve all the attention they can get. This is great Technical Thrash Metal. Lots of melody and harmonies amongst the Thrashin'. You should check this out if you haven't already, its too good to ignore.

8/10

302.) Moonspell- Alpha Noir

Unlike the other album reviewed earlier, this album is a lot more of the traditional Moonspell sound. Melodic Death metal, but also with Alpha Noir, it also has some thrash elements as well, although they are not the main focus of the album. For the average Moonspell fan, this is the Moonspell album to have. Omega White is awesome as well, but it is very different from what they are known for. Check this out and enjoy!

8/10

303.) Dragged Into Sunlight- Widowmaker

This is THE Doom Metal album of the year. Separated into 3 parts, and all one song, Widowmaker (a nearly 40 minute epic) goes through 3 major changes, the instrumental drone, the heavy as hell middle and the epic ending. Dragged Into Sunlight is a Doom metal band that will never let you down, unless you read the lyrics, they will bring you down into depression, but that's what you get with Doom Metal. If you can give a nearly 40 minute Doom album a chance, please check this out. It's one of the best Doom Metal albums you'll ever hear.

9.5/10

304.) Dublin Death patrol- Death Sentence

Ah yes, Chuck Billy of Testament and Steve Zetro of Exodus are back together again for their second album together under the DDP name. This is a different album then you would expect. It's definitely a thrash album, but it's different. It's a lot lighter then both bands. All the songs are rockers for sure, but it almost feels like a mid 80's Thrash album, which is a great throwback to the style. It's a very fun album to listen to. It won't get much praise, but it's worth the listen.

7/10

305.) Demon Hunter- True Defiance

I love Demon Hunter. I couldn't care less if they are a Christian Metal band or not, they write great Metal music. As with every single one of their releases, this has gotten even heavier and overall better songwriting and musicianship. The music doesn't sound preachy to me, no more than any Behemoth album trying to make you go against God. It's about the music to me. And they did it right again. A fantastic album and a band I wish would be a As I Lay Dying status.

8/10

306.) Semargl- Satanic Pop Metal

The description is in the album title. That's exactly what it is. Pop Metal Electronica over Black Metal and Death Metal vocals with the occasional female vocals. Like all pop music since the 80s this is a very one sided, gimmicky album. I don't hate it, I don't love it. but when i hear it, I can withstand it for a while. You find a catchier Pop Metal album....I'm not saying that makes it good, but there is nothing catchier. So yeah, if you dare, check it out

5/10

307.) Dimension Act- Manifestation Of Progress

Dream Theater, Pagan's Mind, Symphony X, and Evergrey all in the same band. This is a Quadruple Dip cream dream for me. This I hope will make it onto some people's lists once they actually get the chance to hear them. These guys are doing everything right in the Prog World, with no cheese or Pretentiousness (unless you feel longer songs are pretentious, then you are just dumb). Please, Please, Please check these guys out this is one of the best albums of the year and by the time of their second album, they better be opening for Dream Theater as main support on their world tour!

9.5/10

308.) Tetrafusion- Horizons

I am still not used to these guys having vocals, haha. It's fantastic Progressive Metal. In a way if Scale The Summit had vocals, this it what it would sound like. Funny enough, Mark Mitchell is now the bassist of Scale The Summit. While a short EP, it is very damn good and should be right up your alley in the Prog Rock/Prog Metal world. No screams or growls, all clean vocals. Its a very appropriate Prog EP to make, and it's awesome.

7/10

309.) Against The Wall- Things Are Not Like They Said

Against The Wall on their previous albums have been more Pop Rock with some Metal influences. On this album it is the English version of Daniel Jakubovic's Elef Kirot. While not the same songs, he is carrying out what he did on that album, the perfect blend of Pop Rock and Prog Metal, but with English vocals. There is absolutely no reason why this should not be on Mainstream FM radio, other than the fact hat Mainstream FM radio sucks. this is such an incredible album that will go past a lot of people, and it's a damn shame. If you can appreciate some of the catchiest Prog Metal, or very damn Proggy Pop rock, check out the new album from Against The wall, then get the rest of their albums and EPs, and Daniel Jakubovic's solo albums.

9.5/10

310.) Lehto & Wright- November

The best damn Folky Progressive Rock band that you do not know about yet, unless you live in the Twin Cities. it's criminal that Progressive Rock fans do not know about these guys. They are phenomenal and they write some very emotional, heart felt, and catchy songs that should be up every Prog fan's alley. November is actually on the lighter side this time around, but just as good as every album they have out. It's an album to have in the background and play while watching the fireplace on a winter's night. Wouldn't you know it, epsecially where I live, that is very appropriate. Only one album beats this for y favorite Non-Metal album of the year and you will read about it in my top 20 thread, till then, enjoy this masterpiece!

9.5/10

311.) Jeff Loomis- Plains Of Oblivion

I've heard this album so much that I forgot that it came out this year, haha. Jeff Loomis decided to add vocals to about half of this album, and honestly, it was a great decision to make. It is chalk filled with guest appearances from the likes of Ihsahn, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine, etc. It carries on the same way that Loomis was going on his first solo album and totally expands on it. It's a guitar virtuoso album without question, very proggy and shredy. If you have ever been a Jeff Loomis fan, this is for you.

8/10

312.) A Forest Of Stars- A Shadow Play for Yesterdays

Atmospheric Black Metal, once again. While musically it is great, I really can't take the vocals, which is odd for me considering who I am. The music does stand out over the vocals, but they are noticeable. And they do focus more on the Black Metal side them the Atmospheric side. If you dig this, you will like this a lot. For me. it's on par.

5/10

313.) The Royal Veil- The Royal Veil

A fantastic Progressive Rock band from the Twin Cities that also incorporates a lot of Alternative Rock as well. While still a very young band, I think if they can get some build up behind the band they will be getting a lot of attention by the time of their next release. The first 3 tracks while still very proggy are pretty laid back in comparison to the 12 minute final track while, like the name suggests, takes you on the Trip, like the Mars Volta covering Dream theater while Soundgarden helps with songwriting. This is a killer EP that I hope because of this will get them noticed. If anything above suggests you might be interested, I advise checking this out asap!

8/10

314.) Chrome Waves- Chrome Waves

Another fantastic example of Post Metal meets Black Metal. his album is nowhere near as moody as a lot of albums in the genre, it rocks really damn hard! of course there are a couple interlude pieces but the real songs are in your face and Metal. Combining the best of both worlds in Post Metal and Black Metal. Fans of either genre should love this album whole hearted. I know I do. Give these guysa chance!

8/10

315.) Fang Island- Major

One of the most poppiest, and let's face it. Indie albums I have heard all year. I wasn't sure what to expect when I heard these guys. But I actually dig them a lot. it sounds like something NPR should be going gaga over. It's catchy, its fun, its a great overall Indie Rock album. It's not normally my bag, but sometimes an album comes my way from a genre I don't pay attention to and it grabs me, this is one of those times. You just might as well.

7/10

316.) Blinded In Bliss- Constancy

A side Project of Mutiny Within, Threat Signal, and Soilwork. THis band is very damn cool. every single day they give away a free CD copy of their album. But I actually bought this album on my own after hearing a couple songs on youtube. While it may not stand out to some people. This is an excellent album filled with Metalcore, Melodic Death Metal and Prog Metal all rolled into this album. If Mutiny Within sounded like Soilwork essentially. That is in no way a bad thing. besides their own promotion, and me playing them on my show, I don't see anything about these guys which is sad. It robably is because this will most likely just be a studio project with no touring behind it, hopefully I am wrong about that. Till new info is updated. pick this one up!

8/10

317.) Wintersun- Time I

Everyone I know of who is a Metal fan has been waiting for Wintersun to release their new album. This year we kinda got blue balled. We got HALF of the new album released as an EP called Time I. Time II will be released in Spring 2013. While there is only 3 real tracks on this album, to me, it was worth the wait. It's even more Majestic than the debut album and I didn't even think that was possible. Some people are criticizing the album for all the symphonics and almost, as a lot of people have it it, Mulan sounding moments. I guess I don't hear it, or if I do, I don't care because it rocks. Wintersun made this genre proud and they will keep on making great music....I hope. I'm looking forward to Time II, but bands gotta stop blue balling us by separating albums into 2 parts. There is nothing wrong with Double Disc albums!

9/10

318.) Christian Alvestram- Self 2.0

People know Christian as the frontman of Scar Symmetry, less know him for Solution .45, and even less know him for his other projects. But who knew he could be a pop star? This EP is the combination of Pop music and Prog Rock that has yet to be tried these days. When I first heard this I didn't know what to expect, when I heard this my jaw dropped to the ground. but then I started to appreciate it for what it is, a fantastically written EP of Pop music. Another artist who should be on the pop charts, but there not enough about drinking and sex in these songs for that to happen. That and these songs are acutally well written, so it will never make the Top 40 charts in the states. But if you wanna hear how pop music should sound, and have it not suck. Alvestram is the man to make it happen.

8/10

319.) Mass Culture- Amoralism

Experimental Sludge Metal. Its an odd combination that works very damn well. the songs are long but it doesn't feel that way. there is a lot of experimentation going on with tempos and dynamics that make the songs fly right by. And this is just an EP at 35 minutes long, but it's worth the journey You won't hear Sludge Metal in the same light again, and trust me, that's a good thing!

8/10

320.) Toundra- III

Yes this is the 3rd album from the band, as you may have guessed by the name. This is Instrumental Post Rock, kinda similar to Long Distance Calling. It has the Progressive Post Metal vibe of LDC but done in their own brand of Post Rock.I will keep promoting Long Distance Calling till the day I die, and any band that has the same kind of vibe is all good in my book. You may dig these guys as well. check them out!

8/10



19 or so albums to go before my Top 20. Anyone excited about it?........Anyone

mastodon421
12-11-2012, 04:18 AM
Sylosis:party: Based on their reception in Boston, I would say they are absolutely becoming more popular after that Lamb of God tour. They deserve it, One of the most underrated bands in metal right now.

MPF
12-12-2012, 11:51 PM
14 albums to go till my Top 20



321.) Ancestors- In Dreams And Time

Labeled in my iTunes when I loaded this, it comes up as Psychedelic Metal. And that is not a far stretch. I hear a lot of Atmospheric and Post Metal moments as well. But if Metal was relevant in the 60s, this would have definitely fit.A short way to think of this is to have Baroness style vocals over 70s Prog Rock, Post Metal, and Sludge. It is so very strange, but so very damn good once you get into it. This is a sleeper hit for me and it deserves all the attention it can get. If you wanna talk about a diverse Metal album, this is it!

9.5/10

322.) Godspeed You! Black Emperor- 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

This is an album that no one in the music world expected to hear, and new GY!BE album. In fact they didn't even mention anything about a new album until just a few days before it was released. the album is composed of two reworked tracks of songs that were played from all the way back in 2003, and 2 new composed drone tracks. Unless you are intro Drone music, those are hard to get through. For me, Drone is something that can only be background noise, i can't sit there and enjoy 3 notes being played over 20 minutes with it going no where. But the other two tracks are definitely strange to hear reworked. as a live bootleg fan, i have heard the live versions of both songs and only knew them that way until these were released, and i gotta say I enjoy these more. Godspeed are the masters of Post rock and Roller coaster style dynamics and this album proves it once again. No one knows for sure if any new real music will be made in the future. But now that they are indeed back together for the long haul, we can only hope! That said, sans the drone tracks, this is phenomenal!

7/10

323.) Neurosis- Honor Found in Decay

Neurosis is a band that you love with all your heart, or you don't understand their appeal. i am the former, I love these guys to death and I was beyond excited to hear that a new Neurosis album was coming out. To me this is the perfect intro into Neurosis if you have never heard of them before. Post Metal and Sludge Metal in all its form. It's slower, no Doom slow, but it is slower paced. But it fits all the right moods when you hear it. it is one hell of a trip as well. Like Post music in general is slow brooding with dynamics at the right spots. You gotta be into that to enjoy this, but if you can it is so very worth it. check out the latest masterpiece from Neurosis.

9/10

324.) Wanzwa- Wanzwa II

This is another great example of a very strange album. This is Instrumental Progressive Jazz Metal. Primus meets Liquid Tension Experiment meets The Mars Volta, but again, all Instrumental. Like the album title suggests, this is the second album, and I have yet to hear the debut, but I love what I hear. If you translated this to traditional Jazz instrumentals, you would have one hell of a Jazz album, but this is translated into metal form, and it is awesome. Unlike what you maybe would expect, none of the songs sound the same, which is quite refreshing. It's quite a trip, so you gotta be ready for it, and Instrumental fans should love this within the first listen. I hope you enjoy it as well.

8/10

325.) Gojira- L'Enfant Sauvage

One thing has become very clear with Gojira over the years. they are getting slower and groovier. And this album is no exception. Not many blast beats to be found here or fast tempos. Of course there are faster songs on the album and blasts, but they are in the backseat and letting the groove take over. To me I think that is a great thing if you can match it up with emotion and dynamics behind it in this style of Metal, and Gojira nails it right on the head every single time. You will get those who complain this album isn't brutal enough, these are also kids who love Asking Alexandria and Oceano, so how seriously can you take their opinions? haha My feelings behind it (if you made it this far into my thread, you must be at least somewhat interested) is that it is a natural progression for the band, they are all masterfully skilled songwriters and musicians and they are writing killer songs. This is a great example of what happens when you know how to make dynamics, sure when you listen to only a song or two, you won't get it. Hear the whole thing, you'll feel the roller coaster and want more!

9/10

326.) Candlemass- Psalms Of the Dead

This is the most depressing album of the year. No not because of the classic Doom Metal and Heavy Metal they make *which is usually depressing but awesome as all hell* but because this is the LAST Candlemass album. They are not breaking up, but they are done making new music. Now that is depressing. But that said they left on the highest note they possibly could have. This album is pure Epic Doom Metal Perfection! This album rocks way too hard to be a traditional Doom Metal album, that's why it's not. I've said it before and I will forever say it, Candlemass is what they would sound like if Iron Maiden made Doom Metal. Prove me wrong if you must. From beginning to end this is a quintessential Candlemass album, and a must have if you want to get into the band. Enjoy these guys, this is the last new music you will hear from them.

9/10

327.) Hour Of Penance- Sedation

the last pure Death Metal album in this thread. Yes I am fully aware of how many great Death Metal albums have come out this year. but 227 albums later, I gotta take a break somewhere. Hour Of Penance is one badass Death Metal band, that are right up there with Fleshgod Apocalypse on the amount of brutality you can make while still having Musicality. It's way too brutal to be Melodic Death metal, but there are enough Melodies and Harmonies on this album amongst the chaos to make this even possibly enjoyable to non-Death Metal fans. That said it is a little one sided, as is tradition in Death metal, but its chaos you gotta love if you are a fan of the genre. Hour Of Penance is only really starting to get noticed this year, and I hope it only gets bigger and bigger from here. They've earned it.

8/10

328.) Anglagard- Viljars Oga

This is a far out Progressive Rock album. It is pure 70's Prog Rock. It's layered in King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Frank Zappa, and Jethro Tull. Unless you love Prog to death or appreciate this kind of musicianship, this is an album you feel find pretentious and boring. If you are a real Prog fan and can musicianship, This is some of the most mind-blowing music to come out of the genre in so very, very long. Nearly an hour long and only 4 tracks. It's a Prog fans wet dream. Its over the top, but perfection!

9.5/10

329.) In Mourning- The Weight Of Oceans

If Alice In Chains made very Melodic Progressive Death Metal. That IS what this is. Just listen to Celestial Tear and try to tell me otherwise, and that's only one example. this is an emotionally crushing album, while it does have futuristic, outer space theme to it, just listen to the vocals. Layne Staley easily could have written the vocals. Its brilliantly written and it is so very hard to find this much beauty behind progressive Death Metal. Opeth proved it can be done, but from this side, Insomnium is the closest thing, and I don't consider them Prog. Please give this a listen, You'll feel in your heart how amazing this is.

9.5/10

330.) Agalloch- Faustian Echoes

This 21 minute EP/Song has two sections to it. The Black Metal style they have made their own, and the dark, Evil Post Rock vibe as well. It starts with the Black Metal that is so heavily heard in Marrow of The Spirit, then guides you back to where they started off in their career. It's almost as if they made a retrospective of their career in one song, all while staying fresh. It's an epic piece that will take you all over and not let go until it's over. This would have been in my top 20, but as you may remember from the past, I am very anal when it comes to this list every year. I have a Top 20 ALBUMS of the year, not EPs, Compilations, Live, etc. That said this is one of my favorite songs of the year. If you are indeed a fan of Blackened Folk Post Metal, Agalloch has to be one of your favorite bands. They blew me away when Marrow Of The Spirit came out and have been hooked ever since. Until they stop making music, they will do this to me with every release. GET THIS!

9.5/10

331.) Chimp Spanner- All Roads Lead Here.

Another short EP (just under 25 minutes) This feels like one giant song as well, in fact 3 of the songs are tied together as one. This is without question Instrumental Djent Metal. I need to stress this again. I hate using the term Djent, it sucks. But it is so widely known, and I know I alone can't get rid of the word since it has been out there so long, so you gotta learn to adapt. I digress. Chimp Spanner is way more Prog then Djent bands are, even with the chugs int eh sound. the songs are incredible, although a little one sided at times. And I'd love to see this band one day. It's incredible stuff. You just might dig it too.

8/10

332.) In The Silence- A Fair Dream Gone Mad

I discovered these guys out of nowhere this year and I love it so much. If Katatonia played Progressive Metal that didn't sound like Tool. Admit it, I love Katatonia so much, they are one of my favorite bands, but they sound a lot like Tool these days. This carries on in the way Katatonia started with all clean vocals over very damn heavy moments, but instead make it Prog Metal. It's dark and sad at time, but so hauntingly beautiful. Another band I hear no one talk about that should be talked about all over. Maybe by the time of their next album they will start to get noticed, one can only hope. But this is a fantastic album and if you check it out, I hope you enjoy it as well.

9/10

333.) Corrosion Of Conformity- Megalodon

You don't think i was going to leave out this FREE FREE FREEEEEEE EP did you? COC not only made a killer comeback Hardcore album this year, they made a 5 track EP for all of us to enjoy for free. This album as a whole sounds like Pepper is back in the band, but he is not. It's got the groovin stoner metalish sound that COC was known for with Pepper Keenan Of course there are some very high paced fun Hardcore songs as well. This is one of the most fun EPs of the year. COC is a killer band!

9/10

334.) Drudkh- Eternal Turn of The Wheel

What a way to end this whole index of 2012 music then with the ethereal Black Metal from Drudkh. Like Atmospheric Black Metal, they cover the ground of making Dark, emotional Black Metal with that Atmospheric touch that tugs at your emotions. Some people have knocked this album. I happen to love every single song. In a way it's a kind of return to their original sound all while keeping what they have done recently. It's too good to pass up if you are any kind of Black Metal fan. Get it and love it!

9/10




So there you have it folks, there goes 334 albums that all have their charm, or crap to it, but did not make my Top 20 of the year. This is by far the most albums I have ever heard in my life in one year. Next year I do plan on doing this at the beginning of the year once I get enough albums to start with and take it from there. so I'm not reviewing what will be 354 albums in a month and a half. But I wanna thank all of you guys for checking out my Thread so far. and hopefully, just hopefully, you will dig my top 20.

That said. Should I start that now, or wait till my radio show on the 1st? I have no qualms about it either way. I wanna leave it up to you guys.

slapguitarer
12-13-2012, 07:38 AM
Start it now. This is a good thread and I'm not a patient dude

energymetal14
12-13-2012, 12:06 PM
Start it now. This is a good thread and I'm not a patient dude

:lol:

Seriously, this thread has been awesome. Lots of stuff I gotta check out now, I'm sure it was a pain in the ass to write this whole thing out but I really enjoyed reading it! Whenever you do start the top 20, I'm looking forward to seeing it.

MPF
12-13-2012, 01:59 PM
I was planning on starting earlier, but was not able to. In a couple hours I will start.

But I am going to be a total dick and do the top 20 one album per post (But not per day that's way too mean).

mastodon421
12-13-2012, 03:16 PM
Yeah dude post the top 20. I don't mean to be a dick to anyone else, but your thread is definitely my favorite to read every year.

slapguitarer
12-13-2012, 04:02 PM
Yeah dude post the top 20. I don't mean to be a dick to anyone else, but your thread is definitely my favorite to read every year.

FUCK YOU MAN, YOU GOT A PROBLEM WIT ME?

MPF
12-13-2012, 04:14 PM
:lol: thanks guys, Top 20 will start in a few minutes. i just wanna make sure the Top 20 is in the right order, then I'll get to work!

mastodon421
12-13-2012, 04:46 PM
FUCK YOU MAN, YOU GOT A PROBLEM WIT ME?

FUCKING RIGHT I DO, I'M COMING OUT TO THE BAY AREA 2 BEAT YO PUNK ASS.

MPF
12-13-2012, 04:52 PM
Here we go, folks. THE TOP 20 OF 2012!!!!!!!!!........!



20.) Abigail Williams- Becoming

Abigail Williams is one of those bands that are real unsung heroes of mine. A band I don't talk about much, but have influenced me in more ways than i can imagine. In fact Abigail Williams was my first in person interview, taken place back in February. Becoming is the album I wish Abigail Williams would have made back when they started. it is the right kind of Black Metal in my eyes. Yes it is very much atmospheric Black Metal, but it also contains traditional Black Metal and some real Avant Garde moments. the 17 minute closer, Beyond the Veil is not only their best song, it is one of the best Black Metal songs ever laid on record. Many complain about the band changing their sound on every album. I say they are writing the music they wanna play. When you force an album it will suck, so it is always better to make music you want to make, and that's what Abigail Williams does, and I hope they do actually stick around.

MPF
12-13-2012, 05:52 PM
19.) For the Imperium- For The Imperium

Finland has been known to have some of the best music the world has ever known. A couple years ago, Finland gave us For The Imperium. The best way I can describe them is Avant Garde Pop Metal. It has influences all across the board of Pop music all while having a very Hard Rock and Metal tinge to it. It's so very diverse when you listen to songs like Pike River, Working Class Heroine, and Creator for examples. Yes these songs are older than 2012, but the album just came out this year and they are already done making, mixing and mastering their brand new album for 2013 which i have a good feeling will m\be even bigger and better. Check out this fantastic album before they take America by storm.

MPF
12-13-2012, 06:54 PM
18.) Brendon Small- Brendon Small's Galaktikon

This is an album I wish Brendon Small would have made for years. In a nutshell it is Dethklok without the screams. But to look farther into it, it is a sci-fi concept album that is based in Progressive Rock, Alternative Rock, and of course Dethklok style instrumentation. When you read the lyrics it's a pretty damn funny story that I won't ruin in this review. If you dig anything about Brendon Small, this is the album for you. As much as I love Dethklok, and I do love Dethklok, this is the kind of album after my own heart. That is why it is ranked so high. Prog fans, get this and enjoy!

BloodoftheKings
12-13-2012, 07:37 PM
Galaktikon wasn't really what I hoped it would be. I was disappointed because the single On My Way was really good but the rest of the album didn't live up to it.

MPF
12-13-2012, 07:47 PM
17.) Anaal Nathrakh- Vanitas

Usually nothing ever this extreme makes it to my top 20. I love the extreme Death metal, Black Metal, Grindcore, etc. But it's never usually anything I call top material....until I got into Anaal Nathrakh. I got into them last year with their last album, Passion and it is a killer album that I didn't REALLY appreciate until this year. Upon first listen you think 'WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?" then if you get enough courage you explore more of it, and you realize how brilliant the music is. like I said twice this is an extreme album, but the cleans on this album make it so worth the other vocals. The musicality of this album is also beyond phenomenal and precise. All you need to do is hear the song Forging Towards The Sunset to understand the brilliance, the last 30 seconds is the most insane thing I've heard on record. This is not an album for everyone, but it is for those who can appreciate it.

MPF
12-13-2012, 08:08 PM
16.) The Contortionist- Intrinsic

When I heard The Contortionist's first album, Exoplanet, I was floored. I was hearing Deathcore moments, mixed with Progressive Metal. What the Hell is that? Haha, I wasn't sure what to expect with their new album. Well I was even more pleasently surprised. The Deathcore is well under 10% of the album and the album is very ambient and Cynic sounding. It's a Prog Metal album with a few Deathcore riffs, and very relaxing for a Metal album. This is the kind of music you put on when you want to kick back and relax, while having the option to headbang. Musically, its stellar, vocally it has improved even more, and overall, i hope these guys will be considered this generation's Cynic, because they really, really are. Check them out!

MPF
12-13-2012, 08:36 PM
15.) Arctic Sleep- Arbors

This....this is one of the bet discoveries of the year for me. Only one other band beats this on the top 20 scale for new discoveries, but not by much (Only one spot actually). This is the band that sounds like a supergroup of the Ocean, Scale the Summit and Alcest. No screams or growls or squeals. All clean vocals. It's an atmospheric, kinda sludgy, Progressive, Instrumental driven (but again all clean vocals on songs that have vocals) Post Rock/Metal. I got this album out of a suggestion for Wisconsin based Metal bands, and within 3 songs I was in total love. And if you like any of the 3 bands I said, you will love this too. It is so brilliantly written, and unfortunately unknown, please check this out on bandcamp. I can't imagine anyone hearing this and hating it. Possibly say it's meh because they aren't into the style, but for those that do, this will shoot to the top of your lists.

MPF
12-13-2012, 08:51 PM
14.) Obsidian Kingdom- Mantiis

This is the other discovery of the year that made my jaw drop to the ground. I still try to put my finger on how to describe this accurately, but one of my friends did perfectly....If Porcupine Tree started making Progressive Post Black Metal. this FREE album is perfection from start to finish. It is a concept album made out to be a Black Metal Opera of sorts. without going into what the album is about (you should do that for yourself, its great) musically it captures almost all of my favorite genres into one band and rather then sounding like a hodgepodge of music, it flows together so naturally and beautifully. Please check this out on bandcamp, if for no other reason...IT IS FREE! You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain!

MPF
12-13-2012, 09:24 PM
13.) Converge- All We Love We Leave Behind

Converge pretty much started the real version of Metalcore. Not your asking Alexandria crap that kids under 21 think about, or even when I started getting into metal with Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, and God Forbid. REAL Metalcore. Where it combines Hardcore, Punk over Metal riffs. To me this is in 3rd place for Converge albums behind Jane Doe and Axe to Fall (1st and 2nd place respectively). This is pure raw album (although it has great production), in a lot of way it really sounds like Converge live, in the studio. In a lot of ways this is a more Melodic album, but it is just as Chaotic as ever before. At nearly 40 minutes, it's the perfect length of controlled chaos. Converge gets it right every single time!

MPF
12-13-2012, 09:36 PM
12.) The Faceless- Autotheism

The Faceless has been my favorite Technical Death Metal band since the first album. the first album is still widely regarded as their best, the second sounded too much like Prog and Cynic to some (I for one love every second of it). Autotheism is even more Prog and diverse. Everything from James Hetfield style clean vocals, to Mike Patton style madness all over Prog Metal and of course their brand of Technical Death Metal. Some either hate it and find it boring, or they love it to death. As you may have guessed, I love it to death! They only keep getting bigger and better and now with Wes Hauch now on guitar, the next album will be even more insane, if that was possible. Check out this amazing Progressive Technical Death Metal album, it may get overlooked in the future, but it should be regarded highly!

MPF
12-13-2012, 09:50 PM
Last one tonight. Top 10 tomorrow...

11.) Enslaved- RIITIIR

Another split audience reception album. I see a lot of dislike for this album because it is not enough Black Metal and too much Prog. First I laugh at that, and second, this is my favorite Enslaved album! Enslaved since the time of Ruun has been mastering the Progressive Black Metal sound. Since that time have been getting more and more Proggy over the year. I fail to see how that is a bad thing. If you can withstand Black Metal even a tiny bit, you will soon realize that Roots Of The Mountain is possibly the greatest song with Black Metal influence ever. The entire album is the right amount of Progressive Black Metal in my eyes. It's also a perfect starter album for those that want to venture into Black Metal but need an album to ease into the genre. Go for this one and enjoy every second of it, especially Roots Of the Mountain.

W0unds
12-14-2012, 05:44 AM
12.) The Faceless- Autotheism

The Faceless has been my favorite Technical Death Metal band since the first album. the first album is still widely regarded as their best, the second sounded too much like Prog and Cynic to some (I for one love every second of it). Autotheism is even more Prog and diverse. Everything from James Hetfield style clean vocals, to Mike Patton style madness all over Prog Metal and of course their brand of Technical Death Metal. Some either hate it and find it boring, or they love it to death. As you may have guessed, I love it to death! They only keep getting bigger and better and now with Wes Hauch now on guitar, the next album will be even more insane, if that was possible. Check out this amazing Progressive Technical Death Metal album, it may get overlooked in the future, but it should be regarded highly!

I am happy to see this in someone else's best of list, album of the year for me.

One thing though I have always thought Planetary Duality was considered their best work and Akeldama is dismissed as being too deathcore influenced.

MPF
12-14-2012, 06:38 AM
I am happy to see this in someone else's best of list, album of the year for me.

One thing though I have always thought Planetary Duality was considered their best work and Akeldama is dismissed as being too deathcore influenced.

Definitely agreed with almost everything you said. Once you see my top 10, you'll see why this is number 12. But again. if this is number 12 out of the 354 albums I've heard this year, that says a lot!

mastodon421
12-14-2012, 06:56 AM
Also glad to see Autotheism on someone else's list. It's very high on my list and I feel like it was definitely overlooked by a lot of people this year. I am also going to the dispute the Akeldama is widely considered to be their best album claim. Pretty much every Faceless fan I know (myself included) thinks Planetary Duality is their best.

slapguitarer
12-14-2012, 06:58 AM
Gonna had to look at 14 and 15

MPF
12-14-2012, 03:33 PM
I'm just finishing up eating dinner then I will be posting the top 10. Anyone got any ideas of what will be in the top 10?

MPF
12-14-2012, 04:12 PM
Alright before I post my top 10. I realized I made a huge mistake. Although fortunately it does not affect the top 20....So it's really 355 albums altogether this year.....

355) Meshuggah- Koloss

Meshuggah has been one of the most influential bands in recent times, although since 2009, have been getting a lot of hate for supposedly being the reason why bands wanna play Chug Chug riffs and created Djent music. That's not fair. That's like Blaming Black Sabbath for Asking Alexandria's success. But I digress. Koloss is one of the most versatile Meshuggah albums probably since Nothing. That was one of the best decisions they ever could have made. that is not to say Meshuggah hasn't been versatile int he past, but Obzen got pretty samey after a while,. Koloss is fresh every single time all while sounding like Meshuggah. It's a great piece of Prog/Math Meta. If you ask the average Djent fan, they will say Meshuggah ripped off Periphery. If you ask Devin Townsend...in the end, we've all ripped off Meshuggah. Get this

9.5/10

BloodoftheKings
12-14-2012, 04:13 PM
I'm just finishing up eating dinner then I will be posting the top 10. Anyone got any ideas of what will be in the top 10?

I have this strange feeling that Ne Obliviscaris and Devin Townsend are gonna be on it.

MPF
12-14-2012, 04:14 PM
I have this strange feeling that Ne Obliviscaris and Devin Townsend are gonna be on it.

Who? :confused:

MPF
12-14-2012, 04:38 PM
Here we go...


10.) Baroness- Yellow & Green

This is by far the lightest Baroness release so far, but it is also the most diverse. This double EP album (on one disc) is a great showcase of the real talent behind Baroness, Yellow is more along the lines of the Baroness we all know and love, Proggy, Sludge Metal. Green is a lot more laid back and ambient overall. When listened to all at once, it is a moving experience. A lot like Torche in a sense, there is so much going on, all while keeping a simplistic overtone that keeps you interested. It's moving music, and oddly enough after the bus accident they were all involved in just a little bit after the release of this album songs like March To The Sea and Take My Bones Away eerily fit the situation. Overall this is Progressive Ambient Sludge Metal album that should be loved by almost all. Give it a shot if you haven't already!

MPF
12-14-2012, 05:06 PM
9.) Torche- Harmonicraft

Poppy, Punkish, Stoner, Doom, Metal. I still don't feel like I hit every aspect of the band with that. If U2, Motorhead and Electric Wizard made a band, that's almost good enough description. Torche has been one of my favorite bands since 2008 when I saw them open for Dredg (you read that right) and I've been hooked. Every album has been getting progressively less Stoner Doom Metalish and more into....well the Pop world. Harmonicraft has a lot of happy major key moments, but near the end has some of the heaviest moments of Torche's career. It's all over the map, but it all makes since. If you wanna explore new territory all with it being either Heavy as hell, or very very poppy. Get Harmonicraft!

MPF
12-14-2012, 05:16 PM
8.) Ihsahn- Eremita

I never would have thought that Ihsahn could top After in 2010. But not only did he top After, he made one of the best albums of his entire career. this is Ihsahn's 4 solo album after the fall of Emperor and every album has gotten progressively better. After was one of my favorite albums of 2010 with all the craziness of the saxophones, and beauty of the other songs. with Eremita, he got it pegged perfectly. If he only remakes this album over and over again, I will continue to buy every future release. It has the right amount of everything. Prog, Black Metal, Chaos, Beauty, saxophone, and guest appearances from the likes of Devin Townsend and Jeff Loomis. This is the kind of album that artists should strive to make. the music you actually want to make without the worry if people will like it or not, the more real an album is, the better it will be. Ihsahn proves that if yous tick to your guns, you will achieve perfection!

MPF
12-14-2012, 05:26 PM
7.) Periphery- Periphery II: This Time It's Personal

This is the album that killed Djent. I mean that in the absolute best way possible. Although it hasn't happened yet, you will see the affects of this album. Periphery took their sound and make it into Prog Metal gold. The Djent riffs are nearly gone. They are what Djent really is, not the chug chug sound, but Prog Metal. There are many people who hate this album without even hearing a note of it. I find that quite pathetic. This is such a killer album that a lot of people won't give the time of day, or will get ruined thanks to Djent fans. This is real Prog music that is heavy as hell and badass. Give it a real chance and take your stereotypes aside. You may be thankful you did.

AnataFan4Life
12-14-2012, 05:32 PM
I've discovered quite a few awesome bands on this list!

MPF
12-14-2012, 05:41 PM
6.) Between the Buried And Me- The Parallax II: Future Sequence

The continuation to last year's EP, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues, BTBAM has outdone themselves again. I dare say this is the lightest BTBAM album to date, BUT it is still so very damn heavy. like Colors, I call this album Adult Contemporary Progressive Death Metal. At that it is so very layered in Prog Rock almost more than anything else, which a lot of newer fans do not like. I fail to understand why. guess the new era of Deathcore and Djent fans want all music to be brutal all the time or something. BTBAM can never let me down (except for the fact they haven't been to Minnesota since 2008, except for the upcoming tour with Coheed and Cambria in February) and this may be their crowning achievement. Listen tot his album with a clear, open mind, and you will hopefully understand why. They are one of the most underrated bands around, which is an odd thing to say but think about it, besides Colors, and the new rantings from Greg of Dillinger Escape Plan complaining about this album....how often do you actually hear about BTBAM and how good they are? Exactly!

MPF
12-14-2012, 05:55 PM
5.) Woods Of Ypres- V: Grey Skies and Electric Light

The easiest way to describe this band is the Canadian Type O Negative, but even that feels very wrong. this is the 5th and sadly final album from Woods of Ypres as David Gold was killed December 22nd of 2011 in a car accident. the album feels like it is a pure requiem of Gold's life, before he even died. Songs such as Kiss My Ashes Goodbye brought me to tears (in fact the next few albums have for different reasons). This album recently helped me get though the rough time that was my cousin's death from a drug overdose. Sometimes the most depressing of albums (just listen lyrically) can be the most beautiful and uplifting. Which is why I find pop music to really be the most depressing music there is. But back to it. Woods Of Ypres is one of the best bands that not enough people knew about and now can only check out in retrospect. Give this album a listen and check out the rest of the discography. David Gold was one of the best Songwriters in Metal, R.I.P.

MPF
12-14-2012, 06:12 PM
4.) Alcest- Les Voyages de l'┬me

Since 2007, these guys have had a huge impact in my life. the most beautiful Post Metal out there. Souvenirs d'un autre monde is Post Rock, shoegaze perfection; ╔cailles de Lune is Post Black Metal at it's finest, but Les Voyages de l'┬me is the best of both worlds. I've read a lot of reviews saying this album lacked conviction and was boring with no heart..........WHAT ALBUM DID YOU HEAR? This is the best Alcest album to date, this is what I wanted from the band since 2007 when i discovered them, the right amount of Post Rock, Shoegaze, Post Metal and Black Metal all rolled in the most beautiful metal out there this year. Faiseurs de Mondes is most likely my favorite song of the year, or very damn close to it. the end of the song made me burst into tears on the first listen, you will never hear Blastbeats over something so beautiful and have the same impact ever again. this is also the last Alcest album that will contain any screams, it will be clean vocals from here on out. Not nessessarily a bad thing. But sometimes the screams adds so much to the music. But with Neige at the helm, Alcest will continue making the most beautiful Metal the world will know.

slapguitarer
12-14-2012, 06:18 PM
BTBAM are faaaaaaaaar from underrated.

BloodoftheKings
12-14-2012, 06:19 PM
They are one of the most underrated bands around, which is an odd thing to say but think about it, besides Colors, and the new rantings from Greg of Dillinger Escape Plan complaining about this album....how often do you actually hear about BTBAM and how good they are? Exactly!

You can not be serious.

MPF
12-14-2012, 06:24 PM
Not around where I am. Maybe hipsters talk about them all the time, but I don;t talk or listen to hipsters. I only talk to about 4-5 people regularly that even enjoy BTBAM, but as far as Metal fans go, I hear no mention of them, in Prog, they are a band that people go "Oh yeah, those guys I love them" but never bring them up unless someone else does.

MPF
12-14-2012, 06:34 PM
3.) Anathema- Weather Systems

Quite possibly the finest Atmospheric Progressive Rock album ever made. I know there is plenty of people who say We're Here Because We're Here is a better album and I personally don't agree. In fact some of you may remember me reviewing this album and saying I didn't get it. Not because they are no longer a Doom Metal band, but because it just didn't hit me at all. Weather Systems does by doing one thing differently. They added power to this album. it has the dynamics, emotion, beauty and overall musicianship that I want in a non-Metal band. The first song, Untouchable (broken up into 2 parts) is the last song on this list that makes me tear up every single time I hear it. It's like Anathema looked at my relationship life from July-December last year and wrote a song about it. It is about letting the girl who made my life feel complete go because I can't have her. Damn I'm actually starting to choke up a bit writing this up. The rest of the album is just as beautiful all the way through. this is not an album to rock out to, nor is it just background music. This is an album that will evoke emotions that even the most evil Black Metal guy can relate to. Needless to say, if you are looking for REAL music, this is the album to get. Just prepare for one of the most emotional experiences of your life if you really pay attention to it.

MPF
12-14-2012, 06:55 PM
I am actually stuck here....I can't decide between the last two albums which one will be number 1 and which one will be number 2.


I'm about to do something I've never done before. I'm actually going to flip a coin to see which one I should rank higher...

MPF
12-14-2012, 07:28 PM
2.) Ne Obliviscaris- Portal Of I

This is the most impressive debut album I have ever heard in my entire life. the short way to describe this band is Opeth with Violin. And even in talks with the band, they have said the same thing to describe their sound. But there is so much more to it than that. This was my first printed album review I ever did, which I think says a lot about how much I love it. As I described in that initial review I hear Opeth, Dream Theater and Alcest in this band in different ways. There is a lot of ethereal moments of dark and despair and the Black Metal elements that you hear in Opeth (early day Opeth anyways had a lot of Black Metal to it), you hear the musical technicality and Prog of Dream Theater, and the atmosphere and emotion you hear in Alcest. Although I could use the entire album as different examples I wanna make out what I feel is the greatest dynamic moment musically of 2012, Tapestry Of The Starless Abstract. The song, and the album starts off with a very badass drum fill I have to play every time I get behind my kit, and then when it kicks in give up about 15 seconds alter realizing I can't play that fast of double bass and blast beats for that long, haha. The song has 3 main sections to me, the first section which is pure progressive Black metal, the middle which is an atmospheric acoustic based passage, it almost turns into an ambient background moment, and then after a cymbal swell it turns into the greatest musical moment of 2012, the rest of the song! There is so much emotion in the ending of the song, the violin causes almost all of it, but it takes the vocals, drums, guitar and bass to also make it as beautiful as it is. and like the lyrics say near the end, "A New Paradise Found" That's how I view Ne Obliviscaris. I could go on to describe the rest of the album with the same detail, but why spoil the album for you? Buy the album and promote these guys as much as possible. There are high hopes for a North American tour in 2013, let's make it happen! Ne Obliviscaris, The Future Of Progressive Metal!

SomewhereInTime72
12-14-2012, 07:43 PM
3.) Anathema- Weather Systems

Quite possibly the finest Atmospheric Progressive Rock album ever made. I know there is plenty of people who say We're Here Because We're Here is a better album and I personally don't agree. In fact some of you may remember me reviewing this album and saying I didn't get it. Not because they are no longer a Doom Metal band, but because it just didn't hit me at all. Weather Systems does by doing one thing differently. They added power to this album. it has the dynamics, emotion, beauty and overall musicianship that I want in a non-Metal band. The first song, Untouchable (broken up into 2 parts) is the last song on this list that makes me tear up every single time I hear it. It's like Anathema looked at my relationship life from July-December last year and wrote a song about it. It is about letting the girl who made my life feel complete go because I can't have her. Damn I'm actually starting to choke up a bit writing this up. The rest of the album is just as beautiful all the way through. this is not an album to rock out to, nor is it just background music. This is an album that will evoke emotions that even the most evil Black Metal guy can relate to. Needless to say, if you are looking for REAL music, this is the album to get. Just prepare for one of the most emotional experiences of your life if you really pay attention to it.

This is becoming one of my favorite albums ever.

MPF
12-14-2012, 08:04 PM
1.) The Devin Townsend Project- Epicloud

Like you read about Ne Obliviscaris. I had to choose between this and Portal of I as the best album of 2012. I flipped a coin and Epicloud one 2/3 times. Epicloud symbolizes everything I hate about Mainstream FM radio. Every single song on Epicloud is Mainstream Radio friendly whether it be Hard Rock Radio or Top 40. I've heard to main consensuses about Epicloud, either it's an album that you can't skip a song or it's boring. It's the former for me by a mile. Even with the re-working of Kingdom off the album Physicist, all the music feels like it should be played at jam packed stadiums that Metallica plays, and besides lack of airplay (except from my show and select others) that is why it's not. It's poppy, catchy, Heavy, and the most positive album you may ever hear in Metal. Yes I am friends with the DTP (most specifically RVP) but that's not why this is number 1 for me. Part of it is yes, because I am a fanboy. but that's only a small part of it it. Unlike Deconstruction last year which filled the void of the Strapping Young Lad style chaos, Epicloud captures what I loved about Accelerated Evolution and Terria (the two albums I first bought of Devin) and of course without saying this has the Addicted vibe as well. But I actually prefer Epicloud as it is a bit more diverse and int he style of music that grabs me. Not that Addicted doesn't, but I will say there are a couple songs from Addicted I do skip like Resolve. I can't do that with Epicloud. If on the upcoming tour Dev only plays songs from Epicloud, I will be going just as crazy as if he played anything else.

Now as it says in the song Liberation.....IT'S TIME TO FORGET ALL THE BULLSHIT AND ROCK!!!!




Thread retrospective, the tl;dr rating scale and other thoughts will be coming soon

BloodoftheKings
12-14-2012, 08:26 PM
and of course without saying this has the Addicted vibe as well. But I actually prefer Epicloud as it is a bit more diverse and int he style of music that grabs me. Not that Addicted doesn't, but I will say there are a couple songs from Addicted I do skip like Resolve.

http://i2.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/131/962/1307580107001.png

If Resolve was on Epicloud it would probably be the best song on the album.

slapguitarer
12-14-2012, 10:09 PM
Every metal publication everywhere is on BTBAM's dick...

MPF
12-14-2012, 11:00 PM
Every metal publication everywhere is on BTBAM's dick...

I don't see it. Although to be fair I haven't bought a Metal magazine since 9th grade.

slapguitarer
12-14-2012, 11:19 PM
You musn't be check many websites. Almost every major metal website praised it to no end, quite a few put in the AOTY lists, many top ten appearances, quite a few #1 spots. I think Blabbermouth gave it a 10/10. Almost every metal forum has tons of rabid BTBAM fans (minus the forums at metal-archives). Hell, they're one of the most embraced modern metal bands on /mu/. Not to mention that Colors is the most celebrated progressive metal album of the new millennium. I think I'm the only dude who loves BTBAM on the site (which is many, many people) who was disappointed by Future Sequence. I'm not trying to be finicky, but to say that BTBAM gets a lot of flack and/or that they don't get the credit they deserve is ludicrous.

In other news, this thread was awesome. I can't say I totally agree with the Top 10, but there are some great albums on it.

brutal_descent
12-14-2012, 11:52 PM
You musn't be check many websites. Almost every major metal website praised it to no end, quite a few put in the AOTY lists, many top ten appearances, quite a few #1 spots. I think Blabbermouth gave it a 10/10. Almost every metal forum has tons of rabid BTBAM fans (minus the forums at metal-archives). Hell, they're one of the most embraced modern metal bands on /mu/. Not to mention that Colors is the most celebrated progressive metal album of the new millennium. I think I'm the only dude who loves BTBAM on the site (which is many, many people) who was disappointed by Future Sequence. I'm not trying to be finicky, but to say that BTBAM gets a lot of flack and/or that they don't get the credit they deserve is ludicrous.

This.

MPF
12-14-2012, 11:55 PM
You musn't be check many websites. Almost every major metal website praised it to no end, quite a few put in the AOTY lists, many top ten appearances, quite a few #1 spots. I think Blabbermouth gave it a 10/10. Almost every metal forum has tons of rabid BTBAM fans (minus the forums at metal-archives). Hell, they're one of the most embraced modern metal bands on /mu/. Not to mention that Colors is the most celebrated progressive metal album of the new millennium. I think I'm the only dude who loves BTBAM on the site (which is many, many people) who was disappointed by Future Sequence. I'm not trying to be finicky, but to say that BTBAM gets a lot of flack and/or that they don't get the credit they deserve is ludicrous.

In other news, this thread was awesome. I can't say I totally agree with the Top 10, but there are some great albums on it.

No I know a lot of people who are disappointed by it, which is why I'm defending my love for it.

I really don't check many sites for album reviews and stuff like that since I do it myself for people. I go off from my friends, people on my facebook, here and a couple other forums, that's about it besides my own humble opinion. I think that's why I don't follow trends or care what some people think about things I like.

And thanks for digging the thread, hopefully you found some music you will dig.

brutal_descent
12-14-2012, 11:59 PM
No I know a lot of people who are disappointed by it, which is why I'm defending my love for it.

That doesn't make it underrated. That just means your friends and acquaintances don't like BTBAM. There's a way to defend something without deeming it underrated.

I think that's why I don't follow trends or care what some people think about things I like.

>implying visiting metal websites means you follow trends

MPF
12-15-2012, 12:16 AM
That doesn't make it underrated. That just means your friends and acquaintances don't like BTBAM. There's a way to defend something without deeming it underrated.



>implying visiting metal websites means you follow trends

It's underrated to me. I may not know what everyone else thinks as I'm going off my own thoughts.


Yeah, I don't know what's in for trends, and I don't care, and Metal sites usually post about what people are interested in in Metal....that's how services work....

And really, what is it with you going out of your way to try to prove me wrong all the time? Seriously! Anytime you potentially see fault in something I say you gotta point it out as if you saying it will make me change my own opinion or something. It annoys more than it should, but I know I'm not the only one you do that to. If you have nothing better to do, I get it, I have no room to talk looking at how many albums I went through in this thread. But I;d think something a bit more productive could be done in your spare time rather then trying to prove people wrong.

brutal_descent
12-15-2012, 12:27 AM
And really, what is it with you going out of your way to try to prove me wrong all the time? Seriously! Anytime you potentially see fault in something I say you gotta point it out as if you saying it will make me change my own opinion or something. It annoys more than it should, but I know I'm not the only one you do that to. If you have nothing better to do, I get it, I have no room to talk looking at how many albums I went through in this thread. But I;d think something a bit more productive could be done in your spare time rather then trying to prove people wrong.

tl;dr

too much butthurt for me to wade through

MPF
12-15-2012, 12:34 AM
tl;dr

too much butthurt for me to wade through

Exactly my point you never comment on anything except to point out a potential flaw or piss someone off.

Girlfriends are a nice thing to have, it's not a bad idea to try to get one.

brutal_descent
12-15-2012, 12:35 AM
Girlfriends are a nice thing to have, it's not a bad idea to try to get one.

Is this real or is this just fantasy

MPF's talking to me about girls

/ded

MPF
12-15-2012, 12:37 AM
In speaking of TL;DR

That Drummer Guy's Top 20 of 2012:

20.) Abigail Williams- Becoming (Atmospheric Black Metal)
19.) For the Imperium- For The Imperium (Experimental Hard Rock)
18.) Brendon Small- Brendon Small's Galaktikon (Progressive Metal)
17.) Anaal Nathrakh- Vanitas (Experimental Extreme Metal)
16.) The Contortionist- Intrinsic (Progressive Metal, Deathcore)
15.) Arctic Sleep- Arbors (Post Metal, Sludge Metal, Post Rock, Progressive Metal)
14.) Obsidian Kingdom- Mantiis (Progressive Black Metal)
13.) Converge- All We Love We Leave Behind (Mathcore, Metalcore)
12.) The Faceless- Autotheism (Technical Death Metal, Progressive Death Metal)
11.) Enslaved- RIITIIR (Viking Metal, Progressive Death Metal)
10.) Baroness- Yellow & Green (Sludge Metal, Sludge Rock)
9.) Torche- Harmonicraft (Stoner, Sludge, Hardcore, Punk, Pop, Rock)
8.) Ihsahn- Eremita (Progressive Black Metal)
7.) Periphery- Periphery II: This Time It's Personal (Progressive Metal)
6.) Between the Buried And Me- The Parallax II: Future Sequence (Adult Contemporary Progressive Death Metal)
5.) Woods Of Ypres- V: Grey Skies and Electric Light 9Goth Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal)
4.) Alcest- Les Voyages de l'┬me 9Post Metal Black Metal, Blackgaze)
3.) Anathema- Weather System (Atmospheric Progressive Rock)
2.) Ne Obliviscaris- Portal Of I (Progressive Black Metal)
1.) The Devin Townsend Project- Epicloud (Progressive Metal, Pop Rock)


That Drummer Guy's TL'DR List Of Everything Else Reviewed:

10/10:
Pyramid Theorem- Pyramid Theorem

9.5/10:
God Forbid- Equilibrium (Metalcore)
Vertigo Steps- Surface/Light (Progressive Metal)
Atoma- Skylight (Atmospheric Progressive Death Metal)
Flying Colors- Flying Colors (Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal)
PostHumanBigBang- PostHumanBigBang (Progressive Metal)
Ancients- Star Showers On The Euphrates (Post Rock)
Testament- Dark Roots Of Earth (Thrash Metal)
Jazzkamikaze- The Return of Jazzkamikaze (Instrumental Jazz Rock/Metal)
Loch Vostok- V: The Doctrine Decoded (Symphonic Progressive Black Metal)
Paradise Lost- Tragic Idol (Gothic Metal)
Van Halen- A Different Kind Of Truth (Hard Rock)
Beardfish- The Void (Progressive Metal)
Krallice- Years Point Matters (Experimental Black Metal)
Rush- Clockwork Angels (Progressive Rock)
Goatwhore- Blood For The Master (Blackened Thrash Metal)
Cannibal Corpse- Torture (Death Metal)
Municipal Waste- The Fatal Feast (Crossover Thrash)
Trioscapes- Seperate Realities (Jazz Fusion, Metal)
Horrendous- The Chills (Death Metal)
Arbor- The Plutonian Shore (Atmospheric Folk Progressive Black Metal)
Katatonia- Dead End Kings (Progressive Goth Metal)
Winterfylleth- The Threnody Of Triumph (Atmospheric Black Metal)
Daylight Dies- Frail Becoming (Progressive Death Metal)
Dragged Into Sunlight- Widowmaker (Doom Metal)
Dimension Act- Manifestation Of Progress (Progressive Metal)
Against The Wall- Things Are Not Like They Said (Alternative Progressive Metal)
Lehto & Wright- November (Folk, Progressive Rock)
Ancestors- In Dreams And Time (Psychedelic Metal)
Anglagard- Viljars Oga (Progressive Rock)
In Mourning- The Weight Of Oceans (Melodic Progressive Death Metal)
Agalloch- Faustian Echoes (Folk Metal, Black Metal, Post Metal)
Meshuggah- Koloss (Math Metal)

9/10:
Circus Maximus- Nine (Progressive Metal)
Corrosion Of Conformity- Corrosion Of Conformity (Hardcore)
House Of Fools- Versus The Beast (Alternative Progressive Rock)
Klone- The Dreamer's Hideaway (Alternative Progressive Metal)
Stone Sour- House Of Gold & Bones Part 1 (Hard Rock)
Mental Architects- Celebrations (Math Rock, Post Rock)
The Seer- The Prologue (Progressive Black Metal)
Napalm Death- Utilitarian (Death Metal, Grindcore, Noise)
Bend Sinister- Small Frame (Alternative Progressive Rock)
Stealing Axion- Moments (Progressive Metal/Djent)
Skyharbor- Blinding White Noise: Illusion And Chaos (Progressive Metal)
Krisiun- Arise From Blackness (Death Metal)
The Darkness- Hot Cakes (Hard Rock)
Siamese Fighting Fish- Breathe: See: Move (Alternative Progressive Metal)
Call Me No One- Last Parade (Alternative Metal)
Stolen Babies- Naught (Experimental Metal)
Prong- Carved Into Stone (Thrash Metal, Hard Rock, Industrial)
Grave- Endless Procession Of Souls (Death Metal)
Pepe Deluxe- Queen Of The Wave (Alternative Rock)
Eluveitie- Halvetios (Folk Metal)
Dethklok- Dethalbum III (Melodic Death Metal)
Asphyx- Deathammer (Death Metal)
Minus The Bear- Infinity Overload (Indie/Alternative Rock)
Cloudkicker- Fade (Instrumental Progressive Metal/Alternative)
Moonloop- Deeply From The Earth (Progressive Death Metal)
New Death Sensation- ...New Horizons... (Instrumental Post Metal)
Borknagar- Urd (Progressive Black Metal)
Sylencer- A Lethal Dose Of Truth (Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal)
The 11th Hour- Lacrima Mortis (Doom Metal)
Gatherer- So Be It (Alternative Rock/Metal)
Andre Matos- The Turn Of Lights (Progressive Power Metal)
Mono- For My Parents (Post Rock)
Adaliah- Broken Families (Deathcore, Djent, Hardcore)
Astra- The Black Chord (Heavy Progressive Rock)
Terrorizer- Hordes Of Zombies (Death Metal, Grindcore)
Merkaba- A Lament For The Lamb (Math Metal, Improv Jazz)
Twelve Foot Ninja- Silent Machine 9Progressive Metal, Djent)
Havok- Point Of No Return (Thrash Metal)
Overkill- The Electric Age (Thrash Metal)
Earthrise- Eras Lost (Post Metal)
Bane- The Acasual Fire (Black Metal)
Down- Down IV Part 1- The Purple EP (Stoner Metal)
Tremonti- All I Was (Hard Rock, Speed Metal)
Panopticon- Kentucky (Folk Metal, Bluegrass)
Star Monarchy- Volume I (Progressive Metal, Djent)
Pallbearer- Sorrow And Extinction (Doom Metal)
Effloresce- Coma Ghosts (Female Fronted Progressive Death Metal)
Bison B.C.- Lovelessness (Progressive Sludge Metal)
Sabaton- Carolus Rex (Power Metal)
Sigh- In Somniphobia (Experimental Black Metal)
Suffer Well- Sorrows (Blackened Metalcore)
Troglodyte- Don't Go In the Woods (Brutal Death Metal)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen- Lost To The New Real (Progressive Power Metal)
Secrets of the Moon- Seven Bells (Black Metal)
Neal Morse- Momentum (Progressive Rock)
Sear Bliss- Eternal Recurrence (Symphonic Black Metal)
The Sword- Apocryphon (Progressive Doom Metal)
Hooded Menace- Effigies of Evil (Doom Metal)
Black Country Communion- Afterglow (Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock)
Old Man Gloom- NO (Doom Metal, Post Metal)
Soundgarden- King Animal (Hard Rock)
Blut Aus Nord- 777- Cosmosophy (Atmospheric Black Metal)
Cloudscape- New Era (Progressive Power Metal)
A Hero, A Fake- The Future Again (Progressive Metalcore)
Panzerballet- Tank Goodness (Progressive Jazz Metal)
Emmanuel And The Fear- The Janus Mirror (Progressive, Alternative Rock)
Abraham- The Serpent, The Prophet, The Whore (Sludge Metal)
Ensiferum- Unsung Heroes (Viking Metal)
Oedipus- Viscous Little Smile (Experimental Hard Rock)
Undersmile- Narwhal (Doom Metal)
Words Of Farewell- Immersion (Progressive Death Metal)
Wintersun- Time I (Melodic Death Metal)
Neurosis- Honor Found in Decay (Post Metal)
Gojira- L'Enfant Sauvage (Groove Metal)
Candlemass- Psalms Of the Dead (Doom Metal, Heavy Metal)
In The Silence- A Fair Dream Gone Mad (Dark Progressive Metal)
Corrosion Of Conformity- Megalodon (Hardcore, Stoner Metal)
Drudkh- Eternal Turn of The Wheel (Atmospheric Black Metal)


8/10:
The Night Flight Orchestra- Internal Affairs (Classic Rock, Prog Rock)
Vaura- Selenelion (Experimental Metal)
Les Discrets- Ariettes Oubliees (Post Rock)
Hung- Hung (Progressive Death Metal)
Stick To Your Guns- Diamond (Punk Rock, Hardcore)
Unleashed- Odalheim (Viking Metal, Death Metal)
The Elijah- I Loved I Hated I Destroyed I Created (Post Hardcore)
Spawn Of Possession- Incurso (Technical Death Metal)
Primal Rock Rebellion- Awoken Broken (Heavy Metal, Hard Rock)
Judgement Day- Polar Shift (String Metal)
Bejelit- Emerge (Power Metal)
Soulfly- Enslaved (Groove Metal)
Liam- MMIX (Post Rock, Shoegaze)
Oddland- The Treachery Of Senses (Progressive Metal)
Fire And Ice- Not Of This Earth (Hardcore)
Mysteriarch- Mournful Embrace of Aeons (Symphonic Black Metal)
Gaza- No Absolutes In Human Suffering (Sludge Metal, Grindcore)
Ex Deo- Caligvla 9Death Metal, Roman Inspired)
Empires Of Eden- Channeling The Infinite (Power Metal)
Wake Of Redemption- Earthshaker 9PRogressive Metal)
Earthlimb- Origin (Instrumental Progressive Metal)
Carach Angren- Where The Corpses Sink Forever (Experimental Black Metal)
T.R.A.M.- Lingua Franca (Jazz Fusion, Instrumental Metal)
Towards Darkness- Barren (Funeral Doom Metal)
Fornorst Arnor- The Death Of A Rose (Progressive Death Metal)
Shadows Fall- Fire From The Sky (Metalcore, Thrash Metal)
My Dying Bride- A Map Of All Our Failure (Doom Metal)
The Pilgrim- Misery Wizard (Doom Metal)
Pig Destroyer- Book Burner (Grindcore)
Eye Empire- Impact (Alternative Metal)
Suspyre- Suspyre 9Symphonic Progressive Metal)
Dumbsaint- Something That You Feel Will Find Its Own Form (Post Rock)
Swallow The Sun- Emerald Forest And The Blackbird (Folk Metal)
Breach The Void- The Monochromatic Era (Cyber/Modern Metal)
Screaming Savior- Infinity (Symphonic Black Metal)
Barren Earth- The Devil's Resolve (Folk Metal)
De Profoundus- The Emptiness Within (Progressive Thrash Folk Metal)
The Cory Smoot Experiment- When Worlds Collide (Progressive Metal)
Deathspell Omega- Drought (Progressive Black Metal)
Taproot- The Episodes (Hard Rock)
Crippled Black Phoenix- (Mankind) The Crafty Ape (Post Rock)
Yossi Sassi- Melting Clocks (Progressive Rock)
Lethian Dreams- Season Of Raven Words (Atmospheric Doom Metal)
Zero Absolu- Automn (Post Rock, Electronica)
Dragonforce- The Power Within (Power Metal)
Hurt- The Crux (Hard Rock)
Maserati- Maserati VII (Post Rock, Instrumental, Electronica)
Hammer Horde- Vinlander (Viking Metal)
Master- The New Elite (Death Metal)
Cattle Decapitation- Monolith of Inumanity (Death Metal, Grindcore)
Diablo Swing Orchestra- Pandora's Pinata (Swing Metal)
Ash Borer- Cold Of Ages (Doom Metal, Black Metal)
The Safety Fire- Grind the Ocean (Progressive Metal)
Sigur Ros- Valtari (Post Rock)
Cryptopsy- Cryptopsy (Technical Death Metal)
Miss May I- At Heart (Metalcore)
Apathy- Ghost Light (Progressive Death Metal)
Weapon- Embers And Revelations (Black Metal)
Adrenaline Mob- Omerta (Hard Rock, Heavy Metal)
Nachtmystium- Silencing Machine (Black Metal)
Car Bomb- w^w^^w^w (Mathcore)
Devil Sold His Soul- Empire Of Light (Post Hardcore)
What the Blood Revealed- Harbour Of Devils (Post Rock)
Nile- At the Gates of Sethu (Technical Death Metal)
Vision Of Disorder- The Cursed Remain Cursed (Hardcore)
Elvenking- Era (Folk Metal, Power Metal)
Dying Fetus- Reign Supreme (Death Metal, Grindcore)
High On Fire- De Vermis Mysteriis (Stoner Metal)
From Oceans To Autumn- Oath Of Eternals (Post Metal)
Bad Salad- Uncivilized (Progressive Metal)
Mombu- Zombi (Jazz Metal, Djent)
The Mars Volta- Noctourniquet (Alternative Progressive Rock)
Bleeding Through- The Great Fire (Black Metalcore)
Save Us From The Archon- How terrible, the Undergrowth's Jaw Tangle (Djent Progressive Metal)
Shining- Redefining Darkness (Black Metal)
Primate- Draw Back A Stump (Grindcore, Hardcore, Crossover Thrash)
Kreator- Phantom Antichrist (Thrash Metal)
Microfilm- AF127 (Post Rock)
Wo Fat- The Black Code (Sludge Metal, Progressive Rock)
Morglbl- Brutal Romance (Instrumental Progressive Metal)
Counter-World Experience- Music For Kings (Instrumental Progressive Metal)
Wilton & Akerstache- Storm Corrosion (Of Love And Emotion) (Progressive Rock, Cheesy 80s Rock, Comedy Rock)
To-Mera- Exile- (Female Fronted Progressive Metal)
Pelican- Ataraxia/Taraxis- (Post Metal)
Angel Witch- As Above, So Below (NWOBHM)
A Sound Of Thunder- Out Of The Darkness (Heavy Metal, Power Metal)
The Casualties- Resistance (Punk Rock, Hardcore)
Horn Of The Rhino- Grengus (Stoner Doom Metal)
Marduk- Serpent Sermon (Black Metal)
Hypomanie- Calm Down, You Weren't Set On Fire (Instrumental Blackgaze)
Daniel Jakubovic- Surrounded By A Million Goats (Pop Rock, Alternative Progressive Metal)
Ahab- The Giant (Doom Metal)
Jute Gyte- Isolation (Black Metal)
Dysrhythmia- Test Of Submission (Instrumental Progressive Metal)
Legacy Of Disorder- Last Man Standing (Thrash Metal, Groove Metal)
Low-Pass- Trimurti (Post Rock, Math Rock)
Sylosis- Monolith (Thrash Metal)
Moonspell- Alpha Noir (Symphonic Death Metal, Thrash Metal)
Demon Hunter- True Defiance (Christian Metal)
Jeff Loomis- Plains Of Oblivion (Progressive Metal)
The Royal Veil- The Royal Veil (Alternative Progressive Rock)
Chrome Waves- Chrome Waves (Post Black Meal)
Blinded In Bliss- Constancy (Melodic Metalcore)
Christian Alvestram- Self 2.0 (Progressive Pop)
Mass Culture- Amoralism (Experimental Doom Metal)
Toundra- III (Post Rock)
Wanzwa- Wanzwa II (Instrumental Progressive Jazz Metal)
Hour Of Penance- Sedation (Death Metal)
Chimp Spanner- All Roads Lead Here (Instrumental Djent)


7/10:
Black Pyramid- II (Stoner/Sludge Doom Metal, Clean Vocals)
Gespenst- The Bloodline (Post Rock)
Propaghandi- Failed States (Punk Rock)
Coldworker- The Doomsayer's Call (Death Metal)
Wretched- Son Of Perdition (Death Metal)
3 Inches Of Blood- Love Live Heavy Metal (Heavy Metal)
Saint Vitus- Lillie: F-65 (Doom Metal)
All Hail The Yeti- All Hail The Yeti (Southern Groove Metal)
Eclipse Eternal- The Essence Of Hopelessness (Black Metal)
Red Lamb- Red Lamb (Alternative Metal)
Moonspell- Omega White (Goth Metal)
Oak Pantheon- From A Whisper (Atmospheric Black Metal)
Job For A Cowboy- Demonocracy (Death Metal)
Destinos- Fireflies For Fireworks (Djent)
Maladie- Plague Within (Epic Black Metal)
Fozzy- Sin and Bones (Heavy Metal, Hard Rock)
The Samuel Jackson Five- The Samuel Jackson 5 (Post Rock, Electronica)
Yakuza- Beyul (Experimental Metal)
Akphaezya- Anthology IV: The Tragedy Of Nerak (Experimental Metal)
Behold...The Arctopus- Horrorsension (Experimental Instrumental Metal)
Aborted- Global Flatline (Brutal Death Metal)
Meldrum- Lifer (Heavy Metal, Hard Rock)
Kristoffer Gildenlow- Rust (Progressive Rock)
Vesperian Sorrow- Stormwinds Of Ages (Symphonic Death Metal)
Slash- Apocalyptic Love (Hard Rock)
Naglfar- Teras (Black Metal)
Bonded By Blood- The Aftermath (Thrash Metal)
Monuments- Gnosis (Djent)
Dordeduh- Dar de Duh (Folk Metal)
If Trees Could Talk- Red Forest (Post Rock)
Holy Knights- Between Daylight and Pain (Epic Power Metal)
West Of Hell- Spiral Empire (Speed Metal, Heavy Metal)
Don't Worry I'm A Doctor- Create. Divide. Consume (Deathcore)
Axel Rudi Pell- Circle Of The Oath (Heavy Metal)
Korpiklaani- Manala (Folk Metal)
M-Pire Of Evil- Hell To The Holy (Blackened Thrash Metal)
Primalfrost- Chapters Of Time (Folk Metal)
Luna Amara- Pietre in Alb (Progressive Metal)
Psycroptic- The Inherited Repression (Technical Death Metal)
Ides Of Gemini- Constantinople (Sludge Metal, Black Metal)
Seven Kingdoms- The Fire Is Mine (Female Fronted Power Metal)
Lamb Of God- Resolution (Groove Metal)
Hail Spirit Noir- Pneuma (Black Metal)
As I Lay Dying- Awakened (Christian Metalcore)
Tenacious D- Rize Of The Fenix (Comedy Rock)
Beyond Terror Beyond Grace- Nadir (Djent, Doom Metal)
Worm Ouroboros- Come The Thaw (Post Rock)
Huntress- Spell Eater (Female Fronted Power Metal)
Whitechapel- Whitechapel (Deathcore)
I Am I- Event Horizon (Power Metal)
When Icarus Falls- Aegean (Post Metal)
Cyclamen- Memories, Voices (Djent)
AEGES- The Bridge (Post Hardcore)
Exumer- Fire & Domination (Thrash Metal)
Tyrant Of Death- Cyanide (Djent, Electronica, Progressive Metal)
Alice Through The Windshield Glass- Alice Through The Windshield Glass (Deathcore)
Kamelot- Silverthorn (Symphonic Progressive Power Metal)
NOFX- Self Titled (Punk Rock)
Rumpelstiltskin Grinder- Ghostmaker (Death Thrash Metal)
TesseracT- Perspective (Acoustic)
Primal Fear- Unbreakable (Power Metal)]
Self Spiller- Worms In the Keys (Experimental)
Whoretopsy- They Did Unspeakable Things (Death Metal)
Reflections- The Fantasy Effect (Djent)
Dublin Death Patrol- Death Sentence (Thrash Metal)
Tetrafusion- Horizons (Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal)
Fang Island- Major (Indie)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor- 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Post Rock)


6/10:
Dol Ammand- Cosmic Gods Episode I: Hyperspeed (Djent, Power Metal)
Apocalipsis- Apocalipsis (Instrumental Sludge Metal/Post Metal)
Black Breath- Sentenced To Life (Blackened Death Metal)
Xandria- Neverworld's End (Female Fronted Symphonic Power Metal)
Narrows- Painted (Mathcore)
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza- IIII: The Alpha The Omega (Djent)
Amberian Dawn- Circus Black (Female Fronted Symphonic Metal)
Dirge Within- There Will Be Blood (Metalcore, Hard Rock)
Serj Tankian- Harakiri (Alternative Metal)
Chapel- Satan's Rock And Roll (Speed Metal, Black Metal)
Dantalion- Return To Deep Lethargy (Atmospheric Black Metal)
Dragony- Legends (Symphonic Power Metal)
Aviyn- Aviyn (Djent, Post Hardcore)
Just Like Vinyl- Black Mass (Experimental Alternative Metal)
Every Time I Die- Ex Lives (Hardcore)
God Seed- I begin (Black Metal)
The Levitation Hex (Thrash Metal, Death Metal)
Becoming The Archetype- I Am (Christian Metal)
Vanisher- Unbound (Hard Rock/Metal)
Tyrant Of Death- Re Connect (Industrial Djent)
Sybreed- God Is An Automation (Cyber/Modern Metal)
Knives Out!- Black Mass Hysteria (Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Industrial)
Veil Of Maya- Eclipse (Djent, Deathcore)


5/10:
Epica- Requiem Of The Indifferent (Female Fronted Symphonic Metal)
Fear Factory- The Industrialist (Industrial Metal)
Soen- Cognitive (Progressive Metal, Tool Meets Opeth)
Firewind- Few Against Many (Power Metal)
Coheed and Cambria- The Afterman: Ascension (Progressive Rock)
Manowar- The Lord Of Steel (Power Metal)
Evans Blue- Graveyard Of Empires (Hard Rock)
Constants- Pasiflora (Shoegaze)
A Life Once Lost- Ecstatic Trance (Groove Metalcore)
OSI- Fire Make Thunder- (Progressive Metal)
Semargl- Satanic Pop Metal (Satanic Pop Metal)
A Forest Of Stars- A Shadow Play for Yesterdays (Atmospheric Black Metal)


4/10:
Kayo Dot- Gamma Knife (Experimental Metal)
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo- Trees Of Tongues (Experimental Post Hardcore)
All That Remains- A War You Cannot Win (Hard Rock, Metalcore)
Jodis- Black Curtain (Drone)
Mnemic- Mnemisis (Modern Metal)


3/10:
Lacuna Coil- Adrenaline (Alternative Rock/Metal)
Shinedown- Amaryllis (Hard Rock)
Sonata Arctica- Stones Grow Her Name (Hard Rock, Power Metal)
Halestorm- the Strange Case Of... (Hard Rock)
Storm Corrosion- Storm Corrosion


2/10:
In This Moment- Blood (Hard Rock, Industrial, Dubstep)


1/10:
Muse- The 2nd Law (Alternative Rock)

MPF
12-15-2012, 11:00 PM
Alright, it seems as though everyone gave up on this thread. That's ok.

I wanna thank the people who dug this thread, those who who did find some great music, and those who are just lurking on the thread and discovering music. Regardless, i love doing this thread every year and enjoy every second of it.

To those who don't like it, suck it!


I do plan on starting the 2013 thread sometime near the end of January and going all year round so i don't have to review another 355 albums in a month and a half. As long as you guys still wanna see it, I'll keep doing this.

Happy Holidays, and enjoy some new music!

IrritatedTrout
12-16-2012, 05:09 AM
A perfect album wasn't in the top 20?

MPF
12-16-2012, 02:50 PM
A perfect album wasn't in the top 20?

?

BloodoftheKings
12-16-2012, 02:54 PM
?

You gave Pyramid Theorem a 10/10.

IrritatedTrout
12-16-2012, 02:59 PM
You gave Pyramid Theorem a 10/10.

That.

MPF
12-16-2012, 03:00 PM
You gave Pyramid Theorem a 10/10.

From Page 4:


That is a fair assessment, and you are right to an extent. Except rather then giving it a rating for all time use, when I rate an album a 9.5 or 10, I usually just mean that more towards the best of the year rather then the best ever (although one album in particular is one of my favorites of all time)

But I probably won't rate my top 20, as they are my top 20. Rating them the highest seems redundant.

MPF
12-18-2012, 04:32 AM
Anyone else find anything good in this thread?

energymetal14
12-19-2012, 11:11 AM
Anyone else find anything good in this thread?

This list was seriously awesome, man. I saw a ton of stuff I like in here, and plenty I hadn't listened to that were really good. I have 3 of the same albums as you in the top 20, it's obvious you're WAY more of a prog fan then I am. My top finds in here were those Dragged into Sunlight and In Mourning albums; I've seen the names tossed around but never ckecked them out, sick stuff! Great work, I will definitely read this if you keep doing it next year!

XDoomsayerX
12-19-2012, 11:35 AM
BTBAM are faaaaaaaaar from underrated.

You can not be serious.

Not around where I am. Maybe hipsters talk about them all the time, but I don;t talk or listen to hipsters. I only talk to about 4-5 people regularly that even enjoy BTBAM, but as far as Metal fans go, I hear no mention of them, in Prog, they are a band that people go "Oh yeah, those guys I love them" but never bring them up unless someone else does.

Nig BTBAM are the opposite of underrated. Hipsters??? okay :tp: everyone who listens to em puts em in the OMG best band evas sooo technical. Dont get me wrong great band but cmon that statement you made is just wrong.

Positive note I dug this! Need to check out more Torche and Periphery again. Also Converge is getting tons of love on these boards.

XDoomsayerX
12-19-2012, 11:40 AM
Also props to how much albums you listened too, I think I listened to like 20+ 2012 albums :lol:

MPF
12-19-2012, 03:10 PM
Well i've been a BTBAM fan since I first saw Mordecai on Headbanger's ball back in the day. It has nothing to do with being hip or loved by hipsters, they are a great Prog band.

I do find it very funny that this thread pretty much lost all momentum when I said my peace about BTBAM. It's as if nothing else I've said matters. :lol:

Rocco44
12-21-2012, 07:46 PM
Cool thread. I know the obvious has been pointed out, but holy shit that's a lot of albums.

I love seeing someone who listens to basically every style of heavy music and doesn't worry about how popular or cool something is.

I'm not a big Devy fan but I enjoyed Epicloud quite a bit. Enjoyed it much more than his last few albums.

MPF
12-21-2012, 08:03 PM
Cool thread. I know the obvious has been pointed out, but holy shit that's a lot of albums.

I love seeing someone who listens to basically every style of heavy music and doesn't worry about how popular or cool something is.

I'm not a big Devy fan but I enjoyed Epicloud quite a bit. Enjoyed it much more than his last few albums.

That is the best part of this thread and one of the best compliments I could ever receive. I honestly could not care less about being popular or trendy or Hip. I was a loser in High school and afterwards I just kept doing my thing and somehow have been able to make it work. I know some people here don't like me and that's cool. Not everyone is suppose to be liked by everyone. I just like being me and enjoying the music I like, all while discovering new music to share. I'm happy to help anyone discover new music that may not have heard otherwise. It's the best part of my job.

:rocker::rocker::rocker:

MPF
12-28-2012, 03:14 AM
One last bump for 2012

Datjazzfusion
12-28-2012, 09:54 AM
Damn fine list son.
Mighty Damn fine.
I have no idea where to start.....
What do you suggest for fans of Nevermore, Death, Equilibrium, Absu, Wintersun, Protest the Hero, UneXpect, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vektor, and Bolt Thrower?

Or anything for a Fusion fan? Haha

MPF
12-28-2012, 10:54 AM
Damn fine list son.
Mighty Damn fine.
I have no idea where to start.....
What do you suggest for fans of Nevermore, Death, Equilibrium, Absu, Wintersun, Protest the Hero, UneXpect, The Black Dahlia Murder, Vektor, and Bolt Thrower?

Or anything for a Fusion fan? Haha

Ooooh there is plenty, although if I start listing all of them, I will miss out on some key albums, so it's best just to keep looking at the thread.

But for Fusion, check out T.R.A.M. and Trioscapes. But are Heavier Fusion type bands.

MPF
12-31-2012, 10:47 AM
I know I said before there would be no more bumps for 2012, but fuck it, my Top 20 show:

http://thatdrummerguy.podomatic.com/entry/2012-12-31T09_47_16-08_00